I assist with the coaching and it is all about structure.....how to hold your hands for the ball, where to put your head for the tackle, how to line up in D.....mate is amazing what they do here compared to what I was used back in NZ...I think the word is "Professionalism"...they have a must win at all costs mentality that carries through the ages.....Mental Toughness
Coaching went on holiday during the 90s, got to the GC and stayed there, bloody amusement parks..I had a junior coach that taught us out there things like using the football to fend in the face and how to use your elbows effectively, as well as all the 1 percenters, putting players on there back-our team used to scream it out to each other, have a look before you get off the player, get in and be the 3rd tackler because it slows them down, so many nuances that the ozzies do.
Being a junior Coach is no easy task in CHCH, a committed team will do as you ask with only a little bit of moaning, a team that has a couple of whingers that think they are the bomb, can create havoc with any Coach and his ability to instil discipline because there is so little discipline and a lack of respect coming from the home and schools.
We had a couple of Samoan brothers in my schoolboy team, excellent players, one of them started a fight and their Mother who didn't attend many games, shamelessly walked on to the field and grabbed him by the ear and marched him off the field to the astonishment of everyone watching and barrelled him for his dirty play..hehehe you don't see enough of that, same Mother a few years later was abused at another game by an opposition player, didn't go well for him, not well at all u17s by then though..[DOUBLEPOST=1370926672,1370922583][/DOUBLEPOST]
I'll expand on this family, very interesting Rugby League family..
the 2 brothers in my team, both in probables v possibles unlucky not to make JK's, Cardinals and Canterbury players..Prop and 2nd row
An older brother in the year above was schoolboy kiwi 15s and 17s and gave up before 19s, Stand off
the younger brother JK all the way through, played for Hull and Illawarra. Standoff and centre before turning 110+ at 23-24, Prop lol.
2 younger brothers didn't reach the same as these 4 but very good League players..
The best of them all was the oldest who worked(bloody coconuts
), best tackler ever, centre- winger 85kgs of sinewy Island muscle, an unbelievable piece of poetry in motion, The FOB of the brothers, a Brian Lima like tackle, hearing the ribs cracking that way and the bwwwwooow huhh sound that comes immediately after lol..his technique and timing was flawless and at 65km an hour ooooweeee,
I watched him do it to 2 people in 5 minutes one time after our game and then got to play a few games with him a couple of years later, he was commuting from a dam down south and couldn't make every game, it was made a joke to have the ambulance standing by because of him and the real joke was they thought we were joking. I have never seen anything like him again, something ridiculous like 7 ambos in 8 or 9 games, mostly ribs but the odd ACL etc..
18 and playing for my clubs top side while my team had jumped ship MotherEFFERS.
The mighty Parklands Pegasus last year as a club..1977-1988 RIP, and 2 years before that happened we had a team in every grade bar Premiers and even that year pretty much every grade covered, my team played Manukau at Manukau, Hitro played for them, hooker those days..
some Premier clubs couldn't say the same. Useless managment Useless.
Best day ever- Terry Hermanson kicking a drop goal from the sideline to win the u19 grand final, hours after we had won ours.