Baa Baas eye glory days

By BOB ANTHONY

IT might be a case of everything old is new again for the Tweed-Coolangatta Rugby Union Club, with the announcement the club is looking to re-establish its illustrious third grade.

The Baa Baas enjoyed premiership success with their third grade as part of the Gold Coast rugby union competition some years ago, but with good numbers turning up to training for the firsts at Goodwin Park, head coach Mark Iannelli and coaching director Phil Brown are now keen to have a third grade for the Far North Coast competition.

Brown said not only would the lower grade provide those players who might miss out on the firsts with game time, it would also be an ideal way for older players who still wanted to be involved with the club to contribute.

"By having another grade, it will help us build club unity and spirit and if we can get the side up, it also provides the firsts with some reserves," Brown said. "I'm not exactly sure when the thirds had their moment of glory, but that was in the Gold Coast rugby comp so we would love to see them do it again on the Far North Coast."

The Baa Baas will be looking to field firsts, thirds and colts in the Far North Coast comp when it kicks off on April 14.

Ianelli, who has been busy contacting Tweed businesses for possible sponsorship, said the club was looking to have a very competitive first grade this year and was looking to build on the success of their colts, who made the semi-finals in the FNC competition last year.

"We are hoping that we will be able to attract a few more juniors to the colts who have shown plenty of ability under coach Greg Hollands in the past," Ianelli said.

"I would encourage any former players or players from other codes who are looking to try their hand at rugby to come along to our training nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Goodwin Park, Coolangatta from 6.30pm (DST).

"The Baa Baas have a healthy rugby tradition and we'll definitely make new players feel welcome."

The Tweed club will have its first trial of the season against the Toowoomba Rangers in all three grades on Saturday, March 10 in Toowoomba.

Ianelli said the club would organise a car pool system for players, with the Toowoomba club hosting the visitors overnight.

Anyone interested in joining the club or helping in sponsorship should contact Mark Ianelli on 0428 647 615.



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