Sport

Shortened junior season

By Jamie Lowe

The Picola & District League has announced it will be looking to hold a shortened season for junior footballers.

The proposed eight week junior footy competition will likely start from July 18 and finish on September 26.

This would include fourths, thirds and fifths footballers.

Deniliquin Rovers fourths coach Peter Wills is hopeful the proposal will become a reality.

‘‘We still don’t know who or where we’ll be playing if it does go ahead, but it would be good to get a season going,’’ he said.

‘‘Something needs to be done. The kids are itching to play.

‘‘Victorian restrictions could come into play, but we do have six teams in New South Wales within the league, so hopefully they work something out.

‘‘Either way we will continue to train as if we are playing and will continue to do so until told otherwise.’’

The Rovers fourths started preparations for the season with an intraclub practice match on Wednesday.

It was the same day restrictions around contact sport were lifted.

The match saw 28 young players battle it out.  No scores were recorded.

‘‘Because we’ve been non-contact training for the past five weeks we decided it was best if we just had a game to get back into it,’’ Wills said.

‘‘The kids were all looking forward to it and all of them had a lot of fun.

‘‘There were a lot of smiles on faces and I think that shows just how important sport is to children.’’

The Roos fourths will train at Memorial Park from 5pm every Tuesday and Thursday.

Jackson Muldoon-Leetham tries to break free from a Jerrah Caruso tackle.
Shaleah Cooper wraps Connor Didcock in a strong tackle.
Rylan Wade launches himself in the air.