Ju­nior tal­ent goes in­ter­na­tional

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Looklocal -

AF­TER a suc­cess­ful sea­son in the Perth rugby union com­pe­ti­tion, six lo­cal ju­nior rugby play­ers will head to Sin­ga­pore to face in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Will Of­fer (South Perth), Jamie Drum­mond, Oliver An­n­ear (Como), Chase Ri­d­ley, Noah Shaw and Cal­lum Roberts (Vic­to­ria Park) all play for the “Ned­dies” (Ned­lands Rugby Union Club) un­der-10 rugby team.

The boys de­cided to en­ter the an­nual Cen­taurs In­ter­na­tional Youth Tour­na­ment in Sin­ga­pore to cap off a rugby sea­son where they emerged un­de­feated in the Perth un­der-10s com­pe­ti­tion in 2014.

The Cen­taurs tour­na­ment has at­tracted more than 120 teams across the ju­nior age groups from five dif­fer­ent coun­tries – Aus­tralia, Hong Kong, Thai­land, In­done­sia and host Sin­ga­pore.

The tour­na­ment will be played this week­end with the Cup, Bowl and Plate up for grabs in all ju­nior grades.

Un­der-10s coach Mark Drum­mond said the Ned­dies boys had been in train­ing for the Sin­ga­pore tour­na­ment for more than two months since their lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion fin­ished and were ex­cited about the prospect of play­ing over­seas against in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

“It will be a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity and ex­pe­ri­ence for these boys to meet and play against play­ers from dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

“The boys will be play­ing in some very hu­mid con­di­tions over two days in Sin­ga­pore so it will be sur­vival of the fittest.

“I’m sure they’ll ac­quit them­selves well at the tour­na­ment and make some new friends along the way.”

The Ned­dies un­der­10s are man­aged by Wil- son res­i­dent Tom Fearn, a for­mer as­sis­tant coach of the Western Force Su­per 15 team who re­cently re­turned from a pro­fes­sional coach­ing ca­reer in Ja­pan.

Ned­dies is also send­ing an un­der-11 team to Sin­ga­pore along with a com­bined Ned­diesCottes­loe un­der-12 team.

The Ned­dies ju­niors are a path­way to Perth’s most suc­cess­ful se­nior club, with the Ned­dies premier grade team ap­pear­ing in the Perth club fi­nals for a re­mark­able 32 con­sec­u­tive sea­sons.

Noah Shaw, Jamie Drum­mond, Chase Ri­d­ley, Oliver An­n­ear, Cal­lum Roberts and Will Of­fer.

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