GET ready for a year of super Saturday shows - this season the Central West Rugby Union senior and junior competitions have been aligned like never before.
After splitting one women's premiership into three last season to allow senior teams from a club to play their rugby together at the same venue, in 2021 an effort has been made to do the same for juniors.
Both CWRU chief executive officer Matt Tink and CWRU development officer Jarrod Simpson put in a host of hours working on multiple drafts and while admitting it's "not a perfect science", have come up with draws which will make for some bumper Saturdays.
"The feedback we are getting from both senior and junior clubs now is that they want as much alignment as possible," Tink said.
"We recently released the junior draws and our focus was alignment. There's not necessarily equity there, but they get whole days from under 12s through to first grade and including women, which is what the clubs want.
"When we try to align juniors and seniors, we have junior clubs across three different men's competitions, so it's a matrix. It's not perfect, there are a few anomalies there. Juniors are only meant to play each other home and away if they're lucky but in the seniors for Blowes Cup, they play three times home and away type stuff."
Though not all teams from all clubs will play together each Saturday, when the draws have been possible to align it should add to the family and community atmosphere already present on game day.
That is something Tink is extremely proud of. He also points out the work load of volunteers will be eased.
"It's a whole day out for our entire family. Especially our lower graders, they watch their sons and the sons watch their dads and or mums - it's fantastic," he said.
"One of the by products of that alignment is there will be Saturdays when a club doesn't have to open up at all, volunteers don't have to worry about opening up for one or two games.
The men's New Holland Cup and Oilsplus Cup competitions start this Saturday as does the women's North Cup.
The Trangie Tigers have returned to the Oilsplus Cup this season after a two-year hiatus while Narromine has mustered another numbers for a women's team once more. They will play in the North Cup.
The Blowes Cup and Ferguson Cup competitions kick off on April 17 and while unable to field a women's side, Cowra will be involved in the men's draw after sitting out 2020.
The Oilsplus South West competition also starts on April 17.
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