Dexter Porter Blood Cup Profile - Megan Cracknell

2017 DP Blood Cup Megan Cracknell

Megan Cracknell - Junior Committee Member Shamrocks Rugby Club - Junior/Senior Mum - Blood Donor

Donor Profile

Rugby club: Shamrocks....of course!

Hobbies: Watching rugby, Trail running, Oztag; Jigsaw puzzles

Best rugby moment: 1992 1st grade Grand final....Shamrocks v brothers and future husband played in that game. They said they could hear me barracking from the sideline above everyone else....proud moment!

Favourite player: Well....hubby when he was playing...and the brothers. All five of my kids who are all proud Shamrocks players....but back in the day it was Nick Farr Jones - funny that our first born is named "Nick".

What do you I donate? - Plasma

Why I give blood? - Back in my uni days it was for the free milkshake and sausage roll....these days, a wise friend tells me it is STGG - Serving The Greater Good!  I like that. Also, I like being a "bloody legend".

A Golden Oldies Invitation From "Storky"

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The Viking Longhorns, which is the Golden Oldies Rugby Arm of Vikings Rugby Club, is taking a touring party to the Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival, which will be held in Christchurch New Zealand, from April 22 to April 29 next year. This will be the 13th World Festival the Longhorns will have attended.

Any people with an interest in Golden Oldies Rugby, would be very welcome to join the touring party. The group numbers about twenty at present and includes some unaccompanied players, some players and partners and some non-players who just want to have fun at a very special Rugby event, coupled with a holiday in New Zealand for most. The Festival will involve many teams from many countries. The Longhorns have registered to play at a social level, so participants need have no fear of not being good enough to take part.

The touring party will be getting together at a few barbecues between now and the Festival to make some decisions and enjoy each other’s company. First instalments are due ASAP but are refundable up to early next year if cancellations become necessary.

Interested people should contact myself Longhorn President John (Storky) Martin on 0421 943 190 (M) or email me at and leave your contact details. I will refer you to Tour Organisers Kyle and Anne Page, who will send you more information regarding costs and the format of the Festival. I will be attending the Festival with the Longhorns and would especially appreciate the company of Black Beer drinkers.


Dexter Porter Blood Cup Profile - Cody Roman

2017 DP Blood Cup Cody RomanCody Roman - Vikings First Grade player - Blood Donor

Donor Profile

Name – Cody Roman

Rugby Club – Wollongong Vikings Rugby Club
Hobbies – Camping, 4 Wheel Driving
Best Rugby Moment – 1st Grade debut
What do you mainly donate?  - Plasma
Why do you donate Plasma?

I have been personally affected by close family members benefitting from blood donations the outcomes could have been tragic.

Sadly, I lost my father to Leukemia, I feel that through regular blood donations I can make a difference in peoples lives that need blood.

University's Great Escape

MatchReportIn an incredible game of Rugby played at Eridge Park, University have escaped with an unlikely 31 – 22 victory over Bowral all but securing the vital fourth spot on the IDRU Builders Club Premiership table. The Bulls led the match at half-time by 17 – 7 but it was all Bowral in the second term as the Blacks fought back to take the lead 22 – 17 going into the final ten minutes of the match. Playing the last twenty five minutes with fourteen players after skipper Paul Tuala was sent off, the Bulls put on two converted tries in the last five minutes to deny the Blacks the four competition points.

In the first forty minutes Bowral lacked intensity and were guilty of too many handling indiscretions as the Bulls ran in three tries to one and looked to be cruising to victory. With Blacks coach Gene Fairbanks giving his side a real rev up during the break Bowral came out for the second half and showed all the intensity that was lacking in the first half running in three unanswered tries to take the lead. The Bowral forward pack completely destroyed the Uni scrum and with big Lock Andy Rae missing from the Bulls side, the Blacks experienced Mitchell Hardy was dominant at the Lineout as Bowral camped deep in the Uni half. An inspired defensive effort from the students proved the difference in the end as Bowral failed to capitalize on the wealth of possession that came their way in the second term.

University also had to contend with the fact that they had Number Eight Damien Mei, and winger Rueben Thompson both spend ten in the Bin prior to losing Tuala for a dangerous tackle, meaning that the Bulls played for forty five minutes of the match one player down. With a huge crowd attending the Back to Bowral day the Bowral supporters were left stunned as the Bulls pulled off the most remarkable of victories to reignite the defence of their 2016 IDRU Premiership title.

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The Rogues Rant

RoguesRantWelcome to The Rogues Rant, an occasional look at all things Rugby.

If you don’t already agree with me that the Super Rugby Draw is somewhat of a farce consider this week’s Semi-Finals. The Lions from South Africa go into their semi-final at home against the Hurricanes having not played any other New Zealand side at any stage throughout the competition rounds. With three Kiwi sides left in the tournament the New Zealanders have been far and away the best performed sides and it would be an injustice if the title was to go elsewhere. Consider also last week’s match in Canberra, where the Brumbies hosted a quarter final after just six wins for the year against a Hurricanes side that had twelve wins under the belt for the tournament. Is it any wonder that the crowds were so poor last weekend, with a lot of people, myself included finding it hard to retain interest in such an unfair and lopsided competition structure. I agree that there are too many teams in the tournament and the numbers need to be reduced but I’m not in agreement with the way it is being done. I reckon it’s a must that the tournament should return to a three way exercise between Australia, New Zealand and South Africa with an even draw with all teams playing each other each season or interest in the competition will continue to decline. My tips for this week: Crusaders to beat the Chiefs and the Hurricanes to win over the Lions.

I hear some interesting scuttlebutt coming out of Sydney relating to the future of the Waratahs at Moore Park. Word is that the ARU are going to become new tenants in a redevelopment at the SFS and the Waratahs will be moving out on masse to Daceyville in southern Sydney. The word is that The David Phillips Sports Fields will soon become the new headquarters and training venue for the Waratahs. They say the NSW Rugby Staff will be housed in demountable accommodation at the complex which is a bit of a come down from what they have enjoyed over the years in the Moore Park area.

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Vikings Continue March To Finals

MatchReportVikings continued their strong march toward a Major Semi Final meeting with Avondale with a 38 – 18 win over a hard working Shamrocks side at Ocean Park. Scoring six tries to two the Blueys had to overcome a committed Shamrocks forward pack who took the match right up to their more favoured opponents. With No.8 Iszak Lunney leading from the front, the Shamrocks forwards made the Blueys dig deep to find the effort required to take control of the match.

In the end a six tries to two performance ensured Vikings left with maximum points from the Round 1 washed out match deferred from way back at the start of the season. Shamrocks loss puts them in a much more precarious position in terms of the race to the semi-finals, now finding themselves in a real fight for fourth spot with University and Shoalhaven with three rounds remaining.

In an evenly contested first half the Rocks forwards absorbed everything the Blueys pack were able to throw at them and remained well and truly in the match at 15 – 17 down at the break. As the second period progressed the Blueys increased their effort to run away with the match scoring three unanswered second half tries.

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