16 January 2011
Force wing David Smith keeps an eye on the boys' early season efforts
New Western Force wing David Smith was an inspirational presence at Perth-Bayswater's first training run for the 2011 season on a hot Sunday at Pat O'Hara Reserve.
First grade coach Rex George, with assistants Dean Carlisle and Steve Ngamanu and manager Ray Goodall, put the dedicated playing group through a rigorous workout of fitness work and time trials. The brains trust took pity on the sweltering summer trainers though and wrapped up the short but intense session with a sit-up and press-up test in the shade of the trees at the northern end of the park.
A barbecue at the clubrooms rounded off the session.
David was an interested observer of proceedings, recovering from a blistering Western Force training session the day before.
A product of Auckland's famous rugby nursery, Mount Albert Grammar, David was mentored by All Black legend Bryan Williams before joining the Auckland squad in 2005. David went on to be drafted to the Hurricanes in 2006 and make the NZ sevens side before the Force snapped him up late last year.
David is signed with the Force for 2011 with a possible extension into 2012, and has chosen Perth-Bayswater as his club in Perth.
"A lot of clubs were chasing me, but I came here because I knew Rex from back home," David said.
David lives in Subiaco and is enjoying the beach culture in WA. Fortunately he arrived in Perth in November and has had time to adjust to the Perth summer, and now is eagerly anticipating getting into action with the Force.
The club probably won't see much of David during the Force's season but Rex is hopeful that the Hurricanes flyer will be able to appear in black and white later in the year.
Training will continue on Tuesday and Thursday at Pat O'Hara Reserve at 6.30 pm from now until the season opens. All players welcome.
Coach Rex George 0431 659 642
Dean Carlisle 0402 294 741
Steve Ngamanu 0401 402 257