28 November, 2023
Roosters ready to go
THE Atherton Senior Roosters may be three months away from the start of their season, but they have already returned to the field for their first pre-season session, gearing up for the upcoming 2024 FNQ Rugby League campaign.
The club witnessed a large turnout of players for their first run last week, led by the new head coach, Joel Riethmuller, who was impressed with the team’s effort.
“Our numbers were good across all grades, and everyone trained well, considering it was our first run since September,” Riethmuller said.
“We’re rolling along nicely, and there is a good feeling of confidence around the group as we build towards 2024.”
The Roosters have been active in the player market, making strategic recruits to address crucial gaps in their squad.
The first pre-season trial for the Senior Roosters is scheduled against the Mareeba Gladiators at Mungalli Creek Stadium in March.
Looking ahead to the 2024 season, FNQ Rugby League has introduced under 17’s and under 19’s categories.
The under 17s will participate in the junior’s competition, while the under 19s will take the place of the under 18s in the seniors.
The Roosters’ ladies’ team, under the guidance of second-year coach Paul Stephens, will commence their preparations in mid-January.