The NSW Indigenous U16s received a welcome surprise with Indigenous All Stars coaches Laurie Daley and Matt Parish joining former legends Cliff Lyons and Ken Nagas in addressing the team after training yesterday.
With over 750 games of first grade experience between them, the former players offered their words of advice in preparing for big games and making the most of your opportunities, with Daley advising the team that above all; you have to remember to enjoy yourself.
“You have to enjoy it, embrace it and prepare to play to the best of your ability,” said Daley.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for these boys to show their talents on a big stage and represent their people and their culture with pride.”
NSW Indigenous U16s coach Paul Bent believed it was a moment the young players may never forget.
“It’s something they will remember for ever. It’s a dream come true for all of them.”
The team will continue to prepare for their clash with Queensland on Friday night, with Bent believeing the team is coming together ahead of schedule.
“It’s a short week in terms of preparation and the biggest challenge is to make sure the players get along, and the best way to do that is by letting them know that you care about them, that they all belong and that we’re all one mob.
“The boys are gelling really well and we’re looking forward to the challenge of taking on Queensland.
The NSW Indigenous U16s play the Queensland Indigenous U16s at CBUS Stadium on Friday, 13th February. Kick-Off at 3:50pm.