It was a tale of 2 cities on Saturday 11th of March, as our Shute Shield Squad traveled to Bathurst for their annual pre-season camp, with our remaining grade players in Sydney to trial against West Harbour in Rockdale.
A highly productive camp as the players got into the details, arriving in town on Friday afternoon they were straight to work with Positional dinners where players new and old got a chance to get to know each other over some fine Bathurst cuisine. Saturday was a full session starting at 6:30 am as the player work through a combination of field and theory sessions. The session was followed by a team dinner where players and staff got a chance to bond socially before a final hit out early Sunday morning before heading back to Sydney.
A special thanks to Dean and the Bathurst Bulldogs Rugby Club for hosting us at their amazing facility, looking forward to heading back in the future!
Back in Sydney, our grade players were hard at work in their first hit out of 2023. A promising performance from a very young group, our youngest grade group in some time the youthful exuberance was in full show. In a physical encounter against the bigger West Harbour side, the young stags were up for the challenge in 2 competitive matches, it was great to see juniors Darcy Fitzgerald, Dan Garing, and Charlie Weber back in the Tartan. A great hit out leading into our trial with Eastwood the following week.
The 11th of March saw Grade head to TG Milner where they took on Eastwood in our 2nd Trial, it was another highly competitive contest with our long-time rivals. Our 1st and 2nd Grade squads had their first hit-outs of 2023 in a thrilling contest against a strong Eastwood Squad. Our 3rd and 4th Grade squads once again showed plenty of exciting potential for the season as they emptied the tank on a very warm March Saturday.
The squad will now turn its attention to the final trial this Saturday against Randwick at CA Redmond Field.
After closing out the sevens season with back-to-back tournament wins the young stags were itching to get on the field in the 15s format. This excitement was evident in their first hit out against a much-improved West Harbour Colts side down at Rockdale. They came out of the gates firing as they looked to get out all the pent-up preseason excitement to get back on the footy field. It was a physical contest and a great first trial for the squad.
The 11th of March saw the Colts travel to Wakehurst Rugby Park to take on Eastwood in trial 2. Eastwood was strong with the colts playing 3 highly competitive and physical games in the blistering heat. The colts will now turn their attention to Randwick on Saturday at Latham Park (Upper) in another big hit out against the Colts Competition heavyweights.
March 4th will go down in the Rugby History books as playing in the first-ever Women’s Australian Club Championship, and what a week it was for Women’s Rugby! It was an exciting contest against Brisbane competition Heavyweights Bond University. A tug a war contest after our gazelles came firing out of the blocks early with 2 quick tries in 10mins before Bond would bounce back to put themselves back in the contest going into halftime.
After the half it was Bond’s turn to turn up the heat as they came out of the blocks with 2 quick tries to put themselves in the lead, the tussle continued as the gazelles managed to reduce the defect to 29-26 going into the final minutes setting up an exciting finish. However, Bond’s defense would just manage to hold the gazelles in the dying moments to prevent a historic victory for our women.
A strong performance regardless of the result and a proud moment for our Women’s Program.
Our Women’s Sevens team traveled up to Lake Macquarie to compete in the final sevens tournament before the season. It was another strong performance by the 2 teams with many of our Junior Sevens Girls making their Tartan debut! Plenty to be excited about from our Women’s program in 2023.
The Gordon Rugby Annual Lunch is coming up, so join us at the beautiful Dockside on Cockle Bay Wharf as we celebrate Gordon Rugby and the 2023 season.
Hear from our exciting lineup, this includes Waratahs and Gordon Premiership-winning Coach Darren Coleman, Wallabies Great Stirling Mortlock, Waratahs and Wallabies great Matt Burke, and Australian Rugby Legend Andrew Blades.
Our Master of Ceremonies is non-other than Rugby News’s Josh Gerard
So get your ticket, or grab 9 other friends and get a table!
support the stags and enjoy a few cold ones, a great meal and have the chance to bid for some amazing items.
Click the link above to get your tickets
We are pleased to announce Stone & Wood Brewing Co. as our new Beer Partner for 2023!
Stone & Wood began in 2008 when three friends – Brad, Ross, and Jamie – decided, after many years in the brewing industry and with a passion for good beer, they wanted to start their own thing.
Inspired by the idea of the ‘village brewery’ – that is, a brewery that brews quality beer while giving back to the wider community – Brad, Ross and Jamie founded Stone & Wood in a modest shed in Byron Bay’s industrial estate and began following their vision of creating a conscious local business.
Get down to Chatswood Oval this season and enjoy a cold Pacific Ale whilst supporting the tartan!