Dolphins' Development Diary

Day 1 - Wednesday, July 31


After driving out to Roma on Monday and settling in at the motel we are off to our first school visit.


Today we travelled to Miles and visited Miles State High School.


We spent our time playing some games, and we even joined in amongst the kids teams. At least Petero did!


No surprises that his team won the day - but there was definitely some questionable refereeing decisions.


The kids loved it!


We handed out some of our new Dolphins Intrust Super Cup posters and caps to the kids.


It's obvious that footy is big out here and Miles' SHS HPE teacher Tony Manteiffle plays in the local Miles Devils team.


He will be playing in the Dolphins vs Capras main curtain raiser.


In the afternoon we drove back into Roma to visit St. John's Catholic College.


Petero addressed the St John's school assembly and about the NRL Anti-Bullying campaign.


Kids from years 3-7 then participated in skills clinics with three rotations.


Special thanks to the St John's year 12 students who helped us out.


Day 2 - Thursday, August 1


Today we visited Roma State College which meant no travelling today.


One of the great things about the town is that everything is close by and easy to locate which means we get to spend the maximum amount of time at schools.


The day started with Petero delivering a presentation to the school assembly to students from grade 7, grade 8 and grade 9.


We then took to the oval with the senior footy team.


Our session saw plenty of skill within the team and gave us plenty to be hopeful for the new generation of Roma players to make it to the Dolphins.


The second group were boys aged 13 and 14, and we then had an afternoon session with the grades 9,10,11 and 12.


There are two young girls playing footy with the boys and they are tough!


They especially loved our tackling drills and participated extremely well matching the boys skill levels.


Our last session of the day was with the under 7s and under 8s.


They sure were a lively bunch!


In the group we had around 60 kids, and as you can imagine sixty little kids will keep you on your toes.


Everyone certainly had a great day and were amazed at the opportunity of seeing, meeting and playing with Petero.


We finished the day visiting the location of Saturday's Intrust Super Cup game - Bassett Park.


The team out here at Roma look like they have it in great condition ready for the game


We are off to Wondoan State School tomorrow to see the whole school which will be another exciting day for the Development Team.


We'd like to send a big thank you to Will Clark from Roma State College for his assistance today too.


Day 3 - Friday, August 2


Today we travelled to the Wandoan State School, Wandoan is located on the Leichhardt Highway about halfway between Taroom and Miles.


It is part of the Western Downs Region local government area, within which it is the centre for the local cattle industries.


At the 2006 census, Wandoan had a population of 386, most notably especially for rugby league followers it is where Queensland and Australian legend Darren Lockyer grew up.


Along the way we were reminded why the QRL have called this week "Country Week" with cattle crossing the road and horses strolling down the highway!


Wandoan State School is one of the smallest schools our Development staff have ever visited with a grand total number of 93 students!


There is a big mixture of kids, all grades from Prep to grade 10.


Although it was a big group to work with at one time overall, it was great to be able to have the entire school participate in our session.


We took the kids through rugby league games and skills drills.


Wandoan's HPE teacher there is Tom Zirbel who along with Miles SHS HPE teacher (Tony) also plays rugby league for Miles.


He is the current First Grade halfback for Miles and will play in the main curtain raiser before our Intrust Super Cup game on Saturday in Roma.


A big thank you to Wondoan State School for a great day of fun.


Tomorrow we head to the home town of Dolphins legend Danny Burke - Mitchell.