From March a dedicated group of local rugby players will travel to Port Pirie or Adelaide each weekend to play a game of Rugby.
The Total Electrical Contracting Spencer Gulf Titans is a team made up of Whyalla and Port Pirie rugby players.
The team started in 2011 and is the only regional team in the South Australian rugby competition, the rest are all based in Adelaide and one is based in Murray Bridge.
Team member Josh Wellgreen said while it was difficult for local members to travel to games each week they were all committed to the sport and the team.
Wellgreen said the team was looking for more players as it sometimes had trouble fielding a full team.
Like most sports in Whyalla the team suffers from team members who work shift work and so may not be able to play some games.
The team is also looking for more sponsors to help with equipment and travel costs.
Wellgreen said travelling to Port Pirie or Adelaide and back every weekend was costly for the players.
Wellgreen said the sport could be played by anyone, young or old.
“It’s a great sport, and anyone can play it,” he said.
“We’ve had footy players come out and play and players from other sports.
“We’ve had some guys who’ve never picked up a rugby ball in their lives, come out to a practice and then play the next weekend.”
Wellgreen said he and his brother started playing the sport when they were children, growing up in New Zealand.
“When I first moved here I didn’t even know that the team existed, but when I found out about it I started up straight away,” he said.
The team will have six home games in Port Pirie this season and it is working to hopefully have one in Whyalla in the future.
To find out more information or to sign up for the team call Josh Wellgreen on 0408 820 822.
RUGBY: The TEC Spencer Gulf Titans is looking for more players for the Port Pirie based team. About half of the team comes from Whyalla. Pictured was Ryan Wellgreen preparing to pass the ball while (from left) Telea Alofa, Josh Wellgreen and James Saunders wait for the ball.
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