Grow the Roodogs

Dear Roodog Supporters

It’s time to Grow The Roodogs

For years now we have had a successful junior club but most years the success of our senior club has been mediocre at best. The senior club has always wanted to promote our home grown talent through the senior grades & then onto higher honours if they’re good enough. However both “clubs” have always worked hard to achieve their own goals but unfortunately there has always been a small divide. I also believe that both “clubs” are moving towards a united, strong & successful club that we can all be proud of.

Although our premier side was bottom of the ladder this year, a tremendous culture has begun to evolve. To see 20 -25 seniors turn up on Thursday nights, of their own free will, after the season has finished and enjoy a game of touch with their mates is great. No other club in town has this!

This year we have instigated Viva 7’s during the off season on Thursday nights where we will have teams from our senior grades, colts & 15’s & 17’s. We have done this for 2 reasons –

1) To keep the boys together during the off season, &
2) To introduce the 15’s & 17’s to our senior players

Going forwards I hope this will involve all junior age groups.

Over the past couple of years we have done little recruiting in the hope that we could bring our juniors through. OK, this didn’t work the way we wanted it to & we need to change tack. We need to get a winning culture into the club & give our juniors something to strive for & provide mentors for them. To do this we need to do some targeted recruitment & really look after these guys so that they in turn become good club men.

Where the senior club struggles with recruitment is the ability to get jobs for these guys (especially in this market) & also to a lesser extent, initial accommodation. If anyone in the wider club can provide part time or full time employment from time to time then we would like to hear from them.

We now could also have the opportunity to recruit a Future Force Foundation player & will need a host family for him. I have already met him & he is a great young 19 year old man.

In return, part of his agreement is to help coaching the juniors every Tues & Thurs night.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of being a host family or could provide some work opportunities then please do not hesitate in contacting me on 0407 080 470 or email me on fnewton.admiral@ljh.com.au

Let’s work together, grow together & enjoy!

Yours in rugby

Frank Newton
Club Patron

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