Juniors to make most of NRL visit to tamworth

TAMWORTH and District Minor League is hitching a “rugby league ride” with the Newcastle Knights-Cronulla Sharks NRL visit to Tamworth and district for Saturday night’s big NRL pre-season match at Scully Park.

TDML publicity officer Steve Lasscock is hoping for a “cracking 2013 season”, starting with this Saturday’s Mega Registration Day at the new Minor League Park at Plain Street.

“A number of NRL stars from the Knights and Sharks will be on hand so the boys can get up close with some of the best guys in the League,” Lasscock said.

“The registration day starts at 10am and the NRL stars will be at the ground from 10amuntil noon. 

“This is going to be a very exciting day and we will get a taste of what 2013 will bring.

“At this stage, players from both the Knights and Sharks will be at the rego day. Every club will be represented.”

The NRL presence should ensure a good roll-up, something similar to previous recent appearances by Parramatta and Manly Warringah players in Armidale, Bingara, Warialda, Moree and Wee Waa.

The Parramatta Eels, sponsored by Armidale’s UNE, made a huge impression during a recent training camp and pre-season trial against the Newcastle Knights.

While the Eels and Knights played second-string outfits, this Saturday night’s Knights and Shark squads will contain all the stars from the two clubs in their final hit-outs before the start of the NRL season.

The busy week for juniors continues in Tamworth and Boggabri today with Small Schools Gala Days.

Then Captains Cup and Girls League Tag begins next month at Moree, Glen Innes, Narrabri, Inverell, Tamworth and Armidale.

Year 3 and 4 students can play in competitive and non-competitive seven-a-side games of rugby league and league tag at Boughton Oval, Moree, Kerry Mead Park, Glen Innes, Cooma Oval, Narrabri, Kamilaroi Oval, Narrabri, Plain Street, Tamworth and in Armidale.

This week, local schools will benefit from visits from the Knights and Sharks.

Some of the Knights arrive today, with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service flying NRL ambassador Alan Tongue and Knights players to Coonabarabran to carry out some special sessions with local children in the wake of the devastating bushfires.

The Knights then have their first scheduled training session tomorrow morning at Jack Woolaston Oval not Scully Park, North Tamworth president   Gary Chillingworth said.

“Players will be there from 8am and it is open to the public,” he said.