Murphy leads Fraser Coast Falcons
FRASER Coast's best junior footballers underwent their biggest test when Sunshine Coast Falcon Tom Murphy ran Thursday's session.
Murphy, an NRL Development Officer based at the Falcons, is part of the Fraser Coast Falcons Development Squad's leadership group.
He put the elite junior squad through their paces on Thursday night, where they underwent similar testing to their initial session at the Falcons' Kawana base.
"We'll run through that testing again and hopefully see some improvement in their endurance," he said as the footballers warmed up.
"We'll cover some skills and go through defensive principles we work in with the Falcons. Ever since then Tye (Ingebrigtsen has) run the program down here and we've got some really good feedback from him and the kids are progressing well."
The Fraser Coast Falcons were started when the Sunshine Coast club, including Dane Campbell and CEO Chris Flannery, identified the Fraser Coast and South Burnett as untapped markets.
Bundaberg falls in Central Capras catchment while Gympie was previously the northernmost part of the Falcons' catchment.
"The biggest thing with the academy was to try and introduce the kids to what gets done at the Falcons," Murphy said.
"If any of the kids progress further they've got that foot in the door.
"Falcons see it as a good opportunity to stamp our foot out here and hopefully build some future Intrust Super Cup players out here and build a fan base."
Murphy, last year's Falcons captain, will not play for the club today as he continues to recover from injury.