HIGH HOPES: Killarney Cutters fullback Brett Lambert (with ball) is set to line up for his 11th successive season for the Cutters in the Border Rugby League.
HIGH HOPES: Killarney Cutters fullback Brett Lambert (with ball) is set to line up for his 11th successive season for the Cutters in the Border Rugby League. John Towells

New president has high hopes for Cutters in BRL

RUGBY LEAGUE: New Killarney Cutters club president Aaron McKinney expects the perfect mix of young and experienced players in this season's A-grade team.

McKinney first played in 2006 and has been a regular in the outside backs for the past decade.

"No one was putting up their hands to be president so when I offered to take the job on, I decided I would be a reserve for the A-grade reserves this season,” he said.

"I found out I am getting a bit old at 37 when I was chased down by a second-rower last season.”

McKinney heads a committee of new faces but appreciates the support of last year's president James Kelly who accepted the position of vice-president.

Ray Wagner and Leejay Cooper are again joint coaches and the club plans a meet and greet on January 21.

"A lot of past Cutters players have indicated they will return to the field this season,” he said.

"If everyone that has indicated they are playing signs up, I am confident we will have a successful year.”

While the president is keen for the Cutters to form a ladies team for leaguetag, he said there didn't appear to be enough interest this season.

"We will concentrate on getting A-grade men's side as strong as possible this season and aim to field a ladies team in 2017,” he said.

Prospective players or sponsors welcome to call McKinney on 0447111124.

In other BRL news, Chris Battersby has been appointed Wallangarra Rams coach as the club returns to the men's grade. He coached Tenterfield to the grand final in 2016.

See venue for Cutters meet and greet next week online and in print edition.



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