The Wallerawang Landscaping Cup also known as the Mid West Competition held a meeting recently with majority of the clubs eager for the competition to commence.
The announcement of Blackheath and Portland pulling out of the competition has not put a damper on the competition. The clubs involved in this years competition includes:
- Lithgow Bears; existing
- Kandos Waratahs; existing after having a year off
- CSU Mungoes; existing
- Orange Barbarians; existing
- Oberon Tigers; new moved from the Tooheys Group 10 Competition
- Orange Warriors; new to 2020
- Orange Raiders; Barbarians second team; to date this team is pending player availability - will be confirmed later in the week.
- Cargo; moved from Woodbridge Cup Competition due to the Woodbridge Cup not commencing in 2020
After the recent bushfire events and now Covid 19, the Wallerawang Landscaping Cup competition aims to get people back out onto the football field, to help with fitness, mental illness and get back into social connections.
It will be all about football and the love of the game.
The competition is not just about players its also about supporting the community especially local businesses who have been doing it tough lately.
The Lithgow Bears will be supporting local businesses through advertisements on the 2020 playing jerseys, media, home game programs and posters around the field on home games.
The Bears will also be attending their major sponsor the Workies Club and Motel when possible.
The draw this year has been shortened to one round with, at this stage, seven to eight games plus three semi final series.
Further games in October may also commence outside of the Wallerawang Landscaping Cup Competition.
The one round draw isn't a major deal as players are just keen to play footy regardless of the competition. This draw sees the Bears having three to four home games to be played at Tony Luchetti.
Unfortunately The Woodbridge Cup competition couldn't go ahead hence the reasoning to allow Cargo into the competition just for the 2020 season. Any teams in the area that want to play helps to promote the game and keep people active.
The Bears are keen for the competition to go ahead as the club and teams have been training extremely hard especially the younger players.
The Bears area also hoping to undertake some charity games this year with one of them being the Nathan Boundary Memorial Shield against Kandos with support going towards metal illness and suicide prevention.
Sneak announcement that some of the Bears boys will be raising money by shaving and colouring their hair.
The Bears have received approval from NSWRL and Lithgow Council to return to training under a "return to play" Covid-19 Plan.
This plan contains guidelines as per the NSW Health Rules and Regulations. There has been no limits on crowds at this stage however given the size of Lithgow fields, there is no doubt that social distancing will be able to be undertaken.
The Bears would like to thank all sponsors who have come on board this season and to advise everyone to keep an eye out on more updates when the season is due to commence on Saturday July 18.
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