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Message from our Head Coach, Mike Ruthven.

Good morning valued Warringah Rugby Sponsors and Supporters

Firstly, I wanted to acknowledge the challenging circumstances we are all currently living through and trust that you are all healthy. I can appreciate that many of you will have had significant impacts imposed on your business and daily lives due to the recent government restrictions to normal trade practices. As a community rugby club, where our sponsors and supporters are the lifeblood of our existence, we stand with you and offer you our support in any way we can. It’s going to be challenging times, but we will come out the other side of this. If there are ways in which our players can support you through this next period, please reach out and we will drive that through our various communication channels we have with our playing group. In positive news, we have thus far managed to avoid any known cases of the virus within our club, and credit must go to the board and our general manager for the decisions they made around isolating our playing group.

On to more encouraging topics. I thought it was a good time to take stock and reflect on our pre-season and some of the great things we have been doing and take you inside a few of those initiatives.

Pre-season began for us on the 11th November 2019. The structure of our pre-Xmas training block was a combination of Gym, Field/Skill and Running. We had the generous support of Paul Amiradaki at 360 Strength & Performance who opened up his Gym to us and allowed our 1st Grade Squad to train there on Monday nights. These Monday nights created the best Gym culture that the club has seen for some years and this was reflected in some of the results we saw through our testing over this period. That Gym culture has naturally transferred into the wider Club group and this has been evident on most evenings down at the Rats gym throughout our post Xmas training block.

One of the initiatives we explored this pre-season, was around ‘Mental Fitness’ and creating an environment where our players felt stronger within themselves and had the ability to communicate more openly. Through the wonderful support of Andrew Ward (Head Above Water) and Vicky and Gus Worland (Gotcha 4 Life), we were able to implement the ‘Tomorrow Man’ program. This has been an incredibly powerful experience for our 1st Grade Squad who have navigated through 2 workshops to date. The remainder of our club were due to commence their program through the first stage of the program until Covid-19 got in our way. This is something we will obviously re-visit when the time is right, and we can re-engage as a club.

The other significant initiative during our pre-season was a full senior club visit to Scone in regional NSW. I would like to acknowledge the Friends of Warringah for their incredibly generous support in making this happen. It would not have been possible without them. This purpose of this visit was two-fold – it was an opportunity for our 1st Grade Squad to get away as part of our pre-season camp and just as importantly it was also an opportunity for our lower grade group to play some trials against some very passionate and skilled country rugby clubs.

This opportunity also gave us the chance to engage in an incredibly meaningful way with the local rugby community and on Friday 6th March, our 1st Grade Squad ran a coaching clinic for Scone Junior Rugby Club and some of its smaller surrounding towns. Full credit to the playing group, who did a great job and promoted our club and brand in an extremely positive light. On Saturday 7th March, a lower grade group of around 40 players participated in a 4 way round robin against Scone, Singleton and Wanderers Rugby Clubs. It was a great day of footy and again the spirit in which our boys played their footy was a great reflection on our club.

The Scone camp/visit lead us into our first trial for 2020 on March 14th. 1st Grade again had the privilege of competing in the Australian Club Championships against Brothers from Qld, whilst the rest of the senior club played Sydney Uni. The club trials against Sydney Uni were incredibly encouraging in wet and windy conditions. The fruits of the players hard work throughout pre-season were on show, with some exciting footy in periods. There were many new faces getting an opportunity to play for Warringah for the first time and everyone did themselves proud.

1st Grade got off to a rocky start in their game against Brothers. Down 19-0 after 20 mins, I was incredibly proud of the way in which the boys remained composed and managed to claw their way back into the game before half-time. The second half looked a little better for us in terms of continuity and we started to find periods of dominance over our opposition. We were able to get away with a win on the bell, which made it 3 from 3 for Warringah competing in the ACC. There were some really encouraging individual performances from our squad. Some of those to standout were Sam Ward, Tyson Davis and Max Girdler. It should also be noted, we had a number of new faces from last year’s Grand Final team who got an opportunity to stake a claim for Round 1 selection. Brothers were a very good opposition for our first hit out for 2020, and whilst it wasn’t always pretty, there were enough encouraging signs heading into our next trial.

