Tumut Blues GF profiles

The Tumut Blues 2020 squad. Missing: Andy Harris and Matt Free/

Dean Bristow: Tumut’s captain courageous has been very good at fullback this season. The custodian has battled injuries but has been integral to the Blues attack and will again feature heavily in their left and right-side set plays. 

Connor Massen: One of Tumut’s best buys in recent years. The crafty winger has been getting stronger and stronger as the season progresses and had his best game of the season against Young in the semi-final victory. 

Brayden Draber: The versatile outside back has answered the call of his coaches this season, playing at centre, fullback and five-eighth. The speedster, who has scored some good tries, has also handled the dangerous Matt Lyons well this season, and will need to again on Sunday.  

Tolo Aroha-Tuinauvai: A wrecking ball in attack and often the first person to put his hand up for a hit up. Tolo has been a revelation for Tumut this year and has laid the platform for his forwards in recent matches against Brothers, Tigers and Young. 

Matt Richards: The veteran finisher who is as safe as a house. Richards will be chasing a fifth premiership with the club and although 37, he hasn’t lost any of his class and will again do the job on the right edge.  

Jacob Toppin: A Tumut Blue through and through. Toppin returned early from a rib injury against Young on Sunday and stood up to 80-minutes of work at hooker. Tumut will be better for his return to the halves. 

Jordan Anderson: Tumut’s Pommie general who leads by example in both attack and defence. The hard-working playmaker was inspirational in the 2019 decider and the Blues will need that type of performance again on Sunday.  

Zac Masters: Fondly known as ‘Truck’, with an engine capable of big minutes and big impact. If Tumut are to win back-to-back premierships, their fearless forward leader will have to be at his very best against Gundagai. 

Lachlan Bristow: The John Hill medal winner from the 2019 decider missed last week’s semi-final win over Young due to suspension. Still, there is no denying Bristow’s class and he will again be a focal point in Tumut’s attack. 

Jed Pearce: There isn’t much more that can be said about this bullocking bookend. Pearce is relentless in defence, makes great metres with the ball in hand and finds his front with fast and efficient play the balls giving his side consistent go forward. 

Adam Pearce: The veteran back rower has tasted premiership success in 2007, 2010 and 2019 and will chase a fourth ring on Sunday. Arguably having his best year in a Blue jersey, Pearce has added energy to Tumut’s defence, whilst still running dangerous lines out wide.  

Jacob Sturt: Another big body in the Tumut pack, Sturt was a welcome return from Queensland and has found some form in recent weeks. The versatile forward can play big minutes and has a knack of drawing in three or four defenders on each run. 

Michael Fenn: One of the most impactful players Tumut has called upon in 2020 and would likely be the favourite for the Weissel Medal if it was being handed out this year. The big forward can play in the middle or out wide and more often than not, pokes through the line and finds a clever offload. 

Lewis Arragon: Tumut’s ‘Mr Fix it’. Arragon plays anywhere that is needed and is the definition of a quiet achiever. The Blues all-rounder was terrific against Gundagai and Young and will no doubt be in the thick of things come Sunday. 

Tom Jeffery: Another one of Tumut’s premiership winning locals who has continued to improve in 2020. The hard-working second rower has worked tirelessly in what is a star-studded forward pack, often going unnoticed despite a huge offensive and defensive output.

Jacob McGrath: A hardworking forward who has done his job this season. McGrath was a member of Tumut’s 2017 team that made the finals and there is no surprise that success follows the talented Canberra-based backrower. 

Matthew Byatt: A Tumbarumba product preparing for his first Group 9 grand final. Another big body that has been used sparingly, whilst still offering good impact in the second half of games. 

Austin McDougall: The talented finisher has been terrific for the Blues when available. A genuine game-changer who is probably unlucky to miss out on a place in Tumut’s 17 after helping the club to a premiership in 2019.

Parish Bellette: Another player unlucky not to be featuring in Tumut’s final 17. Filled in admirably while Dean Bristow was out injured and looks to be the next in line to make the Tumut fullback position his own. 

Andy Harris: In a year where injuries hurt Tumut at times, Harris answered the club’s call and played in a handful of matches, scoring a try against Brothers and doing his job on the edge. 

Matt Free: The Blues stalwart hasn’t seen much game time in 2020, but has sat patiently on the sidelines and played limited minutes when called upon. A safety net for the Blues who can’t be left out when discussing this team’s success.