Tag Archive: Alex Glenn

Gillett wants to cement his spot

He started 2010 as an unknown park footballer and finished the Dally M Rookie of the Year and a member of the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII, but Broncos forward Matt Gillett was still disappointed with his remarkable debut season. Don’t get him wrong, there is no hint of arrogance or swagger in this appraisal; it is simply the young kid from Bribie Island being his own toughest critic.Gillett burst onto the scene, scoring 12 tries from 22 games, but the youngster believes he ‘slackened off’ towards the end of the year and was gutted when the Broncos missed playing finals football. It’s this hard-line approach to the game that has Gillett primed for another massive season. “I just want to play consistent footy again,” Gillett said. “I was pretty disappointed with how the year finished for myself and how the team finished as well. Continue reading

Broncs thump Titans

A young and inexperienced Jetstar Gold Coast Titans succumbed to a disappointing loss in their first trial match of the season, going down to the Brisbane Broncos 42-18 in front of a crowd of 3,500 at Kougari Oval Wynnam. The Titans looked the better of the two sides in the early exchanges with Esi Tonga scoring two tries before the leaving the field with a broken nose and concussion. Some impressive play through half back Luke Capewell and hooker Matt Srama helped narrow the margin throughout the game but it wasn’t enough with the Broncos laying on five unanswered tries as a shell-shocked Titans side attempted to recover. Titans coach John Cartwright said tonight was an important hit-out for the youthful side. “On the whole I think everyone did pretty well,” Cartwright said. “We played well in patches, it’s just a shame the score line blew out a bit in the end. Continue reading

Ben Te’o Update

Ben Te’o has produced a remarkable recovery from injury and will make a shock return to the field tomorrow night. It was feared Te’o could be out for as long as two months with a suspected broken foot after the 34-30 loss to the Roosters 10 days ago. But after training with the team this morning Te’o will travel to Townsville and will run out against the Cowboys tomorrow night. Antonio Winterstein misses out with a knee injury keeping him out of the game. That will mean Alex Glenn, Te’o and Matt Gillett – who has been named at second row – will share duties in the centres. Broncos coach Ivan Henjak said Te’o still had small fractures in his foot but they would not prevent him from playing. “We’ve got a few options there, we have three we can rotate through,” said Henjak. “Ben’s got a few fractures there but they aren’t weight-bearing bones.” “He’s moving great and feels great so we will give him a run.”

Matt Gillett out for a month

Brisbane have suffered a second injury blow within 24 hours with utility Matt Gillett joining halfback Peter Wallace on the sidelines for a month. Gillett, who battled a knee injury during Brisbane’s 44-16 win over Cronulla on Sunday was expected to back up against the Bulldogs on Friday night. But scans have revealed a medial ligament tear requiring a month’s rest. The double blow comes just as the Broncos were getting some troops back with Israel Folau and Corey Parker returning from injury against the Sharks. Youngster Ben Hunt is expected to take over Wallace’s No.7 duties while coach Ivan Henjak has several options in the centres, including Alex Glenn, Gerard Beale or teenager Corey Norman.

Nick Kenny is a late withdrawal

Brisbane’s forward muscle has taken a late hit, with prop Nick Kenny breaking down at training on Saturday morning. It’s the second week in a row Kenny has been ruled out late, following his withdrawal from the Dragons’ game the previous weekend. While goal-kicking lock Corey Parker and winger Jharal Yow Yeh confirmed their starting spots, Kenny limped from the field midway through the final training session with a calf muscle injury, ahead of Sunday’s clash with the Sharks. Parker will come into the starting pack with either Lagi Setu or Alex Glenn dropping to the bench. Kenny, who had been struggling to play with a lower back injury, was disappointed to be ruled out. “He popped a calf out there, so he’s out,” said Henjak. “It’s only just happened, I don’t know how bad it is. “He hadn’t trained with us much all week, so we’re going with the side that trained all week. We should be able to handle it.”

Corey Parker could be back

Brisbane’s on-field janitor Corey Parker is set to make a surprise injury comeback against Cronulla on Sunday provided he gets through a series of fitness tests at Red Hill on Thursday. Parker, who recently became a father for the first time, suffered a medial ligament strain against Canberra last month. He was not expected back until at least next weekend’s clash with the Bulldogs. “We’re going to check him tomorrow,” Henjak said. “He could be better than an outside chance. While Henjak will sleep on who may make room for Parker, he could drop utility Alex Glenn to the bench to give him some interchange options. Meanwhile Henjak said his decision to give rookie props Dunamis Lui and Mitchell Dodds a shot at starting on Sunday, with the more experienced Nick Kenny on the interchange bench, had been a reward for their efforts in Wollongong where they tried hard but were outclassed by St George Illawarra on Friday.

Folau could fall back?

Israel Folau ($139,800 CTW) has made an 11th hour bid to start this seasons campaign in the vacant position of Fullback. Initially reluctant at the prospect of the switch it was after the shock cameo in the position for the NRL All Stars at the request of Wayne Bennett that changed his mind. “I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I didn’t think I’d like playing fullback but after having a go, I’d say it was definitely really enjoyable for me,” he said. “I’ve thought about it more since last week and I’d definitely like to do it if Ivan (Henjak) thought it was good for the team.”  With a potential positional nightmare at his fingertips, Coach Henjack and staff are keeping eyes on all options – Corey Newman (Not Listed), Denan Kemp ($91,100 CTW/FB), Steve Michaels ($124,500 CTW), Gerard Beale ($91,100 CTW/FB), Alex Glenn ($162,000 CTW/2RF), Antonio Winterstein ($91,100 CTW) and utility option Ben Hunt ($163,100 HLV) are all showing promise. This postional musical chairs will of course undoubtedly cause headaches for DT Coaches as well, those Round 1 team lists are going to be compelling viewing.