Australian Army Thunder league players were mobbed by the kids at Mount St John Infants School in Dorrrigo.
Australian Army Thunder league players were mobbed by the kids at Mount St John Infants School in Dorrrigo. Submitted

Thunder storms in to inspire

PLAYERS from the Australian Army Thunder rugby league team were swamped by students on Wednesday when they visited district primary schools.

Accompanied by ARL development officer Mike Castle, 12 players from the squad attended six schools in Repton, Raleigh, Bellingen and Dorrigo.

“During each visit the schools were presented with the Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well DVD, which will be of immense long-term benefit,” Castle said.

“Addressing the students, the players talked about the importance of eating well and looking after yourself.

“They related this back to their specific jobs in the army and as a rugby league player or sportsman.

“I think the guys had as much fun as the kids,” Castle said.

The Thunder is making its third visit to the region and will take on the Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo Magpies tomorrow at Bellingen Park in the annual Sgt Matthew Locke MG Memorial match.

Gates open at 2pm, with junior games and entertainment setting the scene for the main event at 5.30pm.

To demonstrate official support for the game ADF vice-chief Lieutenant General David Hurley will attend, accompanied by Special Operations Commander Australia, Major General Peter Gilmour.

Dignitaries will be met by Major General (Ret.) Jim Molan, patron of Legacy and The Grub Club, the charity named in honour of the late Matt “Grub” Locke.

Special guest for the event will be Cpl Ben Roberts-Smith, VC MG.



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