Juniors await Dragons
THE St George Illawarra Dragons’ trip to Warwick on June 18 means more than a few autographs for Eastern Suburbs junior Brent Walker.
The Suburbs player would love to meet Dragons star Darius Boyd after watching the Queensland winger dump Blues centre Mark Gassier in the first State of Origin this year.
But he is dearly serious about picking up some hints at a coaching clinic with the Dragons players, NRL and ARL staff and junior coaches.
“I want to improve my tackling,” Brent said.
Eleven-year-old Mitch Watson is in his seventh season with the Collegians Dragons and is keen to meet coach Wayne Bennett.
Bennett is Godfather of Mitch’s father Brad Watson so there is a special connection.
Mitch said, while he isn’t a Dragons fan, he was keen to go to the coaching session to increase his skills.
Cowboys fullback Hayden McNicol is a Dragons fan from the days his father Lyall first went for the men in red and white.
“I want to see us beat Oakey in A grade when the Dragons are in town,” McNicol said.
The Toowoomba Clydesdales representative said he would love to get a trial with the Dragons one day.
Dragons Warwick Fan Club member Mal Hooke remembers winning money from mates when the Dragons won premierships in 1977 and 1979.
He is keen to meet Jamie Soward and loves the way he helps juniors in his hometown Wagga.
Dragons visit June 18:
12.15pm Luncheon – Wayne Bennett and players to speak, tickets at Danny Lyons Sports.
1.30pm – Free clinics (under 7 to U16) with Dragons players and development staff. Each junior receives a free Dragons shirt. All welcome.
3pm – Three games Warwick v Oakey.
7.15pm – Sportsman’s function, speakers include Wayne Bennett, Wendell Sailor and Dragons CEO Peter Doust. All welcome.