by: Kelli Greene
Park Ridge Pirates AFL Club looks like continuing to go from strength to strength for the upcoming 2019 season. The Seniors are now fully committed to competing in Division 1 after their Premiership win in Division 2 last season. The Club has also seen growth in the Juniors with the addition of U17 Girls on top of last year’s teams.
Club Vice-President Colin Lang said the entire Club was looking forward to the new year with many teams looking at higher division placements. “Our U16’s and U14’s are loaded with talent and will both be looking at competing in Division 1 along with our U15 and U17 Girls”, he said. “The Girls also won the Premiership last year in U15’s, and many of them have one or two years left at that age group. So we are expecting big things from both our Girls Teams this year.”
The club has also experienced an influx of enquiries about Junior Teams from ages 7-11, and every age group looks like fielding more teams than last year. “The game of AFL is definitely on the rise in our community, and with a new facility on the drawing board at Rosia road, the future for Park Ridge Pirates could not look any brighter” Mr Lang said.
Park Ridge Pirates are the premier AFL club in Logan and the place to be for any kids that want to play at a high level from U8’s up to Seniors. They have a great group of coaches that have already been either appointed or reappointed for 2019. “This group is really teaching our kids the finer points of the game plus bringing out the best in them as individuals”, Mr Lang observed.
The club is proud of the family atmosphere they have created. “Sometimes it’s not all about winning or being the best player, it’s about learning how to do life well”, one club member commented. “The culture we have created over the last 10 years is envied by Clubs throughout our League.” The club’s culture of family and community spirit was on full display at last year’s Grand Finals when thousands turned up to watch their fellow club members compete. “It’s not about individual Teams here, it’s about the Park Ridge Pirates as a Club”, Mr Lang said.
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