Southern Beaches welcomed their newest team, the Under 17’s girls, with their very first round played at home at Friday night 22nd February. Women’s Rugby is fast growing and Southern Beaches are proud to be able to field a team in the competitionon
After a very successful Girls Get Rugged up for Rugby Day .A day where young girls were empowered to play all forms of sport.Southern Beaches will be hosting the Hunter Girls Summer Series at Ernie Calland Come along and support Girls rugby in the Hunter
Starting from January 2019 there will be an update to the online registration process with a new app being released by RugbyAU. Players will easily be able to sign up and register in just a few easy steps.
Hunter Junior Rugby Union (HJRU) will open a new pathway for young female players with the introduction of an innovative competition in 2019.
HJRU President, Julien Castaldi, said a local 10-a-side competition for girls in the Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 age groups will kick off in May next year.
“This is exciting news for HJRU and local clubs which have been seeking an opportunity for young girls interested in playing rugby union to show their talents on the field,” said Julien.
“Under existing competition rules, girls up to the age of 12 years can play mixed gender rugby but there has been little pathway to continue their development and great enthusiasm for the code in later years.”
The 10-a-side player format will start on 18 May next year and continue for 11 rounds before Grand Finals in each age group.
“Local clubs have been pressing for such a competition because of the increasing interest of young girls in playing rugby,” said Julien.
“We know that girls and women’s sport is changing rapidly – just look at the successes of the Australian Women 7s in winning gold at the Rio Olympics and the Super W Women’s competition this year in which a number of Hunter players were involved.
“That success at the top level is filtering down through the younger age groups and our new competition – believed to be the only one of its type in a NSW Country rugby zone – is anticipated to attract a lot of interest from girls in the 13 to 17 age bracket.”
Julien said the initiative was being built on the success of a Spring Rugby 7s competition for girls that HJRU has run for the past year.
“We started the Girls Summer 7s in February this year to provide an opportunity for girls aged Under 15 and Under 17 to play the faster version of the game,” explained Julien.
“The current Girls Spring 7s competition has 10 teams in the Under 15 division while the Under 17s comprises six teams which reflects the interest from those age groups in playing rugby.
“HJRU is now focussed on transferring that interest to a longer format of the game and our release today of information about the new 10-a-side competition will allow clubs to start planning for 2019.
“The 10-a-side format (instead of 15 players per team) is designed to allow clubs to concentrate on building their player strength between now and May next year. It will also allow clubs to engage with a smaller team group while introducing those girls to the code.”
Southen Beaches Rugby Academy began on Thursday 8th November. Please read attached flyer for more information for Juniors over 11 years of age.
Interested in playing Rugby 7s
Under15s and Under 17s
An eventful day at Ernie Calland Oval on Saturday 1st September
Under Eleven’s Team narrowly defeated by Merewether. It was a game that both teams were in it to the end and a great display of rugby by both teams.
Under Fourteens also had an impressive game with a 26 to17 win over Merewether. Sealing the win with an impressive try on the bell .Phil Talaileva was also named Player of the match.
Congratulations to Southern Beaches Juniors for claiming the NHJRU Club Championship 2018
Look to Southern Beaches Junior Facebook page for a collection of photos of the day
The time is almost here and excitement is brewing.!!!!!
Tomorrow at 8.50am Southern Beaches Under 11 take the field against Merewether in the Grand Finals.It is a long time since we have had an Under Elevens in a Grand Final and it is extremely exciting for all connected with Southern Beaches Rugby Club.Then at 11.30am the Mighty Under Fourteens are contesting the Grand Final for the second consecutive year
Just as exciting it is the first time a Southern Beaches Team has been able to contest a Grand Final on home soil since the club first competed in 1995. It is a great opportunity to show off what great facilities we have at our club since the redevelopment of Ernie Calland and Allen Davis Field
For these reasons it is important that every member possible of Southern Beaches Rugby be there in attendance to celebrate this great Event.
Saturday 23rd June
This Saturday sees our Juniors play all teams at home.Followed by Seniors playing Singleton.
Old Boys Day will also see our past players come together to celebrate everything Great about Southern Beaches .
To top off the day Wallabies vs Ireland will be screened at the Sandpit.
BE A PART OF IT ALL !!!
Southern Beaches Premier One Team finished in 3rd place on the NHRU ladder Board. A pleasant note was that by defeating Hamilton in the 3rd last round Beaches not only knocked off The undefeated 1st placed Team but they took hold of the Hawthorne Cup that they had lost in the first round .The forwards have lifted to another level of confidence supported by backs out wide.
A bustrip to Singleton finished off the season for the boys who are now in Finals mode
Good Luck !!!!!
