Newsletter April 13 2017 -

Newsletter April 13 2017

First Grade Home Game of the Season!

 Round 3 v’s Southern Districts – Good Friday April 14
 Grade – North Sydney Oval; Colts – Forshaw Rugby Park





This is North’s first appearance back at the beloved North Sydney Oval since the memorable Grand Final in August 2016.  And what better way to start your Easter long weekend by coming down and supporting our boys, this Good Friday (April 14th) starting from 10:45 am.

First Grade will see the return of Waratahs, Irae Simone and Bryce Hegarty which will add further firepower to the quality backline.

Members and supporters will be pleased with the return of the much loved “Shoremans” burger, along with greater food and bar options to make the day even more appetising.

There will also be a new merchandise stand set up by the playing group, which will allow our all supporters to cover themselves (head-to-toe) in Red & Black. In particular, the new Norths umbrella looks great both at North Sydney Oval and on the golf course!

The Easter weekend is time for family and friends. Why not bring the kids down (free entry for kids) wearing Red & Black and let them run around on North Sydney Oval, both at half and full time.

Get behind our boys this weekend, the reigning Shute Shield and National Champions for some quality running rugby.





7/7 Wins for Shute Shield Norths Teams

 This week’s report from around the grounds comes to you from a successful Colts Sidelines Snag day at Bon Andrews Oval.

Joined by a very supportive group of Colts families and Board members, we welcomed new and existing parents to the ever growing Red & Black Family.

Running rugby was the order of the day and tries were aplenty as all three colts teams notched up 50 points each.

In 1st Colts, Norths certainly didn’t have it all their own way in the first half. After some rapid-fire rugby with each team trying to test each other, Norths led at the break 14 – 7.

Northern Suburbs were able to come out firing in the 2nd half to lay on a further six tries and run out convincing winners 52 – 7.

With regular coach Joel Rivers currently on assignment on the French Riviera, George Gargoulakis took the reins and helped steer the boys to a solid win.

Also, special note and thanks to Joanne Noonan for action shots of the games.

1st Colts 52 – 7
Tries; J.Noonan 2, R.Block, O.Graham, G.Cooper 2, J.Coombs
Goals: C.Winchester 6cons

2nd Colts 53 -24
3rd Colts 53 – 0

1st Grade  at Concord Oval. Norths 50 –  West Harbour 7
Tries: J.Heyer 2, H.Burey, H.Emery, E.Luxton, R.Woolf, L.Creagh, N.Duffy
Goals: A.Sinclair 5cons

2nd Grade 34 – 22
3rd Grade 20 – 15
4th Grade 18 – 7
5th Grade 12 – 29

Join us for Round 3 from 10:45am at North Sydney Oval v Southern Districts, Friday April 14th.
Games kick-off from 10.45am, with 1st Grade starting @ 3pm, where we defend the Sir Roden Cutler Shield.

Check out all the action thanks to Clay Cross pix on our Facebook pages by clicking the links here.

1st Grade @ West Harbour

2nd Grade @ West Harbour


‘TAKE NOTICE’ – Wellbeing Mentor Paul Jones talks on how to increase your self-awareness

Welcome back to our Wellbeing initiative for our second instalment.  For this week we will be paying attention to “Take Notice” as a skill that increases our self-awareness of what is immediately happening both physically and mentally within and around us.

  • “Have you noticed that the 24 hour news feed is primarily filled with negative content which raises our concern about issues beyond our control “?
  • “Have you noticed that much of today’s dissatisfaction levels seem to stem from an advertising fuelled focus on what we are lacking rather than an appreciation of all the wonderful aspects of life for which we could be grateful”.

Interestingly taking notice and ownership of these thought processes is very much within our control.  This process of enhancing our self-knowledge and our understanding of those around us is depicted very well in the illustration below whereby we note that the physical behaviours which most of us display in day to day life are really the tip of the iceberg, as what is rarely visible are the underlying drivers of those behaviours … our filters.

