New look season for region’s young footballers
RUGBY LEAGUE: Young footy players are chomping at the bit to return to the field next month, and parents and coaches alike are keen to join them.
Roma and District Junior Rugby League will kick off just in time for term 3, with training expected to start around July 10.
RDJRL president Justin Garvie said clubs and players alike were hopeful they would be able to muster a nine-week season, with one week of finals.
In addition, there is still hopes for a rep carnival in the September school holidays for all age groups.
“We’re getting as close to normal as possible. The presidents and myself have put together a good program which will see all kids get a good run out on the field,” Garvie said.
“It’s important they get a run. The kids are really missing playing and it’s important they don’t miss out on playing.
“Our under 6s and under 8s will next year be under 8s and 10s, this is the time for them to hone their technique, it makes a big difference.
“And for our under 14s, this is the last year of junior football. It’s important they get a chance to play.”
For players who make representative teams, Garvie and his team are working closely to ensure they still get a chance.
“It’s fairly exciting for these kids to make those teams, we want to make sure they get every opportunity they can,” Garvie said.
The league is still waiting on ratification from the Queensland Rugby League and council, but if everything goes well, there will be nine rounds of football before a ‘gala’ in place of a grand final.
“The biggest change will be there will be no finals series, it will be first past the post,” Garvie said.
“But hopefully, if restrictions have eased then the last weekend we’ll get a big gala day in Roma.
“We’ve opted to go this way to ensure all the kids get as much football in as possible as opposed to hitting finals and some teams getting extra games.”
The future of the senior season, is still uncertain, with Roma and District Rugby League president Peter Flynn saying they are still assessing what the 2020 season future holds.
Flynn compliments the juniors in their ability in getting their season under way.