New sea­son beck­ons for footy off-shoot

Stanthorpe Border Post - - SPORT - ■ Stan­thorpe Oz­tag will hold their AGM on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 13, from 6pm at Sul­li­van Oval.

OZ­TAG: The new Oz­tag sea­son is ready and rar­ing to go, with open­ing night on Thurs­day from 4pm.

The com­pe­ti­tion will be run at Sul­li­van and Crisp Ovals, with a se­niors’ open di­vi­sion and three younger grades to par­tic­i­pate.

“At this stage it’s look­ing at around about 13 se­nior teams and it’d be sim­i­lar with the ju­niors,” co-or­di­na­tor John Cobon said.

“Ju­niors, we’re look­ing at un­der-8s, un­der-10s and un­der-15s – three di­vi­sions.

“The opens looks like it’ll be two di­vi­sions and they’re all mixed.”

Mr Cobon said he was thrilled with the pos­i­tive re­sponse.

“The teams and draw will be all up on our web page early next week,” he said.

“It’s not too late and you can still get teams in. In­di­vid­u­als to Thurs­day but teams will need to get nom­i­nated quickly so we can get them in the draw.”

The comp will have two fix­tures be­fore a two-week school hol­i­day break.

The com­pe­ti­tion fol­lows on from a visit from Queens­land Oz­tag de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cers. The reps spent some time in lo­cal schools, teach­ing pri­mary and high school kids the rules and ropes of the rugby league off-shoot.

“We were run­ning free clin­ics in the lead-in to the come and try day and com­pe­ti­tion start,” Oz­tag Queens­land’s Brett Tyson said.

“It was an op­por­tu­nity for kids to get in­volved and see what it’s all about.

“Hun­dred per cent, we’re see­ing more kids tak­ing it up. It’s an op­por­tu­nity too for girls to get in­volved ... our girl num­bers are re­ally on the rise. Be­cause girls want to play rugby league too and this is a great op­por­tu­nity.

“It’s great for par­ents too be­cause there’s no train­ing in­volved. Just turn up, play your game and the ref­er­ees will coach the kids as they go.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW PUR­CELL

HAV­ING A BALL: Stan­thorpe State School pupils were put through their paces when a Queens­land Oz­tag de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer dropped by.

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