Rugby season set for kick-off

Barbarians Nikyia Graham on the charge.
Barbarians Nikyia Graham on the charge.

The 2019 NRL Spencer Gulf TEC Cup kicks off on February 16 at Chinnery Park Oval, Port Augusta, with a Young Goannas side looking to make their make against a Barbarians outfit consisting of three former Intrust Super Cup players. With an average age of around 18, the Goannas will go into the clash without the services of their captain Tony Hocking,  but the enthusiastic young side who have eight members of the team in the South Australian Rams Academy squad are looking to cause a few upsets this year and have plenty of young talent that could do just that.

Football Operations Manager Andrew Unger will be keeping a close eye on the young Goannas outfit for possible selection in a SA Country team made up of Spencer Gulf, Limestone Coast and Riverland leagues that will play against the SA Metro, NSW Outback League and Sunraysia League in April this year.

This opening encounter is an experimental early season kick off for the Spencer Gulf league to fall into line with representatives programs and to try and not clash with other football codes in our region, the local clubs’ men’s sides will have the following week (February 24) off for the kickoff of the Women’s League and Harmony Cup Carnival, in the Harmony Cup players will have the opportunity to represent there cultural heritage which many consider a fantastic opportunity to play for the Indigenous, Pacific Islands, New Zealand or Australian sides, then the back into it locally with a double header in Roxby Downs on March 2 for men and women.

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