History of Valleys Juniors

Junior Rugby league was first played in Toowoomba under the control of the Darling Downs Junior Rugby League in 1970. There were 3 grades; under 10, under 12 and under 14 with an under 11 team added the following year.

The Primary Schools Rugby League who saw it as a threat to their competition as schoolboy football was played in weight divisions opposed its introduction. This opposition was appeased when the league adopted a policy that the schools had first call on players.

Valleys elected not to enter the competition at first, but changed their minds, held a muster and joined the league at the end of the first round. The Club supplied jerseys and socks and attended to all official duties. Herb Steinhort and Leo Johnson were in charge of the teams.

At the end of the season Mr. Vince Willis, a committee member, was appointed to chair a meeting of parents which was called to form a sub-committee to handle the every day management of the teams, provide delegates to the darling downs junior rugby league, raise funds to make them self supporting and give assistance to three players that had been selected to tour New Zealand in August holidays. Mr. Willis was endorsed as chairman and first President; Mrs. Maude Irvine was Secretary; Mrs. Marie Buckley Treasurer, and it was agreed all others present be committee members with power to add.

The Valleys Juniors have Flourished over the years and the club now fields teams in every age group from under 6 to under 17 with many representative players.