By Ron Wood
Planning is very much
advanced toward the inclusion of an IDRU Juniors U18 side in the Sydney Junior
Competition in 2022. IDRU Junior Chairman, Harvey Cole recently outlined the
ongoing plans for the side to compete in the Sydney Juniors Open Grade
competition. The purpose of this exercise is to provide Under 18 players an
opportunity to play Rugby where at the moment this opportunity does not exist.
It has been some time
since Illawarra Rugby has been able to conduct a Colts competition in the
Illawarra region with an alarming drop off in player numbers after the Under 16
age group. It is hoped that this squad will provide the opportunity for young
players to continue their Rugby career in the Illawarra and eventually advance
to Grade football with their local club sides.
Team coordinator Ryan
McIlwaine advises that about 40 players have expressed interest in joining the
squad with nominations coming from Kiama, Avondale, Tech Waratahs, Shamrocks,
Bowral and Camden. The team is an IDRU Juniors club side and as such all comers
are welcome to join regardless if they are a representative player or not. Members
of the team will be required to trial for the IDRU Under 18’s Representative
Squad just like any other player.
The first muster for
the squad will be held on Sunday 14th November at Stuart Park in Wollongong at
12 Noon. A BBQ will be held on the day
giving players a chance to meet Coach Rob Heritage who has coached several
Illawrrior Junior Representative sides in recent years. Training will commence
in December focusing on off-season conditioning for the players. Several Trial
Matches have also been organized for February and March 2022.
sponsorship has been secured for the team with Worldwide Demolitions to be the
major Team Sponsor with several minor sponsors also on board.
For further details
and all enquiries regarding the Team, contact Team Coordinator Ryan McIlwaine
on 0419 483344 or IDRU Junior Chairman Harvey Cole.