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Sports shorts: Mallabula Panthers call for more support staff for 40th season, Nelson Bay junior league nominating committee | Port Stephens Examiner

An interim committee has been appointed to kick off the Mallabula Panthers’ season in the club’s 40 rugby leagueand year, but more volunteers are needed to support its teams.

The club’s general meeting on January 25 saw a small group of former players and supporters turn up to vote on a committee, but that was enough to keep the Panthers’ dreams alive for another season.

Damien Smith was elected President while Emma Thompson was appointed temporarily as Secretary and Dean Gordon as Acting Treasurer. Gordon, with help from Greg Hodson, will coach the Panthers men’s team in 2022.

Gordon has been involved with the Panthers for many years. He was part of the men’s team that won the premiership in 2010 and in recent years has helped coach the youth teams. He coached the Panthers under-17 team all the way to a premiership in 2021.

The club is looking to permanently fill the positions of secretary and treasurer, bar and canteen manager, grounds manager, first aiders and ground staff for the men’s and women’s teams.

As the club seeks volunteers to fill vital off-field roles for the 2022 season, on the field the Panthers are expanding to include a women’s tackle team (for ages 16 and up). The club is also looking for a coach and support staff for this new team.

Anyone interested in helping out or playing for the Panthers this season please contact us via Mallabula Panther Senior Facebook Page or attend a meet and greet BBQ at the Mallabula Sports Complex on February 8 from 6.30pm, which will also be the first tackle training session of the year.

NELSON bay The Junior Rugby League Club has begun its preparations for another great year by appointing a dedicated committee again led by Chairman Brooke Hill.

She is joined on the committee by Vice President Wayne Humphrey, Secretary Lauren Cavana and Treasurer Andrew Solomon.

The club has secured the services of former first-year player representative Trent Green who will take on the role of development officer.

This season, the Marlins will field 14 junior teams from the Under-6 to Under-17 age groups.

The Under-17s will play under the colors of the Northern Hawks as the club strives to create a path to the grade league via the Hawks Under-19 team. The Marlins’ longtime junior and senior coach Ji Hill will coach the Under-17s.

The club will be fielding a Girls Under 13 team and would like to hear from any interested players.

The Marlins will hold a tryout day at the Salamander Bay Sports Complex on March 13 and a sunset registration day on Thursday, February 10 starting at 6 p.m.

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