LONG INVOLVEMENT: New Warwick Water Rats president Andrew Williams at the club's home ground, Risdon Oval.
LONG INVOLVEMENT: New Warwick Water Rats president Andrew Williams at the club's home ground, Risdon Oval. Gerard Walsh

New Rats president upbeat about club hopes for 2017

RUGBY UNION: The Warwick Water Rats will play on the same program as UQ Gatton in next season's Darling Downs Rugby Union competition.

Andrew Williams was elected president of the club this week after being involved with the club as a player and now volunteer during his 13 years in Warwick.

He succeeds Neil McCosker who did not seek re-election after five years in the role but will continue as one of a large number of committee members.

Russell Craymer is vice president, May Winter secretary, Terry Duggan treasurer and Scotty McLellan patron. Former Randwick player Vlad Savovski will be B-grade coach.

Williams said playing on the same program as Gatton would mean the Warwick B-grade team would play against genuine B-grade teams.

"Gatton will field A and C grade teams and Warwick will be in B grade. We will host home games with the three senior teams along with some The Scots PGC College boys and girls sevens games and golden oldies games. The aim is A grade in 2018,” Williams said.

The club already has a group of 10 local businessmen who meet every second month to support the club and players.

"This group has arranged for one player to start an apprenticeship in January, they will mentor players and help them seek out job opportunities,” he said.

Russell Craymer is vice president and a Scots PGC staff member and will help carry on the close relationship between the Water Rats and Scots PGC.

All are welcome to training 6pm Tuesday, January 10, or call Williams on 0429004299.



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