It’s been a huge start of season for rugby league in our region.
Around 55 eager players from Under 14s all the way to Under 7s of the Millwood Junior League gave their all against the Goondiwindi Junior League at the first Texas home game of the season on Saturday.
The Under 16 Girls League Tag team joined in too with their first game for the season.
For many of the players it was their first ever game of Rugby League.
Not so for some young Texas footy stars, whose training is not going unnoticed.
Two Texas youngsters, Harrison Schwenke and Alex have been selected to play for the Mac Zone Team, with Harrison also selected to play in the Darling downs School Boys under 11 team.
He will train in Toowoomba before competing in Chinchilla and Kingaroy and then playing in a week long carnival in Maroochydore, over the school holidays.
A real footy star, Harrison will play all weekend every weekend with his Millwood team on Saturdays and on Sundays with in the Darling Downs School team.
Tahnee Gilkison of Texas is no newcomer to Rugby League. The 13-year-old was selected to play for the Darling Downs school girls last year, and has now been selected to play for the Warwick and District Chargers girls’ team.
Tahnee has scored 3 tries so far for the Chargers, who won their first game against Western Downs but lost the second game against the Toowoomba team.
With such a successful start to the season there’s plenty more footy to come.
This Sunday, Junior Rugby League Players from the Warwick and District teams will travel to Inglewood to trial for the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League Representative Teams.
Under 13s Harry Coventry of Texas and Under 12s John Lazzaroni have already made the cut with the Under 11s and further Under 12s trials set for this Sunday.
Texas Local, Lee Schwenke, is a former Under 15s Darling Downs rep player and in his senior years played for the Wattle Warriors and Texas Terriers until his recent retirement.
Lee has been given the challenge of coaching the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League Under 12s team and says “He is looking forward to showcasing Rugby League in our District”.
They say the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, and in a twist of fate Harrison’s now coach played alongside Harrison’s dad when they were young players.
The Texas Junior Rugby League committee were pleased with the amount of children having a go last weekend, and proud of their conduct on and off the field.
“A day like that does not run on its own and it was fantastic to see so many parents, families and friends chipping in to keep footy alive in Texas,” a committee representative said.
Under 10s Coach Raymond Scott said it was a great day of Rugby League and fun was had by all.