Footy pub draw gears up for start | Bega District News


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A popular rugby league fixture will return next week with the pre-season pub competition kicking off with the return of all four teams. “It’s our second year and we still have good numbers with 80 players involved, so that’s really good,” organizer Scott Barton said. The swell in COVID-19 cases over the festive season has put the composition in doubt, but there is plenty of excitement now that conditions have eased again. “It’s been really tough because we had this big hit in early January,” Barton said, “but people are getting really excited, being a Friday night, it’s refreshing to have the whole weekend to recover. ” The grand final of the Bega touch football competition on February 11 pumped up many returning players and provided an outlet, Barton said. “Just picking up the ball and going out there and seeing the people – the touch was really good for that.” The Touch Finals begin at 6 p.m. Friday with the Blue Heelers taking on the Commercial Hotel team. On the opposite court, the Steamed Hams will come into play as favorites after back-to-back wins in recent weeks when they line up against the Hunters. Then at 6:45 p.m. the Glebe Trotters take on the Nor Easters. On the other court, Chris Dunning Electrical faces his biggest task yet when he takes on Grand Finals contenders eight times in Glory Glory. Barton was eager to get into pub competition to focus on the league. Two matches will take place each evening of the pub competition with the first match at 6 p.m. and the second match at 6:50 p.m., both on Friday February 18. Barton said he was delighted to see the competition providing opportunities for Wolumla and Cobargo to be represented on the football pitch. “A lot of the massive crowd last year was linked to these two teams, it’s just great for the Wolumla and Cobargo communities to see some footy coming out.”

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