Touch in danger of folding

Eccelec Eels player, Jack Flanagan, scores a crucial try in last year’s grand final.

One of Gundagai’s major sporting competitions is in danger of not going ahead this year if volunteers aren’t found to form a committee.

The Gundagai Touch Association last week was scheduled to hold its Annual General Meeting ahead of this summer’s annual competition, but unfortunately, nobody showed up.

The touch competition attracted 19 teams last year and well over 200 players, drawing players from not only Gundagai but nearby towns as well, such as Tumut.

It’s become a fixture of the summer sporting scene in Gundagai since the 1970s and incumbent president Tarron Makeham said it would be disappointing if it didn’t go ahead due to a lack of volunteers to run the competition.

“It’d be an absolute shame. There’s not a lot of summer sport in the town,” he said. “There were 12 men’s teams and seven women’s teams last year and the committee really has put a lot of work in to get the competition to where it is. It’d be disappointing to see that go to waste.”

Last year’s committee started with five people but finished with three, and Mr Makeham admitted running the competition with only a trio of people was “almost impossible”.

He’s hoping to stand down after four years on the committee, including the last two as president. Ideally, there’d be about six people involved.

“That would make it easier on everyone,” he said.

The AGM has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 6 at 6pm at the Gundagai District Services Club.

That will be the final attempt at forming a committee, Mr Makeham said.

“If we can’t get the numbers, the competition won’t go ahead,” he said.

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