Nedlands has a vibrant Junior club which fields teams from the Under-6s through to Under-16s.
The Junior teams train at The Foreshore at Nedlands at 5pm on Thursdays during the season. Most games are played at Britannia Oval in Leederville on Saturday mornings, while there are also carnivals hosted by various clubs throughout the season.
The Junior club was founded in 1986 by Kevin Ball and Paul Koteka, a former All Black international. They formed an Under-9 team that year which produced several prominent players. They included Nicky Little, who went on to represent Fiji in several World Cups. Also in that original 1986 team was Tony Ball, the current Nedlands 1st Grade coach, along with his brother Rodney Ball, who played more than 150 1st Grade games for Nedlands.
Tony Ball also went on to represent his country at age group level, captaining the Australian Under-16s against New Zealand. From the original Under-9 team, Tony Ball, Rodney Ball, Jake Bradbury and Josh Koteka all went on to play 1stGrade for Nedlands, while Tony Ball and Steven Bradbury went on to become Life Members.
Other former Nedlands Juniors who have risen through the ranks to gain representative honours include Will Brock, who represented Australia in 7s and Schoolboys. The Juniors have also provided a pathway for many Nedlands players to go on to play in the senior ranks and win premiership flags.
Last season, the Nedlands Juniors were treated to a training session from Wallabies coach Robbie Deans after Nedlands won the 2010 Club Try of the Year Award.
New Junior players are always welcome at Nedlands, where we offer a friendly and supportive environment. We also offer a great social environment for parents and look forward to the opening of our new club house this season.
If you would like to play for the Nedlands Juniors, please click here to view the contact form.