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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.

 

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

Congratulations on 200 Games Dave Feltscheer

Dave Feltscheer, a playing legend of Warringah Rugby Club and member of the 2017 1st Grade Shute Shield Premiership side and 2018 Grand Finalists, is playing his 200th Grade Game tomorrow against Western Sydney.

To commemorate the occasion, Dave, who has been helping develop and guide our up and coming talent by playing 3rd Grade this year rather than retire, has agreed to play 1st Grade one more time again tomorrow.

This is another fantastic reason to get down to Rat Park tomorrow. Warringah’s 1st Grade side are aiming for a big win to help secure the Minor Premiership, a home final and celebrate Dave Feltscheer’s 200th Grade Game in the manner he so rightly deserves.

2019-07-26T03:39:42+00:00July 26th, 2019|0 Comments

Ladies Day Round – WAG Profile. Makayla Finch.

Ladies Day Round – WAG Profile

Makayla Finch, Ladies Day Committee Co-ordinator

Ladies Day Saturday 29 June 2019

 

Tell us in 30 seconds about yourself.

I was born and bred on the Northern beaches, growing up in Newport with my parents, Sharyn and Lindsay and little sister, Brie. Surprisingly, even though my entire extended family is rugby mad, I never played! As part of a very competitive and sporty family, my passion was sailing. I spent most weekends at various Yacht Clubs training and competing and was lucky enough to race at an International level.  I am now an Occupational Therapist working in Workers Compensation and I help Hamish with the administration side of his Electrical business Fish Electrical Services.  In our down time, Hamish and I enjoy getting out of the Sydney to go 4WDing, camping and visiting the farm.

 

When did you start getting involved with Warringah Rugby Club?

My uncle Mark played for the Rats back in the day and my cousins Luke and Josh followed in his footsteps. My Pop is a very big Rats supporter, and because Mum often attends the games, I could confidently say that I was at Rats games since before I was born! My Dad is a Forest Rugby stalwart, so growing up, each Saturday in winter was an afternoon (and usually a night) at the Rugby Club. Needless- to- say, it was inevitable I would be involved in a Rugby club. For the last couple of years, I have helped my cousins Luke and Sarah with Rats events including presentation nights and ladies’ days as well as helping Hamish with odd jobs around the club! This year I have been managing the 4th and 5th grade teams (with a lot of guidance along the way from Hamish, Loz, Dickie & Nigel), which has been a big learning curve! But it keeps me busy!

 

I believe you recently became a WAG officially marrying your husband Hamish. What’s married life like? Is it everything you ever dreamt of and more?

2018 was a big year for Hamish and I. We got engaged and sold our unit in February, bought a house in April, finally settled on the house in September and got married November. We had the most amazing wedding, which was everything we ever hoped for, but for us the only thing that has changed since the wedding was my last name!

 

 

This weekend is Ladies Day, tell me WHY all the Ladies in the Club should buy their ticket and attend this event of the year.

Do ladies really need an excuse to have a Ladies Day? It’s always a great day and I think it’s nice that we get to celebrate all the women who work behind the scenes to get their partner on the field each week. It’s important for all the ladies to really feel a part of the club, and we’re raising money for One Eighty Inc. at the same time.

Buy tickets now -> https://warringahrugby.iwannaticket.com.au/event/ladies-day-MTgxNDg

 

 

So, what will you be wearing to Ladies Day?

I’m thinking fur and knits, but you will have to wait and see!

 

It takes a very special person to work as an Occupational Therapist. Can you please give us an insight into the type of patients you help, so they can live and work a normal life?  Is there a particular case that you feel you have a made a difference, we’d love to learn more?

Whilst I was studying Occupational Therapy, I had the most rewarding job working with people living with spinal cord injury at Sargood on Collaroy. I was lucky enough to be involved with the start-up of Sargood on Collaroy, an amazing purpose-built hotel on Collaroy Beach for people living with spinal cord injuries alongside former Rat (Player and Coach!) and Wallabies World Cup winning coach Rod McQueen. At Sargood on Collaroy I had the amazing opportunity to help people living with Spinal Cord Injuries enjoy a beach holiday whilst trying new activities such as adaptive surfing, scuba diving, golf, tennis, yoga and bike riding just to name a few.  I don’t think it gets more rewarding than helping someone get back in the surf and on a surfboard 10 years after their injury (and after 10 years of thinking it would be impossible!)

 

Tell us about a person that you admire at the Club. Why do you think they have made an important impact?

I couldn’t choose just one person in a club like this! It’s definitely the community behind the Rats that makes it the club that it is – a big energetic, crazy, supportive family!

