Woopi rugby team launched
By GREG WHITE
WOOLGOOLGA has always been a sports mad town and now the people of the Northern Beaches have another team to call their own.
It has long been a dream to have a rugby club based in the area with the code lying dormant in the region since the 1930's.
To be known as the 'White Pointers,' Woolgoolga Rugby Club have been accepted into Far North Coast Zone with local builder Glen Hull their inaugural captain-coach.
"We felt it better at this stage of our development to go north instead of taking part in the Mid North Coast Zone," Hull said.
"Far North Coast will include us in their Village Cup competition which is like a second division.
"Coffs, the Hastings clubs and the other Mid North Coast teams are still too seasoned for our standard of play."
But Hull is not shutting the door on applying to the southern zone at a later date.
"Geography will play a part, and naturally, how well we go in competition," he said.
Hull has gathered together a core group of 20 players and will share Centennial Oval with Australian Football.
"We've been open about our plans with the other codes and they've signalled their approval," he said.
"Woopi has a long history of players spreading themselves across several sports.
"For instance, Arthur Murray plays Aussie Rules and it hasn't stopped him starring with the Sea Horses."
The White Pointers have already taken the field in the Byron Bay Rugby Sevens.
"It was an exercise to build spirit in the club," Hull said.
"Our first year will be playing in a one-team comp but we have to keep an eye on the future.
"Somewhere we'll consider building an under 19 team as you have to create a junior nursery if you want to progress."