Season 2016 Underway! After a successful Season launch at Menzies Hotel on Friday 18th March where we raised over $12,000 for Old Boys in need we then travelled to Lofberg to take on Barker. Although a few sore heads the club put on 22 tries to 3 in the first trial and the club is brimming with excitement following last year’s Kentwell cup loss in the decider against Balmain. Mike Cross and Mike Kline are back with the senior squad bristling with new faces and many returning to extract revenge this season. Even some old warriors Mule, Commodore and Mike Smith from the triumphant 2005 Kentwell Cup are manning the front row in 4th grade this season so we are primed and looking forward to it. We are calling on all players and supporters to head to Camperdown oval as we are playing Petersham. Please make sure you are at Camperdown Oval at least 45 minutes before your games so your coaches can get you organised and warmed up. Let's not have as many injuries as last week.
Congratulations to a fantastic team of young Colts! You went down by the slenderest of margins in your preliminary final and you can hold your heads up high. 12-10 to Mosman But for their contribution our club would have been in major trouble this year as we avoided many forfeits due to their preparedness to play two, sometimes three games in 3s, 2s and even 1s in the case of front rowers Lachlan Scott, Nick Meyer and Phoenix Goodman and centre Brendan Flaherty. A major highlight for Colts was Mackenzie Jones being nominated for the NSW Suburban Rugby Colts Medal. A fantastic achievement for a first year Colt! So many talented first-timer Colts made the jump from schoolboys to Suburban Rugby – Luke McDuff, Fraser Bleach, Tom Blake, Jacob Rose, Hugo Hansen, George Stephens, Angus Engelen, Michael Docker; with veteran Colts such as Angus Boulton, Michael Westaway and “Mr 120%” Anthony Brown setting the standard. It is really no surprise that the younger brigade have played with such enthusiasm as it is a rare privilege to play with players they previously only cheered from the stands at Knox 1. The Braveheart would especially like to single out Brendan Flaherty and George Stephens - we are immensely proud to have these two Barker Old Boys in our team. Not only are they two of the best players in our line-up but epitomised what suburban rugby is all about, playing with your mates irrespective of where you come from. Our club and 1st Grade coach Mike Cross and his co-coach Mike Kline also did not attend the School but have contributed so professionally to our successes. Did I mention our 4th Grade superstar and physio extraordinaire Anthony Moore? If someone finds a more valuable, committed and passionate club member I will play 4th grade next season (safe bet). Just for the record the OKGA made another Shore boy, Nick Hamley, an Honorary Knox Old Boy in recognition of his 20 years sensational contribution to our club! Also our Club President Bernie O’Bree and Club Captain Lloyd Gabriel are not Knox Old Boys but like Brendan, George, Ant, Nick and Bernie they make us immensely proud that they chose our club to play for. Finally can I list the following Colts players who, as I stated before, saved our club from the major dilemma of forfeits (which two other first division clubs have been cited for doing). Big penalties will apply in Iggies case going down to 3rd or 4th division. George Comino, Charlie Betar, Matthew Geokjian, Robert Crosling, Nick Ferrero, James Wiseman, Will Hennessey, Mike Bower, Charlie Ricks, Michael Ainsworth and Pierce Richards. Special thanks and congratulations to Colts coaches Cam Ellis and Robbie Frame.. Another great season gents! Special thanks to Allan Watts and Hamish McGilvray for their great bagpiping!. Oh, in closing (I should add) our 1st Grade are into the Grand Final next week against Balmain. They sensationally beat the Dirty Reds 33-27 in a very hard fought win. Every member of our Club must come to TG Millner next Saturday to cheer them on to a Kentwell Cup on Saturday. Based on the spirit and talent our 1’s have demonstrated they deserve to be supported and acknowledged as truly a great team, both on and off the paddock. Go you good things.! Framey
