UPDATE - SUNDAY 10 FEBRUARY
The Northern Beaches Sport Expo was held today at Rat Park and it was a great success judging by the crowds and feedback.
We will start taking Registrations from Monday 18 February and we will start training on Wednesday 6 March although the Girls Sevens will commence training on Wednesday 20 February - training will be at Narrabeen Sports High No 2 Field as usual.
A word of warning - there was discussion today at the Expo between myself and officials/coaches from Collaroy and Dee Why Rugby Clubs as apparently the usual suspects are poaching players again and this will not be tolerated by SJRU, WJRU and our Club - if you played rugby with a club in 2018 you are prohibited from changing clubs in 2019 WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF YOUR 2018 CLUB - and as it was agreed by all Presidents at the last WJRU Meeting, consent will not be given especially to any Rep Player. My recommendation is to rethink your decision making and resist poaching from Rep Coaches at other clubs who promise things they cannot deliver, otherwise you might sit out season 2019.
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 8 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 COMING SOON
Unfortunately for the third year in a row, Australian Rugby has decided to change the operating system for registrations, and they have found another complicated system for 2019 that requires our administration to undergo a 4 hours course to be able to use it - right now the system is down, but when it gets fixed (?) we will start to send out rego forms to last years players and coaches and officials.
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 !!!