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Colts Update from Keith

We are entering the last 2 weeks of pre-season training which has been running since 22nd of October. Having completed about 44 training sessions we now have 5 sessions to go before our 1st trial v West Harbour at Rockdale on 7th March. We all know the Pirates will a very physical and tough first up game but the boys have been doing full contact since the first training session, competing against the grade players so we will be ready for some tough in your face rugby.

Anyone who has seen a Todd Louden training session will understand, “we will be ready”.

The remaining training sessions leading into to the first trial and the through the trial games period we will be working hard on our set pieces and fine tuning our backs and our play structures and the most pleasing factor for me is the work and effort put into our defence and defence patterns. 

Jack Gibson the first NRL Super Coach once said “if you get your defence 100% right the worst result you will get is a nil all draw” and defence has been a big part of the pre-season planning and implementation. 

There has been some great work and emphasis on what happens on the pitch and a lot of great work off the pitch with life skills sessions every Saturday involving Grade, Colts and JEDS as part of the ONE CLUB mantra. 2 weeks ago the players and staff did a 12 km walk along Kurnell with no mobile phones as a bonding session and last Saturday we completed our Values Standards Behaviours and Actions season targets with over 90 players in attendance. The players are committed to some challenges on and off the field and I have no doubt this playing group will meet and exceed their targets, but they will need support of all the Southern Districts faithful to be at the grade and Colts home games and give them plenty of Rebel Yells!

Unfortunately injuries are part of the game and Cooper Harris and Damian Johnston from grade have picked up long term injuries as has Haritha Jayasekera from Colts and we wish them speedy recovery and hope to see them in the Southern Districts jumper at some point in 2020.

This Saturday the club is running an U20s Combine for players who want to come along and be tested on their athleticism and ability and skills and have a taste of rugby. We have 16 players registered to attend and hopefully some of the league players will like what they see and give Rugby a serious crack at Southern Districts. This is a great initiative by the club and I would like to thank our Colts S&C coach, Carl from Sledge Strength for running this Combine. 

There is a very strong sense of excitement at the club and a lot of hard training has gone into the past 4 months and the boys just want to play and it really is a case of Saturday the 7th March cannot come around fast enough.

Well, done to all involved in getting to this point and let the games begin.

Keith Holmes

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