HARD work in training can pay off on the pitch, as Ethan Coldwell and his Ballina Seagulls under-13s teammates can testify.

Fullback Coldwell was among the stars of another enjoyable day of Group One Junior League action on Saturday, scoring a couple of tries in the match against Marist Brothers counterparts.

The 12-year-old said one superb solo effort, which resulted in him waltzing through Brothers' backline after some nifty footwork, was the result of some clever planning.

"It was the step inside we've been working on in training," he said.

"It is amazing when you hear the crowd yelling for you.

"I love it."

It was an enjoyable day at Lennox Head's Williams Reserve, with several budding talents from across the region showing their skills.

Ethan, who has been playing the game since he was six, said he loved the rough-and-tumble of junior footy.

"I like it when it gets rough," he said.

"Sometimes I get smashed, but I don't get worried. I smash them back.

"I really enjoy playing."

Action continues this Saturday.



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