Two Blues Coaching Announcement

Two Blues Coaching Announcement

5th October 2018

TWO BLUES COACHING ANNOUNCEMENT

The Western Sydney Two Blues are pleased to announce Joel Rivers as the clubs Head Coach for season 2019 onwards.

The Two Blues, moving into an exciting new era for the club welcome the arrival of Mr. Rivers, a highly regarded coach with a history of success, having won multiple premierships as both a player and as a coach.

Two Blues General Manager Craig Morgan said “we welcome Joel to the Two Blues after an extensive recruitment process. Joel comes to the club with an impressive record and is highly regarded in rugby circles. Joel has the opportunity to play a major part in shaping the direction of the clubs on field performance and overall culture and standards in what is an exciting period of time for the club, we look forward to Joel taking the reigns as we head into pre-season in preparation for season 2019”.

Mr Rivers said of his appointment “I understand the opportunities we have representing Western Sydney now under the Two Blues Rugby banner, as well as the immense talent that comes from this area. My aim is to create a competitive rugby program, which promotes and develops this talent”.

Coach Rivers is a proud husband and father of three with a professional background and impressive coaching record including:

  • Over 10 Seasons and multiple premierships as a player with Sydney University
  • 4 x Premiership winning Colts Coach Sydney University 2010-2014
  • Head Coach Northern Suburbs Colts 2014-2017 leading the program to the Grand Final
  • Senior Grade Coach Sydney Premiership Club – Colin Caird Shield
  • Head Coach NSW Waratahs Gen Blue 16s
  • Coach NSW Waratahs Gen Blue 18s
2018 Two Blues Presentation a magnificent celebration

2018 Two Blues Presentation a magnificent celebration

Over Two Hundred (200) people filled the magnificently presented events room of major sponsor Merrylands RSL to celebrate the 2018 season and recognise the high achievers of the club.

Guests enjoyed an extensive buffet dinner and laughs in great company and under hosts Nick Blacklock and Jimmy Benton.

Congratulations to all of our award winners:

Women’s Rookie of the Year Tia Tyler
George Rogers Memorial Shield Colts Rookie of the Year Ata Mariota
Grade Rookie of the Year Brandon Fa’avae-eli
Women’s Highest Point Scorer Deborah Faamita
Colts Highest Point Scorer Netane Masima
Les Macauley Shield Grade Highest Points Scorer James Benton
Fred Robertson Cup Club Person of the Year Randy Basra
Women’s Most Improved Katalina Baekdal
Steve Barrett Memorial Award Colts Most Improved AJ Shurush
Les Brooker Shield Grade Most Imroved Inia Qereqeretabua
Frank Lawson Shield Colts Clubman of the Year Danyon Morris
Women’s Leading Try Scorer Katalina Baekdal
Colts Leading Try Scorer Netane Masima
Ralph Stephenson Memorial Shield Grade Leading Try Scorer Tailiki Nadredre
Women’s Club Person of the Year Tina Sio
Andrew Cox Plate Captain of the Year Shannon Talavia Johnson
Colts Highest Rep Honours Faiva Faiva
Les Sheridan Trophy Grade Highest Rep Honours Jaline Graham
Women’s Highest Rep Honours Evelyn Horomia | Mel Fatu
2nd Grade Colts Best & Fairest Jesia Tiata
1st Grade Colts Best & Fairest Luke Russo
Women’s Best & Fairest Lorett Mailangi
4th Grade Best & Fairest Tailiki Nadredre
3rd Grade Best & Fairest Jack Haylan
2nd Grade Best & Fairest Gerald Dzirtuwe
1st Grade Best & Fairest Jaline Graham
Colts Player of the Year Haitoni Hafoka
Women’s Player of the Year Jade Huggins
Grade Player of the Year Tuitakau Kioa

 

Two Blues Adrian Musico wins historic Catchpole Medal

Two Blues Adrian Musico wins historic Catchpole Medal

By Georgina Robinson

Parramatta captain Adrian Musico wants his club to parlay a historic Ken Catchpole Medal win into tangible growth for rugby in western Sydney.

Musico became the first Two Blues player in the history of the Shute Shield to take out the top individual honour on Tuesday night.

The openside breakaway, who also captained his side this season, polled 17 votes, holding off West Harbour flanker Kelly Meafua (16) and Southern Districts captain Marcus Carbone (15).

The result was announced to huge cheers from the audience at the Hilton Hotel, and came as a surprise to Musico given the Two Blues’ 10th-place finish in the Sydney club competition. Sydney University won the Shield after beating Warringah 45-12 on Saturday.

“It was a huge shock to be honest, I had no idea,” Musico said.

It’s finally good to get a win [for the club]. Personal accolade aside, it’s just a small win considering what’s going on with rugby in western Sydney, but it’s a step in the right direction for the club and we can hopefully build on it.”

Two Blues president Brian Blacklock said the win was a reflection of the competition’s values.

“We were completely shocked and blown away but when you know Adrian and what a great character he is, he’s not only an excellent player over the ball, who topped the tackle count last year, but he also has the respect of the referees,” Blacklock said.

“There was a lot of applause from a lot of the clubs. I guess they were partly cheering for us because we wear the underdog tag and they were also cheering in acknowledgement of Adrian and how well respected he is.”

The award was also a boost for the Sydney and NSW Rugby Unions, who are under pressure to do more in western Sydney.

Blacklock revealed the club was working on a major overhaul in the lead-up to next season, involving a new name, a bigger catchment and the $11 million redevelopment of their Granville Park home.

“We are re-branding to the Western Sydney Two Blues to broaden our reach beyond Parramatta,” he said.

“Our juniors are from Baulkham Hills, to Hawkesbury and down to Liverpool, so being isolated as ‘Parramatta’ doesn’t resonate with everybody. We also live in the shadow of the Eels [rugby league team], so this is a great opportunity to re-establish rugby as a sport and as a viable pathway to the elite levels.”

Adrian Musico named Two Blues Captain

Adrian Musico named Two Blues Captain

The Two Blues are pleased to announce and congratulate Adrian Musico as the Two Blues First Grade Captain for season 2018. The Shute Shields top tackler in 2017 Muso leads by example and is set to lead the Two Blues troops out in round one this Saturday v Sydney University.

Nasinu claim inaugural victory

Nasinu claim inaugural victory

Nasinu RFC from Fiji claimed the inaugural Biu Blacklock Shield at the weekends first trial for the Two Blues. In a  highly entertaining match Nasinu claimed the game with a conversion on full time to snatch victory 36-34.

The Two Blues and Nasinu have joined forces entering into a sister club association with the two clubs touring to contest the Biu Blacklock shield named after current club presidents Paula Biu and Brian Blacklock.

The game was a great first hit out for the year for the Two Blues with some exciting rugby played by both sides.

The Two Blues now work towards the next trial v Gordon on the 17th March followed by final trials v Manly on 24th March all at Granville Park featuring both colts and grade.

Trial Games Confirmed

Two Blues Trials

Trial 1: Two Blues v Easts RUFC (ACT)  | Nasinu (Fiji)

Trial 2: Two Blues v Gordon

Trial 3: Two Blues v Manly