Force star a com­mu­nity cham­pion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Looklocal - Denise S. Cahill

RE­TIRED West­ern Force stal­wart Matt Hodg­son has re­turned to com­mu­nity rugby with Wests Scar­bor­ough Ju­nior Rugby Union Club.

The Wem­b­ley res­i­dent’s four-year-old son Hunter joined the club’s un­der-six team this sea­son.

“I started com­ing down as a par­ent and have got more in­volved with other teams,” Hodg­son said.

“I’ve done work with the un­der-15s as well as the un­der-sixes, which has been in­ter­est­ing be­cause I’m teach­ing them what rugby is all about – it’s more than just skills, it’s team­work.”

Hodg­son started his ca­reer in com­mu­nity rugby with the Avoca Sharks on the NSW Cen­tral Coast. His fam­ily is still in­volved with the club. “We love our com­mu­nity rugby,” Hodg­son said.

Wests Scar­bor­ough has a girls team for the first time this sea­son.

The un­der-15 girls are cur­rently sec­ond on the lad­der.

Pres­i­dent Richard Wens­ley, of Trigg, said the in­ter­est from fe­male play­ers had been amaz­ing.

“One girl can’t play in the un­der-15s (be­cause she’s too young), so she’s play­ing with the boys team in the un­der-12s,” Wens­ley said.

The club’s un­der-10s and un­der-18s teams are un­de­feated this sea­son ahead of fi­nals this month.

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Matt Hodg­son with Wests Scar­bor­ough Rugby Union Club’s un­der-10 play­ers.­mu­ni­ d471936

Jemima Hor­wood will com­pete at the World Ju­nior Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships in the USA later this month.

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