After taking the Lower Mid North Coast Rugby title from the once stronghold of Forster-Tuncurry Dolphins, Wallamba’s director of coaching, Lee Sullivan is not resting on the club’s laurels.
Off season has seen the successful women’s rugby 7s skills program, with assistance of NSW Rugby, coach Sullivan and the Wallamba rugby committee held many round table discussions implementing a five year plan for the club’s positive future.
These future plans included a juniors competition to begin sooner rather than later.
Preseason for the defending premiers started mid January in preparation for the highly contested Crescent Head 7s, with teams from throughout the State, including the Sydney Rugby competition.
Wallamba showed early signs of what’s in store this season by winning the bowl division against Sydney Drummoyne Dirty Reds.
Training begins at Nabiac tonight, Tuesday, February 6 for both the men and the inaugural women’s players.
Strength and conditioning training will be under the direction of Wallamba’s newly appointed trainer Mitch Wilson, formerly from Scone.
Lee Sullivan has made it clear to all, that Nabiac is no longer a small town runabout rugby club and has the full support of all in the community, including the players, of the professional approach to the 2018 season.
Sullivan has again by his side, Kiwi assistant coach Jim Wilson.
This season will be extra exciting with the women’s 7 inaugural season with a three man coaching team of Kiwi Peter Strickland, premiership winning prop and back Daniel Sawyer and Chris Tout.
Trials will be held against Dubbo Rhinos and Port Macquarie Pirates, in a three-way competition on the March 10, followed by a trial against the Kempsey Cannonballs first grade on March 24 , with both trials held at Nabiac.
Club president and Zone first grade manager Arthur Chapman is excited for the season to begin and the extra skills many of the clubs players will bring back to the club, from their training camps with the Axeman squad.
The club’s committee members, volunteers and supporters are all biting at the bit for start of the 2018 season.
The club’s hashtag for 2018 is #Thestampedecontinues.
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