Forbes Magpies players tackle an opponent during one of their games in the West Wyalong Knockout recently. This Saturday they take on Bathurst St Pat’s for the Brendon ‘Stubby’ Collits Memorial trophy.This Saturday Forbes Magpies will go head-to-head with Bathurst St Pat’s to compete for the third annual Brendon ‘Stubby’ Collits Memorial Trophy, and to remember a friend.
This year the memorial game will be held in Forbes at Spooner Oval on Saturday, March 12 from 1pm.
This is the third year the pretrial match has been played in Brendon Collits’ name after the Magpies and later St Pat’s clubman was tragically killed in a car crash in 2013.
Play will kick off from 1pm with the league tag girls, followed by under 18s at 2pm and the first grade clash from 3pm.
Magpies first grade captain/coach Jake Grace said their preparations are looking good ahead of Saturday’s trial.
“We will have a couple of players out from injuries from West Wyalong and a couple of other commitments the boys have but other than that everything else is shaping up good, we’re on track and prepared the best we can be,” he said.
“We’re ready to go out and play footy and prove what we have for this season.”
Grace said as well as being a game to set-up their season ahead, the day will be about remembering ‘Stubby’.
“Our boys will be playing with plenty of passion to honour Stubby’s memory,” he said.
“You’re not going to get better motivation; a lot of the boys were very close to Stubs.
“For us, a lot of it is in memory of Stubby and putting ourselves in good stead for the season and there’s no better way to do that than to roll out St Pat’s.”
Grace said he’s not worried about St Pat’s, the focus is on their own preparation.
“We’re just going to prepare ourselves,” he said.
“I’ve worked on a few things structurally at training.”
Despite a young team, Grace said he’s pleased with the way they’ve conducted themselves so far and hopes they will continue with the right attitude and enthusiasm.
“So far they’ve been outstanding, they’ve delivered in every aspect, I’m very happy,” he said.
Forbes Rugby League Club president Greg Grogan encourages everyone to head along to Spooner Oval on Saturday to cheer on the boys in memory of Brendon ‘Stubby’ Collits.
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