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BROCK-BURRUM star John-Roy Williams has got some heartening news for Hume league rivals.
“I think I have lost a yard of pace,” Williams said.
“I didn’t play much footy a couple of year’s ago when I was at Lavington and got injured and then didn’t really do much in the off-season and I put on a few pounds.
“I’ve also been a bit slack with training this year but I’m getting back into it now.
“I work away from home a bit and I’ve got three kids that are under five.
“I try to spend as much time as I can with the kids.”
Williams said to help combat his loss of pace he has introduced a new skill.
The elusive Saint has started to use the “don’t argue” which is the signature trademark of Dusty Martin.
“Since I have slowed down a bit, I have found I have to fend them off a bit these days,” he said.
“So I don’t mind giving the don’t argue’s a go.
“It’s more like a push off though, because I don’t really have the strength to push them over.”
Williams grew up playing rugby before making the switch to Australian rules as an 17-year-old.
He was lured out to Brock-Burrum through his connection with the Boulton family, with Saints netballer Linita Boulton his partner.
The elusive speedster has proved more than a handy find, playing in all four of the Saints’ flags in the past six-years.
“Basically I just played rugby league at school and a bit for Lavington Panthers,” he said.
“My partner was playing netball for Brock-Burrum so I went out there and gave footy a crack and liked it a bit better than rugby.
“All her brothers were out there as well and conned me into playing.”
Williams said he revelled in the space of Australian rules compared to the confines of a rugby league ground.
“I just love the space you have got in footy,” he said.
“When you play on a ground with wide wings you don’t have do run at blokes, you just run around them.
“I think it is a lot easier than rugby league.
“I find tackling is one of my biggest skills because that’s pretty well all you do in rugby, tackle and run.”
Brock-Burrum is considered one of the quickest sides in the league.
With noted speedster’s Williams, Nico Sedgwick, Darcy I’Anson and Tyson Neander all boasting an abundance of leg speed.
Williams still rates himself as the slickest Saint.
“I might be slowing down, but I’ve still got those boys covered although they might disagree,” he joked.
HENTY recruit Dan Leslie could be sidelined for three months with a serious knee injury.
Leslie hurt his posterior cruciate ligament in the dying minutes of the Swampies recent clash with Osborne with coach Joel Price saying the severity of the problem came as a surprise.
“The best case scenario is six weeks and the worst 12,” Price said.
“Dan’s as professional as they come so he will be doing the extra work and rehab.
“He played the game out against Osborne but could hardly get out of bed the next day.”
Leslie missed last weekend’s win over Jindera and will leave a gaping hole in Henty’s side to take on reigning premier Brock-Burrum at Henty on Saturday.
The Swampies have performed well to be sitting sixth on the ladder with a 3-1 win-loss record considering they have been missing key players including Shannon Terlich, Dale Cox and Will Farrer.
“It’s his good knee which is probably a good thing,” Leslie said.
“He did the same thing to his other knee at North Albury last year.
“I guess it’s better now than just before the finals.”
Henty is set to regain former AFL player Jared Brennan for Saturday’s match with the midfielder to play alongside in-form centreman Daniel Cox.
Cox is coming off a sensational 47-possession game against Jindera.
“‘It’s as good an individual performance I’ve seen since Josh Dicketts’ finals series for Howlong during a finals series a few years ago,” Price said.
Culcairn v Jindera
Henty v Brock-Burrum
Lockhart v CDHBU
Billabong Crows v Rand-Walbundrie-Walla
Osborne v Holbrook
Murray Magpies v Howlong
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Brock-Burrum star Nico Sedgwick didn’t take long to make an impression in his comeback match from suspension.
Sedgwick dominated the opening few minutes of last weekend’s clash against Osborne with some relentless running, tackling and chasing.
Opposition wingmen will face plenty of headaches coming up against Sedgwick and John-Roy WIlliams this season.
Shaun Turvey’s first senior first match for Culcairn in four seasons on Saturday was certainly a memorable one.
Turvey, who had played two reserve grade games this year, was in everything for the Lions as they disposed of rivals Holbrook.
The former Lion junior has played for Leitchville-Gunbower and Corowa-Rutherglen in recent seasons.
Farrer league coach Brad Aiken has admitted the withdrawal of players from next weekend’s inter-league against Hume has been disheartening.
“I’m not sure if it’s a lack of interest or what but it’s fairly disappointing, especially when I gave everyone the opportunity at the start,” Aiken said.
“It is what it is.
“I’m not going to cry over spilt milk.
“I just want blokes who want to be there.
“I’m going to focus on the blokes that want to be there and want to play.”