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From Norths to a Wallaby, FOX Sports presenter, Intermain Business Development Manager and CBRE Senior Negotiator, ‘Shep’ speaks on what it means to be on the Norths board.
At Monday night’s AGM, Cameron Shepherd was formally voted on to the Norths board.
We caught up with Cam on what it means to be a ‘Shoremen’ board member.
When did you play for Norths?
I played for Norths from 2002-2012 however, my commitments to Super Rugby and the Wallabies meant I didn’t spend as much time playing for the Club as I would have liked.
What were your finest memories of playing with Norths?
The Colts Grand Final in 2002, 1st Grade debut in 2003, every victory at North Sydney Oval and singing the song with the boys in the change rooms.
What did Norths give you that you used in your next stages of rugby?
I was very lucky that my transition from club rugby to Super Rugby was very swift. Norths gave me every opportunity I ever wanted and I had some incredible support from the club along the way. Graham Stokes my 1st Colts coach always allowed me to play my natural game and supported me no matter the outcome as did 1st Grade coach Kevin Horan who gave me my first crack at the top level. The club supported me every step off the way and even when based in Perth with the Western Force I always felt included.
Part of being a board member is about giving back to the community – what are you looking to gain?
I want to make sure the club continues to thrive and be successful on and off the field. Despite my allegiance I truly believe Northern Suburbs is the number 1 rugby union club in Australia. Through Norths Connect, that I run with fellow board member Chris Hall, we are continuing to build our presence in the North Sydney community and as a club we now have National and international profile after the Shute Shield and Club Rugby Championship in 2016/2017 respectively. The club is producing Super Rugby players and we are also developing managers and other staff from a business perspective with the best example being Adam Fulepp’s new role at the NSW Waratahs. I want to see Norths cement itself as the number 1 club in Australia and I feel it’s my job to make sure that happens.
Where do you see yourself as being able to assist?
In multiple ways. I obviously have a unique and specialised knowledge and understanding of the game of rugby which I hope to pass over to coaches and players. I also have a large network within the rugby community which I hope to draw to the Club in a variety of different capacities. One of the major supporters that every rugby club in Australia needs is sponsors and another focus of mine will be to bring in more high quality companies to partner with us.
When were you a Wallaby ?
2004-2012. After making my debut in 2006 I was a regular in the squad until I broke my leg and dislocated my ankle against France in 2008. It took 5 surgeries to get me back to 100% but unfortunately I missed my window. I was involved in the squad up until leaving Australian rugby in 2012 but unfortunately never played another test for Australia. I finished my career with 9 Caps.
What’s your favourite Norths moment
Calling the 2016 Shute Shield Grand Final for channel 7. Being so close to the club and knowing the sacrifices so many made through the year it was an incredibly proud and emotional moment for me.
On your role at Fox Sports
I’m very proud to be a member of the Fox Sports family. My focus is calling the NRC however I find myself involved in some of the other programs produced by Fox and I love being part of that.
On the family front?
I’m a proud father and husband to wife Sam and children Roman (5), Nate (3) and Vivienne (1). Sam has been a rock of support for me over the last 10 years and I’m very lucky to have her in my life.
Trial Game March 18 and Super Saturday 1st Round April 1
“With a culture of having their backs to the wall and fight at all costs, Rod Mc Queen aligned them with the Rats of Tobruk, the name given to the soldiers of the garrison who held the Libyan port of Tobruk against the Afrika Corps, during the Siege of Tobruk in World War II,” says Norths legend Peter Carson.
“That was when Rod MacQueen was coaching Warringah in the 80’s and decided they needed a tribal name.
“They always have been very tribal, with a strong sponsorship of locally based businesses. A club, which has a strong membership that is bred out of the junior village clubs of Newport, Narrabeen., Wake Hurst, Dee Why and Belrose.
“I started playing for Norths in the 70’s and Warringah had just come out of the 2nd division with Port Hacking.
