Newsletter April 7 2017 -

Newsletter April 7 2017


 Colts Parents Day Sidelines Snag – All game day details follow





1st Colts 3.00 pm

2nd Colts 1.35 pm

3rd Colts 12.20 pm

Meet and greet over a sidelines snag

We welcome 30 new Colts players to Norths this season and we want to welcome their families as well.

Please join us in the sidelines marquee on Bon Andrews Oval (North Sydney No.2) from 12 noon on Saturday April 8 for a sausage and more.

“We understand that for many, playing for Norths is a new routine. We want to reassure you that Club rugby at Norths is as social as school or junior rugby, “ says Colts Head Coach Joel Rivers.

We will have the BBQ on and the bar running, so please come along and meet the Director of Rugby Grahame O’Donnell, (also board director of NRC), and fellow directors Peter Stewart, Brad Leah, Jen Hart and Justin Tamsit.


 ROUND 1 RESULTS – NORTHS WINS 6/7 and the Sir Roden Cutler Shield

 Jack Burey sums up the Warringah battle. The Sir Roden Cutler Shield is up fro grabs again on April14


 1st Grade : Norths 28 d  Warringah 26

(Tries: H.Sinclair 2, R.Woolf, S.Van Der Walt )

(Cons: A.Sinclair)

(Pen: A Sinclair, B.Hegarty)

The sun came out and Shute Shield Rugby was back.  Northern Suburbs opened their 2017 season with a hard fought nail biter against a very strong Warringah Rats outfit, with a new coach ready to prove a point.

It was Norths who got on the board first through the boot of Angus Sinclair. Each team traded blows and tries with Norths crossing through Hugh Sinclair and Richard Woolf in the first half.

With little separating the team at the break following a long range penalty attempt gone a miss.

The second half was a tight as the first and again it was Hugh Sinclair touching down for his 2nd 5 pointer. Again each team tussled in a seesawing battle of rugby, Stephan Van Der Walt edge the visitors out to 6 point lead, at 25 – 19. Warringah, with a vocal home crowd edge closer and closer before finally breaking through under the post, with the ensuing kick edged them in from 26-25 in the 79th minute.

The following restart drew Norths a penalty and one last attempt at victory, it was Bryce Hegarty who stepped up from the 40m line to edge out the rats at home, whos home crowed at gathered on the hill.

It was Norths victorious 28-26 after 80 minutes of intense hard-hitting rugby and in doing so claimed the Sir Rodden Cutler Shield (which will be up for challenged Round 3 at home v Southern Districts, April 14th)

Other scores:

2nd Grade – Norths 31-15

3rd Grade – Rats 26-17

4th Grade – Norths 11-10

5th Grade – Rats 46 -19

1st Colts – Norths 40 – 32

2nd Colts – Norths  29 – 12

3rd Colts – 24 – 24 Draw




Our 1st grade backs coach is attack, speed and ball skills focused

Simon Cron thinks he is the youngest Shute Shield winning coach ever. Will Eggleston, our 1st grade backs coach says, “I’m sure someone has the stats on that one, but 2017 is another ball game.

The 24 year old former Leicester Tigers Academy player, fan and coach is in his 3rd season at Norths and looking forward to another challenge.

It’s something he is used to.  “I remember being told after my 7th operation at 20yrs, “Forget playing rugby, you need to rethink your future”.

“It was clear to me then that I wasn’t leaving the Rugby scene and was lucky enough to be transitioned into a job at Leicester as a Junior development coach and go on to coach Demonfort University.

“After 3 years, I was still haunted and wanted to get away from the UK. I knew one person in Australia and decided I would give it a go. I packed my bag and headed for Sydney.

“I was lucky. The one person I knew had a connection to Norths. Through that, I met Adam Fulepp and Adam introduced me to Simon Cron.

“Simon Cron is the most competitive man I have ever met”.

“He doesn’t allow you to accept mediocrity. He is on hand 24/7, sometimes I see him more than his wife.

“The weather in the UK limits you slightly as to how you can play the game. My coaching style is more suited to the game out here”.

“The fields, pitch and pace in the UK are a little restrictive”.

“It is speed and ball skilled focused out here, which suits running rugby and how I want the game to be played.

“My role at Norths involves working with exceptional players all striving to go to the next level and I feel privileged to work with such an aspirational group”.

“So far the best moments are winning the Shute Shield and the Australian Club Championships.

“For 2017, I’m excited to see our returning guys strive for excellence and continue our group mindset another year on in their development, for the new guys it will be good to see how they go in our programme and watching them develop.

On a family front Will’s Mum and Dad have been out and Skype and Face time make it easier to maintain a sense of belonging.

“Day to day reality though, Norths is my family,” says Will.

So what does Will do when there is no rugby?

“I get a way. I want to see Australia and I am an outdoors kinda guy. Port Stephens and the Central Coast are great spots for fishing and kayaking. You don’t get that kind of water from where I am from,” says Will.



