The numbers grew to 5,000 players with the U17 competition including over border clubs the Bilambil Jets and Tugun Seahawks. As the junior league expands, the GCJRL decide to employ a full-time “Operations Manager” to service the increased needs of the clubs and the competition.


Gary Phillips was deemed the perfect candidate by the GCJRL for the position with his extensive experience in Rugby League and a step in the right direction.