Glenn Lazarus.
Glenn Lazarus.

Lazarus teaches finer points of rugby to the kids

AUSTRALIAN rugby league great and current Ipswich Jets' coach Glenn Lazarus was teaching the finer points of the game to local rugby league juniors at Upper Fisher Park yesterday.

Lazarus, his coaching staff and Ipswich Jets players took the lucky Clarence Valley youngsters through a number of skills and drills sessions while preaching the positives of rugby league.

“Glenn was talking about the message of rugby league is to enjoy the game and have fun,” Ipswich Jets football club president Steven Johnson said.

“It was excellent ... the kids got really involved and I think they got a lot from Glenn.”

Lazarus had a 'wonderful' time teaching the juniors and said he had spotted a number of young players with the potential to one day pull on the Ipswich Jets jersey.

“Plenty of kids turned up and we we're really pleased with that,” he said.

“Seeing kids out playing footy is great.

“The players put them through their paces and there's a fair bit of talent there.”

Lazarus said it had not only been a good day for the juniors and the Jets, but for the game of rugby league as well.

“For them (juniors) to be exposed to a club like the Jets is only going to enhance their enthusiasm for footy,” he said.

The Ipswich Jets have been in the Clarence Valley for a training and planning weekend and Lazarus said the squad will return home 'knowing what is expected of them'.

“We've had a wonderful weekend ... and we achieved what we wanted to,” he said.

“It was all capped off by the wonderful hospitality shown by the people of Grafton.

“We start playing next weekend and it will be head down bum up and we're into the season.”

Grafton Rhinos treasurer Pat Swift said a good a number of juniors had been enticed to the training session, especially when 'considering the time of year'.

“We had plenty of kids there ... it was a good day,” he said.

“We have only just started sign-ons for all three junior clubs in the Valley.”

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