Hartley guides young Bears

ADAM Hartley is the new president of the Holy Family Bears Junior Rugby League Club.

The Catherine Field man says he is excited about the role.

The Bears are preparing for their fifth season. They were formed by Bringelly man Anthony Bucca, a local real estate agent, in 2010.

Hartley, 40, has a long history of involvement with rugby league and rugby union.

"I grew up in Liverpool and I have lived in the rural areas of Liverpool for several years," Hartley said.

He said the Bears expect to have six teams this season. They will play in the Parramatta Catholic Convents RL Association competitions.

The Bears intend to have teams in the under-6s, 7s, 8s, 9s, 10, and 11 years age groups.

Craik Park, Austral, is their home ground.

For the past two years the Bears have played several home games at the ground after playing all games away for the first two years.

Hartley played for the now defunct Liverpool Bulls Rugby Union Club.

"I played 20 years for the Bulls," he said.

Hartley said it was important to have a local rugby league club in the rural areas for the children who live in the community.

His wife Marylou Henry, who is the club's registrar, said training and registration dates will be announced soon.

The new season is expected to start in early April before Easter. "We will be playing trial games in March with those dates announced soon," Henry said.

Those interested can call 0449 675 163.

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