Junior Lizards awards

The mod league tag team at the Junior Lizards presentation night. According to Junior Lizards treasurer Nicole Warren just as many girls signed up to play rugby league this year as boys.

The Junior Lizards celebrated their strong season last Friday night.

After 91 players signed up this year, the club has had a very busy season.

“That’s the most we’ve had for a long time,” said Nicole Warren, Narrandera Junior Lizards Treasurer.

“There was just many girls’ sign up as boys. The league tag has really brought the numbers back.”

One of the Junior Lizards mini-tag teams.

League tag, where instead of tackling or touching the opponent has to pull a cloth tag off another player, has proved hugely successful this year. The Junior Lizards have two mini league tag teams for the younger girls and one mod league team for the older girls.

To cope with the influx of players, there has had to be an influx of club helpers.

“We’ve had a lot of extra coaches, and team managers – because every team has to have three team managers,” Ms Warren said.

“There’s a lot more parents involved now. Because there’s little courses you have to do to coach or train or be involved, lots of parents have said they’ll do the training before next year. We’re really impressed with the amount of parents who’ve stepped up – brothers and sisters have, too.”

Even with the increased numbers, the club has also had a successful run with their teams. While the juniors are in a non-competitive draw – there is no ladder from nines and under – the older teams have had a very good season this year.

The under 12s combined with the Griffith black and whites to win the premiership for the second year in a row.

While the season is over, Ms Warren doesn’t want to see the teams go their separate ways.

“We’re having a disco this Saturday night, we’re going to try to them together during the off season, so we’ve got a few other things planned as well.”

There will also be a garage sale held on Henry Mathieson Oval this Saturday, September 23.

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