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VOLUME 27 ISSUE 20 $5.00 (INC GST) Saturday August 31 & Sunday September 1st

NEWS Southern Districts captain, Steve Fualau.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V RANDWICK

Randwick captain, Nio Halangahu.

SEMI-FINALS Eastern Suburbs captain, Pauliasi Taumoepeau. JORDY REID - Feature Page 9

EASTERN SUBURBS V MANLY

Ed Gower captain, Manly. ALEX GIBBON

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COLTS PRELIMINARY FINALS (Page 20) RUGBY NEWS 90th BIRTHDAY YEAR


BARFLYBUZZ by Terry Smith

One thousand, six hundred and eight players have worn the sky blue jumper of the Waratahs. Damien ‘Turtle’Cummins is No 1,374 and thereby hangs a tale. In 1996, the Manly hooker was on the bench for NSW against Canada when Alistair Murdoch scored a last gasp try and as Tim Wallace prepared for the conversion kick, ‘Turtle’ and Simon Kerr were told to get on the field. Wallace missed the goal but before play could re-start, the fulltime whistle was blown, so were the pair entitled to say they had played for NSW?

Tim in retiring at the end of the season. With ex-Wallaby Al Baxter a big hit, ratings for club rugby telecasts have gone up this year and we hear the ABC will be back in 2014. Sydney University have done it again. Nine hundred guests headed home happily after the club’s annual Trivett lunch at the Westin, with Sam Kekovich in rollicking form as the MC supported by the String Angels, a trio of violin-playing lasses whom Uni old boy Tony Abbott would describe as having sex appeal. Then a panel chat between AFL boss Andrew Demetriou, Michael Hawker and Michael Cheika. Superbly organised by Executive General Manager Baden Stephenson.

Seventeen years later, statistician Steve Johnson was preparing a list in which each player was given a number. Kerr later played two games for the Waratahs, so he was okay but should Cummins join him? After an email was sent to Kerr in New Guinea to confirm the details, it was decided that one of rugby’s most popular players, who now is assistant coach of the Manly Marlins, should be given the honour. Good on you, ‘Turtle’, Waratah No 1,374 with twenty seconds to spare.

Jean Hay, the Mayor of Manly who is as much a part of the sybaritic seaside suburb as the Norfolk pines on the beachfront and the Corso, rarely misses a home game when the Marlins or Manly Sea Eagles are playing. Jean’s favourite players? Diplomatically omitting her brother Ken Arthurson, she plumped for Bob Fulton in league and a tie between George Smith and Dempsey Joy in rugby. Dempsey achieved folk hero status with his rumbustious play for the Marlins many years ago.

To the surprise of nobody, John Manenti will be announced any day now as coach of minor premiers Eastwood for another season in 2014. “We’ve had a conversation,” he says. “They’re happy and I’m happy.” One of rugby’s deepest thinkers, Manenti feels the reluctance of some Super Rugby coaches to allow players the opportunity to return to their Sydney clubs is hurting their hopes of wearing Wallaby gold. Flanker Chris Alcock provides a classic example. “Chris was No 3 flanker when he went to Perth, but the Force won’t let him play for us at Eastwood,” he says. ”Out of sight, out of mind. Jordy Reid, of Manly, has been in tremendous form for Manly and deserves to be No 3.”

Jean Hay reflected, “It’s funny, but I was speaking one night at the Manly Life Saving Club’s 100th AGM at the Steyne hotel. All the surf club blokes were there and I told the meeting, ‘Actually, I’m celebrating a half century tonight. For the first time in 50 years, all my old boyfriends are here in the same place at the same time’. I looked up and there was Dempsey. I gave him a little wave and it brought the house down.”

Captain Tim Davidson and his University colleague Tom Carter go back a long way. Back to their days playing soccer for the Under 6s at Young. A talking point among his mates is whether Tom really will join Published by: Eric Spilsted Publishing PO Box 848, Lane Cove NSW 2066 Publisher/Editor: Jim Davis T: 9427 8879 | M: 0411 242 535 jim.davis@rugbynews.org

At Eastern Suburbs, the nickname for prop Rob McMickan is Chicken, an odd choice for a man with the heart of a lion. Today he plays his 100th first grade game for the Beasties and when the season finishes, so will he. “He’s only 26 but has the body of a fifty year old,” said a team-mate. A product of Scots College, Rob is small for a prop and the punishment from years of scrums, rucks and mauls has taken its toll. But never once has he backed off.

Photography: Paul Seiser 0412 168 959 paul@seiserphotography.com www.seiserphotography.com Stats Assistance: Steve Johnson

Features Writer: Terry Smith 0416 101 137 sybillas@bigpond.com Artwork: Jodie Holmes.

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RANDWICK REVITALISED AS GREENS (MYRTLE) SET FOR GO

by Terry Smith

Randwick flags now in streets surrounding Coogee Oval.

Call it Randwick Reborn. According to Wallaby and Randwick icon Simon Poidevin, it could result in the famous old club winning the Shute Shield within two years. The revival takes another step today when the men in myrtle green play Southern Districts in a premiership semi-final at Coogee Oval. Last year Randwick finished 10th in first grade, once unthinkable for a club which long had gloried in its sheer weight of Wallabies. Worse still, like so many others, the licensed club had to be sold. Something had to be done to restore the pride of a club which once gave the All Blacks a run for their money and boasted the names of Ella, Campese and Poidevin. And it’s happening under an enlightened new board that is a mix of Wallaby and commercial know-how. Chaired by Bob Dwyer, who coached Australia to victory in the 1991 World Cup, it includes Wallabies Poidevin, Warwick Waugh and Stephen Hoiles along with Allen Stutchbury, Chris Barron, Doug Eggins, James Glissan QC and Quentin Olde. They are joined by club patron Jeff Sayle, himself a legendary Wallaby. We asked Poidevin to take us behind the scenes. “It is the future strategy of a Premier Rugby Club where the Board’s focus begins and ends. Things are very, very positive now. We finished fourth in the club championship and as far as juniors are concerned, no club has tougher competition than Randwick, with the Roosters on one side, South Sydney on the other and the AFL and Soccer making big moves into the district. We are proud of our 900 plus juniors

and an exceptional Randwick Junior Academy run by Jim Dubos.” Poidevin continued: “Although RSL and lawn bowls clubs are closing or struggling to survive, we’ve got financial stability. The football club has always operated independently from the licensed club and is set to run in surplus in 2013. On top of the Randwick Rugby Foundation, we have two outstanding major sponsors, Peter Satouris, of Peters of Kensington, who has been with us since 2002, and the highly regarded University of NSW, which came on board this year.” Eight scholarships to the University of NSW partially enabled Randwick to challenge Sydney University’s seeming monopoly of acquiring the State’s most extravagant young rugby talent. Tom Connor, a 20 year old from Berry who started last year as flanker in the Colts, is in today’s first grade team. Randwick City Council is working in a true partnership with Randwick rugby, with bold myrtle-green banners on the streets surrounding Coogee Oval proclaiming coming home games. On the playing side, Poidevin says: “Coach Wade Kelly has been absolutely superb as coach, reviving the running style for which Randwick is famous.” And he is developing plenty of youthful talent. Apart from Tom Connor, keep an eye on fly-half David Horwitz, who can be devastating in attack from the most unlikely position. But isn’t that Randwick rugby? 3


