Hemel Sags assistant coach Jermaine Coleman says he relished the chance to pull on the gold and blue jersey and get back on the pitch last weekend.
Coleman delivered a man of the match performance in Sunday’s victory over the All Golds that helped Hemel to consolidate their play-off position.
The Hemel assistant coach had reported an interest in playing again to boss Troy Perkins in recent weeks, and seized the chance when he got the nod from the Australian.
“It was great to get back onto the playing field on Sunday and nice to come out relatively unharmed, be part of a good team performance and to know I can still contribute on the pitch,” said Coleman.
“My body feels relatively good and most importantly my knees both came through okay. I have no real plans about the rest of the season and have come to terms with the fact I will need to take each week as it comes now with the state of my knees, but I will look to contribute as much as possible, be that on the field or off.”
The Coleman brothers playing in tandem - Jy-Mel Coleman has had an outstanding campaign to date - certainly adds a touch of quality to the team at a crucial stage in the season, but as Jermaine explains, the siblings have a bit to learn about each other’s game.
“Sunday was the first time I’ve played in the halves with my brother which was nice, but it was interesting to watch the game back and see just how many times we were in each other’s way and thinking the same play.”
The amiable Coleman was understandably pleased with the team’s victory against the All Golds.
“I thought the team performance on Sunday was a very positive step forward from the previous two weeks.
“We controlled the game throughout and restricted a really good Gloucester team to little possession and territory.
“Our kick chase and defence was excellent and the desire to work for one and other is there week in week out. “
Looking ahead to the eagerly awaited local derby against the London Skolars tomorrow, Coleman says it is important the team tries to treat the game as just another fixture.
“It’s important leading into this week that we prepare really well. Playing the Skolars is like playing a cup fixture as form and league position go out the window.
“We just need to try and stay calm and play with the same control we demonstrated on Sunday and not get wrapped up in the occasion.
“Our forwards will be vital this week coming up against their experienced powerful pack.
“However, I have full confidence that if we can match them there we have more than enough ability to come away with a positive result.”