Three Cash Converters West Coast Pirates Under 19 players received the opportunity of a lifetime yesterday, as they trained with the Melbourne Storm at UWA Sports Field.
Greg Lingard, Shandon Moody and Ricky Tu’Imola were selected by the Pirates coaching staff to attend the training session ahead of the Storm’s participation in the NRL Double Header at Perth Stadium this weekend.
NRL WA Operations Manager Tony Crowe says the session was a great learning experience for the players.
“These are three kids who really represent our brand in a positive way,” Crowe said.
“It gives them an insight into what they can expect if they put the effort in.”
The Pirates players were joined by five WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership players in the full squad session.
Ben Taylor, Jake Keating (North Beach Sea Eagles), Andrew Jefferey (Rockingham Sharks), Scott Jones (South Perth Lions) and Brad Gibson (Fremantle Roosters) stepped onto the paddock with the likes of Cameron Smith and Ryan Hoffman during training.
Taylor, Jefferey, Jones and Gibson were all part of the Combined Affiliated States side which played England in a World Cup warm-up game at NIB Stadium last year, while Keating has spent time in the NSW Cup.
“These are the five players we’re looking to see take the next step in the local competition as leaders,” Crowe said.
All of the players were invited to the Storm’s motel to attend an official team meeting before travelling with the squad to the UWA fields.
Saturday’s game marks the Storm’s fifth appearance in Perth, having previously played at NIB Stadium in 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2017.
“It’s extremely important to establish these kinds of relationships with NRL bodies.”
The Storm will take to the field for their game against the Bulldogs at 6pm after the conclusion of the South Sydney Rabbitohs v New Zealand Warriors game scheduled for 4pm.