Hull FC 9's Squad
Andy Last has again placed his faith in youth after naming his side for this evening's Rugby League 9's, which the Black and Whites will host at the club's Elite Performance Centre on Chanterlands Avenue.by NRL
Andy Last has again placed his faith in youth after naming his side for this evening's Rugby League 9's, which the Black and Whites will host at the club's Elite Performance Centre on Chanterlands Avenue.
Hull FC's head of youth and academy coach has taken charge of the 9's team in 2012 and they will look to continue their bid for a place in the finals night at Headingley when welcoming Hull KR, Bradford and Leeds to the club's training ground for the third round of fixtures in the East division tonight.
Currently lying in fifth place in the league and with the top four qualifying for the final, Last knows his side must perform strongly this evening if they are to give themselves the chance of reaching the finals for the fifth consecutive year, with just one more round of fixtures remaining next week.
But the former Hull hooker has resisted the urge to call in some more experienced bodies after naming a squad made up exclusively of the club's under-18s and under-20s players.
"We've gone with the younger guys again as we feel it's an ideal chance to give them some exposure in terms of coming up against higher profile players and in front of bigger crowds," he said.
"It's a challenge for them to play against some bigger and quicker players from other clubs, but the boys have been determined to make up for it with skill and enthusiasm, and they've done a good job so far.
"We are at home tonight and the lads are determined to put in a good showing. We've made the final every year so far and that's the target again. If we can get a couple of wins tonight, we know we'll be right up there in contention."
With last year's event proving to be a huge success with more than 2,000 fans attending, the Airlie Birds will once again be presenting one of the best rounds of the competition this evening with an action-packed night offering plenty for supporters on and off the field at the Elite Performance Centre.
On the playing front, fans are reminded the gates open at 4.30pm, with the Black and Whites getting the event underway at 6pm when taking on the undefeated Leeds Rhinos, before facing Bradford at 7.20pm and ending the evening with a bang with a derby against rivals Hull KR at 8.20pm.
However, it's not just about what happens on the pitch, as there'll also be plenty of family activities and entertainment, including fairground rides, inflatable fun and free pies for everyone from event sponsor Holland's Pies.
There will also be the chance to watch some of rugby league's potential stars of the future on show courtesy of the KC Junior 9's, which will see the under-10s teams from Cottingham Tigers, West Hull and Hull Isberg compete in their own tournament on the night, with the two finalists set to perform on the show pitch prior to the Hull FC v Hull KR tussle.
And on top of that, FC.TV in attendance to capture the atmosphere and the Hull FC first-team squad will be on-hand to meet supporters, sign autographs and pose for photos.
Black and Whites season pass holders can attend the event for free, with non-season pass holders charged at &;5 for adults and &;1 for children, with under-5s going free.
4.30pm - Gates open
6.00pm - Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos
6.20pm - Hull KR v Bradford Bulls
6.45pm - Airlie's Angels Cheerleaders
7.00pm - Hull KR v Leeds Rhinos
7.20pm - Hull FC v Bradford Bulls
7.40pm - KC Junior 9's Final
8.00pm - Leeds Rhinos v Bradford Bulls
8.20pm - Hull FC v Hull KR
Hull FC squad for 9's: Lewis Brown, Curtis Jackson, Ben Crane, Dean Hadley, Jamie Shaul, Jack Pickerill, Richard Wilkinson, Alex Starling, Saul Beavis, Ryan Gallacher, Zac Braham, Ryan Wilson. Brad Smith, Josh Nicklin, Jack Humphries, Austin Bell.
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