As the National Team assembles in the Czech Republic this weekend to contest their final game of the RLEF European Championship C competition, half a world away in Sydney Australia, two of our Maltese Heritage 16 year olds have been selected by the NRL to attend a 2day “League in Harmony” camp at the NSWRL Academy - Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen.
Jake Bugeja playing fullback for Wentworthville United who debuted for Maltese Heritage against Lebanon Heritage in September 2013 and Bradley Micallef whose grandparents hail from Rabat, Malta is a centre/lock with Blacktown Workers, both represented the Maltese in recent days.
A total of 30 players, along with 5 fulltime coaches were involved in high performance coaching and training drills as well as competitive games throughout the Camp.
Educational workshops were conducted by NRL staff which builds the capacity of participants to be positive role models within their respective communities.
Each player involved will be competing in the 2014 Harmony Cup in October which involves U16 non-junior representative players from NSWRL Junior Leagues making up the Heritage based teams representing Malta, Tonga, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Lebanon, the Mediterranean, Africa, Italy, Fiji, Samoa as well as Indigenous sides across NSW.
Congratulations and well done to Jake & Bradley.