Lane Cove Junior Rugby has completed another fantastic season playing in the Sydney Junior Rugby Union competition. We had nearly 400 players representing over 270 local families playing rugby this year. We ran 28 teams across both Minis and Juniors and we were able to field teams from U6s through to Opens which was a significant achievement.
Our teams performed well one the field and gave their all whether paying in A division or G division. Participation is a key objective of LCJRU and we are privileged to be able to put 2 or 3 teams in each age group below u15s, thus allowing kids to play a game that suits their size and ability. We were fortunate to have some great success on the fields with many team making the semi-finals and 5 of these going on to play finals. The club ended up winning 2 CUPS and 1 PLATE. Our successful teams were…
The Minis teams had a wonderful season with many new skills developed throughout the year. Our u6s played their first ever Cup at Chatswood. Our u8s and u9s played the King of the Hills tournament and both teams managed to secure a couple of wins against some top competition. LCJRU hosted the Gordon Village Cup at Tantallon for all u9s, which was a terrific day that saw over 20 games of rugby played. Again our kids played well, securing 2 wins before going down to the eventual winners in tough pool game.
We had some wonderful achievements off the field as well…some of the highlights included
- Minis March Past at a Waratahs game attended by 100’s of kids and their parents
- LCJRU u13s playing the curtain raiser at the Wallabies test match v England at Allianz
- Club Social attended by over 120 parents
- Presentation attended by over 1000 people at the Diddy
We honoured 3 people who have made a significant contribution to LCJRU over many years with Life Memberships.
- John O’Farrell – 5 years+ on the Committee, 3 as President, had 3 kids go through the club. Went on to serve on SJRU board for another 2 years. A terrific asset throughout he tenure and still helping the committee whenever called on.
- Hugh Brislan –involved with the club for over 10 years, worked on the Committee for 5 years as Registrar, ran canteen and a bunch of other tasks for countless years. A true servant to the game.
- Jill Henry – team manager for over 10 years working from u6s through to Open. Has played the lead role in securing our participation in older age groups over the last few years. Her blood runs Gold Blue and White.
The club also took some significant decisions in 2016 that will provide a solid foundation for the future of the club.
We have worked with council to develop a plan to upgrade the facilities at Tantallon Oval that will see significant works undertaken on the grandstand. This development will include a full upgrade to the toilets and a major overhaul of the grandstand that will see a club house/shared community facility being built. Council have approved this project in principle and we are starting the DA process. We have also started the fund raising initiative and have already received substantial donations from the community. Thank you to everyone involved especially Nick Sisson from Sissons Architect for the work on this project to date.
LCJRU have also been working with the ARU to launch a new touch rugby competition in October 2016 called VIVA 7sray . This will be played on Friday nights at Blackman Oval and will offer boys, girls, mums and dads the opportunity to play touch rugby in a social setting. We believe this will drive participation across all ages and provide a great platform from which we can develop players into the 15-man game.
We thank our sponsors for another great year. Ray White once again provide significant financial support to the club. They were well supported by Lane Cove Orthodontics and Apple Dental. These sponsors have a long history of supporting LCJRU and we are truly grateful for this. Please remember this when selling your house or tending to your teeth!
And finally….to all the people who help run this great club. One of LCJRU’s most valuable assets is its volunteer base and in 2016 we had over 75 parents fulfilling roles as coaches, managers and committee members. I wish to thank each and every one of these people for the tireless efforts in providing a wonderful rugby experience for our players, and for helping to make LCJRU a cherished local institution. I particulars want to thank the Committee who put in countless hours doing everything from canteen, booking ovals, medics, referees, running events, buying playing and merchandise, manage our caches and managers and of course our sponsorship
TANTALLON OVAL RE-DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Tantallon is a 1st class oval with 3rd class facilities that are in desperate need of upgrading. LCJRC has been working with Lane Cove Council and the other sporting clubs that use Tantallon Oval to produce a proposal for the re-development of the grandstand and amenities. Together we have drafted design plans and we are now in the process of working with Council to commence DA. Watch this video to learn more!
Our Visions: Upgrade the Amenities and create a new shared Community Facility at Tantallon Oval, including:
- Build a new Facility/Club House and viewing deck on the foundations of the existing change room and grandstand
- New Seating
- Upgrade toilets and increased facilities for women
- Repair change rooms
– New storage and BBQ facilities
– Provide a lift for access to the grandstand facility
A fundraising for the development of a Community Facility and Club House at Tantallon Oval is now underway. Club members can make a tax deductible donation today. Or goal is to raise $250,00.
Help us make the facilities at Tantallon fit for purpose and make this oval 1st class all round. DONATE via our foundation online today by clicking here.