Grand final heroes storm into city

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

GRAND final heroes Bronson Harrison and Royce Simmons are set to take Gladstone by storm when they visit the harbour city this weekend.

The pair are in Gladstone along with officials from Wests Tigers and Keebra Park High School over the next two days for the 'coach the coaches' clinic and Keebra Park tour at Marley Brown Oval.

Simmons, the former Penrith and Australian champion who is the Tigers assistant coach and Harrison, a current New Zealand international and premiership winner, are sure to prove a hit during their stay.

Also in attendance over the nex t two days will be Keebra Park High coach Peter Craig, Tigers strength and conditioning coach Cherry Mescia and recruitment manager Warren McDonnell.

Four teams from Keebra Park, playing in the 15-18 years age groups, are playing trial games against teams from Gladstone, Rockhampton and Emerald.

The first of the matches were played between Gladstone and Keebra Park last night, with the remainder of games kicking off from 4pm.

The relationship between the Tigers and Keebra Park has proved successful, with the likes of Benji Marshall having come through to be a superstar at NRL level.

Among the players who will be hoping to tread the same path this weekend is former Gladstone Brothers player Damon Harth.

Harth, a Gladstone and Central Queensland representative in the past, left Gladstone for Keebra Park to pursue his rugby league dream last year.



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