Monday, 23 November 2015

Inaugural Boat Race Championships

There was a lot of talk a few years ago, mostly through Subbies TV, to find "Who is the best boat race team in Subbies?"

In light of this The Alexandria Dukes will be hosting the Inaugural NSW Rugby Boat Racing Championships.

The day aligns to the start of Super Rugby, and will be a chance for someone to add the first piece of silverware for 2016.

It will be open to all senior clubs and depending on final numbers there may be opportunities for clubs to field a 2nds.

Interest has been great in the concept thus far and we'll be taking formal entries in the first week of December so we can confirm costs (cause unfortunately beer ain't free). 

The Dukes will also be raising funds for Motor Neuron Disease/Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis,  with one of our extended Duke family recently diagnosed with the incurable disease.

For more information on MND/ALS you can go to

An form will appear on this page once we start accepting entries. Until then spread the word and start to get your team in training.

More info to come soon.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Dukes AGM - Wednesday 25th November 2015

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the Alexandria Dukes RFC will be held on Wednesday 25th November 2015 at the Alexandria Hotel in 'The Boardroom' at 6:30pm.

The Agenda for an AGM is as follows:
  • To confirm the minutes of the last preceding annual general meeting;
  • To receive from the committee reports on the activities of the association during the last preceding year;
  • To receive and consider any financial statement or report required to be submitted to members under the Act;
  • To elect office-bearers of the association and ordinary committee members,

Please click on the link below for the committee specifications.

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to be part of the committee for 2016, please fill in the form below before the meeting or email with your nominations.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Mudgee Sevens 2015 - Wrap Up

Best dressed Touch Judge of 2015.
Dukes Rugby finished up their 2015 campaign with a trip to Central NSW for the Mudgee Sevens and came away with sore heads, sore bodies as well as 2 wins! The Dukes were placed in a 5 team pool with competition heavyweights - Manly Marlins, a Western Sydney invitational side - BISEC, a Newcastle invitational side - Horse & Rider, as well as Mudgee Rugby's colts side - Ginge's Ninjas.

The Glen Willows Sports Field was of a quality often heard of but seldom seen for club rugby. For those unfamiliar with the ground itself, it hosted the City vs Country NRL fixture of 2012. Now for us, playing on a field with the correct Union markings on the field would suffice, however this was leaps and bounds ahead of that.

Unfortunately for the entire team (who were out until 3am) our first fixture was set to be played at 9am against the Ninjas. Fortunately though, the Ninjas were distracted by Touch Judge - Mark "TamaGlama" Wilcox. In what was the lowest scoring game of the tournament, the Dukes won 7-5 courtesy of a try and conversion from departing Scotsman, Dillon Beveridge.

Jimmy Purnell dotting down another 5 pointer.
The second match of the day saw the Dukes set to take on Horse & Rider from Newcastle. The boys scrapped through with a 22-21 victory, tries going to Dillon Beveridge, Phillip Hughes and 2 to James Purnell (Iain Meiklejohn putting him away in the corner for one of them). The game was not without it's low point however with Alex Cavanaugh suffering a Grade 2 Shoulder Tear that would see him out of the tournament.

It was at this stage that it was decided that a recovery pool needed to be set up. With Mark "Let's Get Physical" Wilcox over seeing the filling and the safety of the pool, everyone was sure to be safe for the day. The boys wasted little time in getting in the pool, but the relaxing times were soon to end.

Brendan Hoskins, Iain Meiklejohn and "Tamaglama" himself.
Third match up had the Dukes pitted against the Manly Marlins. A Division 6 Suburban Rugby side playing the Shute Shield runners up and the eventual tournament winners. A tall order to say the least. The Dukes had the ball in hand for what was lucky to amount to 1 minute of total game time. The Marlins had their kickoff retention planned out to the inch. What resulted was a whitewash. 66-0. At least we can say we were beaten by the best in the tournament!

Pete O'Connor with ball in hand and outrunning defenders.

The final pool game was played against BISEC, a Western Sydney invitational side. At this stage of the day, the Dukes were out on their feet. Fatigue hit some, injuries hit others. When we took the field, only 8 healthy players were available (with Dillon Beveridge playing on one leg from the start of the tournament) plus 2 tries already scored against us due to the kickoff going ahead without the Dukes anywhere near the field. Even with the injury, Dillon Beveridge streaked away for a 50m try. Another try SHOULD have gone to the Dukes if not for a refereeing error (where was the TMO on this one?!). From 40m out, Brendan Hoskins popped the ball up to waiting teammate Corey Mangan. Cool under pressure, he attacked the line, drawing in defenders and passing the ball off to James Purnell. 22m out now and he puts a perfectly weighted kick in along the grass, holding up short of the try line. Enter Pete O'Connor. As he was running towards the ball, an opposition player was shouldering him as they both jockeyed for position. The opposition player missed the ball completely, the ball bouncing off Pete O'Connor's knee then grounded straight after. Try!...or so you would think. Referee calls knock on, 5m scrum to BISEC. The try of the tournament robbed! Final score 33-7 to BISEC.

Boy-Wonder chugging away...
The highlight of the day came when Robin made an appearance in the 100m beach sprint during the lunch break. From a prone start, competitors were to get to their feet as soon as they could and run to the other end of the field, the winner getting an esky of beer. Robin looked taller and looked like a few extra pounds might have been added since he was seen last in the Box Office flop Batman & Robin. Running a clear last behind the pack by 20m, Mark "Boy-Wonder" Wilcox crossed the line. Robin's sidekicks were awaiting him at the 100m mark with a beer and a funnel. True to form, Robin demolished the beer in record time.

Finishing 3rd in the pool, the Dukes drew the Timberwolves (...or was that Deadwood?) in the Plate Semi Final. A lot of the players were expecting a beer to be in hand by this stage of the day. Even with the reinforcements, the Dukes went down fighting 28-0.

Overall a tremendous trip for the boys and we're already booking in our spot for 2016, hoping to go at least one better. Many thanks to all who made the trip out to Mudgee, Mudgee Rugby and especially to Mark Wilcox for organising the trip.

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.