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Southern Inland Rugby 2020

Discussion in 'Club Rugby' started by yourmatesam, Oct 29, 2019.

  1. yourmatesam Dick Tooth (41)

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    Catch up on the latest and greatest for the #SIRU2020 Season here.

    We're starting to see some club announcements making the rounds for coaching etc.

    SIRU AGM is set down for 24NOV19 11am at Shimano's. No doubt we'll see some more information coming out of clubs leading into the zone AGM. :)
  2. Athol Frank Row (1)

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    Any agenda items of Interest for the AGM this Sunday - all Ive seen so far is Girls Tackle Rugby is getting talked about for next Year
    We need a Competitive Comp in the Seniors because lots of interst has gone missing in recent seasons

    Maybe send Waratahs to Central West and let the other Teams enjoy the Comp

    Who's coaching City ? - anyone know
  3. Bubba Allen Oxlade (6)

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    Maybe send Waratahs to Central West and let the other Teams enjoy the Comp

    Who's coaching City ? - anyone know

    Send Tahs to central west ? Bad idea, I'll need to vent my strong feelings on some other club then ! Its more a case of dont send them away because they are sucessful , the rest of us just need to get better. The comp will not improve in quality with the removal of the a side.

    An announcment was made regarding Citys first grade coaching team internally on tuesday and in various media platforms on wednesday. For those of you who missed it : Ben Schreiber has taken on that first grade role. A former soldier turned teacher now , he has a wide range of rugby and league experiences under his belt - including Shute Shield level.
    Hes a pretty driven sort of guy - I think hes going to make a big impact in SIRU this year.
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  4. Athol Frank Row (1)

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    Came to the Zone earlier this year and noticed Waratahs supremacy

    Good Luck at City Bubba - lets hope u guys get the results u r after
  5. Athol Frank Row (1)

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    Have Tumut announced their coach for 2020

    Just looked at their Facebook Page = says something about Pre Season Training but no coaches mentioned
  6. paul bristow Fred Wood (13)

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    Griffith Blacks coach Craig Morris. President Dan McGreal.
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  7. yourmatesam Dick Tooth (41)

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    It's good to see a few of these things locked in now, there's been a bit of action on the different social media platforms across the clubs which is a positive sign.

    Lots of touch footy etc being played by clubs which is great to see!
  8. Athol Frank Row (1)

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    went and watched the schoolboys finals last night in Wagga

    The Ground was like a brown Paddock with no lines marked and even had Javelin throwing lines marked out on the field (quite clearly)

    The players and spectators deserved better we all thought
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  9. Whistle Happy Jimmy Flynn (14)

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    Probably a matter of Council getting the Ground ready for a Re sow before next season

    Drove past the Ground a few weeks ago and it looked like a Desert !

    Not a good look for new players and new Spectators

    The Schools comp needs to be played earlier in the year like Carroll Cup and Hardy Cup
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  10. paul bristow Fred Wood (13)

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    Was this schoolboys final held at Connolly Whistle, or one of the other grounds in Wagga?
  11. Bubba Allen Oxlade (6)

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    I see that Hay Cutters announced they will be fielding a first grade side in in season 2020. Good on them for having a dig. I'd be curious to see how the structure with Deni will work as second grade side for them ? Im assuming thats what would happen ?
    A positive is that it will mean a true home and away season with 9 first grade sides - a negative is that it means more byes.

    Big step up from 3's to 1's for Hay but good to see them having a go.
  12. Whistle Happy Jimmy Flynn (14)

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    Hi PB - all the schoolboy games were played at Conolly

    As far as the Hay situation it must be rememnbered that they didn't even qualify for the 3rd Grade Grand Final this year - Griffith defeated Deniliquin !!!= Deni defeated Hay in the Preliminary Final ?

    So does that mean that the AWAY teams will split to Hay & Deni when they are on the Road - Albury & Tumut will enjoy that I don't think

    Hay will get smashed in their Away games and you have to wonder if they have the solid core number of players to be a 1st Grade team

    I don't say Good On them I say what has suddenly changed from the last Decade

    Deni however to be vey competitive in 2nds that's for sure
  13. namtrak Charlie Fox (21)

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    You must be fun at parties.
  14. Whistle Happy Jimmy Flynn (14)

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    ha ha - Parties - where everyone says exactly what people want to hear - Great outfit ! , Great Idea !, Great food, Great company
    I don't bother going to Parties because I might meet people like u - see above

    Just give your Thoughts or views on the Forum if u have any / - Sorry - "you must be fun at parties" is a bit lame

    people either disagree with things or agree with things on the SIRU Rugby forum - move on if u haven't got anything constructive or meaningful to say or add

    for god's sake its only a Country Rugby Union Competition
  15. Whistle Happy Jimmy Flynn (14)

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    Looks like the Women got their way at Hay - Good Luck Fellas !!!

