DEVILS WANT TO GROW

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

IN­COM­ING Childers Devils Ju­nior Rugby League Club pres­i­dent Scott Tom­lin­son has called for lo­cal play­ers to re­turn to the club.

Tom­lin­son takes over the role from Kevin Grant, who was in­stalled as the Isis Devils se­nior club’s pres­i­dent ear­lier this year.

But with Childers field­ing only three ju­nior teams last year (un­der-7s, 10s and 16s), Tom­lin­son has given him­self the chal­lenge of rein­vig­o­rat­ing in­ter­est in the lo­cal ju­nior league scene.

“A lot of peo­ple tend to play over at Bund­aberg clubs and I want to bring those kids back here,” Tom­lin­son said.

“Childers has al­ways been a proud rugby league town – we’ve al­ways been strong.

“We just need to bring those kids back here.”

Sign-on dates for the club are yet to be fi­nalised but Tom­lin­son said they would most likely be in early Jan­uary.

His aim is to field teams in each of the grades, with age groups rang­ing from U6 to U16s.

To do that the large of num­ber of ju­niors who play for Bund­aberg-based clubs would need to re­turn, de­spite the marginally higher reg­is­tra­tion fees.

Tom­lin­son ar­gued the mi­nor sav­ing in reg­is­tra­tion fees was usu­ally can­celled out by the higher fuel costs for train­ing and game days, but he made it clear it was not a gripe he had with other clubs.

All he wants to see next year is a strong lo­cal club brim­ming with lo­cal tal­ent in ev­ery grade.

“Last year we had a few good sides and we want to keep that up,” Tom­lin­son said.

“Even kids who don’t play yet – bring them down. Any team sport is good for kids.”

Phone Tom­lin­son on 4126 6087 for more in­for­ma­tion.

PHOTO: ZACH HOGG

LEAGUE: Childers Devil’s player Bry­den Blair at Waves Sports Com­plex.

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