ANOTHER junior rugby league season came to a close last weekend with the Mareeba Gladiators junior presentation being held at Davies Park.
The junior presentations included all age divisions from under 6s to under 16s and was celebrating not only the season and the players performances, but also some standout volunteers and members of the club. Club president Darrin Hastie was proud of the season and is looking forward to next season.
“It was another good year for the junior Gladiators,” he said.
“Our younger age groups are really thriving and pushing hard.
“The kids enjoyed the football and that’s the overall goal.”
The season gave the players a taste of premiership pedigree with the U14s fighting it out in the finals, and the U16s having a seat in the semi-finals.
The junior Gladiators also paid respect to the hidden cogs that keep the club running with one lifetime member being inducted, two lifetime supporters being honoured and two life players being recognised.
Teresa Brcko was a past secretary of the club and was inducted as a lifetime member for the continual support and love she has shown the club for her 10 year plus stint as a member. Dorothy Hastie and Patrick King were honoured as lifetime supporters with the overwhelming love they have shown the club in their many years as supporters.
Dorothy fosters children and she brings them to play football and help them develop not only a strong bond with the game, but a strong bond with the players that they meet.
“Mrs Hastie also gets free tea because she always has a cup of tea at the games,” Mr Hastie laughed.
Mr King is a lifelong supporter who has been attending home games for as long as President Mr Hastie can remember
“Mr King has been attending games for as long as I can remember,” he said.
Jerry Henderson and Kyle Hastie have been recognised as lifelong players for not missing a season of junior football from U6s to U16s and were recognised for this impressive feat at the presentation.
With an impressive representative run for the juniors Mr Hastie is keen and looking forward to getting more kids playing and achieving their goals.
“We’re getting more and more interest for kids playing football,” he said.
“We had good football played on the representative side with kids in the cairns comp and some down to Townsville and the Sunshine Coast.
“We are just trying to get the kids involved and improving their skills along with the coaches.”
The 2020 season will kick off in April and will feature a battle hardened and ready to rumble Mareeba Junior Rugby League club.