THE Chinchilla Junior Bulldogs junior rugby league club is bounding back to the footy field for the 2021 season, with dozens of youngsters having already signed on and registered.

Some 170 kids played for the Bulldogs in 2019 but, to huge disappointment, the season couldn’t be held last year due to pandemic restrictions.

Committee president Ben Smith said the club hoped strong enthusiasm for rugby league among Chinchilla’s youngsters would see similar numbers return.

“There’s a good community about this club. Seeing the kids out there every year, kicking the footy with their mates every weekend, is a great tradition,” Smith said.

“Everyone encourages each other, there’s a good atmosphere and the coaches all do a great job teaching the kids about sportsmanship.

“We’re all really looking forward to the season.”

The club expects to again field two teams in each age group for Under 6, 8, 10 and 12 players, as well as Under 14 and 16 teams.

The Under 16 team has just been approved by Queensland Rugby League to join the Toowoomba competition.

The official sign-on day will be held at Bulldog Park on Saturday March 13 but players can easily sign on leading up to and beyond the event. All details can be found on the Chinchilla Junior Bulldogs Facebook page.

Smith said the club was grateful for the support of sponsors CFP Australia, Blinco Timbers, AUSCO, Laser Plumbing Edan Zerbst Builder, Central Motor Inn, Chinchilla Betta Home Living, LCR, Jackson’s Parts & Industrial Supplies, McDonalds, Ainsworth Motors, AJ Horswood Carpentry, LPH Group, BM & MJ Davies Welding, Keppel Accounting.

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