Hard road to a United front
ONE year ago Northern United applied to play in the NRRRL for the third time.
It turned out to be third time lucky for the club, who not only entered the competition, but then went on to the grand final, losing by just one point.
Club secretary Grantley Creighton said when the announcement was made at the NRRRL annual general meeting last year they were ‘quite overwhelmed’.
“It was quite emotional for us and there was a big buzz leading up to our first game,” he said.
After numerous phone calls around the region to pass on the good news, plenty of prospective players turned up in the hope of joining the club.
“We had a fair few training from pre-season onwards, so it was hard when we had to tell them we could only sign up three players from each of the other clubs,” Creighton said.
However, this year the club is hoping the three-player restriction will be lifted, adding to many other changes the club is planning to make.
“We’ve branched into junior league, and now we have under-7s through to under-14s, as well as the under-18s, reserve grade and A grade,” Creighton said.
While Creighton said ‘all the boys are keen to start training again’, some of the players have received interest from clubs in Brisbane.
“Some of them are not sure if they’re coming back, and a few have got interest from Brisbane clubs which will help their career, so we’re not standing in their way,” he said.
Over the past year, the club has seen local indigenous communities come together ‘under one banner’, with Creighton adamant that the club didn’t want ‘to be seen as one year wonders.