Cronulla Sharks 2016 Team Photo at Shark PArk

Date – 24th or March 2016

Venue – Brookvale Oval, Manly Sydney, NSW

Photographer – Grant Trouville

Description – #WET #Rain #mud

With the junior league season just a week or so away, when the Sharks host the Melbourne Storm on Monday shapes as the perfect time to celebrate Play NRL Round,

The Cronulla district boast a thriving and healthy junior league, made even more so through the recently forged partnership with Taren Point Touch Football and the introduction of men’s and women’s, boys and girls teams representing the Sharks on a state and national level.

The Sharks NRL squad got together this week to pose for a photo recognising the Sutherland Shire Junior League clubs, with the playing group showing off the colours of all 14 which are operating locally.

Chad Townsend proudly displayed the Yarrawarrah Tigers strip, one which he wore with distinction while coming through the junior ranks, while Mitch Brown and Anthony Moraitis slipped on the green of the Gymea Goriillas, with pair having spent their formative years at the local area club.

The rest of the Sharks squad showcased the other Cronulla district clubs, with the playing group set to be assigned to clubs and to participate in clinics and various events as the season progresses.

The local junior league season kicks off on April 2 and 3, with the competition catering for under6’s all the way up to open-age A Grade.

Including the teams and clubs in the Sutherland Shire the NRL has over 1.4 million participants playing a form of touch, tag or tackle nationally and Play NRL Round is all about encouraging people of all ages – from six to 60 and beyond, to sign up to enjoy their local footy – whether it be playing, coaching, volunteering, or refereeing.

Whether it is touch, tag or tackle, our code is all about inclusiveness and teamwork – getting out and about to enjoy some exercise and experiencing the joys of playing sport.

With junior seasons almost upon us, there has never been a better time to sign up and start playing!

Registering and finding your local team – male, female or mixed – across touch, tag or tackle – is easy.  Just head to playnrl.com and click on the 'register now' tab.

On the Play NRL website, also available is a range of useful information, including:

- School programs, with education resources for teachers and students

- How you can become a member of your favourite NRL Club

- A range of courses available for coaches, sports trainers, referees and others – all aimed at improving levels within the game

At the Sharks game on Easter Monday a number of local junior league clubs will be in action in playing exhibition matches prior to the NRL match.

Get down to Southern Cross Group Stadium to enjoy the day and to celebrate Play NRL Round and be sure to also get down to your local junior league club.