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Family Fun Day Photos

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You can find some photos from the Family Fun Day here.

 

Pre Season Training Photos

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New Two Blues Director of Coaching Gerrard Fasavalu convened the frst training session for the 2014 campaign tonight at Merrylands RSL Club Rugby Park.  Some photos of the fun session can be found here.  Next session 6:30PM Thursday, all welcome.

 

 

Media Release: Parramatta Two Blues announce Coaching Appointment

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Media Release: Parramatta Two Blues announce Coaching Appointment


Parramatta Rugby Club is pleased to announce that Mr Rod Cutler has agreed to join the Two Blues as 1st Grade Assistant Coach to Gerrard Fasavalu for the 2014 season.

Rod Cutler

Rod Cutler


Mr Cutler has extensive experience in coaching senior level Rugby and comes to the club highly-rated. A former Manly Marlins Head Coach (2004-2007), Cutler had successful stints coaching The Scots College (Sydney) 2007-2008, Ryutsu Keizai University (Japan) 2008-2011 and in 2013 was Head Coach of Sydney University Women’s Rugby from 2010 – 2013. He is also a former skills coach at renowned Rugby nursery St Josephs College Hunters Hill.


Cutler says of his decision to join the Two Blues, “I met with Gerrard some time ago and discussed his coaching vision and observed the way the club operates, I was keen to be part of the next phase of Parramatta's resurgence in the Shute Shield.


"I think 2013 was a mixed bag for Parramatta. While 1st Grade narrowly missed finals, 5 of the club’s 8 teams made it through to at least the first week of finals footy. I am hoping that my experiences, along with Gerrard’s, will go a long way to promoting rugby in the Western Suburbs of Sydney."


Two Blues Head Coach Gerrard Fasavalu added, “We are thrilled to have Rod join us for season 2014. Rod was identified by the club some time ago as a suitable candidate to help deliver an effective program on and off the field that I believe will see the mighty Two Blues return to the lofty heights of the competition that they haven’t been since the mid to late 1980s.
“We still have a very young group of players at the club who will benefit tremendously from Rod’s experience and knowledge. We are excited by the prospect of progress.”


The Two Blues off-season training begins next Tuesday, November 5 at Granville Park, Merrylands.


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Media Enquiries – Michael Bell, General Manager 0419 203 914

7s Update

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7s UPDATE

 

The inaugural Sydney Rugby Union 7s Championships were held this week in both Mens and Womens Competitions. We are pleased to advise that our Ladies Team once again added more silverware to the trophy cabinet and took out the Womens title.


Our Mens side finished 3rd, defeating Sydney University in the play offs.

Congratulations to both sides.

This weekend 26/27 October, our Ladies side attempt to take out the Central Coast 7s Championship playing as the Pacific Two Blues. Good luck girls.

Photo's courtesy of Karen Watson Photography. http://www.karenwatsonphotography.com.au/

 

 

Gerrard Fasavalu - Head Coach 2014

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2014 Head Coach Gerrard Fasvalu recently spent some time chatting with Peter Thompson.  In this video, Gerrard discusses his plans for the off-season leading into 2014 and gives us an insight into what makes him tick.

2013 Presentation Night

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Congratulations to Donna Bell, winner of the Club Person of the Year award at the 2013 Presentation Night held at Merrylands RSL Club.

The full list of award winners appears below:

 

