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Quirindi Sport & Recreation News!

By Jessica Slade

Quirindi and the surrounding towns in the Liverpool Plains Shire have a huge range of sporting and recreational clubs and activities for kids through to retirees. Read on for a run-down on this month’s news in sport, and find out how you can get involved in these great community organisations!

Quirindi hosted a cricket development tour on 24 March, and young cricketers across the region were lucky enough to have the expertise of former Aussie bowling all-rounder Trevor Chappell, Carly Ryan from the Tasmanian Roar, Tamworth player Mark Barreca and British cricketer Stuart Plant. Players from local clubs joined participants from Quirindi High School, St. Joseph’s Quirindi and Quirindi Public School for the “Development Blitz” clinics, encouraging rural kids of all ages to enjoy a healthy, active life and get into cricket! Adult players can join one of the local teams with Quirindi or Wallabadah Cricket; kids can join the Quirindi Junior Cricket Association and veteran cricketers who love the game can check out the Quirindi 60’s.

Rugby Union
The only way is up for the Quirindi Lions in the Central North comp this season! Former All Black winger Grant Batty is hoping to change the club’s fortunes by taking on a co-coaching role in 2014. Batty was capped 56 times for the All Blacks in the 1970s and has coached rugby in New Zealand, Japan and various Australian teams, including the Australian U19s, before moving to Quirindi in 2013 to be close to his family. The Quirindi Lions First Grade and Reserve Grade teams both went down to Scone in Round 1 on 5-6 April, but the Under 16s were victorious with a great 38-17 win against the Magpies. If you’re a player keen to get into local rugby, new players are welcome to come along to the Lions’ training sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm at the Rugby Club on Werris Creek Road. You can follow the Lions on Facebook for news updates and photos of every round. Youngsters wanting to get started should contact Quirindi Junior Rugby via Sue O’Reilly on 0427588936 or email

Quirindi Football Club has started the 2014 season with all guns blazing! A fantastic 5-1 win against Northern Companions in Tamworth on the weekend has kicked off the season on a high note for the first grade team, which has lots of new faces this season. If you want to support the local club, they’re playing South Tamworth United this Saturday at Gipps Street Sporting Fields, Tamworth, from 1pm.

The annual Quirindi Canter fun run was held on Sunday 6th April, raising $12,000 for charity. The Canter supports Youngcare, a wonderful organisation which works to provide care solutions for young people with disabilities. This year’s Canter saw nearly 200 runners and walkers from across the region cross the finish line, a turnout which thrilled event organisers. The 10km winner was Scone teenager Dylan Catzikiris with a blistering time of 39 minutes, while Tamworth’s Andrew Mills took out the 5km race. If you’re thinking about taking up running, a charity fun run is the perfect place to start. All abilities are welcome, from serious runners to casual joggers to parents walking with strollers! The Quirindi Canter website has some useful beginner’s training tips, so why not put next year’s event in your calendar.

Quirindi’s got some fantastic sporting clubs and our community really gets involved in an active, family-oriented lifestyle. If you’d like to hear more about what it’s like to live in our town, pop in to the Ray White Rural Quirindi office or give our team a call – we’d love to help you out if you’re thinking of buying, selling or renting property in the Quirindi area.

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