Kids get ball rolling

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport - By Scott Morgan

Chil­dren from around the Auck­land re­gion con­verged on Unitec last week to take part in a skills ses­sion with some rugby su­per­stars.

The chil­dren, who won places at the ses­sion through a com­pe­ti­tion in the Sun­day Star-Times, prac­tised their kick­ing, tack­ling and pass­ing skills for an hour with sev­eral Blues play­ers.

Twelve-year-old Ti­ti­rangi res­i­dent Andrew Glubb, who plays for the Pon­sonby club, was ex­cited to be at the event.

“It’s great train­ing with the play­ers,” he says.

And Ep­som res­i­dent Conor Leath­ley says “learn­ing new skills” was the best part of the ses­sion.

But it wasn’t just the chil­dren who were en­joy­ing the day.

Blues wing David Smith says it’s great to have the chance to spend time with the kids.

“I love hav­ing fun with them and coach­ing them in dif­fer­ent skills.”

Hard-hit­ting util­ity Ben Atiga also en­joyed the ses­sion af­ter some hard train­ing runs dur­ing the week.

“It’s very re­fresh­ing, es­pe­cially since there’s been a bit of pres­sure on us over the last cou­ple of weeks,” he says.

Pho­tos: JA­SON OXENHAM

On the run: Blues half­back Danny Lee puts the kids through their paces.

Down the touch­line: Twelve-year-old Pon­sonby player Andrew Glubb shows some pace at the Blues coach­ing clinic.

Spread it wide: Conor Leath­ley, 15, shows off his pass­ing skills at the Blues coach­ing clinic.

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