Raiders ready for title defence
AFTER taking out their first ever A grade premiership last year the Proserpine/Whitsunday Raiders are gearing up to defend their title in 2014, starting with their season sign-on this Saturday.
The sign-on will be held from noon this Saturday, January 25 at the Whitsunday Sports Park and new club president Matt Sammut welcomed everyone to come and get involved in what will hopefully be another successful season for the club.
"We have big plans for this season with a new coach arriving this year to lead and teach us some new things," he said.
"We will be fielding two teams again this year and training will kick off after sign-on day on the January, 25 at 12pm. We are also running some activities every Friday from 6pm for anyone wanting a run around or just for fun."
Sammut thanked the outgoing committee on the success of 2013 and said the club would not have been a success without all the behind the scene work that goes on.
"I would also like to thank Sharron Pratt for her work to getting over $85,000 worth of grants for the club. She is a big part of the Raiders family so give her a pat on the back next time you see her," he said.
"So let's all get to training this year and to our home games to support your local rugby team for another successful year."
The representative season in country Queensland is currently underway and the Mackay Stingers have been training since December under MDRU development officer and coach Phil Papanicolaou.
Regular training sessions are held in Mackay and anyone who would like to become involved or needs further information should call the coach on 0411 984 328.
On February 5 and 7 there is an opportunity for 15 to 18-year-old girls to be selected in a state wide rugby union 7's program that is being run specifically for the girls.
QLD rugby union development officer for Mackay, Whitsundays and Bowen said that this was a great opportunity for the girls as rugby union 7's is now an Olympic sport.
"This program is designed to train the girls in rugby union 7's and give them an opportunity to go on and play for Queensland and possibly Australia in the Olympics and on the world 7's rugby union circuit," he said.
For more information contact Peter Firth on 0448 806 560.