20 February, 2021
Junior Rugby League Ready for Kick Off
Following on from the COVID-19 abbreviated junior Rugby League 2020 season, the interest and excitement for the season ahead is high with registrations across all age groups strong.
Rugby League Cairns Juniors Chair, Paul Callaghan, said this week had seen a strong surge of registrations following on from clubs throughout the region activating their pre-season events, and the presence in schools of the NRL Development Team & players as part of the NRL annual Roads to Regions initiative.
“Clubs are welcoming girls and boys of all ages to join” he said. “There is also a key focus on building a strong female competition and girls 13 -17 years keen to play Rugby League are encouraged to contact their local junior club for information.”
The Cooktown District Juniors are also preparing for the season with a strong committee elected at the recent AGM with some new faces around the table.
Club stalwarts, “Chook” & Kim Giese stepped aside from the President and Secretary roles after 6 years at the helm, leaving a great legacy for junior Rugby League in the Cooktown region.
In his report to the club, “Chook” noted some of the highlights of their tenure, including the hosting of the Northern Pride vs Ipswich Jets Country Week game in 2018, and the successful gaining of funds to build much needed changerooms at the John St facility, but overall, the satisfaction from seeing the growth of the young people of the Cooktown & Hopevale Districts develop and excel in their sport.
The QRL Administration Conference being held next Saturday 27th February in Cairns will provide insight and information on the game, the future direction and practical support to Club administrators from across the region. QRL FNQ Area Manager, Robbie Moore, said this was a great opportunity for stakeholders to come together at the start of the season. “There have been challenges from the disrupted 2020 season” he said, “but Rugby League and the community has shown great resilience and confidence in preparing for the 2021 season.
The QRL recognizes the commitment by League and Club volunteers to ensure the Rugby League season runs smoothly and Admin Conferences held in each region are a great way to connect with and support volunteers in their roles.”