by Brooke Duncan
Rugby League: The Chinchilla Bulldogs are looking forward to this year's competition after holding their sign-on meeting for 2018 last Friday evening.
Club president Lee Irwin said it was a great event with excellent numbers.
"It was really good, we had good numbers turned up to sign on so it was an excellent night actually,” Irwin said.
"One of the best we've had in the past couple of years.”
"We had about 30 sign on, but we have had other sign on previously.”
And Irwin said that was a strong number for the start of the season.
"There'd probably be about another 10 to 12 that've signed on prior to that, so looking at about 45 at this stage,” he said.
"But (we're) wanting more, the more the better.”
He said the barbecue was a chance not only for players to sign on, but also for new players to get to know each other.
"It was a good vibe around the club at the moment, everything's really positive, everything feels really good so hopefully that'll put us in a good position for start of the season,” he said.
Bulldogs life member Peter Kuhl was also at the event and said it's been excellent to see the club develop since he started playing in 1974.
"It's completely different now to what it was in the old days,” Kuhl said.
"You didn't have the club house or that sort of stuff.
"When I first started we were playing over at the rec grounds.
"All teams... have their good years and have their bad years, what's happening in recent years because of the construction work that's been going around and the gas fields and that sort of stuff, the players come and go, they're not always available so you might a real good team one week and the next team is not so hot.”
"It's just been great that it's carried on, it's been remarkable cause sometimes you get leagues get a go on and then for lack of interest and that sort of stuff but it's just gone from strength to strength.
Kuhl said he enjoyed coming along to catch up with his mates.
"Just because I've sort of been out of it for a time because I've been working away... (I thought I'd) let my hair down, well, not let my hair down but get back and see how the club's going and support it,” he said.
"I'd like to congratulate them for carrying it all on, it's been a wonderful journey.”
Irwin said anyone interested in playing could sign up at playnrl.com or call him on 0418 795 213.