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Grand Finals The 2013 ACTJRU Grand Finals were held on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September. All Division 1 and 2 Finals were held at Canberra Stadium, with Division 3 Finals held at ANU North Oval. More than half of all the ACTJRU clubs and schools were represented in the grand Finals across the weekend and the standard of play was excellent.

Finals venue - Canberra Stadium

UNDER 18’s DIVISION ONE GRAND FINAL In the Premier match of the 2013 Junior season, the Under 18 Division One Grand Final was contested between St Edmund’s College 1st XV and Marist College 1st XV. With St Edmund’s 1st XV containing two Australia “A” Schoolboys in their side, and having beaten Marist both times in roundrobin play they entered the game as favourites. However it was Marist with all the early running. The Marist side put together a number of phases early in the game, however they could not turn the pressure into points with St Edmund’s defence holding. After a period of sustained pressure from Marist a St Edmund’s player intercepted a pass to score the opening try against the run of play.

Almost 6,000 spectators were counted through the gates, showing there is great support for our junior rugby players, and all spectators and participants were treated to some excellent running rugby. Congratulations to all winners and participants throughout the season. FULL LIST OF GRAND FINAL RESULTS

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COVER PHOTO: Burgmann College students get in the spirit by wearing Brumbies colours in support of the Brumbies Grand Final appearance against the Chiefs in NZ.

UNDER 18 Div 1 - St Edmunds 40 v Marist 27 UNDER 18 Div 2 - St Edmunds 18 v Vikings 10 UNDER 18 Div 3 - Marist 35 v Tablelands 26 UNDER 16 Div 1 - St Edmund’s 59 v Grammar 12 UNDER 16 Div 2 - Uni Norths 32 v QBN 29 UNDER 15 Div 1 - Vikings 40 v Daramalan 17 UNDER 15 Div 2 - St Edmund’s 38 v Broulee 12 UNDER 15 Div 3 - QBN 45 v Marist 27 UNDER 14 Div 1 - St Edmunds 10 v Marist 10 UNDER 14 Div 2 - Broulee 19 v Vikings 12 UNDER 14 Div 3 - Tablelands 31 v Grammar 7 UNDER 13 Div 1 - Marist 34 v St Edmund’s 0 UNDER 13 Div 2 - Marist 17 v St Edmund’s 12 UNDER 13 Div 3 - Easts 38 v St Edmund’s 21 UNDER 12 Div 1 - Marist 26 v Uni Norths 21 UNDER 12 Div 2 - Grammar 35 v Gungahlin 27 UNDER 12 Div 3 - Uni Norths 21 v Marist 20 UNDER 11 Div 1 - Marist 41 v St Edmund’s 17 UNDER 11 Div 2 - Marist 14 v Wests 12 UNDER 11 Div 3 - Easts 19 v Marist 10 UNDER 10 Div 1 - Marist 22 v Yass 5 UNDER 10 Div 2 - Marist 36 v St Edmund’s 10 2 UNDER 10 Div 3 - Gungahlin 32 v Grammar 15 UNDER 9 Div 1 - Gungahlin 30 v Uni Norths 10 UNDER 9 Div 2 - Royals 25 v Uni Norths 10

Marist on the attack The intercept seemed to deflate Marist for the next 10 minutes with St Edmund’s building pressure of their own. A number of breaks were made from both sides but each teams scrambling defence was equal to the task. For the rest of the half the teams traded a couple of penalty goals and tries to leave the game still in the balance going into halftime. In the second half St Edmund’s proved too strong scoring a number of tries in quick succession to get out to a comfortable 20 point lead. With 20 minutes to go Marist launched a brave fight-back scoring a couple of late tries to narrow the gap but in the end a score-line of 40-27 (in St Edmund’s favour) illustrated the endeavour that both sides took into the game and St Edmund’s were deserved winners.



