About Us

2008

In 2008, the then President of the Young Rugby League, Mr Steve Woolford, through the CRL, was sent an invitation to the inaugural ARL Masters tournament to be held on the Gold Coast in March 2009  Steve, due to other commitments was not in a position to submit a side in 2008, but it had enough momentum to start the boys training and targeting the 2009 Masters Carnival at the Gold Coast in 2009. 

 

2009

Steve, eventually gaining enough eligible players, started training and eventually entered their first ARL Masters Gold Coast Tournament in 2009.  Steve was instrumental in the inaugural logistics and planning of the tour, including the accommodation, plane flights, jumpers, t-shirts, registration to name but a few.  Twenty four players and officials went on the first tour and have subsequently been given player numbers one to twenty four.  The Players determined that the side would be known as the “Cherryatrics”, a play on the local Young Cherrypickers Group 9 side and the mature age of the players.

 

Steve was already thinking of how Young could benefit from this Masters fever given the success of the ARL Masters.  It was therefore determined that Young would host a tournament, in October 2009, two weeks after the long weekend.  Geoff Hill and Ray Spring then jumped on board, along with others, to assist in the running and organising of the Young Carnival.  Twelve sides played in the first tournament at Young, with another four Cherryatrics making their debut for the side.  Huge crowds enjoyed the novelty of seeing some of the former legends of the game play Rugby League again, in perfect weather conditions. 

 

2010

In 2010 the Cherryatrics again entered into the ARL Masters Carnival held on the Gold Coast in March 2010, with the same accommodation and arrangements in place, help along by Geoff Hills administrative ability & skill.  Playing five games over three days and a travel day either side.  One new player made their debut on the Gold Coast 2010 tour.  The Young Carnival was again scheduled for the second week after the long week end in October, with 15 Team competing, with two more players making there playing debut.  The weather, cold and miserable, made the tournament not as enjoyable as the first year, however, games were mostly played in the right spirit.  

 

2011

In 2011 the Cherryatrics entered into their third ARL Masters Carnival held on the Gold Coast in March 2011, with the same accommodation and arrangements in place.  Playing five games over three days and a travel day either side.  Three new players made their debut on the Gold Coast 2010 tour.  The Cherryatrics were invited by the Far South Coast side to play a game at before the local Derby between Bega & Eden.  One new player made his debut in this game.  The Young Carnival was again scheduled for the second week after the long week end in October, with 15 Team competing, with a late withdrawal from Crookwell that saw the introduction of a Barbarians side to take their place in the Draw.  The side was made up of anyone from any team and proved a great success.  Three more players making there playing debut.  The weather was great and the crowds not as good as in previous years. 

 

2012

In 2012, the year started with the Cherryatrics playing at Home, in February, as a precursor to the Young Cherrypickers versus the Young All Stars.  It was a fundraising event for the local side.  The All Stars team was made up of former NRL Players and even some of the current Cherryatrics.  The Cherryatrics played the Far South Coast side, boosted by some Eden players including the former Bulldog, Peter Kelly, and five new Cherryatric players made their debut.  It was played before a huge crowd who appreciated the Masters play.  The ARL Masters Carnival was then played in March with one more player making their debut at the Gold Coast.  The Young Carnival was held in October, in perfect conditions, with again small crowds, with fourteen sides making it a most enjoyable event.  Prize giveaways were in the order of $6,500.  A survey was developed and implemented for all participants, with 117 participants completing it.  This enabled the Cherryatrics to understand their audience, and make better decisions on making the Carnival more successful.  The first even annual report was produced and provided to the NRL, Young Shire Council and published on the website.