The mighty 4ths played their first game last night at home. We came second on the field but were certainly the crowd pleasers!
This Team, pulled together in last 10 days, has had 1 training session, and put up a credible performance with a lot of untapped talent still to come through.
27 tubes of Dencorub, 3.7km of strapping tape and 52kg of ice later, but everyone had a great time and were proud to pull on our Club Jersey! I take my hat off to you guys! Hope some of you can still walk today!
Last night showed what a “family” Beaches has become. We welcomed and mingled with new and old players, from our team and the opposition.
Huge thank you to Coaches, Trainers, Managers and all support Staff last night.Thanks to all our supporters, friends and Families. Awesome effort by Mick and Wayne, who are always there for the Club… I cant even think of a word to thank the current players who helped last night, looking back, we could not have done the great job without you guys, we didn’t expect the numbers that came along, nice to see Andy Fairfull and his son at the game.
I hope everyone enjoyed the night as much as I did, we learnt a lot and will do even better next home game!
Summer Training Schedule has already commenced
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NHRU: Reborn Southern Beaches get shot at redemption against Hamilton
SOUTHERN Beaches captain Va Talaileva reckons watching an under-12s game would have been better viewing than the last time they played Hamilton.
The Hawks dominated the round-12 clash from the outset on the way to a crushing 45-5 victory at Passmore Oval.
The surrender proved a defining moment for Beaches.
They haven’t dropped a game since. On Saturday they get a shot at redemption against the Hawks in the major semi-final at No.2 Sportground.
“We got smacked by the Hamilton at Passmore Oval,” Talaileva said. “After that a few of the boys didn’t talk to each other. It was pretty disappointing. You would have rather watched under-12s play than us that week. We had to take a look at ourselves. The next week we won against Wanderers and it clicked that we can actually match the big boys.”
Beaches went through the final five rounds undefeated before overpowering Wanderers 43-18 in the qualifying semi-final.
The Hawks, fresh from a weekend off as minor premiers, have also won seven straight games and will start favourites.
“I love being the underdog, sitting under the radar,” Talaileva said. “That has been us all year. The boys aren’t buying into the hype. I keep reminding them that, although we are winning games, we have to stay humble and respect the opposition.”
Beaches forwards led the way against the Two Blues. They controlled possession with a methodical pick and drive game and made the most of their attacking opportunities.
“We will stick to the same game plan,” Talaileva said. “Go up the guts and try and suck the defence in.”
Hamilton coach Scott Coleman was in the stands for the qualifying final and is expecting more of the same from Beaches.
“I can’t imagine them mixing up their game too much,” he said. “It has been working for eight weeks. We have to match their physicality.”
But Coleman was also wary of a Beaches backline, turbo charged by Delore brothers, Michael, Adrian and Andrew.
“The Delores play as though they are in the backyard,” Coleman said. “They have some quality out wide. They are not just 10-man rugby. They don’t go out there to play pick and drive the whole game. They have some men who can hurt you.”
The Hawks welcome back breakaway Tiueti Asi from a broken hand
Wesley gives Beaches lock solid grounding
TIM Poese graduated from famed Auckland rugby school Wesley College.
A member of the 2013 first XV, he walked the same corridors as All Blacks greats Jonah Lomu and Stephen Donald and Wallabies prop Sekope Kepu.
A Methodist school, Wesley College has won more New Zealand national championships than any school and has been a production line of All Blacks and Super Rugby players.
“Everyone knew our uniform, and wherever we went people would recognise us,” Poese said. “I learnt so much about rugby there. In my last year, we won the counties championships before going down to Hamilton in the top four at the nationals.”
A blockbusting No.8, Poese represented counties Manakau under-16s and 18s. After school he decided to “try something different” and move to Australia and was recruited by Newcastle club Hamilton.
After a year at the Hawks, he joined Southern Beaches and had been central to their charge to the finals this season, typified by a bulldozing try in the 43-18 win over Wanderers in the qualifying final.
“He has a bit of belief in himself this year which has been a key driver for most of these guys,” Southern Beaches coach Johan Lourens said.
“He has had a good rugby education. You only have to tell him things once and he gets it. He is great under a kick-off, his set piece is perfect and he is a very reliable ball carrier. He gives us go-forward and likes the physical stuff.”
““You only have to tell him things once and he gets it.” ”
Poese moved to Brisbane recently and has been flying back to Newcastle on Thursday night to train and play.
“Inghams (Chickens) are closing in Newcastle, so I got a transfer,” he said. “I will look to play rugby up here or maybe even league next season. It would be nice to go out with a premiership.”
Southern Beaches will be chasing an eighth straight win when they meet Hamilton in the major semi-final at No.2 Sportsground on Saturday.