1963 WALLABY GREATS 50th Anniversary Tour to South Africa by Jim Webster It’s to be hoped the bonding between rugby opponents never ceases. For 80 minutes you might be the fiercest of enemies, but away from the field there’s that common love for the sport and admiration for one another’s skills that should remain forever. And that’s why a band of the 1963 Wallabies are shortly heading off to South Africa because organiser Dick Marks thought “we should do something special for the 50th anniversary of our tour.” And it wasn’t just another tour, because their feats remain deeply etched in the history of international rugby. By the way, getting there they flew in a four-engine, turbo-prop Electra from Perth, via Cocos Island and Mauritius to Johannesburg. The tour incorporated games against Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and Northern Rhodesia (now

Zambia), both strong sides and whose players were eligible for Springbok selection. Indeed, they played against the legendary Andy Macdonald in Northern Rhodesia, one of the greatest-ever props. Later, after surviving a lion attack, he was tragically shot during an invasion of his farm. The average age of those Wallabies was under 24 and the outside world gave them little chance against the world champion Springboks, who had played 13 Tests in both hemispheres over three years without a loss. However, the Australians were young enough to believe anything was possible. This, too, was the era of amateurism. Touring players were paid a dollar a day – or a rand in this case – to cover incidental expenses. Captain John Thornett remarked recently that it was enough to keep you in toothpaste and razor blades. To make ends meet, the Wallabies became scalpers, selling tickets outside the grounds that had been issued to them by the South Africa Rugby Board. (continued on page 7)

1963 TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA 4th Row: J.K Wolfe, J.M Miller, R.J Heming, J.F. O'Gorman, C.P Crittle, J.S. Boyce, J.P.L. White 3rd Row: T.Casey, I.E. Moutray, G.V. Davis, D.J Shepherd, B.G Bailey, D.J O'Neill, R.J.P. Marks, K.V. McMullen 2nd Row: B.J.Ellwood, P.F. Hawthorne, J. Guerassimoff, P.F.Ryan, J.E.Freedman, P.A. Jones, M.A. Jenkinson, L.R. Austin 1st Row: J.R. Klem, J.L.Williams, K.P.Walsham, R.E.M. McLaughlin, J.E. Thornett, A.S Roper, E.L. Heinrich, P.G. Johnson, K.W. Catchpole 5

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As well as four Test matches and an international against Rhodesia, the tour involved 19 games against provincial or university teams, a number of them close to Test strength. Because expectations were so modest, it was no surprise when the Springboks continued their long, unbeaten run with a comfortable 14-3 victory in the first Test in Pretoria. The ground at Newlands stadium for the next Test was wet and heavy underfoot and the Wallabies had to survive an early penalty try before coming back to score an unforgettable 9-5 victory – the Springboks’ first defeat in 15 Tests. On to the third Test in Johannesburg, where Australian teams had never been able to overcome the combination of altitude and Springbok excellence. More than 65,000 fans jammed into Ellis Park and, to the horror of the Australians, the Afrikaner anthem Die Stem was sung just before kickoff, but no Australian anthem, which made our players furious and had them fly into the Springboks with all the venom they could muster. The Test was epitomized by the sensational tackle by scrumhalf Ken Catchpole on winger Gert Cilliers when he was in mid-air, the ball in both hands, diving over the line. The tackle jolted the ball loose to prevent the score. Then came a magnificent try by winger John Williams, who crossed in the corner under three would-be

tacklers. Terry Casey raised the flags with his kick from touch to bring up the final score of 11-9 to the Wallabies, giving them back-to-back victories and making them the first team to beat the Springboks in consecutive Tests since the Lions in 1896. The Wallabies lost a riot-marred fourth Test in Port Elizabeth by 22-6, but the series had been drawn 2-2, giving them one of Australian rugby’s greatestever achievements. So they will soon be returning there, assisted by Qantas, meeting their old Springbok rivals and celebrating what occurred. During their 11-day tour they are having a “bonding session” at Victoria Falls, going on an elephant ride (not permitted under the ‘63 Tours Agreement), attending the Wallabies Test in Cape Town on 28 September, all culminating in a farewell dinner at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg. Organiser Dick Marks has formed a players’ committee : Peter Crittle (speechmaker/information officer), Beres Ellwood (first-aid officer), Jules Guerassimoff (chief negotiator/purchasing officer), Mike Jenkinson (media manager), John Klem (video cameraman), Marks (operations), Jim Miller (golf/auctions), Keith Walsham (diarist), Jon White (complaints officer) and John Wolfe (sergeant at arms/catering). Good luck, Wallabies, and we wish you a wonderful time. PS. My thanks to Dick Marks & Mike Jenkinson for the tour information.

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Ken Catchpole moves in to snuff out a Springbok attack

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AUSTRALIAN RUGBY UNION JUNIOR GOLD CUP COACHING & MANAGEMENT POSITIONS The Junior Gold Cup (JGC) is a national long term talent development and competition program at U15 and U17 age levels coordinated by the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) in conjunction with local and state based stakeholders. The Australian Rugby Union is currently seeking suitably qualified and experienced individuals for key management positions within the U15 and U17 age groups for the 2013/14 Junior Gold Cup. All positions are voluntary.

Management positions being offered across both U15 and U17 age groups are: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Head Coach Assistant Coach Strength & Conditioning Coach/Trainer Team Manager

Time Line: 1. Selections to commence September/October 2013. 2. Off season training commences in November 2013 3. National Competition between February/March 2014. The Junior GoId Cup is made up of 24 centres across Australia. Sydney will make up 4 of these teams. Please attach one page cover letter and one page CV and clearly state the centre, position and age group being applied for. All applicants must possess or be eligible for the relevant working with children card in their state and hold the appropriate coaching accreditation. For coaches a Level 3 is desirable. A level 2 (or willingness to complete the course) is essential. For strength and conditioning coaches an appropriate tertiary qualification is required. All positions require SmartRugby compliance. Applications and enquiries must be submitted to the following email address in each state:

NSW & ACT: JGCupApplications@hpu.rugby.com.au VIC: Matt.Tink@melbournerebels.com.au QLD: juniorgold@qru.com.au SA: Mark.Dobson@sarugby.com.au WA: Dwayne.Nestor@rugbywa.com.au

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STUNNING, POWERHOUSE PERFORMANCES SUGGEST A WALLABY JERSEY COULD BE WAITING

