Rival codes coming together for footy training

READY TO GO: Whitsunday Raiders players Ron Croker, Tosh Pidgeon, Sean Condon (back), Martin Viian Pearse, Matty Summut, George Johnston and Martin Roveda (front) are looking forward to going one better in the 2013 season.
READY TO GO: Whitsunday Raiders players Ron Croker, Tosh Pidgeon, Sean Condon (back), Martin Viian Pearse, Matty Summut, George Johnston and Martin Roveda (front) are looking forward to going one better in the 2013 season.


IN AN unusual training twist, the Whitsunday Raiders will be joined by the Proserpine Brahmans rugby league team for their opening training session on Australia Day as both teams look to learn from each other.

The cross code training session will be followed by a social afternoon as the two clubs look to build a stronger relationship and support each other throughout their respective pre-seasons.

The Whitsunday Raiders are leaving no stone unturned as they aim to make up for a devastating grand-final loss last year by taking the premiership in 2013.

Under coach Hemi Taukiri's leadership, the team has regrouped over the off-season maintaining their fitness with regular fitness and social sessions.

In the lead up to the 2013 Mackay and District Rugby Union season the real work is about to begin as the Raiders pre-season date has now been set for all players old and new.

The first cross code pre-season training session will be on Australia Day, Saturday, January 26 at Airlie Beach foreshore opposite Capers restaurant at 12pm. All players are to come prepared and there will be a barbecue after training with refreshments.

For further information about the Raiders contact Hemi Taukiri on 0403 001 410 or email or visit

The Brahmans will continue to train each Tuesday and Friday night from 6pm at the Les Stagg Oval.

Anyone requiring more information should phone head coach Cameron McPherson on 0418 679 756.

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