I would like to also recognise the work of Greg Marr with our 7’s program that saw us Semi-finalists in Hamilton on the 14th Feb and then the winners of the Kiama 7’s on the 29th Feb. This continued the club’s strong representation at 7’s tournaments over many years now. Additionally, at Hamilton our under 20’s men’s side and our Women’s side both made the final. And the Women made the final in Kiama rounding off an incredibly successful WRC 7’s campaign again.

I would like to acknowledge some of the achievements of our players off the back of a very successful 2019 season. Warringah was well represented throughout the 2019 NRC competition. Rory O’Connor, Ru Mackenzie, Sam Thomson, Tyson Davis, Ben Marr were all chosen to represent Sydney, whilst Ben Woollett and Maclean Jones were selected for Country. It should also be noted that Wes Thomas and Matt Foulds were both drafted into the Country squad at various times.

In 2020, Rory O’Connor obviously continued on with his contract with the NSW Waratahs, while Boyd Killingworth was signed by the Melbourne Rebels and Luke Reimer signed by the Brumbies for the 2020 Super Rugby seasons. Ben Woolett and Harry Jones were also invited down to spend extended periods with the Melbourne Rebels throughout the Super Rugby pre-season and both players had significant involvement in the A programs for the Rebels. Sam Thomson picked himself up a contract with Edinburgh back in Scotland and Maclean Jones recently was signed by Austin in Texas to go and play in the MLR in America. Unfortunately, due to the Virus that competition had been canceled for the remainder of 2020.

I remain optimistic and positive that we will get on the field at some stage this season. As a first year Head Coach, no one is more disappointed and frustrated by the current circumstances. There has been a significant amount of work and effort done in to the last 6 months. We are working hard at the moment to be proactive and innovative in making sure we keep our players engaged and working hard. So far so good, and credit must go to Dan Tilley (our S&C coach) who is driving a lot of that. I am also trying to implement some skills sessions that our players can get through in their own time and space. Please do not underestimate the importance and significance of your continued support through this challenging period. As I said at the start, our sponsors and supporters are the lifeblood of our club and I’ll make it my mission to repay you all once we get back on the field with some exciting and successful footy.

Once again, many thanks, take care, stay healthy and best wishes to all your family, friends and co-workers throughout these challenging times.

I look forward to seeing you all at Rat Park in the near future.

 

Regards,

Mike Ruthven

2020-03-25T01:55:06+00:00March 25th, 2020|0 Comments

Hello members, supporters, sponsors and players.

As we are all living this horrible moment in history, I won’t dwell on it. If you are struggling and need help to shop etc., please email myself or Guy and we can arrange assistance.

Warringah Rugby Club, like far too many sporting clubs and businesses, has some tough choices to make over the next few weeks and probably months. Even as I write this, I know things will change and the protocols will evolve. These are the inputs the board must take into consideration before it makes tough decisions very quickly.

  1. We can play rugby right up to the end of November, but we don’t have a firm start date yet.
  2. RA & NSWRU have applied for community funding. Of course, at this time, we don’t know if we will get any of it, how much and when.
  3. WRC has not generated any substantial revenue for 7 months and yet at the same time we have already invested in our 2020 season. This includes the purchase and payment for all of our playing and training gear (ordered in November), our merchandise for sale and of course our pre-season commenced in November so coaching staff, S& C staff, ground rental all come at a cost.
  4. If we close the doors and send everybody home the club will lose all momentum and recovery back to where we are today could, and most probably would, take years. We didn’t get to where we are today overnight or in one season.

If we want a quick recovery the only way we will achieve this is through commercial support. I know we are not the only club in this position and unfortunately a greater number of clubs are in a worse position. I take no comfort from that. The Rats are the strongest community club in the country, and we will survive this and play our part in the community, but only if we can find a way to keep the doors open.

What can you do if you are at all in a position to do so is:

  1. Keep buying memberships. These are available on our website and can be purchased using our buy now pay later platform, Zip Pay. Remember, this does come with merchandise and gym membership – the cheapest gym membership in Australia!
  2. Join Friends of Warringah. Your contributions can vary and are tax deductible. FOW have been instrumental in so many of our achievements and in the support of our players and their aspirations.
  3. Sponsors, they need your support so they can support us. All sponsors links are on our website and we will be sharing more detail on how you can support them through this difficult time.

I certainly don’t have all the answers and unfortunately the board still has to make many tough and at times uncomfortable decisions, but we are asking, if you can, to please stick with us during this uncertain time.

Thanks again for your support

Regards

Phillip Parsons

President

2020-03-22T23:56:13+00:00March 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

Hello members, supporters, sponsors and players.

