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Junior footballers ready to “rip in”

The Junior Gladiators are looking forward to getting back out on the field after the decision was made to continue the 2020 season

The Mareeba Junior Gladiators are eager to return to the field after the Cairns District Junior Rugby League (CDJRL) decided to continue with their 2020 season under COVID-19 safe plans.

After the releasing of Stage 3 restriction CDJRL made the decision to continue with their season but required teams to have approved COVID-19 safety plans in place.

The Mareeba Junior Gladiators submitted their plan to the Mareeba Shire Council and is currently awaiting approval.

Currently there are three teams in the CDJRL comp who have approved plans and are able to play, Cairns Brothers, Kangaroos and Innisfail Brothers are all ready and eager to play, a July 17 deadline has been set for the remainder of the clubs for their council approved plans.

Mareeba Junior Gladiators President Shaun Fincham is excited to get the kids out on the fields again.

“All the clubs are trying their best to get their teams on the field,” he said.

“You take on positions like president to see kids running around and having fun on the field.

“The kids just want to get out there and rip in.”

The COVID-19 safety plan has been in the works for Mareeba for a while now by following the guidelines and suggestions passed down from their governing bodies.

With the reduced numbers the decision has been made by the CDJRL to only host competitive games from U13’s to U16’s while U6’s to U12’s will be hosted by individual clubs.

The community support has been overwhelming from not only players and supporters but from the council as well.

“The council is very supportive for us to return to play and they are working on assessing our plan before the deadline,” Mr Fincham said.

“The committee has been working very hard to get this plan out and they have done a wonderful job.

“We are very lucky as they are a great committee.”

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