After a long, hot summer Williams Reserve is once again a sea of green on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights as eleven junior and two senior Trojan teams fine tune their skills ready for rugby season.
This year the Trojans boast 183 junior and 55 senior players, making up teams from U8s to U15s, including two U10 and U12 sides, a First Grade and Second Grade side, and an inaugural U16 Women’s Seven’s team.
‘It’s going to be a big winter of rugby,’ said Club President, Tony Fisher. ‘Our numbers are the best we have seen for many years and we warmly welcome our first ever women’s team. We’ve got some families who have really stepped up to help out which is great, and this includes all of our coaching personnel, volunteer administrators and everyone else who contributes behind the scenes.’
The women’s side is being coached by Trojans stalwart and original foundation player Rob Roberts, whose daughter Arabella is now a member of club’s first ever female side.
‘Most of our team of twelve are new to the sport of rugby, so we are starting from scratch, but they are keen to learn and that makes them easy to coach,’ Rob said.
The season kicked off on 25 March for the first and second Grade sides, with the Firsts achieving two wins and a draw, which sees them well placed on the ladder early in the season. The Junior season commenced on Friday, 28 April, where many of the U8s enjoyed their first ever game of rugby.
The Trojans are proud to be continuing with their long term sponsor LJ Hooker – Lennox Head, and welcome new sponsor, Banyan Hill. They are also delighted to have partnered this year with Club Lennox.
It’s not too late to become a Trojan. Juniors can register at Williams Reserve on Wednesday training nights, and senior players should attend a Tuesday or Thursday training session.
The next senior home game will be held at Williams Reserve on Saturday, 6 May, where Lennox will play Bangalow, and things are likely to go up a notch on Saturday, 20 May when the Trojans take on old rivals Byron Bay at home. Don your best Trojan green to show your support, and head to Williams Reserve for what promises to be a great afternoon of entertaining rugby, with bar and canteen families in operation.