Rugby social scene hots up
The Redmen Reunion and Clubhouse Christening is only a couple of weeks away now, and preparations are in full swing for a great weekend to coincide with the start of the July Race Carnival in town.
Things kick off with informal drinks and raffles at the Club's major sponsor, the Jacaranda Hotel, on Friday night, July 8.
Saturday, July 9 will be a big day of grassroots rugby, with four grades at home with the main fare seeing the Redmen tackle competition leaders Casino.
A traditional rugby night at the new clubhouse is planned with a couple of pigs on a spit, some cleansing lagers and watching the Wallabies take on the Boks from Sydney.
Buses will be arranged to take supporters to the rugby from the Jaca and back again at night after the Test.
Sunday will be an informal recovery at the South Cup.
The response from out of town has been huge and a record crowd for a club game is anticipated.
All current and former players and supporters are more than welcome.
A couple of things happening on the player and coaching development front.
Wednesday, July 13 sees a NSWRU skills clinic at Yamba for junior players, with Under-10s from 9.30 to 11.30am, and 12s and 13s from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
Cost is just $12 and will focus, on other things, on what to do at the break down and safe effective tackling. Call 66291483 for more information.
On the coaching front, Wednesday, August 3 there will be a seminar led by Waratah technical staff at Coffs Harbour for a couple of hours from 6pm.
It will focus on the technical concepts evolving from this year's Super 12 season, so will be at the cutting edge of where the game's heading at the moment.
Moves are afoot at Zone level too, with a move to revamp the Zone Committee into a Board structure.
This is in keeping with directives from the Country Rugby Union and is seen as being for more effective than the cumbersome committee made up of part time club delegates.
Nominations for the five board members will be called for soon.
The Far North Coast competition is at the half way mark, with the big two movers being Casino and the Grafton Redmen.
The Casino Bulls consistency has seen them take the lead on the table and rightfully supplant Lismore as premiership favourites.
After losing their opening three games, Grafton have won six from their last seven to move into third spot, their only loss in this period being by a point to Casino.
It's very tight in the battle for the third and fourth spots with only three points, or less than a win. Separating Grafton from fifth placed University.
These two sides face off at Lismore this week, in a game that will go a long way to determining the four semi-final placings.
Grafton with a tough second half of the season with six of their final nine games away, face their most important game to date against the students as a win should go a long way to securing a playoff spot.
Another tough game but I'll go with the Redmen on the road.
In other games, Lismore should easily account for a depleted Yamba, while Ballina's credentials will be fully tested at home against Casino.
The Bulls to get home over an inconsistent, but potentially very dangerous, Ballina.
Casino 39 Lismore 36 Grafton 29 Ballina 7 University 6 Wollongbar 3 Yamba