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New playing strips lead to winning streak for Yaralla

Yaralla Junior President Damien Berger with the Redbacks players and sponsors Kristy Claridge from SportsPower and Michael Stockdale from Pizza Capers, who helped the club get new jerseys.
Yaralla Junior President Damien Berger with the Redbacks players and sponsors Kristy Claridge from SportsPower and Michael Stockdale from Pizza Capers, who helped the club get new jerseys. Luka Kauzlaric

YARALLA Redbacks Junior Football Club are not only making improvements on the pitch this season, but also look a whole lot better thanks to a new set of playing strips.

The strips have been in the making for 12 months, when the junior committee first began working on getting the players a new jersey, and are now running around football fields all over Gladstone.

They are due to the support the club has gained from SportsPower, Pizza Capers and the Hawkins family at McDonalds.

Yaralla junior president, Damien Berger said he couldn't be prouder of the clubs' teams.

"This year we have 12 teams; every single team got new strips," Berger said.

"They got debuted two weekends ago."

The new uniforms have made a difference in play too, making the players feel more comfortable and results are improving.

Berger said teams that were not used to winning have done so, in one case for the first time in 18 months.

Of course, for the players it is only a mental assistance, with the coaches doing the main job in terms of game play.

"All the teams have showed dramatic improvement, the coaches we have got have improved them greatly," Berger said.

Ultimately, Berger has inherited the club in a good position this year.

He said the shirts were mostly organised last season and had given the players a boost, from which he could go on to achieve more.

"The committee from last year put in most of the hard yards getting the sponsorship. The kids all loved it; it is amazing what a new jersey will do."

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