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Shute Shield Round 1 kick off from 9 am at Pittwater Rugby Park
A very proud Richard Maude, our grade gear steward who has been with Norths for over 50 years of volunteering, presented the jerseys to the 1st grade team and 1st Colts on Wednesday night at the Season Launch at the Union Hotel.
Richard’s message for the players was, “Understand that Norths is a foundation club of Sydney rugby and each time you take to the field in the jersey, the red and black goes to your heart.”
It’s a Super Saturday at Rat Park this weekend, with all Grade and Colts teams playing from 9.10am. All teams need your support. The sun is set to shine so come and support the Shoremen. Here’s the times and the 1st Grade and 1st Colts teams.
(Photo Credit: Clay Cross)
1st XV Grade – Round 1, 2017
1 Ezra Luxton
2 Sam Kitchen
3 Alain Miriallkis
4 Hugh Sinclair (vc)
5 James Brown
6 Greg Lealofi
7 Will Miller ©
8 Michael Smith
9 Harry Emery
10 Angus Sinclair (vc)
11 Lachie Creagh
12 Harry Burey
13 Con Foley
14 Richard Woolf
15 Bryce Hegarty
Head Coach: Simon Cron
Assistant Coach: Will Eggleston
S&C: Rob Fowkes
Physio: Cam Hanson
(Photo credit: Clay Cross)
1st XV Colts – Round 1, 2017
1 Jack Brewer
2 Alex Crotti
3 Ryan Block
4 Jameson Coombs
5 Nick Braken
6 Charlie Samwells
7 Matt Psalitis
8 George Miller
9 Josh Noonan
10 Connor Winchester
11 Oliver Graham
12 Taulogo Lalaga
13 Zac Campton
14 Harry Cudmore
15 Connor Size
16 Will McRae
17 Gabe Cooper
Introducing our ‘Wellbeing Mentor’, Paul Jones:
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Jones (aka ‘Rocket’) to the role of Wellbeing Mentor at Norths Rugby. Paul has played over 100 grade games for Norths, co-coached a number of Norths teams, held various roles on the board over the years and is a father of an ex-player at the club. Paul has most recently volunteered in telephone crisis support at Lifeline and currently spends some of his time at Bear Cottage in coaching, fund raising and volunteer support, which overall provides real time assistance for some of the more vulnerable members of our society.
Paul’s business experience includes over 40 years in the financial services sector in senior management and as an advisor. In recent years, Paul has established his on business, ‘Communications Alignment’, which provides a focus on financial literacy for individuals and also group mentoring for advisors and their respective clients.
One referee of Paul’s expertise has stated that “there lies no better mentor for professionals in any industry than to be exposed to Paul in a professional capacity”.
Paul said “I am excited by the opportunity to re-engage with the club and combine my passion for Norths and for volunteering and supporting those in need. I have subscribed to exercise, meditation, yoga and personal health as part of my daily routine and believe that this commitment is a major contribution to positive wellbeing overall.”
North’s Director, Peter Stewart added “the board has been seeking to improve the level of support available to our players, coaches and volunteers and the creation of this voluntary role will see Paul providing advice and assistance, combined with access to a range of professional services. The role is one which will evolve over time and I think it is important not to define it too much because this is an area which is always about the individual and that requires individual processes and strategies”.
Paul will be available for anyone within the North’s community if at any time they feel the for someone to lend an ear.
Paul can be initially contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please keep a close eye on our weekly updates regarding North’s new initiative.
And proud Norths Sponsor.
DHL’s corporate tag line is “Delivering Rugby to the World”. As the season kicks off, we caught up with DHL’s Corporate and Marketing Communications Manager about how Norths fits into their worldwide rugby sponsorship portfolio and what supporting grassroots Club rugby in Australia means to the global giant.
DHL and Norths have a connection that goes back a number of years, can you fill us in on the history from your side?
The DHL/Norths relationship began due to one of our early Senior Executives, David Allen once played at Norths. After his stint in Sydney, David led the expansion of DHL into Europe, the Middle East, Africa and recruited a number of other DHL employees from his rugby-playing days and networks.
We were lucky that he chose such a fantastic club to play at, and are really proud of our association with Norths.
What’s the key rationale for rugby sponsorship at a grass roots level?
