Penalty tries! Yellow cards! Arguments with officials! Boat races! Delightful wins and heartbreaking losses…it’s all happening!
This last month has been one of the most thrilling in Dukes history and Dukeman can feel the excitement in the air. The rugby boys are on the cusp of a finals berth if we can keep the winning vibes and the netball girls are kicking some serious ass on the court. 2019 is shaping up to be one of the most electric finishes to a season where we could potentially see post-season action for both sides.
Of late the rugby team has been hitting their stride and really pushing the opposition in every aspect of the game. Dukeman has been loving the performances across the park with some solid forward play and expansive back line play. It’s hard to look past Israel Seufale and Liam Pakau killing it in the centres in both attack and defence, these two have been throwing it back to the original “Bash Brothers” duo of Dennis Lee and Luke Greer from the Dukes early years. In the forwards Zinzan Mann has been getting around the park making some great cover tackles and being an all-round pest at the breakdown for the opposition while Chris Stephenson has been his usual self, wrecking opposition defences with some bustling runs. Linking the forwards and the backs for the last month has been Manny Grundy who has been amazing at scrumhalf getting the forwards out of trouble if needed and delivering the ball out to the backs allowing them to weave some magic.
On the court the netball team has been flexing some muscle on the opposition in the last month, winning 3 of 4 match ups in June, 2 of them where they put up 40+ points. In their last 3 match ups they have outscored the opposition 131-66! Keep on killing it ladies, Dukeman loves your work!
In other news, one of the Dukes original sons Corey “Mango” Mangan tallies up game 100 against crosstown rivals, Sydney Convicts. Mango joins the Schulz brothers in the 100 club where Alex and James currently reside. All 3 started with the Dukes back in the inaugural season where the Schulz boys haven’t changed positions from second row and flanker and Mango was (of all positions) a winger! Since then he’s made the pilgrimage from to where he currently holds down the fort as the loosehead prop. On the day we’ll have a 2nds game for any and all who wish to celebrate the occasion by taking the field with Mango (and maybe a couple of other surprise cameos!). Congrats Mango!
The club says a tearful goodbye to some of our playing contingent as they sail out for their naval duties with the R.A.N. Thanks a bunch for coming down for a run guys and we hope you come back down as soon as you are back in Sydney town for another hit out in the black and white hoops. The Dukes wish you boys safe travels.
While on the subject of goodbyes, coach Andrew Meiklejohn has had to step down as coach and drastically reduce his playing capacity for work reasons. For all you have done throughout the season on and off the field Andrew, thank you.
Finishing off on some happier news, the Dukes are happy to announce that the end of season trip will be taking place in the lovely city of Byron Bay for the 30th anniversary of the Byron Bay Sevens. The boys have been up there wreaking havoc on the town and the football field for the last few years after the town of Mudgee had a few too many “wanted” posters up of our players…
I’m also hearing around the traps that with the wet weather week coming up, a crawl of the pub kind may be in order! Yeehaw! Giddy up!
Cheers and Beers,