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Player Profile, Alex O’Dell

In 30-seconds, tell me about yourself?
Coming from Melbourne, I played almost every sport except rugby until I was at high school. I was lucky enough to play rugby in Perth for Joondalup, in Canada for the Nanaimo Hornets and now find myself in the Northern Beaches playing for the Rats!

On behalf of the Warringah Rugby Club family, I would like to express our condolences on the sudden loss of your beloved grandmother, Elaine.  I’ve been told by those who knew her that she was a funny, happy and kind person with an unapologetic personality. Can I ask, what would her unapologetic personality say on your current hairstyle?
Funnily enough, she thought it was great. She was actually a bit of a renegade herself, she got her first tattoo in her 80’s just a few years ago. But as I was her only grandson she loved everything I did!

In February this year, you came to your new Rats Family on the Northern Beaches. I believe you have found your feet in our bubble, even recently complaining that you had to travel to Gordon! How have you found the transition from rural Victoria to the Northern Beaches?
Rural Victoria hahaha Melbourne is actually a capital city believe it or not. It has been a terrific transition. I’ve even managed to get through recovery on a Sunday with some warm water and the sun on my back and I don’t think I could’ve found a better group of boys to live with either.

What position do you play, and what have been the biggest challenges in finding your place at Rat Park?
Since coming to the Rats, I have played in the second row and sometimes lucky enough to get in the back row! The training load has been a massive shock to me coming from just two field sessions a week to three gym and field sessions but the little things off the field that I have picked up from people has been a massive help.

Your parent’s purchased two platinum season members tickets to watch you every game.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, they are unable to leave Victoria. What has this felt like to be so isolated from your family and friends due to the pandemic? Are your family and friends safe and how are they coping with the new restrictions?
I was lucky enough to have my parents come up and visit and then as they were on their flight back home they announced Melbourne was going into isolation again and since then its been tough but the group of boys here have been a huge help. Having Rivo around has been unbelievable he’s always been there but especially since I found out my grandma wasn’t looking good he has been a hero. Even Carly has been a wonder, I won’t say it because I don’t think mum would be too happy to hear but Carly’s lasagne has found its way into our house a couple of times and it isn’t too bad.

The One Punch Kill campaign is significant to you, can you tell me why?
Pat Cronin was just a few years older than me, lived in the same area and our mothers are good friends but he was unfortunately killed by a coward punch one night when he was just 19 and it hit the whole community like a rock. Since then, his parents Matt and Robin have started the Pat Cronin Foundation which raises awareness, educates and research into the cowards punch. Seeing the pain of the Cronins after that, makes me not want to see anyone go through that pain so I’m now a believer of being wise and ending the cowards punch.

What do you like to do for fun when you’re not at Rat Park?
I’ve been making the most of this terrific weather that happens up here and have been getting out for a swim as much as possible but other than that I’ve just been trying to find the best banana bread on the northern beaches and I don’t think anywhere has come close to Zubi. You’d find me in there probably a bit too much if you asked the boys I live with.

2020-08-21T03:47:05+00:00August 21st, 2020|0 Comments

Player Showcase – Scott Bradley 2nd Grade Captain.

Tell us in 30 seconds about yourself.

I’m a northern beaches boy born and bred. Born at Mona Vale hospital and lived at Warriewood above Rat Park. Started playing rugby at the age of 11, for the Narrabeen Tigers and progressed through the age group rep teams for Warringah and NSW before entering the Warringah Colts system then finally entering the grade system here at Warringah. Outside of rugby I’m the General Manager of MT Plumbing (Licensed Plumber by trade) and enjoy weekend trips away out of the city with my fiancé (Margot) as well as surfing when possible.


How did you get the nickname, Little General?

The “Little General” is a new one as of 2019 due to being named captain of the 2nd Grade side for the year and due to my height being a whopping 5ft tall. Other nicknames are Scotty B and “Wee-man” (for looking like one of the characters off the Jack-Ass Movie).


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?

Hamish Angus and Hamish Finch would be two names that come to mind. Both gentlemen are 2 guys that love the club, stay committed to the club cause even when injured as well as being very approachable by all players from all grades, by all staff members and even fans on Saturdays. You’ll be very hard pressed to find someone that would say a bad word about these 2 legends.


I heard that you love Raturday. Why.

There is no better day than Raturday due to the fact that it is very rare event where you can see your mates, play a game of footy together and then enjoy the spoils of victory via having a beer on the hill watching 1st grade (when not on the bench) other than Raturday.


Congratulations, Round 8 Warringah Vs Manly saw you take the field for your 200th game. How did that feel.  What’s your plan for the next 200?

Thank you. It was a surreal moment actually and still something I still cannot quite get my head around. I am very humbled by the fact I have played 200 games for such an amazing club. At the time of kick-off, I was unaware that the Local Derby at Manly Oval was game 200 hundred in which makes it so much more special to me having been a Rats junior as well as having also played one season at Manly. I would like to thank all the coaches, past and present, as well the sponsors, family and friends that have had an impact on me over my 200 games here at Warringah. I’m not sure about another 200 games yet – I think by the time that happens I’ll be close to 45-50yrs of age and may be a in a walking frame by then. I’ll play for as long as the body can hold up and stay competitive.