 

2013

The 2013 Carnival was the best ever, with a new record of nineteen sides playing over the weekend, this was a 20% increase on last years and shows a very positive trend.  The crowds were significantly up on previous years, thanks to the great weather, with many people coming to watch the three new local sides compete, namely, Monteagle, Burrangong and Koorawatha.  It was the 20th Anniversary of the Group Nine Second Division Grand Final between Monteagle and Burrangong, so it was great that both teams reformed for this momentous occasion.  Other new teams were the Sth Tuggeranong Knights (Second Side) and Woden Valley Rams.  It was also pleasing to see 9 sides acknowledged, by a presentation of a plaque, for attending all five Young Masters Carnivals, those sides being Cherryatrics, Wanna B 5/8 (Centre of attention), Far South Coast, Grenfell Dinosaurs, Yass Greypies, Wagga Shamrocks, Boorowa Over Rovers, Tuggeranong Valley Dragons and Adelong Bearly Actives.

 

The Cherryatrics had three new players make their debut for the club at the Carnival.  The Charity who manned the gate was the Bunburry to Bribbaree Bike Ride, who raised $1,600 via donations and a further $500 from the generous donation of the Monteagle team.  The second survey was again completed, with 137 participants, up on last year, who again provided valuable insight into the running of the Carnival. 

 

A feature of the year was the setting up of the Cherryatrics own website (www.cherryatrics.com.au) with the kind support of Neon Multi Media (Dean Kinlyside).  The website has all the Carnival Information, Player profiles, Photo Gallery, Sponsors & Charity page, plus lot more!.  The website has had very positive feedback since it went live earlier this year as we strive to drive more people to it to obtain even more market share and growth.

 

2014

The 2014 Carnival was also excellent, blessed with great weather.  A total of nineteen sides attended, with four new teams, two of which were local teams (Murringo Mongrels and Dingoes), the others from Orange (Pirates) and Moss Vale (Old Boys).  The crowds were similar to last year, very good and boosted by having two additional local sides from Murringo.  The Young Grey Creys (Yabbies Old Boys) were recognised for their participation at 5 Carnivals by a presentation of a plaque at the function on the Saturday night. 

 

The feature of the Carnival was the first ARL Masters representative game, that being a Masters City V’s Country game.  Players were nominated by their team, not necessarily being the best players but those that deserve the honour, with 18 players per side.  The game was played on the Sunday as a stand-alone fixture, with the large crowd appreciating the talent and the players appreciated the honour of playing is such a game.  The Jumpers were specially designed by our friends at CSM International, and the sponsor was the Young S&C Club.  The names of the players and officials can been seen further into this document.

 

The Young Cherryatrics Carnival can also lay claim to having the oldest ARL Masters player, Mr Tony Young, playing at our Carnival.  Tony played for the Murringo Team, and is a local legend in the footy scene.  He is a life member of some 16 associations, mainly for refereeing, but is highly regarded across the state for his dedication and commitment to Rugby League.  The regard to which all the other players and spectators paid to Tony was extraordinary, getting a standing ovation at the function on Saturday night, having his picture taken with numerous teams/players – even scoring a Try! – Well done.

 

The Cherryatrics played 12 Games in 2014, the most ever by the Cherryatrics.  We played five at the Gold Coast, three at the Tuggeranong (our second time at their Carnival), one against Grenfell (at their home ground), then three at our Carnival.  The Cherryatrics also played an exhibition game against the Cherryettes, the League Tag ladies (who beat us) at the Cherrypickers home game during the year.   We have five new players join the Cherryatrics during the year, Paul Stuart, Simon Woolford at the Gold Coast, Josh Powderly at the Grenfell game, and Ben Shipp and Andrew Miller at the Young Carnival.

 

The creation of the Young.Cherryatrics facebook page earlier in 2014 also proved to be a sensational decision, given that most people have access to FB and utilise it regularly.  We have 840 friends and still growing.  The link between our website and facebook is terrific and drives people to the site, as an example when we announced that nominations opened on facebook on 1 May 2014, the website had 249 page views on the same day (normally it would be 6-10 page views per day).  Perhaps the most useful indirect benefit was that players and families linked the Cherryatrics FB site when talking about the Carnival, before, during and after.  The best example is that the Orange Pirates (new side 2014) used FB extensively and when other people saw what a great time and the positives from the Carnival, they now have people queuing up to come next year.  It continues to be a great way to provide people with timely information.