    Hay to enter a first grade and women's team into Southern Inland for 2020

    • Courtney Rees

    STEPPING UP: John Porter playing for Hay in the 2018 third grade grand final. The Cutters will join the first grade competition next year.

    Hay will make a big leap into the Southern Inland first grade competition in 2020.
    They will also enter a women's team for the first time.
    Hay have been playing in third grade for the past four seasons, but with desire to enter a women's team into the competition have decided the time is right to challenge themselves in the top grade.

    It coincides with the club's 30th season.
    Manning Doughty has been installed as the club's first grade coach and believes it is an exciting time for rugby union in Hay.
    "It will be a big challenge and it's not going to be an easy run for us but we've got a girls team now, the Hay Cutlets, and to guarantee them a spot in the draw we had to step up into the top grade," Doughty said.
    "We're looking forward to it.
    "It should be good."
    Hay are no strangers to success in Southern Inland, winning the title in 1998, but haven't fielded a first grade side for the better part of a decade.
    Doughty admitted there is going to have to be a mindset change for many existing players at the club after enjoying plenty of success in lower grades.
    He's just hoping the team can be competitive against their more established rivals.
    "We don't ever go into a game with the plan to lose, but it is going to be tough for us," Doughty said.
    "If we can be competitive with most clubs in our first year that is a realist goal.
    "If we can be competitive than we will be happy."
    Sandy Pye wins a line out in Hay's 2018 third grade grand final loss to Waratahs.

    Hay were minor premiers in third grade last season but failed to make the grand final after a massive injury toll late.
    The club is already looking at avenues to attract more players, and those of a higher quality to the club.
    Doughty hopes the anniversary season could also help boost numbers.
    "We've got a bit of recruiting going on, a few new faces coming in and guys who were injured are coming back," he said.
    "We've got a bit planned."
    Hay played a number of non-competitive women's games last season and Doughty believes they can handle a larger commitment.
    "They've got pretty good numbers and some very good players," he said.
    "They are a young group of girls and are very keen."
    Southern Inland rugby manager Jack Heffernan admitted there are concerns over the difference in standard for the Cutters.
    However he believes the move works better for the club as whole.
    "There are concerns but there have been a few requests from themselves and another third grade club (Deniliquin) to play higher level footy for a couple of years now and this is their best way to do it," Heffernan said.
    "We're accommodating that in this way.
    "Hay came to us and said they wanted to introduce their women's team properly in 2020 and we couldn't accommodate that in the draw without separating the women's team from the men's team each week unless another first grade team come in."
    An introduction of a ninth first grade team has caused a big shift in the draw.
    Originally there was going to be a 16-round season but it will now expand to unable a full home and away draw.
    The competition will still start on April 4 and feature two general byes for Easter and Anzac Day in the first month.
    General byes for the City v Country representative game as well as the Brumbies Provincial Tournament on the June long weekend remain meaning the final round will now be played on August 29.
    The grand final will now be played on September 19.
    The move still needs to be approved by the Southern Inland board but with plenty of discussions already Heffernan doesn't expect it will be an issue.
    "There is no reason why they wouldn't and they have already discussed it a couple of times in 2019," Heffernan sai
    "It shouldn't be a problem."
  16. Athol Frank Row (1)

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    Isn't that Grand Final date pretty late

    Most of the Zones and Sydney finish up at the end of August I think

    Hay and Deni should be applauded for having a go in highrer grades
  17. Parra Pete Frank Row (1)

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    The Cutters did not enter First Grade thinking it would be easy to 'step up.They entered because they knew it WOULD BE HARD. The Club has a very good group of ladies in the Cutlets Ladies team, and for the girls to get a go in the competition, it had to provide a FIRST GRADE team..The Club wanted it, the players wanted it..and the supporters wanted it. Teams travelling to Hay will appreciate the excellent facilities at Hay Park Oval..Magnificent ground, great changerooms and a covered Grandstand. Visiting teams will be treated to the legendary Hay Cutters Hospitality. The Club will have a strong group of players for selection, the Cutlets will be competitive, and the junior Cutters, The Whipper Snippers, are going from strength to strength..Don't be afraid of travel, it is not as far from Wagga to Hay, as it is from Hay to Wagga - and the Cutters will do more travelling during the season than any other CLUB. Travelling distance does not FRIGHTEN the Cutters..They embrace it..From little things big things grow..."Walking through the Saltbush"
  18. Parra Pete Frank Row (1)

