Youngsters get a chance to impress
NRL scouts will scour Advocate Park today for the next wave of rugby league talent.
North Coast and Northern Rivers Academy squads aged 16-17 years will test their skills in a series of matches starting at 2pm.
Country Rugby League’s regional development manager Graham Boland expects an exciting afternoon of football.
“This is the culmination of the off-season program and there should be a high standard played,” he said.
“Each game will run in a 30-minute time slot, with the day completed around 5.30pm.
“Players are attending from the region between Forster-Tuncurry and the Tweed Coast and if the weather is kind it will be a great afternoon.”
Group 2 clubs will provide 23 of the 40 North Coast players on display, with six of these from the Coffs Harbour Comets.
Their careers are being guided by club coach Peter Lee, who offered high praise of the ability and work ethic of his young men.
Lee is a firm believer in promoting youth and providing opportunities for success as an essential factor in fighting off challenges from rival sports.
“They are a very enthusiastic group of kids.
“I believe we need to offer as much encouragement to them as we can,” he said.
“It would be nice for the senior players to come along to lend support and even make a bit of fuss of them.
“If these blokes stick together for the next few years they’ll provide the framework for further success, so we have to do everything we can to keep them keen about their rugby league.”