BRUMBIES U16 REPS Team list for nationals Josh Nikoro (Leeton) Moala Ahoafi (Royals) Tom Ross (Daramalan) Lachlan Baynham (Eddies) Brodie Leber (Wests) Nick Saunders (CGS) Angus Allen (Leeton) Dan Keir (Daramalan) Nathan Exton (Marist) Stephen Shepherd (Trinity) Sam Browning (Radford) Trai Henderson (Eddies) Sione Afemui (Uni-Norths) Jamie Kotz (Eddies) Isaac Walker (Tablelands) Patrick McCulloch (Marist) Patrick Lonergan (Eddies) Ben Latuke (Broulee) Luciano Fonoti (Royals) Liam Murphy (Marist) Steve Hardie (Eddies) Luke Dawes (Eddies) Jacob Patmore (Daramalan) Coach: Paul Simonsson Asst Coach: John Ross Manager: Mick Pini Physio: Brenton McDonald

Australian Rugby Union National U16 Championships During the first week of the October School Holidays the Brumbies U16 Representative side participated at the Australian Rugby Union’s U16 National Championships. The Brumbies U16’s participate in the 1st Division and were drawn in Pool B along with QLD Red, Victoria and Sydney Juniors. The teams making up Pool A were QLD White, NSW Country, Western Australia and NSW Schools. BRUMBIES MATCH REPORTS Monday 30th September-Brumbies v Sydney The Brumbies boys first match of the national Championship was against the Sydney Juniors side. In a tough game the Brumbies boys fought well. Sydney jumped out to a good lead, but the Brumbies scored 2 tries in quick succession to get right back in the game. Some late tries by Sydney gave them a flattering 37-15 win in the end.

36-8, but the game was much closer than the score suggested. QLD dominated the lineout, but the Brumbies scrum showed good improvement from the previous game and had QLD going backward on a number of occasions. Friday 4th October-Brumbies v NSW Country In the Final game of the tournament the Brumbies U16’s faced NSW Country in the 7th/8th playoff. NSW Country came out with more intent and pulled away to a comfortable lead, but 2 late tries by the Brumbies got our lads within 1 try. With 1 minute left on the clock the Brumbies needed to go the length of the field to find a match winner but stout NSW Country defence held us out. The 20-15 loss was a disappointing way to finish the championships, but the players will have grown remarkably for the experience of attending their first National Champs. NATIONAL INDIGENOUS U16’s

Along with the Brumbies U16 teams participation at nationals we also had players from Brumbies territory selected to represent the National Indigenous U16 Representative team. The National Indigenous U16’s play in Division 2 at the National Champs against state sides from South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania. Unfortunately, Brumbies U16’s v Victoria injury took away some players, so in the end Jesse Thomson was the only Brumbies region player in Tuesday 1st October-Brumbies v Victoria the side. Jesse played very well, as did the IndigeThe Brumbies 2nd match was against Victoria. In nous side in general. A 115-3 victory against Tasa game that both sides see as a mini-final within mania saw some incredible tries scored. The team the championship, it was a disappointing performthen beat Northern Territory 62-0, and then beat ance from Brumbies. Victoria raced away early to South Australia 33-14 to claim the division 2 title. a 26-0 lead. Brumbies scored just before halftime to give some hope of a win trailling 26-5 but turning with the wind in the second half. However the Victorian juggernaut continued to pile on the pressure and run away with a 45-5 victory. Thursday 3rd October-Brumbies v QLD Red Following a rest day on the Wednesday the Brumbies faced reigning champions QLD Red. The Brumbies boys put in their best performance of the tournament against a strong QLD team who would go on to comfortably win the championship. The Brumbies really took it to QLD in the first half, and it wasn’t until QLD rolled out their 3 big guns in the second half that they started to pull Wagga’s Jesse Thomson (#17) lifts his jumper away to safety. Eventually QLD won the match



Brumbies Schoolgirls RUGBY QUOTES

“The relationship between the Welsh and the English is based on trust and understanding. They don’t trust us and we don’t understand them.” Dudley Wood (1986)

“I think you enjoy the game more if you don’t know the rules. Anyway, you’re on the same wavelength as the referees.” Jonathan Davies, A Question of Sport BBC TV (1995)

“You’ve got to get your first tackle in early, even if it’s late.” Ray Graved

It’s basically the same, just darker.” Kevin Senio ( Auckland ), on Night Rugby vs Day Games

“Strangely, in slow motion replay, the ball seemed to hang in the air for even longer.” Murray Mexted

“He’s a guy who gets up at six o’clock in the morning regardless of what time it is.” Colin Cooper on Paul Tito

