Big rumble from minor league footy

Hands in: Junior league-tag has helped grow numbers in the minor league with Bega to host a Group carnival on Saturday.
Hands in: Junior league-tag has helped grow numbers in the minor league with Bega to host a Group carnival on Saturday.

Bega will come alive with the rumble of hundreds of little footy boots on Saturday. 

The group junior league carnival will go ahead at the Bega Recreation ground and about 60 teams are expected to take part. 

Bega Minor Rugby League Club president Dax Kelly said it will be “an awesome and pretty big day” with teams from under sevens right through to under 14s taking part. 

Meanwhile, Mr Kelly said the introduction of junior league-tag had also provided a huge boost to the minor league draw and numbers have swollen since last year’s carnival. 

Budding young footballers from around Group 16 will descend on the recreation ground, but also host a number of visiting teams from Canberra and the surrounding areas. 

“It’s going to be a pretty big day and we do have a fair few teams visiting from Canberra and afar,” Mr Kelly said. 

“It does take a lot of organising,” he added with a laugh. “But it will be a huge day for the junior footy and the community.”

Family, friends and spectators are very welcome and the club will run a canteen on the day. 

He said it was an exciting time for the young Roosters as they boast strong numbers across all grades alongside the Narooma Devils. 

“We’ve both got very good numbers, Bega and Narooma are very healthy,” Mr Kelly said. 

Teams will contest short format round-robins on modified fields, while play will run across the Bega Recreation Ground and George Griffin Oval with games to run throughout the day.