Dear Players, Parents, Supporters, Coaches and the Norths Seniors crew,
Thank you for coming this afternoon to our inaugural End Of Season Presentation for Northern Suburbs Junior Rugby Union… my name is Nathan Davis and I have had the privilege of being the Northern Suburbs Junior Rugby Union President this year.
2023 has been a year of firsts for Norths Juniors – from our 6 week Academy program way back in January/February… to our first ever fully independent selection process across all age groups; our presentation dinner for the U12 through to U16 XVs State Champs teams at Norths Cammeray and our presentation for U10s, U11s and U12 Dev teams at North Sydney Oval prior to 1st Seniors giving it to Sydney Uni on 1 st July… to having 4 teams represent us at the 7s State Champs this past month; the U13, U15 and U17 boys and U15 girls; and great support from the village clubs with a Norths barbarians team of Drummoyne, Hunters Hill and Norths Pirates players and a full Mosman squad coming up for their own state wide village club champs at Forster; through to today; our end of season presentation and sign-off for Season 2023. And of course we had our annual fielding of teams for U10s to U16s XVs State Cup.
None of this would have been possible without the incredible support of all the parents and players who have given up their time to help this program, so thank you, Mums, Dads, carers, supporters and players for supporting our program in 2023.
We have also been very fortunate to have the great support of our sponsors throughout 2023 – Norths Collective, Allsop Bunting Insurance, Ashcorp Building and The Buena – and of course, the engagement and support of Norths Seniors has been great – including Graham O’Donnell, President of Norths Seniors, Seth Stoltenberg, GM of Norths (who is here today) and Zak Beer, 1st Grade coach, along with many other of the seniors’ coaches and players who have given up their time to support our players over the season – including Nick Kellaway (1st Grade Assistant Coach) and Declan Carroll (1st Grade lock and Board member) who are also with us today.
In addition to all these people we have been very fortunate to have Mike Cross, TryTime Rugby, our Coaching Director, help us secure an incrediblegroup of coaches who have worked hard throughout the rep period to make our children better players on the field and better people off the field.
With this in mind, I would now like to ask the coaches to come up here when their age group is called to award the Best & Fairest and Spirit of Rugby awards for their respective teams for Season 2023.
First up, our Rep XVs teams…
U10 Reds – David Stenning
Best & Fairest Back – Jude Denny
Best & Fairest Forward – Brax Wilcox
Spirit of Rugby – Archer Boyle
U10 Blacks – Scott Dalibozek
Best & Fairest Back – George Johnson
Best & Fairest Forward – Angus Webb
Spirit of Rugby – Archie Hearne
U11 Reds – Jack Upton
Best & Fairest Back – Jack Watt
Best & Fairest Forward – Lachie Petric
Spirit of Rugby – Jasper Bae
U11 Blacks – Zac Davidson
Best & Fairest Back – Matthew Day
Best & Fairest Forward – Will Dixon
Spirit of Rugby – Evie Brown
U12 State Champs – Chris Malone
Best & Fairest Back – Oliver Restall
Best & Fairest Forward – Zac Muncaster
Spirit of Rugby – Jale Wara
U12 Dev Squad – Scott Dalibozek
Best & Fairest Back – Luke Bulfin
Best & Fairest Forward – Angus Bloomfield
Spirit of Rugby – Xavier Spencer
U13 State Champs team – Scott Dalibozek
Best & Fairest Back – Cooper Glanville
Best & Fairest Forward – Monty Douglass
Spirit of Rugby – Angus Green
U14 State Champs team – Gus Spence
Best & Fairest – Tom Symons
Spirit of Rugby – Harrison Polin
U15 State Champs team – Sam Maley
Best & Fairest Back – Nicholas Wendt
Best & Fairest Forward – Luke Niulala
Spirit of Rugby – Isaac Perkins
U16 State Champs team – Ben Furby & Will Nicholls
Best & Fairest Back – Charlie Francis
Best & Fairest Forward – Harry Davies
Spirit of Rugby – Taj Mailei
Spirit of Rugby – Archie Harris
U13 7s team – Jack Upton
Best & Fairest – Henry Perkins
Spirit of Rugby – Monty Douglass
U15 Girls 7s team – Caitlin Young
Best & Fairest – Pippa Harrison
Spirit of Rugby – Charlotte Sparks
U15 Boys 7s team – Sam Maley
Best & Fairest – Hunter Chan
Spirit of Rugby – Max Prykiel
U17 7s team – Will Nicholls and Ben Furby
Best & Fairest – Franklin Mutton
Spirit of Rugby – Will Grattan
Congratulations to all these players for their efforts during the rep season and to our coaches for guiding them through a tough rep season and of course to all the players for their dedication and commitment to Norths Juniors and representing the red and black.
