RARING TO GO: Brenden Kay, Lucas Torrisi, Dave Fleming, Ky Rashleigh and Stanthorpe Rugby League president Lindsay Adams are keen for the season to start.
RARING TO GO: Brenden Kay, Lucas Torrisi, Dave Fleming, Ky Rashleigh and Stanthorpe Rugby League president Lindsay Adams are keen for the season to start. Matthew Purcell

Junior season inches closer

THE junior footy season is fast approaching and player numbers continue to grow ahead of the April 27 start date.

"It's looking really good. We've definitely got two under-14s teams which is the first time ever,” Gremlins club president Lindsay Adams said.

"That's good for the future for 16s, 18s and further down the line.

"Girls league tag we look like we'll have an under 15s and under-17s which is fantastic.

"The only team it looks like we won't have is under 11s.

"That's a tough one because we probably have enough 11s but we'd prefer to run an under-12s team.

"We're actually looking for a few more in that age group.

"And some more girls,” he said.

The biggest off-season battle has come with regard to under-18s, who won't field a team this year.

Despite having player numbers, an agreement couldn't be reached with Toowoomba Rugby League.

"We pushed TRL to the brink, even went above them to Central Division,” Adams said.

"To be truthful I don't know what the problem is.

"They wouldn't really give me a straight answer other than it's too hard for the draw.

"I've promised them I'll be talking to them again at the end of the year and hopefully we can get them to change the decision for next year.”

It's meant some players have gone to Warwick to fill roles with the men's C-Grade side or will not be playing footy this year.

Despite all that, Adams said the club's numbers have risen this year.

"The only hold-up now is on the official draw.”

He's not sure if Stanthorpe will be at home or have to travel for each of their games on the opening weekend.

"It has caused a bit of turmoil.

"Hopefully we'll know in the next few days,” Adams said.

The men's TRL C-grade side will also return to action on Saturday, April 27, with a trip to take on Toowoomba Valleys in Toowoomba.

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