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March 8th Senior Trail match at home a resounding success.
The Senior Men's trial match held last Saturday were a resounding success. Our match against Footscray Premier 3 squad showed how much the side has come together over the last few weeks and the potential the team has in being very competitve this season. The hard work put in by all players at training over the last 2 months under the guidance of Ash and Karl whose training techniques and style has contributed greatly to the overall fitness and enthusiasm of the team showed on Saturday with a 10 try blitz over the 4 quarters.
The other success of the day was the running of the canteen in providing food and refreshments to the 4 clubs and supporters that came out to watch their teams play. A huge acknowledgment and thanks to Karen and Ryan who worked tirelesly throughout the day serving everyone who came in. The takings on the day has given the club a good kick start to the season and we should remember that the day would not have even gone ahead if not for the reinstatement of the Senior Men team who through them, we were able to attract the 3 other clubs that played on the day. We look forward to the senior men's team ongoing contribution towards the success of their club by playing well and attracting old and new supporters to watch their games. Your club encourages everyone to keep the 12th April free and come down and watch the team play their first game at home, many players of which will be making a debut for their new club.
Senior Mens training has commenced. Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30pm at the club.
Under 12 Training will commence from Wednesday 12th March 6.00pm and each Monday and Wednesday night after that.
Under 14 and Under 16 training: Monday and Wednesday nights 6.00pm at the club.
Under 11 training: Monday and Wednesday nights 5.30pm.
Next Major Club Registration Day on:
Saturday 22nd March - At the Club Rooms - Mossfiel Reserve, Hoppers Crossing - 11.00am to 1.00pm.
SENIOR and JUNIOR REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED ON THE DAY.
2014 - Celebrating "10 Years in the Union"!
NATIONAL RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP: The Rugby landscape is about to change in 2014 following the announcement of the running of the "National Rugby Championship". This fully self funded domestic competition will create a pathway for grass roots players to develop into elite players through the Melbourne Rebel's development system. Scheduled to run at the end of the Super Rugby seasons from August to September, there will be changes to the VRU's Senior Competition with the start being brought forward to March and being completed by the first week of August. More information of this exciting competition can be found on the ARU website.
JUNIOR GOLD CUP: Teams from 24 centres across Australia - from Cairns to Perth - have been selected to compete in the inaugural Junior Gold Cup, a national youth championships for Under 15 and Under 17 boys culminating in finals in April next year. The Melbourne Rebels have entered a Under 15 and 17's squad from players who trialed in November and have been training full on since. Junior Gold Cup Manager, Hugh Carpenter, said the championship is designed to deliver the future stars of Australian Rugby.“As part of a player’s long term development, the Junior Gold Cup will provide a solid pathway to assist our talented players in their Rugby careers,” said Carpenter.“The competition will give kids across the country access to high quality Rugby competition and development opportunities.“This will provide a consistent approach for players who aspire to play professional Rugby in the future.”
Our very own Melbourne Rebels are determined to produce local home grown players to form the nucleus of their side in the future and their ongoing involvement to community rugby in Victoria is testament to that desire. The commitment of their resources and funds to the Junior Gold Cup and their ever increasing support of the Junior Competition further shows us, the Victorian Rugby Community, that the Melbourne Rebels are here to stay.
Melbourne Rebel Membership: Make 2014 your year to become a member of the Melbourne Rebels. There are 9 different member packages available to suit all budgets including a " Supporter Membership" for those who are unable to make the games but want to take advantage of member benefits and the increasingly popular "Little Rebels" Membership which include attending a coaching clinic with Laurie Weeks and some of his Rebel's team mates, exclusive Little Rebels merchandise such as a 2014 member cap, lunch cooler bag and many other benefits.
2014 Melbourne Rebel Club Ambassadors: Your club is proud to welcome Scott Fuglistaller and Toby Smith as our club ambassadors for 2014. Scott joined the RaboDirect Rebels from NPC side Wellington Lions ahead of the 2013 season, and impressed immediately as he made the openside flanker spot his own. Fuglistaller played in every match for the Rebels in 2013, and at the end of the season was awarded the Spirit of Weary Dunlop Award for the player who showed the most passion for the Club on the field. Toby Smith is a key addition to the squad in Melbourne, signing from the Chiefs to join for the 2014 season.
Smith spent four years at the Chiefs, and was a key part of the squad that won the 2012 and 2013 Super 15 competitions. His Rebels teammates and fans will be hoping Smith can help build a winning culture in Melbourne and add to his trophy cabinet during his time here.