Rhinos head for home and greener pastures

RUGBY UNION

THE Dubbo Rhinos Rugby Club is facing up to a challenging 2013 season back at their home paddock, Apex Oval.

A recent inspection of the ground brought compliments from the sports club's president and players are looking forward to using the new surface and enjoying some reasonable facilities.

At its recent annual general meeting Robert Albouze was re-elected for a second term at the Rhinos with Mike Alborough and Scott Christian once again as secretary and treasurer.

Brett Austin was elected vice-president and he brings a changing attitude to the table.

He is joined by an almost new committee of men and women which has already resulted in vibrant ideas and a positive approach to the future.

The club is concentrating its efforts so far on putting an under-20s Colts team on the paddock as a requirement of Central West Blowes Cup participation.

This is an important change to the under-19s competition of previous years, as well as catering for the large number of senior players who put on the black and gold each year.

Recruitment will be aggressive and 'outside of the box' according to Albouze.

"I cannot give anything away at this stage but last season taught us a lesson on how to stand up for ourselves as a equal partner in the competition," he said.

"We will be utilising the skills of some of our board members to attract players and we are confident of a successful season right through the grades."

Pre-season training has already started at the Riverbank Oval behind Officeworks every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons under the firm hand of Scott McKenzie.

New and returning players are welcome to participate.

Stay in touch with the Rhinos at www.dubborhinos.com.au and if anyone would like to find out more about the club please contact Mike Alborough on (02) 6882 7651 or 0417 254 209.

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