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Q1: Events like Bon Andrews bring a community together. How important are they?
A: Rugby Clubs have been running on the smell of an oily rag for years and it’s getting harder and harder to survive. Fundraisers like the Bon Andrews Lunch are crucial for Norths to provide a Rugby programme that is going to give players an opportunity to participate and enjoy. The Lunch brings together current and past players, as well as sponsors and fans. It’s a chance to celebrate another year of Norths Rugby, while reminiscing about the old days. The ‘vibe’ in the room every year is amazing.
Q2: What are you looking forward to about this year.
A: Firstly I can’t wait for the Luncheon on June 16th. To have Australia’s top comedian Vince Sorrenti with us again is fantastic. Our Rugby panel consists of my Fox Sports colleague Rod Kafer who is one the best analysts in the game. Aussie Women’s 7s coach Tim Walsh has done a terrific job and he’ll be joined by one of his Rio Gold medallists, try scoring machine Emma Tonegato. On the field, I’m looking forward to Norths going ‘back to back’ and winning another Shute Shield. Breaking the 41 year drought last year was special, but to defend the title will be even better. It’s hard to see an Aussie team winning Super Rugby but I have faith in the Wallabies. They should build nicely through the June tests against Fiji, Scotland and Italy, and then be ready to confront the All Blacks, Argentina and Springboks.
Q3: Bon Andrews was like many Club rugby volunteers that are the engine of grassroots rugby. Why do you consider it so important for rugby?
A: Rugby, and other community sports organisations wouldn’t exist without volunteers. They are the lifeblood, and while people like Bon Andrews stand out above the rest because of the decades of service, every little bit helps. I have been fortunate to be on the ARU judging panel for the Rugby Volunteer of the Year award in recent seasons and it’s amazing to learn about the time and effort volunteers put in.
Q4: You are part of the Norths family. When did it start ? How important has Norths been to your family?
A: I’m a Queenslander who moved to Sydney and settled in Gordon territory. But I’ve always known plenty of Norths fans and slowly but surely gravitated to the Shoremen. I’ve only missed the Bon Andrews lunch once in the past twelve years. My son Cameron joined the Colts after school and while I can’t get to many games because of my Fox Sports schedule, I keep a close eye on results and the players coming through the ranks. It’s important to me to have some connection with grass roots.
Q5: As an influential person in the rugby scene what’s the important role that grassroots Club rugby plays ?
A: Grassroots is everything. Rugby is unique because it’s played by men and women of all shapes and sizes. It promotes community spirit and connects people for life. It’s the start of the pathway for the more gifted and talented players, but those who don’t make it all the way to the top can still share in the excitement of their team mates gaining higher honours, knowing that they played a part in helping their mates develop. It is a team game after all. Without the mums and dads giving their time as a coach, administrator or volunteer, youngsters don’t develop the skills and ethos expected of rugby players. It’s can be a great family sport.
Q6: On Cam. How is he enjoying his rugby?
A: He’s enjoying being back in 15s after 5 years with the Aussie 7s. The time was right after Rio to have a crack at Super Rugby, but he’s the first to admit that it’s a major challenge. While the skills are the same, you basically have to learn the game again. Patterns are obviously different in 15s, but hopefully he’ll adapt quickly and help the Waratahs overcome a poor start to the season. I also look forward to seeing him in the famous Norths jersey at some stage.
Norths will defend the Sir Roden Cutler Shield & the Rod Phelps Cup.
Entry is by a gold coin donation and bars and all food will be plentiful. Make a trip into rugby heartland and support all Norths teams against Parramatta.
You will be close and personal at Raswon and the sun is set to shine. Support the Shoremen starting from 9.20.
The 2nd World War created huge demands on American industry to meet the needs of the War effort and without the time or resources to plan or purchase new equipment industry managers were encouraged to “look for hundreds of small things you can improve” which proved a perfectly manageable strategy for all concerned and achieved incredible increases in quality and productivity.
Interestingly enough at the conclusion of the War with the Japanese industrial base destroyed, under American guidance, Japanese leaders embraced these lessons on manufacturing and rebuilt their country’s efficiency and output on the bedrock of small steps, to unheard of levels of productivity and quality. This process was so successful that the Japanese gave it a name… KAIZEN.Utilising this philosophy to assist in our own personal development is exceptionally well illustrated in a book titled “The Laws of Lifetime Growth” by Dan Sullivan, where Dan uses the compelling sub heading of “always make your future bigger than your past” to great emphasis.
To allow ourselves to embrace the new habits (small steps) to create change in our personal lives it is perhaps important to understand the brain’s natural resistance to large scale change. This natural resistance means that the brain traditionally responds to these challenges with a high degree of fear (fight-or-flight)!!
Alternatively, the concept of small improvements actually allows us to “side step” this inbuilt response as we build small manageable daily habits, or in the words of Tao Te Ching, we learn to “confront the difficult while it is still easy; accomplish the great task by a series of small acts”.
