Marines not back­ward in footy try­out

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

AMER­I­CANS are known for their en­thu­si­asm for sport but try­ing to con­vince them they should throw a foot­ball back­wards was a whole dif­fer­ent ball game.

US Marines with Com­pany L, 3rd Bat­tal­ion, 4th Marine Reg­i­ment, 1st Marine Divi­sion are in Townsville work­ing with the 1st Bat­tal­ion, Royal Aus­tralian Reg­i­ment.

They swapped the cam­ou­flage for footy boots to train un­der the North Queens­land Cow­boys high per­for­mance unit man­ager Paul Bow­man.

“We put them through a sim­i­lar ses­sion to what we do with the Cow­boys dur­ing the pre- season and it’s a bit like a day- in- the- life of our play­ers,” Bow­man said.

“We were able to put them through their paces and there were no com­plaints, they just ripped in.”

Bow­man said with most Marines com­ing from watch­ing NFL there were a few chal­lenges with un­der­stand­ing the rules.

“A few of them watched State of Ori­gin so they knew a lit­tle bit of what rugby league was like but it was a bit hard to con­vince them they had to throw the ball back­wards to go for­wards,” he said.

Sol­diers with the Aus­tralian De- fence Force 10th Force Sup­port Bat­tal­ion also re­cently trained un­der Bow­man.

“It was re­fresh­ing to work with the Army and the Marines be­cause typ­i­cally we do ac­tiv­i­ties with the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion and spon­sors and we are some­what lim­ited with what we can do,” he said.

“This was a re­ally great ex­pe­ri­ence for us.”

US Marines with Com­pany L, 3rd Bat­tal­ion, 4th Marine Reg­i­ment, 1st Marine Divi­sion are work­ing the North Queens­land Cow­boys High Per­for­mance Unit. Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

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