Caloundra Gold’s Dylan Hodge kicks up field in an under-12s match against Kawana Maroon in 2019.
Caloundra Gold’s Dylan Hodge kicks up field in an under-12s match against Kawana Maroon in 2019.

Big winners in Coast’s revamped junior league comp

Junior girls stand to be the biggest winners in a revamped Sunshine Coast Junior Rugby League competition which has been tweaked to include more development opportunities.

While the draw is still being finetuned and will not be set in stone until February, the Sunshine Coast Daily can reveal how the competition is expected to look.

A maximum of 15 home and away games have been tabled for ages under-13 and up, while under-12s and under will have less games but more carnivals to attend.

Sunshine Coast Junior Rugby League president Cameron Herbert said junior girls from age groups under-13s and up had better chances than ever.

Previously, girls would be forced to play up an age group when under-12s mixed teams cut off, but under-13s, u15s and u17s girls age groups have been included for 2021.

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"That was something we looked at strongly," Mr Herbert said.

"Normally we've only had u14s and u16s for the girls but we identified a gap.

"It's really promising for the competition and the code and now they can go straight through into women's comps."

Mr Herbert said the competition would kick-off on the weekend of March 13 with a grand final date set for August 7.

He said bye rounds have been planned but not yet locked in on set weekends to cater for fixtures cancelled by weather.

"Under-12s don't play structured finals, but all the others will have a top four, and a three-week finals system," he said.

"At the moment that's the rough draw and the dates, but it is subject to nominations and numbers.

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"The season is definitely looking a lot more promising than last year. Everyone involved did a tremendous effort to achieve what we did this year.

"Everyone should be very proud."

Mr Herbert said clubs who had pulled out from the 2020 season in Palmwoods, Stanley River, Bribie Island and Beachmere, would also be welcomed back with open arms in 2021.

He said rep teams would also be "rejigged" so the under-16s would join the Sunshine Coast Falcons and train alongside the Intrust Super Cup outfit.

The younger age groups will remain with SCJRL but with a more "streamlined" competition that is still being planned.


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