If the vibe around the clubhouse is anything to go by, 2016 is going to be a bumper year for the Bowen Junior Seagulls. 

Buoyed by the achievements from the previous year, the 2016 committee is brimming with positivity and full of hope for the upcoming season; and their recent sign-on day did not disappoint. 

With plenty of new players signing on across all age groups, the club is ready for the season with Round 1 to be played at Bowen on April 16. 

President Sheldon Row Row was quietly excited about the number of new players signing on.  

“We have local kids trying league for the first time, and a few new kids to town,” he said.

Row Row nominated the Under 11s and Under 12s as teams to watch in 2016. 

“The Under 11s went through undefeated in 2015. The Under 12s are a very disciplined team and should be right up there.” 

The Under 9s also rated a special mention. 

“This will be their first year of travelling and competing in the Townsville competition,” Row Row said.

“There are some exciting players in this age group, so we are keen to see how they go.”

Vice president Becky Otto was particularly proud of the fact that the Seagulls had three teams through to the finals in 2015. 

“For a small club, that is a great achievement.” 

Otto added that the club wants to build on what the previous committee had done and focus on purchasing additional training equipment for the players.   

Otto was also appreciative of the support received from the Northern Division. 

“Kerry and Jaimie both spent hours with us Friday helping us with the online registration process.  It was greatly appreciated by the committee.” 

The Under 13s through to Under 16s have all started training each Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4.30pm until 5.30pm. 

The Under 9s to Under 12s will commence in the next fortnight while the Under 6s to Under 8s won’t start until just prior to their season start on April 29. 

The early training commencement could pay dividends for the club with trial matches to be played in Townsville on March 5.