Cool coach a good sport for footy finals
By WILL JACKSON
Former Sharks prop helps kids play
COACH Danny Lee says there's no pressure on his under-7s rugby league team to perform this weekend.
"At their age, football is all just about the fun and learning. You've got to keep it in perspective. The competition aspect can wait till they're older," he says.
The Northern Rivers sporting legend, who played more than 200 first grade games for the Cronulla Sharks between 1988 and 1999 and is known to many as 'the Ox', will be one of many parents watching their kids compete in finals and semi-finals this weekend as the winter sporting season draws to a close.
At St John's College, Woodlawn, 28 Group One Junior Rugby League teams ranging from under10s to under-16s are playing in the competition's semi-finals today. Danny's team will be taking part in a concurrent mini gala day for under-7s to under-9s.
Danny decided to start coaching at the start of this season when two of his sons, Isaac and Thomas, joined the team.
"I would have supported them no matter what sport they took up, but because they chose league I decided to coach the team."
Danny's wife Anne-Maree says he hates having a fuss made about his career as the Sharks' prop.
"One of the boys on his team was awestruck when he found out Danny played for Cronulla," she says. "He saw Danny on an old football video the other day and when he came into training he said 'I saw you on TV!'
"Danny said the show must have been in black and white it was from so long ago."
Danny says he really enjoys coaching the team, which trains on Thursday afternoons and plays every Saturday during the season.
He says the under-7s team isn't that different to the Sharks.
"You use pretty much the same techniques ? it's all about repetition. You've got to get the skills right and then you get them to do it a lot of times so they learn it."