IT MAY NOT BE: Leon Riley playing in a semi-final won by Brothers 16-12 over Tannum Sands at Briffney Creek Junior Rugby League fields.
IT MAY NOT BE: Leon Riley playing in a semi-final won by Brothers 16-12 over Tannum Sands at Briffney Creek Junior Rugby League fields. Jake Jones

Brothers need juniors

YOUNGSTER Ava Neven loves to tackle people and meeting new friends.

However that may not be possible if the Brothers Rugby League Club fail to field an under-nine side this season.

The same goes for Nate Lindenmayer, who is five years old and starting out, or hoping to start out in competitive sport at under-six level.

"I want to play because my big brother Heath is playing," Nate said.

"If there's no under-six team, I won't be able to play."

Ava added that she encourages all kids to try out at her club.

"I have made plenty of friends so far and already know someone here from Nippers," Ava said.

"I want more kids to play and it's more fun because of it."

It's a predicament with most clubs and sporting codes across the region here and beyond and club president Adam Wright there is still a three-week window of opportunity to muster enough kids for both the under-nines and under-sixes competitions.

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Brothers Rugby League: Gladstone Brothers Rugby League club desperately need juniors and young girls so that it can field teams and the clock is ticking with an impending deadline of 3 weeks.
Brothers Rugby League: Gladstone Brothers Rugby League club desperately need juniors and young girls so that it can field teams and the clock is ticking with an impending deadline of 3 weeks.

"The under-sixes are almost certain to fold and we need at least four more players and basically a three-week deadline," Wright said.

He also stressed that the group of youngsters that are already at the club, enjoy playing in a team environment.

"It means a lot to the youngsters and the youth culture in previous years has been alright," Wright said.

"Normally we have strong numbers in the under-sixes and that's when parents want their kids to get into sport as that is an introductory age.

"But to not have an under-six team is pretty ordinary.

"We need five to six-year-olds and we also are chasing girls to field an under-17 team."

Wright said that girls up to the age of 12 can play in mixed teams, but beyond that age, girls' teams need to be formed.

That is if there are enough players.

"We are also targeting 13 to 17-year-old girls," Wright said.

He said any youngsters are welcome to come to junior training sessions on Tuesday and Thursdays between 4.30pm and 6pm.

BROTHERS RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB

GRADES

SENIORS - A-grade, Reserves, Under-20

JUNIORS - Under-17 to under-six (?)