More than 90 players from Manly's Elite Pathways train-on squads were put through a testing sand hills session at Palm Beach on Saturday.
In a club first, the players from Manly's Harold Matthews, SG Ball and Jersey Flegg train-on squads
came together for the tough session run by Andrew Berridge, the Sea Eagles' Junior Reps Strength and Conditioning Coach.
He was supported by Brett Fulton (SG Ball) and John Michael (Harold Matthews), their coaching staff, Don Singe (Head of High Performance), Conor Daly (Strength and Conditioning Coach) and Daniel Schacher (NRL Sport Scientist/Junior Strength and Conditioning Coach).
Elite Pathways Manager Kristie Fulton said the training day was a great opportunity for the pathway players to work together for a solid workout.
"We now have a strong record of players progressing to the higher grades so it makes sense to have combined sessions throughout the year to ensure our players feel connected across the grades,'' Fulton said.
"Our intention is provide players with a seamless transition from one grade to the next.
"Manly Head Coach Des Hasler recently addressed our pathways squads at their induction events. Des spoke about the need for all Manly players to be lifelong learners, to live with humility, and to make the most of the Sea Eagles environment."
The beach session was a perfect way for the junior rep players to test their fitness levels ahead of trial matches next month.
The Sea Eagles will play two pre-Christmas trials against the Sydney Roosters (December 1 ) and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (December 7).
Manly will also play two trials in January against Newcastle Knights and Canberra Raiders/Wests Tigers prior to the Junior Reps season kicking off on Saturday, February 9.
Junior Reps December Trials
Manly v Roosters
Saturday 1 December
TG Milner Oval, Eastwood
Harold Matts - 9.30am
SG Ball - 11.30am
Manly v Bulldogs
Friday 7 December
Terry Lamb Reserve Chester Hill
Harold Matts – 5:30pm
SG Ball – 6:45pm