UP AND OVER: Jacob Day, 7, during the Calliope Roosters Development Day held at Bunting Park, Calliope.
UP AND OVER: Jacob Day, 7, during the Calliope Roosters Development Day held at Bunting Park, Calliope. Luka Kauzlaric

Future rugby stars hone their skills

CALLIOPE'S second Junior Development Day has attracted a full complement of 200 talented young players to Bunting Park to learn skills from the region's best players.

Still receiving entry forms as late as Saturday afternoon, the day kicked off at 10am on Sunday with juniors galore.

After the success of last year's event, the day yesterday was even bigger, every player leaving with new skills.

"They are all super excited and all had a great day," organiser Shannyn Ind said.

Ten stations were set up to teach the kids, aged between 6 and 13, every skill they could need for the game of rugby league.

With coaches from many of the first grade clubs around the region, Casey Bromilow and Rod Dahl on board, the players are learning from the right place.

"Rod Dahl did all the drills and organised everything we needed for all of the coaches, we really need to thank him," Ind said.

The prospect for next year, which is already on the organisers mind, could be to have some former top level stars to add to the mix.

"Next year we might have some former NRL stars," Ind hinted.

"Stuart Claridge was a huge help in putting it all together as well as our sponsors."

The biggest group of players came in the under six and seven age group, which excited all of the helpers and Ind to keep going for future years and see many of the same players progress through with the chance of being superstars.