   
"Fred Robertson Cup" Donna Bell
Club Person of the Year
"Laurie Goddard Shield" Lani Tiatia
Grade Player of the Year
"Frank Lawson Shield" Chris Tolson
Colts Clubman of the Year
Colts Player of the Year Nathan Oliver
Womens Player of the Year Meliame Lasalo
1st Grade Best+Fairest Adam Coleman and Damien Fakafanua
2nd Grade Best+Fairest Daniel Tamone
3rd Grade Best+Fairest Cameron Moshref
4th Grade Best+Fairest Chris Bojesen-Trepka
1st Grade Colts Best+Fairest Justin Paulo
2nd Grade Colts Best+Fairest Jordan Healy and Riley Jacobsen
3rd Grade Colts Best+Fairest Jake Richardson
Womens Best+Fairest Susan Fuimaono
"Les Brooker Shield" Josh Kaifa
Grade Most Improved Player
"Steve Barrett Memorial Award" Luke Meehan
Colts Most Improved Player
Womens Most Improved Player Patricia Raikadroka
Grade Rookie of the Year Tukia Muli
"George Rogers Memorial Shield" Siatua Solease
Colts Rookie of the Year
Womens Rookie of the Year Chloe Butler
"Les Sheridan Trophy" Adam Coleman - Waratahs
Grade Highest Rep Honours Tatafu Polota Nau - Waratahs
Womens Highest Rep Honours Alexandra Sulusi - Australian 7s
"Ralph Stephenson Memorial Shield" Seteone Vatuvei
Grade Leading Tryscorer
Colts Leading Tryscorer Luke Casey
Womens Leading Tryscorer Patricia Raikadroka
"Les Macauley Shield" Dominic Graham
Grade Highest Pointscorer
Colts Highest Pointscorer Justin Paulo
Womens Highest Pointscorer Alexandra Sulusi

Some photos of the night and the award winners can be found here.

R U OK? Day 2013

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Parramatta Two Blues are proud to support R U OK? Day on Thursday September 12 2013.

R U OK? Day is a national day of action dedicated to inspiring all people of all backgrounds to regularly ask each other ‘Are you ok?'

R U OK? is an independent, not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to provide national focus and leadership on suicide prevention. 

More than 2,100 Australians suicide each year, and men are around four times more likely to die by suicide than females. For each person that dies in this way, it's estimated another 30 attempt to end their life (SANE Australia).

R U OK? aims to inspire all Australians to help reduce our suicide rate by by empowering all people of all ages to have open and honest conversations and stay connected with people in their lives.

R U OK? Day does not provide crisis intervention or counselling. If you need crisis support call 1800 RUOKDAY (1800 7865 329). If your need is life threatening call 000.


 

 

Call a mate, call your family, ask "R U OK?".  Your call might change a life.

Media Release - Parramatta Rugby Club To Get $850,000 Upgrade

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The Federal Labor Government today announced that if re-elected it would contribute $850,000 in federal funding towards a new pavilion at Parramatta Rugby Club’s home ground at Granville Park, Merrylands.

Minister for Sport, Senator Don Farrell, said funding would go towards construction of a modern pavilion with separate change rooms, media and meeting rooms, a gym facility and offices. New lighting towers and security fencing were also planned.

Senator Farrell said Julie Owens had lobbied hard on behalf of the club.

“Thanks to Julie, a re-elected Rudd Government will support the future of this great sporting community,” he said.

“This commitment today shows that Federal Labor is serious about investing in the club and its community and helping them to meet future challenges and opportunities.”

Speaking at Granville Park, the Member for Parramatta Julie Owens welcomed the government’s plan to provide funding for the club.

Ms Owens said the club’s membership and the number of registered players at Parramatta Rugby Club had quadrupled since 2010. It now had 400 registered players and 800 members.

“On weekends, the club attracts up to 1000 supporters and visitors and the current pavilion, which was built in the 1920s, is so dilapidated it cannot handle any greater volume of spectators,” she said.

Ms Owens said a modern facility would also be used by the broader community, include the Fiju Youth Initiative and Pacific Island Dance Groups.

Club General Manager Michael Bell said a new pavilion would also be a base for the TAFE courses held for members and the broader community. These are currently held in a rundown meeting room converted by the club in 2010.

“The club has outgrown the main pavilion which is deemed unsafe and we need a new secure, environmentally compliant building which will provide excellent facilities for the Parramatta Rugby Club as well as visiting sports teams and a space for community groups,” Mr Bell said.