“In 75 Norths won the Club Premiership. We lost the last game of the season to them, which cost us the Club Championship.
“I have a great respect for Warringah. They are a very well organised Club with strong coaches.
“When the tide turned and we were relegated to 2nd division from 1982-89 Warringah became a powerhouse.
“Norths returned to first division in 1990 and Peter Medway and I coached 1st grade. You were always conscious of the weather conditions when you had to play at Rat Park.
“Being that close to the water, you’d cop the winds. It was always something to think about.
“In the 80’s they were very strong and battling with Randwick.
“They produced good players like Dominic Vaughn, who was half back through the period we were in 2nd division, then he came to Norths. Steve Lidbury was a very hard player who went to the Wallabies. Jim Fewtrall played for the Tahs.
“I remember when Rod introduced a special 1st grade jersey, which was unusual for Club rugby. They were always green with thin white stripes.
“They ran on in a white jersey and green stripes. It was a first.” Says Carson.
“Daren Coleman is the current Warringah 1st Grade coach, who coached for Norths in the 2000’s.
“There is a strong bond between the clubs. Two weeks ago it was the Rats who Simon Cron approached to train and have a hit up with Norths at Primrose Park to help us in our preparation for the Australian Club Championships.”
There is a trial game on March 18 at Rat Park and a Super Saturday 1st round game for all Colts ands Grade on Saturday 1st April.
“I encourage all Norths supporters to attend and watch what will be great tribal club rugby,” says Carson.
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Hosted by Ryan Johnson (Managing Director, CBRE North Sydney) at CBRE’S new state of the art Headquarters at 177 Pacific Highway, North Sydney with Nick Hockley of Cricket Australia and North’s very own Irae Simone, Angus Ta’avao and Michael Wells – this is a great opportunity to mix with Norths supporters and stakeholders.
Next Wednesday night’s line up is first class, MC’d by Cam Shepherd:
Nick Hockley is the current Head of Commercial Projects at Cricket Australia. Nick is a commercial leader in the global sports event industry, with over 8 years’ experience at the organising committee of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 & London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Nick will give a casual address on his career path and the challenges of sports administration.
A forum with ex-Norths, now Waratahs players Irae Simone, Angus T’arvao and Michael Wells will give an insight into life as a professional athlete and their love of club rugby.
We need the Norths community to be there and interact with players, sponsors, and volunteers and share their stories.
Federal member Trent Zimmerman will be attending the event.
Drinks sponsored by Endeavour Beer & prizes to be given away including 6 month gym membership to North Shore Gym!
A fabulous 4 minutes highlights reel of the Australian Club Championships – CLICK HERE
We received this fabulous highlights video from Brothers this week of all the atmosphere at Crosby Park for the Australian Club Championships.
Bill Pulver described it as, “A historic day in the history of club rugby”.
Thanks Brothers and this is well worth a watch.
THANK YOU FROM DICK SHAW
On the road to recovery after heart surgery
“I couldn’t believe it,” says Dick.
“Chris Hall walked into my hospital room at 8.30am on Saturday 25 March with a Norths Australian Club Championships T-Shirt.
“After two open heart surgeries and 5 weeks in hospital, it broke me,” says Dick.
“I was due to go to Brisbane with John Liddell and all the ‘old dogs’. I was clearly shattered with the news and over feeling unwell.
“Chris’ visit and the shirt gave me the determination to get out,’ says Dick.
“I got 127 comments from the Facebook post from old players all over the world.
“I’ve lost 15 kilos and looking forward to getting back to watch the red and black.
“Thank you to everyone”, says Dick.
Dick is now at home in Narrawallee with Georgie and his beloved dogs.
Bettering the community – $2,500 from Artarmon on a wet Saturday
Grade players were good at turning the grill on Saturday at Bunnings.
Over $2,500 was raised for the Club from the classic sausage sizzle.
Chris Hall says, “It was a player lead initiative which fits into the portfolio of bettering the player and bettering the community.”
The funds will be used to fund the rugby programme.
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