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Jack's member moment

Eight-year-old Jack Dolgner had never played rugby league before being shown how to grubber kick by former Cowboy Matthew Bowen. 

Jack went to Mango's Mates, a free rugby league coaching clinic with Matthew Bowen and Ray Thompson, after he finished school on Tuesday.

He was surprised by his mum Rachael with a JRL star membership, which gave him access to the exclusive coaching clinic for members.

When asked about Jack's experience following the clinic, Rachael said that he had learned some new things.

"He definitely learned a few skills from the boys today," Rachael said.

Juniors aged 5 – 15 in the clinic went through a series of stations, set up to teach practical skills like passing the ball, grubber kicking and 'squashing the cockroach.'

There's also the important focus on fun and participation during the event.

Rachael, who watched on as Jack joined other kids for the football drills, said "it's a good way for kids to learn to play."

"Especially when Matty Bowen was playing with the kids, and when they were making the tries, all the kids were really excited to get involved," Rachael said.

Rachael said that Jack also benefited from playing in a team.

"He didn't know anyone else doing it, so I was quite surprised at the way he interacted with the others," Rachael said.

After the clinic Jack and other kids went on a tour of the stadium and received their membership packs with Cowboys merchandise. 

Mango's Mates is an event available to JRL Star Members aged 5 - 15 years.

The photo gallery of Mango's Mates held on Tuesday 7 August is at

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