Dukes Rugby is set for their biggest day on the calendar so far in 2019 with the Old Boys & Sponsors Day taking place this upcoming weekend at Booralee Park in Botany.
Games are kicking off from 2pm where our old guard will be putting the band back together for one more go around on a mission from God, Blues Brothers style, and taking on Lane Cove in a rematch of the 2017 Noice Cup Grand Final.
There will be plenty of old heads and extra kegs on show so if you’re even half way fit and keen for a laugh and a beer with the boys from years gone by, come down for a watch and even strap on the boots for one last go around!
That will lead into the main game of the day where the Dukes will be facing Engadine in their second meeting this season. In the last game, the Lions prevailed 42-7 at home (match report here). Our boys will be out to get their first victory of the season and kick 2019 into gear in style. Game kicks off shortly after Old Boys at 3.15pm.
This week the Dukes are breaking out the team bus for their (equal) longest trip of the year as they head to Engadine to take on the Lions. The two sides met previously this year in a hard hitting and low scoring preseason trial match.
Shaping up to be another close and competitive game, the Dukes will be looking to build on their showing last weekend against the Convicts. Meanwhile the Lions will be fired up following a 17 point loss last week after a tough encounter against Burraneer.
The bus will be leaving and returning to the Captain Cook Hotel (after some stops on the way home…) and anyone interested in catching the bus as a supporter or player who hasn’t already made it known to those in charge, please message the club’s Facebook page ASAP.
It’s taken nearly all off season however we can now share that our season opening match up is set to kick off at 3.15 pm at Booralee Park and will be against the Sydney Convicts.
The Dukes and the Convicts took to the park a short 2 weeks ago in the final preseason trial where the Dukes were narrowly edged out 12-0 (see full match day report here). In contrast to the previous match up, it is set to be a much cooler day for all involved with a forecast 20°c across Sydney.
This also means the division is set and will feature 6 teams in total (including the Dukes). This means a total of 15 rounds across the season, with the finals (1 v 2, 3 v 4 format) beginning on the 24th of August. The other teams in our division are the aforementioned Sydney Convicts, our other trial partners the Engadine Lions, 2018 Meldrum Cup Premiers the North Cronulla Sea Lice, Maccabi Rugby Club and Burraneer Rugby Club.
Other games in the division this week see Burraneer at home to Engadine and Maccabi to host North Cronulla.
The Fixtures page has been updated with all upcoming games for the season.
Hot off their 33-31 win against the Rouse Hill Renegades in the Indianna Trophy match, the Dukes are set to take on 2 of the formidable opponents in their upcoming second trial at Botany this coming Saturday. The games kick off in a round robin format from 1.30pm at Booralee Park and is set to be a great afternoon of Subbies rugby.
The Engadine Lions have been a mainstay in the Division 6 finals fixtures since their reentry into the Subbies competition in 2015. Always a tough match up on the field, the Lions will be a hard hitting and fast outfit this coming weekend.
The second of the teams, Sydney Convicts, are the reigning Bingham Cup champions and have taken home the Cup 5 of the last 7 times (’06, ’08, ’12, ’14 and ’18). Fresh off a very competitive 2018 campaign where they were unlucky not to make the finals, the Convicts bring strong numbers (2 teams) to the trial this weekend.
Have a look below for the tentative draw for the day.
Please note that game times and fixtures may change at short notice throughout the day due to the informal nature of trials.