Norwest Bulls Junior Rugby Union Club, who had a very successful run in 2022, are keen to improve on that this season.
The popular club kicks off their 2023 season with the Sizzling 7’s girls’ competition on Sunday, March 5. Norwest are fielding teams in the u11s, u14s, and u16s in this tournament run by the Sydney Junior Rugby Union.
The 15-a-side competition gets underway with two grading gala days from March 26. It runs for 12 rounds before finals are held in August.
Last year, the Bulls U10 Reds and U11s were crowned premiership winners after a fantastic season, with the U10 Blues and U16s also making it to the grand finals. It was also a rewarding season for Luke Muriti from the U16 Norwest team who helped the U16 NSW Waratahs team have an unbeaten run at the National Rugby Championships.
In addition, some Norwest Bulls players were selected for the Two Blues district teams, with the U14s taking out the State Cup for the second successive year.
The Norwest Bulls were represented in the Sydney Junior and Gen Blue representative teams, which gives their players valuable experience as they start a new season.
Norwest Bulls Junior Rugby Union Club secretary Kelly Stafford said female participation is growing, following their recent recruitment drive.
“Yes, we definitely have had more interest from families wanting their daughters to play and we are seeing more support from NSW Rugby in regard to developing the girls with upcoming girls camps in the next school holidays,” Kelly said. “Goals for 2023 are to continue growing the number of girls joining rugby union and building on our premiership success while ensuring the kids continue to have fun.
There is a pathway for the junior boys to take their game to another level because they can move into colts with district club Two Blues whose first grade team participate in the Shute Shield competition, or they have the option of playing in the Suburban rugby competition.
Norwest Bulls, founded 22 years ago, prides itself on being a family-oriented club, with teams ranging from U6 minis, through to U17s in the 15-a-side competitions. They also field teams in the various seven-a-side competitions throughout the year.
The club welcomes players and their families from Acacia Gardens, Bella Vista, Box Hill, Glenwood, Kellyville, Quakers Hill, Stanhope Gardens, Schofields, The Ponds, and surrounding suburbs.
For more details on membership and playing, please call 0414 747 081.