Now in its 16th year, the highlight of the Kapooka Sporting Series (K-Series) this month will the opportunity for local and Defence Rugby teams to have their first hit out of the 2019 season.

K-Series coordinator Major Jon Morgan said this year Kapooka had already been able to make a significant contribution to rugby in the local community.

“Since January this year the Wagga Waratahs Rugby Club have been using our fields twice per week for training while Connolly Park has been undergoing remediation. In addition we’ve got the Wagga City Rugby Club and SIRU coming in on 23 March for games while their usual fields are also being remediated.

“We’re in a great position to help out the local sporting community partly due to the drought conditions affecting the condition of other sporting fields in the local area. Here at Kapooka we have a comprehensive water recycling system which allows us to keep our golf course and sports fields in good nick.

“We’re hoping to have enough interest from local and Australian Defence Force Teams to having a seven per side (K7) and 10 per side (K10) competition for both men and women.

“Early indications are certainly hopeful that we’ll have a very well attended event from local and national mens’ and womens’ teams.

“We’re also receiving some community support in the form of referees. Referees for the K10s will be provided by the Australian Services Rugby Referees Association (ASRRA) and Southern Inland Rugby Union (SIRU).

“We do the K-series twice a year in March and November. This March in addition to our comprehensive rugby competitions will also include a team-based golf tournament.

“The main aim of the K-Series is about developing courage, initiative, respect and teamwork through sport and to foster better relationships between all services and the local civilian community.

“It’s also been proudly sponsored by Defence Bank since inception in 1993.”

Other sponsors for this K-Series are local businesses Aussie Disposals and the Victoria Hotel.

“The Victoria Hotel will be the venue for the post match function and will be putting on a courtesy bus for players and spectators from Kapooka into town.

“Members of the general public are encouraged to attend and will be able to access the sports field precinct of the Kapooka Military Area will so long as they are in possession of photo identification.

“Working on the K-Series has been a very rewarding task because it’s one of the many ways that Kapooka continues to contribute to the local community, and this year especially I know we’ve a had a very large positive impact on the local sporting community at the start of the winter competition season,” Major Morgan said.