On behalf of the Wests (Brisbane) Junior Rugby League Football Club Committee, I would like to welcome you to the 2021 season.
2020 was a season like no other, world events and the impacts of Covid 19 was felt by everyone in some degree and Rugby League and Wests Brisbane JRL was no exception.
We were presented with a very uncertain road ahead and the shutdown of all community sport in early March left the committee with some tough choices to make and a complicated road to a return to play.
The shortened 10 round 2020 season also had its challengers. The lateness of the official draw and the continuous game changes was out of the clubs hands and was being managed by the BRL, this in itself was a mammoth task. I would personally like to thank our Secretary Vanessa Thompson, and our Game day coordinator Faran Cruickshank for their work throughout the year ensuring everything went as smoothly as possible.
Despite the uncertainty at the beginning on the year our playing numbers grew over the Covid break, particularly in our younger ages and we managed to field 3 teams in our under 8 and 9s, together with a fresh crop of under 6s and our under 7s our playing numbers are very healthy, our under 10s, 11,s and 12s playing numbers also grew this season. Together with sustained numbers in our 13s, 14s 18s and Opens.
2021 is shaping to be an especially important year for Wests Brisbane, with final approvals and construction of our new club facilities together with lighting upgrades planned for our bottom field in early 2021. The signing of new agreements with apparel manufacturers, and a new sponsorship drive while strengthening the relationships we have with our current sponsors
Our new social committee is working hard to bring back some of the community spirt that was missing due to Covid.
Best of luck to all our Junior Panthers for season 2021. Its going to be an exciting year!