“We struggled early with heaps of players getting injured,” Poese said. “It wasn’t until the start of the second round that we got it together. The brotherhood here is very strong. Everyone has bonded and the players are starting to challenge each other.”
Lourens, who took the reins midway through last season, has changed the way Beaches are playing. There has been a greater focus on recycling possession and sharing the work load.
“The biggest thing for us was getting them to buy in,” he said. “We asked ‘what is it we are trying to achieve’. Everyone had to put their hand up. If we want to get to this point, there has to be a big effort from everybody not just a couple of people. Now they have bought in, they see the system works. If you look at the forward pack, a lot of those boys had to stand up.”
NHRU: Adrian Delore puts sevens on backburner to focus on Beaches’ premiership tilt
SOUTHERN Beaches young gun Adrian Delore was going to sit out the remainder of the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union season and get his body right ahead of a big sevens program.
Delore tore the medial cruciate ligament and suffered bone bruising in his knee playing sevens for Australia at the World University Games in Wales in July. But such is the positive vibe and sense of anticipation at Beaches, Delore couldn’t stay away.
The 21-year-old made a successful return on the left wing, scoring a double, in the 55-22 win over Singleton which sealed third place. The victory was Beaches’ sixth straight and set up a qualifying semi-final showdown with Wanderers at No.2 Sportsground on Saturday.
“I was going to give it a miss and concentrate on getting ready for sevens,” said Delore, a member of the Australian Sevens Development squad. “There is such a good feeling in the club, I wanted to be a part of it.”
A 29-21 win over Saturday’s opponent in round 13 was the turning point for Beaches.
“Once we all got on the same page, everyone started working for each other,” Delore said. “Against Wanderers we changed it up and our forwards really took it to them. At the start of the year, we had one or two go-to blokes in the forward pack. Now everyone is putting up their hand to have a crack.”
The defeat to Beaches was one of three losses in the regular season for Two Blues, who warmed up for the finals with a 47-6 hammering of Merewether.
However, the rout over their arch rivals came at a cost with No.8 Daniel Martine and captain Luke Sherwood suspended after each received their third yellow card. Bizarrely, one of Martine’s was an “off-field yellow card”, issued retrospectively after he was cited for a tackle against Hamilton in round 16.
Dan Kevill replaces Martine and utility Zac Atallah comes in for Sherwood as a makeshift halfback.
“Zac has a very good rugby brain,” Wanderers coach Viv Paasi said. “He is fit, quick and can be a bit of a game changer as well with his ability to shoot through a hole. As a halfback, he knows the primary focus is to distribute the ball. He has quite a good pass both sides and we are confident he will do a job.”
- The semi-finals will be streamed live from 3pm at www.theherald.com.au via BarTV sports.
2016 has widely been considered a building year for the Southern Beaches Rugby Club, with coach Johan Lourens taking the reins from Tim Chidgey.Last season it would be fair to say he has had his eyes firmly set on developing the club for the coming years. The season has proved to be hot and cold throughout all grades, and the inconsistent rugby earned the P1 team to be considered “not a genuine threat ” to other opponents.
Try telling that to the Southern Beaches playing group. With just 3 weeks to go , the Premier 1 side have sent shock waves through the NHRU competition.After toppling heavy weights Wanderers and Carlton they begin their last ditch climb up the competitionPremier 1 team now has retained the Hawthorn Cup for the 3rd successive week and with three games left ( Lake Macquarie( H) , Waratah (A, )Nelsons Bay (H) Beaches are in a strong position to finish this years winners of the cup for the 2nd time in the club’s short history (last was in 2013).
The resurgence of the playing group can largely be attributed to an in house club meeting prior to the start of the 2nd round. The truth session has proved to be beneficial, as the players are now playing for each other working towards a standardised set of targets the club want to achieve. The dedication of the players in the lower grades both at training and in the gym has seen young players like Jordan Simonovich and Connor Gralton providing relief off the bench when the going gets tough.
Take a look at the run home and decide if you think the boys can make the finals. You can’t deny the tide is rising, get down to the games and support the boys. Thursday night see’s social soup and beers in the Sandpit, come down and socialise with the players.
The Run Home-
Beaches to play- Lake Mac (H), Waratah (A), Nelsons Bay (H)
Waratah to play – Nelsons Bay (H), Beaches (H), Maitland (A)
Maitland to play- Singleton (H), Lake Macquarie (A), Waratah (H)
1 Hawks 65
2 Wanderers 65
3 Merrewether Carlton 52
4 Waratah 49
5 Maitland 44
6 Southern Beaches 44
7 Lake Mac 32