 

Lastly, what excites you most about the remainder of the 2019 season?

I love finals footy, not only for the excitement of the games, but also because my husband gets ridiculously nervous before the games and cleans the house from top to bottom to calm his nerves. Finals footy is closely followed by Derby Day which is always great atmosphere … an amazing crowd, close games and (hopefully) a big celebration!

2019-06-26T21:01:07+00:00June 26th, 2019|0 Comments

First Responder Profile.

First Responder Profile. Sarah Carrington.

 

Tell us in 30 seconds about yourself. I am a country girl, born and bred in Orange. I had a short stint out at Parkes before making the move to Sydney for work in 2006. After getting long service leave at my first job at the ripe old age of 25, I took a year’s leave and travelled the world. When I returned back to work, I was sent to the Northern Beaches and have been living here for the last 9 years.   I am a keen adventure traveller and am lucky that my Husband (James) enjoys this type of travelling as well. We opted to hike to Everest Base Camp for our Honeymoon last year before spending a couple of weeks in India.

 

When did you start playing rugby and how did you end up playing for the Ratettes? I started playing rugby in 2012. One of the other Ratettes, Sarah Laman, was at the same gym as me and asked me if I would be keen to come down to a training session and try rugby. I felt rude saying no, even though I had no interest in playing contact sport. It turns out I really enjoyed it and have been turning up to play ever since!

 

This weekend’s games have been named “First Responder” round and you volunteer at the SES. Tell me about your role at SES and how you and other volunteers make a difference to our community. I joined the SES in February this year. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time and after finishing my University commitments, finally joined up. I am in the process of being trained at the moment and recently got to go out on my first volunteer job a couple of weeks ago when we had some bad weather. We predominantly respond to storm and flood related incidents, however, assist with many other types of scenarios as well. I believe volunteers play a massive role in our community. Volunteers are usually going to the nitty gritty jobs that a lot of people don’t want to do. They do it willingly to help make a difference for others.

 

How was your holiday visiting your friends and family in Bundaberg? Must be hard living away from immediate family.  What does the Rats family mean to you?  It was a great trip for James and me. We have friends and family spread out along the East Coast of Australia and after two of my closest friends recently had babies, we decided to take a road trip to see them all. My immediate family are still in Orange (with the exception of my twin sister who is in Melbourne) and James’ immediately family are all in Wellington, New Zealand. It can be hard sometimes, as we don’t have that immediate support. We try to get over to New Zealand at least once a year and out to Orange a couple of time a year though.

The Rats family means a lot to me. I am so grateful to have been welcomed with open arms into this great rugby family. I have made lifelong friends in this club and know that the Rats will always be a part of my life now.

 

Tell us about a person that you admire at the Club. Why do you think they have made an important impact? There are many people that I admire at the club. I think Erin Morton is on top of this list though. She has been involved with the Ratettes since its formation 25 years ago, firstly as a player and then as a coach. She has dedicated countless hours over the years to grow women’s rugby in Sydney and to help players in our team move through to representative level, both Waratahs and Wallaroos.

 

Congratulations on completing your Bachelor of Business – Accounting, at the Swinburne University of Technology. This is a huge achievement juggling full time work, part time study and your endless list of other commitments. What’s next for your career, where to from here?  Thank you, it definitely wasn’t easy at times and I am glad it is done. I currently work for Asahi Premium Beverages and have been with them for 8 years now. I really enjoy working for them and will hopefully look at opportunities with them.

 

How is married life treating you?  What’s the best thing about marrying James & how would he best describe you.? It is great, James is really supportive of everything I do. He is always encouraging me to challenge myself and sometimes joins me for some of the crazy things I do, like the Sydney2Canberra charity bike ride I participate in every year. If he was to describe me as anything, it would be that I am non-stop. I very rarely stop to have down time and often have mates laughing at me at what I consider a pretty quiet weekend.

 

You said on your Facebook profile that you had “The best afternoon at Manly Oval!” at the recent Derby Day.  What is your best hang over cure, and did you need to employ it after celebrating’s Warringah Rats great win? Unfortunately, I don’t think there is any cure for hang overs once you reach your thirties. I do, however, force myself to get out and take a walk for fresh air.

 

Lastly, what excites you most about the remainder of the 2019 season?  We have some great young players who have joined the Ratettes this year and I am excited to see how they develop over the season. I also am looking forward to the next Derby Day at Rat Park. It is always an exciting day watching rugby!

 

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2019-06-19T06:58:16+00:00June 19th, 2019|0 Comments

WRC FAMILY SHOWCASE – Jill & Murray Ward.

