Junior league keeps growing

Junior rugby league in Dubbo continues to get stronger with numbers in the six-to-10 years age groups growing at a strong rate, Neil Millgate says.

Bigger and better: The 2017 Dubbo and District Junior Rugby League season is shaping as a good one, according to president Neil Millgate. Photo: CHERYL BURKE

Bigger and better: The 2017 Dubbo and District Junior Rugby League season is shaping as a good one, according to president Neil Millgate. Photo: CHERYL BURKE

Millgate has just been re-elected as the president of the Dubbo and District Junior Rugby League and is looking forward to another big year in 2017.

The popular president estimates it is his “12th to 14th” year in the role but said it was nice to be elected again. He said his passion for the job was as strong as ever.

“It’s been a few years,” he confessed. “We have a good committee, John Walkom and Sue Egan have been with me a long time now and it has gone well.

“We are trying to give kids who want to play rugby league the best possible environment to do that.

“We are seeing the numbers increase in the sixes, sevens, eights and nines, which is really positive. If they stay with their clubs it will make the sport strong.”

Millgate said in 2017 the competition will increase from 15 to 17 rounds, meaning the season will start earlier. He said the number of teams in some age groups will increase on the back of the growing numbers. Cobar will have an increased presence in the competition.

“Next year Cobar will have a few more sides, and Narromine are building and looking really good. The Dubbo City Magpies kicked off this season and their numbers suggest they will be ready to go again next year,” he said.

“At the annual general meeting the towns and the teams said they were very happy with how things are going so that’s a positive sign.”

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