Its 08:00am on fresh, cold and windy Sunday morning at the North Torrens Rugby Club where the 2017 junior club gala day will take place. The coffee and tea is taking an early tidal wave of customers to warm numb hands and potentially to help ease some minor hangovers.
Nevertheless, excited and young potential superstars from Adelaide University, Brighton, Burnside, Old Collegians, Onkaparinga, Vikings and Woodville arrived in club colours, undeterred by the conditions, took to the pitch to upskill and get a feel for the pitch with their teammates, while the parents are now queuing up for some bacon and eggs. A quick Managers/Coaches briefing with Rugby Union SA staff to outline the daily proceedings and an opportunity for clubs to raise any issues. All very straightforward and informal and the games were under way at 09:00am.
The U6s/U8s from Adelaide University, Brighton, Burnside, Old Collegians and Woodville all went in to battle for 10 minutes against each other over the next few hours. All teams did not hold back and showed some great skill and rugby awareness at such a young age. As the U6s/U8s draw to a close, it’s a quick refuel at the canteen for parents, a lolly bag for their little superstars and then to watch/ support friends and siblings in the under 10s matches.
You can see clearly from the get go, that all clubs are looking to impress and bring home the bacon. The under 10s grade is a little faster, stronger and slightly more competitive which is natural for these aspiring Wallabies, Wallaroos or even now maybe Pearls? The games go for a good 20 minutes on a full pitch which is taken in 5 metres on both touchlines to shorten the width. This doesn’t matter to the teams playing as they look to shift the ball wide early and attach the channels at full speed. All in all, lots of skill, speed and great rugby was on display which makes it all worth it on a cold, windy day.
A thank you to all clubs, coaches, managers, players and parents, also to North Torrens Rugby Club for providing the refreshments. A job well done.