 

2015

The 2015 Carnival was again excellent, blessed again with great weather and the grounds were in excellent condition.  A total of 24 team participated, a record number for our Carnival.  We had Seven new teams, including; Doonside Masters (Blacktown), Batemans Bay (20 Shades of Grey), Lower Mountains, Queanbeyan Blues Masters, Bredbo Barbarians and Hay Masters.  Crowds were a little less than last year, but still a good response. 

 

The Forbes Gold Diggers and the Wollongong United Old Boys were recognised, by the presentation of a plague, for playing at five Cherryatrics Carnivals.

 

The feature of the Carnival was the second NRL Masters representative game, that being a Masters City V’s Country game.  Players were nominated by their team, not necessarily being the best players but those that deserve the honour, with 16 players per side.  The game was played on the Sunday as a stand-alone fixture.  The large crowd appreciating the talent on display and the players appreciated the honour of playing is such a game.  The Jumpers were specially designed by our friends at CSM International, and the Major sponsor was the Harden Geelan Holden.  The names of the players and officials can been seen further into this document.

 

The Young Cherryatrics Carnival can also lay claim to having the oldest NRL Masters player, being Mr Tony Young, who again played at our Carnival at the grand age of 85.  Tony played for the Murringo Team, and is a local legend in the footy scene.  He is a life member of some 16 associations, mainly for refereeing, but is highly regarded across the state for his dedication and commitment to Rugby League.  The regard to which all the other players and spectators paid to Tony was extraordinary and well deserved.  After a battle with Cancer, sadly, Tony passed away on the 25 January 2016.  The funeral and tributes that flowed just illustrated the how much impact he had on the Rugby League Community and his little village of Murringo – Vale Mr Tony Young.

 

The Cherryatrics played 13 Games in 2015, the most ever in one season by the Cherryatrics.  We played six games at the Gold Coast (an extra game on the Friday), two at the Tuggeranong (our third time at their Carnival), one against Grenfell (at their home ground at their gala day), then three at our Carnival.  We have one new player join the Cherryatrics during the year, Jamie Harden (Cherryatric No 54) at the Young Carnival.  We also have 11 players that have played over 50 Games for the Cherryatrics.  The player at the top of the games played is Geoff Hill (No 21) with 69 games and has never missed a game.  6 Players have made every Gold Coast Carnival, they are; Steve Woolford (No1), Jamie Canellis (No5), Brett Maxwell (No 6), Ian Close (No 7), Craig Jones (No 13) and Geoff Hill (No 21).

 

The creation of the “Cherryatrics” facebook page earlier in 2014 was an excellent choice to reach our stakeholders.  The Original site had to be closed due to technical reasons but had 840 ‘friends’.  The new FB site had 382 (31/12/15) likes and increasing (at 431 as at March 2016).  We have had our highest ‘reach’ (being the number of people who could see our post) when a record 8,089 people were ‘reached’ in October – mainly due to the story of Tony Young. 

 

The link between our website and facebook is terrific and drives people to the site.  We have had 5,501 new visitors visit the site in 2015, with 6,239 sessions, with 9,219 page views.  The majority of activity happens around the opening of the registration (May), until the closing of the registrations (Sept), then at the Carnival time (October). Interestingly the united states had 1,512 sessions, compared with Australia with 1,805 sessions.




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This is the first game sheet of Masters Footy played by the Cherryatrics, against the Melbourne Thunder, on the Thursday of the Masters Carnival 2009.  History was made that day! a twelve all draw against a side that legend has it was undefeated. 

1st_Game_sheet_vs_Thunder_2009.pdf

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Story from the Canberra Times that mentions the Cherryatrics!

...... Not surprisingly, with its status as cherry capital of Australia, Young is cherry mad. Everywhere you look there are images of the bright red stone fruit - from giant cherries outside the visitor centre to their footy team jumpers (they're called the cherry-pickers and their alumni - the Cherryatrics).

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/travel/spitting-pips-20111125-1v302.html#ixzz2TQEVTvFk – Nov 25 2011