Corey Norman in Alice Springs
Dyldam Parramatta Eels five-eighth Corey Norman will be on hand on Friday night to see the Blue and Gold take on the Wests Tigers in their first trial match of 2015.
After a stand-out performance in the NRL Auckland Nines that saw him named in the Team of the Tournament, Norman will be in the crowd at ANZAC Oval for Friday night’s game.
“I was pretty happy [with the Auckland Nines honour],” Norman said.
“We got a bit flogged this year in fitness, and it was good just to play football again.”
With Chris Sandow recuperating from an ankle injury and Norman on the sidelines, playmaker Luke Kelly will start alongside young five-eighth Ryan Matterson, and Norman’s keen to see how Matterson and 19-year-old Zach Dockar-Clay perform in Alice Springs.
“They’ve been really good [over the pre-season],” Norman said.
“Matto (Ryan Matterson), he’s big, he’s strong, and Zachy (Zach Dockar-Clay) he’s got good feet and good vision so I’m looking forward to seeing how they go on Friday night. I think they’ll go well.”
During the week, Norman and his Blue and Gold teammates took the #NRLwellbeing message to Alice Springs as part of the NRL Community Carnival, visiting over 20 schools and the Alice Springs Hospital. Click through to see a gallery from the day!