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Mitch Magrath and Tom Evans – covering 4th – 1st grade in Club culture
With the Shute Shield rugby season kicking off in just over a week’s time on April 1st we would like to introduce you to our 2017 Grade Club Captains, Mitch Magrath and Tom Evans.
“Mitch Magrath and Tom Evans are role models for players, juniors and everyone who is connected with the Norths community at large,” says General Manager Jack Burey.
The key role of the Club Captains is to implement the Club identity and culture across a number of player and community projects, under the guidance of head Coach Simon Cron, Colts Coach Joel Rivers and the board.
Tom Evans says “ I’m very excited about the year ahead for our Club, and to be able to contribute as Club Captain with Mitch is icing on the cake.
“I joined Norths in 2010 after finishing school and while I was studying Business at UTS. I was a Mosman junior and it was a natural transition.
“During this time the Club has given me much more than a weekly game of rugby. From work to lifelong friendships, Norths has been a huge part of my life and I feel very privileged to be able to give back in this role.
“Coming off the back of 1st grade’s grand final win last year, the Club is in great shape and there’s a lot of hungry players looking for success in all grades. I can’t wait to see what the season 2017 has in store for us,” says Tom who plays 4th grade.
Mitch Magrath says, “ I’ve torn my ACL and medial meniscus in the pre-season which means I will miss the entire on field season. It means a lot to me that I have the respect of the playing group to be voted in as a non-playing co-captain.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to hold the position and be involved in the Club even with the unfortunate circumstances. I’m really looking forward to continuing the great work that Mike O’Hea did last year in terms of building standards and creating a great culture. Last year was a great success and this year we are looking forward to repeating it across all grades and colts,” says Mitch.
Mitch came to Norths in 2015 after playing at Eastwood, in search of more rugby opportunities.
“I’ve been lucky enough to play mostly 1st grade in 2015 and 2016, including coming off the bench in the Grand Final last year.
“Norths is more than a rugby Club for many, it’s one big family and I’ve benefited from this family experience, says Mitch.
This is the first time the role of the Club captains has been a shared one.
Jack Burey says, “ The duties assigned to the role and their significance in the player group is increasing and therefore we needed to share it across grades.”
Here is a snap shot of some of the duties that Mitch and Tom are responsible for ;
Ryan Block, a 107kg trainee nurse with a vision to be a paramedic, leads 60 colts into the season
The Colts Captain is in recognition of the importance of the Norths Colts program in defining the commitment to the community that being a Norths player entails from the outset of joining the Club.
Ryan Block is no ordinary 19 year old; 6 foot, 107 kgs, tight head prop. Ryan is in his first year at university, studying nursing, which is a prerequisite to be an ICU paramedic.
With a 6 year degree in front of him, rugby at Norths gives him an out.
70% of the colts this year are new to the Club.
“It’s an honor to be made Colts captain with a great Club with a rich history. I’m proud to represent all the Colts players and work with them and the coaches to make our program the best of the best. On field success is important, but off field is also key,” says Ryan.
“Under Joel Rivers and Simon Cron, we are incredibly lucky to have very high standards that relate to off field initiatives. Already we are building the colts culture with dinners and catch-ups after training with 60 colts.
“2017 is a big intake year for Colts”, says Colts head coach Joel Rivers. We have a lot of new players. The recent camp gave them an opportunity to bond and having a dedicated Colts Captain is an initiative to build the culture and unity amongst players.”
“Many of the players are yet to play a game but they are already proud to wear the red and black, “ says Rivers.
Last week the grade teams were treated as a super rugby team by the staff at the University of Wollongong as they attended their pre-season training camp.
This was no co-incidence, and we are very proud to announce the University of Wollongong’s Sydney Business School as a new Gold Sponsor and education partner.
The Sydney Business School, which was established in 1997, is the graduate school of the Faculty of Business of the University of Wollongong and, offers high quality postgraduate business programs at the Sydney CBD Campus located at Circular Quay in Sydney, and UOW’s Main Campus in Wollongong.
“The union is a perfect fit,” says Norths board member Peter Stewart, who has recently retired from the helm of MGSM and was instrumental in putting the partnership together.
“We have a young highly educated and skilled playing group. The Sydney Business School offers opportunities for players to deepen their expertise, build professional excellence and enhance their leadership skills.
“Most importantly it has strong links with industry, business and government, which will be beneficial for the player group, “ says Peter.
An understanding of North’s rich history and a desire for community and corporate engagement were the drivers for the partnership.
