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Seagulls send out SOS

Seagulls Juniors past and present. Gold Coast Titans’ Luke O’Dwyer learned his trade as a junior Seagull while Liam Patterson is desperately keen to play for the Seagulls under 11 years outfit this season.
Seagulls Juniors past and present. Gold Coast Titans’ Luke O’Dwyer learned his trade as a junior Seagull while Liam Patterson is desperately keen to play for the Seagulls under 11 years outfit this season.

TWEED Seagulls Junior Rugby League is sending out an SOS - Save Our Seagulls - for junior players across a number of their Group 18 junior age teams.

Club secretary, Kylee Wakeling, reports the club has already been forced to withdraw teams in under 10, under 12 and under 13 competitions and lack of numbers in the 8s, 9s, 11s, 14s and 17s are placing their campaigns in jeopardy.

"We are close to filling the teams and only require a handful of players across all ages to being able to participate and give the kids the opportunity to play the game they love," Ms Wakeling said.

"We have been pleased with the number of players attending training for the under 16s and will definitely field one side and if a couple more players can be roped in we'll be able to put another team onto the field as well."

Ms Wakeling said the Seagulls' "catchment area for players" was not a "young family demographic" and the club has struggled in recent years to lure children to the club.

"Unfortunately we are surrounded by clubs with strong junior bases - Bilambil, Tugun and South Tweed - which makes it hard for us to attract younger players," Ms Wakeling said.

"Those clubs are in the fortunate position of being able to field two teams across age groups, whereas we're struggling to put one side onto the field."

In better news out of the Seagulls, the building of the new clubhouse at Piggabeen Sports Complex is progressing well despite the recent heavy rains.

"Weather permitting, the new building could be ready in time for the first of the season's matches on the last weekend of March," Ms Wakeling said.

The building will have a meeting room, canteen and a covered outdoor viewing area overlooking the main footy ground.

Anyone interested in having a gallop with the Seagulls this season, is advised to phone Ms Wakeling on 0416 204 751.

She will truly be delighted to hear from you.

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