Theft of training gear knocks wind out of junior club
ROOTY Hill Dragons Junior Rugby League Football Club is devastated after the theft of training equipment club officials had bought just two weeks ago.
Club secretary Don Milides confirmed that between the afternoon of Sunday, July 17 and Tuesday, July 19, thieves broke into the Drag- ons’ Whalan Reserve clubhouse and stole about $1500 worth of equipment.
The stolen items included Morgan branded tackling gear bought just two weeks ago after one of the club’s young teams appeared on
The Footy Show and received a $1000 grant to buy equipment.
The other significant item stolen was a $400 tackle ring, which looks like a doughnut and assists children to tackle with their arms around a player. It was generously donated to the juniors by the coach of an older team.
All up, the club lost a tackle ring, 3ft and 5ft tackling bags, a bump bag, air horns and a siren and walkie talkies. Mr Milides said he was struggling to understand why anyone would want to steal the footy gear from the club.
“We are just a little club and our focus is on juniors,” Mr Milides said.
“We’ve got a few (training) bags left but it’s going to be hard as we’re coming up to the semi-finals.” Mr Milides said the matter was in the hands of the police.
Penrith and District Junior Rugby League also had sent out an alert to all of its clubs, notifying them of the stolen equipment and to be on the lookout.
“We’ve gone through a few tough times ... like when the canteen was set on fire 10 years ago ... but we’ve been around 50 years and we’ll keep fighting on,” Mr Milides said.
If anyone can assist the club to replace the gear or has information about the theft, contact Mr Milides on 0488 443 726 or police.