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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|0 Comments

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.

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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

BOOTS & BOOKS TOUR.

Warringah Rugby Club started participating in Boots and Books Tours 8 years ago. After a successful first tour to Kenya, The Rats now have a proud tradition of helping communities in desperate need abroad through rugby. Not only is this a chance for our players to play and teach the game they love overseas, It is also a chance to learn and help others less fortunate.
In January 2020 we will be taking a Men 15’s team and a Women’s 7’s team to China. The tour will see us play games against Shanghai Football Club and Shenzhen Dragons. Along with the games we will be running sports clinics for children at local junior clubs and providing funding and helping with repairs and supplies to a shelter in Shanghai plus donate much needed school supplies to the local communities.
There are a lot of costs involved to pull this tour together. Players not only have to fund the individual costs of the tour, we also need to cover the cost of the items we will donate to the shelter and sports clinics.
We are running a raffle to help raise money for the tour and are also seeking individual and team sponsorship.
If you would like to purchase raffle tickets, please click on the link below.
 
If you are a business that is interested in sponsoring an individual or the team, please contact the club for more information.
Please note: you will be automatically entered into the draw upon payment. No physical tickets will be supplied. Details for the raffle are listed on the attached link and will be drawn at Warringah Rugby Club at 1pm on Sunday 1st September 2019.
 
2019-08-12T20:54:19+00:00August 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Video Highlights Warringah Vs Norths

Don’t the Rats love playing Norths in the Finals!!

Another outstanding match with an even better result, sending our 1st Grade side into the Grand Final Qualifier for the 3rd consecutive year. Not only that, after strong wins, both 3rd and 4th Grade are also into the Grand Final Qualifier as well.

There is a distinct possibility that on Grand Final WRC will have 3 teams in Grand Finals.

First things first. 1st Grade play at North Sydney Oval this Saturday against Eastwood at 1:10pm. They are preceded by 3rd Grade, also at North Sydney Oval, against Gordon at 10.:00am. 4th Grade play Sydney University on Sunday at Coogee Oval at 10:45am.

In the meantime, enjoy the highlights of an extremely strong performance that put the other three finalists on notice.

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2019-08-11T22:37:24+00:00August 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Player Profile Showcase – Rory O’Connor.

Tell us in 30 seconds tell us about you.

I was playing with the NSW Waratahs throughout the Super Rugby season and was then able to return home to the Rats for the second half of the Shute Shield. This week, obviously, I am excited to be part of this outstanding WRC side hope to successfully help kick start another Rats finals campaign and get to a third consecutive grand final.

 

When did you start playing rugby, at what junior club and position do you play?

I started playing in 2003 for the Under 9 Mosman Whales and I played prop, so not much has changed!

 

Recently you did a 10-Day Rugby challenge; where you selected an image in the life of Rugby and how the game impacted you. What does the Rats Rugby Community mean to you?

The Rats Rugby Community is such a positive environment full of dedicated and supportive people who all contribute to the game in one way or another, whether it be having played in the past, raising future Rats or sharing a beer on a Saturday afternoon and cheering on the boys at Rat Park.

 

Do you have any game day rituals?

I like to eat pretty simple so as not upset my stomach or feel too heavy coming into a game. I also like to sleep in a bit later, so I feel relaxed and energised come kick off.

 

WRC believe that our Sponsors, Supporters and our Players are our finest assets. They are characterised by qualities such as loyalty, commitment and generosity which make the strong foundation of our ‘family’.  Who do you feel showcases the Club’s core values and why?

 

I think Dick Harris, the first-grade manager, epitomises the WRC values as he has loyally served the team for many years and always has time to lend a hand. He’s always there to greet you in the sheds and can usually be seen hauling around the phones and wallets of the first-grade players in his blue “valuables” bag.

 

In February this year, you featured in The Australian in an article “Late Developer puts a foot on the ladder to his dream career”. On your attitude the article stated, “he would not die wondering”. What drives you to never give up and to be the best you can be?

In a sense the fear of regretting that I didn’t put enough effort in or that I could’ve done more to reach my goal definitely makes me never want to give up. It sounds a bit dramatic using fear in that way but it’s also very powerful. Even if I don’t reach my goal, I can sleep at night knowing I tried my best.

 

I believe you are saxophone player and teacher and also studying civil engineering degree at Sydney University. What do you do for the crack outside rugby & more importantly, how do you juggle it all?

Rugby and Uni take up most of my time so there’s not a lot left to do apart from spend time with my family and friends. Juggling everything has been a big learning curve for me which basically comes down to sacrificing certain things like going out on weekends or doing Uni part time.

 

Lastly, what excites you most about the remainder of the 2019 season leading into the semi-finals this weekend?

What excites me most about the finals in 2019 is once again how tight the competition is but also the brand of rugby that the Rats are showcasing this year. There’s plenty of young players who have stamped their authority in the team and are turning heads come game day.

 

#ratschampions2019 #warringahrats #warringahrugby #shuteshieldfinals#shuteshieldfinals2019

2019-08-08T20:04:16+00:00August 8th, 2019|0 Comments