Our latest blog sees the Academy take to the training field.
Day Three – Wednesday October 11
The day began early, writes Ian Talbot, as with jet lag kicking all the boys were up for breakfast at 7am for the compulsory tour breakfast of porridge, cereal and toast.
The porridge proved to be as popular as ever, especially with Newton boy Tom Nisbet, who made his best Oliver impression when asking “please Tol, Can I have some more?”.
Straight after breakfast, the boys headed across to the Pepper Stadium, home of the NRL’s Penrith Panthers, for our first training session.
Reality hit home for the lads during the session; they didn’t need to be reminded that the focus of the tour is to test themselves against their peers, some future NRL stars for sure, from the other side of the world.
The session was top quality and as intense as was required.
After lunch, we headed into the City for the walk from the Botanical Gardens to the City Point building, taking in the world famous landmark views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.
Unfortunately, the trip to the top of City Point – the highest point in the city – had to be postponed until later in the trip due to the cloud cover, so the boys had a bit of free time to roam the city before fighting the sleep on the bus journey home.
By the end there was just enough time to hit the local steakhouse for a feed before an early night – in a hope that the jet lag will be conquered by morning!