Wakefield Trinity PDRL Head Coach, Lee Whiteley, exclaimed that he is “immensely proud” of his side as they head up to Newcastle for the 2023 Magic Weekend.
Following last season’s Grand Final heartbreak, the side has hit back in brilliant fashion in the new year, pushing their hurt to one side to boast an unbeaten start to the new campaign. With a relatively small side, differing from previous years, Trinity has become united both on and off the field, showing the inclusion aspect of the game on a number of levels.
This has had a contributing factor in their on-the-pitch performances, taking maximum points from every festival so far this season, something Whiteley is confident they can continue today.
“Our performances have been on point so far this year,” said the Trinity Head Coach.
“We started the season with two difficult fixtures but managed to get two very good wins, which boosted our confidence for the season and now we have maximum points – it just does not get any better than that.”
With attacking flare and solid defence, Wakefield has upped their game from previous years, taking belief into every festival that they’re are the side to beat. This doesn’t come easy, however, working on the field as a group once a week in Eastmoor to perfect their skillset and make sure they are game ready.
“The work we do on our attacking structure has paid dividends but defensive resistance requires a level of fitness that we pride ourselves in also.
“The guys really buy into our training regime and, believe me, they do not shirk the hard work either.”
Priding itself on being one of the most inclusive sports, Rugby League has been at the forefront in recent years, attaching many more strings to its bow, promoting Women’s, PDRL, LDRL & Wheelchair Rugby League on a national scale.
This will further be put into practice this weekend, with both Physical & Learning Disability Rugby League sides playing fixtures in the North East, down the road at Newcastle Thunder’s, Kingston Park.
Offering this experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some of these players, and to host a festival on the main stage, on the same weekend as the men’s fixtures, is an incredible moment for the sport.
“I am immensely proud of what we achieve on a regular basis, this group both inspires and amazes me every time they represent Wakefield Trinity.
“We are a little light on numbers due to picking up a few injuries but there is no knocking the guys belief in themselves. I am a strong believer in team over self and I am confident our Magic journey will forge even stronger bonds within this group.”
Trinity will head up to Newcastle on Saturday morning, playing fixtures against both Bradford Bulls and Salford Red Devils at 10:30am and 12pm, respectively.
Having started the season in fine form, the side will be heading up to the toon in good spirits as they look to come home with another maximum weekend.
“Both Bradford and Salford have recruited really well this year. Whilst we are a little light, our strength in depth will hopefully show through and get us the two wins we desire, making our bus journey home much more enjoyable.”
Our Wakefield Trinity Disability RL programme is proudly sponsored by Medequip UK.