Eighteen teams will take to Country Club Oval this Saturday, March 18 for the Coopers Animal Health and Teys Australia Jindalee Cootamundra Tricolours Men’s 10s and Women’s 7s Tournament.
Ten teams, including Cootamundra, will vie for the men’s titles while Cootamundra will field two out of the eight women’s sides.
There is some big prizemoney up for grabs with $1500 for the winning men’s team, $400 for the runner-up and $100 for the player of the tournament, while the women are playing for $500 prizemoney for the winning team, $200 for the runner-up and $100 for the player of the tournament.
Cootamundra is coming off the back of a well-earned win over Boorowa in a trial last week scoring four tries to their three.
Games will start at 9.30am with each team to play three games before the women’s final at 4pm and the men’s final at 4.30pm.
The finals will be contested by the two top teams from the pool games based on the number of tries and goals scored.
The 10s Tournament uses a number of rules specific to this weekend including any player who scores a try must take the drop kick at goal.
There is also no kicking outside the 22.
The Tricolours won the tournament in 2014 and will be looking to replicate this.
Perhaps the form team of the day will be the Leeton Phantoms who won the Kapooka 10s recently, beating another quality team in Rivcol Reddies in the final.
Harden will have something to prove with this their first year playing in the Central West Rugby Competition, a move Cootamundra made last year to the benefit of the club.
Between the pool games and the finals, a women’s 15s game will be played between the Canberra Royals and Southern Inland side.
Featuring in the Canberra Royals side are Cootamundra’s own Sammy Maxwell and Skye Churchill.
This game will be a feature of the day played on ground one.
Three grounds will be used throughout the day.
Also, around this time Cootamundra Rugby Club committee member Jeff White will have his head shaved in support of the Leukaemia Foundation.
His brother-in-law, based in Queensland, is affected by the illness prompting White’s decision to do his bit for the charity.
A bucket will be circulated around the ground throughout the day.
Men’s teams will include Cootamundra, Harden, Yass, Reddies, Phantoms, Tumut, Crookwell, West Wyalong and Albury will bring along two teams.
Making up the women’s competition will be Cootamundra, Temora, Tumut, West Wyalong, Reddies, Harden, Albury and the Barbarians made up mainly of Cootamundra girls with a few borrowed players from other clubs.