Shoalhaven Rugby Club | Shoals plan for three cheers for 50 years

CHARGING: Shoals' Adam Sargent, Sam Watts and Angus Clark go on the attack in a past season. Photo: Dave Brown (Zest Images)
CHARGING: Shoals' Adam Sargent, Sam Watts and Angus Clark go on the attack in a past season. Photo: Dave Brown (Zest Images)

The Shoals Rugby Club is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of participating in the Illawarra District Rugby Union Competition. It has been a long journey to this point with many memorable moments both on and off the field. Thousands of young and not so young people have enjoyed being a part of the club through playing, supporting and administrating. Success and failure in the competitions have been met with equal measure as the simple joy of playing rugby is enough of a reason to run out onto the field.  

Undoubtedly the greater feat the club has accomplished is in crafting a wonderful sporting facility out of bushland on the southern side of the township. This was no easy feat and was a driven purpose by volunteers who sought to have a home ground. Rugby Park is one of the premier sporting facilities throughout the Illawarra and stands testament to what can be achieved through committed hard work with no financial reward.

In order to set out the Club’s journey over these 50 Years the Anniversary Committee has prepared a brief historical review of its activities and achievements. This Rugby Book will be first available at the Club’s Dinner over the June Long Weekend. It contains many visual and verbal presentations of people and accounts, some anecdotal, that together sum up what has occurred during this first half century of the Club’s life and times. Among the many items of interest it contains listings of players selected in the “Teams of Each Decade” as well as “The Team of the Half Century”.  

Details of the main events to be held over the June long weekend are set out below.

Anniversary Weekend Update – June Long Weekend 2018

1. Saturday Night Dinner

It’s now just over one month to the weekend and  ticket sales for the dinner will close in two weeks’ time. Please get them arranged ASAP

Tickets are available to Shoalhaven Rugby’s 50th Anniversary Dinner on Saturday 9th June 2018 (Long Weekend) at the Bomaderry Bowling Club - all The details can be found by at the following link and you can also purchase tickets there as well:           

Alternatively if you would like to pay via funds transfer could you please deposit into the following account:

Shoalhaven Rugby Club

BSB: 802-124

Account: 22085

If paying by direct deposit can you please email the names of whom tickets have been purchased for to

Cost: $75 per ticket purchased

Ticket includes 3 course dinner, special guest speakers and the all-important naming of the teams of the decades, culminating in the team of the half century.

Dress code: Semi-Formal (shirt and tie)

6.30pm start at the Bomaderry Bowling Club, Meroo Road, Bomaderry

Looking forward to a good night!

2. Other Planned Activities (arrangements being finalised as we speak – final times etc. next week)

Friday Night – to get the celebrations started, an informal catch up at the Rugby Club. Bar will be open and pizzas will be available from Wes Murphy’s ‘wandering wood fired oven’ - if you are planning on attend please let us know via return email so we can get an idea of numbers for catering.

Saturday – Illawarra Club game v Campelltown at the Rugby Club, followed by the dinner

Sunday - Recovery BBQ, junior rugby competition games (tbc) and possible 'golden oldies' game at the Rugby Club.

Planning for the festivities over the June Long Weekend 2018 are ongoing and the arrangements for the various events will be confirmed in coming weeks – if you are on Facebook, keep up with things via the 50th Anniversary Face Book page - @SRFC50th. Further update emails will also follow shortly.