Academy Prep For Game 2

DAY 7 – After Sunday’s much deserved day of rest and recuperation, it was back to work on Monday morning with our preparations for game two on Wednesday.

Under the watchful eye of Derek Traynor, Paul Molyneux, Eric Frodsham and Tommy Martyn, the squad worked on goal line defence and ruck attack as well as some other attacking combinations after the loss of influential hooker Josh Eaves for the remainder of the tour.

Sadly, the youngster broke his jaw.

The remaining staff prepared a plentiful pasta-based lunch before the players took to the lake at Cables to try their hand at wakeboarding. It must be said that ability was mixed, but they certainly were a persevering bunch. After several attempts the traditional starters way – on your knees –  Robbie Horton proved to be a trendsetter by finding a method never previously witnessed by the staff – on his stomach!

Jordan Olmez wouldn’t be beaten and Jonny Skinner kept up the physio traditions by being hopeless! Matty Lees and Kieran O’Mara were the early pace setters, but despite his advancing years Neil Kilshaw retained his title with Matty Kilgannon in second place with a late charge!

To finish the day off the army of parents on their own trips visited the camp for a lakeside bbq with the players and staff.

The squad are in good spirits following their opening victory and trained very well, so all the signs are good for the next game versus Central Coast at Wyong in two days time.

By Neil Kilshaw

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