Cream of NQ coaches give help­ing hand to elite ju­niors

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

A CON­TIN­GENT of North Queens­land’s most tal­ented young rugby league play­ers got a chance to put their names for­ward at a re­cent clinic fea­tur­ing Cow­boys un­der- 20s coach Aaron Payne.

Play­ers from Cairns, Mackay, Townsville, the Ather­ton Table­lands and Mount Isa took part in the un­der- 13 Mar­lins devel­op­ment camp, which cul­mi­nated in a game at Jack Man­ski Oval be­tween the 34 play­ers.

Spe­cial­ist coach­ing was pro­vided by Payne and Townsville Black­hawks coach Kris­tian Woolf, while Black­hawks strength and con­di­tion­ing man­ager James Mo­ran pro­vided lessons on in­jury pre­ven­tion and game prepa­ra­tion.

This year’s camp was held to re­place the un­der- 13 Mar­lins team that in pre­vi­ous years trav­elled to the state ju­nior cham­pi­onships.

The end of camp match re­sulted in a 12- all draw, with camp or­gan­is­ers con­fi­dent the pro­grams pro­vided will help the play­ers progress and build to­wards fu­ture rep­re­sen­ta­tive path­ways.

Cow­boys leg­end Aaron Payne.

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