Comp. to return after seven years

December 27, 2017

After seven years without it, Deniliquin will once again have a touch footy competition.

An initiative of the Deni Drovers Rugby Union Club, touch footy is expected to start early next year.

The competition is for people who are 13 years old and over, with teams to include men and women.

Drovers coach Joe Gogarty said there has already been plenty of interest in the idea.

‘‘We’ve had some of the younger girls who are members of Drovers asking about starting a touch footy competition,’’ he said.

‘‘I know in the past that touch footy was well supported so we decided we should bring it back.

‘‘It will most likely run on Wednesday nights with 10 minute halves for each game.

‘‘To only have to commit about 30 minutes for the night to play makes it convenient for everyone.

‘‘With the new lights at Rotary Park it will mean we can play games later to beat the heat.

‘‘Cost will be $10 per game, which covers insurances and playing, and the competition will probably run for about eight weeks.

‘‘It’s a fantastic way to stay active and will be good for the Drovers’ side for a bit of pre-season training.’’

Gogarty said a touch footy competition is also a good way to garner interest for the 2018 rugby season.

‘‘Some people may give touch footy a go and decide to give rugby a crack as well,’’ he said.

‘‘While the competition is for anyone, I’ll also be having a focus on trying to find new players for the club.

‘‘We’re trying to build the Lady Drovers side, as well as getting interest from junior players.

‘‘We’ve dropped off with the number of females playing rugby so it would be good to see more women involved.

‘‘It’s also a good way for anybody new to town or potential rugby players to meet the current team and mingle with them.

‘‘Any level of skill and fitness is welcome, so get a team together and join in the fun.’’

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