It was an exciting experience for players from the Taree Red Rovers U12s team who were given a unique chance to visit the Newcastle Knights’ dressing sheds after Saturday's match at Hunter Stadium.
Coach Chris Hollis has made it a tradition to bring his young team down to Newcastle every year to watch the Knights play.
“We have semi-finals coming up in the next few weeks so thought we better do it today,” he said.
“We organised a bus and all came down as a team together.
“Unfortunately the Knights didn’t get a win, but we are all winners because we are here today.”
The aspiring NRL players spent time with Taree-born, former Knight Danny Buderus who was thrilled to see youngsters from his hometown so passionate about their rugby league.
“The boys wanted to come and meet him and get a couple of signatures,” Hollis said.
They were also shown around the inner sanctum of the change rooms by Wingham Tigers junior Mitch Barnett who was only too happy to make the Group 3 players’ game day experience special.
The Taree Red Rovers U12s side sits at the top pf the table and play their first semi finals match this weekend.