Wide Bay Academy coach Glen Dreger puts the juniors through their paces in the pre-season training camp.
Wide Bay Academy coach Glen Dreger puts the juniors through their paces in the pre-season training camp. MURRAY WENZEL

Rugby league academy in full swing

THE footy season may be months away, but Bundaberg’s budding superstars’ desire and passion for the game is such that they have been in intense training for weeks already.

The Wide Bay Junior Rugby League Academy is the place where the region’s top talents hone their skills in the lead up to 2010, in front of coaches who can take them to the top.

Players from under-13 to under-18 have been attending bi-weekly skills and fitness training at Bundaberg State High School with QRL development coach Glen Dreger and first grade ATW coach Mark Craswell, to name a few.

Each club could nominate their best prospects, all of which are putting in an early case for Bundaberg representative honours.

“These are the kids we are looking at for rep next season, and it’s particularly important for the 16s and 18s, who play their rep stuff before the proper season begins,” BJRL vice president Garry Anderson said.

“The turnout we are getting is amazing. The kids are keener than ever and it all points to another strong year for junior league in Bundaberg.”

It is the second year the academy has run — a brainchild of QRL Northern Wide Bay operations manager Dave Pearce and the BJRL committee.

The academy will take a break over Christmas, but the going will only get tougher as they attempt to be in peak fitness come round one next year.



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