Five of Mt Albert Rugby League Club’s best young players were invited to attend the elite Instant Finance JETS training camp which was held in the last weekend of November 2012. Eddie Paealiki, Moses McGreal and Salafuauli Falelua-Malio have all played for merit teams this year, and the Camp was an opportunity for them to hone their skills. Thomas Levi and Tualima Tualima were also selected for the Camp but were unable to attend due to other commitments.
Established in 1998, the JETS player development Camps provide targeted elite players, aged 16 years and under, with the opportunity to receive coaching from Warriors coaching staff, first grade players and New Zealand Kiwis. And it’s not all about drills and skills. Players also participate in sessions on goal setting, attitude and leadership.
Alumni include some of New Zealand’s most successful League players, including Stacey Jones, Awen Guttenbeil and Monty Betham who also had their first taste of specialist training at the JETS Camps.
Fifty of Auckland’s most promising young League players were handpicked to attend this year’s two-day elite Instant Finance JETS Camp, with representation from clubs all over Auckland.
With an early Saturday morning start, participants were immediately put to the test with an intense session on attack and ball handling skills with former Kiwis and Warriors greats, Stacey Jones and Duane Mann.
The afternoon session focused on the personal attributes required to succeed in the sport, with workshops on setting goals, coping with pressure and healthy eating. To close out the first day, the boys completed an Amazing Race challenge and 9km run, with physical challenges along the way.
Sunday morning, the boys were back early and put through basic defence skills and conditioning games.
The Camp concluded with a prize giving, with trophies awarded to the most impressive players from each age group, as well as a jersey presentation to the individual player who stood out the most during the Camp.
Two of Mt Albert’s players were awarded trophies, with Salafuauli Faalelua-Malio receiving the trophy for Under 16 Excellence, and Eddie Pakaliki being awarded the trophy for Overall Excellence.
The Instant Finance JETS Elite Camp was also aimed at supporting the development of the Auckland Representative coaching staff and Mt Albert assistant coach, Paul Clarke, attended the Camp.
Auckland Rugby League would like to thank St Pauls College for the use of their school facilities.
ARL Manager, Duane Mann also noted ‘a special thank you to Instant Finance for their sponsorship and support of youth rugby league’.