ADVERTISING FEATURE: Kick off with the Wallaroos

BIG HIT: The West Maitland Wallaroos will this year field boys and girls teams in all competitions as well as offering all registered players the opportunity to participate in their six-week training academy. Picture: Robynne's Sports Photography
BIG HIT: The West Maitland Wallaroos will this year field boys and girls teams in all competitions as well as offering all registered players the opportunity to participate in their six-week training academy. Picture: Robynne's Sports Photography

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West Maitland Junior Rugby League Football Club is urging juniors boys and girls to register with the Wallaroos this year and take advantage of a number of exciting new initiatives.

For the first time this year, Country Rugby League has introduced an all-girls full-tackle competition  across under 14s, 16s and 18s in the Hunter Valley, meaning junior girls now have a pathway in rugby league.

West Maitland will be fielding teams in the three divisions, along with boys teams in the traditional  under 6s through to under 17s,

As a bonus for registering with the Wallaroos, all players, boys and girls, will be eligible to participate in an exclusive six-week skills and training academy under the guidance of former Knights reserve grade coach Matt Lantry, who is the current first grade coach of Western Suburbs in the Newcastle Rugby League competition.

On top of that, players registering will be able to take advantage of the the NSW Government’s  Active Kids $100 voucher.

The $100 Active Kids voucher is available to any school-enrolled child across NSW with the aim to get them involved in sporting activity by taking some pressure off the hip pocket nerve.

“The Active Kids voucher is an assistance and an incentive,” club president Andrew Carraro said. “Our registration costs are: under 6 to under 9 $130; under 10-12 $140; under 13-17 $150; and under 18 girls $220. 

“With the rebates, take $100 off and you see how economic it is to suit up for the Wallaroos.”

Over 700 female players will take the field this season  in the newly formed CRL Central Hunter Combined Women’s Competitions, with 35 teams confirming their participation.

“Up to now, the girls could only play in mixed teams up to under 12s,” Andrew said.

“This is a big development.”

The Wallaroos Academy, which is made possible with the support of major sponsor Club Maitland City, will be a six-week performance and skill-based training program based at McKeachies Sports Ground, home of the Wallaroos.

“The Academy will run once a week after school of  a Wednesday starting February 28 and is part of registration for both boys and girls,” Andrew said.

“Matt Lantry is a former West Maitland junior and he will be focusing on all the skills.

“It’s all about breeding the next generation of juniors.”

Apart from access to the academy, training gear and facilities, all registered West Maitland players  get a club polo shirt, and newly registered players get shorts and socks.

If you’d like to register for the Wallaroos this year, check the club’s Facebook page or email   president@westmaitland.com.au or secretary@westmaitland.com.au.