Welcome to The Rogues Rant, an occasional look at all things
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.
IDRU Season Launch
Luncheon – 12th March.
IDRU Round 1 – 19th / 20th
NSW Country Week –
IDRU Grand Final – 4th
opinions offered in this column are the opinion of the author. They should not
be considered to represent the views of the IDRU.