Jason Bermeulen-Smith and Mason Graham chase down a ball at training for combined Under-7s and Under-8s Rebels team.
Jason Bermeulen-Smith and Mason Graham chase down a ball at training for combined Under-7s and Under-8s Rebels team.

Junior league gala reborn

By TONY WHITE

MORE than 700 kids will turn out on Saturday for the South Grafton Juniors Rugby League Mini and Mod Football carnival.

To be staged at Rugby Park and Jabor Park, 49 teams from around the Northern Rivers as far north to Byron Bay to Grafton in the south will be represented.

Organiser Tom McKenna said the carnival had been dormant since the 1970s but was hopeful of it becoming an annual event.

Teams from Under-7s through to Under-12s will take part in the carnival.

"For many years it was staged in Grafton, Peter Dougherty used to run it in the middle of Grafton racecourse before the golf course was put in," McKenna said.

"A lot of kids and their families will be coming to Grafton for the carnival.

"Hopefully, now it is up and running again, we can make it an annual event.

"It should be a fun day for everyone."

McKenna said games would be conducted on two fields at Rugby Park and three at Jabor Park.

"We grateful to the Redmen for allowing us to use the ground (Rugby Park)," McKenna said. "And for the assistance of local community groups."

McKenna said trophies to the value of $2000 would be up for grabs during the gala event.



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