Two former Wagga boys have helped Australia to success in the World School Sevens Tournament at Auckland over the weekend.
Matt McTaggart (left) and Dylan Pietsch (right) were both selected for the Australian under 18 boys teams following impressive performances at the National Youth Championships in Perth earlier this month.
Australia went through the tournament undefeated and scored a thrilling win over Samoa Barbarians in the final.
The Riverina Anglican College student Claudia Obst was part of the girls team but didn’t enjoy the same success.
After a draw and two losses in the group stage, the Aussies scored a 14-12 win over Samoa in the plate final.
For the first time since 2008 the SIRU Juniors Competition will revert to Evens Age Groups next year
All Clubs had been given 2 weeks to consider their vote after much discussion at the Juniors Annual Meeting held at the end of October
The Final vote was Eight (8) for Evens (Griffith, Wagga, Temora, Young, Tumut, Albury, Leeton & Hay) and Two (2) for Odds (Grenfell & Cootamundra) with one club not voting.
The SIRU Board has subsequently approved an EVENS Competition to be played in the Juniors next year
The structure for the 2017 Competition will be as followed:
Under 7s (NON-Contact), Under 8s (Tackle), Under 10s, Under 12s, Under 14s and Under 16s.
###### Please note players eligible for under 7s and below will not be allowed to get an Age Grade 2 year window consent form to play Under 8s (Tackle) as per the ARU’s Pathway Laws.
Under 10s, Under 13s and Under 16s.
Rising Rugby stars Claudia Obst and Matt McTaggart will leave for New Zealand today to compete on the world stage.
Obst and McTaggart were both selected in the Australian under 18 boys and girls teams after standout performances at last weekend’s National Youth Sevens Championships in Perth.
The Wagga duo will compete in the World School Sevens Tournament at Auckland’s Sacred Heart College.
The Australian youth boys team will go up against New Zealand, Samoa, NZ Fijians, Cook Islands and NZ Barbarians, while the youth girls will play New Zealand Condors, New Zealand Wasps and Samoa. ........
Twelve months after three clubs left Southern Inland, this year’s annual general meeting was a much quieter occasion.
David Adamson survived a challenge from Jim Kimball to retain his role as Southern Inland president.
The departure of Temora, Cootamundra and Young saw first grade teams drop from 11 to eight in 2016, but going off a relatively speedy meeting on Sunday the changes have been well received.
SIRU rugby manager Mick McTaggart said there were no big issues brought up by the clubs.
One of the biggest talking points was the battle for presidency.
Thanks to those Club & Affiliate representatives who attended the SIRU AGM & Council Meeting yesterday (Dec 4) in Wagga.
The following people were elected to various positions on the SIRU Board for 2017;
President - Dave Adamson
Vice Presidents – Carl King (Seniors Rugby) & Linden Gunn (Juniors Rugby)
Directors - Marty Hogan, Harriet Elleman, Warwick Grant & Mark Harris
Congratulations to all these people and thanks again you for your time & support.
Richard Skellern was also appointed as SIRU Seniors Rep coaches for 2017
Our Competition next year will kick off on Saturday, April 8th and our Grand Finals are scheduled for Sat Aug 26
My aim is to have a 2017 Competition Draw for 1st & 2nd Grade out to you before Xmas