UPDATE - SUNDAY 24 MARCH 2019
Last week was a much better week for the Mighty Dolphins, but we still have a long way to go to be ready for this season, due to the uncertainty caused by our players being enticed to other clubs - it must be a touchy subject because we received two requests to cease our criticisms of these clubs.
On Tuesday we have a meeting with Youth Off The Streets to add those players to our teams once again, to fill the gaps left by those enticed away - we hope that when these players who come from other countries play for our club, they are not subjected to the same racist vilification we have endured the last few season from one particular club - our friends at the Western Raptors have also complained about this same club and their player and sideline degrading commentary.
Anyway, on a brighter note our Girls have been training well with lots of new faces and they will be ready to play in Round Two of the Sizzling Sevens - before then they will have a few trial games against our friends at some regional and local clubs.
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, and to those who have been enticed away, 'good luck' you will need it sitting on the sidelines.
Last week I interviewed two applicants for the job of General Manager which is a full-time paid position designed to boost our player numbers in 2020 so that we are in a better position to resist the barbarians at the gates.
Our recruitment philosophy is to recruit kids who have not played rugby, or who have been disillusioned by rugby at other clubs and walked away - we will not seek to register any player who was registered at another club last season, as we made a promise to Andrew Frank (the President of SJRU in 2010/2011) that we would not poach players from other clubs, and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 !!!