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.
Many who came out of the meeting on Sunday were impressed with how many nominations there were this year, with 12 people nominating for the 7 positions available. Please see below for the new appointed 2019 SIRU Board.
With David Adamson and Carl King calling an end on their time on the SIRU Board, this left two major roles available (President and Vice-President of Seniors) with 2018 Board Members Warwick Grant and Martin Hogan (Respectively) stepping up to fill the roles. The Vice-President of Juniors role was left vacant in 2018, but it was great to see two nominations this year, Paul Spain of the Wagga Wagga Crows was successfully appointed following a ballot. The four directors positions were hotly contested with nine nominations! Following the initial vote a second was needed to resolve a draw between two candidates.
After this the SIRU Council Meeting was held with the competition structure, development of the relationship between Senior and Junior Rugby, development of the Representative Programs, and the decision to move the Women's competition to 10-a-side key topics of the day.
Clubs were asked to think about how they wanted to see the competition pan out this year and return this to SIRU to deliberate and release the finalised calendar and draw.
2019 SIRU Board
President - Warwick Grant (Wagga Waratahs)
Vice-President of Seniors - Martin Hogan
Vice-President of Juniors - Paul Spain (Wagga Crows)
Director - Bart Challacombe (Leeton Phantoms)
Director - Brendon Reynolds (SIRRA)
Director - Tom Adamson
Director - Will Reynolds (Tumut Bulls)
All players selected in the squad need to be at the following training sessions:
• Sunday 3rd June at Conolly Rugby Park at 10am
• Friday 8th June at Conolly Rugby Part at 6:30pm
Southern Inland will take on South Coast and Monaro at Conolly Rugby Park on Saturday 9th June, with kick off at 2pm.
From this a Brumbies Provincial Team will be selected to take on NSW Country the following week.
Any questions or queries please contact Richard Skellern on 0418 974 599.