Plenty to hoot about with player boom

IN what must be a record achievement for any sporting club, Guildford Owls Junior Rugby League Football Club has seen membership double from 300 to 600 players in just two years.

Fielding 35 teams including a new Open Womens side when the season gets underway on April 27, the club still has a few positions available in the 10, 11 and 12 years age groups.
Club secretary-treasurer Clay White says that even for training, they’ve had to take over a second field at McCredie Park, Guildford.
He said adopting the tackle-free program for U5s and U6s and the tackle-ready program for U7s, has been working well, with a group of U10s girls making the switch from netball, even reporting less injuries.
“Kids are taught how to play safely from the word go and all of our trainers are fully qualified,” he said.
“Everything we do is designed around safety and playing rugby league is an opportunity for them to keep fit physically and mentally as well as making friends for life.
“The teamwork skills they develop, including your obligation to turn up and look out for each other, are essential in later life so playing rugby league really gives them a headstart.”
He said the club was looking forward to having another successful season, with many wins including last year’s U10 division 1 team who won every game, the minor premiership and the Grand Final premiership in the Parramatta district competition.
“We call them our ‘Invincibles’ and had a trial match recently with the pennants competition winners St Marys but our side easily won,” he said.
“It’s going to be another exciting year.”
To register to play or find out more: or call 0474 323 480.