Day of reckoning arrives for academy

MONTHS of training will be put to the test for the Greater Northern Rugby League Academy players when they take on the Newcastle Knights Chargers and Under 17 squads in Cessnock tomorrow.

The squads will face a tough task in what will be their first full games of 2014, however the coaches are pleased with the progress of the players through the program. 

The Knights’ development squads train regularly and have had the opportunity to play trials over the past few weeks.

Greater Northern Regional Manager Scott Bone is looking forward to the games this week.

“The coaches and players can’t wait for Saturday. For the coaches, we will be putting a lot of emphasis on the players’ ability to perform in the game situation,” he said.

The Cubs will take on the Chargers at 1pm, whilst the Tigers will play the Knights U17s at 2.30pm. Round 1 of the Harold Matthews and SG Ball competitions will follow the games at Baddeley Park, with the Knights taking on Western Suburbs.

CUBS: Josh Bermingham, Harrison Buhler, Brad Collett, James Fisk, Marcus Hayne, Jesse Hourn, Cameron Howard, Kydan Howard, Jack Inder, Jack Jeffery, Brayden Jerrard, Blake Kellett, Hayden Loughrey, Jake Parker, Ben Price, Phillip Quinlan, Jorden Symington, Zach Taylor, Cameron Thorne, Lachlan Walmsley, 

TIGERS: Isaac Austin, Tye Barry, Scott Berry, Chris Dillon, Noa Durham, Zac Faulkner, Brayden Gallagher, Ryan Horton, Brad Johnston, Isaac Laird, Mitch Lennon, Corey Manicaros, Greg Press, John Boy Quinlan, Tom Say, Jed Smith, Matt Thompson, Josh Upward, Tye Walklate, Sam White.

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