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President of the Lightning Ridge Redbacks Daniel Kennedy with Club Secretary Therese Carroll. Photo TWH

Rata Jackson

Lightning Ridge and Walgett youth had the opportunity to attend the trials for the Far West Academy of Sport Scholarship Program at Warren in the last week of November.

Secretary and Registrar of the Lightning Ridge Redbacks Rugby League Football Club, Therese Carroll, said the initial date was months ago, but due to flooding, the players couldn’t get there.

“Lightning Ridge had seven players enrolled to try out and five were successful which is awesome,” Therese said.

“The kids worked hard for their positions and deserved to make the squad, and those that were unsuccessful were not disappointed when they realised how gruelling the training was.

“The kids need to be mentally fit as well as physically,” Therese went on to say.

“The under 15 boy’s side was extremely competitive – there were enough players for two and a half teams which had to be condensed to two teams.

President of the Redbacks Club, Daniel Kelly said that the success the boys showed the level of talent in the Ridge.

“Well done to Kade Scott and Jack Miller,” Daniel said, and “equally impressive were our three girls to make the squad – Quenisha Walford, Destiny Seaton and Macy Seaton.”

“Walgett PCYC gave us their bus to transport the kids to Warren for the trial/camp, we took a few Walgett kids who also made the squad, and it was great that the youth get to bond on the trips and build team unity,” Therese said.

“Jason Cobb from the Walanbaa Dhurrali Early Learning Centre organised payment for the Lightning Ridge youth fees which were $550 each. That has been such a great help for the families being so close to Christmas,” she said.

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