A HIGH School Oztag gala day was held in Tamworth yesterday with 28 teams competing across two age divisions.
Junior Oztag development officer Katrina Davis was pleased with the numbers attracted for what was the eighth gala year.
“Most schools in the region are involved in the game but this is a great way to encourage more kids to the sport and kick the season off,” Davis said.
“It is a great game for school sport and this event is a great opportunity for them to play in a different comp and against different teams.”
The gala day is held to attract more numbers to the sport in the lead-up to the Tamworth junior summer competition and registration days.
This year, four schools were represented.
Oxley and Tamworth High Schools entered 10 sides each with Gunnedah and Quirindi High entering four sides.
The competition was split into boys and girls Years 7 and 8, and Years 9 and 10.
Games were seven minutes each way with every side playing each other, before a final at the end of the day.
A perpetual trophy is given to the winners to take back to their school, with Tamworth and Oxley dominating the past few years.
“The kids enter their own teams so it is mates playing with mates, and different teams to the summer competition,” Davis said.
The high school summer competition starts in the first week of next term with two registration days this month.
The rego days will be held at the Oztag field on Plain St on Wednesday September 11 and 18.
The primary school comp is played on Wednesday afternoons, with the high school competition played on Thursdays.
Players can organise their own teams, or can be put in teams if need be.
For more information, contact Tamworth Junior Oztag (67617019 or tamworthjunioroztag.com).