JORDY REID Jordy Reid, a human wrecking ball of a flanker, hasn’t always let his hair grow in massive dreadlocks. “It was really short when I was at school at Shore, but when I left I let it grow,” he says. Perhaps it was because his idol George Smith had his hair in the style. The Manly Marlins are proving a hothouse for players who pull on the No 7 jumper as champion flanker Smith grew up in the sun-toasted suburb as did current Wallaby Michael Hooper. Today it is Reid’s turn to wear Manly’s No 7 and anyone who saw him play with a furious energy against Sydney University last Sunday would not scoff at claims that he is a Wallaby in waiting. Reid, still only 21, has just completed a season of Super Rugby with the Melbourne Rebels and has signed with the franchise for another two seasons. “I’m loving it down there,” he says. Jordy has a room in the house of his Manly and Rebels colleague Cadeyrn Neville and whenever possible heads to Bells Beach with his surfboard to ride the waves. “My life has been pretty much rugby since backpacking through Europe for six months in 2010,” said Reid. Still, he manages to find time to study for a Bachelor of Business degree majoring in sports management and likes to pick at his guitar and listen to the likes of Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jimi Hendrix. His Rebels colleagues call him William Wallace because of a supposed likeness to the famed Scottish soldier who led the way in winning independence from England in the 1300s. Jordy tips the scales at 107kg and has no thoughts of bulking up, preferring to work on his speed. He watches tapes of George Smith (“His skills are fantastic and besides, he’s a Manly guy”) and All Black skipper Richie McCaw because “he gets away with murder.” Springbok Schalk Burger and French hero Sebastien Chabal are other favourites. “I like to get an early touch and run hard at the opposition,” says Jordy, whose dad Lou played as a fullback in Christchurch before having a stint with London Wasps. - by Terry Smith Photo: www.seiserphotography.com


SYDNEY PREMIER RUGBY

MATCH PREVIEWS

by Terry Smith

After Sydney University sneaked home 25-23 against Manly last Sunday with a Brendan Foley drop goal on the bell, Uni skipper Tim Davidson described the Marlins as “the best team we have played all year.” Manly had led 17-0 in a cracker of a game that had a wonderful, almost old-fashioned feel to it and present a formidable hurdle for Eastern Suburbs in the Sunday SemiFinal at Coogee Oval. In this weekend’s other Semi-Final at Coogee, Southern Districts play Randwick, who have the advantage of playing at home. Then on to the Preliminary Finals next week in which minor premiers Eastwood play the winner of Manly v Easts and University clash with the winner of Randwick v Souths.

back next weekend to play in a Preliminary Final. “It will be won and lost at the breakdown,” predicts Souths coach Cam Blades.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V RANDWICK

“They’re monsters, even without Kane Douglas and Jed Holloway,” said coach Kelly as we discussed the Souths forwards. “They still have Sita and Lopeti Timani.” The Wallaby medical staff ruled that giant second-rower Douglas must be rested and Holloway needs shoulder surgery. Randwick had been hoping Stephen Hoiles, the old Wallaby, might be on deck through the playoffs, but he has broken down with a hamstring injury.

At Coogee Oval Previous matches: Randwick 33-25; Souths 43-26 If size and forward power is the determining factor, Souths will win. However, if it takes running rugby to win, Randwick could cause an upset. Nevertheless, both coaches are in agreement that whoever makes the least mistakes will be

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Souths try scoring No.8. Luke Smart steps and runs like a back

It shapes as an intriguing contrast in styles as a vocal home crowd urge on a Randwick team that under new coach Wade Kelly has gone back to the running rugby that made them famous as the Galloping Greens. There are no Ellas, Campeses or Poidevins, simply a bunch of enthusiastic up-and-comers in which the backs revolve around young fly-half David Horwitz, who had a trip to Argentina with the NSW Barbarians. Keep an eye out for Tom Connor, a 20 year old flanker from Berry who has been given the seal of approval from Wallaby icon Simon Poidevin.


fear, but the experience of figuring in a losing grand final will make Souths doubly hungry to take revenge for their brave loss to Sydney University last season. Tip: Southern Districts

EASTERN SUBURBS V MANLY At Coogee Oval Previous matches: Manly 39-20; Manly 26-22 Lashings of inspiration and buckets of perspiration from this one, with the clash of the No 7s playing a huge part in determining the outcome of a game that will be played with furnace hot commitment up front. Playing open-side flanker for Manly is Jordy Reid, whose bullish running induces alarm and admiration in equal measure, while Ryan Hodson, Easts’ red- blooded No 7, provides just as big a threat. This could be the individual clash of the weekend of semi-finals. Over to Manly coach Phil Blake, who says: “Big games are won around the forwards and Hodson is pretty aggressive in the ruck contest.” Manly have won both times against the Beasties this season but, according to Blake, that means nothing. He says, “We have to summon the same sort of intensity and attitude we showed against Sydney University if we are to beat Easts, who had a very good win against Norths last weekend.”

Randwick flanker, Tom Connor.

“Randwick will use the field width and play from one side to the other, so we’ll have to mark well” says Souths coach Blades, who adds, “It could be decided by the battle of the back-row.” In this key area, Souths have the formidable trio of Lopeti Timani, Jono Hayes and Luke Smart. There is Wallaby talent in the Souths backs through Rob Horne in the centre and Nick Cummins on the wing and a superboot at flyhalf in Rohan Saifoloi, who already has contributed 254 points, 46 ahead of his nearest rival Ben Batger. Possibly Blades was looking at such 11 when he predicted plenty of points will be players scored at Coogee. Randwick will put up a bold showing, have no

On their day, Easts are capable of beating any team in the Shute Shield but will the real Beasties stand up? The only change in the team that scored five tries in disposing of Northern Suburbs 36-27 is the inclusion of Mark Murray in the centre. But will they be able to turn the tables on an in-form team that already has beaten them twice this season? The Beasties have plenty of oomph in the forwards and a Super Rugby halfback in Brendan McKibbin. “We have to match their physicality,” says coach Mark Bakewell, who has played a major role in Tonga’s progress to the World Cup finals. Looking at Manly, Bakewell says: “They’ve got good centres (Brian Sefanaia and Malietoa Hingano), a good back-row and dynamic play in the team. Against Sydney University (Manly led 17-0 but were beaten on the bell), they had only eight turnovers. Our game plan will be to play semi-final football 11


NEXT WEEK’S

GAMES

PRELIMINARY FINALS Match Venues, Sydney University & TG Millner – days to be confirmed. SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7, SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 8 Easts No. 7 Ryan Hodson. His clash with Jordy Reid could shake the Stands.

and just be clinical.” The battle up front could be titanic, with the giant Cadeyrn Neville and his second-row partner Ed Gower and frontrow Dave Porecki, Pat Leafa

Eastwood v Winner of Eastern Suburbs v Manly

and Eddie Aholelei are a match for any tight five in the competition.

