It’s that time of year when winter sporting codes around town are getting ready for the upcoming season, with the Yass Redbacks no exception, hosting a senior come-and-try training session last Wednesday, March 1st.

The ‘come and try’ session was held at Walker Park from 6:30 to 7:30pm, to allow potential players to see what all the fuss is about, as well as allow those who came along to improve their fitness and skills in a fun team environment.

The sessions gave players a chance to experience what a typical Yass Redbacks training is like, as well as meeting the players that could become their future teammates.

The season starts for both men’s and women’s seniors teams on Saturday April 1st.

Cara Harvey, Senior Coordinator for the Yass Redbacks spoke to The Times about the Club’s come-and-try session.

“It was really good, we got a lot of new faces turn up. We had about 12 women attend and about 23 men, so it was great to have nearly 40 seniors turn up,” Harvey said.

“There were new faces for both the men and the women, there was probably about six new women there and a few new men as well.

“It looks like we will be putting in two men’s teams this year. We’ll have a Community League men’s team and State League 2 team.

“For the ladies, at this stage we’ll be putting in a team in Division 4, the same competition we played in last year and won the grand final. We’ve got a few new girls and quite a few of our Division 6 girls returning as well.

“At this stage we’ve got enough for one team, but we can’t do two teams just quite yet due to numbers. We’re only about five or six players off that. If we get a few more, we can absolutely put in two different divisions for the women’s, which would be great.

Despite the Club officially closing registrations at the end of last month, the Redbacks are still in search of more players.

“We have said that registration is closed but we’ll keep it open until we are certain of our numbers or can field another side.”

The Club is also seeking team managers and coaches for the youth teams for the junior sides for the upcoming season, encouraging parents to get involved in their child’s teams, as well as the senior sides too.

“At this stage we don’t have anyone dedicated to coaching teams in both juniors and seniors. Both age groups are looking for coaches and managers,” Harvey continued.

“If there’s any parents or ex-players that just want to be involved in the Club, we’d love to see them.”

Harvey was also pleased to announce that the Yass Redback’s women’s sides are returning to play their home games at Walker Park this year, unlike in Canberra in 2022.

“Our women will be playing home games in Yass this year, so look out for any home games and come down and support us on the weekend.

“We only had one home game in Yass last year, it’s something we fought really hard for so we’re really exciting to return.”

So, if you’re interested in playing soccer in Yass in 2023, make sure you contact Cara Harvey on 0418 285 655 and join the mighty Redbacks.

Tim Warren