It was two on one in this tackle against the Border Bushrangers.
It was two on one in this tackle against the Border Bushrangers. Amy Kadel

Border Bushrangers U18s to start training

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Border Bushrangers Under 18s are set to start pre-season training this month, under the guide of High Performance Rugby League Coach and ex-Intrust Super Cup player Damian Petrie.

The session will take place at Sullivan Oval on Wednesday, January 18 from 6pm.

All interested players and parents are welcome to attend.

The Team Staff will be addressing players from 6pm, followed by a short training session and barbecue. .

In another exciting development the Border Bushrangers Under 18s team and AGrade Rep Teams will also be donning a new playing strip in 2017.

The Under 18s season proper commences on Saturday, March 18, when they play their first match against Dalby at Brothers in Toowoomba. A preseason trial match is currently in the pipeline and further details will be to hand in the near future.

New head coach Damian Petrie said he looks forward to the season.

"I am really looking forward to meeting all of the Under 18 players from around the region,” he said.

"I am hoping to teach the players a few new training methods and to work on our teamwork and structures for what is sure to be an enjoyable season.

"Due to the logistics of traveling between the townships in the Border Rugby League area, we have decided to conduct only one major 1.5hour training session per week for all the players to attend and then we will be focusing on players completing some extras in their own time or maybe training with their local senior clubs,” Damian Petrie said.

"There is a lot of interest from players from Tenterfield and Stanthorpe especially, but we would welcome any new young players from the other areas of the Border Rugby league area to get involved as well.”

Prospective player numbers are looking very promising, with up to 20 players graduating from the Under 16 squads in Stanthorpe and Tenterfield this year alone.

Together with players who are still eligible from their first season in 2016, it is hopeful that upwards of 25-30 players will be available for selection.

Potential Under 18 players in Tenterfield are encouraged to contact Dave Landers on 0429848019 or Mick Jensen on 0439736865 if you require a lift to the first training session.

Parents are welcome to attend this first session to listen to the plans and expectations for the 2017 season.

If players or parents have any urgent questions, please contact Lindsay Adams on 0408138597 or

Alternatively, contact Michael Jensen on 0439736865 or

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