New Warwick and District Junior Rugby League president Glyn Rees at St Mark’s Oval.
New Warwick and District Junior Rugby League president Glyn Rees at St Mark’s Oval. Gerard Walsh

Passionate return to leadership

TWENTY years after starting his first term as president of the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League, Allora official Glyn Rees has returned to the chair.

Why does he do it?

"I just love the game and want to unite the clubs," Rees said.

He has plenty of plans to boost the league and wants more involvement from top level officials and players at a grassroots level.

"People at higher levels need to play a more active role in promoting the sport in the country," he said.

While the league has close to 1000 players, Rees is already planning major promotions of the sport in Inglewood and Millmerran in the new year to boost player numbers in the combined Millwood juniors.

"Millwood is struggling for numbers," he said.

Rees is keen to boost the game's image and promote it as a great pastime for young people and character builder for players, officials and volunteers.

"The focus should be on enjoyment for all who are involved," he said.

And he isn't running away from the fact rugby league is a body contact sport and sometimes things will heat up on the field, which happened in one game in particular last August.

"We must have administrative processes in place to deal quickly and efficiently with any matters and move on to the next weekend's play," he said.

"The league needs to have a judiciary disciplinary process in place which is workable for the clubs, and a meeting is being arranged for late January on that subject.

"Representatives of the referees will be involved in that meeting - we want the referees involved in the judiciary disciplinary process."

He said it was crucial that clubs could look to the governing body when help was needed, whether it is administrative direction or significant instances such as after the 2011 floods.

While abuse from spectators to opposition players was not a major problem in the league, Rees said the host club at junior league fixtures was required to have duty officers, who could ask a spectator or official to leave the ground if they were not abiding by the Queensland Rugby League code of conduct for crowd behaviour.

"If the person or persons concerned are not compliant, police can be called," Rees said.

Rees first played league as a hooker for Wallabies and later Boyne Valley in Gladstone, where he started his career as a volunteer administrator, before moving with his family to the Southern Downs in 1989.

He was appointed to the Collegians committee the same season, was secretary in 1990 and president for two years.

He held three positions at league level and was on the South West junior committee for 17 years, including 13 as president.

While a Warwick and District secretary is still to be confirmed, Rees has been joined on the 2012 committee by vice president Liz Henry, of Allora, and treasurer Penny Poulis, of Inglewood.

Office bearers are not allowed to hold positions at junior club and league level at the same time.

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