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Australian Schools Rugby News : May 2011
8 TASMANIA tASMANiAN Junior Rugby Union will start our regular junior rugby competition on the 7th May 2011. School based 7s training days and carnivals are under way in devonport, Launceston and Hobart and are already proving to be a positive means in which to get new players interested in rugby. Under 18 is by far the strongest age group in playing numbers with 4, possibly 5 clubs committing to the season. this is a similar number to 2010, though we expect the 2 northern based clubs in Launceston and devonport to field their own teams as distinct from their merged status in 2010. Our U18 group will attend the division ii National Schoolboys championship in Melbourne in mid 2011 and we are also hopeful of a pre championships tour just prior to the nationals. the U16 group has directly been affected by the lack of players coming through the 2010 U14 bracket. Having only 21⁄2 U14 teams in 2010 has severely diminished our ability to field a U16 competition. Our clubs are still confident of fielding teams, though i fully expect this age group to also be in a reduced 7s or 10s format. Under14s will depend on the 7s programs conversion and commitment from players and clubs alike. While tasmania has historically fielded U14, U16 and U18 competitions, 2011 MAY be the first year in which we a forced to move to U15, U17 and U19 purely to make provision for all boys that played in 2010. disproportionate numbers in the U18 and U16s is not healthy for our sport and as we don’t have a colts structure in place the jump for many park footballers to our single senior grade is not one they are physically ready for. Many of these boys are potentially lost to our sport. Our numbers are a direct result of the time spent in the schools developing our junior programs, which from a state basis is nil. Until funding is procured to replace our development officer roles our dilemma will continue. its time for tassie to make drastic changes to the way in which we do things, as traditional approaches have delivered the results which we currently endure, while all around other sports are making heavy in-roads into Rugby as they adapt to modern sporting needs and approaches. i look forward to 2011 as a year of change for tasmanian Junior Rugby Union and once again welcome any assistance, be it intellectual, playing, financial or assistance in kind that any of our mainland unions can provide. Brett McGrath Chairman Tasmanian Junior Rugby Union The SeASoN will commence in term 2 with the Combined Schools and Colleges fielding 1st XVs and Year 9s and the PSA sector fielding 1st XV. 2ndXV.Yr10s.Yr9s.Yr8sand Yr 7s. The first tournament to take place will be the John Welborn Cup which will be a ten a side event for 1st XV’s and Year 9’s the PSA have been encouraged to enter Schools and the date is after the head of the River, when PSA schools start preparation for winter sport. We are not sure which Schools will be playing CSC rugby this year as the nominations closed on Friday March 25 but indications are it will be the same as 2010 if not more. Don MacNamee President, WAsRu THE fOLLOWING GALA DAYS WILL BE RUN THIS SEASON! Tuesday April 5 1st XV and Year 9s: 10-A-side Wednesday July 5 Years 10s and 8s: 10-A-side Thursday September 8 Year 7s 7-A-side friday November 4 Schoolgirls : 7-A-side ASRN_no8_may_11.indd 9 13/5/11 9:15:08 AM