One year into their partnership with Melbourne Storm, some of the Sunshine Coast’s best young rugby league players have made the step up to top tier schoolboy competition.
Caloundra State High School, an official partner of the Melbourne Storm Pathways Program have showcased their best efforts, joining schools such as Palm Beach Currumbin, Keebra Park, Ipswich High and Marsden High in the Kevin Walters Cup (Year 10s) and Alan Langer Cup (Opens) following recent qualification.
The achievement paves the way for greater reach for not only the young players, but for Storm in both pathways and recruitment.
Storm Pathways Manager Tim Glasby expressed the Club’s excitement of this result achieved by the up-and-coming juniors.
“We’re really proud of our partnership with Caloundra State High School and it is very pleasing to see the steps forward their rugby league program has taken over the last couple of years,” Glasby said.
Their qualification into the Kevin Walters Cup (Year 10) and the Alan Langer Cup (Open) is real testament to that progress.Tim Glasby Storm Pathways Manager
“This will be a fantastic opportunity for players part of our pathway to get exposure to top tier schoolboy rugby league.”
Storm Academy product Gabriel Satrick shone last year, playing in and winning the Alan Langer Cup with Ipswich High. His man of the match performance saw him attract attention with the youngster now embedded within the Storm Academy program and playing week in, week out with the Melbourne Jersey Flegg outfit.
Providing budding league stars with an extra pathway to the NRL, the joint effort between Caloundra SHS and the Club further strengthens its ties to the region including being the owners of the Sunshine Coast Lightning netball team in addition to having a long-term association with the Sunshine Coast Falcons Hostplus Cup side as well as the recent creation of the Tornados development squad.