Sydney University v Winner of Southern Districts v Randwick

Tip: Manly

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COOGEE OVAL

SEMI-FINAL

Saturday August 31

3.10 PM Referee: Damien Mitchelmore (Qld) Assistant Referees: Michael Hogan, Tim Wills TMO: Matt Goddard

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS

RANDWICK

Red, White, Sky Blue and Black

Myrtle Green FAITOTOA ASA 1. (C) NIO HALANGAHU 2. TRISTAN GOODBODY 3. GEOFFREY INGRAM 4. WILLIAM MUNRO 5. PETE SAMU 6. TOM CONNOR 7. NATHAN PAILA 8. JAMES HELLIWELL 9. DAVID HORWITZ 10. ETHAN FORD 11. MARC KOTECZKY 12. TIMOTHY WRIGHT 13. CALLUM FRYER 14. RENNIE LAUTOLO 15. Coach/es: WADE KELLY

1. DUNCAN CHUBB 2. STEVE FUALAU (C) 3. TIM METCHER 4. ANDREW LEOTA 5. SITA TIMANI 6. LOPETI TIMANI 7. JONO HAYES 8. LUKE SMART 9. DEWET ROOS 10. ROHAN SAIFOLOI 11. ALEX GIBBON 12. ROB HORNE 13. APO LATUNIPULU 14. NIC CUMMINS 15. BEN VOLAVOLA Coach/es: BLADES / BARR 2ND GRADE – COLIN CAIRD SHIELD: 1.15 PM

Referee: Ed Martin Assistant Referees: Anthony Moyes, Charles Hartson

GORDON

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY Blue and Gold 1. Alasdair King 2. James Willan 3. Sam Talakai 4. Tom Heslop 5. Byron Hodge 6. Benn Melrose 7. Stuart Goodman 8. Hugo Dessens

Tartan 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Richard Draper Stefano Hunt Alex Rokobaro James McMahon James Dargaville Nathan Trist Stuart Dunbar Coach/es: Stumbles/Hovey/Roberts

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

3RD GRADE – HENDERSON SHIELD: 11.40 AM

Salesi Maumalanga Jim Handlin Jack Parfitt Mark Johnson Alex Knight Andrew Turner Cam Thorburn Mark Williams

Hamish McGilvray Will Shirvington Nick Walker Erik Moss Tom Coupland Eric Maroni Ryan Matthews Coach/es: Neil Tunnah

Referee: Matt Kellahan Assistant Referees: Dominic McCarthy, Luke Rogan

EASTERN SUBURBS

RANDWICK Myrtle Green 1. Alexander Epa Iosefa 2. Thomas Weber 3. Michael Celona 4. Thomas Weatherall 5. Scott Kennedy 6. Thomas Bennett 7. Nick Coogan 8. Junior Taavili

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Red, White and Blue 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Mark Bannon Daniel Fleming Peter Wright James White Thomas Hiddleston Andrew Wing Kee Ben Allard Coach/es: Brent Kelly

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

4TH GRADE – HENDERSON CUP: 10.15 AM

Adam Fullgrabe Sam Palmer Rory McMullen Harry Hosegood Digby Colley Ben Willis Nick Tooth Lachlan Pigott

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Steve Shapland Jeremy Raftos Rohan Jones Jack Denning (C) Chad Isles Tom Mathers Warwick Percival Coach/es: Rutherford

Referee: Charles Hartson Assistant Referees: James Marshall, Peter Redwin

RANDWICK

MANLY Red and Blue 1. Alberto Gomez Novak 2. Will Pasi 3. Will Taufa 4. Christian James 5. Lachie Beattie 6. Deon Conning 7. Robbie Pickering 14 8. Alex Schwarz

Myrtle Green 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Will Thompson Sam Lloyd-Green Vincent Ryan Joe Metuisela (C) Josh Carolan Sullivan Jones Mitch Kay Coach/es: John Kelly

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Sam Lolo Jarrod O'Hara Drew Ferguson Jonathon Ellis Lachlan Robertson Matthew Mackay Nicholas Kaspareck Christopher Barron

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Sam Bartlett Samuel Muller Thomas Joseph Scott Malone Allan Thompson Keith Masima Brendan Davis Coach/es: Matt Buckland


COOGEE OVAL Sunday September 1

SEMI-FINAL 3.10 PM

Referee: Andrew Lees Assistant Referees: Michael Hogan, Richard Goswell TMO: Peter Redwin

EASTERN SUBURBS

MANLY

Red, White and Blue

Red and Blue DAVE PORECKI 1. PAT LEAFA 2. EDDIE AHOLELEI 3. (C) ED GOWER 4. CADEYRN NEVILLE 5. DYLAN SIGG 6. JORDY REID 7. LUKE JONES 8. MATT LUCAS 9. MARSHALL MILROY 10. JACOB WOODHOUSE 11. BRIAN SEFANAIA 12. MALIETOA HINGANO 13. RICHARD HOOPER 14. BJ HARTMANN 15. Coach/es: BLAKE / CUMMINS

1. SIONE KOLO 2. ALEX WALKER 3. ROB MCMICKEN 4. MITCH CHAPMAN 5. PHIL MATHERS 6. PAULIASI TAUMOEPEAU (C) 7. RYAN HODSON 8. TALALELEI GRAY 9. BRENDAN MCKIBBIN 10. HENRY HUDSON 11. CHARLIE CLIFTON 12. MARK MURRAY 13. ANTON LAVIN 14. ELIJAH NIKO 15. WILL FAY Coach/es: BAKEWELL / AITKEN / LIPMAN 2ND GRADE – COLIN CAIRD SHIELD: 1.15 PM

Referee: James Leckie Assistant Referees: Anthony Moyes, Tim Wills

NORTHERN SUBURBS

MANLY Red and Blue 1. Tyron Rota 2. John Wunder 3. Tom Mooney 4. Ryan Melrose 5. Dave Shotton 6. Harry Bergelin 7. Mitch Daniel 8. Andrew Davis (C)

Red and Black 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Adam Crerar Tom Chesters James Arnold Joe Christie Damien Reti Lui Siale Cameron Pyne Coach/es: Brown / Wilson

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Liam Walker Jack Grant Matt Gordon Lewis Adams Lachlan Porteous Tom Redden Sam Myers Coach/es: Stokes / Seale

Dan Murray Scott Podmore Karl Trujens Lewis Dwyer Luke Heavey Sam Figg Tim Fitzgerald Hugh Sinclair

3RD GRADE – HENDERSON SHIELD: 11.40 AM

Referee: Brendon Farrar Assistant Referees: Tim Wills, Jason Johnson

WEST HARBOUR Red, White and Black 1. Leon Latu 2. Pat Andrews 3. Rhys Sawford 4. Phil Manukeu 5. Sean Little 6. Tom Andrews 7. Daniel Midghall 8. Jack Naylor

MANLY 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Igo Fauii Sai Vakarau Graeme Kolomalu Brendan Rixon Joe Tuvitu Lucas Baxter Kiwi Kapene-Belcher Coach/es: Treweek/Harold

