First practice gets players moving

Hands free . . . Clutha Rugby Football Club loose forward Kael Merrett displays his dexterity with the rugby ball during the first training session of the year.

Shaking out the cobwebs from the summer holidays, the Clutha Rugby Football Club premier team kicked off its pre-season training preparations with its first full-on practice of the new year last Tuesday evening.
Premiers coach Simon Grant said he and the team hoped for a return to the normal rounds of competition, after last year’s very abbreviated season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Despite the excessive heat experienced last week, a large number of the team turned out for a wide variety of fitness and ball handling exercises, which were designed to shake off the holiday cobwebs and start preparing them for the season ahead.

Chips ahead . . . Clutha Rugby Football Club halfback Ollie Kenny chips the ball forward. PHOTOS: JOHN COSGROVE
Got it . . .
Clutha Rugby Football Club loose forward Max Pennell catches a pass.