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Returning to Rugby

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Division One Club Champions

Petersham Shammies, NSW Subbies 2017

 

All Sydney winter I’ve been helping out at the Petersham RUFC or better know as the ‘Shammies’. After a sabbatical from Rugby while working abroad, it’s been deeply rewarding to return the game as a coach.

On Saturday the regular season came to end in spectacular fashion. The Division One Club Championship came down to the final round between Petersham and Drummoyne, a local revival and stalwart of Sydney rugby.

Remarkable Results for 2017

The day ended with four wins our five games for Petersham. That unlocked the Division One Club Championship. The first championship for the club in 134 years.

Winter 2017 - Division 1 - Kentwell Cup
The Division One Club Championship

1st Petersham 58 points
2nd Drummoyne 54 points
3rd Mosman 47 points

An Epic Day

The 1st’s, 3rd’s and Colts finished 1st on the ladder to win the minor premierships. Five of our six mens teams qualified for the Division One Semi-finals. You’ll find all five teams playing this weekend at UNSW David Phillips Field.

Capping off the day we had five players achieving 100+ games for the club. Jay Nair, Julius Affandi, Hano Tangi, James Nicholas and Ben Corbett.

Capping off the day we had five players achieving 100+ games for the club. Jay Nair, Julius Affandi, Hano Tangi, James Nicholas and Ben Corbett.

Kicking Results

As the kicking coach for the club, I am massively proud of the players this season. It was fantastic to spend the season together and we had great results.

Regular Season Statistics for 1sts, 2nds, and 3rds.
Conversions

George Montgomery 53 (nearest competitor is 36)
Jackson Garrels    12
James Walsh    11
Josh Knight    9

Penalties

George Montgomery    19
David Robertson    6
Josh Knight    5
Jackson Garrels    4

Field Goals

George Montgomery    2

A special mention must go to George Montgomery our 1st XV fly half. Not only did he lead the club in all kicking metrics, he lead the entire division. Adding his five tries to his mighty kicking effort, he finished the regular season as the highest scorer of all NSW Suburban rugby. Well done George.

A Takes a Village to Raise a Club

One thing that struck me about the club and why its enjoying so much success. There are people volunteering their time and energy in all areas of the club. From a thriving Juniors program, to Physiotherapy, to cooking on the BBQ grill.

Everybody's putting the club before themselves. And that creates something really great.