Ju­niors take on the chal­lenge

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - CAREERS -

WHILE the Wal­la­bies are strug­gling on the world stage, the ju­nior sev­ens game will take cen­tre stage in the Great Lakes this week­end.

The op­por­tu­nity to see some of the best tal­ent in the state tak­ing part in the Waratah 7’s State Cup be­ing held for the first time in the Great Lakes, is ex­cit­ing.

This event at­tracts more than 60 teams from across the state, and in­cludes girls and boys from U13s to U17s.

The Lower Mid North Coast Ju­niors are en­ter­ing a boys U13s team, a first for the ju­nior game.

Guided by lo­cal coaches Lee Sul­li­van, Jim Wil­son, Daniel Sawyer and Aaron Dodd, the boys have been train­ing hard look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge of play­ing against sides from tra­di­tional rugby zones.

The side is full of po­ten­tial, Hamish Wil­son has shown a lot of class and has de­vel­oped a for­mi­da­ble com­bi­na­tion with the Bush broth­ers Ned and Dan, along with the crafti­ness of Ma­cauley Mor­ris and the de­ter­mi­na­tion of Lu­cas Pope.

Train­ing has thrown up a few sur­prises. Young Brodie Coble and Price Crane, play­ers with loads of po­ten­tial are strong and ag­ile.

Both will need to be closely watched.

Flyer Dy­lan Ge­orge is gifted with pace and try scor­ing po­ten­tial. New­com­ers Bai­ley Duffy, Jim Lawler, Jye Casey and Tye Lumtin have fit­ted well into the squad.

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful Coffs Chal­lenge and the grow­ing in­ter­est from the Mid North Coast Rugby Union, the zone un­der the di­rec­tion of man­ager Bob Wil­son and Waratah de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Tom David­son, feel the time is right to grow the game in the area.

Af­ter the suc­cess­ful LMNC women’s com­pe­ti­tion this year, where five teams were rep­re­sented pro­duc­ing ex­cel­lent crowd num­bers dur­ing the fi­nal se­ries, the game has never been in bet­ter shape.

Photo: con­trib­uted

TOP TAL­ENT: Waratah 7’s State Cup is at­tract­ing more than 60 teams to com­pete.

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