Newcastle Hunter Competitions
- Grand Finals have been completed for the 2018 season, with the respective days considered a success. The Junior Final Series concluded on the 25th August. Congratulations to all teams who competed.
- The games were a great testimony to the 2 Player Rule, whose effect is now showing on the evenness of the competitions, particularly in first division, where the final series were extremely evenly contested.
- The Under 10s to 12s were again played under the Cup system, where the format replaced previous finals series, regardless of regular season results. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive from clubs and parents, and as such it is envisaged the format will continue into the 2019 season should the opportunity arise.
- Over the total number of clubs represented in junior competition, being 37, 22 of those clubs had sides representing them in grand finals in at least one of the age groups.
- The Ladies Tackles competition, as raised above, commenced in 2018, and it is hoped that an expanded 9’s format will feed into the 2019 competition. The 9’s has, thus far, grown from 34 teams in 2017 to approx. 60 in 2018. With significant enquiries already being fielded for the standard “13 a side” format for next year, there is genuine anticipation of a steep jump in playing numbers. In addition to that this years 9’s format see’s the introduction of the Under 12s, which had not been used previously. It is the belief of this office that a large amount of young female players, specifically in the 10-12 year age bracket, have traditionally withdrawn from the game due to a variety of reasons, but principally as they had to play in a male dominated competition.
- This area has, for a few years, relied on Under 17s as our oldest junior age playing group. Expressions of interest were called for with a view to extending that age group to Under 18.5s in 2019. Teams from this years Under 17s have indicated intent to field a team in the competition, participation in this competition will only ensure continued future participation and complement the current District competition. The concept has generated significant excitement in the area, and from an Administrative perspective is likely to alleviate the issue of player drop off rates in the area in the specific age groups. Historically players of this age not capable of playing District 19 have been neglected, thus creating a vacuum process where vast amounts of players were lost to the game.
Potential Future Projects:
Resource manuals will be generated in the off season to assist with the club volunteer and team support staff to further educate the behaviour expectations and reporting guides of game day etc.
- Defining the Roles and Responsibilities across Clubs, Associations and CRL administrators to ensure the workload is streamlined and burn out does not occur from excessive work-loads of the club volunteer or administrators (work in progress).
- With recent developments in regards the proposed merger between Country Rugby League and the New South Wales Rugby League will hopefully go some way to restabilising relationships .th all bodies across the game in Newcastle and Hunter.
- Continued discussions with Maitland and District, Newcastle JRL and Group 21 regarding the implementation of rules across the competitions has been positive although more ground still to be covered with the “BUY IN FROM ALL “ approach.