As we are all living this horrible moment in history, I won’t dwell on it. If you are struggling and need help to shop etc., please email myself or Guy and we can arrange assistance.

Warringah Rugby Club, like far too many sporting clubs and businesses, has some tough choices to make over the next few weeks and probably months. Even as I write this, I know things will change and the protocols will evolve. These are the inputs the board must take into consideration before it makes tough decisions very quickly.

  1. We can play rugby right up to the end of November, but we don’t have a firm start date yet.
  2. RA & NSWRU have applied for community funding. Of course, at this time, we don’t know if we will get any of it, how much and when.
  3. WRC has not generated any substantial revenue for 7 months and yet at the same time we have already invested in our 2020 season. This includes the purchase and payment for all of our playing and training gear (ordered in November), our merchandise for sale and of course our pre-season commenced in November so coaching staff, S& C staff, ground rental all come at a cost.
  4. If we close the doors and send everybody home the club will lose all momentum and recovery back to where we are today could, and most probably would, take years. We didn’t get to where we are today overnight or in one season.

If we want a quick recovery the only way we will achieve this is through commercial support. I know we are not the only club in this position and unfortunately a greater number of clubs are in a worse position. I take no comfort from that. The Rats are the strongest community club in the country, and we will survive this and play our part in the community, but only if we can find a way to keep the doors open.

What can you do if you are at all in a position to do so is:

  1. Keep buying memberships. These are available on our website and can be purchased using our buy now pay later platform, Zip Pay. Remember, this does come with merchandise and gym membership – the cheapest gym membership in Australia!
  2. Join Friends of Warringah. Your contributions can vary and are tax deductible. FOW have been instrumental in so many of our achievements and in the support of our players and their aspirations.
  3. Sponsors, they need your support so they can support us. All sponsors links are on our website and we will be sharing more detail on how you can support them through this difficult time.

I certainly don’t have all the answers and unfortunately the board still has to make many tough and at times uncomfortable decisions, but we are asking, if you can, to please stick with us during this uncertain time.

Thanks again for your support

Regards

Phillip Parsons

President

2020-03-22T23:50:37+00:00March 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

Club Announcement: Statement regarding Community Rugby.

“To all Warringah Rugby Club supporters. As per the below Media Release from Rugby Australia, some clarity has been provided regarding Community Rugby, of which WRC and the Intrust Shute Shield are an integral part of. It is appreciated by WRC that this decision and direction has been made as now we have a broad timetable upon which to plan and all Clubs will be running their rugby operations in the same way. Further, the great news is that there will be a Shute Shield season and our magnificent and highly talented players in Grade, Colts and the Ratettes will all be vying for premierships in 2020.

 

Click here to view media release -> http://view.e.rugby.com.au/?qs=6c8bbf85414f54fdfbb89f6e853f423cfca3c915cafd37c1371953faf8643612247883f6565d56b3f20c0c3116c0bdff39e71f6b87d3798246585123b238bdac91867d544bfac909

 

The essence of the release is that all rugby operations must cease immediately until the first week of May. This includes playing matches, training and face to face education. Today WRC had already taken a step in this direction where today we had suspended all of our own rugby operations for two weeks including the upcoming two trial matches. We have included in this protocol the closure of the gym for the next two weeks and in this time it will also be professionally cleaned and sterilised.

RA, NSWRU, SRU and all Shute Shield Clubs will now be working to put some definition and a distinct timetable upon when training will recommence and when the 2020 Shute Shield season kicks off. As this information develops, this will be passed on.

As you will appreciate, this news is actually of great comfort to our players. Everyone works. Some own their own businesses. And they all love our Club, the game and our wonderful supporters. However, their health is tantamount, and they now have clear air that ensures their health, safety and their ability to work is not jeopardised by their love of WRC and their desire to play rugby.

We look forward to seeing everyone at Rat Park in 2020, albeit a little later than planned, but in full health.”

Thanks and best regards

Guy Fraser-Hills
General Manager
Warringah Rugby Club
Phone: 9913 2150
www.warringahrugby.com.au

2020-03-17T00:30:26+00:00March 17th, 2020|0 Comments

1st Grade Captain Hamish Angus Retires.

