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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Wattles clash with Danes in junior local derby

Excitement filled the air as Wattles Juniors clashed in pre-season trial matches against the Pittsworth Danes at Club Pittsworth. Teams ranging from Under 6 to Under 17 boys stepped up to face the Danes, showcasing their skills on the field.

However, due to unavailability of opposition, Wattles’ Under 15 Girls league tag and Under 18 girls sides’ debut matches were postponed. Nonetheless, Club President Aaron Gilmore and his committee have organized a packed pre-season schedule, including upcoming trials against Tenterfield and Stanthorpe at Clifton’s Platz Oval in the following weeks, gearing up for the opening round on April 20th.

It was a memorable day for newcomers Jack, Rupert, Dusty, Murphy, and Billy, who made their rugby league debuts in the Under 6 side, alongside returning teammates from last season. Coach Nick Van Der Poel commended their efforts, impressed by their performance in their first outing.

Coach Jared Gault expressed optimism for the season ahead after witnessing a promising start from his Under 8 lineup. Notable performances included Hunter Gault and Braxton Harper’s impressive touchdowns, with support from Zac Cobbin, Ethan Willett, and Jonah Schwenke.

Under Coach Josh Schwenke, the Wattles Under 11 combination delivered an outstanding performance, with players like Harry Jones, Will Visser, and Will Berry leading the charge with remarkable runs and solid defense.

Despite facing challenges, Coach Russell McMillan was pleased with the effort from the Under 12 side, who put up a commendable fight against a larger Pittsworth team.

In the trial matches, Wattles’ players showcased their talent, with notable performances from Matt Christensen, Adam Butler, Brodie Delvendiep, Kobie Davis, and Theo Carlile across various age groups.

While some teams faced defeats, like the undermanned Under 13 lineup, others, like the dominant Under 14/15s, displayed impressive form, securing a commanding lead by halftime.

Wattles Under 17s engaged in a spirited contest, despite being short on players, under the guidance of stand-in coach Rylan Saville and trainer Steve Fitzgerald. Despite challenges, the young Warriors kicked off their season and are poised to return to full competitive strength soon.

Junior rugby league action resumes this Saturday, March 9, at Clifton’s Platz Oval, as Wattles takes on the Tenterfield Tigers across various age groups, along with the Under 15 Girls League Tag & 18 Girls Tackle matches, starting at 9 am.

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