Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Dukes Ladies Day 2015

The socks have arrived. The bubbles is chilling for the Duchesses the Dukes are ready for a huge game.
Bring your better half to the Rugby as the Dukes take on the boys from Maccabi in a winner takes all clash for the McGrath Foundation Pull on your Socks cup.
Support this great charity with us at Booralee Oval, Botany and then back to the Cook Hotel for the Super Rugby final and then Dukes Idol.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Ladies Day - Round 10 - Dukes Old Boys vs Maccabi

Dukes and Duchesses! The time has come for our 2015 Ladies Day! 

The Dukes will be wearing Pink Socks for the game for the McGrath Foundation's "Pull on Your Socks" campaign!

We are asking our Duchesses to come down to the ground to enjoy a fantastic afternoon of Dukes Rugby as they take on Maccabi at 3.15! 

$10 gets the Ladies endless champagne as well as other treats on the day.

After the game has finished, we will be having our post-match drinks back at the Captain Cook Hotel (Botany Rd), then straight into karaoke to decide who will be... "DUKES IDOL"!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Match Report - Round 9 - Dukes Old Boys vs Engadine Lions

Round 9 saw the best game that the Dukes Old Boys had put together all season as they were edged out by the Engadine Lions 18-10.

The first half was very tightly contested with both teams not giving up ground easy and the slippery conditions underfoot made the game scrappy and points very hard to come by. For the most part, the field position game was played by both sides with tactical kicking playing a pivotal role. Mid way through the half, fullback Craig Brent was unlucky in his attempt at a penalty goal from 35m out, slightly left of the uprights. The kick was solid and had the distance easily but just missing to the left. 

Late in the half, fly half Benny Tureva sprinted away from the opposition down the sideline from broken field play and put inside centre (and brother) Apete Tureva away for a magnificent try to put the Dukes up 7-0. The Dukes held on to the lead into the half time break on a high after the sensational play of all 15 men on the field. 
Dukes - Brothers in Arms!
(L to R: Apete Tureva, Hung Luong and Benny Tureva)
The second half saw a confident Dukes outfit against a shell shocked Lions side, clearly not expecting to be down at the half time break. The second half was much the same as the first with scrappy football being at the forefront. 10 minutes into the half, Engadine earned a break away try to streak away under the posts to draw even at 7-7. 5 minutes later, a penalty shot was taken by Engadine from 45m out (a great kick that only just cleared the crossbar) and shortly after, Craig Brent struck back to get 3 points from right on the opposition 22m to get the Dukes back to level at 10-10.
The Dukes forward pack charging downfield.
65 minutes into the match and the Dukes boys were running on empty, only the pride in the jersey and the willingness to play for each other keeping the boys going. At this point, the Lions were able to put their bench to use, bringing on a larger and fresher forward pack as well as some speed in the backline. 

The revitalised Lions outfit struck against the run of play as the Dukes were pushing the Engadine line, turnover ball soon saw them string together some very neat passes and were able to find the try line after exposing the Dukes wide out. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful from wide out, but with a penalty kick converted soon after pushed the Lions lead out to 18-10 with 5 minutes to go. The Dukes were out on their feet for the final 5 minutes and gave it their all to try and get back into the game but it was not to be, though they did scare the Lions and made them earn the victory every step of the way. Final score 18-10 to the Engadine Lions. Overall, a great game and a fantastic effort.
President Emeritus with new Duke Aaron Whelan

Coaches points are as follows; 
3 pts – James Purnell (c) 
2 pts – Phil Hughes 
1 pt  – The Front Row

Special mention to Benny Tureva, Apete Tureva and Craig Brent who all played tremendously and who were all unlucky to miss out on coaches points. Another special mention must go to the boat race team of Phil Hughes, Paul Ledwith and Phil Tovey who got the win over the Engadine boys.
The part of the day that really counts...
("Seated" Boat Race winners - Paul Ledwith, Phil Hughes, Phil Tovey)
A small note…this match report, in no way, did the boys justice in describing the heart, determination, drive and unity that was displayed for the full 80 minutes of the game. Hold your heads high Dukes, you earned respect on and off the field from the opposition, the supporters and your fellow clubmen for your efforts. Be proud of the effort that was put in and the outcome achieved.

Para Bellum!

Friday, 19 June 2015

Upcoming Game - Round 9 - Dukes Old Boys vs Engadine Lions

Round 9 sees the Dukes take on the 4th placed Engadine Lions. The two sides have only faced off once before as the Lions took the honours in a 47-12 victory over the Dukes earlier this season in Round 2. Last week the Dukes enjoyed a win over Wollondilly 21-15 and are looking to keep momentum rolling into this game while the Lions played out a 10-10 draw away at Lyne Park against Maccabi. Both the Dukes and the Lions are looking forward to the game this weekend in what is sure to be a tough encounter for both sides in predicted (very) wet weather.

The game will be kicking off Saturday 20/06 at 3.15 pm at Old Bush Road Oval, Old Bush Road, Yarrawarrah (right next to Yarrawarrah Public School). Players are expected at the ground by 2 pm, ready to warm up at 2.15/2.30 pm.

Players are reminded that the game is ON until otherwise notified (and Engadine have assured tomorrow's fixture will not be cancelled under any circumstances!). If you need a lift, ask! Plenty of boys look to be driving there, as well as a few catching a train to Engadine Station and walking to the ground.

If you will be late or have any issues finding the ground, please contact the following;
Mango - 0437 771 191
Tony - 0414 428 132
David - 0430 157 000

Best of luck, play hard and PARA BELLUM!

Match Report - Round 8 - Dukes Old Boys vs Wollondilly White Waratahs

The Dukes Old Boys enjoyed their second win of the season against Wollondilly 21-15 last Saturday afternoon at Booralee Park, Botany. Strong performances from Craig Brent, Vlad Yershov, Aaron Whiteley and Aaron Nunn in the backline, backed up by great forward pack lead by James Purnell (c), Alex Cavanaugh and Jack Lamb got the Dukes across the line for the W! It was a great effort by all involved in the game both on and off the pitch to help the boys get there.

The Dukes protect the ball at the breakdown as Fly Half
Aaron Whiteley organises the troops.
Coaches points for the game;
3 pts - Craig Brent
2 pts - Alex Cavanaugh
1 pts - The Entire Dukes Team

Gentleman Duke(s) of the Week went to new co-coaches Tony Gudgeon and David Mangan for coming into the club to help get the Dukes back on track, as well as Iain Meiklejohn for helping the club transport the gear to and from the club rooms.

The Dukes look forward to next Saturday afternoon when they take on the Engadine Lions at Old Bush Road Oval, Yarrawarrah.

Keep returning to the page for many more updates throughout the rest of the season and beyond!

Para Bellum!

Friday, 8 May 2015

Meldrum cup round 4 - Dukes Old Boys vs Burraneer

The Dukes Old Boys take on Burraneer who gave hadca great start to the season taking apart some of the competition favourites.

The DOBs are looking to puvk up the pieces after a liss to Engadine and tge wash out last week.

The game is on at John Dwyer Oval in Carringbah and the kick off is 3.15.

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!!