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The Dyldam Parramatta Eels take on the Gold Coast Titans tonight in the first full NRL trial game for 2016, with Alice Springs’ Anzac Oval ready for a big night of rugby league.

Leading into the game, the players visited school groups around the Red Centre, and halfback Luke Kelly says the reception in the Territory has been outstanding.  

“Everyone seems really positive about the game and pretty keen to come along, so hopefully we’ll have a big crowd and can pay some good footy,” Kelly said. 

“It’s nice and warm and it’s been a great day, we’ve got around to some great schools and the kids really enjoyed it.”

The NRL Community Carnival sees the Eels visit schools and community groups in Alice Springs, to be followed by thousands of children in Parramatta next week.

“The focus this year is on hydration, sleep and belonging - and obviously in the extreme heat up here hydration is very important, so the kids had a good time and listened and hopefully got a lot out of it,” Kelly said. 

“You always think back to when you were a kid at school and someone came and spoke to you, you always got a lot out of it, so hopefully they did today. “

Kick-off is at 7.40pm Central Australia Time, which is 9.10pm in Sydney. Tune in by listening to the CAAMA Radio commentary of the game online. 

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