Summer is near, and that means the Yass Touch Football season is just around the corner. Organisers have vowed to get the competition back “up and running”.

Last year the Junior and Senior competitions boasted approximately 30 teams each. Registrations for the 2021/22 season have opened up with details on how to register are on the Yass Touch Football Association Facebook page.

The season is planned to commence on Wednesday the 6th of October, with Yass Touch running referee courses in the break since last season. As a result, they now have some newly qualified referees whilst they are also hopeful of ‘old’ referees returning to the sport. In addition, the committee is preparing to pay their referees. The payment is just one of the ways they are trying to bring the competition’s quality and professionalism forward.

The season starting on that October 6 date is dependent on Covid restrictions and the organiser’s ability to put all the necessary things in place by that date. Regardless, they strongly encourage teams and juniors to register as soon as possible, particularly juniors who need to be put into teams, with allocated coaches and team uniforms.

Will Collins, Yass Touch Football Association President, was confident that the season would go ahead and is hopeful that it would involve a finish at the new Walker Park grandstand.

“We will push the season back as long as required and it’s anticipated this year that the season will go into the new year.”

“The season will finish next year with a Grand Final and prize money awarded, hopefully utilising the new grandstand up at Walker Park.”

“Certainly the A and B Grand Finals and where we can we’ll facilitate the C and D’s in the Mens getting up onto those main fields as well,” he said.

The Yass Touch Knockout event at this stage will be held post-Australia Day, with details still to be confirmed. The representative team trials have been pushed back, and new dates will be announced swiftly once restrictions are eased.

Max O’Driscoll