2013 Representative Campaign FIFTEEN ASIDE PROGRAM

Game Two v New South Wales @Sydney

The second and final game of the girls 15 aside program saw them face the might of NSW. NSW Following a strong training period through July are traditionally a very tough opposition and this and August, the Brumbies Schoolgirls 15 aside proved the case again. The Brumbies girls fronted team played the first match of their program with enthusiasm, but ultimately the physical size against the Western Sydney Schoolgirls at a suof the NSW girls proved to strong and their tight perb looking St Edmunds College field, which was forward based game carried them to a 15-0 defeat. basking in the late winter sun. The Brumbies girls The Brumbies girls threatened to score on a numachieved a narrow victory last year and were hop- ber of occasions, in particular a great chance right ing for a similar result for 2013. The match, which on halftime was spoiled by a cruel bounce of the was played on Sunday August 25th, saw a good ball, but NSW earned their better luck through crowd of supporters turn up to watch, and they more determined play. were not disappointed with the great brand of rugby that unfolded in front of them. The SEVEN ASIDE PROGRAM Brumbies girls started very strongly building multiple phases on attack and only desperate Western The Brumbies Schoolgirls 7’s team played in the Sydney defence kept them out. Even when West- National Championships at the Gold Coast on the 12th/13th October. Our girls were drawn in a ern Sydney got the ball, the defence of the Brumbies girls was too strong forcing the Sydney- tough pool with Victoria and NSW Blue. First up Brumbies managed a morale boosting win over siders into errors. Victoria. After a slow start the girls powered home to win 24-19. This would mean a win, or even a close loss to NSW Blue could see them earn a place in the top 4 for semi-finals. Unfortunately NSW extra pace and skill carried them to a comfortable 27-0 win. As a result Brumbies missed out on the best runner up spot for the semi-finals so had to settle for a place in the Plate Semi’s. Game One v Western Sydney @St Edmund’s.

Brumbies Schoolgirls XV’s Rep team Eventually the weight of possession took it’s toll and the Brumbies girls started to make strong gains up the field resulting in a number of tries. With just 20 minutes to go the Brumbies girls had a comfortable lead of 25-0. The last 20 minutes saw a strong fight-back by Sydney and eventually they scored near fulltime to rapturous applause, not only from Sydney supporters, but also from the sporting Brumbies fans. The final result of 257 was a fair reflection of the game, and an outstanding result for our girls. Taylor Stanford was 4 the star scoring 15 of the 25 points.

Brumbies Schoolgirls 7s enjoying the Gold Coast Again our side faced Victoria and put in an even better performance this time beating the Southerners by 29-17 to earn a place in the Plate Final against South Australia. SA had been the surprise package of the competition so far and our girls couldn’t contain them in a 22-5 loss. 6th place out of 9 teams was a solid performance from the girls.




Fisi Fekitoa Damon Stamatis David Kirk Ted Pearson Ruan Janse van Rensburg Emmanuel Poszantis Sam Mickelson Francois le Grange Charlie Bennett Zac Ross Zane Bijorac Eamon McCoola Wez Alexander Tom Brewer Toby Chilver Antonius Poulos Will King Jeremiah Tupou Matt Kingma Liam Wylie Michael Rademaker William Hayes Zac Patterson Head Coach Andrew Withers Burgmann College Assistant Coach Sean Connochie Gunghalin Eagles

