Southern Inland season to remain 14 rounds after board ratifies draw

Southern Inland rugby manager Mick McTaggart confirmed a 14-round season will be played again in 2018.

Southern Inland rugby manager Mick McTaggart confirmed a 14-round season will be played again in 2018.

Southern Inland has decided against a third draw shake-up in four seasons.

There was a suggestion on the table to extend the season to 16 rounds, however the home and away draw of 14 rounds remains in place for 2018.

The board ratified the draw which will see the season start on April 7 and conclude with a grand final on August 18.

The finals will again be over four weekends.

Southern Inland rugby manager Mick McTaggart said there was little support from the clubs to extend the season by two week.

“If there was any hostility they (the clubs) had their chance to tell us their problem,” McTaggart said.

As such he recommended the board ratify the 14-round draw, which was agreed to.

It will now be the third year that Southern Inland has utilised a home and way draw with the eight teams in the competition.

They have previously split after the first round of matches to form a first and second tier, but that was before Young, Temora and Cootamundra left the competition after the 2015 season.

As the norm, there will be a two-week break for representative football in the middle of the year.

There will be no rounds of play on June 9 and 16 however it is Southern Inland’s turn to host the Brumbies Provincial Championships.

A format is yet to be determined.

From there the Brumbies Provincial team will play NSW Country Cockatoos with NSW Country to host this year.

The season kicks off with an all-Wagga blockbuster between Ag College and Waratahs at Beres Ellwood Oval.

Premiers Leeton travel to Albury, Wagga City will play host to Griffith.

The game between Tumut and CSU at Jarrah Oval completes the round.

The Phantoms play their first home game since claiming the title at Leeton No.1 Oval against Tumut in round two.

The first grand final rematch, between Leeton and Waratahs, is not until round six. Waratahs will host the premiers at Connolly Rugby Complex on May 12.

Southern Inland season draw

ROUND 1

April 7

The clash between Ag College and Waratahs shapes as the highlight for round one of the Southern Inland season.

The clash between Ag College and Waratahs shapes as the highlight for round one of the Southern Inland season.

Wagga City v Griffith

Tumut v CSU

Albury v Leeton

Ag College v Waratahs

ROUND 2

April 14

CSU v Wagga City

Leeton v Tumut

Waratahs v Albury

Griffith v Ag College 

ROUND 3

April 21

Wagga City v Leeton

Tumut v Waratahs

Albury v Ag College

CSU v Griffith

ROUND 4

April 28

Waratahs v Wagga City

Ag College v Tumut

Griffith v Albury

Leeton v CSU

ROUND 5

May 5

Wagga City v Ag College 

Tumut v Albury

Leeton v Griffith

CSU v Waratahs

ROUND 6

May 12

The first grand final rematch between Leeton and Waratahs is in round six.

The first grand final rematch between Leeton and Waratahs is in round six.

Albury v Wagga City

Tumut v Griffith

Ag College v CSU

Waratahs v Leeton

ROUND 7

May 19

Wagga City v Tumut

CSU v Albury

Leeton v Ag College

Griffith v Waratahs

ROUND 8

May 26

Griffith v Wagga City

CSU v Tumut

Leeton v Albury

Waratahs v Ag College

ROUND 9

June 2

Wagga City v CSU

Tumut v Leeton

Albury v Waratahs

Ag College v Griffith

GENERAL BYE  

June 9

Brumbies Provincial Championships to be hosted by SIRU

GENERAL BYE  

June 16

Brumbies Provincial Rep Team v NSW Country 

Southern Inland will host the Brumbies Provincial Championships for the first time in 2015 over the June long weekend.

Southern Inland will host the Brumbies Provincial Championships for the first time in 2015 over the June long weekend.

ROUND 10

June 23

Leeton v Wagga City

Waratahs v Tumut

Ag College v Albury

Griffith v CSU

ROUND 11

June 30

Wagga City v Waratahs

Tumut v Ag College 

Albury v Griffith

CSU v Leeton

ROUND 12

July 7

Ag College v Wagga City

Albury v Tumut

Griffith v Leeton

Waratahs v CSU

ROUND 13

July 14

CSU will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their 1978 premiership against university rivals Ag College in round 13.

CSU will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their 1978 premiership against university rivals Ag College in round 13.

Wagga City v Albury

Griffith v Tumut

CSU v Ag College 

Leeton v Waratahs

ROUND 14

July 21

Tumut v Wagga City

Albury v CSU

Ag College v Leeton

Waratahs v Griffith

FINALS WEEK 1

28 July 

After being brought in last season, the Southern Inland grand final will again be hosted by the team who wins the major semi-final. Leeton hosted the decider in 2017.

After being brought in last season, the Southern Inland grand final will again be hosted by the team who wins the major semi-final. Leeton hosted the decider in 2017.

FINALS WEEK 2

August 4

Preliminary final

August 11

18-Aug-18

Grand final

August 18