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Australian Schools Rugby News : May 2011
state reports – the year ahead 7 SOUTH AUSTRALIA tHe 2011 competition caters for boys who are eligible to play at the U14, U16, & U18 level. A team can be comprised of boys from two different schools if player numbers are a concern. However no more than two schools can combine to form a single team. the U14s (Junior development) play on thursday afternoons with a 4pm kick-off. this age group plays under some modified rules as this group is viewed as an introduction to the game and the SASRU recognizes that the general experience level at this age group is likely be low. the modifications are; a minimum of 12 players (5 forwards, 7 backs) per side, no lifting in line-outs, the scrums will be uncontested, and the halves will be 20 minutes. the U18 (Senior) teams compete on Wednesday afternoon’s starting at as close to 4pm as possible on a home and away basis. the game is played as per the Australian U19 Variations of the Laws of the Game, and as such will have two 35 minute halves. the U16 (Junior) teams will be played on thursdays after school under the same rules as the Seniors except that the game will consist of 30 minute halves. Six schools (St. Peter’s, PAc, Pembroke, Sacred Heart, Westminster, and cBc) have tentatively nominated teams into the various age groups. A very pleasing development has been the new entries from christian Brothers college who have gone from one U14 team in 2010 to 3 teams, one in each age group, for the 2011 season. there has been an excellent program of Walla Rugby in the primary schools under the guidance of the SARU & SAPSASA which they hope to expand into regional SA. the SASRU aims to act as a pathway to connect this success into more participation in community Rugby. Our major issue is to facilitate a way in which teachers within schools can be supported in starting a rugby team. there are numerous school aged players as indicated by the teams at U18 level and below playing for clubs, but not enough school based people to make the next step and organize a school team. Although it only needs one determined soul and things happen. A case in point is the rise of cBc due to the efforts of Mr ian Hamilton. confirmed programs for this season are U12 Southern States Primary, U16 National championships, and the division ii Schoolboys competition. Mr tyrone tepaiho will be the Head coach and Mr Nigel Peters the manager of the division ii SA team. there has been some interest in developing a School girl’s Sevens competition and the SASRU is actively supporting this initiative Tony Begley SASRU President The SeASoN will commence in term 2 with the Combined Schools and Colleges fielding 1st XVs and Year 9s and the PSA sector fielding 1st XV. 2ndXV.Yr10s.Yr9s.Yr8sand Yr 7s. The first tournament to take place will be the John Welborn Cup which will be a ten a side event for 1st XV’s and Year 9’s the PSA have been encouraged to enter Schools and the date is after the head of the River, when PSA schools start preparation for winter sport. We are not sure which Schools will be playing CSC rugby this year as the nominations closed on Friday March 25 but indications are it will be the same as 2010 if not more. Don MacNamee President, WAsRu WESTERN AUSTRALIA the SASRU held its AGM on 8th March with its greatest attendance in many years. At this meeting a new committee was elected. President: Tony Begley, St. Peter’s College Secretary: Andrew MacGregor, Prince Alfred College Treasurer: Ian Walker Committee Members: Brian Callaghan, Pembroke School Alice Kelly, Westminster School Patron: Stuart Meade, hale School President: Don Mc Namee, CBC Fremantle Vice President: Mike Penhaligon, Corpus Christi Secretary: Garry hart, CBC Fremantle Treasurer: Rod Chapman, Thornlie ShS ASRN_no8_may_11.indd 8 13/5/11 9:15:06 AM