The Parramatta Two Blues Rugby Club are pleased to announce a new community partnership with Wheelchair Sports NSW and Wheelchair Rugby NSW.
The newly formed partnership will see mutual branding as well as direct support from the Two Blues with the pending launch of the Two Blues Wheelchair Rugby Team to play in the Sydney Slam Series, the team will garner the Two Blues name, colours and branding during the competition.
The Two Blues also welcome NSW Gladiator Jake Field as a newly appointed club ambassador. Jake a former Two Blues player before his accident has since gone on to represent NSW, being part of the 2016 and 2017 Fierce4 Rugby National Championship winning squads and also been part of the Australian Development program.
Two Blues General Manager Craig Morgan said “we are delighted to announce this exciting new partnership in conjunction with Wheelchair Sports NSW and Wheelchair Rugby NSW. We share an extremely strong community commitment with this new partnership a great way to open and develop a relationship with another member organisation of the rugby family, enabling us to share support between the organisations but more so on the ground supporting the game, the teams and players through social inclusion and interaction. We would also like to welcome home Jake Field who returns to the Two Blues as a club ambassador. We look forward to getting out to support the Two Blues Wheelchair Rugby Team and I am sure our entire club will get behind the team”.
“Wheelchair Sports NSW is proud of the Wheelchair Rugby NSW program that provides an opportunity for our developing wheelchair rugby players to train and/or compete on the pathway to NSW and even Australian representation. This new Two Blues partnership is a testament to community recognition of the strength of our program and a chance to build greater community awareness of this great sport.” said Mark Wilson, Sports Development Officer Wheelchair Sports NSW.
About the Two Blues
The Two Blues are one of the most historic rugby clubs in Australia, founded in 1879 the club boast a proud history of developing Wallabies, Wallaroos and Super Rugby Players with a number of premierships to the clubs name.
About Wheelchair Rugby
Wheelchair Rugby is a fast paced, full contact team sport for male and female quadriplegics (tetraplegics) looking to get involved in a team sport.
The sport was originally called “Murderball” due to the aggressive nature of the game. It is a contact sport where collisions between wheelchairs form a major part of the game. Wheelchair Rugby combines elements of rugby, basketball and handball.
Men and women compete on the same teams and in the same competitions.
Australia is currently ranked number one in the world by the International Rugby Federation.
At the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games, wheelchair rugby was recognised as a full medal sport for the first time. Since 200-, wheelchair rugby has been featured at every Paralympic Games.
As of 2016, more than 40 countries actively participate in wheelchair rugby, through competitive, development programs or for social recreation.
The 2018 Intrust Super Shute Shield Draw has been released with a huge first up clash with the Two Blues taking on premiership heavyweights Sydney University in an epic round one clash followed by Eastwood and then premiers Warringah in the first three rounds of competition.
There will be no easy games in 2018 with all clubs looking to make a mark on the competition with the standard going from strength to strength.
The Two Blues played host to the inaugural Western Sydney 7s Tournament on Saturday 4th November seeing 12 men’s team compete including premier teams from the Shute Shield alongside invitational teams, international teams from Fiji and the Nauru National side.
Fijian side Uluinakau took out the final defeating Liverpool City Cougars.
The tournament was held in conjunction with Tonga Day celebrations with the Two Blues supporting Tonga Day organisers with both events coming together in a very successful format, which we hope will continue into the future.
This match was the last in a relatively disappointing season for the Two Blues, and the last in a 10 year career in first Grade for Andrew Cox.
The team, although trying hard, seemed a little flat in the first half. As the half progressed, lack of ball control presented Uni with many attacking opportunities which they grabbed hold of with glee. Uni scored six tries, only one unconverted, with Parramatta’s only score coming from a now characteristic slashing 1 metre try from Andrew Cox in the 35th minute. The half time score was Uni 40, Parramatta 5.
The half time talk by the coaches seemed to have some positive effect on the Parramatta play. The two Blues started out with somewhat better ball control, but a turnover eventually stopped some good attacking play. After about 5 minutes Andrew Cox scored another characteristic 1 metre try after good work by the forwards. This was converted by Hayden Cole to take the score to Uni 40 – Parramatta 12.
From the restart there was some really good work by Hayden Cole and replacement hooker Sefo Setefano, but as so frequently happens, this was nullified by a turnover.
Uni scored another length of the field try from two toed-through kicks and this was converted from the sideline to take the score to Uni 47 – Parramatta 12.
Two parramatta penalties and the binning of a Uni player for a high tackle, then led to a Robert Duff try in the corner after a terrific pass by David Lolohea. This was converted by Hayden Cole to bring the score to Uni 47 Parramatta 19.
Halfway through the half Uni again scored a converted try after a Parramatta turnover. Uni 54 – Parramatta 19.
An attacking raid saw Parramatta knock on over the Uni line, but the referee was playing a penalty advantage , and from the restart Sefo Setefano scored a good try which was converted by Hayden Cole Uni 54 – Parramatta 26.
Four more Uni tries were scored after scrappy Parramatta play to take the score to Uni 82 – Parramatta 26 on the verge of full time.
In one last hurrah by Parramatta, Hayden Cole scored a fine try in the corner after the bell to take the score to Parramatta 31 Uni 82. The conversion attempt by that well known kicker, Andrew Cox, saw the ball just shave the posts (that’s Andrew’s story, and he is sticking to it !).
The results for the day saw Uni retain the Club Championship, which was well deserved. The only Parramatta winner was the young Third Grade Colts team who managed to knock off the front running Uni team to make it into the playoffs (vs Uni again) next week at Foreshaw Rugby Park. Parramatta supporters should turn up in droves to support this team which will hopefully provide many players in Parramatta’s future successes.
I am sure Andrew would have liked to go out with a better result, but can look back with some satisfaction at a ten year career in First Grade, and a total 21 year career with Parramatta in juniors colts and grade.
Report by The Thommo Phantom.