Minor league lines up with the big boys

INVERELL Minor League Hawks president Brad House said he was pleased to announce a higher level of co-operation between the Inverell Hawks Ruby League Club and the junior minor league players.

Speaking from Kamilaroi Oval on Tuesday morning, House said the minor league had gained sponsors for new jerseys.

“They’re all modern and slimline, so every team has a new look,” House said.

CHANGES: Inverell Minor League president Brad House displays one of the new jerseys to be made available this year.

“Last year we had a heap of sponsors come on board, and we’re looking to get more this year.”

House said there was also a development application in place for a new amenities block to be built.

“We’re waiting on grants or sponsors to come up with the money to do that,” House said.

“We put in for them every year, but this year, with the development application in, hopefully we might achieve something this year.”

House said the committee had grant applications in play at the moment in an attempt to get an entirely new amenities block built.

“The old one has been there since day one, maybe over 50 years,” House said.

“At the moment they accommodate the away team and the home team, but they don’t accommodate girls.

“League Tag is now an integral part of the competition, so we really need to update it so that the facilities are there for the girls, and for the referees, the referees have no dressing sheds.”

House said Kamilaroi Oval was used all year round by both the minor league and junior touch, which runs its competition during the summer months.

“Because of its five fields, Kamilaroi Oval is a very important hub for New England and to the northern side of here,” House said.

“The schools use it during the week, and we would have about 15 development days that they use it. There’s NRL development days as well, so it’s constantly getting used.

“We don’t have any help from anyone to maintain the fields, it’s just all volunteers. We’re a non-profit organisation and we have no help from council or the governments.”

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