Pittwater Rugby & Gridiron Club
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UPDATED - SATURDAY 27 AUGUST 2016
MINIS FINAL GAMES ARE ON TODAY
BEST OF LUCK TO THE MINIS TEAMS TODAY AS THEY PLAY THIER FINAL GAMES FOR THE SEASON, AFTER WHIHC THEY WILL ALL RECEIVE A TROPHY FROM WARRINGAH DISTRICT RUGBY FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THIS GREAT GAE OF RUGBY.
FOR SOME OF THE BOYS AND GIRLS IT WILL BE THE END OF THEIR FIRST RUGBY SEASON, FOR OTHERS IT WILL BE THE END OF THEIR FIFTH SEASON, AND SO TO YOU ALL I SAY - WELL DONE !!!
OUR MINIS PRESENTATION IS ON SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER AT 4PM AT THE ROYAL MOTOR YACHT CLUB, SO BRING YOUR COSSIES.
THE U15 PRESENTATION IS ON SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER AT BILGOLA SURF CLUB AT 12.30PM, SO BRING YOUR COSSIES.
TONIGHT IS THE SECOND WALLABIES V ALL BLACKS GAME IN WELLINGTON, AND FOR OUR FAMILY IT IS A MOMENTOUS DAY AS OUR NEPHEW REECE HODGE BECOMES THE SECOND WALLABY IN THE FAMILY. JUST IN CASE YOU DID NOT KNOW, REECE TURNED 22 YESTERDAY AND HE STARTED AS A 4 YEAR OLD BOY PLAYING RUGBY AT MANLY ROOS, BUT HIS DAD AND MUM DID NOT LIKE THE SET UP AND PRESSURE THERE, SO THEY STARTED HARBORD RUGBY CLUB A BIT LIKE SANDY AND I DID WITH PITTWATER RUGBY CLUB. REECE PLAYED ALL HIS JUNIORS FOOTIE THERE BEFORE GOING TO MANLY COLTS TEAM, THEN NSW AND AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLBOYS, THEN AUSTRALIAN U21, THEN THE MELBOURNE REBELS, AND NOW THE BIG PRIZE, THE AUSTRALIAN WALLABIES. THE NESSAGE HERE KIDS IS THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, AND FROM ALL OF US, GOOD LUCK REECE AND HIS TEAM MATES, YOU WILL KNOW YOU ARE IN FOR A TOUGH GAME, BUT DON'T BACK DOWN AND DO YOUR BEST.
NEXT WEEK THE GIRLS U14 AND U16 SEVENS TEAMS WILL TRAIN AT .4.30PM, AND IN A FEW WEEKS THE BOYS U15 SEVENS TEAMS WILL START TRAINING AT 5.30PM.
GRIDIRON TRAINING FOR THE U10, U14 AND U16 TEAMS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON AS COACH BEN IS ON DUTY WITH THE AUSTRALIAN TEAM FOR THE NEXT LITTLE WHILE. TODAY THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PLAYS THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII IN SYDNEY BEFORE A CROWD OF 70,000 AT THE OLYMPIC GAME IN A TRIAL GAME OF GRIDIRON - THIS SPORT IS GROWING AND PITTWATER GRIDIRON IS A PART OF THAT GROWTH.
PRESIDENT'S WEEKLY REPORT
WELL FOLKS, WE HAVE MADE IT THROUGH ANOTHER SEASON , OUR 6TH SEASON AS A CLUB THAT FOUGHT FOR ITS RIGHT TO PLAY RUGBY, AND HAS THEN BATTLED EVERY YEAR TO PROVIDE RUGBY FOR OUR KIDS, DESPITE THE BEST EFFORTS FROM SOME OTHER CLUBS TO POACH OUR PLAYERS AND DESTROY OUR TEAMS.
