Earlier this month, the Bowral Blacks Rugby Club hosted the Northern Territory Schoolboy team.
A squad of 23 talented 17 and 18-year-old players arrived to temperatures close to zero.
The Southern Highlands showed its usual generous hospitality with the boys billeted out to Bowral Blacks families while the coaching staff were fortunate enough to be hosted by the Gibraltar Hotel.
Former Chevalier student and NT development manager, Damien Tyson has relocated to Darwin but was keen to tie in the Squads National Championships event, held at St Iganatius College this week, with some warm-up games in the Southern Highlands.
Eridge park offered the Northern Territory’s team a chance to play a full game together for the first time against Oxley College First XV.
The following day some top class rugby was on show when the Bowral Blacks gave the visitors a run for their money holding the lead at half time.
The Northern Territory visitors won 33-31 at full time but the game was a real crowd pleaser with both teams playing at full throttle right up to the final whistle.
Director of junior rugby Nick Combes said it was a great week.
“I was so pleased that we had the opportunity to host and play against the top junior players from the NT,” he said.
“I am thrilled with the performance of the lads from Blacks.
“We have worked hard to elevate the coaching standard and there is no doubt it paid off.”
The Bowral Blacks will be taking a team to the Northern Territory next year.
Article courtesy of Southern Highland News