Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Wagga game ‘unlikely’
Border bubble restrictions may prevent the Deniliquin Drovers from going ahead with their Southern Inland Rugby Union second grade game this weekend.
The Drovers are scheduled to play the Wagga Waratahs in Wagga, which is outside the border bubble.
At the time of going to print yesterday, Drover Staci Richardson said a decision was yet to be made on whether the game would be played.
He did say it was ‘‘unlikely’’.
‘‘Half our players work or live in Echuca and would have to isolate for 14 days (if they travelled outside the NSW border bubble),’’ he said.
While the Drovers will not make finals, they may have one more chance to play this season against Griffith in Deniliquin on August 14.
Despite all the interruptions, Richardson said the Drovers have had a successful season.
‘‘I think our team did well this year considering the COVID restrictions with country sports taking a bit of a hit in numbers,’’ Richardson said.
‘‘We had some great games, which I’m sure many of the boys will remember with some huge wins at home against quality clubs.
‘‘I should give a shout out to ‘Dickie’ (Alec Dick) who only started rugby this season, and was thrown into the deep end as a full back but has improved every game and has turned into a good young player.
‘‘And I should thank the core group of boys that are consistently coming to training and showing up on game day week in and week out.’’
And as for their weaker performances throughout the year, Richardson hopes the Drovers can return next year with a stronger team.
‘‘I think a number of our losses this season just came from a lack of numbers, especially in our away games,’’ Richardson said.
‘‘I think it’s in our best interest to do some serious recruiting for next year and get preseason started nice and early so we have time to teach any newcomers how to play.
‘‘Congratulations to the teams that made finals and I hope finals can go ahead without any issues with restrictions.
‘‘We have enjoyed the competition and hope to be playing in finals next year.’’