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