Knights coach Nathan Brown has lifted the spirits of a Dudley-Redhead under 10s rugby league division three side, who face a tough game on Saturday.
“We played a semi-final last week, but we lost. We get a second chance this week,” coach Dean Campbell said.
But with a couple of players away on holiday and an injury, the team will only be able to field nine players, instead of 11, in their match against South Newcastle. Under the rules, no fill-ins are allowed.
The coach, players and parents considered forfeiting, but decided to go ahead.
At training at Dudley Oval on Wednesday, the boys were a bit dejected.
As the boys trained, Brown happened to be at the oval with his kids.
“I approached him and introduced myself,” Dean said.
“I quickly told him our story.”
Brown gave the boys a bit of a motivational speech.
“He gave them a great pick-up,” Dean said.
He shook all the boys’ hands, got some photos and wished us the best. It was a brilliant gesture.”