League academy selectors say some triallists unlucky

GREATER Northern Academy selectors had a difficult time coming up with the 2015/2016 squad.

In the end they selected an extra player, swelling the GNA intake to 41 for the new program, GNA manager Scott Bone said.

“It was a difficult selection process,” he said yesterday.

“With more than 100 boys applying and playing at Jack Woolaston Oval last Saturday, it made the selections very difficult.

“There are a few boys who can consider themselves fairly unlucky but it’s not the end of the world if someone hasn’t made it. 

“There are many more opportunities through next season to make rep sides.”

 Bone said a number of players who came through the Country Championships with the Greater Northern Tigers Under 16s would be well placed in the senior of the two GNA squads.

“We have some very good kids from right though the region. There is a good mix of players from Group 4, 19 and 21.”

The first official function for the new GNA squad is an induction day at the Tamworth Sports Dome on Saturday, October 31.

That will also include fitness testing as well as talks with an NRL welfare officer.

CRL and NSW High Performance manager Matt Parish will also attend that session.

GREATER NORTHERN RUGBY LEAGUE ACADEMY PROGRAM SQUAD

Jordan Allan (Werris Creek), Max Altus (Coonamble), Morgan Amidy (Singleton), Fletcher Baker (Muswellbrook), Tom Baker (Bohena Creek), James Bradley (Singleton), Zac Butler (Dalwood), Cody Byrne (Tamworth), Jack Cameron (Loomberah), Ian Carter (Scone), Lachlan Chard (Emmaville), Alec Cocking (Tamworth), Ethan Connors (Tingha), Bailey Cosgrove (Tingha), KC Edmonds (Inverell), Jed Englert (Duri), Alexander Fisher (Glen Innes), Lachlan Fry (Singleton), Max Greacen (Sandy Hollow), Alek Hall (Quirindi), James Hargrave (Uralla), Jacob Haynes (Wee Waa), Luke Howes (Gunnedah), Ryan Ingram (Tamworth), Bailey Lennox (Gunnedah), Brock Matthews (Muswellbrook), Will McAuliffe (Inverell), Steven McGrady (Inverell), Matthew Morgan (McCullys Gap), Zac Parker (Warialda), Jack Patterson (Tamworth), Thomas Pickersgill (Denman),Dylan Porter (Tamworth), Elijah Rasiga (Armidale), Koen Reiri (Tamworth),Jake Saunders (Nambucca Heads), Manny Sithole (Muswellbrook),Jayden Slater (Werris Creek), Jacob Smith (Armidale), Bailey Taylor (Muswellbrook), Caleb Taylor (Scone)

Coonamble’s Max Altus on the burst at the recent Greater Northern Academy  trials. The Farrer Memorial  Agricultural High School student will be part of the new GNA in 2015/16. Photo: Barry Smith  101015BSH28

Coonamble’s Max Altus on the burst at the recent Greater Northern Academy trials. The Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School student will be part of the new GNA in 2015/16. Photo: Barry Smith 101015BSH28

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