Seagulls gear up for new season
SEAGULLS Junior Rugby League International teams have started preparation for the 2012 season which starts February 3.
An U15 squad attended a two-day training camp at the North Keppel Island Environmental Education Centre (NKIEEC) January 20, 21 under the guidance of high performance coach Jason Green.
Twenty-one players coming from as far as Malanda in the far north, Roma to the west, Gladstone and Moura to name a few made the journey to the camp.
All were put through skill development and fitness drills giving them an insight into what is required throughout the season and coach Green was impressed with the high level of ability and drive of all who participated.
Along with the 21 players, coaches and first aid officers were two U16 Seagulls players and current Australian Schoolboys representatives Cooper Bambling and Sheldon Bobbett, who acted as mentors to the U15.
The Seagulls U15s offered a special thank you to all the staff of NKIEEC, especially principal Roger Searle and camp caterers Chris and Christine who were more than accommodating.
They were impressed by the behaviour of all and are looking forward to next year's flock of U15 Seagulls landing on the island for what is hoped will become an annual event on the Seagulls calendar.
With the return to school this week the Seagulls will hold a training run for all international grades (U13, U14, U15, U16 and U18s) on Friday from 3.30pm at St Brendans college oval where numbers will be finalised and players can meet their coaches for the upcoming season.
While the club will do its best to accommodate anyone wanting to play, there are limited playing positions available in all grades.
Interested players are urged to contact Seagulls JRL registrar Steph Stenhouse on 0447 395 175 ASAP to discuss.