Join us for Norths Rugby Annual Ladies Day in our private field side marquee to watch North’s take on Randwick.

$50 Early Bird ticket available for the first 50 people to be purchased by Wednesday 12 April

$65 per person includes: Exclusive Marquee & Live Entertainment, Buffet Lunch & Dessert Bar, Champagne & Cider

Fashions on the Field at half time: Best Dressed, Lucky Door & Raffle Prizes

Heart Foundation Ladies Day Jersey and Player Auction

All ladies are invited to the exclusive After Party at the Union Hotel, North Sydney from 7:30pm.

To purchase ticket, visit our event page

For event updates, visit our Facebook page

 What Ladies Day Is all about…

 Cassandra Matwijow, yes that is Ben’s sister, has organised the Norths Ladies Day for the past 3 years.

“Ladies Day brings family & friends together to celebrate what rugby is about, community and network building. I have made long lasting friendships from the mothers, sisters, girlfriends, wives, friends of the Norths Family which have not only supported me personally but also professionally,” says Cassandra.

“Ladies Day is a platform to build personal and professional relationships over a glass of champagne on the sidelines.

This year we have a target of 300 tickets. For the past 3 years we have doubled the size and already we have over 150 people confirmed, so get in early girls so you don’t miss out.

We are extremely lucky to have Cassandra, who is the Business Development Manager for Sydney Olympic Park Business Events delivering a professional event on the sidelines of North Sydney Oval.

So jump on board and spread the word and if you have a contribution to the raffle bootie, please email Cassandra on




Wellbeing Mentor Paul Jones talks on ‘Active Listening’

Welcome to the first instalment of our Wellbeing initiative aimed at helping all players, families and volunteers involved with Norths Rugby Club to turn up on a daily basis being the best they can be.

Understanding that the “Be Active” component is one of the valuable facets of what is provided at Norths in relation to exercise, sleep and diet. We will focus in the coming weeks on the remaining 4 and today we will provide an overview of Connect.

One of the most valuable and least practiced disciplines of positive connection is that of active listening. As a corner stone of our own communication process it is vitally important that we recognise the 4 levels of listening and appreciate that through focused practice we can immeasurably enhance our relationships.

The 4 recognised levels of listening and these will probably resonate with you include:

* Downloading : not present, not interested, not listening, maybe

preoccupied with a device;

* Self-Referencing : tending to look for something that concerns their

particular interest, not really present and probably

waiting for their turn to speak;

* Empathetic : present and able to identify with the other person’s

needs, positive eye contact and perhaps some

appropriate elbow/shoulder touching?

* Open Heart/Open Mind: totally present, non-judgemental, positive body language,

natural eye contact, listening for the intent behind the

words and providing affirmation that we are there for


On the flipside of intentional positive listening is the practice of “active constructive responding” whereby we firstly create space by pausing and breathing before we respond and provide the other person with the comfort of knowing that we have listened to the entirety of what they have had to say. Referring back to the speaker’s words and by choosing our own words carefully and with positive connotations we allow room for the conversation to continue in an unofficial mutually agreeable framework and the person knows they have actually been heard.

If we are to build more valuable positive and lasting relationships in a world that tends to value speed and convenience over quality the forgoing should provide a valuable starting point for our overall wellbeing.

If you would like to talk directly to Paul, his contact details are, 0423 025014. and email




 Buy a case of our Shute Shield Commemorative Premiers Shiraz  – 12 bottles for $155 includes delivery. All funds go to the Club

 We know Norths supporters love nothing more than a lush, velvety Shiraz. Well our players have come up with the perfect red to accompany rugby watching.

Sourced from the well-known Zilzie Winery (In Mildura Vic) it is available now

for $155 for a case of 12 including delivery to your door by Tom’s Cellars.

The money will go to the player fundraising, which goes back to the club and to player events.

SHOP NOW for your case of 12


Review all the highlights of last weekend against Warringah

We are extremely lucky to have Sportspics Photographer Clay Cross on board and covering Norths for the season.

Clay attends and photographs Norths games each week and is an integral part of the team. We are sharing his pics below.

1st grade

2nd grade

1st colts

If you need anything for a special occasion, please contact Clay directly on




Make Nw9orth Sydney Oval your destination for Good Friday rugby

On Good Friday, Norths will play Southern Districts at home.  The gates at North Sydney oval will open form 12 noon. We want to FILL THE HILL on Good Friday and make our first home game as special as the last.

The Union Hotel will be open for pres and posts and the bars and catering at North Sydney Oval will be in full swing.

Bring all the family along for a big day out on Good Friday and FILL THE HILL.










 Sign up for a membership this week and win the chance to lead the team out onto Norths Sydney Oval on Good Friday April 14

Click here to select one of 6 membership packages to suit your family.


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