Organisers for the ninth annual Young Masters Carnival have set the dates and despite being 11 weeks away, 18 teams have already nominated for the massive weekend of rugby league.
The carnival will be held on October 14-15 with nominations for the event closing on Friday September 15.
So far the 18 teams that have nominated to run on the field are:
Forbes Gold Diggers, Grenfell Dinosaurs, South Tuggernong Knights, Far South Coast/Bega, MossFrail Old Boys, 20 Shades of Grey/Bateman’s Bay, Bowral Kookaburras, ACT Valley Dragons, Murringo Mongrels, Canobolas Roar, Adelong Bearly Actives, TLU United, Queanbeyan Blues Masters, Orange Pirates, Lower Mountains, Doonside Rebels, Illawarra Old Boys and the Young Cherryatrics.
Games will be played at Keith Cullen Oval and Hall Brothers Oval from 9 am on Saturday and Sunday. Each team nominated will play three games in total, two on Saturday and one on Sunday morning.
Sunday morning the Carnival will also play host to the City vs Country Masters who will be playing for the third year running. With both teams having a win behind them this year will be the tie breaker. Each team nominates a player to take part with previous players not eligible to take part again allowing all players to have a go on the field.
Saturday evening the annual dinner will be held at the Young Services Club who are once again major sponsors of the event. Over 280 players and friends will attend the dinner where $5,000 in prize money will be up for grabs.
Organisers have said all of their sponsors are back on board once again this year.
“We thank our sponsors Young S and C Club, Harden Geelan Holden, Australian Hotel, South West Tractos, Sutherlands Welding and Fabrication, Delta Agribusiness, South West Slopes Credit Union, Terry Brothers Carpet Court, Sports Power, Steve Rudd Building, Donges Supa IGA, PJ’s Fast Food, Young Smash Repairs, Activ8 and Woolford’s Plumbing. Without these sponsors we would not be able to have a successful carnival,” Manager of the event Geoff Hill said.
The Young Masters Carnival is still recognised as the second biggest Masters carnival out side of the Gold Coast carnival which will is held at the end of February. In 2018 the Cherryatrics will be competing on the Gold Coast for the tenth year.