Many of our characteristics below the “water line” can be the result of embedded prejudices and experiences (good and bad), which are drivers of how we re-present the external occurrences within our internal thinking.

The challenge here is for us to recognise what we are thinking, when we are thinking it and by taking notice we can then understand that our thoughts are just actually our interpretation of events and not necessarily representative of reality.  This is how we become “mindful” and “present”.

As a final piece in the jigsaw of “Wellbeing” we then become a “witness” rather than a victim of our own thoughts and by doing so we “Take Notice” and are empowered to respond to external factors in a controlled fashion.

When we appreciate this process personally it allows us to create a more meaningful environment and understanding of ourselves and even more particularly those around us… a true Wellbeing outcome.



 We wish them the best for this weekend

Northimage010s 1st Grade Captain Will Miller and Vice Captain Hugh Sinclair have both been given short term contracts at the Melbourne Rebels, effective immediately.

Simon Cron (Head Coach) has handed both players leadership responsibilities over the past couple of years and with that, seen them develop both on and off the field in terms of their rugby development;

It is a great opportunity for Hugh and Will and everyone who has seen them play knows they are both Super Rugby quality”.

Will is our Captain and Hugh our Vice-Captain, so it’s pretty obvious that we hold them in the highest regard both on and off the field”.

Cron announced Hugh Sinclair’s departure in the changing room to the first grade side after last weeks match against West Harbour. The response and reaction by the playing group in the sheds was a great indication of the support and culture Norths has at the club.

Following this and as Will Miller was leaving the sheds, he fielded a call from the Melbourne Rebels inviting him to come down and join their rugby program. This was a fantastic day for our 1st Grade back row after a solid win against the Pirates.

All seven Norths sides (grade & colts) won their Shute Shield games last Saturday.  It was a fitting departure for Will and Hugh, both members of the leadership team and shows the depth of players in the 118-year-old Club.

It is a great opportunity for other players to get an opportunity to wear the jersey at 1st grade and show what they can do” says Cron.

This brings Norths to seven players from their 2017 roster who have current Super Rugby contracts, these include Irae Simone, Bryce Hegarty, Michel Wells, Angus Ta’avao and Cam Clark (Waratahs).

We have our first home game at North Sydney Oval this coming Good Friday against Southern Districts. It is the first time we have played at North Sydney Oval where 11,500 fans watched us defeat Sydney Uni and win the Shute Shield Grand Final”, Jack Burey, General Manager.

We are looking for a big crowd to cheer on Norths. It’s a great place to take the kids and all bars and food options will be open from 12.30pm”.

North Sydney Oval – Good Friday, 3:00pm Kick Off (1st Grade).




 100 pages of action packed pictures by Clay Cross – SHOP NOW

 Clay Cross from Sportspix who photographs all our grade games has produced this coffee table book which will be on sale at North Sydney Oval on Saturday.

The book is a 12 x 12 inch 100 page
visual blockbuster of all the action from the 2106 Shute Shield Season.

It costs $60 over the counter or $70 posted.

You can contact Clay directly to order the book on




1980’s COLTS REUNION – Friday May 5th  

Book Your Tickets Here

Gordon Irons is organizing the 1980s Colts Legends lunch a the Union Hotel on Friday 5th May, which is the day prior to the North Sydney Oval home game of Norths v’s Easts on Saturday.

The luncheon is $85 for two courses including drinks and is open to all Norths players from the 80’s.

We are keen to have some photos of the 1980s Colts/Grade teams displayed at The Union Hotel on Fri 5 May 2017, so start going through those old albums and post them on;

You can buy your tickets to the lunch by clicking the link here.

To date 30 people have committed so it should be a huge afternoon of rugby.

Any questions, you can email Gordon directly at



The Union Hotel is open from 2pm-10pm for all Norths Supporters on Good Friday




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