What's Occurring? – Thursday 12th June

  • Dukes 3rd position in the Meldrum Cup Southern conference after round 1
  • Wet Weather Pub Run wrap up 
  • Dukes look for redemption against Balmain in Halligan Cup
  • Buraneer a threat to the Dukes season in Meldrum Cup
  • Upcoming events
    • Wallabies vs France @ SFS
    • Junior tournament and Family Day
    • Ladies day
Round 1 Wrap
After the first full round of matches in the Meldrum cup the Dukes sit 3rd on the table after 4 bonus point wins and 3 losses where the Dukes were competitive to the final siren.  

One of the major reasons for the Dukes being competitive in 2014 has been the  growth that has seen a Halligan Cup team added.  This has given depth that we have not previously had which has meant that the mid season injuries are not as hard as it once was and there is great competition for positions.

Halligans have had 3 good wins, 1 of which over our local rivals Sydney Harlequins. Losses coming only to 2 Division 1 clubs.

Wet Weather Pub Run
The wet weather pub run was on last Saturday and from all accounts was a successful bonding session and there may have been a scientific break in pub crawl training.
See the pictures below. 

Scientific fact: Pub crawls are good for ones health.
Meldrum Cup Game 8 vs Buraneer
In the first round the game at Nagle Park was a hard fought affair with the Dukes getting the money 29 – 24, Burraneer earning themselves a bonus point with an after the whistle try to get within 7 points.  With the Porpoises having a solid win over perpetual front runners Clovelly, and the Dukes back in the winners circle after a tough win against Rockdale, it makes for a big game at John Dwyer Oval this Saturday.  Kick off is 3.15
Starting XV
1 – George Hicks
2 – Zak Pohiva
3 – William Hodgetts
4 – Tom O’Connor (C)
5 – Naki Poliva
6 – Alex Cavanaugh
7 – Phil Hughes
8 – Cameron Cooper
9 – Joel Daley
10 – Ryan Bowring
11 – Aaron Nunn
12 – Cameron Dombkins
13 – Esie Tu’ipulotu
14 – Ben Stepkovitch
15 – Tom Clifford
Halligan Cup vs Balmain
2 weeks ago the Dukes took on Balmain in the first encounter of the clubs.  That game finished with an 18-0 win to the Muzzled Wolves, butthis week sees the Dukes out for redemption.  The Halligans game is set for a 12:30pm kick off at Nagle Park.  
The team thus far is below.  
1 – Michael Hodgetts
2 – David Goldthorpe
3 – Phil Tovey
4 – Corey Mangan
5 – Dane Le Ray
6 – David Malacridda 
7 – James Schulz
8 – Darren Lynch
9 – Cameron  Rawson
10 – Jacob Jones
12 – Sean Byrne
13 – Brendon Hoskins
11 – Jarod Bent
14 – Longy 
15 – Vlad Yershov
Any other Dukes who are available get down for 11:45am for strapping and warmup.
1st Grade will need reserves, so please make yourselves available after the Halligans match.  There will be a convey from Nagle to John Dwyer Oval.
Upcoming events

Wallabies vs France
There are still approximately 15 tickets available for the France Test at the SFS next weekend.  If you want a ticket, see Phillip Tovey or Billy Hodgetts this Saturday.  If you have already locked in your tickets then payment is due and you can either pay cash on Saturday or a PayPal invoice will be sent to you.
Cost is $50 per ticket and is a 3pm kick off.  There is no rugby anywhere in Sydney that weekend so get onboard.

Dukes Junior Tournament and Family Day

Ladies Day

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