ARTICLE BY CARLY LADEN/BROOME ADVERTISER
North West Reds rugby league players and young rugby league enthusiasts got the chance to have a crack at NRL training at a recent come-and-try day.
On Sunday, children spent the morning out on Nipper Roe Oval taking part in various NRL training drills and match scenarios.
The workshop was led by NRL WA regional development officer Laurie Taylor with North West Reds under-12s coach Sean Durant.
Taylor said he was impressed by the turnout for the workshop and the enthusiasm of the children.
“The community has certainly responded well to the come-and-try day so hopefully we can take the session and turn it into some more registrations for the Broome Jets,” he said.
“It also gives us promising signs for the upcoming Tackle and Touch program that will be returning next week for a six-week competition.
“The program will introduce the kids to rugby league and then we’ll play a few games over the course of the six weeks.” The session was originally intended to take place on Saturday, but it was postponed to be held on Sunday because of inclement weather.
The workshop was another chance for the North West Reds to hone their skills ahead of April’s Junior State Championships as they took part in a training camp over the Labour Day long weekend.
Taylor said he was very impressed by the commitment and dedication of the players and coaches throughout the camp.
Durant said seeing everyone involved in the North West Reds camp and come-and-try day was outstanding.
“The camp has really been focused on team bonding since we have one half of the team from Broome and the other half from Karratha,” he said.
“We’ve been really trying to develop the core skills of rugby league so everyone is well prepared for April and they get around each other.
“Everyone has bonded really well very quickly so it’s awesome to see everyone come together.”