I see that you run a successful business MT Plumbing when you’re not captaining 2nd Grade. What is your greatest business achievement and how do you juggle running a business and playing grass roots rugby?

Correct I’m the General Manager of MT Plumbing which is a plumbing maintenance company servicing the northern beaches and Sydney Metropolitan area 24/7. My greatest business achievement is not one single moment but more my journey from apprentice to General Manager. Being an apprentice here at MT Plumbing going through becoming a tradesman, then a Licensed Plumber before stepping off tools and becoming the General Manager learning skills and behaviours to become a leader within the company. It is tough juggling between business and footy however it is something that I enjoy because both footy and business can take your mind away from each other and give you that required outlet.


What does the RATS family mean to you?

The Rats Family means FAMILY to me. We are such a close-knit club where everyone feels welcomed and loved by each other. Once you have put the jersey on whether it’s for 1 game or 200 games, we all become involved within the Warringah Rats Family where everyone is willing to assist/help everyone never mind the task or reason.


Lastly, what excites you most about the remainder of the season. What should we look out for?

What excites me about the remainder of the season is that all teams across grade, colts and women’s are all chances of playing semi-final football as well as the young core of players (Ben Marr, Benny Woollett, Wes Thomas) playing 1st grade at the moment who I feel will start to light up and cause some issues for opposing teams within the coming weeks.

2019-05-29T03:28:46+00:00May 29th, 2019|0 Comments


Warringah Rugby Club is celebrating 150th Grade Games by their 1st Grade Captain Hamish Angus against Southern Districts this Saturday 18 May 2019.

Hamish has had an incredible career to date and it’s not over yet. He has been a dual Kan Catchpole medal winner and part of the Club’s 2017 Premiership Shute Shield winning team. Hamish has also served as a Player Director and continues to lead on and off the paddock. Phillip Parsons, WRC President says “I suspect Hamish might be a President in waiting and I don’t doubt would do a better job than me. I’m personally grateful for Hamish’s huge contribution to the club, we are so much better for it. Congratulations Hamish on a 150 well played games”.

Hamish is an outstanding person, a true gentleman and deserves the Club’s recognition of this milestone. Hamish, as Captain, will lead the 1st Grade side onto the field, clapped on by 2nd Grade and other Club players and a post-game celebration which all supporters are invited to attend in the Clubhouse.

Fellow WRC 1st Grade player and halves partner, Josh Holmes, said “I’ve been lucky enough to play nearly all 150 games with Hamish. He is a massive role model at the club and is our inspirational captain. He is a great role model for young kids and is a big part of why this club has been so successful over the last year few years. I’m sure on Saturday he will be very excited, and his eyebrows will be nice and pointy!!”.

2019-05-16T22:14:51+00:00May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Player Profile – Sam Needs.

When did you start playing rugby, at what junior club and what position do you play.
I started playing rugby when I was 8 for the South West Rocks Gaolers (now defunct) up on the mid north coast. My position was a goal kicking fullback.
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 someone like Josh Holmes showcases these characteristics. He’s been around the club since he was kid and followed that pathway through to Super Rugby level and Aussie 7’s, and his commitment to the club and team is demonstrated every time he steps on the field to train or play. He passes on his knowledge and experiences to others which is what will continue to make the club stronger.
To date, what is your greatest achievement you are most proud of? On or off the field.
Off the field – marrying my beautiful wife Jess :). On the field – winning the Shute Shield with Rats in 2017.
What was your experience like playing rugby in Japan as an expat. Would you recommend this to upcoming Rats players? How did you evolve as a prop rugby player during this time?
My rugby experience in Japan was frustrating – it’s a very different mentality and approach to the game which was difficult to get my head around, and because of this, it wasn’t very enjoyable. Would I recommend upcoming Rats players to go? I guess it depends on what they’re wanting to achieve and get out of the experience. For me, and the time of my career it was a good decision for my wife and I. The experience of Japan as a country was amazing, and we had the opportunity to do a fair amount of travelling which was awesome. In terms of evolving as a prop whilst in Japan, I don’t think I’ve ever had to get so low to pack a scrum before!
Tell us about Scrum Strong and how this came into formation.
Scrum Strong is our business name which encompasses all things relating to the scrum. The book Scrum Science came about out of frustration on how our club was coaching the scrum. It started out as me just venting to my computer (because Jess was sick of hearing it)! I thought “if you were to teach the scrummaging fundamentals from the ground up, what would that look like”, and before too long, there was 120 pages of it!
In February 2019, you launched your book “Neck Protech” what was your motivation in writing your second book and why.
Neck Protech came about after a series of life-changing spinal injuries in Australia last year. There’s no program in place, particularly for junior players on the importance of training the neck for injury prevention. Together with Sam Ward, Scott Hoare and Dr David Steven, we put together this program to help reduce the risk of a spinal injury on the field.
Lastly, what excites you most about the 2019 season?
What excites me the most about the 2019 season is how close the competition is. Everyone is beating everyone, and the ladder is so tight. It’s great to see that no one is safe from anyone, and there’s no easy games.
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2019-05-08T22:32:02+00:00May 8th, 2019|0 Comments