Jack Beath is the new president at the helm of the Canowindra Pythons Rugby Union Club.
Beath takes charge ahead of an upcoming season that will mark the Pythons’ return to Central West Rugby, having not formed in 2017 due to a lack of numbers.
Beath says it’s important for Canowindra to reinforce their place by putting in a good performance in this year’s Southern Division GrainCorp Cup.
“We’re definitely back and we need to make an impression,” Pythons president Jack Beath said.
“We have to put a big impact on the competition this year. There’s a fair bit of confidence around the club. If we can make semi-finals or even the grand final it’ll really reinforce our position in the competition.”
The 21-year-old began playing as a junior when he was about five years old and has been involved with senior rugby in Canowindra since he started line running as an 11-year-old.
He started playing at 16 years of age however he’s decided to hang up his boots.
Beath said he’ll been putting an emphasis on trying to develop the club with the injection of some youth.
“I think I’ve been the youngest since I started playing, there’s not a lot of people coming through,” Beath said.
“You need younger people coming through the club. We’re trying to drag a few more young people in and develop.”
The club hasn’t appointed a coach for 2018, but Beath’s been happy with numbers during the first few weeks of pre-season.
He said the club’s up for a challenge.
“We’ve had about 11 blokes turn out for the first training,” Beath said.
“We are trying to outsource and get some players from out of town but it’s very hard.
“When we decided to fold last year it was always going to be hard to comeback this year but where the club’s sitting at the moment I think everyone’s prepared for the challenge.”
The Pythons first trial will be against Eastern Suburbs fifth grade as part of a massive day of rugby on March 10.
The Pythons will host the Easts women, fifth, fourth and third grade sides along with sides from Molong and Orange Emus, while juniors from Easts, Cowra and Canowindra will also be in action.
The day will consist of five games of rugby with Easts fifths taking on the Pythons, Easts fourths meeting Molong Magpies and Easts thirds will face off with Orange Emus in the day’s main event.
Easts’ women's are set to feature in a 7s match however their opponents are yet to be announced, while Easts under 13s/14s will take on Canowindra/Cowra under 13s/14s.
The day’s set to begin at 2.45pm and go through until about 7.15pm.
”They’re bringing roughly 80 players down and they’ll be staying here,” Beath said.
“It’s not just going to be good for us but it’ll be good for the entire town.”
The seven-team Southern Division GrainCorp Cup season begins on April 7 and the Pythons have the bye.
Canowindra’s first game is away to West Wyalong in round two before a home against Temora on April 21.
The Canowindra News will have more on the Easts visit closer to the date.
v Bye, v West Wyalong (away), v Temora (home), v Harden (away), v Grenfell (home).