THE U15 SEASON IS NOW OFFICIALLY OVER, WE FINISHED IN 6TH PLACE ON 30 POINTS, JUST ONE POINT BEHIND THE TEAM THAT FINISHED IN 4TH PLACE - IN FACT WE DREW WITH BOTH THE TEAM THAT CAME 4TH AND THE TEAM THAT CAME 5TH WHICH IS TOUGH, BUT THE TEAMS FINISHING 1ST, 2ND AND 3RD DESERVED THEIR PLACES AS THEY WERE BETTER ON THE DAY.
THE ENTIRE SJRU COMPETITION WAS A MISMASH THIS YEAR, TEAMS LIKE LINDFIELD AND HARBORD/SEAFORTH/ MANLY ROOS WERE ALLOWED TO POACH PLAYERS FROM OTHER CLUBS AND BUILD SUPER TEAMS, CAUSING TEAMS LIKE FOREST AND MOSMAN TO FOLD. ONE TEAM ACTUALLY TRIED TO PULL THE WOOL OVER THE SJRU EYES AND CLAIM THAT A TEAM IN DIVISION C WITH 18 REPRESENTATIVE PLAYERS WAS NOT A SUPER TEAM, YET IT TOOK SJRU 9 GAMES TO WORK OUT THE RUSE DESPITE PROTESTS FROM SEVERAL CLUBS.
THE HIGHLIGHT WAS CLEARLY THE GAME AGAINST ST PATS WHERE FATHER CHIRS RILEY CAME TO WATCH, AND WE SHARED A YOUTH OFF THE STREETS BBQ WITH THE PARENTS AND PLAYERS FROM ST PATS - THAT FOLKS IS WHAT RUGBY IS ALL ABOUT.
CHASING TROPHIES DOES NOT INTEREST US, WHICH IS WHY WE ELECTED NOT TO CONTEST THE PLAY-OFFS FOR 5TH PLACE - IF YOU DON'T FINISH I THE FINAL FOUR TEAMS THEN WHY PLAY FINALS FOOTIE ? FUNNY, AFTER TAKING CRITICISM FROM SJRU FOR THIS DECISION EARLY IN THE WEEK, SJRU HAS NOW ANNOUNCED THAT NO LATE FINALS WILL BE SCHEDULED NEXT YEAR DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST - IF ONLY PEOPLE WOULD LISTEN !
BOYS ARE MOVING ON NOW TO PLAY GRIDIRON, SEVENS AND TOUCH FOOTIE, WITH OUT FIRST SEVENS GAME ON THE LONG WEEKEND IN OCTOBER,
THIS WEEK IS THE FINAL ROUND FOR THE MINIS WHO HAVE ALL HAD A GREAT SEASON, SO WELL DONE KIDS, COACHES, MANAGERS AND PARENTS - I JUST HOPE THE VULTURES LEAVE OUR U9 TEAM ALONE AND DO NOT TRY AND POACH OUR PLAYERS.
REMEMBER, RUGBY IS NOT GROWING PEOPLE, NUMBERS THIS YEAR ARE DOWN, AND CLUBS LIKE NARRABEEN ARE CONCERNED THAT THE DECLINE WILL CONTINUE FOR THEM IF THEY DON'T ADDRESS THE ISSUES THAT ARE BEING IGNORED BY THE AUSTRALIAN RUGBY UNION WHO CONTINUE TO PUT ALL THE MONEY AT THE TOP OF THE RUGBY TREE AND LET GRASS ROOTS RUGBY FADE.
AS FORMER WALLABY AND EASTWOOD SHUTE SHIELD PRESIDENT BRETT PAPWORTH HAS SAID REPEATEDLY THIS YEAR, AND AGAIN TODAY, THE ARU BOARD HAS LET US DOWN.
HOWEVER, THIS IS NO TIME TO WHINGE, WE WILL GET THROUGH THE TOUGH TIMES AND BUILD FOR SEASON 2017 BCAUSE WE ARE A VERY PROUD CLUB FULL OF GOOD PEPLE.
