The topic of Live Streaming has been discussed by many in our zone since we saw it start in Canberra a few years back. We look forward to this opportunity and how it helps our zone, our clubs get a chance to review their opponents coming into games, our referees have the opportunity to review their own performances and discuss decisions made during the game, and it gives people something to watch during the week when they have no Rugby to watch.
Each week we will be live streaming one Total Ag Solutions-Kubota 1st Grade game, with the first 6 rounds pre-selected, and the final 8 rounds to be selected each week as we head into the Finals Series.
The Live Stream is presented by WaggaWagga.TV, and has been sponsored by Anthony Wisely Constructions. It will be available via the Southern Inland Rugby Union Facebook Page each week.
If you would be interested in placing your business logo on our Live Stream each week, please get in contact.
The games that have been pre-selected to be Live Streamed are:
Rd. 3 - CSU v Tumut
Rd. 4 - WAC v Tumut
Rd. 5 - Waratahs v Griffith
Rd. 6 - City v Leeton
Rd. 7 - City v Albury
Rd. 8 - WAC v Albury
Southern Inland Rugby Union is proud to announce their City & Country Coaches for 2019.
The teams will compete following the Leeton Jnr Gala Day on Sunday May 12th, with the teams to be made up of players from across our zone. This game will be the main trial before a squad will be named to represent SIRU on the June Long Weekend in Canberra against South Coast and Monaro.
The City team will include players from the four Wagga Wagga based teams - CSU Reddies, Wagga Ag College, Wagga City and Wagga Waratahs. They will be coached by Will Mitchell.
Given Will's current involvement in Wagga Ag College, and previous involvement with Wagga Waratahs, he is excited by the opportunity to handle the best players in Wagga and hopefully obtain bragging rights from the fixture.
The Country team will include players from our four non-Wagga Premier teams (Albury-Wodonga Steamers, Griffith Blacks, Leeton Phantoms and Tumut Bulls), as well as players from Hay Cutters and Deniliquin Drovers who have expressed an interest in being involved. They will be coached by the combined team of Nick McCarthy and Jonathan Andreou.
Nick McCarthy and Jonathan Andreou have been involved in Rugby in our zone for quite some time, whilst they have mostly been involved with local clubs in Wagga, they also want to take home bragging rights from this fixture, and are quietly confident that whilst they are geographically challenged, they will be the better team on the day.
We are still open to Expressions of Interest from players who want to be involved, with two training sessions remaining. If you are interested in representing your City or Country club at a higher level, or even SIRU, please email Jonathan@scopeorthopaedics.com for more information.
5th May - Training Session
10th May - Training Session
11th May - Competition Bye
12th May - City v Country following Leeton Jnr Gala Day
Southern Inland Rugby Union is excited to announce their first Representative Squad of 2019.
The large squad will participate in 2 matches on March 23rd in Tumut against Uni Norths 1st and 2nd Grade sides who will be travelling from Canberra.
The Representative program saw changes this year with it starting in late 2018, and opening up the program to any interested participants. With numbers growing as the season is about to begin it is an exciting time as following this game the program will look to City v Country in Leeton on May 12th.
So be sure to get down to Jarrah Oval on Saturday and check out the SIRU boys, there will also be Women's games with teams from Tumut, Wagga City and Uni Norths, as well as Wagga City 2nd Grade taking on Uni Norths Colts.
The final list has arrived!
Following the Annual Junior Meeting, clubs were asked to confirm field availability for certain dates, and we have finally got everyone a suitable date!
With the growing number of participants, Gala Days have become so large that many clubs have to spread across multiple locations across their towns. This is why in 2019 the structure has changed, with only 3 Full Gala Days in 2019, whilst the other 6 Gala Day dates will be split across two locations.
Our first full Gala Day will be in Wagga on March 31st, and to start the season off proper there will be some Special Guests making a visit! Being hosted by Wagga Crows at Conolly Rugby Park and Jubilee Ovals and is sure to be an event not to miss.
Full Gala Day no. 2 will be taken to Leeton on May 12th, hosted by the Junior Phantoms. Following the Junior games, the City v Country Representative fixture will be re-introduced, this is a great way to link the SIRU Snr and Jnr competition, and show the Jnr participants the pathways when they grow too old for Junior Rugby.
The 3rd and final Full Gala Day will be hosted in Cootamundra by the Bears, this will leave only 3 rounds remaining before Finals begin.
With many matches in our Finals series in 2018 requiring Extra Time to find a result, and if they ran out of Extra Time we also had to award multiple "Joint Premiers" as teams were inseparable. We're sure more of these contests will pop up during our Finals at West Wyalong and Cootamundra this year.
We encourage all to come along and check out your local Gala Day, if you want to help out, get in contact with your local club as these days always need plenty of volunteers.
1 - 31/3/19 – Wagga Wagga
2 - 14/4/2019 – Griffith & Tumut
3 - 28/4/2019 – Albury & West Wyalong
4 - 12/5/2019 – Leeton
5 - 26/5/2019 – Hay & Young
6 - 16/6/2019 – Cootamundra
7 - 30/6/2019 – Temora & Tumut
8 - 21/7/2019 – Griffith & Young
9 - 4/8/2019 – Albury & Grenfell
SF - 18/8/2019 – West Wyalong
GF - 25/8/2019 – Cootamundra
The Season Draw has arrived!
Following the first SIRU Board Meeting of 2019, there was much discussion on how the season should be structured, when the competition should begin, and more importantly when the competition should finish with the change to a 3-week finals series in 2019.
The Board came to an agreement of a start date of April 6th, and a new concept with a 16-Round season in 2019.
Round 1 will be "Rivalry Round" with teams playing against their local and traditional Rivals.
Round 2 will be "Country Round' with all Wagga based teams travelling to play away games.
Rounds 3-16 will follow the traditional 14 Round structure with each team playing an opposition twice (both Home and Away).
There will be 3 Byes during the season, Easter Long Weekend, June Long Weekend (SIRU Representative Fixture) and May 11th (City v Country in Leeton on May 12th). Brumbies Provincial (week after June Long Weekend) will no longer be a competition bye as it has in the past.
Following the regular season Finals will occur with Grand Finals to be held on August 31st.