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    By Peter (Parra) Montgomery

    The Hay Cutters Rugby Union Club has been elevated to the top division of Southern Inland Rugby Union competition for the 2020 season.
    The announcement was made at the Club’s Annual General meeting held at the Hay Bowling Club last Wednesday.
    The Club has also nominated a team for the Women’s Ten a side tackle competition, following a successful debut season by the Cutlets in 2019.
    The Cutters, as a Club, was desperate to see the Cutlets get the opportunity to ‘grow’ - and in order to achieve that goal, the Cutters had to step up into the top grade.
    The Cutters had success in the First Grade in 1998, when the Jim Ives coached team won the (then) Romano Cup with a thrilling last minute win over Leeton Phantoms, with Cutters five-eighth Declan Horan landing a pressure penalty goal to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat 25-24.
    The Club has had success in lower grade competitions such as the McMullen Cup, but matches at home were sporadic, and the move back into First Grade against the ‘big boys” and larger communities will be played on a home and away , providing plenty of Rugby for the key Union supporters in Hay.
    Manning Doughty has been re-appointed coach for the ‘re-entry” and has recruited Bernard Schiller, Charlie Wythes and Shannon Mitchell as assistant coaches.
    Cutters coach Manning Doughty said he and the Club were looking forward to the challenge ahead,
    “ I see it as the best way forward for the club. It won’t be an easy road but it will be rewarding if we hook in.
    “Charlie Wythes has come on board to concentrate on conditioning the players so that we are physically ready and Bernard will be helping to coach the Cutlets.
    “Shannon is again doing defence and skills while also helping Rob (Neill) on the sideline. 30 years of Cutter Rugby in 2020.” the coach said
    He said that the return to the top division for the Cutters is just what the players have been asking for.
    “They want to test themselves against the best. They know it will be hard and wins may be few and far between, but they are doing it because it is hard, and not because it will be easy.
    “The players will need to be fitter than ever, so it means they will be required to lift their efforts on the training track. I have no doubt that the boys know what to expect and can lift themselves for the challenge ahead” the coach said.
    The Annual General Meeting was very well attended, with the Cutters, Whipper Snippers and the Cutlets well represented.
    There has been a change in the leadership of the Club, with long term President Justin Campbell and hardworking Secretary Catelyn Jubb both ‘retiring” from the Club’s administration.
    Mr Campbell has held the top post for 11 seasons - in two stints -(Jock Campbell was President in 2014), while Ms Jubb has been Secretary for the past seven.
    Both Justin and Catelyn were given thanks by all in attendance for the diligence and excellent manner in which they carried out their duties.
    Campbell’s position as President has been taken by a Cutter stalwart Simon Booth, a man who has legend status with the Cutters’ faithful.
    Simon has had a long association with the Club, is a Life Member and a player who played a ‘motza’ of games with the Club starting in 1993 and being a member of the 1998 premiership victory.
    He has been heavily involved in the growth of the Junior Cutters through the Whipper Snippers, with his children being players in that ‘arm of the Club”.
    The Club was unable to fill the Secretary’s position, Catelyn’s shoes being a tough task to step into.
    The position has been held ‘open’ and it is expected to be filled soon.
    Deniliquin Drovers will follow the Cutters in the draw, as a second grade team. Clubs will remain as separate identities.
  19. yourmatesam Dick Tooth (41)

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    Good on Hay for stepping into 1st Grade, numbers are going to be important to them and they'll need to bolster their playing stocks I'd say.

    The Hay/Deni 1st/2nd Grade partnering will be interesting, I wonder if that split will be 50/50 for them?

    Looking at the 3rd Grade competition, I suppose this means that Thirsty Thirds will become basically Wagga/Griffith/Tumut. Which will mean Tahs/City/WAC/Griffith/Tumut which is probably enough footy for those clubs.

    If there is less footy for Ag College will that mean more players at Reddies perhaps?
  20. paul bristow Fred Wood (13)

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    It’s a shame the schoolboys final was played on a substandard field. Usually the surface at Connolly is very good. I can see where Whistle is coming from Kartman. Because of work commitments and injuries Hay really struggled for numbers in their semi final appearance the day they played Deni here at Griffith this year. Good luck to them but if nothing has changed since last season ???

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