Castleford Tigers’ Scholarship side are back in action on Wednesday night at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle when they take on Hull FC and castlefordtigersfoundation.co.uk caught up with one of their young stars ahead of the game.
Alfie Wall is now into his second season at Scholarship level and the young back displayed his skills during one of the under 16s recent fixtures at home to St Helens. Despite a 44-24 defeat, the 16-year-old crossed on two occasions as well as being on kicking duties on the night and after the fixture, he gave his analysis on what was a hard-fought contest.
“We played well but I think we lacked a bit of concentration around the ruck, and we needed better offensive options. After those tries that we conceded in the first half we really showed some heart and kicked on.
“I was pleased that we battled back with those few tries, and we kicked on from there and managed to get a few back before half-time. I’d give my performance a solid seven considering it is my first game back in eight weeks after suffering a concussion. We then had a few weeks off to complete our GCSEs, so it’s been a while. I thought it was a solid effort.
“I’m probably not as fit as I want to be just yet but it’s all about grinding out the training sessions to make sure we come back stronger next time.”
Wall even had the opportunity to claim a hat-trick late on against Saints after Jay Seal lofted a high kick on the last. However, unselfishly the centre handed the ball to his wing-partner Travis Tennant for him to touch down on his Castleford debut.
When asked about that moment, the youngster put forward that he was happy to provide his teammate with a moment that he will never forget.
“I was dying to go for my hat-trick, but I thought I’d pass to Travis for him to score on debut. Having those memories are what it’s all about so I thought I would give him that opportunity because I had already scored two.
“It made my day seeing him score.”
The Tigers’ Youth setup has a new look to it in 2022 with Rob Nickolay coming in as Head of Youth Development this year and when asked about his experience in the Scholarship system so far, Wall outlined that it has shaped him not just as a player, but also as a person.
“The first year was more about picking up the basics and now Rob Nickolay has come in with his knowledge. We’ve been working on specific plays in attack and defence and really focusing on our skill points.
“It’s been great to work on things like when to time your pass and your run, so it’s been really good this year. I can tell the programme here is working because I feel like I am developing physically and skill wise as well. It’s a really professional setup because they even give you information on what to eat and track your progress.”
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In closing, Wall put forward that he and his teammates are keen to make the most of their last few remaining games this term.
“We are hoping to end the season on a high. The last three games coming up are tough, but they are winnable if me and the lads can kick on.”
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