Pre-sea­son train­ing work­shop opens doors for ju­nior Raiders

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -


SIXTY-FIVE kids prac­tised ba­sic kick­ing, ruck­ing, tack­ling and pass­ing at the Whit­sun­day Ju­nior Raiders Rugby Union hol­i­day clinic on Fri­day last week.

The two day event was de­signed to give new play­ers an in­tro­duc­tion to rugby union and to brush away the cob­webs of play­ers prior to the start of the sea­son.

Vol­un­teer coaches from the Whit­sun­day Raiders se­nior teams spent the day pro­vid­ing help­ful one-on-one tips and guid­ance on ba­sic ele­ments of the game to the young play­ers.

Ju­nior Raiders pres­i­dent Shar­ron Pratt said the hol­i­day clinic was open to play­ers from 13 to 16-years-old, with all funds raised go­ing to­wards pur­chas­ing new equip­ment for the club.

QRU de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Peter Firth said he was ex­tremely im­pressed with the turnout over the two days.

“If we can get the ma­jor­ity of kids to reg­is­ter it would be a great boost for lo­cal rugby union in the re­gion,” he said.

Grass roots player Tom Clarke, who is in the un­der-17s national in­dige­nous rugby union team go­ing to France in Septem­ber, said he en­joyed help­ing the kids de­velop their skills.

Raiders A grade player Chris Low said the kids ro­tated through four sep­a­rate train­ing sta­tions, im­prov­ing dra­mat­i­cally over the course of the day.

“The kids were so en­thu­si­as­tic and I am pos­i­tive we will have some ex­cel­lent young tal­ent com­ing through the club,” he said.

The of­fi­cial sign-up for the 10 week 2013 ju­nior rugby union sea­son will be held on July 5 for a July 15 start at the Raiders Rugby Club at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park at 6pm.

All play­ers who sign up will have the op­por­tu­nity to play in the Whit­sun­days first ju­nior car­ni­val from July 27-28.

HOL­I­DAY FUN: Po­ten­tial Ju­nior Raiders play­ers Hunter Wil­liams, Sam Rogers, Mitchell Telford (sec­ond row) Joe Marr, Keenan Coet­zee and Con­nor Palmer were taught how to goal kick by vol­un­teer coaches Justin Chen­gody, Tom Clarke and Whit­sun­day Raiders A grade player Chris Low and Ge­orge Ross (back) at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park on Sun­day.

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