PICKING a squad of 15 to go to Kincumber for a rugby league development tournament was the hardest task Scott Saunders and Shane McLean have been involved in for a long while.
The two coaches had their young charges at another training session at the Plain Street Fields on Tuesday.
Even Malik Hunt turned up despite a bout of tonsillitis.
While he didn’t train, the ailing young player will be right by the weekend when the Tamworth Under 9 side tackles three games on Sunday morning at McEvoy Oval, Umina.
“The boys have been training well together,” Saunders said.
“They trained Tuesday afternoons and then Saturdays after playing their club rounds.
“We had a trial and have come up with a very handy side.”
Every club is represented he said of young stars from Werris Creek, Manilla, Dungowan, Collegians, Wests, North Tamworth and Kootingal.
McLean said the young players had worked in well together.
‘They have been training hard and working in well together,” he said.
“When we pick these kids we hope to give them a few more skills – how to tackle correctly, things like that.
“When we started we had 40 trialling.
“It’s been particularly hard getting down to 15.s
“There are a lot of other young players who could have just as easily been in this team.”
TAMWORTH U9 DEVELOPMENT TEAM: Harry Gavin, Jackson Standford, Tom Patterson, Jacob Bird, Ryley Marsh, Johnny Tongue, Harry McLean, Mackenzie Austin, Levi Allan, Nash Porter, Elijah Allan-Saunders, Connor Cloake, Josh Petherbridge, Malik Hunt, Cody Parry.