NEW ROLE: Kaety Willett is the first woman to lead the Wattles Junior Rugby League Club in its 37 years in the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League competition.
NEW ROLE: Kaety Willett is the first woman to lead the Wattles Junior Rugby League Club in its 37 years in the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League competition. Contributed

Willett is first woman president of Wattles juniors

RUGBY LEAGUE: Kaety Willett is the first woman to preside over the Wattles juniors and is upbeat about her club's hopes for the 2017 season.

She chaired her first club meeting on Tuesday night.

"There weren't a lot of candidates for president and I figured I will be part of Wattles for a long time,” Kaety said.

Three of her children will be playing this year and the youngest, two-year-old Oliver, is already running around with a footy and trying to tackle everything.

Son Joseph is in the under-16 Wattles team this season, Mitchell is in U11s and daughter Sophie, 12, is going to play girls leaguetag.

Kaety said she had been involved since Joseph was in U8s.

"I have been a volunteer down the years and first-aid officer for the 12 months before Oliver was born,” she said.

The Wattles plan is to field teams in all grades, which is always the case in Warriors territory.

"A lot of girls are registering for leaguetag and many parents are calling for information on the club,” she said.

If she needs to know anything about Wattles club history, she won't have to look any further than husband Jason.

"Jason was a Wattles player from the under-7 grade through to A grade and retired from senior footy in 1997,” Kaety said.

"He still talks about his Wattles senior colt of the year trophy and being one of the youngest to play A grade.

"I tell our kids we bleed green and gold.”

There is no U13 competition in the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League competition this season, an age group in which some clubs have struggled in recent years.

Kaety, who hails from Greenmount, admits she isn't from a footy background.

"Cross country was my thing as a schoolgirl,” she said.

The Wattles club sign on is February 26 at 9am at Platz Oval, Clifton, and all players welcome.

Information from the president on 0400980768.

League dinner

THE Warwick and District Junior Rugby League is organising a fundraising dinner at the Warwick RSL on February 25.

Footy Show personality and past Queensland player Darryl 'The Big Marn' Brohman will be guest speaker. Tickets are on sale for $60 from Warwick RSL. The dinner will be fairly informal with gourmet finger food for all tables, auctions and raffles.



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