Tell us in 30 seconds about the Bayfield Group.
The Bayfield Group is a local Northern Beaches independent, family-run business with a hotel portfolio that includes Dee Why Hotel, The LightBrigade, and The Belrose Hotel. Long standing local publicans Neville (deceased), Wayne, Mark, along with grand-child Kaine Bayfield, continue to uphold the family-run tradition of offering first-class hospitality in their prestigious venues. Adding to their hotel portfolio is Bayfield’s Liquor Superstores at Dee Why and Belrose, as well as its Online channel BAYFIELDS.COM.AU. Proudly local-minded, the Bayfield family have been bringing you the best brands at the best prices for over 40 years!
This weekend’s games have been named the “Bayfield Cup” round. How did this round come into fruition?
Back in 1990, we wanted to name a game as part of our sponsorship and the obvious game of choice was the local derby. This is now the 29th Bayfield Cup. We think we made a pretty good choice!!!
How many family members do you have actively “working” within the business and how do you make this work?
Over the years, every single family member from Nev and Pam, Mark and Yvonne, Wayne and Sharon, to all the grandchildren and most of their respective partners. Last Christmas, we even had 2 of the Great Grandchildren helping collect trollies in the school holidays! We have been extremely lucky that everyone gets along on a personal and professional level.
Your corporate box at the home games are usually packed to the rafters; how do you select who gets to attend the most sort after tickets for the Manly this weekend?
Family comes first followed by some of our best mates, ranked by loyalty measured by attendance to home games throughout the season.
What is the most memorable Warringah Rugby Club sporting achievement and why?
There are 2 standouts:
- 1st Grade Colts GF win in 2001 which Kaine played in and I was a manager of the team.
- Obviously the 2017 Shute Shield GF win at North Sydney Oval… WHAT A DAY!!!
Do the Bayfield family have any game day rituals?
- Arrive at 1:30pm- Cold 4 Pines on Arrival,
- Watch 2nd Grade- Cold 4 Pines,
- Dee Why Hotel Cheeseburger and a cold 4 Pines at 2pm,
- Ready for kick off at 3pm with a cold 4 Pines,
- Cold 4 Pines at Full time.
Tell us about a person that you admire at the Club. Why do you think they have made an important impact?
Being involved with this great club since 1987, there are too many people that I admire to mention that have had an important impact. That’s what makes it such a great club!
This weekend, WRC are showcasing your annual Burger Comp where the lucky winner receives FREE Burgers for a year at Dee Why Hotel, what is your favourite burger?
The Famous Trufflenator- It is what put Dee Why Hotel on the burger destination map!
Lastly, what excites you most about the remainder of the 2019 season?
- Winning the Bayfield Cup,
- Finishing Minor Premiers,
- A 3rd GF in a row and winning it!!!
Bayfield Cup Junior Rugby Meal Deal this Saturday at Rat Park.
Come and visit the Bayfield’s stand wearing your rugby gear* to collect a Belrose Hotel Meal Voucher.
The 1st 500 Juniors to turn up will receive a FREE kids’ meal (under u12) when a main meal is purchased OR $12 off any main meal (u12-u16).
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MAJOR SPONSOR SHOWCASE AT RAT PARK
Warringah Rugby Club and Manly Rugby Club will battle for the highly prized “Bayfield Cup” on Saturday 20 July 2019 at Rat Park. The Bayfield Group is the official major sponsor of the Warringah Rugby Club contributing $2.3million over the past 32-years.
The Bayfield Group is a local Northern Beaches independent, family-run business with an impressive hotel portfolio that includes Dee Why Hotel, The LightBrigade, and The Belrose Hotel. Long standing local publicans Neville (deceased), Wayne, Mark, along with grand-child Kaine Bayfield, continue to uphold the family-run tradition of offering first-class hospitality in their prestigious venues. Adding to their hotel portfolio is Bayfield’s Liquor Superstores at Dee Why and Belrose, as well as its Online channel BAYFIELDS.COM.AU. Proudly local-minded, the Bayfield family have been bringing you the best brands at the best prices for over 40-years!
This massive local derby is expecting huge crowds with an anticipated 10,000+ Warringah and Manly supporters. The WRC operational team headed up by General Manager, Guy Fraser-Hills has planned for this home game day with the objective to host a great afternoon of grassroots rugby for everyone.
