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Hey Boys,
Happy Australia Day !!!
Just letting you all know that after a great Bowls day it is now time to get into our season. Pre-season kicks off on Tuesday 3rd Feb at the Shark Tower at 6.45pm. Look forward to seeing you all there. I can't wait boys.
Enjoy Australia Day, drink up, have fun and look after each other.
Cheers boys...

Matt Parker





Saturday, 7 February, 11 am to 2 pm - returning players only.
Saturday, 14 February, 11 am to 2 pm - new and returning players.

Please note that if you are a returning player, you need to register on 7 Feb, otherwise we cannot guarantee you a place in your age group.

Fees are as follows:
13s to 17s $150
9s to 12s $100
7s & 8s $50
Payment by cash, cheque or Eftpos











commencing at 3:00pm

No better way to get your brain thinking Rugby again than rolling down a few bowls and sinking a few chilled beverages with your mates from the Rugby Club. This is the first get together for the year, easing into the new season in a very casual way. A chance to catch up with how everyone has spent their summer - before Matt Parker turns the fitness trainers loose with pre-season work, at a date yet to be announced. Book the date and we'll see you there!




2015 Player fees

You may have seen discussion in the news media concerning the ARU moving to a ‘user pays’ model for funding the development of Rugby Union in Australia. They have also extended that to include the way insurance coverage for players is funded. This means that there is now a National Participation Fee (NPF) and National Insurance Levy (NIL) that must be paid on top of normal player fees charged by Clubs.

The NPF & NIL are at three levels:

Senior/Colts $33 NPF & $60 NIL
U8-u17 $27.50 NPF & $8 NIL
U7 and younger $11 NPF & no NIL

The NPF is a major cost that cannot be absorbed by the Club, though the Club will subsidise some of the ARU imposed cost. The Club committee has also decided that the possibility of standard fee increases to cover the increased costs of running the Club will be deferred this year to lessen the impact of the NPF. There has been some revision of the Junior fee structure, mainly at the youngest ages where the large subsidy for has u7 players has been partially reduced, but extended to include u8s.

The ARU will invoice the Club for the NPF as we register players and then pass that money directly to NSWRU for the State body to fund Rugby development. Unlike other state bodies, the NSWRU is not adding their own development charge to that imposed by the ARU. NSWRU has also guaranteed in 2015 to pay any insurance premiums for Clubs in excess of the insurance they were required to pay under the previous system. Those financial decisions by NSWRU have minimised the effect of these fees when compared to other States.

At Avoca Beach Rugby we will continue to accept registrations and collect fees in person, the ARU’s preferred option of players registering and paying online will not be available for Sharks players. This allows the Club to maintain control of our registrations and finances at all times. We will continue to pay insurance premiums (now via the NIL) on behalf of players.

The player fees for Avoca Beach Rugby in 2015 are:

Seniors: $250
Colts: $180
Seniors - students/apprentices: $180

U13- U17: $150 (u19 law variations)
U9-U12: $100 (Pathway law variations)
U7-U8: $50 (introductory ages)

This payment covers NPF, NIL, affiliation fees to NSWCRU & CCRU/CCJRU, referee payments and shorts & socks. There are no additional charges for playing with the Sharks, though we hope everyone continues to support any fund raising raffles and events we might run over the year, as well as the weekly Friday night raffles at Avoca Bowlo. Our Club does not pay players, coaches, medical staff or administrators - everyone involved with the Club is there because they love the game and love the Club. All fees and sponsorship income are used to ensure every player from u7 to 1st Grade has the best possible experience when taking the field to represent the Sharks.

Junior registration days and Senior pre-season training are both fast approaching. Keep an eye out for more details.

Cheers Boys








to be held at the HEAZLETT PARK CLUBHOUSE  




commencing at 4:00pm


1. Minutes of last meeting
2 Business arising
2. President’s annual report
3. Treasurer’s financial report
4. Junior Vice-President’s report
5. Club Coach report
6. Election of office bearers
7. General Business






That time of year has come round again where we get to get dressed up to celebrate what was another great year of rugby for the Mighty Sharks.

This season we didn’t pick up any of the silverware, but while Premierships are wonderful things there is so much more to Avoca Beach Rugby than that. So let us bask in all things rugby and enjoy a couple of cold beers while we honour those who picked up the highly coveted Club awards.
The unsung heroes of the rugby season are our wives/partners so don't miss the chance to get the kids minded and have a night out together. For the single guys, nothing screams awesome first date like a rugby preso so no excuses, let's see some ladies there.
On the night we will be joined by our guests of honour - the recently affianced Jesse Parahi & Carlien Badenhorst, with Jesse fresh from representing Australia at the first leg of the IRB 7s on the Gold Coast. Master of Ceremonies making the trip from South of Border will again be Matt Hall.
Tickets are $45 each or $80 per couple (Avoca Beach Rugby makes no judgements on how people like to spend their private time, but boys you best be able to prove you are dating if you are trying to save yourselves $5. Real couples please).
Colts tickets are $35 each.
Tickets include 2 course meal.
Dress is formal
Doors open at 7:00pm A8th October at Avoca Beach Surf Club
Be sure to buy your tickets, or organise a table of 8 or 10 as soon as possible - this can be done by contacting Ian Cameron on 0424342786 and avocasharks at gmail dot com or Carolyn Sturgess on 0420 436 696.




