“I went in the players pool there,” she said

## ## Plenty of Port players pulling on green and gold

Today PaperCommentYour SayOpinionSend a Letter to the EditorPORT Macquarie Claire Michell was this week rewarded for her dedication in getting a senior mixed Mid North Coast Sharks team together for the recent Oztag National Championships in Coffs Harbour. Michell was selected in the Barbarians side to play at next December World Cup on the Sunshine Coast. Corina Latimore will join Michell in the historic team. It the first time women from Port have been selected for Barbarians duty, which is a step down from the national team. Senior mixed captain coach Steve Van Gamert a former Australian player will also play for the Barbarians. If it wasn for her persistence in getting a team together for the tournament, Michell wouldn have been selected. She saw a need to form a senior mixed team to play in Coffs after playing at the State Cup in Wollongong in March. “I went in the players pool there,” she said. “I said we have to get our butts together and make a side Van Gamert was thrilled for Latimore and Michell. “These two girls are genuine, home grown talent,” he said. “I over the moon for them. When you consider the size of our comp, and these guys are going to be playing against the best of the best.” Greg Smith, Greg Gleeson and Shaun Magnus will also pull on Australian jerseys at the Cup. They have tasted plenty of success in recent years. The men 40s Sharks won three straight State, National and State of Origin titles. “It been a pretty good run,” Smith said. Since then, the Port trio has gone up to the men 45s team. That side made the final at Coffs Harbour. “So we had a chance of getting some players in,” Smith said. It the fourth time Magnus has been selected in the team. Playing a World Cup on home soil is an extra special prospect for him. “I really wanted to be involved in a World Cup in Australia,” he said. “I stoked.” Gleeson put the trio selection, and the fantastic recent results, to the Port contingent dedication to training. “It the biggest thing in surviving the weekend,” he said. “In the past three years we rarely had anyone doing their hamstrings.”December 12 2014 4:00AM

Plenty of Port players pulling on green and goldShe saw a need to form a senior mixed team to play in Coffs after playing at the State Cup in Wollongong in March. “I went in the players pool there,” she said.

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