Of course, one age group in particular had an exceptional State Champs in the XVs over the June LWE up in Dubbo.
Our U14s took out the NSW State Championship in a closely fought game… but for their coach, there was never ever any doubt… from the first time he saw these young men trial (& having coached them last season as well) he knew taking out the GF was a real possibility… and he trained them for exactly that.
Gus Spence, can you please invite your team up here so that we can all congratulate them, and you, and your assistant coaches Ed and Alf, and your manager Kent, on a great achievement.
1 Paddy Phillips
2 Jesse Bray
3 Callan Abbott
4 Samuel Bull
5 Edward Bateman
6 Ethan Hopper
7 Tom Symons
8 Harry Adamo
9 Makoto Chapman
10 Finn Hannon
11 Riley Jackson
12 Eddie Garcia-Wood
13 Archie Hartman
14 Archie Marshall
15 Billy O’Hara
16 Jagger Short
17 Pasquale Barbalace
18 Spencer Zuckerman
19 Harry Donohoe
20 Harrison Polin
21 James Bousie
22 Angus Bookallil
Congratulations boys and your supporters on an incredible effort.
Obviously with success on the field comes higher honours.
With this in mind, I’d like to call on our VP, Ben Richards, to make mention of and congratulate those players that have this season been selected for higher rep honours – honours that become available from the U14s up:
SJRU U14 Boys Sydney Blue – Tom Symons, Harry Adamo, Finn Hannon, Archie Hartman, Makoto Chapman
SJRU U14 Boys Sydney Red – Spencer Zuckerman, Paddy Phillips, Eddie Garcia-Wood
SJRU U15 Boys Sydney Blue – Luke Niulala, Kai Brennan
SJRU U15 Boys Sydney Red – Isaac Perkins, Hugh Gacitua, Henry Gardiner, Josh Harrold, Will Taylor, Nick Wendt
SJRU U15 Boys Sydney Barbarian – Oliver Smith
NSWJRU U16 Boys Presidents XV – Toby Luce, Henry Butler
U14 Girls Sydney Blue team – Charlise Cannon
U16 Girls Sydney Red team – Charlotte Sparks
SJRU U14 Boys Sydney Squad – Harry Adamo, Eddie Garcia-Wood, Finn Hannon, Archie Hartman, Paddy Phillips, Tom Symons
SJRU U15 Boys Sydney Squad – Luke Niulala
NSWSRU U16 Schools I team – Taj Mailei, Tom Hartman
NSWSRU U16 Schools II team – Oliver Greig, Charlie Francis
NSWSRU / Australian Schools Rugby U18 teams – Hwi Sharples, Hugo Orpin, Harry Darling, Ben Whatley
U14 NSW WARATAHS GEN BLUE – Eduardo (Eddie) Garcia-Wood, Harry Adamo, Finn Hannon, Archie Hartman
U15 NSW WARATAHS GEN BLUE – Oliver Smith, Isaac Perkins, Joseph Lane, Lawson Armstrong, Hugh Gacitua, Max Prykiel, Will Taylor, Hunter Chan, Henry Gardiner, Kai Brennan, Josh Harrold, Luke Niulala, Nick Wendt
U15 NSW WARATAHS ACADEMY – Luke Niulala, Nick Wendt
U16 NSW WARATAHS ACADEMY – Taj Mailei, Tom Hartman
In addition to all these great achievements, it is exciting to note that we also have some Norths Juniors that have signed with Norths Seniors in their Colts program for next year: Zac Warden, Ben Whatley; and Alex Tubbs.
Congratulations to all the players for their selections.
Of course, it takes a lot of work in the background to pull something like this together, so to Ben Richards, Elise Mittelheuser, Sallie Watt and our 4 village club presidents – Henry Bateman, Justine Perkins, Andrew Chapman (and now Andrew Bunting – Bunts) and Damien Clayton, plus Bec Ho, Adam Latham, Katrina Courtenay and Darren Mackenzie (and a special shout out to
Katie Knight), thank you for all your help in making this our biggest rep season yet… it has been a long but very successful year and I am excited to see what we can do as Norths Juniors’ rep committee for next year with Mike Cross and his Try Time team of coaches supporting us and the players all the way through.
To the players and parents and carers and supporters, and our sponsors and Norths Seniors, thank you again for your support of Norths Juniors.
We hope you enjoy the rest of your afternoon at the Greens and we look forward to sharing another successful reps season with you all in 2024 – with Academy kicking off in late January – only 3.5 months away!