Group 16 players head-hunting clinics

GROUP TALENT: Bega Rooster James Grant makes a pass in the skills session at the first Group 16 clinic held on Sunday.

GROUP TALENT: Bega Rooster James Grant makes a pass in the skills session at the first Group 16 clinic held on Sunday.

Bega Roosters James Grant and Connor Carr were just two of Group 16’s rising league stars to take part in a high-performance clinic on Sunday.

About 40 young players turned out for the first of a series of five clinics, which will culminate with development camps with the Canberra Raiders.

The clinic, hosted by Red Energy and Group 16, aims to identify future representative players for the under 16s and under 18s, and to improve skills.

Former NRL player and representative coach Jason Kelly ran the clinic with support from coaching staff in Group 16.

Grant and Carr were regarded highly for their talent during the clinic, which focused on education and skills drills.

“These kids are awesome,” Kelly said.

“There is so much talent in our local region.”

After a skills session, NRL development officer Damian Kennedy gave a demonstration on the attitude and respect required in the game.

“To be a great rugby league player, it is important to know how to conduct yourself off the field as well as on it,” Kennedy said.

“The segment we did on social media and cyber bullying was worthwhile.”

The coaching staff, on the lookout for players for rep sides, said they had already been watching a number of the entrants during the season.

The selected squad will be invited to a two-day camp at Bruce Stadium in Canberra to work with the Raiders.

“Don Furner and the Raiders are keen to see what Group 16 can produce,” Group 16 president Dean Lynch said.

“This is a big opportunity for these young players.”

The next camp will be held in Bega on October 25 and players eligible for the 16s and 18s next season are invited to attend.

To register interest, email redenergyhighperformancecamps@gmail.com with your name, age and club.

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