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
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.
NHRU targets a return of Community Rugby in July 2020 - see more below
ACTION FROM BEST GAME OF 2019 SEASON
Highlights of the Gropers 31-12 win over Newcastle University to retain the Ben Clarke Shield
Nelson Bay Rugby Club is proud to announce a $202K grant to rebuild the building on half-way to provide 2 female friendly dressing sheds, a store room and a referees' change room. The grant also provides for a ramp to the clubhouse to make it more accessible for the disabled and mothers with prams.
Our great thanks go to the NSW Government Better Communities Fund, Port Stephens Council and our wonderful local member who threw her weight behind our submission - thanks Kate Washington.
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.
SEASON MAY RE-START SOON
NHRU is targeting a return to community rugby in July 2020.
Training and games are likely to have continuing restrictions and controls, and the format of the competition is likely to change with NHRU considering options such as games having reduced lengths, team sizes being reduced to 7s or 10s, and a ban on spectators.
More details to come.