Monday, 5 October 2015

Dukes set to hit Mudgee Sevens

October 10 will see Dukes Rugby playing in their 3rd ever Sevens tournament, and the 2nd time participating in the Mudgee Sevens taking place at Glen Willow Sports Complex. The team the Dukes will be sending out are a mixture of forwards and backs as well as youth and experience to try and bring home the Oriental Hotel Cup. Last year the Dukes were placed in a very difficult pool and failed to notch up a win but were competitive in all games.

First ever Sevens tournament for the Dukes in February 2014 at Canterbury  
The competition itself has been run annually since 1988 and has featured Cup winners such as Shute Shield teams Manly, Gordon and West Harbour. The competition also attracts some international flavour as well, as the are expected to be international invitational sides. Other winners have come from Suburban Rugby as well with both St Pats and Canterbury both taking away the major prize in previous years.

The trip will also double as somewhat of an end of season trip. All players and supporters are invited to join the team on their trip to Mudgee. For those that can't make it, stay tuned to this webpage as well as the Dukes Facebook page for all updates over the course of the tournament.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Old Boys Day - Report

The Inaugural Dukes Old Boys Day was a huge success, recording a win in the Old Boys/2nd Grade game, as well as a win for our 1st XV. As many of you know, the First Grade match was club founder Phillip Tovey's final ever rugby match, and the day was a fine send off for him.

Dukes Rugby's 1st and 2nd XV combined.

The day began with a mixture of Old Boys and Second Grade players running on the field to take on Waverley. Thankfully there were unlimited interchanges as MANY of our players couldn't have lasted the full game!

Pre-Game Huddle for our Second Grade boys
One of the great highlights of the game was a swift 3 try haul (in only 15 minutes!) from inside centre, Jeremy Nelson. Another standout from the game was a massive effort from loose forward Alex Cavanaugh to finish off the game with a charge-down try in the corner. Second Grade running out winners 29 points to 10.

Jeremy Nelson showing that it's not just his attacking play opposition needs to be worried about!
A huge thanks to ALL who played and were involved in the Second Grade game, the day wouldn't have been what it was without you guys and we hope to see all of you back next year to strap on the boots again!
Second Grade getting stuck into the team song...
After hearing the Duke's Song being belted out by our Second Grade, the 1st XV were fired up and ready to go. The boys then were lead onto the field to take on Clovelly by retiring Club Founder Phillip Tovey.

The "Tovinator" leading out the Dukes for his last game.
Hughesy's Big Break!
Highlights included tries scored by Hoskins, Milne, Yershov, Hinds. Reserve winger Phil Hughes very nearly bagged a 5 pointer in the second half with a big bust down the right touchline, evading defenders and just being brought down 10 metres shy of the line.

Another highlight of the day was seeing Phil Tovey put 2 points on the board with a conversion for a try. It was from bang in front, no more than a 10 metre kick... but I'm sure over the beers and the years, the distance might grow metre by metre each time!

Photographic evidence.
In the end, our Dukes boys took away a bonus point win to cap off the season, final score 26-10. A minor milestone for the Dukes club went along with this game as we recorded our first ever win over Clovelly. A huge thanks is extended to all those who assisted the club on the day and in the lead up to our Old Boys day to make it a success!
Phil Tovey front and centre, surrounded by his rugby brethren who shared his final game with him.
A final note, our presentation day will be taking place at South Coogee Bowling Club, 22nd of August at 2pm. Bring along family and friends for a great day of Barefoot Bowls with Dukes Rugby!

** All photos shown here and in the Dukes' Facebook Album of the Old Boys Day are courtesy of Jock Morrissey. Jock offers a great photography service (as demonstrated above!) and can be reached via email at **

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Match Report - Round 13 - Dukes Old Boys vs Menai

Round 13 saw the Dukes take on the table topping Menai Warriors at their home ground, and went down 49 points to 7. A much improved second half from the Dukes kept the game to a 42 point deficit, after being down 35-0 at the half time break. A huge thank you is extended to all who made the trip down to The Ridge (we promise more than just one bus trip next season!).

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Upcoming Game - Round 13 - Dukes Old Boys vs Menai

The first day of August sees the Dukes travelling south to take on league leaders, the Menai Warriors. Last weekend saw Menai take on Maccabi and were able to continue their winning fashion, taking the points in a tight tussle, 27-20. On the other side of the ledger, the Dukes were able to put their third win for the 2015 season on the board against Fairvale/Lansvale, running out winners 26-10.

Although Menai only have two losses for the season (both to Burraneer), the Dukes will be out to upset the Warriors on their home turf.

In other news, Dukes Rugby will be travelling to Mudgee to compete in the 2015 Mudgee Sevens Competition, taking place on the 10th of October. It promises to be a great trip as the Dukes go out on tour for the first time this year. Also, as you may have noticed, preparations are beginning for our Old Boys/ Tovey Testimonial Day (8th of August vs Clovelly). For all details as they come to hand, please see the "Old Boys Day" tab at the top of the web page.

Match Report - Round 12 - Dukes Old Boys vs Fairvale/Lansvale

The hard work and determination that has been put in by the players over the last month has well and truly paid off as the Dukes recorded their third win of the 2015 season, beating out Fairvale/Lansvale in a bonus point win, 26-10.

The 14 point victory included the Dukes first intercept try of the year, credited to Matt Langford who ran 55 meters against the run of play to seal the Dukes victory. The three other 5 pointers were bagged by fullback James Hinds, and winger Neil who crossed the line twice.

Numerous other tries went begging due to called forward passes, knock ons or (in the case of President Emeritus - Phillip Tovey) being just centimeters short of grounding a ball from a charge down - in my opinion this would have been try of the season had he actually scored it!

This coming Saturday the Dukes will be looking to put up some stiff competition to ladder leaders Menai at their home ground.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Upcoming Game - Round 12 - Dukes Old Boys vs Fairvale/Lansvale

This coming Saturday - Dukes Rugby heads out on the M5 to take on The Vales (Fairvale/Lansvale) at Cherrybrook Park, Lansvale. The game looks to be tightly contested as our Dukes have been improving each and every week, inching closer and closer to a third W. The game kicks off at 3.15 pm, with the post match drinks taking place immediately after full time at Lansvale United Sports Club.

Keep watching the page for a few upcoming major announcements as well as the weekend's match report!

Match Report - Washout Round - Dukes Old Boys vs Maccabi

In wind and rain effected game, the Dukes went down 18-5 in a tightly fought game against Maccabi last Saturday. The game was scrappy at many points with a lot of dropped ball and missed opportunities by both teams.

After a half time score of only 3-0 to the Maccabians, The Dukes never gave up the hope of causing an upset the entire second half, pressuring the Maccabi try line and finally getting over (twice!...though only one was actually given...). After multiple pick and drives, the man credited the 5 points was the "Tirty Tree and a Turd" year old Irishman, Philip Hughes.

The Dukes now look toward next Saturday where they take on The Vales at Cherrybrook Park, Lansvale.