Cornish: The pre-season is paying off
The Wentworthville Magpies Intrust Super Premiership NSW have started the season with three wins from three games, and come face to face with the Newcastle Knights, the 2015 NSW Cup Premiers this weekend.
Named in the NSWRL.com.au Team of the Week, the second time in the opening three rounds of the competition, Magpies half Mitch Cornish has nothing but praise for the rest of his side.
“It makes it a lot easier when you play in a Wentworthville Magpies side full of quality players which has definitely made it easier for me,” Cornish said.
“It is all about making those new combinations and gelling with the players you are playing with. We have worked hard on that in the pre-season and that is starting to pay off in the season.” Cornish added.
“We are three from three to start the year and if we just keep building as a team, we will be alright.”
Cornish plays in a Wentworthville Magpies side that boasts plenty of NRL experience.
The half is just one of 11 players who were named in the side this week who have First Grade experience.
“There is a lot of NRL experience there in the forwards, some of our players are up around 40-50 games, so not many of us haven’t played first grade.” Cornish said.
“That definitely makes it easier for myself and Luke Kelly playing off the back of an experienced forward pack and then quality backs who are killing it as well.”
The half, who made the move from the Canberra Raiders at the start of the 2016 pre-season, has been relishing his time at the Blue and Gold, already noticing huge improvements in his game learning from halves Kieran Foran and Corey Norman on a daily basis.
He also praised Magpies Head Coach Joey Grima.
“I have noticed massive differences in my game just over the past few months. To be training with them, being around them and seeing little traits they bring to training,” Cornish said of Eels’ halves Foran and Norman.
“They work extremely hard and everything they do is flat out.”
“Their professionalism on the field, they really take control of the games, and they are both quality players.”
“Joey has made the transition seem effortless as well. He is so happy around the boys and just loves being here so it makes our job easy.”
With the Magpies looking to go four from four to start the year, Cornish said this week’s clash against the Premiers, the Newcaslte Knights, was not so much about their opposition, but a focus on themselves.
“Every team you don’t really know what to expect, because they change around a lot, but we have set a focus on just worrying about what we can do over the first couple of weeks and trying to get our side right.” Cornish said.
“We will just keep doing what we have been doing the last couple of weeks and hopefully we can get a result.”