DEVILS WANT TO GROW
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.
LEAGUE: Childers Devil’s player Bryden Blair at Waves Sports Complex.