Dolphins NRL players have given up their bye week holiday and will travel thousands of kilometres to develop the game of rugby league in the Northern Territory.
Just hours after facing the Sharks in Magic Round, a group of six players and chief executive Terry Reader boarded a plane for Darwin as they prepare to do a loop around the Territory.
In conjunction with major partner Tamboran Resources, the Dolphins players will visit remote and Indigenous communities across the NT, giving the locals a touchpoint with their NRL heroes.
The delegation includes fullback superstar Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Edrick Lee, Herman Ese’ese, Mason Teague, Kurt Donoghoe and Jack Bostock.
The group will travel from Darwin to Katherine to Elliot and Daly Waters, participating in skills clinics with children while giving the locals a chance to meet their NRL heroes.
Joel Riddle, CEO and Managing Director of Tamboran Resources, said the trip would be a wonderful experience for people in the NT.
"We're hugely proud and excited to be partnering with the NRL Dolphins on this trip to help grow the great game of rugby league in the Northern Territory,” he said.
"As a sponsor and official energy partner of the Dolphins in the NRL, Tamboran are looking forward to travelling to the remote towns of Katherine and Elliott with NRL Dolphins team stars, including Herman Ese’ese, Edrick Lee and Hamiso ‘The Hammer’ Tabuai-Fidow.
"We're particularly proud to be bringing the NRL Dolphins clinics into communities with large Indigenous communities to grow fans and participation of rugby league among Indigenous youth in the NT. Indigenous players are among the greatest to have ever played rugby league, including Dolphins’ and Roosters’ great Arthur Beetson.
"Tamboran wish to congratulate the Dolphins on their early success in the NRL and look forward to a long relationship that helps promote the game in the NT."
Dolphins’ chief executive Terry Reader said the trip would benefit the locals and the players that are giving up their bye week to be part of the development tour.
“This will be a great experience for not only the people in the Northern Territory, but also for our own players,” he said.
“This will be a trip where the players will be working directly to grow the game in remote and Indigenous communities, which will in turn give them a glimpse of the good work they can do for people in these areas.
“We thank Tamboran Resources for partnering us in this effort that will provide great benefit to these communities and the game of rugby league in the Northern Territory.”