Sea­horses re-sad­dle

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - CAREERS - MATT DEANS

AFTER a sea­son on the side­lines, se­nior rugby league is set for a come­back in Wool­go­olga, with moves to re­form the Sea­horses for the Group 2 com­pe­ti­tion in 2019.

A new com­mit­tee spear­headed by fa­ther and son pres­i­dent and vice-pres­i­dent Martin and Michael Aubus­son has been formed to re­store the proud club, which sat out the 2018 lo­cal league sea­son.

“We are work­ing hard to get the club back to­gether,” Michael said.

“The Woopi Sea­horses have al­ways been com­pet­i­tive when we are playing so we are look­ing to get the se­nior teams back to­gether and get lo­cals back in­volved with the club.

“It’s very much about pride, a lot of us who grew up playing for the Sea­horses want to see the club back playing in Group 2 and that’s the drive to re­tain and at­tract play­ers, get spon­sors in­volved and bring back Sun­day af­ter­noon footy to the Aquar­ium.

A call-out has been made for play­ers to con­test the men’s, women’s and un­der-18s.

Michael said with the club’s his­tory span­ning back to about 1938, there’s a fierce loy­alty in the Wool­go­olga Sea­horses jer­sey.

“A lot of peo­ple who mightn’t know ask about the Sea­horse as a mas­cot, it fea­tures on the Wool­go­olga school em­blem,” he said.

“I haven’t heard of many other Sea­horses in rugby league, an­other rea­son why the club is so spe­cial.”

Train­ing will start in com­ing weeks, with train­ing runs at the beach, pre-sea­son laps of Cen­ten­nial Oval and gym ses­sions.

To get in­volved phone Michael on 0401 845 083 or sign up to the Wool­go­olga Rugby League Face­book page.

Al­ready a num­ber of coaches have put their names for­ward and Blue­wa­ter Me­chan­i­cal has come on board as the first ma­jor spon­sor.

Photo: Trevor Veale

BACK IN BUSI­NESS: Club pres­i­dent Martin Aubus­son, first-grade player Joel Collinson and vice-pres­i­dent Michael Aubuss­son.

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