THE Evans Head Bombers are working towards a big year on and off the field in the 2014 Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition.
On the field, there’s a new coaching structure, while off the field, the club’s worthy fundraising efforts will continue.
Luke Turner and halfback Ryan Eckersley will coach the A-grade side, while Nathan Williams will coach reserve grade with the support of Matt Brunsdon.
Turner says the nucleus of the 2013 squad will back up again in 2014.
“We have a really good core group of players,” he said.
“They’re a great bunch of blokes and we are thrilled to be coaching them.”
Turner said the four coaches had a combined total of 25 years with the club – quite an achievement when you consider that the Bombers will be playing only their sixth NRRRL season next year after having joined the competition from second division in 2009.
The club’s best result has been a semi-final appearance in 2011.
“That’s where we want to get the club back to,” Turner said.
Next year’s NRRRL season will be different from previous years following the switch of Grafton Ghosts and South Grafton to the Group Two competition.
Each club will play the others twice next year, on a home-and-away basis.
Training already has begun for those players who want to get an early start on their fitness, with players training on Wednesday nights until breaking for Christmas.
Preparations for 2014 will get into full swing in January.
Sign-on dates will be announced soon, but Turner and Eckersley welcome any inquiries from players.
“We would welcome anyone, be it seniors, Under-18s or juniors,” Turner said.
The Woodburn-Evans Head RSL Club has come on board again as sponsor, and club CEO Daniel Fox said it was the fifth successive year the club had supported the Bombers.
He said the club was a good community group to be involved with.
The club’s 2014 executive is: president, Greg Fletcher; vice-president, Jo Slade; secretary, Annie Dries; treasurer, Ian Allen.
Player inquiries: Luke Turner 0431 514 247; Ryan Eckersley 0419 645 923.
“We really would love to see more players, especially in the junior ranks and 16s and 18s,” the club’s vice-president, Jo Slade, said.
“These are the building blocks to keeping our club going and ensuring that we get stronger and better.”