Throughout this personal process it is important to recognise that life will continually provide us with challenges and with things we don’t want. Though importantly it is our capacity to be flexible enough in our thinking to continually learn from these events and create within our own space an environment where we can return to our positive habits that will allow us to “always make our future bigger than our past”.
Round four of the Shute Shield competition saw Sydney University go down 24-41 in thrilling fashion to Northern Suburbs in a bush rugby spectacle at Eridge Park, Bowral.
The wet conditions did not do much to falter the exciting re-enactment of the 2016 Grand Final, with 8 tries scored between the two sides in a textbook display of running rugby at the home ground of the Bowral Blacks.
The Students looked dangerous in the opening sequences of the match, with Jack McCalman putting up the first points on the board off the back of a Tom Carter line break.
It didn’t take long for Norths to make their rebuttal in the form of a Con Foley try after finding themselves well in the University 22m line.
Uni pivot Christian Kagiassis managed to sneak a penalty conversion in just short of the first half mid-point. It took another ten minutes of back and forth play before Norths winger Richard Woolf found himself streaking down the wing and leaping over fullbacks to put his side in the lead for the first time of the match.
Shoreman hooker Sam Kitchen too found the line, after a string of edge-to-edge play from some solid lineout attack.
Just five minutes into the second forty, the shoreman put up another five pointer when lock James Brown charged down a uni box kick within 15m of the Sydney Uni line.
Norths prop Ezra Luxton received a penalty after repeated infringements in the scrum, allowing opposition wing uni to crash over the line in the 52nd minute.
Sydney University centre Tom Carter was shown the naughty corner after his ‘flop’ style tackle on man of the match Sam Kitchen.
However, it took until the 70th minute before a stalemate was broken whereby Kitchen put his Norths teammate Lachie Creagh into space down the wing to put his team further in front.
University brought the deficit to just 10 points. However it was the replacement lock and new recruits TeeKay from the Northern Suburbs outfit who sealed the fate of the Students, wrapping up the score 41-24 in favour of the Shoremen.
Norths 41 Uni 24
Tries: Foley, Woolf, Kitchen, Brown, Creagh, #19; Cons: Sinclair 4; Pen Cons: Sinclair; Yellow Card: Ezra Luxton)
2nd Grade – Draw 15 All
3rd Grade – Uni 40 – 34
4th Grade – Uni 26 – 14
1st Colts – Uni 41 – 20
2nd Colts – Norths 15 – 7
3rd Colts – Uni 34 – 0
Check out all the action of grade using these links to our Facebook galleries. Thanks go to Clay Cross of Sportspics
Watch ESPN’s wrap up of the game. Click here.
Rob Fowkes appointed to talk Norths to schools and build juniors
Rob Fowkes, has been appointed to wear an additional hat at Norths, our new Junior Pathways Co-ordinator.
The purpose of the role is to formulate a pathway through which junior players will progress with the aim of improving player quality and the number entering the club each season.
Rob, whose existing role with Norths is the Head of Athletic Development, has now filled his week with the Club in an area which he is very passionate about.
Rob says, “I think its a great way for the club to get more involved with the local community and hopefully inspire some young people into playing rugby and to aspire to play for Norths one day.
“Additionally, building the connections with schools will also provide opportunities for our current players to get involved with juniors and allow them to understand what it feels like to be a role model, which will be fantastic for their personal development, “ says Rob.
Here’s a summary of Robs responsibilities in the new role of Junior Development.
John Mutton, Mosman Juniors President on this Saturday’s grassroots showcase
“At Mosman Junior Rugby Club we are all excited to have Norths seniors playing at Rawson this Saturday.
“The rugby pathway from juniors to seniors in the Mosman area is either via our Mosman senior rugby club or Northern Suburbs Rugby Club. Its important for the strength of rugby not only in our area but across Australia that our youngsters can clearly understand that pathway as early as possible and Saturdays fixtures at Rawson do just that …. grassroots rugby and family fun delivered conveniently to our local Mosman community!”
The day’s objective is to showcase the pathways of rugby from 6 year olds till 40 year olds across all divisions from juniors to grade. Mosman, with over 600 kids and 182 colts and grade players is a strong heartland for rugby whose players feed into Norths.
Mosman President, Michael Flude states, “It’s set to be a blockbuster day of rugby showcasing the pathways from juniors through to Subbies, Shute Shield and beyond.
Mosman is a social club. Kids start here and then go to Shute Shield rugby and often come back here to still play when their careers and families take over.
For all levels, it is going to be a great day and we will have all bars and food options open.”
David Begg , President of Sydney Rugby Union and Josephine Sukkar, Principal of Buildcorp and President of Australian Women’s Rugby for an afternoon on Community and Club Rugby
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