Scotty Partis: West Hull vs Thatto Heath
West Hull take on Thatto Heath on Saturday in the quarter final of the challenge cup. I've visited West Hull Community Center a few times, and rarely travel back from North Road feeling short changed as the "green and golds" always impress with their near perfect balance between power, and skill! . Thatto Heath are equally as slick and brawny making this fixture one you do not want to miss!
I spoke to Half-Back Scotty Partis, 33, who returned to Wests in 2014 having come through their youth ranks before a stint on the other side of the river at East Hull. There is no doubt Scotty is talented with bags of experience, but he also strikes me as a bit of a maverick, so I was keen to hear what he had to say about his club and their upcoming fixture.
1. How would you sum up West Hull's Season so far?
"We started the season a little sluggish and lost a few games by narrow margins but our home form has been really solid. We were missing 10 first team players and had a blip against Skirlaugh last week. However, we have been building some good momentum and find ourselves in a good place within the top 5 and we are due to play 4 of them at our place so we stand a really good chance of moving up into the top 3. We are very confident in our own ability as a team there is no reason why we shouldn't be in the mix come end of the season in both competitions".
2. How have previous encounters with Thatto Heath gone?
"We beat them at our place in the challenge cup at the start of the season and they beat us in the league earlier in the year! Both games have been really close and this weekend's game could go either way. They're a well coached team but like I said, we back ourselves and that's what we will be concentrating on this week".
3. You're currently part of a very strong West Hull squad, but who would you say is the hardest worker in the team?
" Definitely not Kurtis Richie (the big lazy Aussie ha!) We are lucky to have some real grafters but I would have to say Ryan Steen, it's unreal the amount of carries and tackles the bloke makes!"
4. Who is the biggest hitter in the team?
"Another tough question, all our front rowers can really hit! But I would say probably Louis Crowther because he's not the biggest back row, but running straight at him is a big mistake!
5. Who's the toughest player you've played against?
"Well I was lucky to be a part of probably the toughest squad that the NCL had seen for a long time at East Hull. (I was the only player who wasn't tough!) Couple of names which stick out who I have faced over the years, would be Dave Patterson from Miners and Mel Alker from Pats".
6. Do you keep an eye on any of the younger squads at West Hull, if so how do you rate their talent?
"We all do as a squad! we have seen a good number of 18's coming through into the first team and they have all been quality. West Hull is famous for producing the best youth players. I watched our 13's last week and they look a really good side. They have a good coach: Glyn Jones who has also played at the top amateur level".
7. And finally, what do you think West Hull's long-term ambitions should be?
"We just need to stay focused and barring a few injuries we should go well this season! In the long term the club's future is looking really good, like I said; players are coming through and playing awesome in the first team at 17 and 18 years old! it's great to see! Plus, our squad at the minute is very young, (apart from me and Lee Cator don't call us evergreen! Plenty more silverware down the years I'm sure".
Thanks again Scotty!
Written by Shawn Boatin