ACT Schools U12 Representatives Program Review ing the ACT as 21-0 winners. Fortunately the player’s injury turned out to be a minor bruise, but as always safety comes first in these situations,. The 2013 ACT U12 Schools Representative side was selected following the PSSA U12 Schools Dis- Result: ACT 21-0 South Australia (Bijorac, Alextrict Carnival held in term 2 at Phillip District Oval. ander, Brewer tries. Poszantis 3 cons) Initially a large 50 man squad was named to attend a second trial later that term. Following this second ACT v Victoria The ACT’s second game was against a big Victotrial at Griffith Oval the squad was whittled down to the final 23 man squad that went on to train and rian outfit. This match has traditionally proved a play a trial game v St Edmund’s U13 side in prepa- tough task for the ACT side, but our team played exceptionally well in the match this year. A strong ration for the Southern State Championships. start saw our side race out to a 26-0 lead scoring some magnificent tries. Victoria fought their way PSSA SOUTHERN STATES TOURNAMENT back with a try of their own but this was just a temporary blip for the ACT lads who stormed away to The 2013 PSSA Southern States Tournament was a pleasantly surprising 52-10 victory. The ACT held on 5th and 6th October at Griffith Oval in boys scrum and lineout was dominant, and the side Canberra. The quadrangular tournament features showed excellent linebreaking ability in the midthe U12 Representative teams from the ACT, NSW, Victoria, and South Australia. Our U12 rep field. Result: ACT 52-10 Victoria (Bijorac 2, Alexander side for this event is unique in that it is selected solely from players at school in the ACT boundary. 2, Rademaker, Brewer, Chilver, McCoola tries. Poszantis 6 cons) The 4 State sides play a full round robin with the tournament winner being decided by the team with the most championship points. There are also a number of traditional trophies contested between traditional rivals during round robin play, for example when South Australia play Victoria the winner of this individual match is awarded the Griff Hunt Shield. ACT match reports are as follows; TRIALS & PRE GAMES

Manager Tammy Maher Burgmann College

A good crowd cheer on NSW before the ACT game

ACT run out to face South Australia ACT v South Australia ACT opened the tournament with their first match against the South Australians. In picturesque settings the ACT boys started strongly making breaks at will. The team enjoyed long periods of possession and territory and 3 excellent tries were scored by halftime. Unfortunately after just a couple of Larkham Shield won by ACT minutes of 2nd half play a South Australian 5 player for the first time ever as was injured. The medical staff could not move the Tournament Runners Up player so this saw the fulltime whistle blown leav-

ACT v New South Wales The last game for our ACT boys was against the traditional powerhouse of this event NSW. Not only would this match decide the tournament winner, but the match also doubles as the Trevor Allen shield fixture (a shield for the winner of the ACT v NSW match). ACT have never beaten NSW in this fixture, but all results leading into the match suggested this could be ACT’s best chance in many years. NSW came out of the blocks flying, scoring a number of long range tries early to get out to a 19-0 lead. However ACT fought back through a strong set piece with Wes Alexander making a powerful break to score and give ACT some hope at 19-7. Unfortunately this was short-lived as NSW then turned on the after burners to run away with the match. Result: ACT 7-55 NSW (Alexander try, Poszantis con)




Profiles - ACT Community Rugby PLAYER PROFILE - SUITA TAI CLUB PROFILE - YASS RAMS RUC The Yass Rugby Club, North of Canberra, are traditionally a strong performer at all levels of the game. The Senior club supports 2 sides and the big news for Yass rugby club this year was the performance of the Senior 1st Grade side who went on to win the Division One 1st Grade championship. The achievement was particularly special given the

Cameron Thorpe PROFILE Cameron Thorpe, pictured prior to the ACTJRU Finals at Canberra Stadium, is a local junior referee in Canberra. As well as refereeing in the Saturday competition, Cameron has done a great job when refereeing at our various midweek Schools Carnivals COACH PROFILE

Dave Martin PROFILE Dave has been a great coach and administrator in the Southern Inland region of Brumbies territory. This year Dave took charge of the Southern Inland U15 Representative team as well as coaching the Griffith Blacks U15 side to the SIRU U15 Premiership. Dave also won the 2013 volunteer of the year award.

Suita getting ready to play for Marist College Suita Tai plays his rugby for Marist College as part of the Colleges 1st XV who made this years ACTJRU U18 Division 1 Grand Final. Normally a hooker or back row player, Suita also featured for the ACT Schoolboys at this years National Schoolboy Championships where the ACT finished in 7th side only qualified for the finals in 4th position. place having defeated WA in the 7th/8th place The Junior section of the Yass club has also perplayoff. formed strongly this year. Yass Juniors have teams at every age group from U7 through to U12. The A regular player in Brumbies age grade Represen- stars for Yass Juniors this year were certainly the tative sides, Suita has enjoyed a recent call up to U10 side. Not only were the side competing in the the Australian Schoolboys national team for their first division, but they also went all the way to the Northern hemisphere tour this year. Fellow ACT Grand Final to face Marist College at Canberra players Keith Morgan (St Edmunds College) and Stadium, a fantastic achievement for a club with Connal McInerney (Vikings & Erindale College) limited population to select their teams from. 2013 are also in the touring squad. The National Schoolboys have 8 games on their Northern Hemisphere tour including 4 full “Test� matches against each of the home nations in Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland. Congratulaions to Suita, Connal and Keith on your great achievement and Brumbies Development 6 would like to wish all 3 players the best of luck on their Northern Hemisphere tour. Brumby Jack at the Yass junior sign up day