FINAL MINIS GAMES - ROUND 21
SATURDAY 27 AUGUST 2016
NORTH NARRABEEN RESERVE
U6 V COLLAROY 10AM FIELD 1
U7 V COLLAROY 8.40AM FIELD 2
U8 V NEWPORT/COLLAROY 10.40AM FIELD 3
U9 V NEWPORT/NARRABEEN 11.20AM FIELD 4
Check out our '2016 'Photos page' to see the Under 15s boys in action during some of the games earlier in the year.
HOUSEKEEPING - BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS
PITTWATER RUGBY CLUB
ST GEORGE BANK - NEWPORT BEACH BRANCH
BSB - 112 879
ACCOUNT - 457063141
U6 TEAM FULL
U7 TEAM FULL
U8 TEAM FULL
U9 TEAM FULL
U15 TEAM FULL (STARTED WITH 10 AND NOW HAVE 25 REGISTERED)
U14 GIRLS SEVENS - WE HAVE 2 X 10 SQUADS ALMOST FULL
U16 GIRLS SEVENS - WE HAVE 2 X 10 SQUADS ALMOST FULL
U10 GRIDIRON - WE HAVE 5 PLAYERS AND REQUIRE ANOTHER 5 PLAYERS
U12 GRIDIRON - WE HAVE 2 PLAYERS AND REQUIRE ANOTHER 8 PLAYERS
U15 GRIDIRON - WE HAVE 8 PLAYERS AND REQUIRE ANOTHER 4 PLAYERS
RETENTION & RECRUITMENT MANAGER
LAST WEEK AT TRAINING I DISCUSSED SEASON 2017 WITH SOME OF OUR COACHES, AND LIKE EVERY YEAR IN THE PAST 40 YEARS THAT I HAVE BEEN COACHING, THE SAME COMMENTS WERE MADE ABOUT "NOT SURE WHAT WE ARE DOING NEXT YEAR ?" AS ADVISED, WE ARE TRYING TO PLAN BETTER AND KEEP EVERYONE WE NOW HAVE ON OUR BOOKS FOR 2017 SO THAT WE START WITH A FULL SQUAD IN ALL AGE GROUPS THAT WE INTEND TO FIELD NEXT YEAR (U6, U7, U8, U9, U10 AND U16).
U6 & U7 - I HAVE ASKED BELINDA ADAMS TO TAKE CHARGE OF THESE AGE GROUPS AS BELINDA UNDERSTANDS THE NEEDS OF YOUNGER KIDS AND THEIR PARENTS IN NON-TACKLE RUGBY. ALTHOUGH BELINDA AND BEN WILL COACH THE U8 YEAM NEXT YEAR, WE NEED SOMEONE WHO KNOWS HOW OUR LITTLE CLUB OPERATES, AND BELINDA IS AMAZINGLY ENERGENIC.
U8 & U9 - I HAVE ASKED JAMES BOOCOCK TO TAKE CHARGE OF THESE AGE GROUPS AS JAMES IS WORKING HIS WAY UP THE RUGBY COACHING LADDER, AND HAS A REAL FEEL FOR THE GAME AND THE TACKLE ENVIRONMENT. JAMES WILL BE COACHING THE U9 TEAM NEXT YEAR.
U10 & U16 - I WILL MANAGE RETENTION AND RECRUITMENT FOR THESE TEAMS SO THAT WE ARE NOT SHORT OF PLAYERS. I HAVE ALREADY STARTED WORKING ON THE U10 TEAM AND HAVE AT LEAST 6 PLAYERS WITH A BACKGROUND IN RUGBY LEAGUE COMING ACROSS TO JOIN US WHICH WILL BE GOOD AS THESE BOYS KNOW HOW TO TACKLE. THIS IS A 12 PLAYER A SIDE TEAM SO WE NEED A TOTAL OF 15 PLAYERS TO BE COMPETITIVE. MY U16 TEAM WILL HAVE ITS FINAL YEAR IN 2017 AS A JUNIOR TEAM, AFTER THAT THEY MOVE ON TO PLAY FOR THE RATS COLTS IN 2018 - THAT IS OUR OBJECTIVE, TO KEEP DELIVERING PLAYERS FOR THE RATS TEAMS OF THE FUTURE, AND MAYBE HIGHER HONOURS, AND TO ENJOY PLAYING RUGBY WITH THEIR MATES.
