New Tannum Sands recruit Andrew Cooke (right) puts in the hard yards under the guidance of coach Aaron Farrar (centre)
New Tannum Sands recruit Andrew Cooke (right) puts in the hard yards under the guidance of coach Aaron Farrar (centre)

Raiders train on

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

PREPARATIONS are right on track for the Gladstone Raiders rugby league representative team after a strong first training run at Marley Brown Oval last Saturday.

With the Raiders first trial match against the Central Comets development squad under three weeks away, coach Aaron Farrar was pleased with the response to the opening session.

"Considering it was the first run we have had, the turnout was OK,'' Farrar said.

"I would have liked to see a few more there, but saying that there are still some guys who are out of town at the moment.''

Farrar was quite happy with the fitness exhibited by the players, adding these sessions are crucial to see where each player is physically heading into the mouth-watering clash.

"We really wanted to gauge where the boys were at, the session mainly concentrated on fitness which is important at this time of year,'' he said.

To ensure the Raiders are ready for the Comets challenge, Farrar has pencilled in training at Marley Brown Oval, each Wednesday at 6pm and Saturday at 4pm. Farrar also wanted to take the chance to invite any interested A grade players who believe they are capable of representing the Raiders during the season to come down and train with the team.

"These training sessions are open to anybody who wants to push for rep honours, if they are hungry enough to want to play rep football, we would love to see them.

"This year is a big year for rep footy, it is not finishing with this match, if there are players who want to do the work, then they will be rewarded,'' he said.

Farrar expected he would name a 25-man initial squad for the Comets clash which is set down for Friday, January 27 in two weeks.



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