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

4TH GRADE – HENDERSON CUP: 10.15 AM

Dave Hart Takashi Tokuyama John Baranyi Jack Wesson Carrick May Brad Meaney Vaughan Hay Harry Edwards

Max Wood Jack Brisby Alex Franklin Anthony Bergelin (C) Harry Mountain Anthony Calavassy Pete Squires Coach/es: Murphy / Donkin

Referee: Dominic McCarthy Assistant Referees: Nick Hannon, Andrew Hackett

EASTERN SUBURBS Red, White and Blue 1. Sean Day 2. Joji Kurosaki 3. Thomas Kolo 4. Charlie Thompson 5. Conor Keane 6. Jack Harris 7. Ivan Luteru 8. Gavin Grace

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Red and Blue

NORTHERN SUBURBS Red and Black

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Hugh Brownhill (C) Dick Windle Sam Devlin James Field Eddie Paea Rhys Pirie Blake Boulton Coach/es: Frawley/Dontoh

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Andrew Dovgan Ash Hall Jason Philips Will Callanan Ben Browne Hiram Brooke Wildan Olley Oscar Doughty

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Michael Premboke Sam Plamer Sebastian Burfitt Tom Lee James Nakkan PJ Cameron Joe Jenkins Coach/es: Crowe / Moore

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Jared Barry’s ferocious tackling had the crowd gasping at T.G. Millner last Saturday. The hit was so big on one occasion it was thought neither he or his Souths opponent would get up.

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Manly flyhalf, Marshall Milroy scores the first try (when he came down) of the Manly v Sydney Uni cracker game.


COLTS RESULTS SEMI-FINALS Saturday August 24

GRADE RESULTS QUALIFYING FINALS

Sunday August 25

Colts 1 Northern Suburbs

28

Randwick

39

Southern Districts

40

Warringah

41

Manly

42

Colts II Northern Suburbs

5

Eastern Suburbs

41

West Harbour

25

Northern Suburbs

22

Sydney University

74

Manly

10

West Harbour

Colts III 5

SHUTE SHIELD LEADING TRY SCORERS END OF ROUND 18 G Jeloudev (SU)

20

P

A Gibbon (SD)

16

C Brown (NS)

11

N Batger (Ew)

15

M Adams (Wa)

11

15

L

10

13

H Perrett (Ew)

10

T

10

J

Holmes (Wa)

A Alofa (WH) J

Woodhouse (Ma) 11

Taumoepeau (ES) 11

Smart (SD) Kingston (SU)

SHUTE SHIELD TOP POINTS SCORERS END OF ROUND 18 R B H D J T C G D C

Saifoloi (SD) Batger (Ew) Hudson (ES) Harvey (Wa) Debreczeni (WH) Preston (G) Brown (NS) Jeloudev (SU) Rawaqa (Pa) Matehaere (Ra)

T 6 6 2 3 5 6 11 20 6 5

G 46 49 36 39 30 21 22 3 24 29

P 40 24 30 20 11 15 6 0 8 3

F 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0

Pts 242 200 172 156 118 117 117 106 105 92

Saturday August 24 SHUTE SHIELD West Harbour Randwick

24 37

Manly Sydney University

23 25

33 27

Eastern Suburbs Northern Suburbs

36 27

36 19

Manly Randwick

15 31

Sydney University 31 Eastwood 44 J R HENDERSON SHIELD West Harbour 43 Gordon 8

Eastern Suburbs Gordon

28 48

Sydney University Manly

17 0

Eastwood Randwick JR HENDERSON CUP Manly West Harbour

56 19

Eastern Suburbs Southern Districts

31 13

27 7

Sydney University Northern Suburbs

37 3

Eastwood Randwick

22 12

Eastern Suburbs Southern Districts

24 0

Eastwood Southern Districts COLIN CAIRD SHIELD Northern Suburbs Parramatta

SHUTE SHIELD QUALIFYING FINALS SCORERS Eastwood 33 (Nick Batger, Jimmy Hilgendorf, Michael McDougall, Hugh Roach, Benn Robinson tries; Ben Batger 4 cons) Southern Districts 27 (Steve Fualau, Alex Gibbon, Rob Horne tries; Rohan Saifoloi 3 cons, 2 pens) Randwick 37 (Ethan Ford 2, Peter Samu 2, Tristan Goodbody, James Helliwell tries; Marc Kotezcky 2 cons, pen) West Harbour 24 (Henry Seavula, Rory Sidey, Shaun Treweek tries; Jack Debreczeni 3 cons, pen) Sydney University 25 (Tom Boidin, James Dargaville, Tom Kingston, Nick Phipps tries; Bernard Foley con, dg) Manly 23 (Marshall Milroy, Pat Leafa tries; Marshall Milroy 2 cons, 3 pens) Eastern Suburbs 36 (Damon Anderson, Mitch Chapman, Will Fay, Pauliasi Taumoepeau, Alex Walker tries; Henry Hudson 4 cons, pen) Northern Suburbs 27 (Corey Brown 2, Ben Matwijow, Bill Meakes tries; Corey Brown 2 cons, pen)

GREGOR GEORGE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

ERIC SPILSTED COLTS’ CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP Sydney Uni Manly Norths Eastwood Randwick Parramatta Easts West Harbour Souths Warringah Gordon Penrith*

C1 510 510 348 306 348 270 162 252 270 252 192 0

C2 240 153 204 231 147 132 147 96 93 33 0 15

C3 124 70 118 102 72 84 102 38 16 32 0 0

TOTAL 874 733 670 639 567 486 411 386 379 317 192 0

* Penrith deducted 24 points for late forfeit in Colts 1. Club competition points are calculated thus: SS x 15, Res x 8, 3rd x 5, 4th x 4, Colts 1 x 6, Colts 2 x 3 and Colts 3 x 2.

Sunday August 25

Sydney Uni

1st Res 3rd 4th C1 C2 C3 Total 1125 608 410 324 510 240 124 3341

Eastwood

1170 600 350 300 306 231 102 3059

Manly

975 624 330 180 510 153 70 2842

Randwick

600 600 345 292 348 147 72 2404

Norths

645 456 155 244 348 204 118 2170

Easts

705 336 280 216 162 147 102 1948

West Harbour

840 208 300 124 252 96 38 1858

Souths

930 208 195 104 270 93 16 1816

Parramatta

540 256

85

72 270 132 84 1439

Warringah

600 248

75

84 252 33 32 1324

Gordon

300 288 175 72 192 0

0 1027

Penrith*

60 112

0

5

96

* Penrith deducted 24 points for late forfeit in Colts 1.

