A demanding beach session led by an experienced Military Officer has already had a positive impact on Manly’s SG Ball team.
The U19s squad is under the guidance of new Coach Nathan Hogan, who has wasted little time in ripping into pre-season training ahead of the season kick-off in February.
To break up their pre-season training activities, Hogan and his coaching staff arranged for their players to undertake a beach session at North Curl Curl last Saturday under the command of Colonel Matt Stevens.
Stevens is a member of the Special Forces Group and is also President of the Army Rugby League. He addressed the playing and coaching staff about respect, accountability, trust, honesty, team work and brotherhood.
Hogan said there has been some positive signs for the SG Ball team already.
“We have made a great start to our pre-season. We are not only focussed on building strength, fitness and skills, but on building the right culture and instilling the Manly mentality into our players,’’ Hogan said.
“Our beach fitness session was not only a test of character and strong will, but was also great for team building and developing leadership in our young playing group. The boys loved it.”
Hogan added that former premiership winning Manly full-back Brett Stewart had also had a positive impact on the SG Ball squad since joining as an Assistant Coach for 2024.
"Brett's presence on the coaching staff has proven to be invaluable, sharing his extensive knowledge and experience,’’ Hogan said.
“The players have truly appreciated his involvement and contributions.”
Stewart also has a role as a Mentor Positional Coach on Manly's NRL Football Staff for next year.