Force star a community champion
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.
Matt Hodgson with Wests Scarborough Rugby Union Club’s under-10 players.
Jemima Horwood will compete at the World Junior Swimming Championships in the USA later this month.