JUNE is set to be a month that celebrates and spoils our women folk, starting with the Goondiwindi Rugby Union Club Ladies Day on June 20.
A Women’s Auxiliary was formed for the GRUC in 1968 and despite it no longer running, wives, girlfriends, sisters, and mothers all remain integral to the club’s community spirit led currently by women’s representatives such as Naomi Tweedy and Jodie Cairns.
“The club would never have been so successful without our women folk, who began supplying food and refreshments from the back of boots flocked in flies,” said club patron Geoff Makim.
It’s the one day a year where all the women whom are involved with the club, and plenty who aren’t, brave the chilly weather, frock up and gather at Riddles Oval.
“Ladies Day is one of the most anticipated days on the Downs Rugby Calendar and this year certainly won’t disappoint,” said Naomi.
Ladies are invited to congregate under the marquee at the grounds and enjoy a smorgasbord of food, wine, champagne, mojitos and the ever popular, Pimms.
This year’s marquee will also feature an assortment of cheese, antipasto and amazing chocolate truffle tables for the ladies that have been sponsored by local businesses such as Hayes Spraying, Laser Electrical, Coolmunda Olives and Miss Delicious.
“The antipasto and chocolate truffle platters and tables allow for local produce to be on display and sampled by the ideal audience,” said Jodie.
For those who may feel the cold a little more than others, The Victoria Hotel will be offering delicious curry dishes for purchase in the marquee on the day.
“Sitting around enjoying a catch up with new and old friends over some drinks and delicious food is what it’s all about,” said Naomi.
Ladies Day is all about providing an opportunity for the women to get together and for the day to be primarily about them forming new friendships within the community.
The club places a great deal of emphasises on encouraging old and new faces to attend and to support the successfully run day out.
Of course it doesn’t stop there, there will be the return of the multi draw raffles prizes and the lucky door prize in addition to prizes for Best Dressed Young and Classic Lady.
There has been a wide range of support from the community who have donated amazing prizes for the day. “We are extremely grateful for their continued support of the event” Jodie.
Local businesses Kindts Furniture, Lucy Walker Pharmacy, Stage One, Audreys, Bishops Newsagency, You at Georgies, Indulge, Acorn House, Stratford Betta Home Living are all involved this year.
It truly is a whole community event,
The club is still collecting prizes at this stage so it won’t stop there. Tickets can be bought on the day and will be drawn at the commencement of A Grade.
There will be jumping castles for the kids, kindly supplied by Protera group so take family along.
The event takes place on Saturday June 20 and starts at 11:30am. There will be three grades of top quality rugby on display with the Emus taking on Dalby Wheatmen.
Usually Goondiwindi hosts the Condamine Cods however in 2014 for the first time Ladies Day hosted the Wheatmen as the ties and country rivalry between the two clubs increases.
C Grade will commence at 11am, followed by B Grade at 1:30 and finally the A Grade will kick off at 3pm.
A Grade Coach Matt Bell comments that “its always a tough game against Dalby, they have continued to be one of our toughest competitors over the past few seasons and this year will be no different.”
Goondiwindi currently sit on top of the Downs Rugby ladder with Dalby currently sitting second.
The Vic will be running the courtesy bus from Riddles Oval at the conclusion of A Grade.
It is free entry for the ladies on the day however entry for the boys is $5 as usual.
The Rugby Club looks forward to seeing you all there on the 20th for what will be guaranteed another brilliant day.
If you would like to donate prizes or host a feature table please contact Naomi Tweedy 0415 556 834.