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Australian Schools Rugby News : April 2009
STATE REPORTS – THE YEAR AHEAD south australia Committee for 2009 At the annual general meeting of the SASRU, held on Wednesday, 11 March 2009, the following committee was elected for the 2009 year: President: Bob Nussio Secretary: Ian Walker Treasurer: Ian Walker Committee: Tony Begley, Peter Walwyn Finances We have grown used to the ARFSU covering the direct costs associated with sending our team to the Australian Schools’ Rugby Division II Championships. In the past few months, several key sponsors of the ARFSU have withdrawn and/or reduced their contributions. This necessitates a change to the model for fi nancing our operations at the State level. The key changes for us are a levy of $2,500 for our team to attend the championships and funding of only Jersey, shorts and socks for the players. The small number of schools participating in our competition, minimises the opportunity to pass on these extra costs, so we will be brushing off the begging (fundraising) skills to cover the shortfalls. We are preparing a detailed budget for the year and will be approaching the SARU for some support. We also see the potential for sponsorship to ease the fi nancial situation and have a few leads to be pursued. Seven-a-Side In 2008 we tried out an expanded seven’s tournament, with the specifi c aim of attracting fi rst and second year high school teams. The 17 concept was to offer a Rugby experience to students in their fi rst year of secondary school. The plan was that this would follow on from the successful SAPSASA Rugby program conducted for students in their fi nal years of primary school. While the tournament was successful, it was predominantly the Rugby playing schools making up the participating teams. It thus did not meet its primary objective despite the extra development work done by SARU. The Rugby Schools view is that training players to play sevens pre-season was a distraction from their preparation for the winter 15-a-side competition. Consequently, it was decided not to conduct a Sevens tournament this year. The schools are keen to continue with the Schools’ 10-a-side carnival, conducted by the SARU immediately after the conclusion of the season in late August. Schools’ Domestic Competition A few schools have for some years maintained a squad of year 8/9 players. They have until now arranged among themselves several ‘friendlies’ through the season. This year these schools have asked the SASRU to arrange a formal playing schedule for this age group. It was further decided that this age group play a modified game aimed at attracting new players to Rugby. Additionally, this age group will offer a Rugby experience’ for students moving from primary school – the same group we had hoped to attract with the Sevens in 2008. We will also be conducting a season long competition for the Senior (Under 18) and Junior (Under 16) divisions. Under 18 playing on Wednesday and Under 16 on Thursday. We have 10 weeks available for competition followed by the Senior grand RUGBY DRAW TASMANIA