Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire, was on hand at Redfern Oval on Saturday 25th July to take in the Souths Juniors Mini League Grand Finals, and was humbled to be asked by South Juniors President, Keith McCraw, to present trophies and medals to the future crop of Rabbitohs in the Under 6s from Mascot and Maroubra.
Maguire acknowledged Junior Rugby League as not only the birthplace of Rugby League careers, but the beginning of friendships forged in sport.
“This is certainly where it all starts for Rugby League players, but it’s much more than that,” said Maguire.
“Getting the chance to play with your mates and making new ones along the way is part of what makes junior Rugby League so special.
“The kids are obviously very proud to feel a part of something by having a run around in their club colours and they start to learn about team-work, friendship, dedication and commitment – all that’s a big part of growing up and helps in development both on and off the field.
“It was really pleasing to see the sportsmanship and friendship that was shown on the day between players, clubs and the parents, as well as the many volunteers who make days like that possible. It’s what our game’s all about.”
Asked if any future Rabbitohs may have been on display on the hallowed Redfern Oval turf on the day, the Rabbitohs mentor replied with certainty.
“I’m sure there were a few,” said Maguire.
“There were some fantastic efforts by all the boys and girls and I know all our junior league coaches in Souths Juniors will look to nurture and develop that over the coming years.
“I look forward to seeing a few in the red and green of South Sydney.”
The look into the future continues this Sunday at Redfern Oval when Souths Juniors’ Mod League teams (Under 9s – Under 12s) take to Redfern Oval to contest a total of eight Grand Finals in pursuit of Premiership glory.
Rabbitohs players Chris Grevsmuhl, Paul Carter and Cameron McInnes will be on hand to present trophies and medals on the day, so get out to Redfern Oval and cheer on our future stars this Sunday from 9am.
2015 Mini League Gala Final Results
Under 8s Div 1 (1-4 series)
Mascot Jets (B) 22, Coogee-Randwick Wombats (G) 22
Under 8s Div 1 (5-8 series)
Newtown Jnr Jets (B) 10, La Perouse Panthers (B) 10
Under 7s Div 1 (1-4 series)
Clovelly Crocodiles (B) 40, defeated Alexandria Rovers (B) 24
Under 7s Div 1 (5-8 series)
Maroubra Lions 28 (R), defeated Mascot Jets (B) 16
Under 6s Div 1 (1-4 series)
La Perouse Panthers (B) 20, defeated South-Eastern Seagulls (W) 16
Under 6s Div 1 (5-8 series)
Mascot Jets (B) 32, defeated Maroubra Lions (R) 28
Make sure you head out to Redfern Oval this Sunday to cheer on the stars of tomorrow!
2015 Souths Juniors Mod League Grand Finals – Sunday 9th August 2015, Redfern Oval - Entry $2
Under 9s Div 2 – 9am
Newtown Jnr Jets (W) v Newtown Jnr Jets (B)
Under 9s Div 1 – 9.50am
Mascot Jets (B) v Alexandria Rovers (B)
Under 10s Div 2 – 10.40am
Alexandria Rovers v Matraville Tigers
Under 10s Div 1 – 11.30am
Botany Rams (G) v Coogee-Randwick Wombats (G)
Under 11s Div 2 – 12.20pm
Botany Rams v St Charles (R)
Under 11s Div 1 – 1.10pm
La Perouse Panthers (B) v Matraville Tigers (B)
Under 12s Div 2 – 2.10pm
Botany Rams v St Charles
Under 12s Div 1 – 3.00pm
South Eastern Seagulls (W) v Coogee-Randwick Wombats (G)