GREATER Northern Academy squad members trained on Scully Park for the last time this year on Sunday.
While the iconic ground is to be bulldozed to make way for a multi-million dollar motel and car park there was plenty of future for the talented young men assembled in the 40-player GNA squad.
GNA coach Peter Stevens was delighted with the final session, an afternoon starting about 2.30pm and finishing at 6pm.
That was through the heat of a 36-degree day as well.
“It was a good way to finish,” Stevens said of the Tiger and Cub GNA squads.
“I was really impressed by the younger ones (Cubs) to be honest.
“They have shown a big improvement since we started.”
The GNA changed their format a little this year by taking their age level down a year to include 14 and 15-year-ols.
“They were really good, even in the opposed stuff.
“The older Tigers were a bit too strong for them but the Cubs held their shape. The Tigers did overrun them for a time. That’s why we gave them a break for a little while. The Tigers were a bit too big and strong for them but after the break the Cubs came back well and competed well.”
The GNA now has a Christmas New Year break with the next session on January 19.
That’s when the Cubs and Tigers will begin preparations for matches against the Newcastle Knights squads.