Izac McConnell, 7, at the Rebels presentation on Saturday morning at McKittrick Park. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
Izac McConnell, 7, at the Rebels presentation on Saturday morning at McKittrick Park. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

Rebels future in good hands

SOUTH Grafton Rebels have a ripper first grade future if their junior teams are anything to go by.

The senior teams' on-field struggle was well documented this year when they fought through a tough first season to finish second last.

But it is off the field where they have made big strides, with their move back to McKittrick Park and a successful committee being two of the bigger changes.

Re-elected junior president and new life member Karen Taunton said access to the newer facilities was a massive boost.

"Moving back was the biggest plus because the junior players now have a pathway to the senior team," Taunton said.

"We have a hard-working committee and the seniors help us out with coaching."

The junior Rebels fielded teams in four age groups this season, with three of those making the grand final.

The under-10s and 11s returned with a premiership, while the under-13s fell 10 points short of making it a historic hat-trick.

Still, it will go down as one of the best seasons in recent memory for the club, and it has Taunton excited for the future.

"We won one last year and before that it was 2009 when Ethan Roberts led the 14s," Taunton said.

"I can't remember the last time we won two premierships in one year. It really is a brilliant effort.

"It's the first time the group of players in the u13s have made a grand final and they'll be better for it.

"Ideally we'll have a team in every grade next year and hopefully those teams continue their good run."



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