UPDATE - MONDAY 29 APRIL 2019
Welcome Back Everyone, hope you had a great School Holidays.
A big 'Congratulations' to our U18 player from 2018 Norwin Latu on his selection in the Australian Junior Sevens Squad last week and to Melvin Rosetta who is now with the Melbourne Rebels - not bad representative accolades for a little club that always achieves above its weight !
Minis resume this week and our U7 team plays its first game this Saturday at 8am at Wakehurst Rugby Park at Belrose at 8am - Coach Rob says he has the players ready to go, and well done to new Mum Emma who has been doing great recruiting.
Our Girls Sevens played the final Term One games at Concord, which was for all but one player, their first ever game of Rugby Sevens, and they had a GREAT time - they drew the first game 3 tries all with Forest, and then played the talented Eastwood team who had to bring on extra fire power at half time when we lead 2 tries to 1, and the final score of 5 tries Eastwood to our 3 tries was a terrific effort - welcome aboard to our new players who joined us last Wednesday, and with Mum Karen on the job there will be more girls joining this week at training - now games for two weeks, then we host our country cousins at home before Term 2 of the Sydney Sevens starts.
We are putting together two Boys Sevens teams from scratch.
The Boys U12 team will be captained by Leo Stevens and the Boys U18 team will be captained by Angus Burt - these teams will play 6 games this season, either tournaments at home or in the country, so this is a new initiative for us as we try to recover our numbers.
One thing is confirmed, Pittwater Rugby will become the Touring Teams of Junior Rugby in future as we have secured major sponsorship that will be devoted to coaching, equipment and tours.
And our General Manager will start in May to take over the day to day organisation and give me some space.
In summary, our new motto will surely be "Adversity Make Us Stronger', and we are building every day towards our 10th Anniversary next season.
Training resumes this Wednesday 1 May at 5pm at Narrabeen Sports High No 2 on Namona Street, and anyone interested is welcome to join us.
RUGBY GOING FORWARD
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
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 another Club then that is your decision.
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 are 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 !!!