July is finally here, and with it follows the return of a myriad of winter competitions, giving sporting fans and players a reason to finally be excited for 2020.
In a staggered start, Football Wagga Wagga will lead the way in a return to competition, with their juniors commencing this Saturday, followed by their seniors kicking off next weekend, July 18, and the Miniroos the weekend after that on July 25.
Group 9 seniors and juniors will then follow suit, kicking off on July 18, with both competitions to start on the original date predicted by New South Wales Rugby League, way back in late March.
Rugby union will also demonstrate a staggered start, with their first grade competition kicking off on July 18 and lower grades and juniors commencing on July 25 and 26 respectively.
Unfortunately, the Tumut netball and hockey competitions fell through, but plenty of local players with be plying their trade in the Wagga Netball Association and Wagga Hockey competitions that start on July 18.
One man looking forward to the commencement of winter sport in the Riverina was Group 9 Chairman Peter McDermott, who thought it was a win for the entire region.
“I think I’m in the same boat as most people and believe it is a positive step for the whole of the Riverina, because of the little towns and the interest that sport creates,” McDermott said.
“These little towns revolve around sport and it generates a lot of interest, where they have had nothing for months and months and now, they finally have something to look forward too.”
Tumut Blues president, Bryan Black was of the same opinion as McDermott, suggesting it would give locals a reason to get out and about after Covid-19.
“I just think it gets everyone back out and supporting the town and businesses,” Black said.
“It is something positive going on instead of all the negative stuff that has been happening over the last three or four months.
“It is definitely something to look forward to instead of being locked up at home.”
Tumut Eagles junior vice president, Sandra Howell said some of the most excited people ahead of the return to winter sport were the kids, who were happy to be back training, let alone playing.
“They love playing and everyone is loving being back,” Howell said.
“I am training right now (Wednesday) with the under 12 and 13s and contact is back and they are all happy and enjoying it.”
As July progresses, it will no doubt be an exciting and busy period for the region, with kids and adults alike finally returning to the paddock.
Competition return dates
FWW juniors – July 4
FWW seniors – July 11
FWW Miniroos – July 18
Group 9 seniors – July 18
Group 9 juniors – July 18
SIRU first grade – July 18
SIRU lower grades – July 25
SIRU juniors – July 26
Wagga Netball Association – July 18
Tumut Hockey – cancelled
Tumut netball – cancelled