WHAT A CAREER
1ST GRADE CAPTAIN HAMISH ANGUS RETIRES
 
It is with a degree of sadness that Warringah Rugby Club must notify our wonderful supporters and community that our 2019 1st Grade Captain, Hamish Angus, has announced that he will be retiring after Saturday’s Intrust Shute Shield Grand Final against Sydney University.
 
Hamish, who plays at 5/8th and wears the number 10, has been a fundamental figure at the Warringah Rats, playing in 145 1st Grade games and a total of 161 Grade games with the Club, appeared in 3 Shute Shield Grand Finals, including the 2017 Shute Shield Premiership winning team and has been awarded the Ken Catchpole Medal an incredible 3-times! Hamish is a wonderful role model on and off the field showcasing the Warringah Rugby Club’s core values of culture, passion, great sportsmanship and a deep love the game of Rugby.
 
Warringah Rugby Club President, Phillip Parsons says “I often talk about the shoulders the Rats stand on as we push through continually to higher success. Hamish has been those shoulders for many years. He has been a leader on and off the paddock and provided me personally with guidance and advice beyond his years as we have grown and continue to grow the Rats on and off the paddock. I will leave the accolades on his amazing rugby career to those that have and do play with him this weekend for his last game.
 
His off-field commitment to the club through his role as player director, coach selection panels and guidance are the things I am incredibly grateful for. I do also suspect he is a Rats President in waiting, he would get my vote.
 
Well done Hamish on a wonderful career and thank you for your service to our community.
Warringah Rugby Club not only thanks Hamish Angus for his myriad of contributions to the Club but wishes Hamish and the entire Warringah Rats 1st Grade side all the very best in what will be a Shute Shield Grand Final for the ages.
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2019-08-23T00:01:45+00:00August 22nd, 2019|1 Comment

Passing of Ray Watson.

It is with great sadness that Warringah Rugby Club announces the passing of Ray Watson on Wednesday after a long illness.

 

Ray was the first player in WRC history to play 100 first grade games with the club, playing a total of 141 first grade games and a total of 155 grade games. Ray was also the Captain of the First Grade team when they won the Second Division Grand Final to enter 1st Division. Ray’s sons, Peter (who’s Godfather is Elley Bennett) and Gary played their junior rugby for Warringah and their senior rugby at Terry Hills Rugby Club, a club where Ray coached from 1982 to 2004. Ray was made a Life Member of Terry Hills Rugby Club in 1991.

 

In the attached photo, Ray is second from the right, and standing beside him on his right is a young Rod MacQueen and below Rod is Elley Bennett.

 

 

Ray was essentially a quiet man but always one you would have wanted in the trenches with you. Terry Hills Rugby Club, the Warringah Rats, and rugby generally, were fortunate to have Ray associated with them for so many years.

 

His funeral will be held at:

 

Ann Wilson Chapel

Corner Darley Street and Barrenjoey Road

Mona Vale

Tuesday 27th August 2019

At 12pm

2019-08-22T09:01:39+00:00August 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Grand Final Match Day Information.

2019 Grand Final is a repeat of last year’s Shute Shield Grand Final with Warringah Rugby Club playing Sydney University at the new Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta.  This is our 3rd consecutive Grand Final appearance and the Club needs our “Green & White” Army to make sure the boys return to WRC with the Shute Shield!

 

 GAME DAY AT THE WARRINGAH RUGBY CLUB HOUSE

Pittwater Park will be hub for this weekend’s Grand Final activities.  The canteen and bar will be open from 10am this Saturday and supporters will have the opportunity to mingle and network with the players and coaching staff before their bus departs at 11.30am for Bankwest Stadium, go the Rats!

What to expect at the Club House this weekend:

  • Breakfast and real coffee available from 10am.

  • Merchandise shop open from 10am.

  • Full bar open from 10am and will remain open for Channel 7 live telecast of Shute Shield Grand Final.

  • Farewell 1st Grade at 11.30am as they depart from Rat Park on their team bus

  • Canteen remains open ALL-DAY till 4pm for pies, sausage rolls, hot chips, etc.

  • Club House will showcase live telecast from 2-big screens.

  • DJ from 5pm.

  • All spectator buses depart Bankwest Stadium for Rat Park from 5.15pm/

  • 1st Grade Coach expected back to Pittwater Park approximately 6.30pm-7.00pm

  • Speeches and presentations from 7.30pm

  • Bar continues until close.

