Aerial code making a mark among footy lovers

AUSSIE RULES

IT’S well-known for its league and union exploits but Farrer is also pretty handy with the Sherrin ball.

The school is fielding two sides in the Burke and Smyth Cup and would have about 20 players rocking up each week.

The pre-season competition is played of a Friday night over four weeks and was tonight to feature an all Farrer battle.

They won’t get to play that with the round called off with the Scully Park ground closed.

In last Friday night’s games McCarthy led Farrer B 4.3 (27) to 3.3 (21) at half-time in the first match, before Farrer B kicked away in the second half to win 6.8 (44) to 4.5 (29).

The first half was a close one highlighted by some strong defensive efforts from both teams. 

In the second game Farrer A lead the Barbarians 3.0 (18) to 1.0 (6) at the break, but the Barbarians struggled for any clean ball in their scoring zone after that and went down 8.2 (50) to 1.0 (6).

Rob Arranz coaches Farrer’s AFL side and said interest is pretty strong.

“We’ve got a lot of boarders interested in it,” Arranz said.

They even have an AFL ground out at the school and have regular games against McCarthy during the footy season.

Usually once a month they play.

They also play in school knockout competitions and last year ended up making it to the state semi-finals for the U16s competition.

The Burke and Smyth Cup is run by the Tamworth Swans, partially as a trial for the club.

Arranz said there could potentially be three or four that could end up playing senior footy this year.

The players are a mix of ages from Year 7 up to Year 9.

“We get a different 20 turn up each week,” Arranz said.

Last week Friday cricket was called off for example so they got a few of those.

“They all play something else,” Arranz said.

They’re just happy to kick a footy around.

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