THE Sucrogen Whitsunday Junior Raiders held their sign-on Friday night with dozens of enthusiastic young Raiders turning up to the sports park in the wet.
THE Sucrogen Whitsunday Junior Raiders held their sign-on Friday night with dozens of enthusiastic young Raiders turning up to the sports park in the wet.

Soaked sign-on still a big success

RUGBY UNION

JUNIORS

THE Sucrogen Whitsunday Junior Raiders held their sign-on Friday night at the Whitsunday Sports Park with dozens of enthusiastic young Raiders turning up in the wet.

Although the weather cancelled any training, players did get a chance to try on their new club gear and enjoy a kick of their new footballs in the wet and slippery conditions.

Training will start this Friday night from 6pm at the Whitsunday Sports Park and any interested junior Raiders who missed the sign-on on last week can register this Friday night.

Ages range from Under 7s (born 2005 and 2006) up to Under 17s with the 10 week season costing $80 for new members (ball, shirt, shorts, socks, registration) or $30 for renewing members (ball, registration).

Coaches and players are looking forward to a great season as they look to emulate the success of the senior Raiders who are currently placed in the top two of the Mackay competition.

The seniors play at home this Saturday where they are taking on the first-placed Kuttabul Camelboks, starting with the reserves at 2.30pm and the main game at 4.30pm.

Hot, home-cooked meals are available each Friday night at the sports park, and parents are encouraged to come and watch the youngsters run around and enjoy the great atmosphere of junior rugby in the Whitsundays.

ROOKIES 2 REDS

In other rugby news Queensland Rugby's new junior rugby program 'Rookies2Reds', began at Cannonvale State School on Monday.

Rookies2Reds is designed to introduce school-aged boys and girls to the game of rugby and so far almost 2,000 Queensland participants have taken to the fields following in the footsteps of their Queensland Reds heroes.

Local kids from the Cannonvale region aged between five and ten years are encouraged to come along to enjoy the new program which promotes a healthy and active lifestyle. Led by highly qualified coaches, the program features five weekly after-school sessions designed to teach kids the basic skills of rugby while introducing them, and their families, to the fun of the game.

As well as professional coaching, participants will also receive a special Rookies2Reds pack which includes a backpack, water bottle, cap, slap band, and Reds team height comparison chart.

To sign up for the Rookies2Reds program, simply visit www.Rookies2Reds.com.au or head along to Cannonvale State School on Monday. The program runs from July 16-August 31 with registrations accepted until July 27, and anyone wanting more information should contact program manager Ben Thurlow on ben.thurlow@qru.com.au or

0404 026 638.


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