Bullants brace for blockbuster season

Tom Roche is one of the many Tumut Bullants eager to commence the 2020 Southern Inland Rugby Union season.

The Tumut Bullants have a plan in place for a bumper 2020, with some exciting changes and Brumbies visits in store as the first round of Southern Inland Rugby Union junior competition approaches.

The competition itself will kick off with an away trip to Albury on May 3, before Tumut get to host the first of their two gala days on May 17.

Bullants president Mick Leane was excited for the season ahead and said that the club is looking forward to new and existing players turning out for the red and black.

“It’s going to be a really good season and we hope to see a few new faces,” Leane said

“We have always been a very inclusive club and we love having new people on board; once people join the club they stay, so hopefully we welcome more families this season.”

In an exciting change, the Tumut Bullants will field girls tackle for the first time, which will complement the existing boy’s tackles and girls touch teams.

“I suppose what we are looking to do this season is field all of the boys teams, which is under sixes through to under 16s, and we would love to field all the touch sides for the girls and some of the girl’s tackle teams,” Leane said.

“We are already seeing some interest in the girl’s tackle and we really want to start getting it out there to see what sides we can field.”

The structure for age groups will change in 2020, with the girl’s touch competition reducing to three age groups, including under 10s, 13s and 16s.

The girls tackle age groups will cater for under 13s, 15s and 17s, but girls are eligible to play both competitions if they wish to do so.

Leane is also pushing to get new committee members involved, especially with the club moving forward with these competition changes.

“We really need new kids playing and new people on the committee to drive the club forward with fresh ideas,” Leane said.

“If parents want to see change or want the club to go in a new direction, they need to be there to steer it with us.”

The Bullants will start their season with a muster evening on Friday March 13 and Leane wants to see a good turn out.

“We’re going to have a barbecue and a few beers on the Friday and welcome everyone back for the upcoming season,” Leane said.

“It will be a relaxed way to start the season.”

Additionally, the Tumut club will be very busy with visits from Brumbies players and a trip to watch Super Rugby matches.

“We have Brumbies players coming out for a skills clinic (on April 5) to Jarrah Oval, which will give young players and their parents a chance to rub shoulders with professional players,” Leane said.

“We are also getting 50-seat bus to go to a Brumbies game (on March 15), so that will be first in best dressed and all players will get free entry and we have some free tickets available for parents but again, that’s first in best dressed too.”

For those players and parents interested in getting involved with the club this season, visit the Tumut Bullants on Facebook.