Technique Talk: Meet Ash Unicomb

This week I sat down with Ash Unicomb from the Melbourne Chargers Rugby Club.

Cool, calm and full of talent Ash plays for the Chargers A team in the position of hooker. With eighteen years of rugby experience Ash is still quite new to the Chargers, joining them after making the move to Victoria from Newcastle two years ago.

How did you become involved with the Chargers?

“I moved to Melbourne in 2012, and knew the chargers existed but didn’t want to join mid season. I met a guy who had previously played with them and he introduced me to the club president at midsumma carnival. I was itching to get back out on the field and was at the first training session of the season, far to eager for what my body was ready for.”

What is your personal aim this season?

“As one of the more experienced players, I’ve really tried to take on a leadership role on the team. My main goal this season is to lead by example and train/play as hard and well as I can. Also, to score more tries than Matt Moodie.”

What is your favourite position on the field?

“I play hooker. I like to think a hooker is too big and strong to be a fly half, and too skilled to be a prop.
Hookers have a couple of specific skills that are only performed by them, and they take a lot of practice (throwing at the line out and hooking the ball in the scrum) there’s a fair bit of pressure to perform those skills well as there isn’t anyone else on the team that can do it, and I really enjoy the responsibility. It also pretty much guarantees I get a starting spot every week!”

What training drill do you dread the most?

“It’s a toss up. I’ve always hated doing fitness, but I actually do push myself to do it and always feel great afterwards, and I know it’s good for me. I also dread contact drills (rucking/tackling) as I don’t want to go too hard against my team mates because I worry someone will get hurt. More often than not, it’s me.”

Do you have a nickname on the team?

#ashtag – “It started because we were getting out names printed on our kit bag for the Bingham cup last year. I really wanted something fun on mine, so I asked our team on Facebook for suggestions of what the name on my bag should be. Whatever got the most likes would be it. Thankfully it was #ashtag, cause there were some terrible and possibly offensive suggestions that almost won”

What has been your biggest achievement with the Chargers?

“Winning the plate at Bingham cup last year and getting to play at Bingham in front of my father for the first time since I was 18.”

Why would you suggest people get involved with the Chargers?

“Because rugby is a great sport to play and the more you get into it, the more it consumes you. You can achieve things you never thought you could do, in a welcoming, friendly and understanding environment. We have guys who join who have never caught a ball in their life, and are scared of contact, and before long, they have been nurtured into rugby players who are catching a ball whilst sprinting at the defence, and they come off the field, dirty, sore and with a massive grin on their face because of what they have personally achieved, along side their mates”


If you would like more information on the Melbourne Chargers you can contact them from their Team Melbourne club page.

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