Budding Brumbies

FUN FACTS • In 1924 Western Samoa played their first international match against Fiji. The match was played at 7am so the Samoans could go to work. The match took place on a field which happened to have a tree growing on the pitch! • Rugby union players who swapped codes to play professional Rugby league were banned from returning to the Amateur rugby union code up until August 26th , 1995 when rugby union officially became “open”, ie professional.



In November of this year the Brumbies in partnership with our local Premier Junior clubs in the ACT & Queanbeyan will be running a new rugby introductory program called “Budding Brumbies”. The program will run on 4 consecutive Friday afternoon’s starting on Friday 1st November and concluding on Friday 22nd November. The program is a great opportunity for children aged 4 to 9 years old to give rugby a go in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Sign up can be done at the Brumbies Website ( in the “Grassroots” section under “Budding Brumbies”. To go directly to the sign up page please click the form below. Alternatively if you seek more information please email Daniel Hooper at You can also call 6283 8518 for more information.

PARTICIPANT PACK Each participant who participates in the program will receive a great Brumbies pack of rugby kit including a rugby ball, a hat, a drink bottle and a backpack similar to the picture below.

• In 1877 rugby moved from having 20 players in a team to the current 15 aside team. • The trophy for winning the 6 Nations use to be silver on the inside, but due to champagne corrosion it is now lined with gold • The name Alexander Obolensky may not be familiar to many rugby followers in Australia, However Obolensky’s story is one of intrigue. Obolensky was a Russian prince who as a child was forced to flee the 1917 Russian Revolution. Having settled in England he became a star for the England Rugby team scoring twice against the All Blacks in England’s first win over NZ in 1936. He would later perish during WW2 during a training accident at just 24 years.

Budding Brumbies Flyer & Registration form COST

Example Participant Pack

The cost for each participant to join in the 4 week program is $55, this covers the 4 sessions as well as the Participants Pack.

VENUES Participating clubs and host venues across the city include Gungahlin Eagles (Gungahlin/North Canberra Area), Uni-Norths Owls (North Canberra), Wests Lions (Western Suburbs of North Canberra), Easts Rugby (Eastern Suburbs, Manuka/Griffith Area), Canberra Royals (Woden/Weston Creek 7 Area), Tuggeranong Vikings (Greater Tuggeranong Area), Queanbeyan Whites (Queanbeyan).

WHAT WILL MY CHILD LEARN Participants will be run through a number of rugby relevant skills and modified games. The program will also encourage fun, physical activity, and teamwork. Sessions will be run by trained coaching staff in a safe environment. Parents are most welcome to watch and/or assist and most clubs will be running a BBQ during the sessions.



South Coast-Monaro Review




Sapphire Coast Anglican College again hosted regular rugby matches for the Bega region. With the inclusion of the Lumen Christie (Pambula) School taking the regular competition to three schools, the regular competition is slowly growing.

The space expo was a great success with Brumbies Rugby, running a section of the 2 day expo. The expo creates great exposure to all sports and extra curricular activities. The Expo is held in Goulburn with all the Schools in the area coming to attend the two day event. The event is a great way to expose Rugby to a lot schools in a short amount of time. A big thanks to Seth Stoltenberg for helping out on the two days.

• Development Officer visits have continued to Schools in the South Coast and Monaro regions with approximately 2,500 children across SCM involved in rugby skills clinics and recruitment visits. • School Gala Days will continue in term 4 with Yass, Narooma and Milton all due to host Primary School Rugby Gala Days. • Approximately 1,500 Schoolchildren in SCM have participated in Schools Rugby Carnival Days so far this year.

Braidwood v Goulburn in the U10’s FIZZY REDS FINALS Action in the SCAC v Bega High School match This term also had a Girls competition; this gave the girls their first opportunity to play their first games of Rugby. The two days were a great success with seven teams competing in both days of competition.

