Most successful Junior League season comes to conclusion

The Cobar Roosters Junior Rugby League Club held their 2019 end of season presentations at the Cobar Bowling & Golf Club on Sunday with club president Simone Knight declaring the year a great success.

“It’s been an absolutely huge season,” Mrs Knight said.

In addition to having five teams competing in the Dubbo & District Junior Rugby League competition (and all the travelling that involves) and running an Under 6s and Under 8s home competition, the committee has this year held working bees to improve the club’s facilities, hosted a visit from NRL player Preston Campbell, competed in knock out competitions, took a group of players to meet the NRL Sydney Roosters players and coaches and catered for a number of events.

“We had three teams through to the semis, which is a first for us for many years,” Mrs Knight said.

She said she was proud to see the club grow from just 35 kids registered in 2013 to now being able to field five teams in the Dubbo competition.

In addition to praising the junior players on their performances this season, including a Tier 2 grand final win by the Under 11s, Mrs Knight also congratulated the Cobar Roosters Under 18s team (many of whom started playing in Cobar Junior Rugby League) on their Castlereagh Youth League grand final win.

“Cobar Rugby League is definitely on the up again!” she said.

Awards were given out in Mini’s (Under 6s), Under 8s, Under 10s, Under 11s, Under 12s, Under 14s and 15/16 years age groups.

Under 12s Reece Josephson was the top try scorer for the season with a haul of  28.

Nate Martin from the Under 10s was not far behind scoring a tally of 20 tries for the season.

Under 11s Hayden Seng was the highest try scorer (with 9) for his age group.

Reynold Mugugia top scored with eight tries in the Under 14s and Ben Griffith recorded seven tries in his 15/16s age group.

Perpetual trophies were awarded to: The Tom Good Top Tackler—Tim Eves; Tyrone Purcell Junior Clubman of the Year—Rowdy Barton; Ted Brown Senior Clubman of the Year: Ted Smith; Shad Fisher Best and Fairest, Minis—Cooper Trudgett; Paul Goonrey Player with the Biggest Heart—Kai Taylor; Mark Smith Player with the Most Potential—Eligh Ritter; President’s Award for Dedication to the Club—Koby Knight; CJRL Club Overall Best and Fairest—Reece Josephson; and Wayne Buckman Memorial Trophy Under 9s Best and Fairest—Charlie Nicholson.

Best and Fairest awards in each grade were presented to: Mini’s—Alfie Toomey; Under 8s—Lucas Townsend, Under 10s—Rowdy Barton, Jacob Chandler and Nate Martin (three-way tie); Under 11s—Jhett Walsh; Under 12s—Reece Josephson; Under 14s—Jayden Paul; and 15/16s—Ted Smith.