Coomera Cutters Junior Rugby League Club have wrapped up a massive season both on and off the pitch.
The 2018 Sportscover Clubbies winners had eight teams playing finals football and, for the first time, boasted a Division 1 Grand Finalist.
Silverware might have eluded them, but there’s no stopping this juggernaut which has grown to the second biggest junior rugby league club on the Gold Coast in just five years.
Named the Best Club in the national grassroots sports awards, the culturally-diverse Cutters are slicing and dicing the competition when it comes to growth, sponsorship and all-in commitment.
“We got a whole range of stuff (with the vouchers) from hit shields, drink bottles and footballs – all that stuff to get kids ready and into games” club secretary Fiona Evans says.
“Every year we’re getting bigger and bigger and that requires more gear. Just knowing the money we would have spent on footballs can go on something else takes the pressure off.”
Reaction to the Clubbies win was game-changing, and with nominations now open for the 2019 awards, Evans is encouraging others to take the leap.
Prizes valued in excess of $10,000 are up for grabs and there are even more chances to win with a new Best Use of Media award added to the categories of Best Club, Best Coach, Best Stalwart, Best Sports Association, Best Masters Performance, Best Administrator and Best Facility.
“It was recognition of a couple of years of hard work,” Evans says of the win. “We’re starting to get acknowledged now as a strong family-based club.
“We’ve got good numbers and the kids that live here are attracted to play in Coomera rather than to travel to more established clubs because they know we’re competitive.”
Evans adds: “You’ve got to tell your story.”
“It’s not only just for the morale around the club. Junior sport overall needs sponsors. Putting yourself out there and giving a competition like this a really good go helps your sponsors widen their audience and it just makes you all the more attractive.”