Tough in the jungle for Tigers and Cubs

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.

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