Huge congratulations to Jon Peate, Nick Nilsson and Alasdair Davey as great coaches and even better leaders of men. Their 4’s went down 10-3 in a gripping Semi Final against Mosman. An indication of what a great job our coaches have done is that in the first round Mosman thrashed us 45-7. The boys instilled pride in playing for 4’s and many of the “retired Dads Army” came back to play such as Bryn”the Commodore” Robertson, Ben “the Mule” Kooyman, Mark “Chucky” Chan, JP Baillon, Clay “the Plumber” White. In addition, Club stalwarts Richie “Muscles” Taylor, Eamon “the Hooker” Maher, Karl “Wendell” Gray, Bernie “Pres” O’Bree, Anzac “Facebook” Ngatai, David “the Gentleman” Choi, Mikhail “Line Breaker” Ushakoff, Michael “Junior” Berwick, Seb “Mr Magic” Jones, Nick “Mr Cool” Mahoney, Brad “Grease Lightning” Newell, brought enthusiasm, experience and camaraderie to the team, not forgetting natural ability. Indicative of how important 4’s have been to our club, two of the most valuable members – James Smith, who is in charge of all the Club’s jerseys and Anthony Moore, our Physio Extraordinaire, wouldn’t take “no to playing” for an answer. If either were injured we would have been up the proverbial. Unquestionably the contribution of Colts such as Matthew “Nugget” Geokjian, Ian “Thommo” Thompson and Ravi “Rav” De Silva to name just a few who contributed magnificently week in week out to Help build the team’s momentum. All of the above players and their coaches have shown that they are the heart of our Club. At the conclusion of the semi they all committed to next season and there is no doubt they will reach new heights, if not a Premiership! Their preparedness to also back up in higher grades ensured our Club remains in 1st Division. We salute you gentlemen! Also 1’s and Colts won their semi final and advance to the preliminary final. 1’s against Drummoyne and Colts vs Mosman. Can they do it?? Don’t miss these games, especially after just watching both our 1’s and Colts overpower the “biggest” teams in their comps Games are next Saturday at the Home of Rugby, TG Millner Field, Vimiera Road, Eastwood. Colts kick off at 12.20pm, 1st Grade kick off at 3.15pm Framey
Our 1sts secured 3rd place and a finals berth with a powerful 61-14 win against Iggies led by “Captain Courageous” Lloyd Gabriel who spent the week battling the flu but spent Saturday leading from the front as usual. Young guns Scott, Goodman, Errant, Fisher and Beaumont have come of age and outplayed the Iggies pack in the same manner achieved when defeating Petersham and Balmain. Backrower Peter Brown won the Ref’s 3 points with an outstanding display. Toby Young unquestionably had his best game of the season with repeated charges up the centre and ferocious defence. Dashing Dan Drummond continued his excellent service from the scrum base which gave Ryan Matthews, Matt Spray, Josh Horton room to attack. Annoyingly point-scoring machine Billy Foster damaged his leg and Simon Hansen took over the goal kicking fortunately with great success. Try highlight was Andrew Yeung’s in the first half which had the sideline in raptures. A great and most important win which is a just result for the two Mikes. Their coaching and leadership this season has made the difference! Did I mention the very young Will Sweeney? Sweens is like a rock in our backline. His strength and “ten years of 1st Grade experience” just invaluable. The man with the hardest job in the Club, our 2nd Grade coach Joel Thorpe, was given a tremendous end of season present by his players with a fantastic36-19 victory. Club stalwarts, Anzac, Fraser Engelen, Lachie Williams, Jon Peate, Alex Whale, Will Stuart,Luke Hymers and the Commodore led the charge and never ever gave up. For the record, they never gave up against Colleagues and Mosman despite being overwhelmed. Nor did Joel, whose half time addresses and end of game sum-ups throughout the season were always positive and constructive. 2nds injury list was extensive and 1sts injury woes meant Joel lost key players halfway through the season. The efforts of lower grade players and Colts to play so as to to avoid forfeits was indicative of the tremendous club spirit that currently exists due to all our coaches’’ efforts, not just on Saturdays but all week!! Congratulates to “Peate” and “Whiskas” and Nick Neilson. Their efforts in building a team and a never give up attitude has secured them a finals berth. The team is made group of players who, in many cases, have been at Knobs since 2001. Some days their children outnumber the team (it is important to be productive). While our Club is very proud of their achievement we should also acknowledge the many wives who would undoubtedly have suffered Saturday nights and Sundays trying to fix both the physical and mental injuries of their respective “warriors”. Footnote: While our club through insurance covers injuries, divorce actions are not covered under the policy. Colts, after a demoralising 38-20 loss to Iggies in the first round have turned their season around and go into next week’s semi-final with Saturday’s great moral victory against Iggies under their belt. They unquestionably have the firepower and the talent to reach the Grand Final but they must repeat their performance against a “wounded” Iggies hell bent on turning the tables next Saturday in the semi-final! Our Colts forward pack were very, very dominant and this allowed our backs to run the ball magnificently. Final Score 41-17. The club spirit Colts have demonstrated throughout the season has been outstanding. Their preparedness to back up in grade games has “ensured” our club will stay in 1st Division. The club is very proud of each and every one of the Colts squad. Good Luck in the finals guys! To all teams - Well done men and onto victory and glory. Framey
