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Soaks in Focus with 1st Grade Captain Lachlan Valentine

31 Mar 2020 20:33 | Anonymous
  • 1)      What’s your earliest rugby memory?

My earliest memory would have to be watching the old man run around for Soaks and then early mornings at Britannia. I was lucky enough to start playing for this great club at just 6 years of age.

  • 2)      What’s your favourite memory down at Soaks?

Specifically, down at Soaks, would have to be the Sunday Night after winning the 2018 Premiership. Nothing better than the club house full of family and friends celebrating being the best team in the competition. Also, that same year coming back from 18-0 down to Wests to win 24-18 was a game down at the boneyard I will never forget.

  • 3)      Were there any players you idolised growing up?

I remember having a laminated copy of George Gregan hanging up on my wall for many years as a youngster.

  • 4)      How does it feel to be club captain down at soaks?

It really is an honour. I’ve been associated with the club for a long time now and to be leading the Premier boys, especially alongside close mate Robbie Ingram as vice-captain is pretty special. It hasn’t been the year we were hoping for but I have no doubt when we are back it will be a pretty special season for Soaks.

  • 5)      What’s the best ground you have played on?

Brine 1, Hale School.

  • 6)      What club do you love beating most?

We have some great battles with a lot of clubs, mainly due to everyone in the comp hating us. But putting UWA to the sword the last few years, it doesn’t get much better. Nedlands are always a great team to beat, they have been a powerhouse in the competition for a long time so it is always nice beating them.

  • 7)      The best game of rugby you have played in?

2018 Semi-Final against West Scarborough. Was an unbelievable game of Premier Grade rugby.

  • 8)      The thing you love most about rugby?

Changerooms after a game with the squad and a cold beer.

  • 9)      What approach will the Soaks senior teams be taking into the 2020 season?

With the current situation, we are just hoping to get back down to the boneyard as soon as possible and be able to play some rugby together. It is also great to see so many Colts boys joining the club. Being able to train together as a whole club is something we are aiming for and having a good bunch of colts allows that to happen.

  • 10)   You’re coming close to making a full recovery from a nasty injury, how’s that going?

Slowly, but surely. The knee is coming along nicely, there have been a few setbacks along the way and it has been tough not being as involved as I would have liked to be, but now with some forced time off, I should be good to go when the season resumes.

  • 11)   The senior squad had a training camp in Rottnest back in February. Describe how that went and who was involved?

It was the first time the club has done something of that nature, it was great to get away not only as a senior squad but with a good bunch of colts also. The boys were put through their paces in several pretty tough sessions. There was also some positive team bonding at the pub which is just as important.

  • 12)   You are a pretty versatile forward who has played in a few different positions in the pack. If the season does return this year, where can Soaks members expect to see you play in 2020?

Second row is the safe bet. I love number 8 and was lucky enough to get a couple of games playing at 8 last season. Depending on the knee and fitness level, I will have to wait and see.

  • 13)   You’ve managed a few mammoth torpedo's off the boot in the last few seasons, are you looking to usurp Harry Webster as the 1st grade kicker?

I fancy myself as a kicker, Razza Parkin would never let me kick as he wanted me to be knackered from working around the park so now that he isn’t running the show, I might get my opportunity. It’s also likely Harry will be busy on the physio table all season getting rub downs so ill be happy to step up and let them fly off the boot.

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