0

15

270 17


2013 NSW PREMIER RUGBY COMPETITIONS SHUTE SHIELD – FIRST GRADE Eastwood Sydney Uni Manly Souths West Harbour Easts Norths Randwick Warringah Parramatta Gordon Penrith

P

W

D

L

18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

15 15 13 13 10 9 8 7 7 7 3 0

1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2 3 4 5 8 9 10 11 11 11 15 18

Bon For 16 15 11 10 16 11 11 12 12 8 8 4

764 752 579 576 519 474 430 500 517 490 363 252

W McMAHON MEMORIAL SHIELD - COLTS 1 Ag Pts 355 275 386 388 581 459 420 528 578 640 718 888

78 75 65 62 56 47 43 40 40 36 20 4

COLIN CAIRD SHIELD – SECOND GRADE Manly Sydney Uni Eastwood Randwick Norths Easts Gordon Parramatta Warringah West Harbour Souths Penrith

P

W

D L

18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

16 16 15 15 11 8 6 5 6 4 3 1

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1

2 2 3 3 7 10 12 13 11 14 13 16

Bon For 14 12 15 15 13 10 12 12 5 10 10 8

715 664 753 797 573 415 464 443 230 402 386 250

Ag Pts 319 260 287 336 429 455 617 726 600 611 537 915

78 76 75 75 57 42 36 32 31 26 26 14

J R HENDERSON SHIELD – THIRD GRADE Sydney Uni Eastwood Randwick Manly West Harbour Easts Souths Gordon Norths Parramatta Warringah Penrith

P 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

W 16 14 14 13 12 11 8 6 5 3 3 0

D 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0

L Bon For Ag Pts 1 16 919 119 82 3 12 813 170 70 4 13 624 328 69 4 12 612 237 66 6 12 549 311 60 6 10 491 247 56 10 7 363 456 39 11 9 354 626 35 12 9 478 464 31 15 5 272 773 17 15 3 191 716 15 18 1 134 1353 1

J R HENDERSON CUP – FOURTH GRADE Sydney Uni Eastwood Randwick Norths Easts Manly West Harbour Souths Penrith Warringah* Gordon* Parramatta

P

18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

W

16 16 15 13 11 9 6 5 4 5 4 3

D L 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

2 2 3 4 7 9 12 12 14 13 14 15

*Gordon deducted 4 points for late forfeit *Warringah deducted 4 points for two early forfeits

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Bon For 17 11 13 7 10 9 7 4 8 5 6 6

901 589 541 396 370 393 258 260 225 164 181 228

Ag Pts

104 169 251 257 223 331 383 565 668 549 507 499

81 75 73 61 54 45 31 26 24 21 18 18

Sydney Uni Manly Norths Randwick Eastwood Parramatta Souths Warringah West Harbour Gordon Easts Penrith*

P 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

W 17 17 11 11 9 8 8 8 7 6 5 0

D 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0

L 1 1 7 7 9 9 10 9 11 12 13 18

Bon 17 17 14 14 15 11 13 8 14 8 7 1

For 979 886 611 595 523 461 549 392 519 386 359 169

Ag 254 269 421 512 499 467 504 625 578 610 552 1138

Pts 85 85 58 58 51 45 45 42 42 32 27 0

*Penrith deducted 4 points for late forfeit

SHELL TROPHY - COLTS 2 Sydney Uni Eastwood Norths Manly Randwick Easts Parramatta West Harbour Souths Warringah Penrith

P 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17

W 16 16 13 9 10 8 9 5 6 2 1

D 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0

L Bon For Ag Pts 0 14 823 150 80 1 13 545 199 77 4 16 654 277 68 7 13 521 286 51 7 9 535 463 49 7 13 441 340 49 8 8 438 346 44 12 12 409 580 32 11 7 314 531 31 15 3 212 747 11 16 1 143 920 5

BILL SIMPSON SHIELD - COLTS 3 Sydney Uni Norths Eastwood Easts Parramatta Randwick Manly West Harbour Warringah Souths

P 14 14 15 15 14 15 15 14 16 14

W D 12 0 11 0 10 1 10 0 7 1 7 0 7 0 4 0 3 0 1 0

L Bon For Ag Pts 2 10 497 149 62 3 11 463 181 59 4 9 329 218 51 5 11 324 205 51 6 9 238 246 42 8 8 310 303 36 8 7 289 246 35 10 2 191 446 19 13 5 186 413 16 13 3 143 549 8

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COLTS REPORT by Scott Killingworth

WARRINGAH 41 V RANDWICK 39

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 40 V NORTHS 28 Norths began the match with a 7-0 lead thanks to an intercept in the opening minute. This intercept try became the catalyst for an ensuing arm wrestle, as both sides became determined to not give away any easy territory or possession. Souths tied up the scores at 7 apiece thanks to some consistent pressure over the gain line by their hardworking forwards that paved the way for quick ball to inside centre Damon Brown, who ran a perfect line to pick up Souths first try. Norths' trump card all season has been their classy lock pairing of Connor Vest and Declan Carroll so it came as no surprise that the pair were largely responsible for the Shoremen's two try rebuttal. Both of these tries were converted by the classy boot of flyhalf Josh Kay to bring Norths to a 21-7 lead that remained until half time. The Norths forwards definitely had the wood over their Southern Sydney opponents in the first half and the Rebels came out after oranges determined to change this. They achieved just that when they scored not long after the second half whistle from a perfectly organised rolling maul which was duly converted. This try was matched soon after by a potent Norths attacking move that lead to yet another converted try that brought the score to 28-14 to the men from north of the bridge. This was to be the last of the Shoremen's points, as Souths seemed to kick into another gear, enjoying a smorgasbord of territory and possession. The stranglehold they had over the ball led to yet another try to go-to man Damon Brown and the match became 28-21 with twenty minutes to spare. Souths four unanswered tries in the final quarter of the match showed that they are strong finishers, something that will come in handy when they tussle with the raw power and structure of Sydney University this weekend.

Randwick held the ball well in the opening few minutes and looked destined to score when scrumhalf Gerard McTaggart dummied on the fringe of a ruck before making a clean break and running thirty metres. He was tackled just short of the line but the ball was won over by the Rats shortly afterwards when number eight Tim Poynting won the turnover and the Rats were relieved from Randwick's early pressure. Warringah's backs have scored tries over the past few weeks that can be described as nothing short of majestic and the first try of this match was no different. A Louis Anderson cut-out ball to seagulling winger Zac Jones was kept flowing with an inside ball to the always elusive Mike Edwards who sidestepped four tacklers and ran forty metres before throwing a pass back to Louis Anderson who scored under the posts. Randwick put some points on the board a few minutes later when sustained pressure close to the Rats line opened up a kickable penalty. These three points were soon followed by Randwick's first try, scored by Nathan Roye - one equally as impressive and expansive as Warringah's a few minutes earlier. Randwick's next try was almost identical, with Roye this time passing close to the line for centre Oliver Nicholson to perform a steady leg drive and get the ball over the line. This tryfest of a match remained tit-for-tat, with extraordinary tries from both teams and ensuring that the scores remained similar throughout the match. Randwick had held a slight lead at the back of the second half that was eventually overtaken by the Rats with minutes to spare and Randwick had one last shot at victory with a penalty attempt 40 metres out right on the final whistle that sailed just wide and meant that Warringah go through to a big Preliminary Final against local rivals the Manly Marlins this weekend. Could all coaches please submit match reports to Scottkill@outlook.com

