New Cassowary Coast Junior Rugby Union Club and Chargers team launched

Cassowary Coast Junior Rugby Union Club committee members, VIP guests, and sponsors, who were presented with gift bags.

RUGBY Union is alive and well in the region, with the establishment of the new Cassowary Coast Junior Rugby Union Club and Chargers team.

The Club recently held its Sponsors night, VIP welcome, and season launch at Goondi Sporting Complex, which provided an opportunity to officially thank their sponsors and launch their club kit and apparel.

Special guests in attendance included Bradyn Boske, President of FNQ Rugby; Michael Hooke, North Queensland Regional Manager/Coach Educator of Queensland Rugby Union; and Club sponsors.

Guests enjoyed drinks and nibbles on arrival before the official proceedings.

A minutes’ silence was observed for Stephen Rangi, a long-term member and former Innisfail Vikings player who recently passed away.

The new Club is inclusive and provides opportunities for girls and boys aged Under 8 to Under 14 to play Rugby Union.

There is great talent from the Cassowary Coast with many Rugby Union players from the region represented in regional teams.

In 2021, 11 of the 23 players in the Peninsula Under 12 team were from Tully and Innisfail and finished third in Brisbane. 

Megan McCabe recently represented the Cassowary Coast Chargers at the FNQ 7s trials in Cairns, where she was selected for the team and competed at the State Championships in Mackay.

Innisfail boasts Wallabies’ player Matt Cockbain, whilst his brother Brent played for Wales, and Darcy Swain (Wallabies and ACT Brumbies) hails from Babinda.

The Club is looking to grow Rugby Union in the Cassowary Coast by providing opportunities for youngsters to get involved in the sport.

Sponsorship has enabled the Club to purchase a new playing kit, including jerseys, training shirts, club polo shirts, shorts, and socks.

Red, white, and black have been retained as the team colours, which are synonymous with Rugby Union in Innisfail.

It is hoped to field three or four boys’ and girls’ teams, so more coaches and managers are needed, especially for Under 10 Boys’ and Under 12 – 14 Girls’ 7s teams.

Graham Anderson (Under 12), Bart Dryden and Danny Millard (Under 14), Mark Catelan and Peter Dryden (Under 16), Stuart Russell (Girls 7s), and Michael Davies (Girls Under 16), are the confirmed coaches. 

Committee members introduced on the night were Bart Dryden (President), Danny Millard (Vice President), Mandy McCabe (Secretary), Amanda Catelan (Treasurer), Lisa Edgerton (Registrar), Kathryn Dryden (Media/Communications), and Graham Anderson (Club Development).

The Club was especially grateful to Ergon Energy, Frank Lowe & Sons, Innisfail Glass & Aluminum, Bartrac Tully, Brothers Leagues Club Innisfail, Innisfail Seafood, Soils First NQ, Catelan Bananas, Sportz Look, Coastal Backhoe Service, Hurney Partners, Australian Hydraulic Services, Michael Spry Painting, CCUS – Celtic Construction and Utility Services, MBL Bananas, Cr Nick Pervan, Mayor Mark Nolan, Reds Rugby, FNQ Rugby, and committee and club members, for their sponsorship and generous support.

The season kicks off on October 8 and runs until December 3, with most games played in Cairns, as well as some home games.

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