• A number of SCM based girls represented the Brumbies Schoolgirls with aplomb in the Girls 15 and 7 aside Representative Programs.

The Fizzy Reds Goulburn Friday Night competition concluded with Finals on Friday 6th September at Carr Convoy. The under 12 competition was taken out by a convincing Braidwood Redbacks beating Goulburn Reds 26-0. The 2013 Fizzy Reds season was one of great success with good numbers again participating. 2014 promises to be another great season for the Friday night concept and Brumbies Development encourages all juniors to have a go even if you play a different sport on a Saturday.

Bega High School on the attack A big thanks to Greg Thorton, David Williamson, Scott Harris and Mike Crowley for organizing all 8 the High School kids to be involved. Also thank you to Adam Parker for refereeing.

Braidwood Redbacks - U12 Fizzy Reds Champs



SCHOOLS NEWS • A new Carnival was held for Schoolgirls rugby 7’s at Yanco Ag High School. 4 teams participated in the Open girls division with 2 teams playing in the Year 7/8 competition. Wagga High School won both competitions. • School Visits have continued through term 3 with Brumbies Development officer Jack Burey visiting a series of schools. • A number of SIRU girls have enjoyed success representing the Brumbies Schoolgirls against NSW opposition.

Southern Inland Review The U11’s Grand Final was another nail-biter, extraordinarily this was the 2nd of 3 Grand Finals The 2013 Southern Inland junior Rugby Union which required extra-time. After the extra-time Grand Finals were held at Temora on Sunday 25th period the 2 teams still couldn’t be separated with a 26-26 draw meaning both Wagga and Young were August. Prior to Grand Finals there were preliminary Finals days held at West Wyalong and Leeton declared joint premiers. Nick Jenkin’s from Young won the Man of the Match award. on the 2 Sundays leading up to the Grand Finals. On Grand Finals Day 3 Finals were contested in the U15, U13 and U11 grades. The U9 Premiers are decided by the points table and this honour went to Griffith. SOUTHERN INLAND JUNIOR FINALS

In the U15 Grand Final it was also Griffith who won the silverware following a 27-10 win over a determined Leeton side. Man of the match for the U15’s Grand Final went to Griffith’s Matthew Driti.

U13 Champions Albury show off the trophy U15 Finalists Griffith (in black) and Leeton


The U13’s Grand Final was a thriller with Albury defeating Griffith by 31-19. The match was much closer than the final score suggests with both teams actually tied at fulltime and needing to play extratime. Albury’s fitness held together best, and a couple of extra time tries got them home. Man of the match for the U13’s was Joe Cass from Albury.

In September the Southern inland U16 Rep team conducted a tour of Tasmania. The U16’s got the opportunity to face full state opposition by playing the Tasmanian u16’s twice, prior to Tasmania’s participation in the ARU U16 Nationals. Southern inland performed very well winning both matches 34-5 and 32-12 respectively.

U11 SIRU Finals Captain’s

9 Southern Inland U16’s (in Red & White) pose with the Tasmanian U16 State side




Coach Education

27th October Foundation Course The Foundation Course assists coaches in getting their Level 1 coaching accreditation. 28th October Coaching Kids Rugby Course. The coaching kids rugby course teaches coaches the best management techniques for running their junior training sessions. For more info on courses contact Russell Ingram at Brumbies rugby on: 6283 8520


5 V 4 DRILL - CONTINUOUS CONNECT AND DRIFT DRILL Area: 20m x 15 Player Numbers: 11+ Equipment: 1 ball, 15 cones, 4 pads/suits

Key Coaching Points

Drill Description •

The attackers (BLUE) start with the ball in the middle (3) and on the coaches whistle pass directly to 1 or 5 to commence the attack. The two defenders (RED) in the middle must react into the channel from which the attack is generated and link up with the single defender before going forward as a group and drifting as required. The remaining defender must re-connect with the three inside defenders by holding his depth to buy some time and pulling them across. Once a try is scored or attack is shut down the players will run through to the opposite end and the drill is repeated for 4-6 efforts.

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Defenders take the space forward on the inside shoulder maintaining their shape. Steady once a target area is chosen. Stay tall & dip late through the knees & hips. Shoulder contact - Hit, Stick & Squeeze. Finish with leg drive. Look to recapture possession.

