Cootamundra football fans will be treated to 21 games of football this Saturday when the junior and senior Rugby League Clubs combine for a massive gala day.
BIG DAY OF FOOTY: Jacob Maher, Ewan Stewart and Ben Rumble are just three Coota juniors looking forward to this Saturday’s combined junior and senior gala day.
Both clubs will take on the Wagga Kangaroos in what should provide a number of healthy rivalries.
There will be 17 junior games played together with the senior league’s four games.
Junior league president Stephen Howse said the under 15s will provide a curtain-raiser to the day’s senior league action on Les Boyd Oval.
They will kick off at 9.45am, followed by the under 16s, under 18s, reserve grade and finally first grade at 2.45pm.
Howse said all junior league games will be finished by 2pm on Nicholson Park to enable the juniors and their parents to watch the senior first grade game.
He said the gala day experience is highly regarded by the junior players, many of who hope to be part of the senior team one day.
The relationship between the two clubs is strong with junior league’s under 12 boys regularly assisting on game day for the seniors in a ball boy capacity.
“They get used to being at the game; they love it and rugby league sticks with them as they grow up,” Howse said.
Conversely, many of the senior players help out at junior league games as referees or coaches.
A number of today’s senior league players have made their way through the Cootamundra Junior Rugby League Club, including the likes of top players from last weekendZac Mugridge (reserve grade), Matt Forsyth (first grade), Tommy Warner (first grade), Cody Hotston (under 18s), Luke Levett (under 18s) and many more.
First grade coach Simon Vanzanten joined Howse in singing the praises of the gala day concept.
He said it is always good to play in front of a strong crowd and having the juniors on hand, as well as the fact it is Ladies Day, is sure to draw a number of people to the ground.
“It creates atmosphere and that should lift the boys,” Vanzanten said.
Coming off the back of a come-from-behind 30-all draw against Tumut last weekend, he is hoping the home crowd advantage will be just what the side is looking for.
The gala day concept will be replicated later in the season when Cootamundra takes on Young in whatalways provides a good cross-townrivalry at both junior and senior level.
This has been set down for Saturday, July 16 and will coincide with Old Boys Day at Fisher Park.
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