Saturday, 18 April 2015

Meldrum Cup Round 2 - Dukes Old Boys vs Engadine - Booralee Park, Bay Street Botany - Kick Off 3:15

Round 2 in the Meldrum Cup.  The Dukes Old Boys come into this week after a win against Wollondilly away.  Today its Engadine at the new home of Dukes Rugby, Booralee Park.

Get down to Booralee for the match and then back to the club rooms 400 metres away at the Captain Cook Hotel on Botany road.

Not to forget the Dukes 2nd XV is also playing today vs University NSW, just around the corner at David Philips Park, Daceyville.

Para Bellum!!



Saturday, 4 April 2015

Meldrum Cup Round 1 - Saturday 11th April 2015 - Dukes vs Wollondilly

A tentative draw has been released and the Dukes look set to take on one of the new teams into the 2015 Meldrum Cup.

The Meldrum cup has been broken up into 2 conferences again with teams competing in North and South conferences both consisting of 8 teams.  The South Eastern conference is made up of 5 returning sides:
  • Dukes Rugby
  • Burraneer 
  • ClovellyFairvale/Lansvale
  • Maccabi

The balance are 3 new sides to the Suburban Rugby Union
  • Engadine
  • Menai
  • Wollondilly
The Dukes take on one of the new boys and they won't be out for just a run around the park. Not only competition points, but the Hannaford-Booralee Cup, will be played for by the clubs.

The other Round 1 matches in the Southern Conference.

Directions to Hannaford Oval from the Dukes Club rooms at the Cook Hotel



Friday, 27 March 2015

Dukes vs Burraneer - Kick off 3pm



Get down to John Dwyer Oval in Carringbah to watch the Dukes vs Burraneer in the last trial before the season begins after Easter. 
Players be at the ground by 1.30 for strapping and priming and warm up.  

PARA BELLUM!!! 






Saturday, 21 March 2015

SKLZ: Training Sponsor of Dukes Rugby


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Friday, 13 February 2015

A NEW HOME FOR THE DUKES

Dukes Rugby are proud to announce new club rooms and a new home ground in Botany for 2015. All Dukes home games will be played at Booralee Park in Botany. Since formation, The Dukes finally have a ground close to their spiritual heartland of Alexandria. Club President Billy Hodgetts is excited by the move: "In the past, we have called home a number of places that didn't really feel like it. It's great for the club to find a park with excellent facilities so close to Botany Road, which is really the focal point for the whole of South Sydney, and links us strongly back to Alexandria and the surrounding area."

Botany Road is also home to Dukes Rugbys new club rooms in the Captain Cook Hotel Botany. The Dukes will hold regular meetings, fundraising raffles, and host teams from all over Sydney for the traditional post-match speeches and boat race after every Saturday home game. "I know having a beer with your team and your opposition after the game is an important of the culture of rugby. It's a real community spirit that we want to encourage." says publican Dave Goldthorpe "I hope the whole of Botany really gets behind them." Founding member of The Dukes, Phil Tovey agrees: "I've met a lot of guys in here who are keen to have a run around and some fun. Hopefully we can rope a few in and they can get a taste of the true spirit of rugby."

The Dukes will continue to train in Alexandria at Perry Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30PM, before moving to Vice Chancellors Oval, also in Alexandria, as the season goes on. New players of all levels are welcome.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Special Guest Coach Nana Dontoh

Nana Dontoh
We are excited to announce NANA DONTOH as a special guest coach at Training this Thursday night. 

The former Head Coach at Waverley and Grade Coach at Eastern Suburbs, Nana was born in Auckland before moving to England where he played in the center and wing for England Saxons, U21, Students and Schools, as well as club rugby for Bath, Richmond and London Irish.

Nana will be focusing on ball skills with us, an opportunity not to be missed!

Training is on at 6:30PM Thursday 5 February at Perry Park, Alexandria. Training continues every Tuesday at Thursday.

New players are very welcome to join us.









CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly attributed Nanas position as Head Coach to Eastern Suburbs, a position he held at Waverley Rugby Club..

Thursday, 29 January 2015


The weather has cleared up so it's time to get to it. Pre-season training will continue every Tuesday and Thursday in February.