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Beyond the Bale : June 2019
The team plays in the Southern Inland Rugby Union league against teams including the Deniliquin Drovers and Albury- Wodonga Steamers to the south, the Wagga Waratahs and Tumut Bulls to the east, and the more local Griffith Blacks and Leeton Phantoms. The Hay Cutters is well supported by the town and the surrounding pastoral community – and, as with many regional clubs, the team members are largely from the land with many at the Hay Cutters from surrounding wool-growing properties. So integral is wool to the Hay Cutters that the club badge proudly features two Merino rams. With so many passionate woolgrowers at the Hay Cutters, the club was keen to get wool into their supporter gear. Committee member Dan Korff, who has played for the club since 2007 when he lived in Hay as a jackaroo, ran with the idea and contacted AWI for advice. “I’d seen how AWI’s Fibre of Football campaign had introduced wool into the supporter gear of Aussie rules football and reckoned it could be used in our rugby union supporter gear too,” Dan said. “I’ve had some previous dealings with AWI, having completed its Breeding Leadership Wool continues to be reintroduced into Australian sports, most recently at the Hay Cutters Rugby Union Club in the western Riverina district of NSW, whose supporters can now don a 100% Australian Merino wool replica of the team’s playing jersey. H AY CUTTERS course in 2012 and been on the steering committee of the National Merino Challenge, so I knew they would be very receptive to the idea. So I gave them a call. “I was put in contact with The Vintage Football Jumper Company in Melbourne who were very helpful. I sent them a current players’ jersey and, based on that, they made a prototype of the supporters’ jersey. We put in an initial order of 30 of the 100% Merino wool jerseys, with half them pre-sold to club supporters prior to delivery in April, ready for our first game of the season.” Hay Cutters’ captain and coach Manning Doughty said that it was especially rewarding to see wool in the club’s supporter gear because Hay is such a prime wool-growing region and so many of the players are local woolgrowers. “Most of our men’s and women’s players and supporters have a direct connection to the wool industry. It’s a world class fibre and in Woolgrowers and Hay Cutters Rugby Union Club stalwarts Rowan Houston of ‘Benduck’ at Hay and Simon Booth of ‘Humewood’ at Booligal sporting the club’s 100% Merino wool supporter tops. They are pictured with Lottie Ryan of ‘Curragh’ at Oxley, Alice Booth of ‘Homebush’ at Booligal and Grace McLean of ‘Greenvale’ at Booligal, all daughters of woolgrowers and keen rugby players. FORM UNION WITH WOOL my view the western Riverina is the best place to grow it. It’s great for the Club to have a jersey that is made from a fibre so prominent in the area,” Manning said. Club president Justin Campbell said the club is delighted with the supporter gear and those who have purchased the jerseys now own a very special memento that will be treasured for years. "Producing the iconic Hay Cutters Club colours in a wool supporters’ jersey is an ideal pairing; reflecting the importance of the exceptional community support that has been a feature of the Club throughout its history and the significance of the wool industry to this district,” Justin said. MORE INFORMATION If you are interested in getting wool football jumpers and other supporter merchandise into your local club, contact The Vintage Football Jumper Company www.footyfandirect.com.au/contact-us The Hay Cutters Rugby Union team. PHOTOS: Margie McClelland 9 OFF FARM