GWYDIR League, fresh from a successful first season in Group 19, is confident of adding an under 18 side to its club roster in 2014.
The combined Bingara-Warialda club is advertising for coaches and club president Rod King is confident of making a decision by the end of this month.
“Following a very successful debut season under the guidance of Peter Stevens (Firsts), Mick Wade (Reserves) and Wayne Ford (League Tag), we are very confident of the future,” King said.
“Perhaps the most pleasing aspect is the interest shown in an under 18 team by young players in both towns.
“There is no doubt that a combined team will be very competitive and now the club has shown that it is here to stay, the communities are ready to back us when we enter four teams in 2014.”
He said Gwydir League officials were keen to point out Stevens would be involved in some capacity in 2014 and would be heavily involved in working with the young players, those in Gwydir and at the schools.
“His contribution in 2013 was enormous and his work with the youth will provide the steady flow of talent into the club,”King said.
“At this stage I don’t think I’ll be coaching (first grade),” Stevens said.
“It’s a lot of work and after a long day of coaching and organising games in the schools it makes it a tough thing to come home and start preparing the first grade side.”
Stevens is employed by the NRL as a game-day development officer and he travels a wide area running football competitions in schools and junior leagues from the border to Tamworth and out west to Coonabarabran and up to Moree, Mungindi and across to Boggabri and Tenterfield.
“It’s a big area,” he said.
“I just hope we can find a good captain-coach because I’d love to have a go with the Under 18s.
“We (Gwydir League) will struggle if we don’t have 18s.
“That’s why we’ve got to put some focus on having them come through. We need to build them up because they are the lifeblood of the club.”
Stevens had a tough job to pull together the combined Bingara and Warialda clubs to form the Gwydir League.
He did well and, while tough, he did enjoy it.
“The reason we went so well in the end was that everyone was on the same page,” he said.
“Everyone from the coaches down to the water boys.”
The immediate future for Gwydir is to find some 2014 coaches and have a “meet the coaches” day sometime in November.
In the meantime, the presentation night will be at the Bingara RSL on October 19.
The Warialda Rugby League Football Club annual general meeting will be held next Thursday night (October 10), Bingara’s will be held October 20 and the Gwydir League’s AGM will follow at a date to be decided.
The Group 19 AGM is November 3 at Uralla.
o Expressions of interest in any of the coaching positions can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 0428 241500.