With 2013 fast approaching it promises to be an exciting year for Rugby League in Cooma. The Stallions have already secured coaches in all four grades for the 2013 season and have also recruited a number of talented players.
First grade and head coach will be Steve Dunn.
Dunn played for Cooma for a number of years and was awarded group player of the year in 2009. He has spent the last couple of years in Queanbeyan and in this time has played in two grand finals, winning one.
Dunn has returned to the Stallions this year bringing with him new and fresh ideas and is keen to implement these this season.
Reserve grade will be coached by another returning local, Paul Lloyd. Lloyd has also returned to Cooma after a couple of years away and was instrumental in the reserve grade taking out the premiership in 2011.
The under 18s will again be coached by Nathan Smith.
Smith has progressed through the Colts with these young players and most will be backing up again this year as they will still be eligible for under 18s.
Craig Schofield will be guiding the successful Fillies again this year and the girls are hoping to continue on from last year where they took all before winning the pre-season competition, minor premiership and premiership, undefeated.
The Stallions have also recruited well, including two players from the UK who will join them next year.
Tom Holmes and Sam Dowsett have represented Great Britain as under 19s in the amateur league.
Zac Smith will return after also playing with the Queanbeyan Roos. Smith is a talented footballer and brings a wealth of skill to the team. Todd Williams has returned from a number of years away and will also boost the Stallions depth.
Williams last played for the Stallions in 2008 but has recently had a number of successful seasons away culminating in being awarded the 2012 Central Highlands Player of the Year Medallion.
The Stallions will also welcome the return of Jono Clark. Clark had to sit out last year due to a shoulder injury and is now back to full fitness. He was one of Group 16s best players in 2010 and he has been sorely missed by the Stallions. Another welcome return is Sam Gilbert. Gilbert is a St. Greg's old boy and was a part of the Stallions losing grand final team in 2009. He is lightning fast and will add a lot to the Stallions already speedy backs. All these players, combined with a talented group of young footballers, should ensure a healthy year for the Stallions.
Training will commence on Wednesday January 23 with a non compulsory run then the official start of training will be in the first week of February. Keep an eye on the facebook page for confirmation of dates.
Local Rugby League has also received some good news with the NSW Country Championship to hold the first round in Cooma in June. This will bring about 200 players and officials to town for a Friday night sportsman's function, culminating in a full day of Rugby league on the Saturday.
It has been about 40 years since this standard of Rugby League has been to Cooma and the Stallions committee have worked hard to be awarded the games. The Club will continue to try and bring high class footy to Cooma in the future.
The Stallions are also asking any interested supporters and last year's members to again sign up.
The cost is only $50 for a single membership or $80 for two members of the same family.
The membership will entitle the holder to free entry to all home games (excluding Semis or Finals), a members day function at a home game, where discounted drinks and food will be available, and a members draw which will be carried out at half time at each home game.
We will also shortly commence our sponsorship drive and will be in contact with previous sponsors early in the New Year to ask again for help in getting the Stallions back on the paddock in 2013.
If you have any questions or would like to help the Stallions as a sponsor or member in 2013 call Craig Schofield on 0414 865 922.