Lower Clarence youngsters show their talent on the field at Yamba last weekend.
Lower Clarence youngsters show their talent on the field at Yamba last weekend.

Keen juniors ready for RL season

THE 2011 junior rugby league season kicked off last weekend with a huge carnival at the Yamba Sports Complex.

Clubs from Lennox Head down to Grafton and out to Tabulam converged on Yamba to play trial games in all grades from under-7s through to under-16s.

Group One junior president Rick Lennon said it was great to see more than 1100 players participate in and enjoy the day.

“It’s fantastic to see all the kids out there enjoying themselves,” Lennon said.

Lennon also said that the carnival was a good opportunity for parents and officials to reacquaint themselves with things before the start of the season

“The ARL (Australian Rugby League) make it compulsory for all referees, coaches and ground officials involved in junior rugby league to be fully trained and accredited with them,” he said.

“The carnival gave everyone an opportunity to either get back into things or put into practice what our new officials have learnt in the courses they did over summer.”

Junior rugby league caters for all ages with mini-league offering kids from ages 7 to 9 games with simplified rules run on a small field concentrating on basic skills; Mod league lets 10- to 12-year-olds spread their wings a little with larger fields and more tactical concepts of the game introduced and international league for kids 13 and up puts them on a full-sized field where they display all of the skills they have learnt from their accredited coaches as well as from regular open days and skills workshops the ARL run regularly in the region.

“It’s a safe and fun environment and gives kids the opportunity to develop their sporting skills and confidence, with an emphasis on fair play, safety and sportsmanship,” Lennon said.

Clubs are still accepting player registrations, with the competition to commence after Easter.

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