Big rugby carnival attracts plenty of attention

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Charlie Sulzberger and Adam Hetherington will play for Albany in this weekend’s junior Rugby Carnival.
Camera IconCharlie Sulzberger and Adam Hetherington will play for Albany in this weekend’s junior Rugby Carnival. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Close to 500 people from across WA are expected to converge on Albany this weekend for the city’s annual junior rugby carnival.

The Albany Junior Rugby Club will be hosting the carnival with 30 teams expected to compete, including four from the Albany Storm.

Teams from Bunbury, Dunsborough, Joondalup, Nedlands, Palmyra, Swanbourne, Joondalup, Mandurah, Scarborough, Kalamunda, Rockingham, and Nedlands be competing over two days and across three age groups.

The Storm will field two teams in the under-10s division, plus one team each in the under 8s and under 11s.

Charlie Sulzberger and Adam Hetherington will play for Albany in this weekend’s junior Rugby Carnival.
Camera IconCharlie Sulzberger and Adam Hetherington will play for Albany in this weekend’s junior Rugby Carnival. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

This is the third year Albany will host the event with organisers excited about a significant increase in participation.

Games will be played on two pitches at the Little Athletics track.

Julie Hetherington said the AJCA was looking forward to playing host to clubs from around the State.

“We are focusing on kids having fun and playing great rugby,” she said.

“There is no association down here or regular games so we just want to encourage everyone to be a part of it and it’s cool to host such a big event”.

Charlie Sulzberger and Adam Hetherington will play for Albany in this weekend’s junior Rugby Carnival.
Camera IconCharlie Sulzberger and Adam Hetherington will play for Albany in this weekend’s junior Rugby Carnival. Credit: Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Hetherington said she was anticipating a big, fun-filled carnival.

“We are just hoping for good sportsmanship and for all the kids to just have a great competition,” she said.

“We are expecting a really good atmosphere and we’re looking forward to having near on 500 people come to the event.”

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