Jets up, up and away again

Melville Times - - Sport -

AF­TER more then a decade in the hangar, the Applecross-Mt Pleas­ant Jets Rugby League Club is pre­par­ing for take-off again in 2018.

Es­tab­lished as one of the found­ing clubs in the West Aus­tralian Rugby League com­pe­ti­tion in 1948, the Jets be­gan shed­ding play­ers af­ter the Western Reds folded in the late 1990s.

By 2006 the club was down to just one se­nior side play­ing re­serve-grade rugby, and the Jets were forced to with­draw when the Perth com­pe­ti­tion was over­hauled to re­quire first-grade and ju­nior teams.

Now, pres­i­dent Cody McColl is re­viv­ing the club and said there was al­ready strong in­ter­est from un­der-6 level all the way to the se­nior grades.

“The NRL is con­sid­er­ing an ex­pan­sion back to Perth, so my­self and a few other mem­bers thought now would be a good time to try and get the club off the ground again,” he said.

“We’ve al­ready got nearly 60 play­ers in the se­nior grades.

“It’s still a bit early to tell for ju­niors but with the Western Force get­ting axed from Su­per Rugby, we’re ex­pect­ing a few rugby union play­ers will come over.”

McColl said for­mer Brad­ford Bulls coach Matt Gar­land had been re­cruited to coach the Jets’ Premier­ship Cup side.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Applecross-Mt Pleas­ant Rugby League Club Face­book page.

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The Jets’ Cody McColl, Mitch Fraser, Michael Fus­sell, Jad Meale and Josh An­stis.

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