Group 20 Junior and Senior Leagues Creating Opportunities to Grow

Updated: December 14, 2018
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Group 20 Junior and Senior Rugby League will introduce exciting new changes to their age-groups and draws next season – aimed at improving participation and sustainability within their competitions.

The 2019 Group 20 Junior Rugby League season will see the introduction of second-year age-groups (Under-6’s, 8’s, 10’s, 12’s and 14’s) to allow participating clubs a greater opportunity to field teams across all competing age-groups.

In addition to this, Group 20 Junior and Senior Rugby League will also work from aligned draws that provide opportunities for increased interaction between Junior and Senior clubs; whilst alleviating travel and workload concerns for players, parents and volunteers.

Group 20 Junior Rugby League Chairman Allan Jackson believes the changes are important for the future and will assist in creating improved competitions for all.

“There haven’t been changes in Group 20 Juniors or Seniors like this in about 20 years and I think it’s very beneficial for both leagues and the region itself,” Jackson said.

“Dual age groups allow clubs to have a side in every age group, which ultimately means more teams, more kids, more varied opposition and an improved quality in the football being played.

“Whilst not all matches were able to be aligned, around 70 percent of Junior and Senior matches will be able to be played on the same day which will take the pressure off volunteers to work across the weekend and will hopefully help us retain players and families in the game.

“I’ve currently got four kids ranging from Under-5’s to 13’s – so at some point in the next couple of years I’m going to have kids playing Senior and Junior footy, so for me personally it’s going to suit and I think there a lot of  people in the same position that it’s going to suit as well.”

Group 20 Senior Rugby League President Mark Stenhouse is excited at the prospect of creating a more sustainable competition and believes these changes will benefit the entire Group 20 community.

“It’s going to be really important because a lot of the smaller town’s clubs were struggling to fill all age groups, so we think this is the way to go in order to have everybody fielding teams on the weekend,” said Stenhouse.

“It won’t just promote growth in the remote areas but the big areas as well; most clubs will pretty much have a full compliment.”

The Group 20 season will kick-off on Saturday, 30th March 2019.