Shoals prepare for big year on the field

CLUB PRIDE: The Shoals team that reached the grand final of the Newcastle Sevens at the weekend - losing to Lakes Rugby Club 19-17.
CLUB PRIDE: The Shoals team that reached the grand final of the Newcastle Sevens at the weekend - losing to Lakes Rugby Club 19-17.

SHOALHAVEN Rugby Club commenced formal training for the 2019 season on Tuesday, February 6 at 6pm and training evenings will continue now each Tuesday and Thursday.

The club took the field for the first time at the weekend, where they reached the final of the Newcastle Sevens, only to lose to 19-17 to Lakes Rugby Club.

They now have full book of rugby action, including sevens, 10 and trial match action, which will run right through until the season opening game on Saturday, April 7 – where Shoals play Cambelltown Harlequins away from home.

Club and first grade coach, Paul Connor, has been pleased with the player numbers rolling up during the off season for strength and conditioning exercises giving a solid start to the season.

Competition for grade places should be stronger this year and the majority of the victorious third grade side have indicated they will do the club colours for yet another season.

The club is preparing a strong social calendar for home games again this year with two key dates firmly locked in.

The Queens birthday long weekend, from June 8-10 will feature the celebration of the club’s 50 years in the Illawarra Rugby Competition while Saturday, July 28 has Shoalies again partnering with the defence forces for the renowned Digger Day.

Both are unmissable events and highlights the club’s social year – which includes a golf day at Worrigee Links on April 29.

The club is hosting event this Sunday, February 18 at the Archer Racecourse from 12pm.