New for­mat boosts sea­son

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha’s future rugby league stars wrapped up their first sea­son un­der a new for­mat with a host of games at the Leisure­plex last Satur­day after­noon.

As of 2017, all clubs have come un­der one ban­ner and travel has been cut out for the youngest age groups to help boost par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Kar­ratha Ju­nior Rugby League pres­i­dent Nick Rolle said num­bers had ex­ploded as a re­sult of the new for­mat.

“Com­bin­ing the clubs is prob­a­bly the best thing we could have done to re­ally grow the com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

“We have gone from num­bers of close to 100 to over 230 kids reg­is­tered this year. Ev­ery­one is re­ally happy with the struc­ture.

“Ob­vi­ously there are al­ways teething is­sues but it has been run re­ally well.”

Rolle said the com­mu­nity sup­port had helped in get­ting the kids out on the field.

NRL WA games and com­pe­ti­tions co-or­di­na­tor Jai Chap­man said coaches, ref­er­ees and other vol­un­teers had pros­pered this year.

“A lot of things hinge on vol­un­teers, so com­bin­ing ev­ery­thing to­gether has al­lowed the vol­un­teers to pros­per,” he said.

“When you have en­thu­si­as­tic peo­ple, things hap­pen.”

Chap­man said next year would be the surest sign of whether the new for­mat was a suc­cess.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Un­der-8s player Taj Kirkwood in ac­tion.

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