We have a number of high profile rugby partnerships, including the recent Rugby World Cup (2015) and the World Rugby Sevens Series. However, we are also the official Logistics Partner to a number of international and domestic teams, including the Irish Rugby Football Union, English club Harlequins FC and DHL Stormers in South Africa.
We also understand that rugby isn’t just about the big tournaments, so we also support the grassroots game in places as far afield as Canada, Kazakhstan, Laos and Fiji – and of course Australia with Norths.
What does Norths deliver that fits with DHL?
Norths player’s emphasise Passion, a Can-Do-Attitude and Speed – these are all values we hold close at DHL and Norths reflects these attitudes in every sense!
How important is it for DHL and the local North Shore Community, in terms of business?
The North Shore is home to many prominent businesses and having a partnership with the club is great for us in a brand, profile perspective and for business networking. We’ve made a lot of fruitful and interesting partnerships via our association with Norths.
Your logo sits proudly on the back of the Norths jersey. The Fox Sports coverage of the Australian Club Championships looked great. What are you looking forward to this season?
We were so proud to see Norths win the Shute Shield in 2016! We’d obviously love to see this replicated but understand it’s a tough competition.
The key is to see the players out on field representing the club and sponsors to the best of their ability.
How do you measure success from a sponsorship?
There are a number of measures that range from brand building, customer relationships and internal engagement. We continually review our sponsorship portfolio to ensure they deliver on these aspects. We are pleased with how the Norths relationship is reflected across all these measures.
What’s your personal connection to love rugby?
As a Kiwi, rugby has always been close to my heart. I even had a short stint playing rugby while at high school! Watching the haka before the All Blacks play will always bring a sense of pride – and of course even more when that is backed up by their fantastic performance of late.
Favourite North Sydney Oval experience?
Watching the boys take home the Shute Shield at last year’s final! Seeing the crowd get behind the team was awesome.
FIRST HOME GAME
Make North Sydney Oval your destination for Good Friday rugby!
On Good Friday, Norths will play Southern Districts at the sacred turf of North Sydney Oval. The gates at North Sydney will open from 12noon.
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 a few pre game and post drink along with fully supported catered bar at North Sydney Oval during the all games.
Bring all the family along for a big day out on Good Friday and FILL THE HILL!
Meet and Greet over a sideline snag!
We welcome 30 new Colts players to Norths this season and we want to welcome their families into our Norths family.
Please join us at the sideline marquee at Bon Andrews Oval (North Sydney No.2) from 12 noon, Saturday April 8th for BBQ.
“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”, Joel Rivers (Colts Head Coach).
We will have the BBQ and the bar open, so please come along and meet the Director of Rugby Grahame O’Donnell, (also board director of NRC), and Phil Emery (yes he is the dad of 1st grade number #9, Harry who came up through Colts).
RSVP to Jack Burey (General Manager): GM@northsrugby.com.au.
Gordon Irons is organising the 1980s Colts Legends Lunch at the Union Hotel, Friday
The luncheon is $85 for two courses (inc. drinks) and is open to all Norths players from the 80’s. The day prior to the North Sydney Oval home game of Norths v’s Easts on Saturday.
Join the group conversation which is active on Facebook. Click the link:
Gordon will soon have a TryBooking link to pay online and reserve your place. To date 30 people have committed so it should be a huge afternoon of rugby.
Any questions, you can email Gordon directly at email@example.com.
A very proud Richard Maude with Hugh Sinclair at the Season launch on Wednesday night.
Richard Maude with Ryan Block Colts Captain
A New Initiative – Training Camps for 16 & 17 year olds – April 1st & 2nd
Attracting and developing current school students in year 10 and 11, Norths are hosting the inaugural, Northern Suburbs Rugby Academy to be held on Saturday, 1st April and Sunday, 2nd April (this weekend) at the Narrabeen Sports Academy.
The camp will focus on skills based coaching and aims to provide players with a link from Junior club level to Colts rugby.
This will be the first of 2 camps held this year, one pre-season and another later in the season which will culminate in entering teams in the Southern Highlands 7’s Tournament at 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 schedule’s 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”, Norths Board member Phil Emery.
“My son’s came 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“.
Jack Burey supported Phil’s comments by stating, “Norths has an excellent group of coaches headed by Simon Cron and we certainly want to leverage this alongside promoting our club’s culture along with the basic skills of rugby. We just want to showcase this to them first hand”.
There are currently 30 players registered.
We will update our supporters next week about the roll out of our inaugural Norths Academy.