A big group of players and a sprinkling of sponsors turned out at the Tumut Golf Club on Saturday for the Tumut Blues Rugby League Club season launch.
Players and sponsors ditched the footballs though, instead taking up the driver and golf ball, with many members playing through 18 holes and enjoying one final weekend before a gruelling Group 9 season kicked off on April 10.
Blues President, Bryan Black, was pleased with the event, although he would have liked more sponsors in attendance.
“It was good to get amongst the boys but it was a bit disappointing sponsors wise, but everyone has things on and we made do,” Black said.
Weekend golf days will be a common occurrence for the Blues in 2021, with the Tumut Golf Club now one of the rugby league club’s major sponsors.
“That is something we have talked about, now that we have a lot of Saturday games, we can have Sunday golf recoveries and general Blues golf day days,” Black said.
Blues jersey sponsors were announced at the season opener, and Black thanked everyone who had contributed to the club.
“It was great, a bloke travelled all the way from Wagga to get amongst it and we recognised our sponsors,” Black said.
As far as major sponsors for the season, Club Tumut and the Tumut Golf Club will be the home of the Blues, while Snowy Mountain Honey is on the front of the jersey,
Roddy Engineering is on the back of the jersey and Downer Group is on an arm.
Black explained that the club was looking forward to round one of the Group 9 season that kicks off with a home game and Maher Cup tribute match against the Gundagai Tigers at Twickenham Oval.
“The Old Boys have done a lot of organisational stuff for this game. We are running the bar, barbecue and they are doing a great job with the rest,” Black said.
“We are going to be wearing retro jerseys, shorts and socks for first grade and everything is moving along nicely.”
The Blues president was predicting some on-field success this season, with the club putting together another very good side as the Blues search for three consecutive grand final appearances and two titles in three years.
“I think they are confident; you don’t go into a season half-hearted; you go into in wanting to win, and they have certainly assembled a forward pack that most teams would be pretty happy with,” Black said.
In a slight change up, the usual first try scorer auction for the Blues first home game has been shifted online, with the club hoping to get more bidders involved.
“The first try scorer for our first home game auction is going to be online,” Black explained.
“We did it that way, so people don’t miss out and to open it up to everyone and hopefully the online auction will pull in some people.”
Black even tipped the first try scorer for potential bidders, suggesting Brayden Draber or Tevita Aroha-Tuinauvai could cross the line first for the Blues.
“First try in most games, I would go number 4,” Black said.
For anyone wishing to bid on a jersey, they are encouraged to visit the following link.