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9 February, 2022

Junior Bears get set for bumper 2022

Although the season doesn’t start for another two months, the Oakey Junior Bears Rugby League have already kick started their year with a special sign on event held at the Trevor Mickleborough Oval on Friday.

NRL regional development officer, Mal Sweeney (centre, back row) with some of the Oakey Junior Bears players at the sign-on event last week including new club ambassador Leteena Medland. Mr Sweeney led the young people in a set of rugby league drills and exercises.

 Oakey Junior Bears president Adam Altadonna said, as the first event for the 2022 season, the sign-on was a chance to gauge the amount of interest from local young people.

“It’s been a good turn out,” he said.

“With COVID affecting things last year we weren’t sure what the numbers would be, but I’m happy with it.  

“The season is definitely looking good already.”

Mr Altadonna said the club invited NRL regional development officer Mal Sweeney to attend the sign on event.

He said Mr Sweeney ran drills with the junior players and taught them a few rugby league basic skills.

Mr Altadonna said it is still early in the sign on process and there is still plenty of time for families to get their names into the club.

However, with some age groups already commencing training on Tuesday, he encouraged parents to get their paperwork in as soon as possible so the young players can take part in the weekly training sessions.

He said the club is planning another sign on event in the coming weeks if families were unavailable for the Friday session.

For more information and to start the registration process go to or call registrar Leanne Weedon on 0404 695 905 or president Adam Altadonna on 0437 506 979.

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