Rugby union presents a junior pathway

REP SQUAD: The combined 2018 South Coast Monaro rugby union squad. Photos: supplied
REP SQUAD: The combined 2018 South Coast Monaro rugby union squad. Photos: supplied

In early March the South Coast Monaro Representative Junior Rugby program commenced for the first time in many years. The aim of the representative program is to develop local talent in our region and provide a pathway for players to progress to a higher level of rugby.

SCM REPs: Front: Hayden, Toby, Matthew S, Mac, Duke, Finley, Hamish, and Zac. Back: Angus, Finn, Jack, Jake, Dylan and Harry. Absent:Matthew H.

SCM REPs: Front: Hayden, Toby, Matthew S, Mac, Duke, Finley, Hamish, and Zac. Back: Angus, Finn, Jack, Jake, Dylan and Harry. Absent:Matthew H.

Training sessions were hosted by the Fizzy Reds in Goulburn and the Red Devils in Cooma each week and there  were trial games for under the 12 and under 14 age groups.

 A total of 60 players attended the training sessions.  The standard of local talent has been very impressive and indicates how strong the next generation of players will be.

From our region  there were a numbers of players selected from Goulburn, Crookwell and Braidwood selected.

In the under 12s the players who were selected in the squad are: 

  • Hayden Collings
  • Matthew Hannan
  • Toby Klem
  • Mac Shephard
  • Duke Shephard
  • Finley Davies
  • Hamish Dalglish,
  • Zac Riley –Meijer
  • Harry Waters

The Under 14s they were solid numbers who attended the trials and the following players were selected:

  • Angus Dalglish
  • Finn Gibson
  • Jack Temple
  • Jake Waters
  • Dylan Biles

The teams played Southern Inland Representative Teams on March 18, at Terry Campese Oval, Queanbeyan. The day was very hot and despite the heat the games were played at a very high standard and pace. In the under 12s the SCM team were well behind in the first half but managed to claw there way back to finish the games 20 all draw. The players showed tremendous character and resolve in being able to compete with a very determined opposition.

In the under 14s the game started quickly and the SCM team were able to score a few quick tries. The remainder of the game was played in a very good spirit and was tightly contested towards the end and the final score was 30 – 5.

Last weekend the squad travelled to Broulee and was hosted by the Broulee Dolphins Rugby Club. There were three training sessions over the course of the day, and finished with a beach session and barbecue at Broulee Beach which was well deserved considering how exhausted the players became.

The next game is on the April 22 at Terry Campese Oval, Queanbeyan for the under 12s and 14s,  against Southern Inland Representative Teams SIRU.  

In the Goulburn u13/14s we are combining with Crookwell and Braidwood to have a local team playing in the Canberra competition for the first time in four years. It is great having the kids play together and to develop as a team for the future. There are available spots within the team and if you would like to play, contact Tim Gibson (timgibson001@gmail.com) for further details.

On the local Goulburn Junior Rugby Competition, training has commenced and is held each Thursday from 5.30-6.30pm for all ages ( u6-u12s) at Carr Confoy oval.

Registrations are currently being taken online on Rugbylink.com.au and the link is on the Goulburn Junior Facebook site.

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