CRL PATHWAYS AND DEVELOPMENT CAMP
The best young Rugby League players from across Regional NSW will come together this weekend for the inaugural Country Rugby League Pathways and Development Camp at the Sydney Academy of Sport in Narrabeen.
Over 350 players, coaches and trainers from CRL Regional Academies will participate in the weekend which will include trial matches against other academies, NRL Welfare and Education sessions, SPARQ testing and goal setting sessions.
The program is overseen by NSW State of Origin Assistant Coach and CRL High Performance Manager Matt Parish and will include sessions with Country Origin Coach Craig Fitzgibbon.
CRL CEO Terry Quinn believes the camp is a wonderful opportunity for all involved.
“This is the first time we have held a camp of this magnitude for our Under 16 and Under 17’s players and we’re excited to be able to offer this opportunity through Country Rugby League,” said Quinn.
“The program that Matt (Parish) has been running has been very well received and has allowed our players, coaches and trainers to improve their performance both on and off the field.
“We have some high profile people involved with our program and we’re very proud to be able to offer their knowledge and expertise to our participants.”
CRL High Performance Manager Matt Parish believes the program offers young players the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
“It’s not about readying players for the NRL,” said Parish.
“It’s about providing these kids with the best chance to be the best that they can be, whether that’s playing for their hometown or playing with their Under 16 and 18 representative sides.”
“It’s been a real pleasure to work, not only with the kids, but all of the coaches, trainers and volunteers who make Country Rugby League what it is.”
The Pathways and Development Camp will take place at the Sydney Academy of Sport in Narrabeen from Friday 26th – Sunday 28th February.
OUTBACK RUGBY LEAGUE
The Outback Rugby League have had a busy start to the year with numerous school clinics, league net training for all clubs, NSW Goodsports initiatives and NRL Community Carnival visits helping Rugby League to engage with the community.
Former Sydney Rooster Anthony Minichiello and St George Illawarra Dragon Dan Hunt visited Menindee Central School, Wilcannia Central School, Mission School Broken Hill Primary, Alma Primary School , Burke Ward Primary School and Willyama and Broken Hill High schools to promote health and wellbeing messages to the students.
The Wilcannia Boomerangs and Parntu Warriors also took part in the NSW Goodsports Sober Selife Weekend Challenge which received wide spread recognition from NSW Health, ABC Outback Radio, Maari Ma Aboriginal Health and the NSW Police. The weekend culminated in a social game of cricket where community members engaged in a game with no alcohol and committed to eating healthy with fresh fruit being supplied by Maari Ma.
RAMS JUNIORS DEFEAT PANTHERS
Story by – Nick McGrath / Central Western Daily
WESTERN Rams under-18 coach Cameron Greenhalgh has arguably the best and worst job in the region right now.
Greenhalgh’s under-18 Western Academy team racked up two hugely impressive victories over both Penrith Panthers under-17 development sides during the curtain raisers for Saturday night’s NRL trial game at Wade Park, giving the Forbes-based mentor plenty of confidence heading into the country championships this season.
The problem now becomes trimming his squad to a 20-strong Rams contingent, undoubtedly, resulting in some quality players missing the cut.
“It’s created a few headaches, the way we’ve played today,” Greenhalgh said after his side won 16-4 and then 20-8.
“Up against quality opposition like Penrith, we were fantastic. We started really, really well in the first 40 against the first Penrith side and I’m really happy with how we went there.
SAWTELL CLAIM BACK-TO-BACK 9’s TITLES
A try with only 30 seconds remaining has seen the Sawtell Panthers claim
back-to-back Coffs Coast 9’s tournaments.
The Panthers were trailing Nambucca Heads by a point with less than a minute remaining when they regained possession in the opposition red zone after a knock on.
A darting run from dummy half and a short pass to a flying Asalemu Usumanu was enough to claim a Panthers victory after a successful day.
Player of the Tournament was Sawtell’s Lachie Miller, with Cudgen defeating Port Breakers 21-0 in the U18’s final.
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