Theft of train­ing gear knocks wind out of ju­nior club

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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.

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