Wallace and grommets to tackle Storm reserves

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

THEY might not have been able to play an international match last week but a combined team made up of the northern members of Group 2 will still get to play a big game this summer.

Led by Sawtell captain-coach Craig Wallace, a Group 2 team made up of the five teams that sit geographically north from Bellingen will be playing against a Melbourne Storm reserve grade team two nights before the Storm's official NRL trial match against the Gold Coast Titans.

Storm football manager Dean Lance said that the opportunity to give everyone in the squad a run at Coffs Harbour fits in perfectly with coach Craig Bellamy's plans.

"We're bringing 45 people up to camp in Coffs Harbour and 35 of those will be players," Lance said.

"So we're using it as a camp and Craig wanted to give all of the guys a run. It's a bonus for us and it's a bonus for your guys and supporters as well.

"For the young guys that have been training with us in the off-season, this match against the Group team gives us a chance to give them a run in a Storm jersey.

"Seven of the guys that play on the Thursday night will be driving down from Brisbane but you'll see a few players who are on the fringe of playing first grade. It will be a good opportunity for people to see the younger brigade at the club including three or four players who were Australian schoolboys this year."



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