Tallis Farrar, 9, left and Will Webster, 5 are signing up for this year’s season with the Wallabys.
Tallis Farrar, 9, left and Will Webster, 5 are signing up for this year’s season with the Wallabys. Christopher Chan

Juniors ready to kick-off season

THE season is within reach.

Kids are itching to lace up their boots and take to the field.

For the Wallabys junior boys and girls it is the jersey that they are looking forward to throwing on.

The kids will hit the fields in 2012 looking smart in their new playing kit, thanks to sponsorship from One Dental, AB Marine, Craig's Bakery and the Wallaby seniors.

Club president Aaron Farrar said the club had worked hard on fundraising and sponsorship to purchase the new jerseys, shorts and socks, so it would be rewarding to see the kids playing in them.

"It is a great effort to be able to have the kids outfitted in the new gear, you take it for granted how much it costs to run a junior league club, we had 230 kids registered in 2011 and it looks like we may have more this year," Farrar said.

"I guess with the town exploding in population the way it is we are seeing an influx of new kids wanting to play rugby league."

With more kids showing an interest the club is hoping that parents follow.

"There are a lot of opportunities for parents to get involved, from helping coach, running water and messages on game day to being a team manager or first aid officer," he said.

"The league runs accredited courses for parents or people wanting to be involved and we will cover the cost of this training."

The Wallaby home grounds in Tranberg St has also under gone some changes in the off-season with a second field being developed and the main field being upgraded, this development is not quite complete yet so the junior club was looking for a venue to start training.

"We needed some where to commence training as our home grounds are not ready, to their credit the Gladstone and District Junior Rugby League has allowed us to train at the Briffney Creek fields in the short term until our fields are right to go, we really appreciate their support," Farrar said.

The club is holding its sign on day this Sunday from 2pm to 4pm at their home grounds.



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