The University of Adelaide Roma’s squad travelled to Melbourne over the weekend to play in their second round of trials in the lead up to the 2019 Aon UNI7s Series.
The University of Melbourne were under a new head coach and their improvement since their inaugural season was on show, with a crop of new players, plus the existing players with a year of experience under their belt.
The Roma’s took two teams east to gain some much needed game time against different opposition. It was the first opportunity to see all players across the squad put their hand up for selection come round 1 of the Aon series.
Roma’s Director and Head Coach James O’Keefe says the plan for the weekend was too mix up positions and player combinations, to see who works well together and allow everyone to show the coaching panel what they can do on the field. “We really mixed it up this weekend, as we are trying to get players to cover multiple positions on the field so we can select the best 12 week in week out for the upcoming series”.
The squad played 14 matches over the two days with players mixing between the two teams, resulting in many different outcomes due to the changing style of play. “It’s really promising to see that we can now vary our approach to different games and opposition to counteract how they play. It’s something we have struggled with in the last couple of years”.
The Roma’s will be sending a squad to Sydney to play in the final round of the Shute Shield 7s in two weeks’ time where they will finish off their 2019 preparations. “I’m really looking forward to Sydney, as their teams have been playing 7s all season, and it will be good to come up against some new faces. We’ll be leaving a number of players back in Adelaide and taking those that need some more game time”.