Junior Warriors win caps end of great first year - October 2011

Mark Spring October 04, 2011 : 0

Sunday’s win by the Junior Warriors completes a full cycle for dtr. Just under a year ago, I attended the Rookie Camp where I spoke to the season’s new young players about a few things I’ve learnt the hard way. And yesterday, the team won the Championship to complete an unprecedented back-to-back triumph after 2010′s win.

I was lucky enough to be invited back to the dressing room to celebrate after the final whistle, which was a great experience. I’ve had the opportunity to meet a few of the players this year and it was interesting to see how they all celebrated the nail-biting victory yesterday.

They really are great ambassadors for the club, for their families and for the game itself, surely helped by the alcohol-free culture. This is exemplified by John Palavi, who was not only the Junior Warriors Player of the Year but also the NRL National Junior U20 Competition Academic player of the Year. John is studying to be a doctor whilst also pursuing the dream of making the grade for the senior Warriors side, which is a significant duel-challenge!

Junior Warriors Coach John Ackland and his team clearly have the knack for finding for raw talent, something we’re trying hard to emulate with our own staff at dtr. More than just great players though, the Junior Warriors environment clearly also helps make boys into fine young men. All in all, we couldn’t ask for more in a sponsorship.

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