The Cobar Junior League season is all set to get underway with three teams entered in the Dubbo & District competition and plans to once again run a local mini league competition.
Club president Simone Knight said the club has entered teams for the Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15/16 age divisions in the Junior Rugby League Dubbo and District competition.
“Numbers for these teams are looking quite good however we have much lower registration numbers for mini league, the 5-9 year olds,” Mrs Knight said.
“We want to see kids involved in our club.
“It is important to us to see rugby league remain a viable sport for kids in Cobar for many years to come.
“We see amazing potential in our older kids and we want that to continue,” she said.
“A lot of parents have mentioned to us that they have children who are interested but just haven’t completed the registrations.
“We think that part of the issue is that some of the registration process now has to be completed online.”
Mrs Knight said the committee members were happy to help out with registrations.
“They can register through the link on our Facebook page (Cobar Junior Rugby League) or contact a committee member if they need more information,” she said.
Mrs Knight said some parents had raised concerns about the safety of rugby league.
“We train the kids and teach them proper techniques so that they can be safe when they play and we also play modified rules to ensure the kids are safe,” she said.
“Parents can come and ask us about the Safe Play Code.”
Mrs Knight said if there are kids in the 11 to 16 years age bracket who are already signed up for soccer but also want to play football (both games are on Saturdays), they will try and make arrangements so that kids can play both.
“If they want to play footy as well, contact us and we will see if we can make an arrangement. There are kids in our club that play both.”
Mrs Knight said the Cobar club’s registration fee of $70 was the lowest in the Dubbo District.
“We are doing everything we can to keep kids involved in our club.
“Now we need parents to finalise the registrations,” she said.
The 11-16s have already commenced training and have their first game at the end of the month.
The club is hoping to commence the mini league season at the beginning of May.
“At this point we don’t have enough children for it to run,” Mrs Knight said.
“But if we get the rego forms back we will have plenty!
“We need parents to do this promptly so we can make a decision about the minis comp for this year.
“We are here to help if anyone needs it.”
For further details about the junior league and mini league competitions, see advertisement on Page 19.
11s – 16s have already commenced training and will play their first game on Saturday 30th April.
We want to start mini-league training on Thursday 28th April and competition on Sunday 1st May.