MEDIA & SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGERS
WE NOW HAVE FIVE TERRIFIC CONTRIBUTORS TO SOCIAL MEDIA WITH PAULA & JAMES BOOCOCK, JAY PLAY (CAPTAIN DRONE), LUCIA FACEBOOK MODLIN, AND KAREN LONG LENS PANETTA, ALL KEEPING US INFORMED.
WE MONITOR OUR SOCIAL MEDIA AS BEST WE CAN, AND WE HAVE A STRICT MEDIA POLICY THAT WILL ONLY ALLOW STUFF THAT WILL ENCOURAGE AND NURTURE KIDS AND PARENTS.
PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY REQUESTS OR SUGGESTIONS.
TRAINING THIS WEEK AT 11AM AT RAT PARK WITH BEN LOUDEN.
JUST RECEIVED CONFIRMATION FROM GRIDIRON NSW THAT THERE WILL NOW BE A NEW NORTH SYDNEY JUNIOR GRIDIRON COMPETITION AND THAT PITTWATER DOLPHINS, MANLY REDBACKS AND WARRINGAH SPARTANS WILL BE COMPETING.
OUR CATCHMENT AREA IS THE AREA NORTH OF NARRABEEN BRIDGE.
AGE GROUPS ARE NOW CONFIRMED AS: -
* 10 YEARS AND UNDER
* 12 YEARS AND UNDER
* 15 YEARS AND UNDER
THE COMPETITION WILL RUN FOR 8 WEEKS STARTING ON SATURDAY 7 JANUARY 2017, AND PITTWATER DOLPHINS WILL FIELD A TEAM IN EACH AGE DIVISION.
OUR HEAD COACH IS BEN LOUDEN WHO PLAYS FOR THE AUSTRALIAN GRIDIRON TEAM, AND BEN WILL SUPERVISE ALL OTHER COACHES. WE WILL BE APPOINTING COACHES FOR THE 10 YEARS AND 12 YEARS TEAMS, SO IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED AND HAS A BACKGROUND IN GRIDIRON, PLEASE CONTACT ME.
WE WILL START A SKILLS SESSIONS FOR THE U10 AND U12 TEAMS ONCE THE RUGBY SEASON IS OVER, SO STAND BY FOR NEWS, AND YES I HAVE ALL THE CONTACT DETAILS FOR ALL THOSE WHO HAVE CONTACTED ME AND WAITED PATIENTLY WHILE THE GRIDIRON ASSOCIATION WORKS OUT A PROGRAM THAT WE WILL FOLLOW. WEEKDAY TRAINING TIMES AND LOCATION TO BE ADVISED, BUT MOST LIKELY WEDNESDAYS AT 5PM AT NARRABEEN SPORTS HIGH NO 2 FIELD ON NAMONA STREET NARRABEEN.
IF YOU HAVE CONTACTED ME ALREADY ABOUT PLAYING THEN BE ASSURED THAT I WILL BE CONTACTING YOU SOON.
SPORTSTEK ACADEMY - SYDNEY ACADEMY OF SPORT:
PITTWATER RUGBY & GRIDIRON CLUB HAS NOW PARTNERED WITH SPORTSTEK ACADEMY TO PROMOTE AND EDUCATE OUR YOUNG SPORTS KIDS. FOR THOSE KIDS WHO WANT TO PURSUE SPORT AS A CAREER, SPORTSTER ALLOWS YOU TO OBTAIN A DIPLOMA OF BUSINESS OR SPORTS DEVELOPMENT DIPLOMA WHILE TRAINING AT THE NSW ACADEMY OF SPORT AT NARRABEEN FOR 40 WEEKS. MORE ABOUT THIS AS THE SEASON PROGRESSES, BUT WE WILL BE GUIDING OUR PITTWATER PLAYERS IN THIS DIRECTION, AS WELL AS ATTRACTING OTHER KIDS TO THE CLUB TO SHARE THIS EXCITING OPPORTUNITY.
