Junior raiders receive cash boost
RUGBY union in the area will receive a welcome boost from the Whitsunday Regional Council to help with the launch of the first junior rugby union carnival in the Whitsundays.
Council approved a grant to cover the costs of new seating, referees and field usage for the two day carnival from July 27-28.
Junior president Sharron Pratt thanked the Men’s Shed for coming to the party and helping to build the new seating.
“We will have six portable aluminium seats for players and spectators that will be invaluable on the field,” she said.
The junior carnival will be a great display of upcoming rugby union talent with teams travelling from Townsville, Mackay, the Burdekin and Central Highlands to play in the under-10s to under-16s competition.
“Rugby union is still an emerg- ing sport in this area so it’s a great opportunity for them to build their experience,” Ms Pratt said.
The official sign-up for the 10 week 2013 junior rugby union season will be held on July 5 for a July 15 start at the Raiders Rugby Club at the Whitsunday Sports Park at 6pm.
All players who sign up will have the opportunity to play in the junior carnival.
GRANT AWARDED: Men's Shed members Trevor Burns, David McQuat, Peter Lanser, Don Trefz with (front) Whitsunday Junior Raiders players Judd and Regin Pratt, club president Sharron Pratt, her daughter Lynley and president of the Men's Shed Bob Bristow tested out one of the new aluminium benches that will be used at the junior rugby carnival on July 27-28.