Professor Charles Areni, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business at UOW was formerly Pro Dean at MGSM, and Professor Alex Frino, UOW Deputy-Vice Chancellor Global Strategy was formerly the Dean at MGSM.
Both were familiar to Norths and recognized the alignment between our mission to “better the player, better the person, better the community” and their own strategy of designing programs which focus on mastering your own growth and operate effectively in an increasingly competitive global business environment.
Most importantly, the UOW offers programs in Sydney, Wollongong, Hong Kong and Dubai offering a truly international position in the marketplace and great opportunities for our players.
Professor Alex Frino Deputy-Vice Chancellor Global Strategy UOW
As passionate supporters of rugby, and world-class educators they understand the value the relationship we have brings to both the Sydney Business School and University of Wollongong. Whilst in the early stages of the relationship it is clear to all parties that there is much we can build on to strengthen the relationship, things like the recent camp held on the UOW campus and potential scholarships for our elite athletes are just a few.
Alex was behind the very successful partnership between Norths and MGSM and has two boys who are passionate rugby supporters and players
“I believe in the rugby community providing the perfect demographic for a successful business school and therefore saw the relationship between UOW and Norths as an important first step in what we are sure will be a long term relationship,” says Alex Frino
“The whole Frino family are drawn to North Sydney Oval. It’s the best suburban rugby ground in Australia and there is nowhere better to watch rugby.
“Of course the value of the relationship for UOW, SBS and Norths is very important and we will continue to work together with our players and coaches to develop leaders of rugby, and the community,” says Frino.
Union Hotel 6pm Wednesday 29 March
Norths 2017 season launch is next week on Wednesday March 29 at the Union Hotel starting at 6pm, where grade and colts teams will receive their jerseys.
Please join Simon Cron for the presentation of the 1st Grade jerseys and Joel Rivers for the 1st Colts jerseys.
RSVP to GM@Northsrugby.com.au
A New Initiative – Training Camps for 16 & 17 year olds – April 1st & 2nd
Targeting current school students in year 10 and 11who play rugby, Norths are hosting the inaugural Northern Suburbs Rugby Academy weekend on Saturday April 1 st and Sunday April 2nd at the Narrabeen Sports Academy for 16 and 17 year olds.
The camp will focus on skills based coaching and, also aims to provide players with a link from junior to Colt level rugby.
This will be the first of 2 camps held this year, one pre- season and one at the end of the season that will culminate in entering teams in the Southern Highlands 7’s Tournament in Bowral.
“This age group is highly engaged in their club, school and other commitments throughout the year. But we wanted to show them the pathway opportunity post school without over-crowding their already very busy schedules and study commitments, “ says General Manager Jack Burey.
Additionally, tips and advice from the Norths coaches will be ongoing through a private Facebook Group throughout the regular rugby season from the Norths coaching group.
“The academy is not aimed at finding the next superstar, rather, refining skills and defining the culture at Norths in the hope of securing a future for players at the Club,” says Norths Board member Phil Emery.
“The objective is to initiate participants about Norths and develop a sense of mateship within the group, “ says Emery.
“My sons came up through the juniors playing footy with their mates and have a good solid grounding in rugby and what it brings on and off the field. However, we are now finding that this is the exception rather than the rule, “ says Emery.
Jack Burey says, “We are taking the initiative to bridge this gap and get in early so there are no drop offs in participation between 16-19 year olds.
“We understand that school is a 24/7 commitment and don’t want to interfere.
“Norths has an excellent group of coaches headed by Simon Cron and we certainly want to leverage this alongside promoting a culture of skills based rugby. We just want to showcase this to them first hand.
“We are encouraging kids from different areas of the Northern Suburbs community to stay in touch through sport, “says Burey.
The only cost for the camp is the accommodation and meals, totaling $83. There are currently 30 players registered . It is open to all players, whatever the standard. If you are interested please email email@example.com or GM@northsrugby.com.au.
Norths Appoints Club Captains
Head to Rockdale to support the Shoremen against Southern Districts
Fingers crossed for sunshine this Saturday so we can get on the park for trial matches against Southern Districts.
The grade games are at Redland Park and kick off starts from 10.45 with 4th grade.
Sam Kitchen , Mitch Magrath and more, calling members to sign up
The phones were running hot last Sunday for grade players having a chat with past members and explaining the 2017 packages on offer.
With 1 week to go, click here to sign up for a package that suits you.