“A new pavilion will deliver high-quality facilities for home and visiting sports teams as well as much-needed community facilities.”

Ms Owens said there was more great news for Parramatta Rugby Union with their Under 14 Representative team receiving a Local Sporting Champions Grant of $3,000 from the Australian Sport Commission. 

“This allowed the team to travel to Orange for the NSW State Championships,” she said.

"I know the U14 Representative team did the Two Blues proud at this tournament making it through to the Quarter Finals.”

17 AUGUST 2013 PARRAMATTA
Communications Unit: T 03 8625 5111   www.alp.org.au
 
Authorised by G. Wright, Australian Labor, 5/9 Sydney Avenue, Barton, ACT, 2600

Opening of Blueys Bar

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BLUEYS BAR NOW OPEN

 

The renovations are complete at Merrylands RSL Club and the new Sports Bar ' Bluey's Bar' is now open for business. Some of our players from our Colts, Grade and Ladies sides were on hand to help Merrylands RSL with a photo shoot to support local articles on the opening.

 

Below are some of the pictures showing Ash Goddard, Andrew 'Chad' Knight, Chloe Butler and Patricia Raikadroka enjoying the new surrounds of the bar.

 

Be sure to stop by and grab a bite to eat and a cold drink and even have a little wager on the Tab or Keno when you're next at the club.

 

Parramatta Two Blues Announce Coaching Change

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PRESS RELEASE

 

 

Parramatta Two Blues announce Coaching Change

 

 

Parramatta Rugby Club today announced Head Coach Glen Christini has resigned his position and will finish his duties with the club at the completion of the 2013 season. 

Coach Christini was recruited at the commencement of the 2011 season to make the Two Blues a competitive force in the Sydney Premier Rugby competition. In just his second year, Glen took Parramatta from last to 5th and the second week of the 2012 semi-finals.

In announcing his resignation, Christini said ‘It is with a great deal of sadness that I will be finishing with the club to return to NZ with the family to take up the country lifestyle for a while. I stand by my comments that Parramatta will grow to be a super power within Australian rugby and I also feel that much of what I was brought here to do has been achieved.  The people at Parramatta Rugby Club are, and have always been, simply outstanding.  The Club can boast “character of people” far superior to any Club/Organisation that I have been involved with. I want to make it very clear that I will never return to Sydney and coach in the Shute Shield for a rival Club – the passion I feel for Parramatta Rugby and the people involved is far too great to ever allow that to happen.  I feel like I will be a “Two Blue” forever.’  

Parramatta Rugby Club has been in discussions with Glen Christini for several weeks about the progression plan and is delighted to announce that current 1st Grade Attack Coach – Gerrard Fasavalu will take over as Head Coach for 2014 and beyond.  

Gerrard enjoyed a distinguished playing career as a youngster, playing for Stade Toulousain as a 17 year old plucked from the Wellington Schools system in New Zealand in 1999. Gerrard was selected to play for New Zealand in the U19 World Championships three years in a row, 1998, 1999 and 2000 culminating in being awarded the IRB World U19 Player of the Year in 2000. Gerrard then went on to play for Otago in the National Provincial Championship from 2001 to 2003 inclusive and played Super Rugby for the Highlanders in 2001 and 2002. In 2003 Gerrard suffered a serious knee injury which ended his playing career prematurely. Gerrard took up Coaching in 2004 and arrived at Parramatta at the start of the 2012 season immediately forming a bond with Glen Christini and the playing group.  

President of Parramatta Rugby Club, Geoff Baldwin, added “whilst we are very sad to see Glen Christini leave us, we are grateful and humbled by his contribution to the Two Blues. He has been a pleasure to work with and we wish him well on the farm. There will always be a place in the hearts of Parramatta people for Glen and he will be remembered with great fondness.” 

Gerrard Fasavalu will take over as Head Coach for the 2014 season after both Glen and Gerrard have completed the handover. We are delighted to be giving a good young coach the opportunity to take the club forward’.

   

 

 

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