This Saturday at Woy Woy Oval, kicking of at 10:15, our u19 Colts take on Gosford in their Grand Final. The day will start with a 7am grand final breakfast at the Clubhouse for the team and our Juniors who played their Grand Finals last weekend. Then a bus to the ground and the game is on. After the game all Senior players and our supporters from this season are invited back to the Sharkpool from 1pm to wrap up the season with a few liquid refreshments. Lets get a huge crowd to the game, it might be the first match of the day - but our young men deserve to have the most enthusiastic support of the day. Be there!!

The team is:
1. Brendon Robertson
2. Bryson Hawkins
3. Matthew Ritchie
4. Pat Walton
5. Jared Fitzsimmons
6. Brad Abdoo
7. Blake Jacob c
8. Josh Pearson
9. Shaun Townsend
10. Harry Watkins
11. Will Byrne
12. Mitchell Jacob
13. Jake Bradbury
14. Thomas Starkey
15. Sam Collett
16. Daniel Ranson
17. Wesley Chegwidden
18. Oscar Fortey
19. Dylan J Duck
20. Nathan Smith
21. Coen Blance
22. Nick Judd
23. Rhys Edwards
24. Jack Hardcastle
Coach: Milton Rimene
Coach: William Ritchie
Manager: Brian Goffett
Manager: Peter Norman
Trainer: Paul Harries
Trainer: Patrick Wheatley

 Good Luck to all .. Cheers Boys!! 




This Saturday at Central Coast Stadium our Club is being represented by two fantastic teams in the Juniors Grand finals. They deserve a big crowd, so please all make the effort to get there early to cheer on the young Sharks - gates open at 730am for spectators . Both our grand final teams will be using the players area at the Northern end of the stadium, so when you grab a seat make sure you are near them so the can hear your cheering!
The day commences at 8am with the u11s playing Terrigal Red. Last year they won the first past the post u10s competition and this year they have had two strong victories in the finals to win a place in the big game from 3rd spot on the ladder. Last week in the pouring rain they were exceptional in the quality of their play and they'll enjoy this weeks dry track even more.

At 9am it is the turn of the u12s against Terrigal. What a great season have already had, minor premiers and then straight through to the grand final with a major semi victory. Two seasons ago their best result had been a draw, last season they made it to the preliminary final and were just beaten by the eventual premiers. The improvement in this squad has been sensational, and like the u11s they have lifted their play in the finals and will be ready for decider.

Presentation ceremonies are held at the back of the stadium after the games.

Immediately after the u12 grand final, our u10s will receive their medals as winners of their first past the post competition. This squad went through the season undefeated, a fantastic result from a great team! The future of the Club is in safe hands with all these young players already looking forward to when they can be playing Grade for the Sharks.

Cheers Boys!!





Rugby season begins! This Saturday it is full competition for all Seniors & u16s/u17s - all those teams playing at Woongarrah against Warnervale (v Ourimbah in u17s). It is a tough start to the season with the longest trip to play against a Club that had its best ever season in 2013. In the Juniors there are 7s gala days at Kariong for 13-15s, Heazlett 10-12s and Ettalong 7-9s. Lots of fun to warm up for the start of their competitions on 26 April.

16s-9:00, 17s-10:10, 19s: 11:20, 3s-12:30, 2s-1:40, 1s-3:00

Good Luck to all the Sharks on Saturday!

For those new to the area, maps to the grounds can be found at http://www.avocasharks.rugbynet.com.au/default.asp?id=203




Reminder about Junior group training .. u16 and u17s 5:30-6:30 and u12-u14 5:00-6:00

All other teams training as notified by your managers, their details are on the team pages using menu on the left

Competition for u16s & u17s kicks off on 5 April. All younger ages play 7-a-side gala days on 5 & 12 April (same as last season), with first competition games on 26 April




"Boys, for the next 6-7 weeks prior to the season we are not allowed by council on Heazlett Park. As such we have organised the Central Coast Adventist School next to Erina Fair for Thursday night training. This comes at a cost to the club but we think it is vital in our preparation for the 2014 season. Entry to the school oval is off Karalta Road Erina, down past Harvey Norman to the end of the street. The school gates will be open and the oval is right there. There are a couple of parking spots inside the gates and the rest on the street. Bring boots and joggers. Training will be set up ready to go at 7 as we have to be off the oval at 8.

Cheers boys







Time to start thinking about the 2014 Rugby season.  Our Junior registration days will be 1st & 8th February at the Heazlett Park clubhouse 11am-2pm.  Players returning from 2013 season need to register on 1 February to guarantee their place in 2014 teams.  u7 and u16 new players can also register on that day.  On 8th february registrations are open to all players, new and returning.  All registrations require a parent to sign the necessary forms, and new players need to provide proof of identity by either birth certificate or passport.  

 For further information please contact:

Peter Hilton pete1973@live.com.au  0422 352 232

Deborah Morris deborah.morris@workcover.nsw.gov.au 0423 780 434



Rugby at Avoca is still amateur and can only continue with the support and help of many volunteers.  Organising and fielding 4 senior and 11 junior teams is not an easy task. There is a great need for canteen helpers, and the Juniors always welcome ground marshalls, assistant team managers & first aid people.  The vacancies aren't limited to those areas, if you would like to give a little of your time, there are many other roles available.

 Get involved with the Club, it is the sporting heart of Avoca - be a part of your team.  Please contact:

 Terry Sturgess - 0415 796 346 or Ian Cameron - 0424 342 786


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