Shark attack in Quirindi

There was a shark attack of a different kind in Quirindi on Wednesday February 20 when Cronulla Sharks players Todd Carney, Ben Pomeroy, Rodney Coates and Sosaia Feki made a guest appearance at the Grasshopper ovals to meet some of the nation’s rising rugby league stars.
For the emerging junior league players of Quirindi it was a rare opportunity to show off their ball skills and get some posters signed by their idols. It wasn’t just the youngsters who relished the time meeting these sporting heroes; the parents took the opportunity for a photo or two as well. The Quirindi Minor League players and their parents were grateful for the players to come and promote the health and social aspects of the sport.
The visit, also known as the 2013 Community Carnival, gave the professional players the important task of delivering lessons on the effects of bullying and the importance of building positive self-esteem through a powerful DVD and other resources. “Community Carnival is a special time of the year where a huge contingency of players travel far and wide to visit those areas that don’t usually get the chance to come face-to-face with NRL players.” Mr Shane Mattiske, NRL Interim Chief Executive said at the launch of the initiative. Cronulla Sharks player Todd Carney thoroughly enjoyed the evening commenting, “These kids have a natural talent that is very impressive.” The players were then given a classic country dinner at the Imperial Hotel after they had worked up an appetite playing with the kids.
“I thought the evening was great for the young kids to see their idols and learn a few skills for when the new season starts.” Tony O’brien from the Quirindi Minor League said.
For any Quirindi youngsters who would still like to sign up for the new rugby league season then come and register on Saturday March 2 at the No.1 Oval from 10:00am- 12:00pm. Registration costs $90 which includes shorts, socks, training shirt and all insurances.

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