The Beaudesert Kingfishers are seeking more under 20s to help form a team for 2023.
At time of print, 13 players had registered for that age group, with 25 needed in total.
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In a sign of the Kingies’ team spirit, under 18s including Dylan Haack, Ryan Rudd, Jack Hall-Kenny and Hunter Hawkins put their hand up to also play in the under 20s to help get the numbers.
Kingies keen for U20s
Making lifelong mates and plenty of fun memories are reasons young footballers are being encouraged to register for the Beaudesert Kingfishers under 20s.
The rugby league club is still chasing numbers and, helped by the willingness of under 18s to step up, they are inching closer to getting the required 25 players to form a team.
“It’s about keeping more players in the game, making the step up from juniors (under 18s) to the open men’s competition a lot easier,” said coach Al Holland.
“Hopefully after a few years we will see more local juniors playing for the best Kingies open men’s team via a few years in the under 20s.”
Holland said there were plenty of reasons to sign up.
“This is something to aspire to, and we feel die-hard Kingies fans would love to support another senior Beaudesert team,” he said.
“Speaking with some older and retired players about their time coming through the ranks, a common theme was how much they loved playing under 20s, how much fun they had and the life-long mates they made.”
Holland praised fellow coach Ethan Haack.
“Ethan is very well-known and respected at the club as a player and assistant. He has played all his club football with the Kingies, collecting many awards along the way and also playing rep football for a number of years,” he said.
“Due to an ongoing injury he’s unable to play at this stage, but he’s very keen to stay involved and coach. With his experience, skills, knowledge and successes in the game, having him on the coaching staff will be a great asset.”
Dylan Haack, 17, is among under 18s who will step up to help the under 20s get numbers.
Haack, who has played with the Kingies for 13 years, trains twice a week with the club and three times a week for the Mal Meninga Cup, said he couldn’t wait to play for both the 18s and 20s sides.
“My brother Ethan coaches the under 20s and it’s always been a dream to either play up with him or be coached under him,” he said.
To register or enquire about the under 20s, phone Evette Haack on 0439 723 285 or Joeanne Holland on 0423 159 209.