Sydney Vs Country Juniors

NSW Country LogoThe Annual  Junior City Vs Country age Fixture, was held on Sunday the 6th  of August at   Bathurst, hosted by the Bathurst Bulldogs rugby Club,  with  a number of  illawarriors   young players, supporters and their families from the Illawarra region making the trip to Bathurst for the weekend . The annual clash is for Age groups U14s through to U17s as the U18s played a couple of weeks prior. For the First time Under 17s Female teams. With all sides having to content with a strong ( Cold) wind from the west straight down the field.

Tim Gavin Shield (Under 14)

Junior Illawarriors participating: Jack Neich and Toutai Lolhea

Country started out fast, strongly attacking the Sydney half but were unable to score any points with the territory advantage in the first 10 minutes of the game and with a couple penalties to City, the play moved into Countries half. City moved the ball wide and  the centre cut  back  and scored close to the post. The try was converted giving City a lead of 7-0.  Just on half time country made a sweeping move down the grandstand side of the ground with good backing up of the no 7 to score next to the post and at oranges the score is 7 all . Most of the play for the game was spent between  the 25s. in the second half  with the Sydney side making a number of breaks leading to  tries in the second half with a final score of 36-10 to Sydney .

Steve Tuynman Cup (Under 15)

Junior Illawarriors participating: Tumoana Poata, Calvin Watts, Angus Blackmore And Zeb Maddison

The Sydney side started strongly in the opening stanza attacking the country line with country holding the Sydney side at bay into the wind. Just before half time country scored ( Blackmore) 7-5 at oranges. The Second half country played into the wind and Sydney side made full advantage of running with the wind to take the match out to 40 to 7.

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University Secures Fourth Spot

MatchReportUniversity have completed the picture for the upcoming Semi-Finals with a 36 – 24 win over Shoalhaven to cement fourth spot on the IDRU Builders Club Premiership table. Shamrocks registered a 38 – 27 victory over Campbelltown but with one round remaining next week are now out of reach of this year’s final series.

In a match in which both sides fed off the errors of each other the Bulls ran in six tries to Shoalhaven’s four in an unconvincing performance to open up an eight point margin back to Shamrocks in fifth position, with Shoalies five points further back in sixth. Despite Shamrocks registering a 38 – 27 victory over Campbelltown, with one round remaining next week the Rocks and Shoalhaven are now out of reach of this year’s final series.

A second half sin binning cost the Shoalies dearly as the Bulls ran in two decisive tries in the ten minute period to end Shoalhavens finals hopes. The Bulls went into the match without key forwards Paul Tuala and Damien Mei but welcomed back Lock Andrew Rae from injury and produced another very sound defensive effort to repel Shoalies for lengthy periods throughout the match.

Avondale responded to some strong mid-week encouragement from Coach Murray McDonald by trouncing last placed Camden 81 – 3 at Camden Rugby Park. Wombats Major Semi-Final opponents Vikings completed a Black and Blue Cup double with a convincing 40 – 29 win over Kiama at home as they move towards their first finals campaign in three years. Bowral held a narrow 12 – 7 half-time lead over Tech Waratahs at Eridge Park before going right on with the job in the second half to register a 31 – 7 victory.

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The Rogues Rant

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

So we are off to the Republic for the Super Rugby Final between the Lions and the Crusaders. The Crusaders really did the job on the Chiefs in Christchurch to make their 12th Super Rugby decider against a Lions side that struggled early before showing plenty of power to get the result in Johannesburg. The Hurricanes got off to a flying three try start to lead 22 – 3 before a late first half try and an early second half try got the Lions on the move. With a couple of very contentious close calls going in favor of the Africans, the Lions turned a 3 – 22 deficit into a six tries to four 44 – 29 win. I reckon a couple of the officials may have allowed the home ground atmosphere at Ellis Park get to them a bit. I wonder if the Crusaders will be taking their own chef and catering staff with them on this trip. My tip: As much as it hurts me to do so I have to go for the Lions to win. With the Ellis Park home ground advantage and the Crusaders having to do all the traveling it will just be too big an ask for the Kiwis. Lions to win.

A busy week for the IDRU Board and Judiciary dealing with the fallout of some unsavory behavior from the last month. Firstly the Board on Monday night met with the Avondale and Campbelltown clubs to deal with the events of their Round 15 second grade match which was abandoned by Referee Simon Hackett. After a long session in which both clubs were given an opportunity to explain the events from their own point of view the Board decided that no points would be allocated for the match. The Board also cautioned both clubs, warning of further consequences for any similar behavior in the future. An interesting point to come out of the hearing is that Avondale players have amassed by far the most yellow cards throughout the current season with the next club down the list being Campbelltown.

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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.
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