What's Occurring? 18th March

Last week saw the first outing for the Dukes in the 15 man game.  The 7’s had been a good starting block but this is where we find out what we really have to work with. The result was very promising.  

Trial Wrap
The first period was against the Harlequins and playing our neighbours it was going to be big.  The pace was fast, but the Dukes held the Harlequins well.  The only thing that let us down in the first period was the breakdown. In the end there were 3 tries to nil against the Dukes, but the last part of the period showed promise.

The second period was against Canterbury.  Again the pace was fast, but after a quick turn around the Dukes found their step and pushed the Canterbury line.  The Berries got a cheap try from a breakaway after a dodgy pass and a missed tackle by the Dukes Loosehead Prop.  The Dukes got it back to a try all with some good play and were unlucky not to have put a few more on with the forwards stepping up and working well to give the backs some room.  The final score was 1 try all.

The third period was against the Harlequins and at 32 degrees it was hard work.  Everyone pushed themselves around the park and held the Harlequins until a collapsed maul got a penalty for the court Jesters and they pushed over.  But the Dukes weren’t to be out done, and from the kick-off got the ball back and worked the Harlequins down the pitch scoring a classy try. The 3rd and final period ended a 1-1 draw

Speaking to Coach Joel Horscroft-Smith after the game, he said “there is a lot of potential in this team.  A couple of things need some work but all in all i’m really impressed with what we have and am looking for a good season”

With both clubs turning out 2 divisions above the Dukes the results were very good, and we look forward to the season ahead.

St Patrick’s Day Party
Sunday was the St Patrck’s party and it was a good time to get into the pub and have a few Guinness.  The weather put a dampener on the day with the iNSiDERS having to move inside, but it all worked out well.   

The club had its Jersey Auction making approx $1300.  Thanks to all who bid and got their little piece of history.

Changes to this weeks trial
Unfortunately the trial vs the Myall Mudcrabs has been cancelled.  We would have been playing a weakened squad through unavailability and players would have been playing out of position. The risk of injury of playing out of position was too great, so the decision was made today (Tuesday) by the coaching staff to cancel the long trip to the Tea Gardens.  


We have been offered a trial against Oatley and Blue Mountains which may work if we can get more players involved who otherwise would not have been able to play it may work well.

The intention is to still have a bus to and from the Duke and it will mean a much more sociable leaving time of about 11:30.  On the way home we will be doing quite a few pub stops along the southern roads back to Alexandria.



Subs are now Due

Invoices have been sent to players
who have not paid their Subs. The cost of subs is $200 with a 15% discount.
The discount period will run out
this Saturday 22nd. If you have not paid or come to an arrangement for a tiered
payment with the committee, then fees will revert back to the full price.
Subs include:
  • Club Membership
  • Polo Shirt
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Insurance
Subbies Ticket Offer

2 Years ago the Dukes were the newest team in Subbies and we had a group of 94 Dukes and Duchesses at the Wallabies vs Wales match (Which was the third most out of all the subbies clubs).  That day Subbies put on a deal where the whole Paddington stand was taken over by subbies rugby players and their club men and women.  

Well guess what their doing it again.

Subbies
Clubs, players, supporters, families & friends have an exclusive ticket
offer for the Wallabies v France Test, to be played on the afternoon of Sat 21
June at the SFS.
This is a great offer, simple and
cheap:
  • It’s the only way to ensure your
    club members sit together at what will be a sold-out match.
  • Tickets are in the bronze category,
    in the Paddington end bay of the SFS.
  • Under no circumstances will there
    be Subbies
    matches that day – it is a guaranteed bye.
  • The Subbies
    Rep team will be playing the curtain raiser.
  • You will have use of the Subbies
    Bar”
    adjacent to your seats.
We will be putting a bulk order through the club so if you want a single ticket or 10 tickets let the president know so he can order you some.  

Adults – $50

Concession (full time student or
pensioner)
– $30
Child (4-16)
– $25
We will require money before the orders go in to confirm your tickets, so if your keen the first thing to do is email [email protected] and the 2nd thing to do is to deposit the cash for the tickets into the Dukes bank account.

Transfers can be made through internet banking or cash can be deposited at any ANZ Branch to the following account.  Make sure that you put your name on the transfer.

BSB: 012251
Account number: 376770142
Account Name: Alexandria Dukes RFC Inc

Lets see how many we can get to the game and make it a great social event for the club

Divisional Update
There has been an element of uncertainty of the number of clubs that will be in the competition this year and today we are a little closer.

The Division 4 and 5 competitions have not been the strongest of late with poor club numbers.  As such the Div 5 competition has been cut for this season.

It will mean that 2 clubs from Div 5 will need to go up to Div 4 and 3 teams will come down to Div 6.

The Div 5 clubs are:

  • Canterbury
  • Fairfield/Lansvale
  • Merrylands
  • Roseville
  • Rouse Hill

Q. What does that mean for the Dukes?  
A. It will mean a 15 team competition where we play all teams once.



Para Bellum!!

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