Dubbo Junior Rugby Club is a family focused club with close to 400 players made up of both boys and girls aged between 5 – 17 years.
We aim to provide the best platform that educates and encourages our juniors in all aspects of the game we love, ‘Rugby’. The club fosters a culture of respect, sportsmanship and mateship.
Our club consists of a Walla and Junior program, our Walla’s program consists of our U7, U9 and U11 age groups, and our Junior program is comprised of U13, U15 and U17 age groups.
The first recorded juniors game occurred at Dubbo oval on Saturday 9th June 1900. Dubbo defeated Wellington 10 points to 3. Even at this match there was considerable confusion as to what constituted a ‘junior’.
In spite of spasmodic attempts - under 18 sides were formed in the early 70's, the "Blue Heelers" in the eighties, however it was not until 1990, when an ex-second rower captain coach from Gunnedah placed an ad in the Daily Liberal for a meeting of anyone interested in forming junior rugby teams. That man was Paul Coles, and the first meeting was attended by Paul Coles, Steve Ginty, Damien Scroope, John Skinner, David Monk, Russell Irwin, Mark Melville, Brian Bowyer and Bob Elliott.
To get teams started in 1990, there were all the logistical problems such as finding coaches, then getting them to obtain the necessary qualifications, finding sponsors, sewing linesman's flags, arranging venues, attending council meetings, and zone meetings. There seemed to be no end to the obstacles encountered in getting boys onto the paddock. In the end the answer, as always, is to have a few willing hard workers.