UPDATED - TUESDAY 12 JUNE 2018
WELCOME BACK EVERYONE, HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD LONG WEEKEND !
With no games last weekend, not all that much to report, other than the Wallabies won well, played well, and seemed to be focused on regaining the respect of the Australian public.
Not so the Australian Rugby Union, who were exposed again receiving millions of dollars from the NSW Government to support the plan to demolish the Olympic Stadium and the Football Stadium, and not spending one dollar on grassroots rugby, and still imposing fees on every kid who plays rugby. They don't get it, and they don't care about grassroots rugby, as long as they get their duck pancakes and shiraz at the Wallabies games.
As Peter Fitzsimmons has written on several occasions, if the NSW Government used the Two Billion Dollars it wants to spend OF OUR TAXPAYERS MONEY, then why not build or refurbish 100 local stadiums around the State, local and regional, and get a better outcome for the community. Why ? because they don't get it either.
TRAINING THIS WEEK:
Minis are training Wednesday 13 June at Narrabeen Sports High 5pm to 5.45pm
U11s are training Wednesday 13 June at Narrabeen Sports High 5.15pm to 6.30pm
Girls Sevens are training Wednesday 13 June at Narrabeen Sports High from 5.30pm t0 6.30pm
NB Rats 18s are training Thursday 7 June at Wakehurst Rugby Park from 6pm to 7.30pm
THIS WEEK'S GAMES - ROUND 8
Minis v Forest - Saturday 16 June at 10.40am at Porters Reserve Newport
U11s v Wahroonga Gold - Friday night 15 June at 7.20pm at Cliff Oval No 2 Wahroonga
Girls Sevens v Seaforth - Saturday 16 June at the Dalton Green Cup Day at Rat Park (time to be advised but before 2pm); and then
Girls Sevens v Eastood & Forest - Saturday 16 June at Melwood Oval Forestville (time to be advised but not before 5pm)
Northern Beaches Rats v Newport U18 Firsts and maybe a few Colts thrown in, who cares - Sunday 17 June at 1.10pm at Porters Reserve Newport
SAVE THE DATE - WEDNESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER - PITTWATER RUGBY CLUB FUND RAISING NIGHT AT PARK HOUSE HOTEL MONA VALE 6PM TO 9PM - ALL PROCEEDS, AND THAT MEANS EVERY DOLLAR, GOES EQUALLY TO YOUTH OFF THE STREETS AND SUICIDE PREVENTION AUSTRALIA - TICKETS GO ON SALE IN TWO WEEKS AND ARE LIMITED TO FIRST 200 GUESTS
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR USER AGREEMENT AT PITTWATER HIGH SCHOOL DEPENDS ON US PROTECTING THE AGRICULTURAL PROGRAM AT THE SCHOOL, AND THAT MEANS THAT THERE ARE NO DOGS ALLOWED INSIDE THE SCHOOL FENCE - THAT MEANS NO DOGS ARE ALLOWED OVER THE FOOTBRIDGE, AND THAT ALSO MEANS NOT BRINGING IN ANY DOGS TO TIE THEM UP INSIDE THE GROUNDS - THIS IS NON-NEGOTIABLE AND WE WILL STOP THE GAME IF ANY PARENT FROM OUR TEAM OR A VISITING TEAM ENTERS THE SCHOOL GROUNDS WITH A DOG.
WET WEATHER PROTOCOL FOR TRAINING:
Tonight's training was Cancelled due to lightening and bad weather between 3pm to 5pm and so we do not train when there is any hint of danger due to lightening
Normally we train in light rain as long as the field is open, but Northern Beaches Council makes that decision - as we have had no rain for a while, expect that the field will be open, unless there is lightening about.
REBUILDING A CLUB:
Recruitment has gone well, teams are full.
The meeting at Youth Off The Streets with a number of YOTS Managers from different locations has now started to generate new player interest, and so I am prepared to expand and open up more teams on a demand basis. I then ask NSWRU to allow us to enter a team in another age group, and they decide if there is room, but we don't turn any players away.
My discussions with Father Chris Riley in 2010 focused on giving kids a chance to play a sport, and through sport to know what it means to be a 'team member'. Since that initial discussion we have assisted more than 200 kids, boys and girls, into rugby as a sport.
The U6 team is full thanks to Super Mums Katrina Innes and Gina Lowe who have recruited every spare kid at North Narrabeen Public - these are new mums who understand what LOYALTY means, and it is great having good people around our kids.
The U11s are in need of three more players, so give me a call and you can play in a team that is unbeaten in 2018 and destined for the Finals yet again.
The U16s Girls Sevens Team are back !!! Team is full with 13 players, with one of Sami's friends joining this week.
NB Rats 18s are strong with 26 players.
We are really pleased to have so many good people involved in our club, and helping our club and its players grow as fine young men and women.
Pittwater Rugby Club & Pittwater Gridiron Club
(T) 0419 410 103
WHY WE PLAY RUGBY FOR PITTWATER DOLPHINS
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 when my son was moving from the U9 Minis to the U10 Juniors, a group of parents at Newport thought that it was OK for 9 year old boys to be subjected to a psychological assessment to ascertain their preparedness to play 'top rugby'. This was absolute madness, but as I was in the minority I left that club and started Pittwater Dolphins with my friend John Milham.
It would not surprise you to know that this group of parents no longer participate in rugby at Newport thankfully, and their boys do not play rugby anymore. It took a few years but management changes saw the Newport club return to normality, and after a few years of falling memberships, their player numbers are growing especially in Girls Rugby with good people like Craig Roberts giving back to rugby.
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 are trialling for the NSW teams this September.
We also innovated two teams of American Football (Gridiron) over Summer, and our U16 team won the inaugural title with a 8 wins no losses record.
In addition to YOTS we are working with Suicide Prevention Australia with the hope that SPA, Burdekin Foundation, Black Dog and other groups is to build a Hub at Avalon so that those who need 24 hour help with personal issues will have a place to go, 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 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
CLUB CONTACT MOBILE - 0419 410 103 (David Hawkins - President)
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THOUGHTS FROM THE PRESIDENT
Season 2018 will be our 8th Season as a Rugby Club, and some of you now will not be aware of the struggle that has gone into the last seven 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, and the only Northern Beaches Rugby Club that had a Girls Sevens team in 2017. My friend Mick Barry (Collaroy) is staring Girls Sevens at his club in 2018 and we are sharing resources, players and training facilities as we try and encourage more girls to play rugby.
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 45 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 seven 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 seven 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 $100 for everything, and with the Active Kids Grant provided by the NSW Government, this means that it costs NOTHING for your child to play rugby at Pittwater. It costs $160 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, advised that his sone 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 15 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 ? In 2015 I was appointed a coach with the Australian Sports Commission Out Of School Hours Sport Program and these were the figures taken from the schools I coached on the northern beaches.
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 5pm and Juniors and Sevens at 5.30pm).
Thanks for being part of the Dream !
0410 410 103
18 February 2018
REGISTRATION – SEASON 2018
Registration for all players is now OPEN.
Teams from Under 6s to U16s
All registrations will be processed On-Line, just send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward the forms
Click Here to be taken to our registration page
Thanks to our generous sponsors Rego Fees are only $100 and all playing kit is provided - with the NSW Government Active Kids Grant of $100 this means you pay nothing to play rugby with Pittwater.
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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