Redmen to launch 2006 campaign
THE Grafton Redmen kick off their 2006 Far North Coast Rugby campaign with the commencement of training next Tuesday at 5.30pm at the Rugby Grounds.
Skills and fitness will continue each Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
To coincide with their first official training run, coach Gary Powell has announced a major new sponsorship deal with the Mighty River Automotive dealership.
"There's a real buzz around the place," Powell said.
"The Mighty River Redmen has a good sound to it, and the deal will really help the club move forward after great strides were made in 2005."
"Last year's grand final appearances in first and second grades has only made the boys keener and a number have been training throughout the off season.
"We expect most of last year's side to back up and are confident of additional person- nel to bolster our strength and depth in a couple of key areas.
"All in all, we expect to use last year as a stepping stone to better things in what is already looking like an even and closely fought 2006 competition."
Club President Dave Morrison said it was particularly heartening to not only welcome aboard the Mighty River team, but to continue the club's relationships with a number of other key sponsors such as the Jacaranda Hotel and Tooheys.
Last year the club redeveloped its clubhouse and ground lighting and this year will see continue improvements including new change rooms and improved spectator facilities, Morrison said.
"With the hosting of the Country Under-15 titles in May, and an ambitious junior tour of New Zealand involving three sides in October, it seems that the only way for local rugby to go is forward," he said.
"Sponsorship support is an integral and valued part of the Mighty River Redmens' ambi- tious plans for 2006."