THESE ARE VERY EXCITING TIMES, THERE IS A LOT HAPPENING IN RUGBY 15S, RUGBY SEVENS AND GRIDIRON, SO COME ONBOARD AND STRAP YOURSELF IN FOR MORE GREAT TIMES AHEAD !!!
ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE GIVE ME A CALL, EMAIL OR TEXT.
0419 410 103
REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN - GO TO THE REGISTRATION SECTION, DOWNLOAD THE FORM AND SEND IT TO ME.
YOU CAN PAY YOUR REGO FEES OF $50 ONLINE BY MAKING AN ONLINE TRANSFER TO 'PITTWATER RUGBY CLUB' AT ST GEORGE BANK NEWPORT BEACH BRANCH, ACCOUNT NUMBER BSB 112879 ACCOUNT NUMBER 457063141 AND INSERT YOU SURNAME AS A REFERENCE.
REMEMBER THAT WE ONLY HAVE ONE TEAM PER AGE GROUP, AND WITH MOST KIDS RETURNING THIS YEAR, PLACES WILL BE TIGHT, SO PLEASE GET IN EARLY.
DAVID HAWKINS (PRESIDENT), BELINDA ADAMS (SECRETARY/TREASURER), EMMA WOOLDRIDGE (U6), BEN ADAMS (U7), PAULA BOOCOCK (U8), LISA DENE AND LEIGH-ANN HIBBERT (U9), SANDY TARRANT (MEDICAL), JAY PLATT & JAMES BOOCOCK (MEDIA & SOCIAL MEDIA), BELINDA ADAMS (RETENTION & RECRUITMENT), STEVE MODLIN (ASSISTANT REFEREE ADVISER)
2016 COACHES & MANAGERS
BEN FINNEY (U6), BELINDA ADAMS (U7), JAMES BOOCOCK (U8), GRANT HIBBERT & ANTHONY DENE (U9), DAVID HAWKINS & BEN LOUDEN & GEORGE TUERERE (U15), BEN LOUDEN (GRIDIRON)
IF YOU HAVE ANY FEEDBACK ON HOW TO IMPROVE THINGS IN SEASON 2016, THEN PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL - PITTWATERRUGBY@GMAIL.COM OR GIVE ME A CALL.
MOBILE 0419 410 103
26 JULY 2016
THOUGHTS FROM THE PRESIDENT
This will be our 6th Season as a Rugby Club, and some of you now will not be aware of the struggle that has gone into the last six years, so what follows is a brief history, despite threats from officials who do not like what follows, probably because it is the truth !
However, before going into the past, I wish to focus on the future, and I am stoked to be able to announce that we are now the ONLY rugby club that is also affiliated with Australian Rugby and Australian Gridiron.
Our club is progressive, we are growing while other clubs are shrinking, because we have great people involved, and we are all motivated by what is best for the kids.
Anyway, a little bit of history is necessary to put all this into perspective.
For 44 years as a rugby coach I have coached at various levels from Minis to Juniors to Seniors as well as being an inaugural coach and founder of Women's Rugby for Warringah and NSW Rugby. And so it was that in 2010 while coaching at another club I objected to the introduction of psychological testing for 10 year old boys to see if they were suitable for playing in the A Team.
I might be a dinosaur, but I did not want to be surrounded by academics with no knowledge of rugby, and so I left and decided to start a rugby club that focused on kids having fun, no matter who they are, where they come from, or what skill levels they possessed.
With my good friend John (Phantom) Milham we created Pittwater Rugby Club.
I was fortunate enough to be authorised by Father Chris Riley and his Youth Off The Streets Foundation to be the only sporting club authorised to wear the YOTS name and logo on our rugby gear. Every night on the Northern Beaches at least 15 kids sleep rough, and so we have YOTS as our main beneficiary of any fund raising and donations.