Guy Fraser-Hill says “It’s a Super Saturday for us at Rat Park with all 4 Grade sides, all three Colts sides and our Ratettes all playing on the day. There will be up to 6-operational bars at strategic locations around the ground with the first opening at 11am. We have approached some of the highly popular food stalls from the Friday Markets to supplement our normal food operations to be located next to the temporary Beer and Bundy Bar on the Southern Hill where you can buy anything from Pad Thai to Gourmet Salads. Of course Bayfield’s owned Dee Why Hotel will also be there to offer their penisular-famous cheeseburgers and pulled pork burgers as you enter the ground. There will be live entertainment from the rooftop of the new Can Bar for an hour immediately after the match to entertain the big crowd and our marvellous Hillbillies in that area. This is designed to spread the load for the hour immediately after the game prior to speeches from about 5.30pm in the Main Bar. There is also live entertainment in the courtyard of the Main Bar immediately following the match. During the day there will also be the children’s favourite, Bubble Girl, a jumping castle, face painting and Juniors/Minis from both Warringah and Manly have been invited to run ot with both teams prior to the 1st Grade kick-off. We anticipate selling close to 1,000+ buckets of hot chips which will keep our staff extremely busy in the Canteen!”
As part of the Bayfield Cup; WRC have worked with their major sponsor for their home game activation in showcasing their brands:
Bayfield’s Special Online Offer
Bayfield’s will be offering and handing out an extra-special gift voucher on the day to every single guest over the age of 18 to use online at their online store at www.bayfields.com.au. Strictly one per guest.
Bayfield’s will also be running a huge Weber BBQ hamper pack prize draw (worth over $500) on the day and the winner will be drawn and announced at half time by a Bayfield’s representative.
Complimentary Beer & Wine Tasting
Fellow WRC sponsor Brokenwood and 4 Pines Brewery will be offering complimentary wine and beer tasting at their stands positioned right next to the Bayfield’s stand.
“WIN FREE Burgers for a year at Dee Why Hotel!*
The Bayfield family have been major supporters of the Warringah Rats since 1987.
To celebrate their ongoing sponsorship, they are giving one lucky winner FREE burgers for a year at Dee Why Hotel! Winner announced at Bayfield Cup half time.
Junior Rugby Meal Deal
Come and visit the Bayfield’s stand wearing your rugby gear* to collect a Belrose Hotel Meal Voucher. The 1st 500 Juniors to turn up will receive a FREE kids’ meal (under u12) when a main meal is purchased OR $12 off any main meal (u12-u16).
The games on the Main Oval are:
4th Grade at 9.10am
3rd Grade at 10.25am
1st Grade Colts 11.50am
2nd Grade at 1.25pm
1st Grade at 3pm
Games on the Front Oval:
3rd Grade Colts at 9.10am
2nd Grade Colts at 10.25am
Ratettes at 11.50am
Warringah Rugby Club has partnered with new sports education offering ISCA (International Sport College Australia) for the 2019 season and enrolments are now open for the program’s May intake, commencing Monday 3rd June.
ISCA offers aspiring young athletes the opportunity to complete a Higher Education Diploma of Sport Management (High Performance). The qualification allows for students to study business units, sport management, high performance & a structured internship within the sports industry.
Dr Stephen Burke heads up the ISCA Academic Program and says the ability for student-athletes to study and also undertake practical sessions concurrently is the big advantage for the new innovative program.
“Students not only learn in the class-room but undertake strength and conditioning sessions in the gym, coaching sessions on the field, and recovery sessions in the pool,” Dr Burke says.
“This helps the students develop on and off the field, and all practical sessions are linked back to the High Performance subjects.”
“We have been very fortunate to have some great coaches run the field sessions including current Warringah Head Coach Mark Gerrard, former Aussie 7s captain Ed Jenkins and Head of High Performance for Manly Sea Eagles Don Singe.
“This allows us to present students with a wide range of coaching perspectives and improve their technique, as well as increasing their overall strength, fitness, injury prevention & management knowledge, and understanding of nutrition, physiotherapy & sport psychology.”
The three-day per week program caters for all skill levels, with the business and sport management subjects designed to assist students prepare for a career in sport post playing career.
Enrolments are now open for the next ISCA intake – go to https://www.iscaustralia.edu.au/application-form/
So tell me about FOW?
The FOW was re-formed in 2010 to provide financial assistance to WRC during some particularly tough times at Rat Park. The FOW had been in existence prior to that in several forms having been originally founded by former WRC President, John Heffernan, in the late 1980’s. The aim of the FOW is to provide financial assistance to Rats. Currently, the FOW have over 50 members who contribute $1,000p.a. each to help fund special projects at Rat Park.
What is, in your view, the greatest achievement for FOW.
