2020 JR Henderson Cup GF: Meet the Teams – Gordon


Gordon’s injured 4th grade captain Lachie Archer takes us through the starting XV
for tomorrow’s JR Henderson Cup grand final showdown against Randwick…


1: BEN WILKINSON: Ben ‘Spaldo Junior’ Wilkinson, will be looking to bend Randwick’s line more than the Lime Scooters he encountered in America. A man whose eyes light up when a ball is knocked on, Ben will be aiming to go at the Wicks all day come scrum time! He LOVES SCRUMS.

2: SAM MILGATE: The ‘Brick King’ himself made the sensible decision to leave his newborn at home and return to Gordon mid-season, and what a decision it turned out to be. A man of brute size, Sam will be looking forward to whacking the Wicks offensively and defensively all day long.

3: KRISTIAN SOUVALIOTIS: If the game were to be decided on the biggest arms, Gordon would win by default. Besides his quad-sized biceps, Kristian will play an integral role come set-piece time and bring the energy to the Gordon pack.

4: WILL GLASCOTT: Or as we like to call him, the President’s son. Will is biting at the bit to get out there at Forshaw on a crisp Saturday morning and get through his work. With the recent performances of Rob Simmons, a strong showing from Glascott could make him a shoe in for the third Bledisloe.

5: LUKE GARDNER: ‘LUGGGYYYY!!’ is back where he belongs, in the second row and my God is he excited. Luke will be at his destructive best come Saturday, a man that has pace, leg-drive and one of the great passes at Gordon. He will most certainly be one to watch.

6: WILL WOOLLEY: Gordon’s own SBW, Woolley is going to be set for a BIG game. A wily runner with the ball, Woolley will be aiming to have Gordon on the front-foot with every carry. Whilst in defence, he will be out to inflict some ‘league’ shots on the opposition.

7: NICK TRACY (c): Nick ‘Glen Tracy’ Tracy, will be seeking to lead the team to his first grand final win as stand-in skipper. Being much less successful, talented and handsome than his father (but equally bald), Nick will be seeking to return some glory to one of Gordon’s most famous households. Can Nick follow in the footsteps of his father? Or will he crumble like his eldest brother?

8: JOSH VINZENZ: Josh is what every 4th grade number eight should be – A BIG BALL RUNNING No.8! He will be putting his hand up to carry, carry and carry come Saturday morning. Expect big things from Josh, who will no doubt deliver.

9: DAN RORKE: ‘Dala Luceluce Scotsman’ is ready to fill the TJ Perenara role for Gordon – in short, he is a pest. No doubt Rorke will be in for a big shift on the tools come Saturday morning. His pinpoint passing will go a long way in getting the forward pack on the front-foot, and his energy will keep the boys up for the entire 60.

10: MATT DAINTON: The younger, hotter and more talented Dainton will be looking to prove the haters wrong and drive the Gordon boys to one of the great 4th grade Premierships. Matt’s silky skills at flyhalf have proved a constant threat for any defensive line, and his ability to choose the right option will be vital to Gordon getting the W.

11: AIDAN DOWLING: Aidan ‘Jonah Lomu’ Dowling will be looking to Samoan side-step his way to the try line on Saturday morning. Dowling has been electric for the Gordon side this season, proving to be a constant threat anywhere on the field.

12: LUKE LOUGH: Luke ‘The Fridge’ Lough eats the advantage line for breakfast. He will play an integral role in providing Gordon front-foot ball, although his passing game will keep the opposition guessing for the entire 60. Running an unders line in the direction of Luke is basically a death sentence.

13: SAM FRANKLIN: Sam has still not truly recovered from being on the receiving end of one of the great hospital passes ever seen at Chatswood Oval. Some say he may never recover. Despite this, Sam will be jumping in the car on Thursday night to make the journey from the Central Coast – hopefully he will arrive before kick-off.

14: WILL LLOYD: One of the youngest members of the team, Will has an opportunity that few ever get – a grade Premiership before the age of 18. One of the most dangerous players in the backline, Will is more concerned about surviving the 24 hours after the game rather than the game itself. Alongside his fellow winger Aidan, the pair will be looking for their 100th combined try this year, coupled with their first beer.

15: SCOTT PURSELL: Scott ‘Dad’ Pursell is so excited for the GF that he packed his bag first thing Monday morning in preparation for Saturday. Scotty has been an integral member of the leadership team in the 4th grade side, imparting his Dad knowledge to the younger members of the team.


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