EXCITING FOOTY: A Brothers player tries to overun a Norths chaser during last weekend’s under-13 major preliminary final. Norths won 34-12. Right: Retiring Ipswich Junior Rugby League chairman Dave Nugent.
EXCITING FOOTY: A Brothers player tries to overun a Norths chaser during last weekend’s under-13 major preliminary final. Norths won 34-12. Right: Retiring Ipswich Junior Rugby League chairman Dave Nugent. David Nielsen

Big junior day a fitting farewell

IT IS not quite the final act this weekend.

But for most intents and purposes, the Ipswich Junior Rugby League grand final day tomorrow marks the end of David Nugent's tenure as chairman.

Nugent declared himself "pretty relaxed for this time of year."

Part of that came from his confidence the IJRL is well prepared for this season's big day.

"We've been blessed with great weather and good crowds," he said.

The line-ups for this year's grand finals are also pleasing, with representatives from around the region. They include Laidley, Karalee, Springfield, Redbank Plains, Norths, Goodna and Brothers.

"We've got seven different clubs in there from all around the district," Nugent said.

"It's good to see that diversity."

Nugent can look back on his tenure with satisfaction that he has left the sport in Ipswich in better condition than he found it.

"We've got good growth again," he said.

"It's been just under five percent this season and we've got some good, young referees coming through. There's a lot who play the game and want to pick up some other skills and earn a few bucks at the same time."

Nugent's tenure as chairman hasn't always been smooth.

He had to back the strength of his conviction in the face of strong criticism at times.

But he has seen it through and earned respect as a result.

"We've had feedback from people who have said they have been glad to see our policies and rules strongly enforced," he said.

"It doesn't make you a lot of friends but the people know the rules are black and white.

"When you set them, you've got to be prepared to stick with them."

One such situation, which Nugent describes as the toughest challenge he faced, was the grading of junior teams.

"For teams that have two or three standouts who will beat all the teams in B grade but struggle in A grade, it is really hard," he said.

It is part of the reason he would like to see country clubs Rosewood, Lowood Tarampa and Laidley join forces in the junior ranks to form one club.

Nugent has been involved with rugby league administration since 2002 when he started as the Queensland Rugby League's South Division finance director.

An accountant, Nugent is looking forward to spending more time on other interests, such as managing his wife's superannuation fund and building an investment property at Brassall.

The last of Nugent's official duties will be at the IJRL AGM in mid-November.

He also has the IJRL presentation night and the Queensland Murri carnival at Briggs Road from September 26-29 to oversee.

Essential preview

Don't miss tomorrow's QT for an Ipswich Junior Rugby League special, including all the exciting young players lining up in grand finals.



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