Carl Sice set to make 200th appearance for Whitehaven
Last updated at 11:36, Thursday, 28 February 2013
Carl Sice is set for his landmark 200th appearance for Whitehaven against Championship title favourites Featherstone Rovers on Sunday and remarked: “I’ve loved every minute of it.”
The hooker made his Haven debut in a 26-2 NL1 victory against Hull KR at the Recreation Ground in May, 2003, after switching from Workington Town.
And even though he turns 33 in April, and is now in his testimonial year, he remains one of the club’s key attacking weapons.
“To represent your home-town club 200 times is quite a good achievement,” he said. “I’ve loved every minute at the club. I’ve had a good run at if for 14 years and still feel fit and healthy.
“I appreciate every game now because you can’t go on forever. I treat every game like it is my last. Any serious injury at my age and I would not hesitate to hang up my boots.”
Sice made his Ireland debut last year and is available for selection for the World Cup this autumn.
“They are naming a 40-man squad next month,” he added. “With the World Cup coming up, you’ll find Super League and NRL players make themselves available, and I haven’t got my hopes up.
“I’ll concentrate on playing well for Whitehaven, and that will put me in the shop window for Ireland.”
He has not yet given any thought as to whether he will extend his pro career in to 2014 with Dave Woods’ side.
“You take it year by year,” Sice continued. “Dave laid down the law early in the year and told me what he wants from me. I’m happy to come off the bench and know what I need to work on to get in the team.”
Sice was one of Haven’s better performers last weekend at Dewsbury, when in the opening 12 minutes of the second-half they conceded 24 unanswered points – four converted tries – on their way to a 46-8 defeat, after trailing just 16-8 playing up the slope in the first-half.
“Half-time came at a bad time for us,” Sice said. “We were caught cold, they hit a purple patch and we couldn’t pull it back.
“We’ve just come in to this division and are going against teams that are firing on all cylinders. It comes down to team spirit and ours is the best it has been for a number of years.
“Some decent lads have been brought in and it’s very enjoyable at the moment.”
Haven are heading for a bumper four-figure crowd against Rovers.
“Featherstone anticipate they will bring over 300 supporters,” said chief executive Barry Richardson. “If our fans get behind the club, it will be a really fantastic atmosphere. Hopefully, they can spur the lads on to a really good performance.”
First published at 11:32, Thursday, 28 February 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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