UPDATE - MONDAY 11 MARCH
We have sent our Registrations Forms last month and have been disappointed at the lack of interest and responses from players and parents who we thought were part of the Pittwater Dream.
Sadly the poaching of our players by other clubs is still happening, particularly in the Under 12s which is the third time in 9 years that this has happened - at this age the number of players required goes from 12 to 15, and rather than recruit new players, these clubs target our best players.
Thankfully this year SJRU is policing the issue of poaching, and so there is a lot of water to pass under the bridge before any transfer from one club to another is approved.
The Girls have started training and we have lots of new faces which is great, while several of the team from last year have gone to senior Womens Rugby at Manly and Warringah, so we wish them well as they develop as players, which is always our intent.
I have an WJRU Presidents Meeting tomorrow night that will deal with player poaching, and so I will update this site on Wednesday with the outcome. Sadly too the WJRU has received a complaint from NSW Sports Academy regarding, and I quote "the disgraceful conduct of Warringah Junior last weekend at the training camp.." - guess where most of the players who caused the property damage came from ? Yes, correct, the same clubs who are poaching our players, so where were the coaches and managers while this was happening ? And the parents are willing to let their kids play for those clubs ? Strange days indeed.
Welcome to Season 2019 which gets underway in March, so we have a lot to do in short timeframe, and so I will be asking for a lot more parents to assist in preparing the Club for the Season ahead.
A Big Welcome Back to Everyone who played for the Club in 2018, and who wants to play again - each year we get pirated by the bigger clubs who think it is OK to entice our players (who are kids) to leave us and join their bigger club on the promise that they will have an overseas tour, or be able to get kids into rep teams, so that when both promises don't eventuate, the kids walk away from rugby - it has been going on now for 9 years, and so I expect to see a few players leave our Club which is sad, but that's life, and new players and families take their place in our little Club.
In two weeks I will be announcing the appointment of a new administration structure with a full-time General Manager who has more than 20 years of rugby administration experience.
We plan to field teams in the Under 6 (mixed team), Under 7 Boys and Under 7 Girls, Under 8 Boys and Under 12 Boys Sydney Junior Rugby Competitions - but if our expected recruiting works then who knows how many teams we will field, but the more the merrier, and all will be kids who did not play rugby for another team in 2018, as my promise to Andrew Frank (the President of SJRU in 2010/2011) was that we would not poach players from other clubs, but that we would grow our Club organically - Andrew was responsible for allowing our Club to be registered despite opposition from other local rugby clubs.
We will also continue our focus on Girls Sevens Rugby as we were the First Warringah Junior Rugby Club to offer Girls the opportunity to play Rugby Sevens - this will be an exciting year for Girls Sevens Rugby with some very special announcements coming early in the Season.
REGISTRATIONS 2019 NOW AVAILABLE
All registrations are now online, so send us an email to email@example.com or call me on 0419 410 103 and we will send out a rego form.
We have NO REGO FEES, but if you want to pay $400 and play for a Club that poaches players, then go ahead and see if your child is still playing rugby in two years
WHY PLAY RUGBY FOR
Our little club started life in 2011 with one team because we wanted kids to play a sport without all the pressure that comes from grading, and unreasonable parent expectations.
For 45 years I have been involved in kids sport, rugby and swimming, and in 2010 I started Pittwater Dolphins with my friend John Milham.
At Pittwater Dolphins we focused on the kids, and we continue to do so.
We were innovators with Girls Sevens and now field talented girls who have trialled for the NSW teams last September.
We also innovated two teams of American Football (Gridiron) , and our U16 team won the inaugural title with a 8 wins no losses record.
In addition to YOTS we are working with Youth OK which is a local fund raising and issue awareness group, plus Suicide Prevention Australia with the hope that we will be able to build a Youth Outreach Centre offering 24 hour help with personal issues especially in the darkest hours before dawn.
Our main sponsorship is for Youth Off The Streets Foundation where Father Chris Riley now has 100,000 kids on their books throughout Australia, so our part is so small, but from Little Things Big Things Grow (Paul Kelly). Each year we make a donation which goes a little way towards helping. In addition we have kids from YOTS playing rugby in our teams, and thankfully great people like Jess and George who volunteer their time to provide the transport from Macquarie Fields to our games - THANK YOU !!!
Look right and see three of our wonderful previous 14s Girls Sevens team members, Madi, Marlie and Billie who are right behind the Mums 4 Mums fundraising to help find a cure for brain cancer - having purchased two beanies I can tell you they are the Duck's Guts of beanies, so do yourself a favour and get the family so for Winter - order online at mumsformums.org.au
Go The Dolphins !!!