President Glen Williamson and secretary Fred Howard are preparing for the new season in junior rugby league at Collegians.
President Glen Williamson and secretary Fred Howard are preparing for the new season in junior rugby league at Collegians. Gerard Walsh

Clean slate for 2012

NEW Collegians Junior Rugby League Club president Glen Williamson wants the enjoyment of players to be to the forefront in the 2012 season.

Williamson said at the start of his term, he wanted to publicly clear the deck on claims of racial vilification against some of the club's players in the under-16 game between Goondiwindi and Collegians on August 9.

"The source of the accusation is unknown at this stage but the Collegians club has received a letter from the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) division manager stating there was insufficient evidence to proceed with action against any Collegians player or players," Williamson said.

"The club had to wait until recently for our requested meeting between South West juniors, our president, players and families to clear itself of those loose and misleading accusations."

The game on August 9 resulted in suspensions being issued to two Collegians players and six from Goondiwindi as well as the mother of a Collegians under-16 player being suspended by the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League for 12 months for running on to the field and becoming involved in an incident.

Williamson said two Collegians players were suspended for two games.

As for the future, the new president said families went to a junior club to enjoy the activities and watch children learn and develop.

"When you think junior sport, you think clean, fair sportsmanship, development and learning in a safe, friendly environment," he said.

"It should not be winning at all costs with over aggressive players or spectators, that's just not on."

In the 2011 season, Collegians had more than 160 registered players and the focus of the new president is to retain junior numbers and make sure all players enjoy their football.

"There must be a clear understanding of club spirit, fair play and the QRL Rugby League's Code of Conduct, not only at the Collegians Dragons Den but in all clubs in the league," he said.

After seven years in the club and two as secretary, Williamson said the club had been lucky with presidents David McIvor, Shane Roche and 2010-2011 president Terry Dwan who didn't seek re-election.

"They all had a big influence on the club's standing in the region. The role of the executive is to lead the club forward on and off the field."


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