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Round 5 Wrap

Hello Rebel family

Lights, Camera, Action….What a day . The Junior recognition day and the ABC match of the day saw a massive crowd attend what ended up being a fantastic win  built on guts and rebel Pride by our first grade side 26 -23 over a strong Sydney Uni team. The first grade boys did everyone proud with their defence on their own line coupled with some attacking brilliance by the young, dynamic backline. The mood in the clubhouse and around the ground after the game was electric and it was wonderful to see some many people smiling and being proud of the boys. I am sure those who watched on TV would have been on  the edge of their seat willing the team on.

The lower grades had a tough day in the office but knowing how strong the player group is they will bounce back this week against Gordon. Meanwhile over at the colts our very young squad stretched a very experienced and much more credentialed Uni outfit to the line – going down fighting. Watch this space over the next couple of weeks as the colts are about to explode and deliver some impressive results.

While on the colts I would like to wish the best of luck to some of the squad who will represent at schools level. In the Combined High School (CHS) trials in Dubbo we have Albert Hemopo, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Rahboni Warren Voscayo, Callum Quinn and Matagi Sa’u. All these young men commence the journey to a Australian Schools jersey by being selected for the Sydney-East side that will take part in the NSW CHS trails. We will have our Director of Rugby , Darren Bray out at Dubbo, keeping an eye on them as well as looking for some of the talent on display from other regions.

While the Combined Catholic Colleges( CCC) trial will take place at Hawkesbury Agriculture College on Monday and Tuesday. Different pathway for these boys but ultimately the same goal- An Aussie Schools jersey. The following boys from our colts involved in these trials are; Ben Ryan, Jack Keppel, Jake Leavers and  Liam Holt. We wish them all the best in their attempts to get to the next stages of an exciting journey. Club GM will be out at Hawkesbury guiding the lads through the days matches.


Saturday 19th May is BACK TO ST GEORGE DAY- a day to celebrate one half of our heritage and acknowledge the greats of the past form the famous St George region. As a mark of respect and an acknowledgement of our roots the 1st XV will be playing in St George jerseys while trying to defend the Stapleton- Allen Shield (which we have held since 2010). This game is not on TV so to see all the action you will need to be part of the crowd.

Off the field it has been a busy week at Forshaw with a visit from the ARU Premier Rugby Task force- a review on all clubs in the Shute Shield and an opportunity for the ARU to re connect with club land. We were fortunate enough to have Anthony Eddy , Richard Hawkins and Phil Thompson come down to Forshaw and review all our activities on and off the field. There will be more follow up sessions when feedback will be provided and we are confident they went away significantly impressed with our systems and structures.

Also off the field we would like to continue our acknowledgement of our hard working volunteers. This week it’s a family affair as we recognise the McKinley’s (Gary and Julie- the best father- daughter team in club rugby) Gary and Julie look after all the match results, ensure all the games are correctly timed, liaise with match officials, ground announcing and record keeping. Not only these roles but Julie also assists by adding scores to the web site and when at home she is constantly liaising with the newspapers, the ABC and the NSWRU with up to date results. The McKinley’s have been with the Rebels for a long time and I just don’t know what we would do without them. They do such an outstanding job that NSWRU have them on top of their list to assist during the finals series each year. But the best part of their job is the view- they do have the best seats in the house and they deserve them.

We are so lucky we have great volunteers but If you feel like you have the opportunity to help out we are always looking for volunteers- there is a role for everyone and it can be a great rewarding experience.

Grade times 4ths at 10.50- 3rd at 12.10pm- 2nds at 1.25pm and 1sts 3.00pm Forshaw rugby Park

Colts times 2nds 1.35pm- 1sts 3.00pm- Chatswood Oval( Gordon do not have 3rd grade Colts)

See you at the Rugby.


Craig Hawkings
General Manager
Southern Districts Rugby Club

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