Two of Moree's bright young rugby players have recently enjoyed some valuable experience, playing for the Lloyd McDermott Indigenous Rugby Union team at the NSW State Championships in Hunters Hill over the long weekend.
Annebelle Latimer-Smith and Leila Murray were both selected in the under-15s side after the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team and Rugby NSW ran rugby clinics in Moree in early May.
While the side didn't get a win, it was more about gaining experience and exposure as a player.
"We were never thinking of coming away with a majority of wins. It was more about getting the girls down here, getting them settled in," Lloydies executive officer Rod Willey said.
Willey said they came up against some very experienced teams who have been training together for months, where as the Lloydies girls only met for the first time the night before the championships began.
Still, the side's coach was pleased with their efforts and how the two Moree girls went.
"We just hope we can give them more opportunities to play," Willey said.
Willey said they're hoping to be able to provide more opportunities for up and coming rugby players in this region.
"It's just about trying to work with the governing bodies about how we can have a regular competition to service that area," he said.
The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team provide numerous opportunities for young players to obtain scholarships at private schools in Sydney to continue to grow as a player.
Regardless of the results on the field, the players had a fantastic weekend meeting each other and continuing to learn the game together.
"Hopefully it gives them an appetite for more," Willey said.