A Note From President Brendan ‘Trendy’ Allardyce

A Note From President Brendan ‘Trendy’ Allardyce

Dear Vikings Rugby Family,

I hope everyone is coping as best you can and staying safe in these strange times.

Club Membership (URGENT)

Just a reminder that club memberships for 2020 MUST be finalised by Wednesday 30 September 2020 (in 2 weeks’ time).

There are two types of membership:

Playing Members – Must be a current player who has paid ALL annual registration fees.

Non-Playing Members – Must have played 10 games for the club OR must have written an application for membership to club’s committee based on contribution made and received a return approval via email/letter.

Non-Playing Members MUST pay an annual membership fee of twenty dollars ($20) by 30 September 2020.

Payment for non-playing members can be paid via eftpos or organised bank transfer. Please see further information on our web site at http://vikingsrugby.com.au/membership/ or contact Rugby Admin Manager Ryne Bowden via rugby@vikings.com.au

2020 Season

We are in the final stages of our shortened season and are truly thankful that we have been able to be together, support each other and train and play rugby at all. Whilst being lucky to keep playing, we have also strived to ensure that we have the safest possible environment for everyone involved and we should all be proud that our environment has been best practice and highly commended.

A huge thank you must go to all our players, staff, coaches, support staff, partner sponsors, supporters and all our families for helping us to negotiate a sporting season amongst so much chaos. It is worth noting the challenges faced by the Vikings Group Licensed Clubs and their unwavering support of rugby throughout this time (as always). Please get in to one of your clubs and support them now that they are back trading. I also offer the club’s deep appreciation to ALL of our partner sponsors who despite numerous commercial challenges have generously stayed the course and continued their financial contribution in 2020, which makes our rugby programs possible.

We have all three (3) of our Premier Grades (1sts/2nds/Colts) in either first or second place on respective ladders with two rounds to go and our Women’s XV and 4th Grade are currently both 3rd and also locked in for semi-final football in a few weeks’ time. Excitement builds.

Events

Last weekend we were able to host our annual old boys/girls’ day (Hagar’s Day) and it was one of the best in recent memory, with old boys and current players reminiscing long after the six (6) matches concluded. Congratulations to 100 club inductees for 2020; Matt Wafer, Jack Cartwright, Stef Stewart-Jones and Callum Smith.

This weekend we are using all of our limited spectator allowance to host our annual Ladies Day and it should be a wonderful celebration of all the women who contribute so much to our club be they players, support staff, partners, mums, sisters, daughters or supporters. The ViQueens match on VP#1 at 1:40pm shapes as a special highlight this weekend.

We are currently planning for a host of other events in the coming months that are all still contingent on ACT Health Recovery Plan restrictions with regard to participants and space. Please stay tuned to all our communication channels and we will advise asap on events such as:

-spectator allowance at finals at Viking Park

– grand final weekend

– presentation night

– sportsman’s luncheon

– Annual General Meeting

– Off season training/touch comp

– Christmas party

Generation Red (Gen Red) and Modified Rugby Program (MRP)

I wanted to briefly acknowledge one of our new 2020 initiatives that we partner with the Vikings Junior Club on; Gen Red and one of our wonderful continuing programs, the Modified Rugby Program. The Gen Red program sees all of our Under 16s and Under 18s boys and girls’ teams train at Viking Park, with significant resources around specialist skill and performance coaching, registration fee assistance, admin, apparel and development opportunities. Pleasingly over 100 players are registered and participating in Gen Red and the program has been a huge success beyond our expectations. Thanks to the junior club and the players and their parents for being so supportive but especially to our full-time rugby staff and all the specialist coaches involved.

Our club should be very proud of our MRP program. We signed on very early to be a part of a world first club-based form of touch rugby union which sees children with significant learning and/or perceptual disabilities able to be a part of a team and play modified rugby. Our rugby staff, coordinator Ben Pratt and a team of mentor coaches work with the children at training and games at Viking Park and I know it is the favourite part of the week for the children and parents alike. Well Done!

 

Let’s hope the whole world continues to recover from the pandemic and we can all catch up as we chase silverware hard during the upcoming finals and celebrate together at all our events.

 

Brendan ‘Trendy’ Allardyce

Proud President