BRAVEHEART for 15th August vs Petersham While 1’s, Colts and 4’s all won and continued their march to the finals, very special acknowledgement goes to 3’s and 2’s. Bolstered by some very loyal former greats of our rugby club who came out of “semi” retirement to fill in our depleted numbers including Tim Parker, Riley Field, Andrew Blamey and the Mule … plus our Gappies (Charlie Ricks, Piers Askew, & Aaron Porteas) and not forgetting Fraser Engelen and especially “Hightower” Ryan Thompson before his departure to try his luck in the Old Dart. What a loss for our club, plus the profits of the Rag and Famish will take a huge hit! Iron Mike Koniseti took on the Petersham 2nds forward pack and as usual was the rock! Mike reckons he enjoys playing for our club but only half as much as the pleasure we get from Mike playing for us. Our cosmopolitan club has players hailing from all corners of the earth… including Pierre Tardy from France, all putting in their best and in my mind we would not stay a 1st Division club without them – they provide fantastic camaraderie on and off the field. Somebody said there was a game at Eden Park last Saturday… Seriously though, how can the Land of the Long White cloud with a population of only 4 million people produce such incredible footballers. Must be something in the water. Fortunately we have significantly benefited from it with the calibre of our Kiwi contingent at the Knox Rugby Club – Crossie, Lloyd, Ezra, Anzac and Pete Brown. B4B Guys, this Saturday is the highlight of our season. Our aim is to not only win very important games but also raise over $100,000 for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. Bring your mates, girlfriends and family to support this very special day in memory of ’02 Premiership winning player Lachie Robertson and those who are fighting the battle against cancer, especially our ’05 Premiership winning No.8 , Tim Cussell. Brothers 4 Brothers game kicks off at 1.00pm at Lofberg Oval. Framey
BRAVEHEART for 18th July vs Brothers A fitting finale for “Anders Maximillian Dymock” before he returns to Scotland. A brilliant try by Andy which inspired a great 26-7 win over a very big Brothers outfit. Ezra got the Ref’s 3 points and Billy Foster 1 point. Coaches Cross and Kline gave Peter Brown 3 points, 2 to Ezra and 1 to Josh Horton who constantly broke the line against the Brothers’ backline. Ezra Luxton scored a try as did Matt Spray (who, in case you didn’t know, is a 2010 leaver). Billy Foster kicked three valuable penalties and one goal. 1’s are now in the 4 but need to beat Colleagues next Saturday at Woollahra Oval (Manion Avenue, Rose Bay) to consolidate their position. GUYS, there is VERY LITTLE PARKING at Woollahra Oval and the parking police are RUTHLESS. Allow extra time, plus be prepared for a walk to the ground!!! 2’s fought hard and brave against a very, very big Brothers team, finally succumbing 10-15. Trounce scored our two tries and Joel’s praise. The Commodore came down from his Central Coast mansion and with Iron Mike Koniseti, took the Brothers pack front on. Anzac playing his second game never gave an inch. Neither did Big Henry Erratt and Dashing Fraser Engelen. Again the Club very strongly acknowledges Colts Rob Crosling, Aaron Porteas, Nick Ferrero and George Comino who backed up and put their bodies on the line against a HUGE opposition. Colts had a decisive 39-0 win against a depleted Brothers outfit. The game went ahead despite a forfeit with Brothers using over 21 age players. This win puts them back in the finals race but they really need a victory next Saturday!! 3’s had a great 26-12 victory with Toby Young scoring twice. Junior got one and Cam kicked three conversions. But the highlight of the game had to be the “flying Tom Nielson” who scored the try of the round! Fantastic!! Gents, onto Colleagues and attached is a map of their ground. Framey Woollahra Oval #2, Manion Avenue, Rose Bay The Woollahra Colleagues Rugby Union Football Club has its home at Blue Giant Park at the end of Manion Avenue, Rose Bay (otherwise known as Woollahra #2). On game day parking near the clubhouse can be difficult and it is suggested to park on O’Sullivan Road and walk across the Woollahra Golf Course.All News ▶