The FOW members have much to be proud of and have contributed to the Rats being one of the premier rugby clubs in Australia. The refurbishment of the gym a few years ago was a major project for the FOW (it should be remembered that the FOW members funded the building of the initial Rats gym in the late 1980’s) and together with S&C Coach, Dan Tilley, and the previous GM, Luke Holmes, we have upgraded the Rats gym significantly. Last year, the FOW invested significantly in upgrading the medical equipment used by the Club Doctor and Physiotherapists. The FOW purchased an additional defibrillator, a stretcher with neck brace, crutches along with upgrading the lighting and bedding in the medical room. Obviously, we want our players to have the best care available to them when they need it. In addition, we continue to invest into Junior Rugby on the northern beaches and this year we have Sam Needs, Rats First XV front rower, coaching the junior clubs and representative sides in scrummaging, neck protection and general rugby skills. This new initiative seems to be well received by the Junior clubs. In the past, we have also funded the Green and White Academy which is a training camp run by the Rats over the summer months for junior players.
Tell us about the FOWRF Community Lunch on the 19 July 2019 and tell me, why should our supporters attend?
The FOW Community Lunch is being held on Friday 19 July 2019 at the Park House Hotel with special guest speakers former Rat and Wallaby, Brett Sheehan, and Manly Sea Eagle and Kangaroo, Geoff Toovey. It should be a fun afternoon hearing from these two tough, cheeky, feisty half-backs talk about their careers. Proceeds raised from the lunch will be invested back into Junior Rugby on the northern beaches i.e. equipment, training gear and specialised coaching. Junior rugby is the prime focus of the FOW for 2019 because without more kids playing rugby the harder it will become for the Rats in the future. It is the start of the pathway for our next Wallabies.
Why should a WRC supporter join FOW and how can they join?
Interested parties can look at our website www.friendsofwarringah.com or call any of the FOW Committee. We welcome any new members. Our only reason for our existence is to support WRC and rugby at all levels on the peninsula.
Can you explain the FOW’s new “Foundation” status and how this helps other traditional WRC supporters provide assistance to the Club.
This year the FOW registered with the Australian Sports Foundation. The great thing about this is that it makes the FOW membership fees tax deductible…this can only be a good thing.
Looking into the 2019 season, what are the goals for FOW coming into the middle 3rd of the season.
To continue to invest in Junior rugby on the peninsula…the best thing we can do for the Rats is to help grow the number of participants playing the game.
What excites you most about the 2019 season.
All Rats supporters are proud when local juniors are selected to represent at higher levels. Watching players like Scott Fardy, Pat McCabe and more recently, Emily Robinson, Chloe Dalton, Ellia Green, Rory O’Connor and Seb Wileman, obtain professional contracts is fantastic. We all share in their successes. I think all the FOW members love watching the new crop of players as they make their rugby journey…anyway…what is better than an afternoon at Rat Park?
Warringah Rugby Club has partnered with NSW Health “Tackling Domestic Violence” for their charity round this weekend, Saturday 11 May 2019 against Randwick.
Family and domestic violence is an issue impacting many communities and the Northern Beaches is no exception. Last year alone, there were 447 domestic assaults recorded by Police on the Northern Beaches. Domestic violence statistics show that assaults increase during major sporting events. With a Rugby World Cup and State-of-Origin just around the corner, it is important to remember that with increased drinking mixed with heightened emotions comes a greater risk of domestic violence incidents*.
Jonathon Noyes, Health Promotion Officer at NSW Health says “The Warringah Rats have such a strong standing in the Northern Beaches community, and we are very fortunate to be working with such good men within the club who are prepared to take a leadership role in tackling family and domestic violence. The whole-of-club approach to addressing this significant issue will have a positive impact not only within the club but throughout the broader community”.
Warringah Rugby Club (WRC) has invited Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter to set-up inside the entrance gate of Rat Park to “rattle some buckets” asking our awesome sponsors, supporters, and players to donate much-needed funds.
At half time, WRC President Phillip Parsons will interview Diana Jenkins, Business & Communications Manager at the Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter (NBWS). NBWS is a safe-haven, supporting homeless women so they can rebuild their lives, reclaim their independence and re-join society.
The Saturday’s line-up at Rat Park is:
- 4th Grade at 9.40am,
- 3rd Grade at 10.55am
- Charity Match at 12.15pm Northern Beaches Over 35s Vs NSW Police Over 35s
- 2nd Grade at 1.25, and
- 1st Grade at 3 pm.
- Ratettes vs Randwick at 5 pm.
Our 1st Grade and Ratettes will be wearing YELLOW Tackling Violence Socks.
As a staunch supporter of our local community, Bayfield’s is pleased and proud to be the official sponsor of Warringah Rats Rugby Team.
This means we go to extraordinary lengths to ensure Mark Gerrard and the team always have our support – rain, hail or shine! Best of luck for the season boys!
Thanks again www.simpsoncinema.com for capturing the magic of our unusual in-store training arrangement!