After a convincing 28 point win over Penrith Panthers U18s last night, our Open A’s Rugby League Squad began their final day in Sydney with a 6:30am recovery session at the Wentworthville Swimming Centre.
In the Centre’s 50m pool, players were put through a series of movements designed to aid recovery after the highly physical encounter less than 24 hours ago.
Later, the group enjoyed a magnificent hot breaky at the Wentworthville Leagues Club (bacon, eggs, tomato, toast, sausages, etc.) and then departed by bus for a tour of the Penrith Panthers Rugby League Academy.
This is a $22 million state-of-the-art facility located behind Panthers Leagues Club in Penrith and the full time training and development facility for the senior and junior squads, as well as home of the Panthers rugby league admin.
The envy of all NRL Clubs, this world-class Centre has two full-size all-weather training fields, two gymnasiums, hot and cold plunge pools, a 61-seat team auditorium, medical rooms and a number of recreational areas for players and staff.
One of these areas contained a number of pinball machines and other arcade consoles where new Panthers recruit James Maloney, pictured below with Marsden young gun Caleb Evans, was spending some well-earned down time.
Here the Squad was addressed by Panthers Coach Anthony Griffin, observed first grade players train in the gym, and posed for photos alongside their NRL heroes.
Superstars James Tamou, Bryce Cartwright, Nathan Cleary, Tyrone Peachey, Peter Wallace, Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Trent Merrin were all keen to say “g’day” and took a genuine interest in our visit.
Of particular interest to Marsden Coaching Staff was a defensive/tackling session by former Melbourne Storm, Wests Tigers and Cronulla Sharks player Brett ‘Bumper’ O’Farrell.
In the afternoon, the Mako boys travelled by bus to Skypeak Adventures.
Situated on the corner of Forrester and Boronia roads, St Marys, this is a network of 50+ exhilarating aerial adventure challenges up to 5 1/2 stories high.
With Coaching staff looking on from safety below (except for head Coach Joe O’Callaghan who braved the heights), the Marsden ‘Leaguies’ had a blast taking on this seriously cool aerial challenge and, for two hours, experienced the ultimate aerial adventure.
Barrel runs, rope climbs, trapeze swings, chasm jumps and more!
The boys were challenged to ride a snowboard, a bike and even a boat — all while suspended over 6 storeys up in the air.
At about 3:00pm the Group boarded a bus for Sydney Domestic Airport for the return flight to the Gold Coast.
This was just over an hour but many of the boys, not surprisingly, took the opportunity to catch some sleep after what was indeed an action packed pre-season camp!
Throughout the Sydney camp all students represented our school with distinction, both on and off the field.
A massive congrats to all the boys and staff involved in what most certainly is the perfect preparation for the 2018 schoolboy rugby league season!
Check out the ‘Coordinator’s Wrap’ HERE.