Season Preview: Gungahlin Bulls

After an injury plagued 2017, the Gungahlin Bulls are aiming to return to the heights of 2016 where they made the semi finals.

Where they excel

There weren’t too many times when the Gungahlin Bulls were able to have all their key players on the field at the same time last year but the Bulls forward pack is littered with players of immense talent.

Despite the losses of Jack Elliot and Channon McAskill, the Bulls young pairing of Kye Madden and Luke Skidmore have both been a part of the Canberra Region U23’s squad this year.

With Sheen Lomax in the second row and with the NRL experience of Esi Tonga on an edge as well, the Bulls should be a markedly improved side to the one that struggled in 2017.

Room to improve

With the loss of leaders such as Lincoln Withers, Jack Elliot and Channon McAskill, the Bulls are looking to a host of young players to try and rebuild the club culture.

However, as the club look to rebuild and give their young players experience, the lack of experience and depth could become an issue if injuries strike or the Bulls suffer early losses.

Coach’s comments

“Our goal as a club is obviously to win it. We want to be in semi final football and we want to get all four grades into semi final football like we did in 2016. A big focus for us is to rebuild that club culture that lacked last year due to injuries and the pre-season has been a good start for us.” – David Howell

The Rookie

“I think that Ngarima Low – Drury Low’s younger brother – is one to watch who will definitely be pushing for a First Grade spot. He’s shone through pre-season and the trials. I didn’t know what to expect because he’s a rangy kid but he’s an athlete with plenty of skill, speed and height.” – David Howell

Gains and Losses:

Gains:

Kye Madden (Canberra Raiders NYC)

Dylan Hately (Goulburn Workers Bulldogs)

Blake Hill (unattached)

Hamo Hamo

Jayleel Fa’moe-ioane

Esi Tonga

Sione Tonga

Ngarima Low

Losses:

Brad Martin (Woden Valley Rams)

Lincoln Withers (Woden Valley Rams)

Channon McAskill (Belconnen United Sharks)

Anthony Onorato (Belconnen United Sharks)

Jack Elliot (Belconnen United Sharks)

Trent Vaughan (Belconnen United Sharks)

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