There was plenty of great skills being taught at the Pathways program under director Onhunga Mata'uiau.
There was plenty of great skills being taught at the Pathways program under director Onhunga Mata'uiau. Amanda Ball GLA271118PATHWAYS

GALLERY: Player from each region should be on the same page

RUGBY UNION: Director of the Rugby Skills Academy director Onéhunga Mata'uiau said he was delighted with the turnout at the Pathway Program.

The former Samoan international said the two-day event served its purpose and with more to come in central Queensland.

"More than 100 kids turned up on Saturday to our first Pathway Program and these kids travelled from as far as Bundaberg and Biloela," Mata'uiau said.

"There were about 30 players both boys and girls from Gladstone and majority from Rockhampton."

The director and coach said the program was about implementing a system that can be used in various competitions.

"We understand it's the end of season, so the focus for us from now on until late February, is purely to work on the fundamentals and the correct techniques on their core skills, from passing both side, passing selection, catching, tackling and many more," he said.

"Then we looking at introducing systems and plans from March until junior muster and State Champs come June and July."

The first day was focussed for prospective under-12-16 Bushrangers and Queensland Country players.

"The idea is that we travel out to our regions, Mackay/Whitsunday, Central Highlands, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Rockhampton and we teach them the same skills and techniques and systems," Mata'uiau said.

"So when we come together for the state champs, every player form each regions should be on the same page and understand."

Mata'uiau said he was pleasantly surprised with the amount of girls at the program.

"There were a huge number of girls about 22 from the age of 15-16 that turned up and it was great to see," he said.

"We encourage them to join our sessions because it will help their skills development immensely."

The Pathway Program's next stop is in Emerald next week followed by Mackay and and Bundaberg.

The program will run for eight months.



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