Southern Beaches Rugby was conceived from an idea when a few old boys from a variety of local clubs decided that they wanted somewhere local for their sons to play rugby.
The club came to fruition in 1995 when it was registered with the ARU and became the first and only rugby club on the Eastern side of Lake Macquarie. Our association with the Redhead surf club enabled us to have our early meetings and functions at the Redhead Surf club.
The Inaugural Committee consisted of Mark Vaughan (ex Waratahs) President, Allan Logan (ex Mayfield East) Vice President, John DeLore (ex Hamilton) Treasurer and Bob Schumack Secretary.
Our club colours of yellow for the sand, blue for the water and black for the coal were chosen to represent not only our location but to recognise the area’s history. This concept was further symbolised in our logo of a wave breaking behind a poppet head. Our first playing strip was a sky blue jumper with a black collar, black shorts and black socks with sky blue and yellow turnover.
In the inaugural year we fielded two under Under 10 teams and an under 16 team. Our first senior team was formed in 1997 and played in the second division B grade. The small number of teams in the club allowed it to develop the friendly and family orientated spirit that it still holds in good stead fifteen years later.
Our under 11s won our first junior premiership in 1996. The try was scored by Andrew DeLore, our current First Grade captain. Our seniors won their first premiership in 1998 claiming the B grade title.
The club struggled in its early years to find a ground to call home. First games were played at John Balcombe Oval at Dudley. From there the juniors moved to Whitebridge High and then to Liles Oval at Redhead, but as the numbers grew it was obvious that the facilities were out grown by the club. In a move to have both seniors and juniors at the one oval, the council gave the club permission to set up at Holford Oval commonly known as The Hole.
This oval was a fortress for Southern Beaches Juniors and through this period the club grew and prospered. In 2006 most Teams featured in the finals series or were just out of the top four .Grand Final Trophies were held high by a number of teams.
Once again the growth in the number of teams saw the club outgrow Holford Oval With this in mind Southern Beaches moved to Allan Davis Oval at Gateshead in 2007 . It is from here that the Juniors wish to again become a leading force.
2007 was the year under the guidance of President, Luke Brown, that Southern Beaches Seniors were successful in their application to join the Newcastle and Hunter Premier Division Competition. The First Grade Coach in 2007 was Brian (Jughead) Jones. Jughead had seen the club grow from its early years being one of the junior coaches in the club’s second year in 1996. In that year the Colts, coached by Ettie Fillipo and Ben Crocker, were Minor Premiers only to lose in the Grand Final to University.
Southern Beaches is one of the newest clubs in the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Competition .It has a very short but proud history to date. In 2010 the colts’ team coached by John DeLore, Tony Wansey and Mark Eades were undisputed Minor and Major Premiers.