Junior Rugby players in Western Plains had the opportunity to travel to Tamworth to participate in the NRC (National Rugby Championship) weekend. We had 9 children from Bourke and 8 from Walgett and a tour group of 55. Unfortunately our Macquarie Emus mates had to pull out at the last minute. The new Western Plains Junior Rugby Union shirts and caps arrived in time and really made a statement.
On Friday 13th the kids got to meet the players and play some cricket and footy. The Country Eagles players and coaches were absolutely amazing all engaging with the children and their families. The players gave away jerseys, headgear, shirts and match balls a much unexpected but much appreciated gesture. The kids could just flow around and grab signatures and talk to the players.
To show our appreciation to Gary Walsh (Central North Development officer) and Paddy Ryan (Captain Country Eagles) we presented them with a Western Plains Junior Shirts. Paddy threw his straight on and Walshy wore his later in the weekend, which was great. Paddy and Walshy worked really hard to make the weekend extra special for the families who had travelled from out west. We thank both these awesome guys and all the people who support them for this amazing opportunity.
On Saturday morning the kids had a skills session, the coaches and parents had a yarn to Darren Coleman and Andrew Blades who coach the Country Eagles.
The kids all played exhibition games U8 Oscar Seiler, Stirling Wheatley and Dustin Nott from Bourke joined Armidale. U10 in Bourke Jerseys with Charlie Rice, Ben Taylor, Nicholas Bates, Isaac Ford and Jack Davis from Bourke and Olly Rowntree, Sam Yeomans and Noah Farr from Walgett. U12 played in Walgett Jerseys with Jock Cullen, Gilly Thwaites, Charlie Mc Grath, Dylan Farr and Charlie Yeomans joining with Bourkes’ Thomas Bowden and a few great Quirindi lads to take on Tamworth Tri colours.
At the conclusion to the junior games the kids all got to make a tunnel reaching the centre of the ground to clap on the Perth Spirit and our Country Eagles. Nil at half time made for a great game with the Eagles keeping their finals hope alive with a 15 to 10 win. After the game the kids again mingled with the teams on the field getting signatures and just talking to the players.
Western Plains Junior Rugby Union appreciated been included in this wonderful weekend and were glad to be able to support the people in rugby union who support us. Thank you to the wonderful development staff who support our clubs all year round and the NRC coaches and the wonderful players we hope to see you all again next year.