HAYDEN Chamberlain says it is a new era for rugby league in Adelaide’s south.
A few months ago, Mr Chamberlain helped start a new side, the Southern Districts Rugby League Club, to “save” the sport in the area.
Now one game into its first season, the club, which caters for boys and girls, needs another 40 players of all ages to join its teams.
“Rugby league is a great game for kids as it encourages team work, discipline, fitness, a huge range of skills and a healthy lifestyle,” Mr Chamberlain, the club’s secretary, says.
“(It) is a growing sport and our club will cater for all southern areas.”
The Hackham-based club has teams from the under-6 age group through to seniors.
Mr Chamberlain, of Seaford, says the club has 30 players but is borrowing players from the Adelaide Hills Tigers Rugby League club until it secures more.
The Southern Districts Rugby League Club was formed after the National Rugby League shut down the Southern Adelaide Bulldogs Rugby League Club last year following a dispute.
The new club has no affiliation with the Southern Bulldogs. “It’s a fresh, new rugby team for the area,” Mr Chamberlain, 28, says.
His son, Seth, is one of the first youngsters to sign up for the club and played his first game last week.
The eight-year-old decided to join the club because he enjoys watching his dad play.
“Rugby is fun because everyone can play, (and you can) make lots of friends,” Seth says.
The club trains at Hackham
Community Sports & Social
Club, Doctors Rd, Hackham. To register interest: call Hayden
Chamberlain on 0407 616 790.
Article: Celeste Villani, Southern Times Messenger
Picture: AAP/Morgan Sette