Look who's back

By MICHELLE COOK

THE Orange CYMS backline will be the envy of all other Group 10 sides next year after their latest signing.

The 28-year-old has a wealth of experience having played for Group 10, the Western Rams and the NSW Country Seconds.

McAlpine said he was looking forward to coming back home to Orange.

“I knew most of the boys and we wanted to move back home,” McAlpine said.

“I’m getting married in two or three weeks (to Anthea Sideris).”

McAlpine joins a backline which will also boast 2012 Group 10 player of the Year Tim Bassmann, former NSW Country half Warick Colley, captain-coach and former NRL player Mick Sullivan, Group 11 and NSW Country Seconds representative Ali Beale, Group 10 player Kurt Beahan and star centre Dom Maley.

Sullivan admitted he would need to work out the best combination.

“Obviously we’re spoilt for choice with our backline,” Sullivan said.

“We’ll have to juggle things around and work out what is best.

“You don’t turn away quality players. He (McAlpine) might slot into five-eighth. It’s gonna be quite a good backline. We’ve always had a good backline but I think this might be the best we’ve had.”

McAlpine last played for Orange CYMS’ 2010 premiership-winning side.

In 2011 he spent the season with Mount Pritchard in the Bundaberg Red Cup competition.

This year he was lured to the Young Cherrypickers and the Group 9 competition.

The Cherrypickers had a see-sawing season.

“We started off well. We won our first eight and then towards the end we just died off,” McAlpine explained.

“I don’t know what happened. We lost our captain-coach (Luke Branighan) through the year, which didn’t help.”

Young finished the regular season in third on the Group 9 competition ladder but then lost the qualifying final to Gundagai Tigers and the minor semi-final to South City Bulls to bow out of the finals.

McAlpine said he was likely to put his hand up for selection for the Western Rams next year when they return to the AAMI Country Rugby League Tier 1 Championships.

 



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