Players Focussed Despite Break

By Lawrence Machado
Players from the Hills District Bulls and the Windsor Wolves continue to train, despite all the rugby league competitions, save the NRL, suspended due to the lockdown.

Bulls coach Mick Withers said he is in touch with his players regularly, chatting with them via Zoom chats or individually, saying it is important they maintain their training on their own.

“We really have no idea if and when the Ron Massey Cup resumes,” Withers said. “This is a harder situation than what we had last season because we had a short break before matches resumed with the President’s Cup.

“We are fortunate that we are sitting in second place and will make the finals, even if the season is curtailed.

“However, I am involved with the players and do a bit of coaching, where I discuss any playing issues and ask them to focus on this.

“The boys are all doing well and keeping fit. I think even if the competition resumes, we will need another two weeks for the teams to get ready.”

Chris Yates, the coach of seventh-placed Windsor Wolves knows how hard it is to keep his team motivated during lockdowns. But the seasoned coach is keen his players don’t pile on the extra kilos and has instructed their wives, partners and families to make sure their fridges are locked after 7pm!

“I want to make sure the boys don’t put on weight because when you are at home, you tend to snack more,” Yates said. “I ask them to send me pictures of their fridges being locked.

“I am in close contact with all of them and make sure they are training regularly. “We are one point out of the finals and at the moment, all the cancelled games mean they are treated as draws and the teams get a point each.”

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