Jack Redden joins Grade in 2016 after a couple of seasons in Colts – he was a key part of the backline on the weekend

Since the end of the 2015 season, our nation’s leadership once again changed, a reality television personality with a prodigious comb over may be in line to become U.S President. But these images fall by the wayside as blue and gold hoops are once again about to descend across Sydney grounds.

There was no denigration of University’s attacking flair despite losing 36-26 to Eastwood in last Saturday’s trial at the T.G. Millner Field . With a portion of the first grade squad accounting for the Brumby Runners across town at Camperdown, there were outstanding performances from a number of the Students.

Wily old fox Tom Carter took the mentoring role at inside centre.  Tom set up tries, irritated his opposition and chatted to the match officials- multi skilling at its best!  

The heat was blistering but the oppressive conditions failed to thwart the enthusiasm of both sides. Eastwood had a particularly nimble half. However, some of University’s 2015 first grade colts showcased some outstanding skills. Sporting those impressive luxuriant whiskers, fullback Christian Kagiassis was a dangerous counter attacker with a prodigious boot. His colts alumni Jack McCalman at breakaway was a terrier in the open backing up his teammates.

Overall a good physical hit out leading to the 2016 opening round. Our new birthplace will once again see University do battle with Eastwood.

Next week the club is at home for their final trial against another old foe Randwick.