As the U18’s competition was in hiatus for the school holidays, a 2 day camp was held on the last weekend of the holidays. The aims of the camp were to improve skills individually, increase team spirit and to begin some integration into the Senior Club as a number of the players will be seniors (U19’s) next season.
The camp was held at Eridge Park and started on Saturday morning with the players doing two 90 minute sessions of skills and drills. The focus was on attack with individual coaching of ball handling, ball security, kicking, rucking and line-outs.
Following these sessions the boys watched First Grade beat Vikings which was greatly enjoyed by the players. The players camped in the clubhouse on swags overnight after watching the Super Rugby on TV. There were a number of parents in attendance and we were well fed delicious food by Tina Cotton and Heidi Dick. Thanks ladies!
Sunday kicked off with a defensive skills focus. Work was done on tackling, tracking, communication, kicking and defensive rucking. The skills level went up considerably over the 2 days. In all there was over 7 hours of physical training completed which will have contributed to the fitness of the team.
In addition, a team feedback session was lead by Gus Carfi which will enable coaching and management to adjust to the needs of the team more effectively. Interestingly the feedback was mostly positive, with more time requested for individual preparation and coaching. As the season heads into the home stretch, Bowral is sitting at 8 from 14 teams on the ladder and can make the semis by winning the last 4 games. This is no small achievement to be in this position as the Sydney Competition is the strongest U18 club competition in Australia. The Bowral boys are succeeding in this arena.
What is interesting to note is that some players have chosen to play for Bowral in spite of living far afield. We have players travelling from Cronulla and Newcastle to play for Bowral (in addition to the local contingent). This is a testament to the quality of coaching, team culture, infrastructure, strong competition and facilities.
A massive thanks to Ron Cotton, Tim Stevens and all the parents for their efforts! We couldn’t do it without them.
Paul Frean. U18’s Coach