Sport with Chris Karas

Nicholls signing a coup for Carrington’s crew

RYDE Eastwood Touch Football Association power brokers Ron Ryan and Craig Carrington have pulled out the big guns as they chase championship glory in the New Year.

The influential Carrington pulled off an early season coup when he secured the signature of Australian Open Mixed captain Cameron Nicholls for his Attractive Blinds juggernaut.

But the sports savvy Ryan – head honcho of the mighty Ryan Wilks franchise – upped the ante when he negotiated lucrative deals for USA World Cup playmaker David Marando, former Wests Tigers ace Tim Moltzen, versatile Matt Ryan plus a host of current NRL stars.

Ryan Wilks claimed First Division bragging rights in the lead up to the Christmas break with a vital victory over Carrington’s All Stars at Morrison Park.

Both clubs are tipped to square off for the trophy decider later in the summer with kingpins Carrington and Ryan keen to bolster their star-studded rosters for the business end of the season.

The crafty Nicholls of Gladesville, who helped world champions Australia register another Trans Tasman series clean sweep over rivals New Zealand in Caloundra earlier this year, said he decided to link with Attractive Blinds after a persistent Carrington spent many months putting out feelers.

“Carro is a good friend and a persuasive character – I thought I’d take up the challenge to play in a tough competition,” revealed Nicholls.

The Trans Tasman series triumph was a bitter sweet experience for Cameron, who snapped his collarbone in the Aussies’ first up 9-6 victory over the Kiwis.

The skilful Nicholls sustained the injury while attempting to score a touchdown just after the half time break and was sidelined for six weeks.

He was forced to watch the remaining two Mixed matches from the sidelines, playing a key off-field role as the Aussies toppled New Zealand 14-7 and 11-10.