Experience at the helm

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BACK TO BACK: Newly signed North Eastern Knights coaches Leigh Drage (senior men), Gavin Drage (ladies’ league tag) and Steve Smith (juniors) are looking to defend two titles and potentially come away with a third this season.

AN experienced leadership team will spearhead North Eastern Knights Rugby League Football Club, as it defends two premiership titles during the upcoming season.

The Knights have re-signed ladies’ league tag premiership coach, Gavin Drage, who last year brought his coaching and playing expertise to the table, to result in a grand final berth and victory among a team of players who were completely new to the sport.

With only one team member having played rugby league of any discipline before, the Lady Knights received strong mentorship, at times extreme fitness regimes, and plenty of support to overcome tough opposition in taking out the Murray Cup League flag.

Leigh Drage, club president, playing coach of last year’s senior men and 2017 junior premiership coach, will spearhead the senior men this year, and league representative player and Knights vice president, Steve Smith, will bring 13 years of playing experience in both New Zealand and Australia and four grand final flags into the mix, when he heads the junior under 17 boys.

With training commencing next week for the Knights ahead of a pre-season showdown in March and the season opener in mid-April, Leigh Drage said he had great aspirations for all three divisions this year.

“I really enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot during my first year of coaching last year and met of lot of great people, so this year I’m looking to enhance my knowledge of the game and step it up a notch,” he said.

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