Bull Paddock will be alive with football for the first time this year on Saturday when the Tumut Eagles junior sides play host to the first round of the 2020 Football Wagga Wagga competition.
Five games will be played across the day, with the likes of Lake Albert, Wagga United and Junee visiting Tumut.
The Eagles will hope to kick things off where they left them in 2019, with some very strong Tumut sides set to give the competition a shake in 2020.
Eagles club representative and under 15/16s coach, Mick Parker was pleased to see the competition resuming and was grateful to the competition organisers in getting the season going in 2020.
Still, Parker was probably most happy that Tumut kids could get back to what they love doing; playing football.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the kids take to the field finally. FWW have done a tremendous job in getting the season running when so many other sports have called off their season,” Parker said.
“I think the return to play will give the kids a great opportunity to interact with their friends and burn off months of pent up energy.”
It won’t be your typical Saturday at Bull Paddock though, with the canteen closed and games spaced out due to Covid-19 safety precautions.
“There will be no canteen (and) we will have signage up,” Parker said.
“Start times of games have been pushed back to allow less cross over of arrivals and departures for games.”
Fellow Eagles representative and under 14s Gold coach, Lachlan Anderson said his side was travelling well and looking forward to the challenge of facing Wagga United this weekend.
“The team is looking good. Touches have improved with the kids getting used to playing again,” Anderson said.
“We have a formation set up for the season, and we will test it out at training on Thursday (yesterday) with a game against the other 14s team. “Other than that, the kids seem excited to get started again.”
Parents and players are reminded that Miniroos will not be kicking off this weekend and will instead start on July 18.
Also, social distancing is still required where possible and if you are sick, you should not attend the ground.
Junior Eagles draw July 4
Tumut 12s v Lake Albert Black – 9am
Tumut 13s v Lake Albert Black – 10.45am
Tumut 14s Black v Junee – 12.40pm
Tumut 14s Gold v Wagga United Swifts – 12.40pm
Tumut 15/16s v Lake Albert Black – 2.35pm