The Rogues Rant #259

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The IDRU Board has made welcome new Board Member Amanda Puckeridge, who will be taking on the role of Director of Women’s Rugby. Amanda, the current Avondale Rugby Club President, will be working hard with all clubs to hopefully create new opportunities for women and girls to play competitive Rugby in the Illawarra Region. Women and Girls Rugby is proving to be the biggest growth area of Australian Rugby and with a strong presence already from the girls in junior Rugby in our area there is clearly a need to build on this base and move toward a senior Women’s comp in our area. All you Rugby diehards would be surprised just how much interest there is from young ladies in regard to playing on a regular basis. All clubs need to take this opportunity as it develops to ensure we provide Rugby for all who wish to play whether male or female.

The Macarthur Tens was a great success last weekend when after an exciting days Rugby the Western Sydney Two Blues took home the major prizemoney with a big 59 – 19 win in the final over local IDRU club Shoalhaven. Shoalhaven performed admirably throughout the day winning all their four lead up matches to make the final. The two Blues dropped one match to the Jetset Babas but still earned a spot in the final taking full advantage to take home the main prizemoney. Hosts Club Camden had a mixed day with the Rams winning two and dropping two along the way. Tech Waratahs registered one win while the Campbelltown Quinnies were on the wrong side of the score-lines all day. I’m assured the Macarthur Tens will be back in 2022.

The 2021 season continues this week with the famous Kiama 7’s on this Saturday. There will be 44 teams competing with over 700 players involved on the day at Kiama Showground and Chittick Oval. Matches start on both grounds from 8.15AM with the Final set for 6.50PM. The finals start with the Women’s Country Final at 5.30PM, followed by the Men’s Country Final at 5.50PM. The Women’s main Final at 6.10PM carries prize money for the winner of $4000.00, while there will be $8000.00 up for grabs in the Men’s Final at 6.50PM. Hope to see you all there.

It seems the IDRU Third Grade is doomed with two more clubs pulling out which means in all likelihood their will only be three teams standing when declarations close. Now is the time for everyone involved in Illawarra Rugby to open up their minds as to the way forward from here.

Super Rugby continues this week with the New Zealand tournament also getting underway from Friday night. While the Waratahs put in a spirited effort last week they were well and truly outplayed by a more experienced and cohesive Qld Reds side. This Qld side has been together now for quite a few seasons and showed no mercy to the young outclassed Waratahs. The form of James O’Connor was once again outstanding in this match, leading his side around the park brilliantly and kicking seven goals from seven attempts. Many wonder what could have been for O’Connor had he found his current approach to  Rugby a bit earlier in his career! Jake Gordon stood out for the Waratahs getting the early try but now is set for a long lay-off with a serious ankle injury which will have a huge impact on the Tahs. This week I think the home sides will get the points with The Reds to beat the Rebels in Brisbane and the Brumbies to win over the Waratahs at Bruce Stadium. In New Zealand I’ll go for the Crusaders and Hurricanes to win first up.  

RUGBY DIARY

Kiama 7’s–27th February.                                                                                              

IDRU Season Launch Luncheon – 12th March.

IDRU Round 1 – 19th / 20th March.

NSW Country Week – 12th-14th June.

IDRU Grand Final – 4th September.      

All opinions offered in this column are the opinion of the author. They should not be considered to represent the views of the IDRU.