The Melbourne Storm SG Ball squad have just completed an introductory 5 week training phase in preparation for the 2012 season. A squad of around 40 players aged 15-17 have been training throughout late August and September with a focus on core skills, technique in the gym and conditioning. This training phase culminated in a tour to the Gold Coast last week for 22 of the young Storm hopefuls.
The tour to the Gold Coast consisted of 3 games against Queensland Cup Academy sides from Burleigh Bears, Redcliffe Dolphins and Brisbane Easts Tigers. The Storm boys came away with 2 wins from the 3 games, but more importantly the standard of play throughout the whole tour was of very high quality and enabled the coaching staff to get a greater understanding of all players involved. All players were also a credit to the Storm with their behaviour off the field also matching their excellent performances on the field.
The players that went away on tour are listed below:
Jackson Brenchley (Waverley) Hayden Butler (Waverley)
Romia Matangaro (Waverley) Nicholas Lafaele (Titans)
Brandon Manase (Waverley) Aaron Presnell (Altona)
Dillan Brittain (Waverley) Steve Pesamino (Titans)
Aaron Teroi (Thunder) Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Altona)
Logan Haughton (Thunder) Ben Halfpenny (Group 16)
Xavier Siola’a (Altona) Pride Petterson-Robati (Waverley)
Joseph Watene (Casey) John Filipo (Thunder)
Apelu Semu (Thunder) Henry Sang-Yum (Altona)
Stevie Taurua (Altona) James Warr (Qld)
Billy Walters (Qld) Naseri Seve (Thunder)