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COLTS PRELIMINARY FINALS FORSHAW RUGBY PARK 1st Grade Colts: 3.00 pm

Saturday August 31

Referee: Richard Goswell

Assistant Referees: Jamie McGregor, Ben Wawn

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY Blue and Gold

Red, White, Sky Blue and Black

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

CAMERON ORR OLIVER TEKIVITI JARROME RARU DAVID SULTER HARRISON ORR BEN RYAN BRANDON PAENGA-AMOSA ALBERT HEMOPO SAM HARRIS BEN ARNOLD MATT TEKI DAMON BROWN TRENT WINTERSTEIN CYRIL SAWAKI NICK McCARTHY

ALEX BATHO FOLAU FAINGA'A GRAEME WESSELS TOM SHAW ROHAN O'REGAN HARRY RANDELL ETHAN THOMAS CALUM BUCKLING JAKE GORDON FINLAY MCDONALD MATT NARRACOTT JIM STEWART CHRIS INGATE HENRY CLUNIES-ROSS MATTHEW HOOD

COACH/ES: HAIGH / COWLEY

Coach/es: HOLMES / SUTER

EASTERN SUBURBS

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY Blue and Gold

Red, White, and Blue

2nd Grade Colts: 1.25 pm 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Ben Lawley Tyne Holmes Vincent Morsello Nick Coaldrake Cameron Skelton James Kennelly Byron Wicken Jack Stanford

Referee: Aragon Heppel 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Angus Pulver Tianua Poto Phil Tuinuku Ben Hughes Eveni Hunt Fadi Saad Jack Redden Coach/es: Riches/Partridge/Daley/Dillon

Assistant Referees: Rob Nehme, Antony Hastie 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

9. Ephraim Lesa 10. Josh Arena 11. Jake Turnbull 12. Jimmy Holyman 13. Jack Unicombe 14. Aiden Woodford-Smith 15. Pat Fishburn Coach/es: Buchan Richardson

Blue and Gold

Blue and White

3rd Grade Colts: 12.00 noon

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Jack Bliss Mike Van-Diggelen Riley Tasker Matthew Simpson Tinashe Washaya Ben Martin Jack Leger-Ryan George Hudd

Will Ratcliffe Archie King (C) Dylan Holmes Luke Brown Jack Cody Josh Moss Max Wylie Elford/Kacaimaiwai

EASTWOOD

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Referee: Charles Guyatt

Chris O'Donnell Tom Harbison Dylan Vieira Jason Date Josh King Alexander Pay Mesake Tagituimua Coach/es: Gudgeon/Radcliffe/Caterson/Carter

Assistant Referees: Colm McCaughan, Rob Nehme 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Cameron Minto Andrew Walker Alex Pappalardo Will McManus Hamish Mathers Lachlann Taylor Pat Benson Sam Martin

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Coach/es:

Will Skelton Lachlan McEntyre Ben Astley David Conlon Milad Ferris Martin Wahbe Marcus Creais Tyler/Gonzalez


COLTS PRELIMINARY FINALS FORSHAW RUGBY PARK 1st Grade Colts: 3.00 pm

Sunday September 1

Referee: Ian Smith

Assistant Referees: Jamie McGregor, Aragon Heppel

MANLY

WARRINGAH

Red and Blue 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Green and White JACK WHEATLEY ZAC JONES PETER BARRATT RYLEY BAKER HARRISON SELBY JORDAN MERIDETH TIM POYNTING NICK HATZI JAKE LOWE MITCHELL PUGH MAX JONES (C) HARRY McBRYDE LOUIS ANDERSON SEB WILEMAN MIKE EDWARDS

RORY O'CONNOR BEN CAROLAN ALEX BRAND MATHEW PHILIP KAREL LLOYD RHYS DOMBKINS ETHAN UILI VINNIE BARANYI FABIAN NATOLI REECE HODGE (C) BENSON FAKAI LALAKAI FOKETI RYAN SQUIRES ALEX NORTHAM MIKE HOWARD

Coach/es: HARVEY / MILLS

Coach/es: FARGAS / KILLIAN / RAYNER

EASTWOOD

MANLY Red and Blue

Blue and White

2nd Grade Colts: 1.25 pm 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Keiran Healy Scott White Alex Houston Spencer Deck Jackson Cooper Thomas Antozzi Henry Tier Kiti Latu

Referee: Ben Wawn 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Nic Smart Ben Crerar Jonathan Huskins Jack Eades (C) Rob Arnold Chris King Ryan Taylor-Dennehy Coach/es: Beer/MacDonald

Assistant Referees: Antony Hastie, Rob Nehme 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

NORTHERN SUBURBS

Pat Ferris Alex Brown Sione Tangi Angus McCaffrey Tim Bartlett Ace Taufa John Bolster Conor O'Gorman

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Taylor Mathieson Nick Tregoning Ben Kaafi Daniel De Santis David Konstantopoulos Bryce Steel Ben Abbott Coach/es: Fairfull/Fangaloka

EASTERN SUBURBS

Red and Black

Red, White, and Blue

3rd Grade Colts: 12.00 noon 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Hugh Polkinghorne Bryn Pritchard George Donnelly Jonathon Ross Lochie Adair Blake Etheridge Anthony Brown Henry Mikkelsen

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Referee: Luke Rogan

Tom English Nick Duckworth Josh Wilde Ed Slattery Harry Bartholomew Tomas Cleary Oscar Pople Coach/es: Psaltis/Jensen

Assistant Referees: Colm McCaughan, James Walker 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

9. Felix Van De Laak 10. Henry Holden 11. Dave McCathie 12. Harrison Shaloub 13. BJ Edwards 14. Thomas Grunwaldt 15. Jonathon McMennamin Buchan Richardson Coach/es:

Tim Allworth (C) Will Maddocks Nick Stotz Chris Belsey Charlie Tym Henry Tilley Tim Wilson Shields/Brown

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COLTS SEMI-FINALS

Warringah hooker Zac Jones makes a break in the Semi-Final against Randwick at Forshaw Rugby Park.

