Manbir Mann and the rest of his Rhino teammates will hit the field for the final time in 2012 when they play Dubbo Kangaroos on Saturday. Photo: JOSH HEARDThis is the last regular season column for 2012. However, the thirds have done the club and themselves proud and will carry our hopes through the finals series.
We wish them all the very best and, given the chance I will continue to write about them.
o Saturday will be one of the biggest days in the club’s short history. The final games of the season against the Roos at shared No.1 Oval Victoria Park in three grades starting at 12.15pm with third grade; 1.25pm for seconds and the main game at 2.45pm. Note the time changes.
o These will be preceded by a women’s game at 10.30am featuring many of our premiership players of past seasons and honouring the late Rebecca Schofield and then at 11.30am the golden oldies (or rusty has-beens depending on your definition) will take the field.
o As if that’s not enough our seasons’ sponsors will be in attendance – wined, dined and entertained by the inimitable Craig Carolan.
o The club is expecting a large crowd, many of whom will be arriving during the afternoon to attend the 20th anniversary dinner at Westside Hotel later in the evening.
o When the dust has settled and the ducks have come down to feed on the oval, Rhinos and guests will be gearing up for the evening’s festivities that begin at 6.30pm.
The inaugural president, Dr Roger Blake is attending as are our life members Glen Gallagher, Steve Davis, Andrew Williams and Ian Burns plus a host of present and former players officials and partners dating back to the Blue Heeler days.
o It is about time that the club recognised all those people who give of their time freely to help the club out, especially on game days. Those who work the gate, barbeque, canteen and bar, run the line, man the scoreboard and the other dozen jobs which must be done we say “thank you.”
o Two other groups deserve mention. player’s partners and families are an integral part of a rugby family while the supporters group (herd) are always vocal in their support of the players. Both have offered very welcome suggestions during the season (things we haven’t thought of) and we value you all greatly.
o Can’t resist one small slap at our president ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ Rob Albouze.
He has been issuing orders all last week regarding August 18 and all it entails and then he buggered off to Melbourne on August 12 and didn’t return until 10am today. I could tell you it was for professional reasons, but I won’t.
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Having taken great joy from watching the club all season, win, lose or draw, I am taking the liberty of announcing a number of unofficial awards. Please don’t think for one moment there is any prize attached to these:
o The third grade player of the year: the whole blessed lot of them… take a bow. If they go no further than week one of the semis they have done well.
o The second grade player of the year: Kevin Clark.
o The first grade player of the year: I couldn’t split Mark Amey and Scott McLeod.
o Most Improved: Nick Rathbone (firsts) and Beau Johnson (seconds and thirds).
o Rookie of the year: David Gordon.
o The biggest heart: Matt Edmunds.
o The best nickname: Clint “Twinkle toes” McKeown.
o The quietest player: Sam ‘Psycho’ Siaki.
o The bad luck award: Mark Davies (who was injured in the first trial, came back last Saturday and…
o The Father time Award: Bruno Efoti. An inspiration.
Here’s hoping today (and tonight) is a great success and that we can return to Apex in 2013 as a strong and happy family.
I want to thank all our imports; English, Scottish, Russian, Tongan, Samoan , Kiwi and Tasmanian who have either visited or are keen on making their home here.
There will always be a spot for you in our hearts and homes whenever you come back.
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