Calling for junior involvement
RUGBY UNION: The Water Rats are gearing up for next year’s season and are looking for juniors to take to the field.
Despite having a junior competition this year run by Scots PGC, the club hasn’t had a stand-alone side for five years, according to spokesman Alastair Costello.
“I guess having a strong junior representation brings more people to the club, you have juniors and they graduate into the senior competition, so that really means that there is greater involvement,” Costello said.
“If you’ve got juniors there, you’ve got more prospective people to help coach and kids coming through that would want to be involved.”
Head of junior rugby Anthony Savovski said the sport was a great way to build social and physical skills.
“If kids play different sports it helps with their skill development and overall physical development,” Savovski said.
“Playing rugby is the perfect opportunity to help build social awareness and form friendships and if you speak to any senior grade footballer that runs around on the Downs, they’ll talk about growing up and running the line, being a ball boy, running water and being a part of the club.”
The Water Rats will host their AGM on November 14 at Ridson Oval, starting at 6pm.
While they’ve only just put the call out, Costello said there had been significant interest in the club.
“We only put the call out on Facebook three days ago, but it’s too hard to say just yet how positive the reaction has been,” he said.
“It’s a good start though. We’ve had a few different people share the page which is good.”
Despite many children involved in local rugby league tournaments, Costello said that playing union is just as enjoyable.
“With league there are so many that are playing, there are kids that might end up siting on the bench for half the game,” he said.
“If you played for the Water Rats you’d definitely get a full game, because we have such few numbers everyone gets involved.”