Jets ready to take off
By BOB ANTHONY
COOLANGATTA Airport won't be the only place where jets are flying in 2008 with the former Bilambil Jets club set for a relaunch in next year's Gold Coast Rugby League competition.
This year, the former Bilambil Jets ground became the home of the Gold Coast Cudgen Hornets after their move from Kingscliff to play in the Smartlend Cup.
After a shaky start to their inaugural season in the Gold Coast competition, the GC Hornets set about consolidating themselves at Bilambil. A crippling injury toll in their senior ranks was all that kept them from qualifying for the finals.
Club president Mark McAskill announced this week that following discussion with the Bilambil Juniors Rugby League Club, agreement had been reached allowing the establishment of the Gold Coast Bilambil Jets to take over from the Gold Coast Cudgen Hornets.
"We have enjoyed great support from the Bilambil league community and in particular, the junior club," McAskill said.
"Many former Bilambil juniors found their way into our under-17 and under-19 sides, and even enjoyed runs in our senior grades this year.
"We had a meeting with the junior club and thanks to the efforts and support of their president Lex Lowcock and his committee, who still retain the lease over the former Jets ground, we will be able to base ourselves there in 2008 and hopefully beyond that."
McAskill said the Bilambil Juniors would remain a separate entity to the new Jets club and would still use the old ground for their mini and mods competitions and for training as well.
"The juniors have a very strong organisation in place at Bilambil and have proven themselves to be a fantastic rugby league nursery for developing talent," McAskill said.
"We would like to develop links with the club with the view to providing juniors with a smooth path into the senior grades."
A meeting will be held at The Sands Hotel in Coolangatta on Wednesday night from 7pm to formalise details of the new senior club and McAskill invited anyone interested in being involved or hearing about the future plans of the Gold Coast Bilambil Jets to attend. For further information on the meeting, the contact number is 0410 080315.