Collegians coaches (from left) Deb Scanlan, Garth Miller, Ben Brownlie, Matt Collins (U9 assistant), David Hallman, Kerry Scanlan, Josh Williams, Bob Bell, Craig Frattini and Scott Morton.
Collegians coaches (from left) Deb Scanlan, Garth Miller, Ben Brownlie, Matt Collins (U9 assistant), David Hallman, Kerry Scanlan, Josh Williams, Bob Bell, Craig Frattini and Scott Morton. Gerard Walsh

Collegians to kick off footy season next week

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Collegians Junior Rugby League Club is ready to welcome players aged from under-9 to U16 to the first training sessions on February 28 at 5pm at the grounds in Jackie Howe Dr.

The Collegians U7 and U8 players start training on March 2 at 5pm and the girls leaguetag on March 7 at 4pm.

The coaches will work under the direction of coaching director Scott Morton, a long-time player who represented Australia at tertiary level.

Players are asked to sign on at www.playnrl.com.au, see officials at the training sessions or call registrar Sam Brownlie on 0422304241.

About the coaches

Under-7: Garth Miller - 200-game Cowboys player who played rugby at school and his first league at senior level for Warwick. First season as a coach.

U8: Ben Brownlie - The forward they called Butter is in his second year of coaching at Collegians after playing 200 games for the Cowboys.

U9: Basil Nolan - In his third year as a coach this time round after coaching some years ago. Played for Cowboys in the 1999 TRL grand final.

U10: David Hallman - Most capped Cowboys player who is in his fourth year of coaching after U7s at Hervey Bay and U7s and U8s at Collegians.

U11: Kerry Scanlan - Cowboys hooker in 1999 grand final. Fifth year coaching and believes his role is to teach core skills to the players.

U12: Josh Williams - Three premierships in past three years as a coach. Has dropped back two age groups to coach a new group for him. On club committee.

U14: Bob Bell - Representative prop for Bundaberg before moving to Warwick to teach at Assumption. Premiership-winning coach.

U16: Craig Frattini - Head coach for Collegians U16s in a season when the club will field two teams. His assistants Scott Morton and Tim Doyle will each have a role with one team.

Girls leaguetag: Deb Scanlan - First woman to preside over Collegians club and has four years' experience as a coach.



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