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Last Friday Jack Clancy was back in familiar territory presenting the Under 11’s Norths representative team jerseys at North Sydney Oval.
“I’m a Tumut boy. I started playing rugby in Tumut and came to Sydney to board at Shore. I played for Mosman in the Under 13’s and 14’s, had a shoulder reconstruction for the 15’s and was back in the 16’s.
“We won 3 State Championships.
“The best was the Under 13’s because it was our first and against Gordon. Those rivalries existed then and are the same now.
“Grassroots rugby defined my teenage years.
“I’d play for school on Saturday and, then 6 or more of my mates would play for Mosman Club on Sunday morning, have lunch and then go to rep training on Sunday afternoon.,
“It was sheer heaven.
“We were a quick side. I’m 5/8th and Harry Emery ½ back. We are at Norths today and it is still the same, quick ball.
“The calls we had were often the same at school, club and rep.
“It made it easy and our best rugby was played as it all was an extension from school to club.
“As a country boy I made enormous connections with city families.
“I was the one asking for a lift and was taken in by all.
“The move to Colts was the same.
“I’m now in my 4th year of Construction Management at Uni and working 3 days a week for Ash Hall and his building company.
“I’m there with Jack Radford, Tom Old and James Brown. We are all on-sight doing a full knock down and rebuild and that team man-ship in the work place is the same as on the field.
“I’m looking forward to putting on my Mosman socks on July 1st.
“It was a strong foundation, which has really set me up, and I’ll be happy to share my story with current juniors from all grassroots clubs, “ says Jack.