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Junior academy impresses Pride staff

Postby H » Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:57 am

Junior academy impresses Pride staff

Andrew Piva
http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2013/04/13/241093_local-sport-news.html
Saturday, April 13, 2013

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THE next Justin Hodges or NateMyles may have been on the display at Barlow Park yesterday when the Northern Pride launched its new academy program for under-13 and under-14 age groups.

Fifty junior players were inducted before heading to the field where their skills and fitness were assessed by Pride coaching staff and James Cook University sports science students.

Pride high performance manager Joe O'Callaghan said the club was impressed with what it saw.

"We were really surprised with the aerobic endurance of the boys," he said.

"In a beep test, the 13s and 14s were quite impressive.

"A couple of the boys got up to level 11, and there are probably a few A graders who couldn't do that.

"With the core skills, the 14s were very impressive. The 13s need a bit of work, but they're coming from that interesting age group where they've just moved from mod rules."

O'Callaghan said the players' progress would be monitored throughout the year.

"We've kind of got our own checklist and know where we want the kids to be at the end of each age group when it comes to things like their skills," he said.

"What we want to do is give them a report card at the end of the year that tells them how they're going in all those types of areas."

Pride coach Jason Demetriou helped assess the juniors yesterday and believes the club's playing future is in good hands.

"I think it shows how committed the club is to developing younger players in the area," Demetriou said.

"I was really happy with the talent and the attitude of the players who came, and it was great to see the parents sticking around and supporting their kids as well."

The Pride are away to the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles tomorrowand are attempting to bounce back from their first loss of the season to Tweed Heads last Saturday.

The club's Cowboys contingent arrived yesterday, giving Demetriou two sessions to work with his full squad.

The Pride were forced to make multiple changes on the eve of the clash with Tweed Heads, but Demetriou said his team had enjoyed a much smoother preparation on the paddock this week.

"It's all been pretty straight forward, which has been nice," he said.

"It'll be good to get those two sessions in with everybody on board before Sunday.


"That's plenty of preparation for the boys to know what our game plan is, and hopefully we can go down there and execute it."
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Re: Junior academy impresses Pride staff

Postby quocken » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:42 pm

Sounds good for the cowboys in the future. some great talent has.come out of north queensland
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