The Ultimate Ressies Nines competition is returning for 2022, preparing to make the inter-group competition even bigger and better than it was last year.
The competition will be kicking off on March 19, heralding in the beginning of footy season with a celebration of the reserve grades.
Brent Parsons, the organiser of the competition, said that it was important to have a competition set aside for reserve grades.
"There's not enough around for the reserve grade boys to get excited about, it's good to have a competition for them. It's good short, sharp footy and it tests everyone's fitness," he said.
He added that last year's competition was a great success and if they matched it, they'd be thrilled. He'd still like to see things grow, though.
"Hopefully, we have another great day. Last year was a huge success so we'll be over the moon if we equal it ... Last year, we had six teams so we're hoping to get eight this year, some more from Proten."
Last year's competition saw both finalists from the Proten Cup, with Group 20 falling behind. Mr Parsons said he was expecting some stronger competition after the 2021 show.
"We've had a lot of interest from Group 20 after they played last year ... Yenda and the Black and Whites had a really strong side, I think they were pretty surprised at the team we had. Everyone stepped it up a level, they'll definitely take some more notice this year."
The group behind it are also hoping to see more women's teams enter the competition this year, after noticing dead time between the semi-finals and finals last year and hoping to add the women's competition in that space.
Excitement is definitely brewing, with several groups registering interest already.
"The Rankins Springs girls are keen to have a run, I've heard that the Ivanhoe ones are pretty keen as well," said Mr Parsons.
"Hopefully we keep building it and progressing, make it an annual thing. It's good to get out there and have a bit of fun ... the more football, the better."
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