Wauchope Junior Rugby League Club has recently celebrated its 50th birthday. We caught up with Danny Marchment, who is the President of the club.
Fifty years is a standout achievement for the Wauchope Junior Rugby League community. Why do you think the club has been so successfully long-established?
The support of the community is what keeps the club successful. The club has had some really committed people involved over the last 50 years and wouldn’t be where it is today without the support and commitment from the committee and sponsors.
What is your role within the club, and how long have you been involved?
I am the 2019 President and my wife; Bonnie is the 2019 Secretary. I played junior footy with Wauchope Blues for over 10 years, before playing seniors for Wauchope. Over the years, I have been a coach, refereed and been on the general committee. When my eldest son, Jack, started playing, I joined the committee again and took on the Vice President role.
What standout achievements has the club had over the years?
We have had many standout players come through the club, with some playing first grade in the NRL. Others have played with Wauchope JRL to continue to play 100 first grade games with Wauchope Seniors.
Who can play football? Can the girls get in on the action?
This year 20% of our players have been female. Girls can play in mixed teams from sixes – 12s. We also have League Tag and can offer Under 12s, 14s and 16s the chance to play. This year we also had a team in the Under 16s girls tackle comp. They were undefeated all year and took out the premiership.
We are offering the girls the opportunity to play tackle in October. If any girls are interested in play in our Under 15s or 16s team, please contact Bonnie at firstname.lastname@example.org
For both the younger and older generations of players, what values can Rugby League impart?
I think the sense of community and being part of a club. The Rugby League code of conduct is something we support and think is important for all our members to follow.
Some of the players have been with the club since a young age. How proud are you to see them grow into young adults?
Extremely proud. Many players start in Under Sixes and continue to Under 16s. It’s great to see some of them giving back to the club by becoming coaches, sports trainers or refereeing for the club once they are old enough.
Tell us the best thing about game day.
Watching the players have fun playing footy is what
makes all the hard work worth it, and seeing kids playing with their mates and improving each game.
How did you celebrate this milestone?
We celebrated 50 years with a family fun day of footy. We encouraged the whole community to come out and be involved. All ages played against the Port Sharks. There has always been a bit of rivalry between the two clubs; we are so grateful that they agreed to be part of our special day. The main game was our Under 16s; we come out on top, which was a great end to the day.
The day finished with a reunion at the Wauchope RSL. It was a great night, with players, sponsors and supporters being able to get together and reminisce about the good old days. The committee put in a lot of time and effort to make the day special.