o Match ready: Utility player Jay Hampson joins a full Elk’s line-up on Saturday to take on Armidale’s Univeristy of New England rugby squad Robb College.The Elks are gearing for a hard-hitting Australian Celtic Festival face-off against Armidale’s University of New England’s Robb College from 3pm on Saturday, May 3.
Currently holding fifth place on the season ladder, the Elks will take on the third place holders in what has always proved to be a close and action packed game, according to club president Michael Lamph.
“It’s always a good game with Glen Innes and Robb,” Lamph said.
Topping the university side by only a point in the 2013 Westpac Helicopter Charity match, Lamph said Robb College is notorious for producing a hard-hitting, tactical side and following their convincing win over Gwydir in round 2 of the competition, played on April 26, they will prove tough to beat on Saturday.
As the Elks continue to train and play at the Glen Innes Showground, both Lamph and local union legend Ron de Cleene said the doubled training commitments this year have already shown improvements in the Elks’ game, with consistently strong turn-outs on Tuesday and Thursday evenings leaving the team quietly confident going into the game on Saturday.
As the team ramps up for the Celtic Festival match, the local Red Cross ladies have come on board again opening the bar and barbecue from 12pm, with the game set to kick off from 3pm.
With the Showground expecting large numbers of campers and visitors for the coming festival, the Elks are encouraging spectators and local fans to use the George Street entrance to the Showground, with free gate entry on the day and parking at the rear of the Glen Innes High School.
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