The Owaka junior rugby club is a vital part of Owaka’s club, and the future superstars love their rugby.

This year the junior club has an under-7, an under-9 and an under-11, and their under-13 players join with Clutha as there are not enough to make a team.

The juniors are gearing up for their season, and recently played in the Heriot 7-a-side tournament, where they had a great day with good results.

This year, the numbers in Owaka junior rugby are slightly down but the juniors still get out on the field with smiles on their faces and have a great time each weekend.

The juniors are looking to progress their skills on the field, learning to handle tackling, ball skills and more. The Owaka juniors are very lucky to have two coaches for each team and a variety of helpful volunteers, committee members and parents who are always giving a helping hand.

The children love their tradition of Milo and saveloys on bread after their games on Saturdays. The cold winter mornings never stop them from having a great time on and off the field.

The juniors tend to have players from other schools join their club and have made lifelong friends from this in the past and present.

This year the juniors have a longer season, as recent years were minimised due to Covid, and the children are excited to have more games.

Owaka’s annual Club Day is a time when the younger players can interact and bond with the premier players.

The day always concludes with the premiers’ game at the end of the day, where they play hard matches and the children watch and learn from them.

The junior side is always welcoming new players and is happy to welcome additions to the club.

The Owaka junior side would like to say a big thanks to its sponsors and supporters and is excited to see support at its Saturday morning games throughout the upcoming season.

For information about the Owaka juniors, get in touch with Fiona Wilkinson on 027 416-1380 or check out the Owaka RFC Facebook page.

Go Owaka!

Double down . . . Owaka and Clutha juniors in a game last year. PHOTO: TANIA BARR