BLUEBIRD SPIRIT: Swifts junior rugby league players enjoying a successful season are (front from left) Brayden Harradine, Roimata Terei, Kallum O’Donohue and (rear from left) Brayden Wilks and Bailey Sheppard
BLUEBIRD SPIRIT: Swifts junior rugby league players enjoying a successful season are (front from left) Brayden Harradine, Roimata Terei, Kallum O’Donohue and (rear from left) Brayden Wilks and Bailey Sheppard David Nielsen

Developing juniors to boost Swifts' senior ranks

THEIR A grade team may have missed out on finals footy.

But the emerging strength of the Swifts juniors has provided the club with great hope for the future.

The club's under-19 side won the minor premiership by a street, which should boost the senior squads next year.

However, it is the development of the youngsters further down the line which gives the club cause for optimism.

Since taking over the role of Swifts Junior Rugby League president two years ago, Jonathan O'Donohue's primary focus has been to promote development across all areas at the club.

While the playing stocks are crucial, of vital importance is the calibre of coaches and support staff.

The hard work has paid off.

For the first time in many years, Swifts have four teams in the finals this season (under 12, 14, 15 and open).

The club has also had a number of players make representative sides and seen junior numbers double to more than 200.

"It has been important to not only grow the family-friendly club but to ensure that each player is encouraged and developed appropriately, right from under sixes, to equip them with the necessary skills to perform as a team player and reach their individual potential," O'Donohue said.

"It is a credit to the players and coaches for utilising the development opportunities afforded to them to hopefully push on and win some premierships.

"With their consistent determination, hard work and always proudly showing their Bluebird spirit."



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