UPDATED - FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018
LATE CHANGE - PLEASE NOTE:
Sunday's game for U11 team is now at 9am kick off at Pittwater High School - Official from SJRU check Rugbylink
DOLPHINS NEWS THIS WEEK:
Great start of Season 2018 last weekend, perfect weather and great rugby.
Minis had their first game and it was a Pearla with 10 tries being scored as the girls and boys had lots of fun. Coach Rob Mitchell was a happy man even without strike weapon Harry who was away. Jake and Ben looked as if they had played before, while Josh, Gemma, Max and the Two Bens weaved and ran all over the field, mostly in the right direction.
The U11 Giant Dolphins started where they left off last season when they won the Grand Final against the Monsters from Hawkesbury, and this year in a repeat of that game they won 52 to 7 in what coaches Vaughan Woolridge and Steve Coates described as a tough battle between the Giants and the Monsters. This is a rebuilt team with new players and players from the U9 team that folded when the coach defected to Newport and some players followed. So now the U9 players are playing U11s and doing fine, so imagine what they will be like next year when we field and U10s team ? Well done everyone.
The Girls Sevens Finals went well and our Girls finally returned to the winners circle with good honest rugby against the very powerful Phil Kearns coached Mosman Glamours. Four tries to three was the right result from a team that had no stars, just wonderful, honest players who know what the word 'team' means. Big days ahead for this team as they are now playing in the four team Oceania Sevens Tournament on 21 April at Riverview which doubles as a NSW Selection Trial.
The Northern Beaches Rats started Season 2018 against Manly with a 17 to 24 loss, only one try in the game being the difference, which for a team having its first ever game was amazing considering Manly played in the 2017 NSW Final making them one of the two best teams in the State. As coach I was so proud especially as we lost three players to heat exhaustion and one to the bench on a yellow card. This is a great team folks made up of players from Wakehurst Rugby, Pittwater Rugby, and Collaroy Rugby, plus the players from Barrenjoey High, Pittwater High, Davidson High, Balgowlah and Manly Selective schools. These boys play for the Rats and the future the Rats Colts and Rats Grade teams is looking good.
NEXT WEEKS GAMES:
At this stage of the season the Draw for the whole year has not been issued as the first four Rounds are used as a guide to assess team gradings. I should have it during the next two weeks, but meanwhile next weeks games are as follows: -
Minis v Newport at Narrabeen Rugby Park back oval Field 7 at 8am Saturday 14 April
U11 v Hunters Hill at Pittwater High School at 9am Sunday 15 April
Girls Sevens - no game due to holidays
NB Rats v Newport at Porters Reserve Newport at 2.30pm Sunday 15 April
THERE ARE NO GAMES FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS DUE TO SCHOOL HOLIDAYS - EXCEPT THAT THE GIRLS SEVENS ARE PLAYING IN THE OCEANIA SEVENS TOURNAMENT AT RIVERVIEW COLLEGE LANE COVER ON SATURDAY 21 APRIL BETWEEN 10AM AND 3PM (THREE GAMES)
WARRINGAH REP NEWS:
We have 4 players selected in the Rats U11 Squad (Ewan, Flynn, Harrison and Charlie) so far which is a first for the Club, so well done boys, and well done Coach Steve and Manager Lisa on all those years of service that got the boys to this level. We have a few boys trialling for the U10 Development Squad as well, demonstrating that you don't have to abandon our small club and go to the other larger clubs in order to get into Reps.
TRAINING THIS WEEK:
MINIS U6 & U7 - Wednesday Narrabeen Sports High No 2 Field on Namona Street from 4.30pm to 5.30pm
JUNIORS U9 & U11 - Wednesday Narrabeen Sports High No 2 Field from 5.30pm to 6.30pm
GIRLS SEVENS - Wednesday Narrabeen Sports High No 2 Field from 5.30pm to 6.30pm
NB Rats 18s - Thursday 12 April this week is at Rat Park with Colts on back ovals from 6.30pm to 8pm - someone please tell Harry that this week is Rat Park as he keeps going to the wrong ground !
Please note that the NB Rats 18s will train at Wakehurst Rugby Park between 6.30pm and 8pm every alternate Thursday, followed by a BBQ and refreshments; and every other week we train at Rat Park with the Colts:-
19 April - Wakehurst Rugby Park 6pm to 7.30 plus BBQ
26 April - Rat Park 6.30pm to 8pm
WET WEATHER PROTOCOL FOR TRAINING:
Forecast is for three moths of dry weather, but just in case, depending on the amount of rain I will post an update on this website by 3pm - otherwise if it is really heavy then I will text everyone on my list.
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.
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 almost overflowing 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.
NB Rats 18s are strong with a full team plus inter-change players already - Eastwood, Randwick, Wests, Souths and Norths had hoped to get an 18s team up and running but could not despite their large catchment areas, yet the NB Rats have a team thanks to Luke Holmes and the people at the Rats. Actually Warringah is well placed for the future as in addition to the NB Rats, Newport have two teams of 18s, making is about 70 players coming into Colts in 2019 (Simon the Colts coach is really pleased with the landscape.
It's called freedom of choice, you play where you want to, where you mates are playing and because you want to play for the Warringah Rats because we are a rugby community.
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
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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 email@example.com 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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