KOOTINGAL Junior Rugby League might not have won a premiership in this season’s Tamworth and District Minor League but it will celebrate another successful season with a fundraiser night at the Kootingal Bowling Club on Saturday night.
The Roosters juniors had their presentation day for their eight sides – under 6,7 8,9,10 and 11s – at the Kooty Bowlo after last Saturday’s grand final day at Tamworth and District Minor League’s Plain Street complex.
The Roosters had one side in the Under 9,10,11,12 grand finals - the Under 10s losing to Manilla 20-12.
“We beat them 42-10 two weeks ago,” Kootingal coach Jeremy Moss said.
The former high-flying fullback was disappointed for his young players after they had led 6-4 at half-time.
“We played all right too,” Moss said.
“But they were too good – had too much good field position in the second half.
“They came out and out-enthused us in the second half.”
He thought Toby Taggart, Riley Reid and Mitch Henderson were outstanding but “all the boys played well” and “put their hands up”.
Moss is looking forward to Saturday night’s fundraiser as well, along with president Ty Taggart.
“Last year we had Robbo and Alfie Langer,” Taggart recalled.
“That was a lot of fun.
“This year Robbo’s bringing Trevor Gillmeister (The Axe) with him.
“Tickets are just $40 a head with tables of 10.”
The Kootingal club charges just $60 for its juniors to play each season.
Much of the cost of registration, insurance and playing gear is subsidised by the fundraiser night, Taggart said.
“That’s our major fundraiser,” he said.
“It all starts at 7pm and should be a load of fun with some good yarns and a real good Chinese meal.”
While the Kooty juniors have a fundraiser Saturday night, the Men Of League stage a charity bowls day at South Tamworth Bowling Club on Sunday.
Former international Dennis Tutty is just one of a number of former NRL players rolling up for the lawn bowls bash from around 9am.