NRL 2012 is so close

For avid NRL fans like me it seems an eternity since we sat in front of the plasma on a Friday or Saturday night and became completely engrossed in the magic of an NRL game. Of course, if we have an opportunity to attend a live game, the thrill is magnified many times over.

This time of year the newspapers and TV sports shows  are detailing the new  signing, the transfers, the gains and the losses, and of course speculating on the chances of teams improving their positions, going down the ladder or even which coach will be sacked during the year.

As I drive around I see young people sweating it out in the grind of a hot pre-season training schedule and kids kicking the ball around the parks like JT and Benji. They are all getting ready for another season of their favourite “thing” – a game of Rugby League.  Everyone is feeling good about themselves. Coaches are talking about “commitment”, examining the growth and physical development of their young players and encouraging their veterans to “lead” for another year. There have been no games and that means that no team has tasted defeat – undefeated feels good!

For me the All Stars game at Skilled Park signifies that the real action is about to commence. This All Stars game is fantastic and we should acknowledge Preston Campbell and the Gold Coast Titans for the concept and the commitment to promote and stage the game.

It does signify a few important features of our great game.  The All Stars game emphasises the vital role that Rugby League plays in our Indigenous communities and so likes of Chris Sandow, Johnathan Thurston and Scott Prince take enormous pride in representing their people in this show-case game.  Similarly, the inclusion players in the calibre of Josh Dugan, Jack Reed and Cooper Cronk, make for a mouth watering contest of our great game. The game is well supported by our Governments as it does provide an important message to our youth, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, about the importance of a healthily lifestyle and the necessity for a formal education. The renowned players from both teams do a marvellous job in the community leading into the game and are inspirational role models to our youth. I congratulate them all for their selection and for their community engagement.

Central Queensland is well represented. Dave Taylor, our own Coal Train, is in the All Stars and Matt Scott would have been first picked if he was not suffering a minor injury. The Indigenous team includes Central Queenslanders, Ben Barba, Jharal Yow Yew, Travis Waddell and Scott Prince.

The Head Coach of the CQ NRL Bid under 13 Junior Development program, Lionel Harbin, has been appointed the Assistant Coach of  the under 16 Queensland Indigenous team, and the Head Coach for this team is Sid Domic, who also coaches in the CQ NRL development program. Both men are young CQ Coaches will enormous potential. I know that the Central Queenslanders participating will do us proud.

The REAL ACTION is not far away

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