Upper Clarence Titans kick off
THE hills in the west gave birth to the region’s newest junior rugby league club on Saturday – Upper Clarence.
Based at Tabulam, the new club has signed up 30 kids and hit the ground running in the junior carnival at Casino.
The club, to be called the Upper Clarence Titans, encompasses Mallanganee, Bonalbo, Drake, Tabulam and surrounding areas.
President Tony Rohl said the new venture had been a long time coming.
“There was nothing out here for the kids in terms of sport,” Rohl said.
“So we thought it was about time we got together and gave the kids a rugby league team.”
Upper Clarence looked the part on Saturday – they had a new set of jerseys courtesy of a manufacturing mix-up.
Rugby league powerhouse Palm Beach-Currumbin High School last year ordered a new set of their red and white strip, but on arrival found the jerseys to be much smaller than required.
Through Gold Coast development ofiicer Gavin Judd, the small jerseys became the new club’s strip.
And the Upper Clarence kids did the jersey proud in its first outing, with Under-9 and Under-12 teams playing with plenty of spirit.
Upper Clarence is using this year to establish itself before joining the local junior competition in 2011.
They will compete in carnivals this season as they look to build their membership and player base.
To join the club, phone Tony Rohl on 66661269.