YAfter many reviews, the Final 2020 SIRU Competition Draw has arrived!
With some vast changes in terms of the competition structure for 2020, the draw has gone through a major makeover compared to recent seasons. In 2020 our Premier divisions (1st Grade Mens and Women's Xs) will include 9 teams; Albury, Griffith, Hay, Leeton, Reddies, Tumut, WAC, Wagga City and Waratahs. Our 2nd Grade competition will host eight of teams in 2020, with Deniliquin following Hay in the draw structure, and Leeton not entering a 2nd Grade team in 2020. With Hay and Deniliquin jumping up the grades in 2020, we will see only six teams in McMullen Cup, with three from Wagga (WAC, Wagga City and Waratahs) and three from the "Country" regions (Griffith, Leeton and Tumut).
The General Competition Byes will occur on Public Holiday weekends including, Easter, ANZAC Day and Queen's Birthday.
There are plans in place to have a competition round focussed on Indigenous acknowledgement involving all clubs, more details for this will come out closer to the season.
In 1st Grade and Women's each team will play 16 games across the 18 rounds, whilst their club will see 2 Club Byes during the season.
2nd Grade will play 14 games across the 18 rounds, as they will face the same byes as above and when the Premier Grades and 3rd Grade teams play against Leeton.
McMullen Cup teams will play 12 games across the season, their participants will certainly enjoy the additional weeks off, but will play two teams on an extra occasion possibly while the rest of the club has a bye.
Finals will begin on the 29th August with the top four teams from each grade qualifying, and Grand Finals will be held on the 12th September with Championships for all four grades up for grabs at one location.
Please see images below for the details of the draw for each grade.
You can also find the draw in the "Schedule & Results" section of our website, and on Rugby Xplorer.
SIRU is glad to get the below dates and locations out so early prior to the later-than-usual competition start date of Term 2 in 2020.
During the SIRU Junior Council Meeting, all clubs agreed that the school holidays were tricky to negotiate with families often using this time to take a break. So the clubs agreed to start the competition in Term 2, with only the "Winter Holidays" being negotiated in 2020.
The season will start with two Half Gala Days on 3rd and 17th May, followed by a Full Gala Day in Griffith on 31st May. With the growing number of teams and games each year, the clubs agreed to only host Full Gala Days at locations which were capable of hosting all games at (ideally) one ground.
Then we move into another two Half Gala Days on the 14th and 28th June, then straight into a Full Gala Day in Wagga on the 5th July (first weekend of Winter School Holidays).
The regular season closes out with three Half Gala Day on 26th July, 2nd and 16th August, before the Finals begin for those teams eligible in Wagga and Grenfell on consecutive weekends. Champions will be crowned in Grenfell on 30th August, and that will be the end of the Junior Season for another year.
Full details are below, with how the clubs are going to be split at Half Gala Days to come in the next couple of weeks through your clubs!
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Some of the details are listed below for your convenience.
SIRU is excited to notify all members that following the Senior Council Meeting on Sunday 24th November, all season dates have been finalised for 2020.
The Junior Council Meeting held earlier in 2019 came to a decision on their competition dates, and will now begin working on which Gala Days will be held when. Juniors continue to grow with only 2 Full Gala Days being proposed for 2020 as the number of games is likely to reach over 100 per weekend in 2020.
Their competitions dates are:
During the Senior Council Meeting, a proposed Calendar from the SIRU Board and staff was presented to the clubs, with all in support of the proposed Calendar which included 4 byes (3 due to Public Holidays) and a competition start date of 4th April 2020.
The SIRU staff will now begin on developing a draw whilst awaiting the clubs proposed dates of ideal home games.
Key Competition Dates below:
Competition Start Date - 4th April 2020
Competition Bye - 11th April 2020 (Easter)
Competition Bye - 25th April 2020 (ANZAC Day)
Competition Bye - 16th May 2020 (City v Country Representative Fixture)
Competition Bye - 6th June 2020 (Brumbies Provincial Championship and June Long Weekend)
Round 2 of the Wagga Super 6s Competition kicked off with the local rivalry between Kildare Catholic College and Mater Dei Catholic College on Thursday evening. With temperatures in the low to mid 30s at kick off the game would be a test of those who could withstand the heat and go the extra mile.
Kildare started very positively, holding onto the ball for long period of time creating immense amounts of pressure on a tiring Mater Dei team in the warm conditions. This pressure lead to an early try to Kildare just left of the uprights. The conversion was unsuccessful, and Kildare led 5-0.
From the kick-off Kildare applied the pressure once more with great control of the ball and some brilliant tight in running with plenty of support. After eight-plus phases Kildare again steamrolled across the line with some smart forward play followed by some slick backline moves to finish it off. The conversion was again missed, and this would come back later on to haunt Kildare, although at half-time they led 10-0.
After some wise words from coaches Knack and Brooke from Mater Dei and McTaggart from Kildare the players re-took the field. With the temperature now dipping just below 30, playing conditions were starting to become more friendly. Mater Dei switched into gear and score quickly to get the first half rolling with some smart play up the centre before sending it wide to some big ball runners who were chewing up the metres.
A converted try and Mater Dei could smell a comeback on the cards, and this seemed to lift the team. Some great end-to-end action then took place with the final passes being pushed or going to ground. Another converted try to Mater Dei put them up 14-10 with around 10 minutes to go. In the time that remained both teams had the chance to run away with the game, but the final passes were not going to hand. A late penalty goal to Mater Dei sealed the game 17-10.
The second game saw Wagga Wagga High School take on Wagga Wagga Christian College in a game which both teams were looking for their first win. Wagga High rolled out a very strong outfit and were the favourites for this game. However, the game didn’t start as they would have wanted with Wagga Wagga Christian College controlling the opening exchanges with some great forward running.
Unfortunately, they couldn’t turn this pressure into points and off turnover ball Wagga Wagga High School scored the first of many tries for the day. To Wagga Christian Colleges defence, they battled well all day with a period in the second half where they peppered the Wagga Wagga High School line for 10 minutes but could not cross the chalk, Wagga Wagga High School winning 34-0.
In the final game of the day dark horses of the competition, The Riverina Anglican College, took on the ever-improving Kooringal High School. In a game where strong forward carries dominated, there were some big tackles and even bigger carries. Front row went against front row in carry for carry and this turned the game into quite a spectacle.
As fatigue started to set in due to the warmer temperatures the game started to open up a little more and The Riverina Anglican College started to assert the control on the game and ran away with it, defeating Kooringal High School 22 to 5.
Next week sees the following fixtures being played at Conolly Rugby Park:
Game 1 – 4:30pm: Kooringal High School v Wagga Christian College
Game 2 – 5:30pm: The Riverina Anglican College v Kildare Catholic College
Game 3 – 6:30pm: Wagga High School v Mater Dei Catholic College