Businesses paint Tumut blue

Joe Eccleston and Rose McCormick pose for a photo in front of Worklocker Tumut, who did a great job decorating their shop windows in support of the Tumut Blues.

Tumut has again painted the town blue as their beloved rugby league club shoots for back-to-back premierships in Wagga this Sunday, taking on arch-rival, Gundagai. 

Tumut Blues secretary Rose McCormick thanked businesses and sponsors for their ongoing support, after what has been a tough year for everyone.

“It’s great to see the town and community spirit behind the team,” McCormick said

“Seeing the boys come together as a champion team, both on and off the field, has helped the town come together.”

McCormick was taken aback by the outpouring of support for the club, even if Covid-19 meant attending games was a little harder in 2020.

“The amount of support has been phenomenal, even with everyone as stretched as they are,” McCormick said.

“For our sponsors, it has been hard for us to show our appreciation with a lot of the restrictions meaning we can’t have sponsors days and can’t have them at presentation nights, but we want to thank them and we hope getting into the grand final is thanks enough for everyone sticking around.”

McCormick will taxi Tumut’s biggest fan and reserve grade’s water boy Joe Eccleston to the game, helping organise him a ticket for the match. 

“The game wouldn’t be the same without Joey over there,” McCormick said. “We have so many great supporters and Joey is definitely one of our biggest and I had to help him.”

Eccleston was ecstatic to be going to the game and was backing Tumut for the win after a strong semi-final victory over Young last Sunday.  

“They are a good local team and if they can defend in the second half like they did against Young last week, they will win this week,” Eccleston said.  

The Blues supporter said Lachlan Bristow was his favourite player and he was backing him to win back-to-back John Hill medals. 

“If I had to pick my favourite player, it would be Lachlan Bristow,” Eccleston said. “He won us the grand final last year, and he will probably do the same this year.”