Bumper weekend of footy and racing for Boorowa

Boorowa will host a six-race picnic program on Saturday. Photo: DJM Racing Pix.

This weekend, Boorowa will be the place to be, with the South East community a hive of activity ahead of some Friday night footy and Saturday’s bumper picnic race day.

The two matches between the Boorowa Rovers and Binalong Brahmans at Boorowa Showground will kick off festivities tonight. 

Played under lights, the George Tooke Shield league tag game kicks the evening off at 6.30 pm before the men’s tackle match at 7.30 pm, and Boorowa Rovers president and Courthouse Hotel owner, Chris McIntosh, said it was the best way to commence a big weekend for the small town. 

“We should get a good crowd there as tomorrow (Saturday) is our Picnic race day, and we always get a crowd there,” he said. 

“There will be a lot of people around for the races who will get down there, and it will be a great way for people to start their weekend off with a bit of good country footy before the races.”

The evening will double as sponsor’s night, with the Rovers taking a moment to thank those local businesses that support the club.

“We have sponsors’ night up there, and they’ll come up at 5 pm and 5.30 pm and get fed and watered. The teams will go straight upstairs after their games and do the 3-2-1 with the sponsors,” McIntosh said. 

“Even though many of the sponsors do it out of the goodness of their hearts, it’s great to give them a night to thank them for their support.”

Only 30km separate Boorowa and Binalong, and McIntosh said the Rovers would be ready and raring to welcome their closest rivals. 

“It won’t be a very friendly welcome,” McIntosh laughed. 

“Still, it’s great to see Binalong back in the competition. They are our closest neighbours, and we always enjoy playing against them. 

“There is always a lot of the guys that have grown up playing against each other through junior footy, and it’s a game we both want to win.”

While rugby League is the focus on Friday, the six-race meeting takes centre stage at Boorowa Picnic Race Club on Saturday. 

The meeting has been well-supported, with eight gallopers in the 1750m Boorowa Picnic Cup and another eight set to contest the 1200m Boorowa Picnic Sprint. 

“It’s an absolutely fabulous program, and we’re thrilled with the number of acceptances,” Boorowa Picnic Race Club secretary Elizabeth Daly said. 

“We are looking forward to an exceptional day of country racing.

“The track is great, and the rain we had recently came at the perfect time, so the track is in tip-top condition.”

On the day, fashions will complement the racing, and Daly said the meeting was a perfect meeting place for families looking to enjoy a good day of racing and socialising. 

“The biggest appeal and attraction of Boorowa picnics is that we are family-friendly, easy to access, and it’s just a great day,” she said. 

“The view from the racetrack is lovely. You can see over the hills and the beautiful scenery.

“Plus, there is the fashions on the field, which is always incredibly well-supported, and the people and businesses who sponsor the event are always extremely generous.

“We’ve also got everything else. The local Lion’s Club provides a wonderful BBQ, and we have a coffee fan, bar, and the usual things that the attendees expect, such as metro and local bookmakers.”

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