Tough choice to make at No10 for Club's coach

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 March, 2012, 12:00am


Former Irish Under-21 World Cup player Mike Glancy will go head-to-head with Hong Kong-born Jamie Hood in the battle to secure the starting No 10 spot for Newedge Club in Saturday's Grand Championship final against Altus Kowloon.

While Kowloon are struggling with injuries and in a race to get their top choices fit and ready for the season's final showdown at King's Park, Hong Kong Football Club coach Rob Naylor is also grappling with his own problems - deciding on who will start in the pivotal position.

'I definitely have a selection dilemma at 10. Jamie is back from injury and has proved to be great at fly-half this season, but Mike is a prolific goal kicker and has firmed up the backline by controlling the game,' Naylor said yesterday.

Naylor, who rates the club backline as the best he has ever seen, believes they hold the key to winning on Saturday and thus getting a measure of revenge over Kowloon, winners of the league title in controversial circumstances. Newedge had their winning result over Kowloon in the second round of the league annulled because of fielding ineligible tighthead prop Nigel Hobler.

The Sports Road team are determined to put the record straight by winning the Grand Championship.

'Our backline differs from other years as we have threats across the board. In previous years we have relied on one or two players, but this time any one of seven can be a match-winner,' Naylor said.