And the boys just keep on rolling winning 6 of the 7 matches on Saturday, including a magnificent victory over the ladder leading Woodies.
Enjoy these highlights including Luke Reimer’s first 1st Grade try and the conversion of the year from the ever ice cool Hamish Angus that seals another win. WRC sit 3rd on the ladder now. We have the very important Lachlan Ward Memorial Round this Saturday.
Get excited and get down to Rat Park for 5 fantastic games on the Main Oval, including four grade matches and 1st Grade Colts this Saturday 8 June 2019 for the Lachlan Ward Memorial Round.
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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/
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.
For those who couldn’t make it to the first instalment of the 2019 Battle of the Beaches, or watch it on TV, and for those who just want to relive the magic produced by one of the finest groups of footballers God ever shovelled breathe into, please enjoy!! Look out Shute Shield contestants, WRC are coming for all of you!!
In the lead up to this season’s first Battle of the Beaches this coming weekend in Manly, all Rats supporters should be salivating with anticipation given the outstanding performance again by this entire Club last weekend.
Just to help heighten the levels, watch a highlight reel chock full of highlights from another brilliant 1st Grade win against Southern Districts on Saturday.”
Final score was 38–7.
Super Rugby: Former Wallaby Mark Gerrard says there’s ‘no winners’ in the Israel Folau saga that has rocked the code, while also touching on the upcoming round 14 action of Super Rugby.
Click here to view -> https://www.foxsports.com.au/video/rugby/super-rugby/no-winners-in-folau-saga!731013
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!!”.
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?