The echoes of cheers and applause filled Doltone House Sylvania Waters last Friday night, as the Cronulla Junior Rugby League (JRL) marked its 60th Anniversary with a grand celebration. The event brought together representatives from all 13 clubs, life members, and the current executive committee in a nostalgic tribute to six decades of Junior Rugby League in the Sutherland Shire.
Distinguished guests at the milestone event included Dino Mezzatesta, CEO of the Sharks, and Eleni Petinos, the state member for Miranda. The night was a blend of festivity and farewell as Nathan Waugh, who has served as chairman for the past five years, bid an emotional adieu, announcing his decision to step down from his role at the end of the season.
The 60th Anniversary Dinner was not only a nostalgic trip down memory lane but also an occasion to recognize and reward excellence within the Cronulla JRL community. Michael Toro who is the most recipient of Life Membership into the CSDJRFL was presented with his life members jacket while past life members were presented with framed life member certificates, acknowledging their enduring contribution to the Cronulla JRL.
One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of several major awards, with the Yarrawarrah Tigers clinching the coveted title of "Junior Rugby League Club of the Year." De La Salle was celebrated as the "Junior Club Champions," while the St John Bosco Bulldogs made history by securing the title of "Senior Club Champions" for the first time in their club's history.
The night was captured in a series of memorable photographs, encapsulating the joy and camaraderie that makes Junior Rugby League more than just a sport but a binding force within the Sutherland Shire.
As the Cronulla JRL commemorated its remarkable journey and achievements over the past six decades, the 60th Anniversary Dinner served as a reminder of the league's unwavering commitment to nurturing talent, building strong community ties, and creating lasting memories both on and off the field. Checkout all of the photos from the night thanks to Mark Bond Photography
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