IDRU President Acknowledges Sponsors Support

illawarrarugbylogoIDRU President Peter Woods recently made special presentations to two of Illawarra Rugby’s long term sponsors in recognition of their ongoing support of Illawarra Rugby. Peter passed on special mementoes of the Illawarriors recent NSW Country Championship success to Kelly & Partners and Unanderra Physiotherapy.

2016 10 Kelly Partners Ian Sellars Peter Woods Bill BartlettKelly & Partners have provided Illawarra Rugby with significant support for a long period of time. The Accounting firm has provided ongoing Auditing services and financial advice for many years dating back to the turn of the century. Firm partners, Ian Sellars and Bill Bartlett, received from Peter a framed photo of the Caldwell Cup Championship Squad from 2016 which will be proudly hung in the Firms offices in Keira Street, Wollongong.

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Blueys Dominate Bulls

MatchReportAn outstanding defensive effort, as good as any we’ve seen this year, laid the foundation for a spirited 24 – 19 victory for Vikings over the Semi-Final bound University Bulls at University Oval on Saturday. The IDRU Builders Club Premiership match was transferred to Uni Oval after Friday night’s heavy rain made Vikings Oval unplayable for the Round 16 match.

With captain Joel Diggins leading the way up front in a masterful display and with livewire Half-Back Tom Sawden terrorising the Bulls defence and also kicking four penalty goals, the Blueys scored the first try, led at half time and dominated the second half to put a dent in the Bulls Major Semi-Final aspirations. Despite Uni scoring three tries to Vikings two, the Bulls were never able to get themselves into a winning position once the Blues took the lead in the twenty fifth minute of the match.

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Country Junior Selections

NSW Country LogoResults from the weekend country junior selection trails held at the NSW junior regionals carnival Boronia Park Hunters Hill.

Congratulations to the following players for their selection in the country team to play in the annual Sydney Vs Country fixture to be held at Kiama on August the 7th.

Under 14s

Tumoana Poata, Angus Blackmore, Heath Robinson, Ford Pasese, Luke Males and Jordan Morn

Under 16s

Oscar Moran, Jacob Williams, Alex Jones Mataia, Opeti Taufahema, Reece Apolo, Jacob Wright and Coach: Tony Leeder Smith

 

Illawarra Rugby Celebrity Tipsters - Round 16 Selections

The Rogue – Kiama, Bowral, Avondale, Shamrocks, University - 4 correct

The Butler – Kiama, Bowral, Avondale, Shamrocks, University - 4 correct

Madam Kiama, Bowral, Avondale, Shamrocks, University - 4 correct

Mother – Kiama, Bowral, Avondale, Shamrocks, University - 4 correct

The Super Coach – Kiama, Bowral, Avondale, Shamrocks, University - 4 correct

The Prince – Kiama, Bowral, Campbelltown, Shamrocks, University - 3 correct

Cuzzy – Kiama, Bowral, Campbelltown, Shamrocks, University 3 correct

Table - The Rogue - 61 points, The Butler - 59 points, Mother - 58 points, Madam - 56 points, The Super Coach - 56 points, Cuzzy 50 points, The Prince - 48 points

The Rogues Rant

RoguesRantWelcome to The Rogues Rant, an occasional look at all things Rugby.

Digger Day 2016 is on this weekend at Shoalhaven Rugby Park on Saturday. With junior rugby matches starting things off from 10.50 in the morning, the Australian Army Red Berets parachute team will drop into the ground at 11.30AM to mark the start of events for the day. At 12.05 two Navy Helicopters will fly in with the days very special guests, several Australian Victoria Cross winners and New Zealand Cross of Valor winners, who will take part in a solemn Last Post Ceremony at 12.45 PM. The 1st Grade match between Shoalhaven and Kiama will kick-off at the unusual time of 1.10PM, with 2nd Grade to follow at 3.00PM. A special function will be held at the Shoalies clubhouse after the rugby at which time an Auction of the Digger Day Jerseys will be conducted to raise funds for DefenceCare and the RSL. Should be a great day for everyone with all funds raised on the day going to a very worthy cause. Digger Day Jumper

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The Butler's Blurb

ButlerHi everyone and welcome to Round 16 of the Builders Club Illawarra Rugby Competition. Well the minor premiership is starting to define itself further with who the top four finals series contenders will be, but there are still three big questions to be answered over the final four weeks of the regular competition. I’ll attempt to answer them here right now.

Probably the biggest question of all is who will be our 2016 Minor Premiers? Then there is the question of who runs fourth taking the last finals spot and the pecking order of the top four sides.

As we enter this round it’s a race in three for the Minor Premiership with Avondale leading from Shamrocks who are three points adrift, and University a further six points behind the Rocks. The Wombats and Students have a game in hand over the Rocks but here’s the catch, they play each other in that catch-up game and also again in Round 18 (the final round). Avondale have Campbelltown this week in a match they should win and then face fourth placed Kiama in Round 17 which is no gimme. The Students (University) have Vikings this week and Tech Waratahs in Round 17, two games they should win. So assuming that is the case and they beat Avondale twice, University can potentially win the minor premiership. On the other hand if Avondale win three of their last four matches they will win the minor premiership. Then there is the third side in the equation, Shamrocks, who have three games left to play against Tech Waratahs, Vikings and Shoalhaven, three matches they should win on current form. Assuming the Rocks do win their remaining three games and Avondale drop two games, then the Rocks could be holding the minor premiership.

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