Progression • •

Have only 1 of the middle defenders move into the channel where the Ball Carrier is. Have all Defenders move into the channel of the Ball Carrier.

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Laurie Fisher Coaching


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UPCOMING EVENTS • Budding Brumbies Try Rugby Program across Canberra and Queanbeyan. First 4 Fridays in November. • Junior Gold U15 Trials 8.30am Registration Griffith Oval 26th October • Junior Gold U17 Trials 1.00pm Registration Griffith Oval 26th October • Brumbies U20 Trials Griffith Oval 2nd November • SIRU Women’s 7s trials 9th November




On Sunday 15th September Brumbies Junior Representative teams faced off against opposition from New South Wales at Marist College. A good sized crowd fronted to watch a great day of closely fought matches. The ACTJRU U17 side played NSW U17 and grabbed an exciting one point win 27-26. The U17’s have a strong group of players who unfortunately had a shortened program this year, but will be happy to have beaten NSW in such a thrilling encounter. The ACTJRU U16 side faced Sydney Juniors who were also in their pool at the U16 Nationals and narrowly went down in an encouraging performance. Lastly the ACTJRU U15 side faced off against the NSW U15 state side and were also narrowly beaten. Like the U17’s this was also the final match of the U15’s representative program for 2013.

The 2013 KPMG Canberra Junior Sevens was held on Sunday 15th September at O’Connor ovals. 1100 players took part in the day with O’Connor ovals chock full of spectators. A very successful carnival was held with clubs from across Brumbies territory participating along with a number of strong Sydney Junior clubs. The ACT clubs performed well, but ultimately it was the Sydney clubs winning the major awards on the day. Results were as follows;



On Saturday 21st September, Brumbies Rugby hosted a stall at the Governer-Generals Centenary • ACTJRU Annual general Family Picnic. Brumbies Development staff atMeeting. tended the event to interact with the community and 19th November to unveil our new Inflatable Passing cage. The event was a great success with tens of thousands of • Community Rugby people attending. Brumbies causal staffer Seth StolStakeholders Meeting tenberg said “the event was great fun, the kids and 24th November adults alike enjoyed having a go on the new Brumbies Passing cage”. • National Indigenous Schoolgirls 7’s Championships at Alice Springs 10th-12th December

U9s – South Coogee beat Harbord 30-5 U10s – Clovelly beat Canterbury 26-0 U11s – Canterbury beat Harbord 44-12 U12s – Northern Suburbs beat Coogee 35-5 U13s – Lane Cove beat Waverley College 52-0 U14s – Hills beat ACT Barbarians 34-0

In the week leading up to the Brumbies historic Super Rugby Grand Final v The Chiefs, Brumbies Development encouraged our schools to participate in some rugby activities to help support the team. A number of schools across the Brumbies territory signed up to participate, and each school received an impressive pack of giveaways.

St Patrick’s Cooma join the GF celebrations

• Projected Completion of Brumbies new facility at University of Canberra March 2014

Brumbies new Passing Inflatable at the Picnic Brumbies Development found the day most worthwhile being able to distribute flyers and information 11 Also a regarding the 2014 junior rugby season. number of giveaway packs were handed out with the general public lapping up the freebies.

Ultimately over 1,000 children participated with some notable efforts. Burgmann College played touch rugby union, which then culminated with a Brumby Jack colouring in competition which was judged by Brumbies Development staff. Burgmann participants also dressed up in Brumbies gear. Marist College also had a large contingent of the Junior School involved with games and dress up. Thanks to all the schools that showed their support for the Brumbies across the ACT & Southern NSW. FLORIADE Brumbies Development also attended Floriade on the weekend of October 12th and 13th where we had our new Brumbies Passing cage set up. Giveaways were handed out to aspiring rugby players.


ACT Junior Rugby Union Clubs 2013

Resources Coach Education • Smart Rugby • Coaching Kids • Foundation • Level 2 South Coast Monaro • Junior Marlins • South Coast JRU Facebook SIRU • SIRU Juniors • In the Media






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Brumbies Rugby Development Newsletter Issue 3, 2013  
Brumbies Rugby Development Newsletter Issue 3, 2013  

News & Review of Brumbies Rugby Development 2013