Randwick flanker Jack Johnson charges into the Warringah defence in the nail-biting Semi-Final won by the Rats 41-39. 22

Photos: karenwatsonphotography.com.au


REPRESENTATIVE TEAM COACHES 2014 New South Wales Junior Rugby Union and Sydney Junior Rugby Union invite applications for the following Coaching positions for their teams for the Representative season of 2014. SYDNEY JUNIOR TEAMS

NEW SOUTH WALES JUNIOR TEAMS

Under 14s

Under 15s

Under 15s

Under 17s

Under 16s Under 17s Sydney teams are chosen from the NSWJRU State Championships held over the June long weekend and the NSWJRU teams are selected from the City V Country tournament traditionally held late July. Applicants must meet the following criteria: • Accredited Level 2 or 3 coach • Smart Rugby compliant • Proven coaching record. Applicants must be able to attend all required tournaments pertaining to selection and create a disciplined but relaxed environment whilst encouraging team members to continue their Rugby career. It is expected that the successful applicant will implement training regimes to ensure the teams are competitive whilst maintaining the players links with their Village Club teams. Applications are invited from a Coaching team as well as from individuals. Applications in writing with resume to: SJRU COMPETITION MANAGER kbrady @ nswrugby.com.au


SHOOTING STAR: AMBITION, DRIVE & FOCUS HAVE SEEN THIS REBEL ENJOY A METEORIC RISE IN 2013

ALEX GIBBON A little over three years ago, Southern Districts’ tyro Alex Gibbon was playing as a breakaway and aiming to emulate his childhood rugby hero, Phil Waugh, before being told he was simply too small to run with the pack. A switch to the centres brought recognition from the NSW under 17’s side but it was his final move to the wing that has seen the 20-year-old’s star really shine in 2013, with 17 tries to his name already and a spot in the NSW Country side that faced the British & Irish Lions and a place on the recent tour of Argentina with the NSW Barbarians, as a reward. He puts his progress down to a bit of old fashioned grind. “I guess it’s been a result of hard work but a lot of it’s down to good coaching as well,” he says. “You get picked at Southern Districts based on hard work not on how good you are and I love working hard, I love training and I want to get better so it’s paid off.” Born in Alstonville near Lismore in the North East of the state, he made his way to the Rebels after undertaking a scholarship at Nudgee College in Brisbane. With a host of Sydney clubs showing interest in his services, he took the advice of best mate Jed Holloway and headed to Forshaw Park. It’s a decision that coach Cam Blades is increasingly thankful for. “For a winger he’s intense beyond belief and he loves the physical side of the game,” says Blades. “He’s a really professional player in terms of his approach, he’s really switched on when it comes to the stuff you need to do to make it and he’s keen to achieve. If you had a team full of Alex Gibbon’s you’d be pretty confident that each week you’re going out there with guys who are very committed to the cause.” You get the feeling Gibbon knows exactly where he wants to be. “My first goal when I was a kid was to play first grade in the Shute Shield,” he reveals. “I’ve done that so now I have new goals to achieve.” Which are? “Playing for the Waratahs or the Australian Sevens side.” You certainly wouldn’t back against him. 25

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SYDNEY UNIVERSITY 2013 FINALS LUNCH The annual Sydney University Trivett Finals Lunch held at the Westin Hotel last Friday was very well attended. Slated as an afternoon of “laughter, entertainment, quality food and wine, networking and socialising,” the lunch was hosted by riotously funny media personality Sam Kekovich who had the 800-plus guests in stitches for over three hours. Kicking off with a collection of contemporary and classic tunes from the pink violins of the String Angels (with a forgettable but hilarious cameo from Uni second-rower Will Skelton) the afternoon took in a raffle, a silent auction and a rousing speech by captain Tim Davidson who paid tribute to his great friend and fellow long-serving club man Tom Carter. A panel Chaired by Andrew Coorey featured Michael Cheika (Waratahs coach) , Michael Hawker (ARU Chairman) and Andrew Demetriou (AFL CEO)

who discussed a broad range of important topics relating to both rugby and AFL. With concerns regarding the depth of Australian rugby an ongoing issue, Cheika had this to say about a proposed third tier competition: “I came through club rugby and I’m a very big believer in giving credibility and showing faith to the current system. Obviously we have to make improvements so there’s content for television, but the structure as it is, is good enough.” Praise must be heaped on the small army of organisers at the Sydney University club for a great event. The entertainment was top-notch, the venue likewise and the meals were hearty enough to last till Sunday when the Students stole a 25-23 win over - Brendan Bradford Manly after the bell. MC Sam Kekovich was at his hilarious best.

130kg Will Skelton confirmed he is not studying music.

Waratah coach Michael Cheika says a few words on the positives of club rugby.

Record setting Uni captain Tim Davidson will retire at season end.

Section of the 800 plus crowd attending the lunch at the Westin Hotel.

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WILSO’S WHISPERS by Bob Wilson

Up on the Mid North Coast recently the Annual David McCormack Memorial Game was held when Hastings Valley took on Coffs Harbour. Dave McCormack, one of only two Life Members of the Hastings Valley Vikings Rugby Union Club, served as a Committee Member, Registrar, Club Captain, First Grade coach and the inspiration behind the formation of their Golden Oldies team, “The Wrinkled Horns”. This month marks the sixth anniversary of that sad day when all in the Club lost a good mate. Dave will always be rightly remembered as the “heart and soul” of the Vikings. It was during his Presidency the title the “Family Club” was well and truly established, especially with the help of his own family members Fiona, Adam, Hamish and Caitlin who today all continue to carry on that legacy with the club. His son Adam, was captain of the Mid North Coast team at the NSW Country Championships and later represented the NSW Country Cockatoos and Combined NSW & Queensland Country against the British & Irish Lions.

it has been played each year in his honour. It is a small token for a man whose big heart loved rugby and the Hastings Valley Vikings Club. There was never a bad word said about this great rugby man and everyone in attendance at the Memorial Game remembered what such a great guy Dave McCormack was. His memory will always live on. Former Randwick Rugby President, Ian North moved to Matcham on the Central Coast several months ago and now the ex President of Easts, Allan Williamson is living a few streets away. They had been having a cold refreshment at the local Terrigal Rugby Club on a Saturday afternoon and ran into former Parramatta player, Will Robilliard and his brother Ian, aka “Moose”, the former coach of the Sydney Kings Basketball. Good luck Ian and Allan, you will need it as Will Robilliard still thinks he is a teenager and can completely destroy a person having a quiet beer. Still at Terrigal Rugby Club the former Wallaby hooker, Jeremy Paul is the Director of Rugby and occasionally puts the boots on and has a run around in the backrow for the Trojans. Canterbury Rugby Club’s only playing Life Member, Bruce “Crazy” Leigh, played his 750th game for his beloved club last Saturday in the Noice Cup Minor Semi-Final against Fairvale/ Lansvale. He is still one of the fittest guys in the club and doesn’t take a backward step against players more than half his age or double his size. It’s a miracle he’s still playing at all, as ‘Crazy’ had a very bad fall while tree pruning a few years ago – luckily, he landed on his head. Bruce is a tough old bastard who naturally enough has found his home in the front row after first joining the club back in 1973 as a winger.

David McCormack with Wallaby great Nick Farr-Jones.

He has vowed to keep playing until he wins a premiership. Congratulations, Bruce.

Dave instigated the Annual President’s XV versus Wrinkled Horns match and since his passing

If you have any stories or news please email to bobw@wireless2way.com.au

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