THE annual Greater Northern Rugby League Development camp kicked off yesterday with about 60 juniors from all over the region lining up for some expert tuition and rugby league fun at Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School.
Greater Northern Rugby League regional manager Scott Bone said players aged between 12 and 16 years of age from all over northern NSW had converged on Tamworth for two days of coaching and development.
“They have two days of fun and the opportunity to further their rugby league skills,” Bone said yesterday.
“The camp has seen many players attend over the past nine years, players such as Singleton’s Josh King who debuted for Newcastle in the NYC competition this year and Stephen Blair from South West Rocks who attended last year’s camp, currently playing with the Sydney Roosters in their Harold Matthews Cup (Under 16s) side that will play in this weekend’s playoffs.”
Newcastle Knights Performance Director of their High Performance Unit, Col Sanctuary, will be at the camp today to work with the older players who will be attending.
“This is a great opportunity for these older players to work with and see some of the skills that players within rugby league systems use,” Bone said.
“Col’s driving up for the 45- minute session then heading straight back as the Knights’ Under 16 Harold Mathews Cup and Under 18 SG Ball Cup sides have made the semi- finals and both train.
“Kids like Rohan Pottinger and Zak Leonard are in that SG Ball squad.
“We are very appreciative of the time that Col can spend at the camp.”
The young players arrived early yesterday afternoon and had some easier sessions before a big day of more intense skills work today.
“They were basically getting to know each other this afternoon, doing the basics – catch and pass, things like that,” Bone said.
“All day Wednesday will be more intense with some agility and skill work.
“They have another session on Thursday.”