Anyway, back to the club's history, and here is the short version.
The two neighbouring larger clubs of Newport and Narrabeen opposed our entry into the Junior Rugby competition, and for a while Sydney Junior Rugby adhered to their wishes given that these two clubs occupied positions on the Sydney Junior Rugby Union management committee. However thanks to the then President of SJRU, and the intervention of Sydney University Rugby we were admitted to the competition with one Under 10 team. Contrary to the opinion of our neighbours, Rome did not fall as a consequence of our admission.
Since then we have added a new team each year starting at the Under 6 level, meaning that we do not poach players from other clubs, but rather we grow organically with new kids coming each year. Today we have five teams.
In the last six years I have watched other clubs disintegrate, with sadly Terrey Hills Juniors folding because their players were poached by other clubs. In 2014 we witnessed Collaroy and Hawkesbury Under 14 teams fold, and last year it was Dee Why Under 13 team that folded, thanks to canibalism by other clubs.
It is hard to believe that coaches think nothing of poaching players from little clubs to boost their playing numbers, but it happens to every club and this year we have had to deal with the issue as we try and hang on to players. Kids are offered the prospect of playing in representative teams, but that never happens and they become disenchanted and walk away from the game. Some clubs offer overseas trips which never eventuate, and again kids get disenchanted.
Across the northern beaches less kids are playing rugby today because of the conduct of coaches and clubs in the last five years. Statistics show that each year we gain about 900 new kids to the game in Sydney, and each year we lose about 1,000 kids who stop playing because they are disillusioned and/or because other sports like AFL offer them something different.
Despite this our Club has continued to survive and grow.
We cannot do this without great kids and supportive parents, and I cannot do it alone, which is why I need your help and support each week to get kids to training and games, and in helping to coach, set up the field on home game days, and helping on the bbq.
We operate courtesy of our sponsors which is why rego fees are only $50 for everything. It costs $90 to put each player on the field, and so the difference comes from our sponsors, making the game affordable. Other clubs charge more than $250 for the same thing, and I had a quiet chuckle last year when advised that we had lost two players to another club, knowing that the exercise had cost $400 in registration fees with no upside. In 2015 I was also contacted by a parent who having shifted his son to another club in 2013, the boy was not playing rugby anymore because he was not enjoying the "pressure" .
I have advised Warringah Juniors that I do not support having representative players in any age group between U10 and 14 but I am in the minority on this point with my fellow Presidents. However, there is no evidence that having Rep Players at an U10 age group translates to providing long term rugby players for the Rats, so I don 't see the point. I would rather see the money spent on Rep Payers spent on coaching the kids at District Level and helping all the kids get better rather than just a few.
I would ask each player/family to recruit one player as we need a few more players.
Please take the challenge and see what you can do as there are roughly 2,500 kids who play no weekend sport on the northern beaches. How do I know this ? Last year I was appointed a coach with the Australian Sports Commission Out Of School Hours Sport Program and these were the figures.
Warringah Rugby Club is doing great things in our community. They are sending players to disadvantaged countries every year, and they are trying to get as many players, men and women, into their ranks no matter what the skill levels might be.The Rats are growing when other clubs in the Shute Shield are shrinking - a bit like Pittwater Dolphins actually !!!
There are kids are out there people, they just need to be asked.
See you at training each Wednesday at Narrabeen Sports High NO 2 field (Minis at 4.30pm and U15s and Sevens at 5.30pm).
Thanks for being part of the Dream !
0410 410 103
26 July 2016
REGISTRATION – SEASON 2016
Registration for all players is now OPEN.
Teams from Under 6s to U15s
All registrations will be processed On-Line, just send an email to us at email@example.com and we will forward the forms
Click Here to be taken to our registration page
Thanks to our generous sponsors Rego Fees are only $50 and all playing kit is provided
For further information please give us a call, text or email
David Hawkins (President/Head Coach)
Pittwater Rugby Club
Telephone - 0419 410 103
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