Players from the Gold Coast Titans during pre-season training.
Players from the Gold Coast Titans during pre-season training. Nathan Friend

Titans show class

PLAYERS from the Gold Coast Titans took a break from a training camp at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort yesterday afternoon to visit some primary schools in the area.

Students from the Lowanna, Upper Orara and Coramba schools were thrilled to have the NRL players visit them and have some fun while Titans Development Officer Renee Cohen showed them some of the finer points of the game.

Queensland back-rower Ashley Harrison was running around the sports field at Coramba with team-mates David Mead, Esi Tonga and Brad Meyers and he admitted that it was great to get out to see the kids and help promote the game.

“We were given the opportunity with an afternoon off from training to see the kids and help them try and get out and enjoy playing footy,” Harrison said.

At Upper Orara, Titans flyer Chris Walker was joined by Aaron Cannings, Will Matthews and Brad Davis while William Zillman, Shannon Walker, Josh Graham and Brenton Bowen visited Lowanna Public School.

Some of the students may have had some trouble catching the NRL speedsters during the game sense activities but there was no doubting how much fun they had once the smiles on their faces were seen.

The NRL club is in Coffs Harbour this week for a camp and Harrison said that the value of such a venture with the season kick-off just around the corner can't be underestimated.

“This is something that we try to do at the start of every year and having this weekend off we've come to Coffs Harbour where it's good to get away and stay together with the boys,” he said.

“While we're here we work on a few things that we haven't done in the trials so we make sure we get them right before we start the season proper.”

The Titans 2009 campaign gets underway next Sunday when they host Newcastle at Skilled Stadium.

After a long pre-season, the Titans players can't wait to get stuck into the real thing in 11 day's time.

“It's been a long preparation, we've been at it since the start of November and all the boys are really edgy at the moment waiting for that Sunday game up at home,” Harrison said.

The Titans will be returning to the Gold Coast tomorrow morning so they can attend the club's season launch tomorrow night.

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