British Columbia Bulldogs players Adam Timler and Chris Chalmers have sweated through their first session with the Dyldam Parramatta Eels, which will be their home for the next month.
The Canadian pair will train in Blue and Gold as part of a development program to grow rugby league around the world, and the boys say even after one session, they’ve already learned a lot.
“It’s fast - everything is moving at the blink of an eye, so you’ve got to be quick on your toes and have your ears and eyes open just to keep up with things, but that’s what we’re here for - to learn things,” 23 year old Adam said.
“Already I’m learning things, I’ve been coached on some lines to tweak things and make my runs easier, my catches easier, just little things.”
Chris says the conditions are the first thing he’s having to adjust to, with the 35 degree temperatures of the Parramatta summer a little different to the freezing Canadian winter!
“It’s the polar opposite to where we are back home,” he laughed.
“I’ve already reapplied sunscreen a few times today!”
“It’s a big time difference; everyone’s on the same page and at the same level and you don’t have to teach anybody - these guys are teaching me which is a new concept!”
The Eels are excited to have these two train with us and improve their skills, with all the boys welcoming them onto the field with open arms.
“All the boys are really nice, I was a bit nervous about that but they’re all really welcoming, and it’s actually quite a relief that we’re underway,” Chris said.
Adam agrees - he couldn’t think of a better place to train.
“It’s a friendly pack you’ve got here, so I’m excited to meet the rest of the boys,” he said.