HAVING A BALL: Stanthorpe State School pupils were put through their paces when a Queensland Oztag development officer dropped by.
HAVING A BALL: Stanthorpe State School pupils were put through their paces when a Queensland Oztag development officer dropped by. Matthew Purcell

New season beckons for footy off-shoot

OZTAG: The new Oztag season is ready and raring to go, with opening night on Thursday from 4pm.

The competition will be run at Sullivan and Crisp Ovals, with a seniors' open division and three younger grades to participate.

"At this stage it's looking at around about 13 senior teams and it'd be similar with the juniors,” co-ordinator John Cobon said.

"Juniors, we're looking at under-8s, under-10s and under-15s - three divisions.

"The opens looks like it'll be two divisions and they're all mixed.”

Mr Cobon said he was thrilled with the positive response.

"The teams and draw will be all up on our web page early next week,” he said.

"It's not too late and you can still get teams in. Individuals to Thursday but teams will need to get nominated quickly so we can get them in the draw.”

The comp will have two fixtures before a two-week school holiday break.

The competition follows on from a visit from Queensland Oztag development officers. The reps spent some time in local schools, teaching primary and high school kids the rules and ropes of the rugby league off-shoot.

"We were running free clinics in the lead-in to the come and try day and competition start,” Oztag Queensland's Brett Tyson said.

"It was an opportunity for kids to get involved and see what it's all about.

"Hundred per cent, we're seeing more kids taking it up. It's an opportunity too for girls to get involved ... our girl numbers are really on the rise. Because girls want to play rugby league too and this is a great opportunity.

"It's great for parents too because there's no training involved. Just turn up, play your game and the referees will coach the kids as they go.”

Stanthorpe Oztag will hold their AGM on Thursday, September 13, from 6pm at Sullivan Oval.

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