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An historic day for the NRL?s newest club the Gold Coast Titans when coach John Cartwright this afternoon named the side which will play in the Orara Valley Axemen Seven?s competition this weekend.
Cartwright said, ?It?s basically an opportunity to get some of our good juniors together and see how they perform against more experienced opposition. It?s great to be representing the Titans for the first time particularly in one of our catchment areas. We hope to develop a great relationship with the Coffs Harbour area in the future.?
The team is made up of members of the Titans Elite Academy and Queensland Cup players from Titans Feeder clubs - Burleigh Bears, Ipswich Jets and Tweed Heads Seagulls.
Cartwright named former Penrith Panthers back rower Matt Pow as Captain of the Inaugural Sevens side and will be looking to the current Seagulls Queensland Cup player to lead the younger team members from the very first clash, when they take on Malta on Saturday morning.
As far as results go, Cartwright is not expecting miracles but is more focused on looking at the individual to see how competitive they are and what sort of attitude is displayed.
He said, ?It?s very hard to go into a 7s tournament expecting to win. That?s the appeal of the game, it?s fast, open and gives all sides a chance.
Regardless of the result this weekend the enormity of the Titans becoming a reality also holds great significance.
?There is enormous excitement from within the Titans club about this 7s tournament. I think it?s a realization from all the people who have worked so hard on making the club a reality of how close we are to 2007.We have also had a lot of local media coverage which suggests a high level of interest from our supporters?, said Cartwright
The Titans will play Malta, the Australian Maoris and Crescent Head in the first round of competition on Saturday.
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Gold Coast Titans 7?s Team
? John Dean- Ipswich Jets
? Chris Sandow ? Gold Coast Titans Elite Squad
? Shannon Walker - Gold Coast Titans Elite Squad
? Matthew Pow (C) - Tweed Seagulls
? Matt Austin-Tweed Seagulls
? Dimitri Pelo- Burleigh Bears
? Nat Barnes-Tweed Seagulls
? Michael Walker - Gold Coast Titans Elite Squad
? Dennis Gordon Gold Coast Titans Elite Squad
? Bo Dene Thompson Gold Coast Titans Elite Squad
? Mitchell Herlihy Gold Coast Titans Elite Squad
? Matthew Lindsey-Tweed Heads Seagulls
? Matthew Francis - Gold Coast Titans Elite Squad
? Ben Thomas - Gold Coast Titans Elite Squad
? John Cartwright - Coach
? Scott Sattler ? Football Manager