In the Spotlight: Greg Jarvis, B Grade Coach and Player

When did you start playing rugby? 
Way back in 1984 - well before most of our 'seniors' were even born - in the U7s at St. Judes in Canberra. My legs and head were the same size back then that they are now.

Playing history?
Mediocre to say the least. Played in Canberra at St. Judes and then for Marist College from Under 10s through to senior rugby where I even had two cracks at the First XV when I repeated Year 12. After school played for Royals in Canberra and after a break of a few years started up again with the mighty St. George subbies club in Sydney. Upon moving to Darwin at the start of 2008 I realised that rugby didn't need to be played in cold weather and I've been playing at Palmy since then.

Playing for Palmerston?
Have played with Palmy since 2008, missed 2011 due to knee surgery and an ill-fated attempt to restart my cricket career.

Enjoy about playing rugby?
The sport of rugby itself, mates, beers with mates, the team environment, watching Dennis Bree defy science and common sense week in and week out, nudity, rugby trips (we should do one this year Burly), the complete lack of sympathy from my wife when I complain about how sore I am, the 'I told you so' speeches emanating from the same person.

Enjoy about coaching rugby?
I see myself less of a 'coach' and more of a 'coordinator'. As a club we have real potential this year and despite how disorganised we are at times before a game in B Grade the way that we come together on the field has been great to be a part of. One trophy down, one big one to go.

Goals for this season?
To win the grand final in August, something I really believe we can do this year.

Proudest rugby achievements?
Best Forward in Under 15s at Marist, the first award I won when dad wasn't coaching my team. I reckon though that it is going to be winning the grand final this year.

Favourite rugby player/s?
George Smith, Totaui Kefu, Willie O, Dennis Bree, Squirter, Tommy 'the hooker' Hurse, Chicken Wing, and for their passion for this great game and for the team - Drew Weaver, Sean Kearns and Brock Evans (at times). I've also really enjoyed seeing young blokes like Jordon Simshauser and Gavin McHugh coming through and improving their game each week.

Favourite rugby team?
If Palmy is playing, the Brumbies.

Anything else to add?
Does Ewen McKenzie read this? If so, I should probably include my email address or phone number just in case he wants to pluck me from B Grade for the European trip at the end of the year *ahem* back to back Best and Fairest *ahem* will probably win it again this year *ahem*.
Also, get to training.

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