 

SUPPORTERS BUS

There will be Grand Final Supporter’s buses departing Rat Park on Saturday 24th August for Bankwest Stadium at the following times:

11.45am

12.00pm

12.15pm

12.30pm

Each bus ticket is $40 and includes a complimentary bacon & egg roll or sausage sandwich (available from canteen when presenting your bus ticket from 10am).

Bus tickets are pre-sale only! Book your spot here > https://warringahrugby.iwannaticket.com.au/event/grand-final-coaches-spectator-coaches-rat-park-to-bankwest-stadium-return-MTkyNTU?fbclid=IwAR2TgHYxy_WZ6hbnRiJTYYr28K4-93yEg3i7qyRTKPvrgjRY7PSKPUZ2uL0

Buses will then return everyone to Pittwater Park for the Grand Final Afterparty, departing Bankwest at 5.15pm.

GRAND FINAL TICKETS

Grand Final tickets can be purchased here
https://premier.ticketek.com.au/search/SearchResults.aspx?k=Shute+shield

Tickets will be available on the day, but pre-purchasing is strongly encouraged, follow the steps to buy general admission tickets.

Step 1 – Click on the link below:

https://premier.ticketek.com.au/…/per…/ETHW2019848S/tickets…

Step 2 – Click on Green Button “Get Ticket”

Step 3 – Hover over General Admission and click which will take you through to:

Pre-Purchase: Adult $25.00

Pre-Purchase: Junior $10.00

Where will Rats supporters be?

We are looking to take over the South Eastern corner in Bays 111, 112 and 113 (venue map below). These are General Admission seats and will place us directly opposite the enemy!!

Bays 114 to 117 are Reserved Seating, but given how many Reserved Seating tickets are sold, we may be able to “move in”.

 

BANKWEST STADIUM

Location

The stadium is located at 11-13 O’Connell St, Parramatta NSW 2150.

Traffic

Roads approaching Bankwest Stadium are expected to be busier than usual with fans making their way to the event during afternoon peak. If you are planning on driving, allow additional travel time. For the latest traffic information check Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app.

 

AFTER PARTY

Remember, the Club is open all day from 10am, but win, lose or draw we will be celebrating the remarkable 2019 season back at the mighty GREEN & WHITE head office at Pittwater Park.  All players, coaching staff, volunteers, sponsors and supporters are invited to join the WRC family and the players upon their return at the Club House from 5pm if you are not already here.

2019-08-20T19:22:02+00:00August 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Grand Final – Buy Bus and Game Tickets.

Rats Grand Final Fever

Bus Tickets now on Sale -> https://warringahrugby.iwannaticket.com.au/…/grand-final-co…

Buy Tickets for Game:


Step 1 – Click on the link below:
https://premier.ticketek.com.au/…/per…/ETHW2019848S/tickets…

Step 2 – Click on Green Button “Get Ticket”

Step 3 – Hover over General Admission and click which will take you through to:

Pre Purchase: Adult $25.00
Pre Purchase: Junior $10.00

Bays 115 (right on halfway), 114 and 116 on either side, as shown on the Venue Map, look to be the ideal location for all of our supporters to take control of and once again, take Rat Park to another venue.

#shuteshield #warringahrats #warringahrugby #ratcity #ratnation#ratsfamily #oneclubonegoal #itsarugbylife #ratschampions2019#nevergivein

2019-08-19T08:28:59+00:00August 19th, 2019|0 Comments

Buy Grand Final Tickets Now. Bankwest Stadium.

The Warringah Rats, after a wonderful year of rugby highlighted by an unprecedented 9 straight wins and 6 straight weeks at the top of the ladder, are, in another first for the Club, into their third consecutive Grand Final.

This will be played at the magnificent and newly opened Bankwest Stadium, a facility unparallelled in Sydney.

Steps to Buy Tickets:

Step 1 – Click on the link below:
https://premier.ticketek.com.au/…/perf…/ETHW2019848S/tickets

Step 2 – Click on Green Button “Get Ticket”

Step 3 – Hover over General Admission and click which will take you through to:

Pre Purchase: Adult $25.00
Pre Purchase: Junior $10.00

Bays 115 (right on halfway), 114 and 116 on either side, as shown on the Venue Map, look to be the ideal location for all of our supporters to take control of and once again, take Rat Park to another venue.

 

This will be a match not to be missed and one for the ages. The teams deserve and need every Warringah body in full voice we can possibly get there.

2019-08-19T01:06:43+00:00August 17th, 2019|2 Comments