Granville Rovers continues to develop depth
THEY started the year fearful of being left without a side, but two big wins has Granville Rovers's season back on track.
The loss of several players and the absence of an under-16 side meant Granville could have been left without a women's side.
Gradually they came and James Bristow's side had enough players to compete.
The Rovers coach said many players, including core Maddison Maile, Cassidy Heffernan, Alyssa Dakin and Beth Robinson, were young but stepped up for what is a developmental year.
"We've got a few younger players who haven't played A-grade before and they're going all right," Bristow said.
"There is a core of players coming through. That youth, that enthusiasm; they're keen to learn and it lifts the team."
Granville lost three of their opening four games (the third-round clash with Tinana was washed out), then turned in two of the biggest wins of the season in the last fortnight.
They beat All Blacks 8-3 in Bundaberg last week, then dominated Raiders 6-1 in Maryborough on Saturday.
"It was a bit of a mixed start but half a dozen players left from last year's team," he said. "This is a bit of a rebuild. We didn't know if we'd get a side. They're starting to gel though."
Granville face United in the second of two Maryborough games this Saturday (Tinana face All Blacks in the early game), and Bristow said his players would have to be on their best.
"It will be a challenge against Uniteds but they'll get a bit of experience this year and hopefully we can challenge the rest of this and next year."