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Yep were in lockdown in Melbourne and there's no local rugby, but we still got together this month for a chat and a bit of fun.
With so many positive responses from last months meeting, we carried on with the same theme - the Rebels 10 Year favorite XV. This time we asked a little more from the group, those nominating a candidate had to debate the merits of their nomination within a strict time limit of 60 seconds.
There was a strong field of contenders, with very compelling arguments given, but when it came to the voting there was overwhelming support for our winner, MARK ROWE! Although our Favorite XV has been a bit of fun for us - its great that we can give a shout out to one the Rebels hardest working and longest serving team members. Congratulations on your 150 game milestone Rowey.
The vice captain winner may sound a bit controversial, but hey, remember this activity is for fun! Joint vice captains are Kurtley Beale | James O'Conner | Danny Cipriani. Their case was admirably argued by the elected Honorary Chairman of Selectors for the 10 Year Favorite XV - Hamish Bertram.
Thanks to everyone who joined in and gave your communication skills a work out!
As part of our last education and social get together the VRRA membership was
invited to vote for their favourite All Time Rebels XV to join in the 10 year
celebration of our local (and for some, favourite) Super team.
A comprehensive list was compiled that included every player to earn a cap for
the team over the 10 years - 165 in total.
Like most elections with non compulsory voting, the turnout was slightly
disappointing. But as we all know, if you don't vote you forgo your right to
complain about the outcome. i.e. don't blame us for the results if you didn't
The final results were an interesting mix, with nostalgia appearing to play a
factor in the forward pack, whilst the backline was dominated by current and
more recent selections. Perhaps this says something about the recruitment
strategies across the years with a focus put on the forward pack initially and
a bit of a revolving door in the back line?
A number of players who won Wallaby caps missed out on making this auspicious
team which was an interesting outcome.
Traditionally clubs and associations have large wooden boards in their club
and meeting houses, that list office bearers and award winners. These physical
reminders invoke a sense of history, foundation, and a way for new members to
connect with past members.
We don't have a clubhouse and our typical
off field presence in this day-and-age is online. So I'd like to introduce to
Virtual Honours Board (or click on the tab Honours at the top of this page).
Take a look around for some familiar names - many popping up over and over.
records have been compiled from hard copy and digital meeting minutes, actual
shields, assorted documentation and a little bit of member memories. If you spot
typos, or know first names of people that can replace an initial, or have
documents from the 80's or earlier that can shed light on more of our history,
Need to or want to, brush up on scrum process? A great way to do this is
to look at a full games worth of scrums and plan what your communications,
actions and decisions should be at each one. Context matters - that's why
you watch a whole games worth.
scrum review template (in Library > Learning Resources) to list out each scrum, the action the referee should do, what the players
are doing, what talk from the ref is required and a description of context.
To use as a development tool - watch one of your own games. What you choose
at home on paper, might not be what you did on the day - but this is how you
can implant better actions and outcomes in your mind, ready for the next game. Even if
you don't have videos of your own game, use this as a learning tool by
watching any other game!
Of course, this template is already filled in - use it (and the videos linked) as a guide but make a copy, empty it out, and try it with your own.
It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that after months courageously battling illness, Brett has passed away.
Having served as an accredited club assistant referee at Power House Juniors since 2015 (where he also served as the club's Junior Coordinator) Brett undertook the referee's Foundation Course in 2016, and later that season received his accreditation and orange shirt. In 2017, he joined the VRRA Committee as Treasurer, and in 2018 moved to the role of VP Recruitment & Retention. He was then again elected to that position for 2019 and despite his illness he insisted on continuing in the role. It was this spirit of commitment that led him to being awarded the VRRA 2019 Best Clubman Award.
Aside from these formal roles, there was nothing that Brett didn't want to get involved in. A keen supporter of the Saturday Shuffle - he was very happy to cross town for a big breakfast even if it meant sprints with Shannon! Brett was first to volunteer for any tournament rugby. He would be there with not just a flag and whistle but enough sweets to keep everyone going all day or weekend. And his super powered camp chair was always on offer to all.
Brett was a strong supporter of the Victorian rugby youth, actively seeking out opportunities where kids could referee and play, no more so than with his own son Finn. Brett shared his love of all things rugby with Finn supporting him to be a better player and referee.
It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that David, a long serving and valued member of both the Victorian rugby and refereeing community, has passed away.
David was completely involved in Victorian Rugby in every capacity. From player to coach, to administrator and supporter, he was immersed in the game at all levels.
David was a member of the VRRA between 1965 and 1967 and continued to referee when needed after this time. When needed? David would often get a call from the appointments officer saying he was appointed to a game.... coincidentally a game he was intending to play in. With the choice of either refereeing the game or the game not going ahead, of course he would referee it for the benefit of his club and teammates.
For a great more detail about David’s playing and coaching roles and influences, please do read this great dialogue shared by the Moorabbin Rams.
Although the season start is postponed to an unknown time, and its format is yet to be determined, the message from your VRRA Committee is Be ready to ref.
In tonight's committee meeting (see those happy faces!) we discussed all the usual portfolio activities and although some things are on hold, in general, our goal is to be ready to ref as soon as games are scheduled.
We regret to inform you that Travis and Nick have had to step down from their committee roles due to work commitments, but in the same breath we welcome Andrew Schwilk to the committee as a (no) ordinary member! Andrew will be adding a new string to his bow, and will be working with RV and the VRRA coaching group, on appointments.
If you haven't done so already - now is a great time to get onto the Learning Center and complete any content that needs updating. Smart Rugby, assistant referee or referee accreditation. Don't worry about the on field assessment - we have a list of you ready to visit as soon as were all on the field - but if you get the exam component done now, that's a great way to be ready to ref.
Heads up - we have another online ed session planned for the 22nd April. More details to come soon.
All Victorian referees are requested to attend the annual update to be held at Harlequins Rugby Club on the 23th February 2020.
In this session you will learn of activities and initiatives of the VRRA for the coming season, hear the GMG's first hand from RA's Graham Cooper, and get to know some of your match official team mates better.
The session starts at 9am and will run through to 1:30pm. Tea, coffee and snacks will be available, but feel free to bring your own special orders.
Returning members from previous years or new members all need to register with the association online.
Go to https://myaccount.rugby.com.au/choose-registration
and select your own account to register. Enter "Victorian Referees" when searching for your club, and answer the questions. Typically if nothing has changed since last time you registered, keep clicking next until you get to the end.
OK so using the 'meeting' image for this blog entry might be misleading to some, but running around - and eating - involves plenty of discussion time, so fitness training for referees is definitely classed as a meeting!
Our time at the Power House rugby ground in Albert Park will start in February - so we have a light start for you until then:
Saturday 18th - Run Fawnker Park (across road from hospital) followed by brunch (see Facebook)
Monday 20th - Tan Run - meet at the Tan Pillars at 6:30pm near the Swan St Bridge
Monday 27th - take the day off its a public holiday!
Monday 3rd Feb onward - 6:30pm start at the south eastern end of the grounds. Optional dinner outing afterwards.
Time to start moving and thinking rugby. See attached the planned season calendar which includes training, education and social events. From February we aim to be back at Albert Park for training, and our education sessions will be at Bell's Hotel. Of course there may be some adjustments as we proceed, but this should give you plenty of notice to plan.