While a draw still hasn’t been made available by Group 9 Junior Rugby League, competition organisers have confirmed Tumba-Batlow Minor League (TBML) will kick off their rugby league season on April 17.
Club president, Derek Smith, said the issues surrounding the finalised draw were still be ironed out, but he was happy to announce the commencement date.
“It’s still up in the air, we have another zoom meeting tonight (Monday) but things are still fluid and there is nothing confirmed as far as the draw goes,” Smith said.
“Tumbarumba and Batlow will certainly be competing in that Group 9 competition and we can confirm April 17 for the start date.”
Smith was pleased to say that registrations were returning to normal after the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
“Registrations are open and probably equivalent to where they were pre-Covid,” Smith said.
“They are steady on the last four or five years. Once Covid hit last year, all our registered players didn’t play but they are coming back now.”
Smith was encouraging new and old players to join TBML ahead of the 2021 season, explaining they were a club built around supporting families.
“As much as possible, we market ourselves as a family friendly place, where a son or daughter can play rugby league in a family friendly atmosphere,” Smith said.
“We are doing our best to keep families together for that football.”
Parents and players should keep a close eye on the ‘Tumba Batlow Minor League’ Facebook page, with the club’s registration day coming up soon.
“We haven’t actually had rego day, because we are waiting for our gear to arrive. We originally had it down for the 14th, then the 21st and then pushed it back again,” Smith said.
“At the moment, March 5 is rego day and if the gear is not here by then, it will have to be early the week after. Then we would like to start training the Friday after, which is March 12.”
In good news for the club, representative players have already put their hands up, and will be trialling for teams in the coming weeks.
“We already have competitive players committed to trials,” Smith said.
“I think in terms of representation, we have punched above our weight in recent years. We have had best and fairest players in Group 9, Riverina Medallist at the PSSA level and we’ve had kids in those (Andrew johns and Laurie Daley) representative teams as well.
“There is certainly a pathway there if kids are good enough and all we do is look at giving kids a good opportunity.”
For more information on being a part of the TBML club in 2021, parents should visit their Facebook page or visit www.PlayRugbyLeague.com.