New Grop­ers coach a hard taskmas­ter

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Classifieds - Therese Col­man

Mar­garet River Grop­ers will re­cruit new play­ers ahead of the 2018 rugby sea­son.

Train­ing be­gan last month un­der the watch­ful eye of new head coach Viv Booker, a life mem­ber of Ned­lands Rugby Club and for­mer coach of the WA team for sev­eral in­ter­na­tional matches.

Grop­ers play­ers re­gard Booker as a “hard taskmas­ter”, say­ing they are sub­jected to more than 40 push-ups for every dropped ball.

“He be­lieves in fit­ness, pace, grit, in­ten­sity and skill,” they said. “In his first ses­sion on Thurs­day, the play­ers re­alised he meant busi­ness.

“Many a player (was) close to throw­ing up,” they said.

“Hope­fully by the end of pre­sea­son we’ll be ripped and skil­ful.”

But player Si­mon Earl said new­com­ers should not be scared off and the team looked for­ward to hav­ing a few “fresh new faces”.

“We al­ready have a great turnout at train­ing and it’s still early in the pre-sea­son,” he said.

“For any­one who used to play or wants to try it out for the first time, we en­cour­age them to come along and reg­is­ter sooner rather than later.”

The Grop­ers play on Sat­ur­day af­ter­noons and will com­pete against other South West teams such as Bus­sel­ton, Bun­bury and Col­lie.

Train­ing is at Nip­pers Oval on Thurs­day nights at 6pm.

The team will add a Tues­day ses­sion closer to the start of the sea­son.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Mar­garet River Grop­ers Rugby Club on 0422 497 343 or visit their Face­book page.

Mar­garet River Grop­ers play­ers are train­ing for the new sea­son.

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