The 2020 season will commence on 28th March 2020 with an away game at Singleton. The season will finish on 8th August with an away game at Southern Beaches.The Gropers will field teams in Premier 1 and Premier 2 with Medowie Marauders fielding a team in Premier 3.The home games to be played at Medowie are yet to be decided.Bring on the 2020 season!!
Nelson Bay Rugby Club, known as The Gropers, play in the Newcastle and Hunter Premier Division competition. The 2020 season will start on 28th March 2020.Formed in 1978 as part of Port Hunter Rugby (Stockton), the Gropers were formally established in 1983 and celebrated 25 years in 2008.In 2017, the Gropers formed a joint partnership with Medowie Marauders, with the Marauders playing in the NHRU Premier 3rd Grade competition. This continues for the 2020 season.
Former Gropers colts coach Darren Zorbas will return to the Bay after an amazing record with five grand final wins with the Hamilton Hawks where he was an assistant coach.Darren brings a wealth of experience to the role and he will be assisted by forwards coach Gareth Wasik and backs coach, former international Michael Wiringi. Also working on player's fitness levels will be sports science guru Redmond Mahoney.The Gropers have also announced Ben Whaler as director of coaching.
The Gropers support the Core Values of Rugby Union with respect to referees - coaches and spectators should NOT:Enter the field of play during a game;Verbally question a referee’s decision from the touchline;Openly disrespect the referee;Approach the referee at half time, unless invited to do so;;Tell players to “ignore the referee”;Fail to acknowledge the referee’s participation;Verbally abuse, swear at or make physical contact with a referee at anytime.
The Nelson Bay Gropers are again fielding teams in the Newcastle Hunter Rugby Union Premier Competition.Training has started for the 2020 season which starts on 28th March 2020.Sign-up now to play rugby in paradise.