Viking Juniors Honoured.

Viking Juniors on Display.

The staging of any fixture involving a British and Irish Lions Rugby Tour involves much more than the match itself. The theatrical components of the event which precede the on field competition are very much part of the proceedings and Vikings Rugby Club is very honoured to have been invited to play a part in the preliminaries to both the Lions versus Waratahs encounter and also the First Test between The Wallabies and the Lions.

Prior to the Waratahs versus Lions Match on Saturday June 15 at Allianz Stadium Sydney, Vikings Under 11 Rugby Team, in full Club regalia, has been chosen to provide the Guard of Honour to both sides as they run on to the field. Furthermore Vikings talented Under 17 player Josh Noonan, again in Vikings sky blue colours, will be one of only two Flag Bearers at the opening ceremony between the Wallabies and the Lions prior to the Second Test on Saturday July 6 in Sydney. The national flag that each will bear will be decided by the toss of a coin prior to the game.

It will be exciting to see these young Rugby players of the future on show at such prestigious international Rugby events and very fitting that they should be representing both the IDRU and its oldest Club Vikings, to the millions of interested viewers within the International Rugby Community who will be watching them around the world.

JOHN MARTIN.

The Rogues Rant

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

 The Lions are here and starting to get a real roll on. When I first mentioned The Lions a couple of Rants ago, I talked about their likely power game and aggression. Well they certainly have delivered that so far. They are a very well coached and skillful squad. I love the way they play the game so direct. Let’s hope the Wallabies are getting plenty of physical contact work in their training sessions. Given that most of them won’t have had a game of footy for three or four weeks come the first test they are going to need it.

The Queensland Reds can hold their heads up following their performance against the Lions at Suncorp last weekend. Whilst The Lions never looked to be in danger of losing the match The Reds served it right up to them. Coach McKenzie didn’t do his chances for the Wallaby job any harm either by once again getting the absolute best out of the players available to him.

 

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Junior Illawarrior 13s are State Champions

U13s State ChampionsThe mighty Junior Illawarriors U13 side have capped a remarkable season by winning the State Championship last weekend at Blacktown in Sydney's West.

This is only the second time Illawarra and a NSW Country zone has won a state title in its 60 year history. Back in 2006 the Illawarra 11's won the title under coaches Paul Connor and Ron Davis. Ironically, Ron Davis was one of the coaches in this year's 13's state championship winning side.

The side had a successful overseas tour to New Zealand and Tonga in early April before dominating their opposition to win the NSW Country Rugby Championship in May.

While the side were expected to perform strongly at the State Championships, it was always going to take a huge effort to overcome the likes of ACT, Manly, Gordon and Northern Suburbs.

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University Steal the Points from Wombats

Karl Smith scores the winning try for UniversityWith a repeat of the successful tactics from last week’s win over Camden, University stole the competition points from Avondale at Gerry Cappetta Oval on Saturday. With Coach Shaun McCreedy devising the plan, the players executed with perfect timing to score the winning try in the last seconds of the game to take the points 29 – 26. Avondale thought they were home after brilliantly defending their line for the last 15 minutes of the match clinging to a 26 – 22 lead. University front rower Karl Smith breached the Wombat line literally seconds from full time to register a converted try for what was the clubs best win of the year.

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Response to The Rogue

In response to "The Rogue" in his rant of 30 May 2013 and the following comment.

"I’m not sure that we have ever had such strong representation in the history of the zone. Perhaps some of you long term Illawarriors can recall if we have had better. Let us know."

To comment further on this Illawarra Rugby past history of NSW Country representation, in 2005 nine senior players from the Illawarra region played for country.

In 2004 thirteen senior and eleven colts (under 20s) played for country, which ironically is the last year Illawarra won the Caldwell Cup. The colts team also won their championship in that year where we achieved "the daily double" for the first time.

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The Rogues Rant

 

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

The funeral was held on Tuesday for one Illawarra’s most dedicated servants to Rugby, John Hayne. John was a referee and administrator in the IDRU for many years, serving 17 terms as President. He was a life member of the IDRU and the IDRU Referees Association, and also served on the Board of NSW Country. The familiar sight of John and his wife Betty supporting Illawarra Rugby at fixtures at home and all around the state will be sadly missed by us all. Our thoughts are with Betty and all the family.      

Rest in Peace John Hayne

Camden’s’ Ben Greentree got the shock of his life when he got the call up to the Combined Country Squad to play the Lions in Newcastle next week. Having been overlooked in the original squad of 43 players selected, he thought he had missed out. “It really blew me away” was Ben’s response to the late inclusion after what must have been a good performance for the Cockatoos against the ACT Griffins last week. “I was very surprised; I never thought it would happen. I don’t care what number I wear. I’ll take it with both hands” said an elated Ben. Good onya Ben, all the best from all your Illawarra colleagues.

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