We hope you had a great break and managed to get some quality time with your families over the school holidays.The club has started the 2022 year with a bang with growing numbers in all teams from Juniors up to Senior women’s and men’s.
Here is a quick update on what has been going on and whats coming up:
REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN FOR 2022
Registrations are open for all age groups and seniors so please get on and lock in. Players need to be registered to be eligible for tours, tournaments and training programs.
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Last year the club eagerly awaited the Samoa vs Barbarians Test match scheduled for Twickenham. We had two former and one current player in the Samoan team (Afa Amosa, John Ulugia & Sinoti Sinoti) and 1 former player in the Barbarians team (Pete Samu). Unfortunately, Covid struck and the match was cancelled. After this disappointment, Sinoti regrouped and shifted his focus back to the Dewar Shield comp. He is registered for 2022 and says being part of a family club with a strong coaching team and committed player base is a big part of his love for the Rams. We look forward to Sinoti lighting up the Dewar Shield and the hot stepper has secured his licence to thrill for 2022!!!
Lindroth Cup - Women’s Rugby
Konisi and Titilia Yabaki have been busy getting the women and girls training underway and with strong numbers the team/s are shaping well. "We could do with more forwards, but its nice to have strong fast women in the team at this stage of the season" says Titilia. The women’s team have secured a spot in the Kiama 7s and the club is supporting the players who want to tour.
Antonio Bale has also just joined the coaching team as the Backs coach.
Junior Pathways (U6 - U10)
There will be two Junior Pathway days set up in February (Sunday 27th) and March (Sunday 13th March) please check out the website for details, any updates and times. They will start training soon after, with the season set to start after Easter.
Juniors u16s and U18s
Training has started on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30pm. The teams are working toward the Descon 7s being hosted at Keys Rd Moorabbin on the 5th of March and also working to develop into the 15s format for a tour to ACT/NSW on the 8th of April 2022.
The junior coaching teams return from 2021 and will launch the pre-season and training sessions with Junior training camps set for Sunday 27th February and Sunday 13th of March 2022. Please check the website and social medial channels for any updates and times. The sessions are planned to be structured to introduce kids to the game as well and provide more advanced development for kids who have been playing for some time. The sessions will be in the morning for 2hours and will end with a BBQ.
Dewar Shield - Senior Men
The pre-season training block before Christmas as extremely successful with coaches, the S&C team working to get players into programs over summer. With some new faces joining the club the teams are looking even stronger this year and training sessions are hotting up, not just due to the weather. The Men’s 7s team will have trials next week for selection to the team to tour to the Kiama 7s. We have pre-season matches locked in for March and April (Unicorns and Quins), at Moorabbin, the calendar is filling up quickly
The masters are slowly building through the Friday night touch and we look forward to launching our Friday 10s for local masters players who want a social run.
Summer Touch Competitions
The Moorabbin Touch Association competition on Wednesday nights is into its last month as is the social rugby touch 7s on Fridays so get down and get involved. They are fun packed sessions that the whole family can participate in. The school touch competitions will continue through to April on Saturdays.
New Committee and Management Team
The AGM was held in December 2021 and a new committee was appointed.
Arvind David was elected Club President, with William Smith as Vice President and Kevin O'Sullivan as Treasurer. We welcome Mark O'Riordan to the team as he takes over as Club Secretary from Lena Weston.
Rayne Simpson has been re-appointed Head Coach and he is supported by Ian Nathan and Gerry Thiedeman who will focus on supporting the Juniors.
We also welcome back to Paul Gascoigne, Graeme Foote, Ryan Paternott and Arjun David to this years committee.
A huge thank you to Lena Weston for all her work as secretary and we look forward to seeing her with her new bub at the club as she embarks on growing her family and hopefully our juniors!!!
Joanne Tomasi and Matthew Golden will continue to support the club on sub-committees and continue their good work. Chris Pidd and Pep Monge are also locked in for another year supporting the club across senior sub-committees.
Thank you to Ron Caterson for his efforts at the club and for his long service as he leaves the committee, we wish him the best for the future.
Contacts for the new committee can be found on the website.
As mentioned the Rugby calendar is looking full which is great in the lead up to season 2022!
Here are few key dates to lock in:
25 & 26th - Kiama 7's -NSW (Senior Men & Women)
27th - Juniors and Pathways camp, Moorabbin
5th - Descon 7's, U16 and U18s
12th - Jack McDavitt Day (TBC)
13th - Juniors and Pathways camp, Moorabbin
19th - Internal Trial Match (Black vs White)
25th - Rugby Vic 10s
2nd - Trial Match Rams vs Harlequins @ Moorabbin
8th - Rams U16s, U18s tour (TBC)
9th - Rams vs Unicorns @ Moorabbin
Partnering with our Sponsors
Our sponsors are locking in for another year which is a great support for our all year rugby programs. Many of our sponsors are looking for staff to fill labour and professional staff vacancies available across many industries. If you are looking for a job, send your CV to email@example.com and we will connect you with the businesses.