League legends pass on tips to Gladstone junior players
HOMEGROUND'S green space was chock-a-block on Thursday afternoon with a visit from NRL greats Alfie Langer, Scott Prince, Michael Crocker, Mat Rogers and Kevin Walters.
About 70 juniors from the Past Brothers and Calliope Roosters Rugby League Clubs and other kids from across the region joined in a round of NRL drills alongside the legends, before a barbecue dinner and some cold ones.
For Calliope's Homeground Accommodation, it was a chance to pitch a new Foxtel package offering workers the 80-plus channels in each personal room, but the kids didn't care about that - they just wanted to play ball.
There's so much great coaching out there, if they apply themselves they can get to any level.
The past players were keen to get in there and rough it with the young boys, who were stoked to have their heroes not just in town, but passing on trade secrets.
"It's important for the kids to be enjoying it at this age," Langer said
Twelve-year-old Dylan, a junior Roosters player, said it was an awesome day out.
"Playing the game of tackle was my favourite," he said.
Michael Crocker, managing player relations for the Rugby League Players Association, said he was trying to petition for bigger games to be held regionally.
"Especially up here in the rugby league heartland... they don't get too many games up here," he said.
The biggest tip Mat Rogers gave was to be consistent.
"The hardest thing as a kid is distractions," he said.
"There's so much great coaching out there, if they apply themselves they can get to any level."