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Australian Schools Rugby News : April 2009
STATE REPORTS – THE YEAR AHEAD Patron: victoria Mr Bob Dalziel President: Mr Stephen Meek Hon Sec/Chair: Mr Kevin Culliver Hon Treasurer: Ms Michelle Amos Executive: Mr Rowan Swaney, Mr Peter Lewis, Mr Brain Hendry, Mr Stephen Russell, Mr Robert Shields AT THE TIME of writing this document there is much talk of where the possible 15th team will be based in a new expanded Super 15 competition. The VSRU stands with our other Victorian rugby supporters in advocating that we will drive forward with development to help secure the franchise for Victoria. The Government of Victoria is supporting the bid and has assisted the VRU who, from now on, will be housed in the new state of the art, world best practice 40,000+ seat stadium for sports played on rectangular fi elds. This stadium will provide one of the best stadiums in the world to view Rugby Union and would be used to play Tests of smaller crowds and Super Rugby when in Melbourne. The two new outside fields will also be employed by the VRU and VSRU for other matches of rugby. The VSRU is proud of the number of players who having played rugby in Victoria in the VSRU teams over recent years now play for many Super 14 teams, Australian Sevens, Under 20s and Senior 1st Grade teams in Australia. The very solid position of the game in Victoria needs consolidation and expanding in order to continue to develop. Of the many things that could make a difference the most vital is the availability of rugby coaches and further to this, teacher rugby coaches at rugby schools. The ‘Relocation of Rugby Teachers Scheme’ and the ‘Rugby Administrator in Schools Scheme’ utilised in 2008 proved a benefi t to the development of the game in Victoria. The VSRU will have 68 teams in 2009 where the largest school is St Kevin’s with nine teams and some emerging schools have one team. Schools such as second tier Marcellin College has a constant fi ve teams showing the game can fl ourish in a school with support and a dedicated group of staff and parents. The awareness of rugby and its benefits in the general public will benefi t all schools trying to develop the game. It is imperative that programs are generated that harnesses this new-enlightened awareness for promotion and increased participation. The annual Test match in Melbourne continues to draw large crowds where again in 2008 the Ireland Test exceeded ARU projections for attendance. SCHOOLS AND TEAMS COMP School Carey Grammar School Brighton Grammar School Geelong Grammar School Ivanhoe Grammar School Marcellin College Melbourne Grammar School Melbourne High School Mentone Grammar School Scotch College St Kevin’s College St Patrick’s College Trinity Grammar School Xavier College U1 U13, U U13I, U13II, U14, U15 U13, U14, St Francis Xavier College Haileybury College U13, U14, U14I, U We are committed to providing the best 11 coaches possible to meet this interest in rugby by our youth and besides maximising our training of our own Victorians we are dedicated to the assisting of interested coaches from the teaching profession in NSW, QLD, UK and NZ to relocate and become coaches in Victoria. Any coach from these areas and is a teacher should constantly scan employment opportunities in the 15 VSRU schools to be a teacher and thus improve the schools rugby. The 2009 season will also bring to us the 35th Australian Schools Rugby Championships (Div II) which will be held as a full residential carnival at Geelong Grammar School from Friday 26th to Thursday July 2nd.