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This year was about developing the team’s skill sets outside of the basic ‘catch and pass’ and offensive or defensive ruck work. We focused on some of the skills in and around the tackle that would help us to speed up our game.

Stealing the ball, both as the tackler or as a jackal, was an area in which we invested a lot of time. By the end of the season, all of the kids had the ability to win the quick turnover and provide our team with counter-attacking opportunities.

Off the ball was the other main area that focused on teaching the kids to start looking/thinking ahead. “What’s my next job” was a phrase we repeated week in and week out. As a coach, it is so satisfying to watch as these players start to diversify their individual and team rugby skills.

We enjoyed a successful season, with some high-quality rugby played and vast improvements made by every player in the team. We didn’t win every game, but in the games we lost, we certainly learned the most. As we were typically outsized, we were able to compete at a high level due to the kids skill sets that they were developing. These closely fought losses always ended with the opposition coaches commenting on our toughness, skill sets, teamwork and sportsmanship. Our kids continue to do themselves proud!

A big thanks to Ian for his efforts this year, above and beyond, as always. Teresa, for an outstanding job picking up the manager role this year, and to Jeremy for again taking on the unenviable task of refereeing. All jobs were very well done and more than appreciated.

To the parents and supporters, you guys help the kids in ways that we cannot teach, and we thank you for your continued efforts that go into making our team what it is.

Another cool season for J4 White, with the team very well positioned to transition into their last year of 10-a-side rugby, 2023 can’t come soon enough!

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