Tell us in 30 seconds about yourselves and the Ward family. 
We are a family of six – Murray, Jill, Sam, Anna, Lachlan and Beth.
We are a family blessed with a respect for each other, a love like no tomorrow and a bond that will never break us. We are lucky as a family to be able to spend so much time together, something that has always been a priority for each of us. We live in a beautiful home built by our beautiful son and brother, Lachie. We love camping, 4X4, rugby and country music – just to name a few things on a very long list! Our extended family includes our English Staffie Duke, Ellen (Sam’s fiancé), Mark (Anna’s partner) and Angus (Beth’s partner) and recently Lily (Anna and Mark’s daughter).
Murray and Jill, your son Sam says that you were both born to be parents, that you’re very caring and giving. What do you consider to be your greatest parental achievements?
Answered by Sam, Anna and Beth 
Our mum and dad are humble. They’re our biggest cheerleaders in all aspects of life, whether it is a small achievement or a large one they are always there to support us. Our parents have brought us up to be the people we are today, and we would say that that is their greatest parental achievement, outside of their own successes. Our parents have created an extremely nurturing and unique bond that we hold so dearly. We have special traditions whether it is our weekly dinners, lengthy birthday cards, countless hugs and “I love you”, holidays or just being there to support each other. Our parents have instilled family values in us that we will never lose and for that we are eternally grateful.

Murray, who is one of your favourite rugby players of all time? 
Obviously, Sam Ward (duh).

The Rats have been, and continue to be, a part of your life. What does the RATS family mean to you? 
The Rats are our happy place, the genuine care for us and the inclusion of all of our family and the support given to Sam to keep him playing rugby has never been taken for granted by us. We don’t think we could have done it without the Rats.

It’s been 2-years since the Ward family so sadly lost Lachlan whilst playing for the Rats. Can you tell me what the Lachlan Ward Memorial Round means to you and your family.
It is so important to us that Lachlan is never forgotten. Lachie always took the time to see how people were going, he would go out of his way for a chat and to include and help anybody. For him to be remembered in this way is a testament to what he stood for and how he brought the Club together.

Facing the loss of a child may be the hardest thing a parent ever has to do. As a Club, we see you both as warriors who define the word brave. 
A few days after Lachie died, a friend who had also lost her husband and son, said …. “you have a choice here, you can either choose to go down in a big black hole, or you can choose to learn to celebrate Lachie’s life, cherish the time you had with him, celebrate his life and take a step forward each day.” That was the path we chose, and although tough, we have been able to do that with the continued support of the Club and our friends. There are numerous people at the Rats that have and continue to support us. The Club, supporters and players are always checking in on us and that makes us deeply appreciate the arms we feel wrapped around us.


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? 
We feel as though WRC is a particularly special club that showcases these qualities through the whole family – from the game day volunteers, coaches, managers, medical staff, sponsors, Hillbillies and all the players – everyone is genuinely there for each other, creating a very special and unique club. The Club has undoubtably been through some very trying times, both on and off the field but what stands this Club out from the others is their genuine love of family and inclusion.
What’s the fascination with Country music? I’ve been told by a reliable source that “you all love to dance to a good country song”.
Lachlan shared with us his love of country music many years ago. It has been a genre we as a family find very easy and comforting to listen too. We used to all laugh about some of the simple lyrics in the early days but that is what we all love about it. You will often see us all having a dance to country music – it’s easy and anything goes, although we are still trying to perfect the line dancing!

Murray, I heard from a reliable source that you are a good water skier, however summer just gone you had to use 2-skis instead of one. Please explain.
Contrary to popular belief I was once a hybrid of both Sam and Lachie’s body shape, only better! However, fair to say I’m not quite as agile as I used to be. I would mainly put my inability of getting out of the water on one ski (like I used too) down to Sam’s poor boat driving skills and me tearing my hamstring as I went head over one ski. We should leave him to physio and playing rugby because if he is driving the boat, I’d probably tear another muscle and be another patient.

Lastly, what is it like being grandparents to Lily? 
We were blessed to have four amazing, beautiful and talented children each in their own right. Now, adding a new life as Grandparents and for us to see a child born with the undivided love they arrive with, and their happiness with the world they have no idea about is so beautiful. As a grandparent, to be able to watch a child grow and learn, to be able to provide and protect that child, is a gift never to be taken for granted. Lily Lachlan is a beautiful happy little soul and keeps our hearts warm every day.

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2019-06-04T21:58:21+00:00June 4th, 2019|0 Comments