Gold Coast Titans coach John Cartwright.
Gold Coast Titans coach John Cartwright.

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AS we are right in the swing of winter sports and there are plenty of representative selections happening, I thought I would take my questions to Titans coach John Cartwright for an experts opinion on how to succeed at team selections.

How do you pick the team at the beginning of the season?

It is a combination of things.

We look a little bit at the previous season's form.

We look a lot at the work the player has done in the off-season.

We take into account their attitude towards training and the game - are they a positive member of the team?

The last thing is we have a couple of trial games.

We take all those aspects into account and then come up with a side for our first game.

How does a forward player impress the coach?

All players are the same, the biggest thing we look for is the player's attitude.

We are looking for players who have a positive affect on their team mates. Are they disciplined? Are they on time? Do they have the correct gear with them? Are they wearing their correct gear?

We want the players to have a professional approach and be a positive member of the team.

What are your tips for young players going to trials at school and for the area?

Number one is that they have to really, really love the game.

It is too tough a game to play if you don't absolutely love it.

Then you need to train very hard.

The game is based around speed and power so you need to have your body fit and prepared.

When you were a player, do you remember being disappointed at being left out of team selections?

Yes, I was like most kids and certainly missed out at selections.

I would go away and work harder as we believed the harder you work, the luckier you get.



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