Wandoan Wildcats season of victories
THE Wandoan Wildcats have celebrated a year of success with their awards night last Saturday at the Lindsay Williams Oval in Wandoan.
Wandoan Wildcats president Russell Henry said it was an excellent year for the club.
"We did have a good year, the under 12s had a really good year, they were undefeated,” Henry said.
"It's the second year they've been undefeated. It's a pretty good effort.”
Former Wandoan State School principal and one of the club's founding members, Stan Plath, was inducted as a life member at the club presentations.
The Wildcats had a full year of events, with numerous highlights.
The year started with a weekend training camp with the under-10 and 12 players in Taroom.
"It was a pretty successful weekend,” Henry said.
"(We) worked out what the whole year was going to be about.”
Later the Wildcats under-8s team visited Suncorp Stadium to play in the Half Time Mini League.
"They were very excited about going down there,” Henry said.
"It was a Thursday night as well so they missed out on school - that might have been the highlight. No, they were thrilled to go down and play.”
Dedicated volunteers drove players from Taroom to Wandoan every Tuesday and Thursday for training throughout the year.
The club's outgoing 2016 treasurer Mandy Hay secretly nominated the club for the Suncorp Cash Up Your Club award.
Henry said he had no idea until he got the call saying they'd been named the runners-up.
Corey Parker visited the club to present the $5000 cheque.
"It was a pretty good afternoon,” Henry said.
The money will go towards running the bus for players travelling from Taroom to Wandoan for training each week.
The club is also hoping to purchase a new scoreboard.
In total the club had 61 players this year, 10 of which were girls.
Henry said that was a big jump in female players, and he's happy to see it.
"We've had a few girls over the years, but to have that many is a big influx.”
And of the 61 players, 19 were selected to play for Western Downs representative teams.
The club is excited for 2018, with some big events to come - including the 50th anniversary of the Wandoan Junior Rugby League Football Club.
Next year may also be the first time since 2013 the Wildcats will have their own under-14 side.
Due to a shortage of players the 2017, the U14s went to the Miles club to play.
"Hopefully we can build our home side next year... depending on what happens with the other clubs,” Henry said.
But he said the club was looking strong.
"There is a fairly strong group of kids there. Hopefully we have another year like this year.”