Greater Northern kick-off program

Ready to charge: Elijah Rasiga is raring to go in the Tigers U18s squad.

Ready to charge: Elijah Rasiga is raring to go in the Tigers U18s squad.

The Greater Northern Tiger cubs have already been to both ends of the weather scale as they rolled out for their first training run and fitness test in scorching temperatures at Jack Woolaston Oval on Saturday.

Conditions were in stark contrast to the soaking rain that greeted 228 hopefuls that trialled for the two squads in October before both the U16 and U18 squads of 25 were selected.

Those squads felt the heat on Saturday as they tested their mettle across a host of skills and fitness testing as the Tigers program takes a different approach this year. 

Development Manager Scott Bone said that there was a pretty even mix of players from all three Groups, 4,19 and 21.

“This year we are doing it a bit differently with the academy finishing in February and the Greater Northern sides selected straight form there into the Country Championships sides,” Bone said.

There will be no rest in the off-season for the rising stars who will have their first two day camp next weekend at the same ground.

Pumping it out: Jack Patterson punches out a beep test at the Tigers Academy's first training session on Sunday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 201116GGD04

Pumping it out: Jack Patterson punches out a beep test at the Tigers Academy's first training session on Sunday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 201116GGD04

Heads up: Glen Innes' Alex Fisher and Quirindi's Ben Fechner soaked up the sun as the Tiger juniors hit the fitness testing. Photo: Gareth Gardner 201116GGD02

Heads up: Glen Innes' Alex Fisher and Quirindi's Ben Fechner soaked up the sun as the Tiger juniors hit the fitness testing. Photo: Gareth Gardner 201116GGD02

Inverell's Jack McAuliffe gets put through his paces at Saturday's Greater Northern training session. Photo: Gareth Gardner 191116GGD03

Inverell's Jack McAuliffe gets put through his paces at Saturday's Greater Northern training session. Photo: Gareth Gardner 191116GGD03

(L-R) Joaby Stevens ( Muswellbrook),  Scott Mcintire (Armidale), Elijah Rasiga (Armidale), Will McAuliffe (Inverell), Jack Patterson (Tamworth) take a break during Saturday's testing. Photo: Gareth Gardner

(L-R) Joaby Stevens ( Muswellbrook), Scott Mcintire (Armidale), Elijah Rasiga (Armidale), Will McAuliffe (Inverell), Jack Patterson (Tamworth) take a break during Saturday's testing. Photo: Gareth Gardner

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