Emus juniors set to boost club numbers

ORANGE Emus Junior Rugby Club president Geoff Potts is hopeful a strong 2014 season will continue to see the club prosper well into the future.

The junior Greens will host their first sign-on day of the upcoming winter this afternoon at Endeavour Oval and Potts, also coaching the club’s under 13s in 2014, is confident strong junior numbers will further strengthen the senior club’s colts ranks.

With challenges remaining from rugby league, soccer and AFL, Potts hopes the lure of a family-orientated club will add to the Emus ranks.

“Rugby is a great sport to play. The camaraderie, mateship ... the environment we have here is very much family-orientated. The majority of the blokes coaching have kids running around,” Potts enthused.

“Our facilities, this is our ground. Everything is in place.”

Yesterday Potts took the time to unveil the club’s coaching team in 2014, with Anthony Cook and Lee Cornish set to coach the Emus under 7s, Mark Jacobs the under 9s and Derek Scott and John Gibson the under 11s. 

Potts will mentor the under 13s with Dave Duncan in charge of the under 15s, and Ben Bright and Keith Howarth will co-coach the Emus under 17s.

All have previously played with Emus.

“We’d like to see numbers for under 15s and under 17s,” Potts said.

“Brighty and Keith helped out with the 17s last year, there’s plenty of knowledge there, they’ve won premierships. They can pass on their knowledge to the kids.”

The club’s first sign-on day is today at Endeavour Oval from 5pm to 7pm.

Another sign-on day will be held on Sunday from 10am to 1pm, also at Endeavour Oval.

The junior rugby season kicks off after Easter, with training set to begin in March.

nick.mcgrath@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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