Welcome to THE Hills Junior Rugby Union Club

The Hills Junior Rugby Union Club has been active for sixty years and is located in the heart of the Hills District in North West Sydney.

"Hills Junior Rugby...developing kids, teams and community"

Mini's (U6-U9) play age specific modifed rugby on Saturday mornings among Two Blues, Eastwood and Penrith District Clubs.

XVs Juniors (U10-OPENS) play in the Sydney wide SJRU graded competition on Sundays only.

Girls 7s (U12 & U14) play in the Sydney wide SJRU Sizzling 7s & Frosty 7s competitions.

Sense Rugby for children with special needs who find it difficult to be part of a competitive sports team.

Hills Seniors (Sub-District) normally fields five grades including Colts. Find the seniors website at www.hillsrugbyclub.com

A Message from our Club President - 19 JUNE 2020

Hope you’re all as well as can be, and again I thank you all for your continued patience and understanding during this time. We are getting closer to getting back on the paddock. Yay!

With recent announcements from both NSW Government and the governing bodies of Rugby, we’re pleased to be able to provide an update to all members on the Winter Season ahead. We don’t know everything just yet, and some things are still subject to confirmation, but rest assured that as we know, you will also know. All Coaches have been informed of the competition detail that we know, and hopefully that has cascaded to you all by now, but the key points of the various winter competitions and other key messages are:

XVs Juniors Sunday Competition (U10-OPENS)

  • The focus is on maximising participation and enjoyment of the game for all players.
  • Contact Training is approved to re-commence at Yattenden from 1 July for all Juniors Teams. Please note, Coaches will be outlining specific training recommencement details to each Age Group/Team as they are reviewed, confirmed and approved by the Club.
  • The competition will have 9 consecutive rounds, commencing on Sunday 26 July, and ending on Sunday 20 September.
  • Some Trial matches are being organised throughout July, and again Coaches will be in contact direct to confirm those arrangements with their respective Age Groups/ Teams.
  • All players must be registered to attend training and participate in Trial Matches – registrations are open in Xplorer now.
  • Any questions on the XVs Juniors Program should be directed to your Coach, or Aaron Spooner (vp.juniors@hillsrugby.com.au).

Minis Saturday Competition (U6-U9)

  • The focus is on maximising participation and enjoyment of the game for all players.
  • Contact Training for our Minis will re-commence at Yattenden from Friday 17 July at 5.30pm.
  • We continue to work with both Western Sydney Minis and Eastwood District Minis to confirm the arrangements for the draw for the Season, however we are currently anticipating a similar 9 consecutive round competition, commencing on Saturday 25 July, and ending on Saturday 19 September (to be confirmed).
  • All the Club’s Minis Team have been invited to participate in the All Eastwood Clubs Minis Trial Match day on Saturday 18 July at Dural, and Coaches will be in touch soon to confirm attendance and participation for that event.
  • The Minis competition for the season will take the format of Gala Days for each round, so anticipate multiple matches each Saturday – so plenty of rugby action for our Minis.
  • The Club is anticipating that we will be running the prestigious annual 2020 King of The Hills (KoTH) event for our U8 and U9 Representative Teams on the weekend of 26-27 September (subject to confirmation/approval by governing bodies, and the prevailing Covid-19 environment at the time). In preparation for that, a call for KoTH Coach nominations will be made shortly, as well as nominations from any U8 and U9 kids who may wish to trial for these Teams. It is anticipated that trials/selections for these Teams will both commence and complete in July, to allow the Teams to maximise their training time together in August and September in the leadup to the event.
  • All other Minis Gala Events (eg Inter-District SJRU Gala Day, Wahroonga Tiger Cup, Harbord Harlequins etc) are currently unconfirmed, and may or may not proceed in 2020.
  • All players must be registered to attend training and participate in Trial Matches – registrations are open in Xplorer now.
  • To help bolster the U6/7 Age Groups, which are in need of additional players, the Club is running an incentive for all girls and boys turning 4-7 who register between 19 June and 19 July to ‘Play for Free’ – see attached flyer for details. We urge and encourage you all to spread the word to help build the Club’s Foundation layers.
  • Any questions on the Minis Program should be directed to your Coach, or Dougal Smith (vp.minis@hillsrugby.com.au).

Girls 7s Saturday Competition

  • The focus is on maximising participation and enjoyment of the game for all players.
  • Dates and locations for commencement of Contact Training for the Girls 7s Program will be communicated directly to players by the Coach/ Program Coordinator.
  • The Girls Frosty 7s competition will be commencing on Saturday 25 July, and run through to the Finals on Saturday 12 September. The Fee structure is yet to be confirmed with Clubs for this Program, and once confirmed registrations will be setup and opened in Xplorer.
  • Depending on numbers, it is anticipated that the Club will be running both an U12 and an U14 Team in the Frosty 7s. If you know anyone who may be interested in getting involved, they are more than welcome, just get in touch.
  • All players must be registered to attend training and participate in Matches.
  • Any questions on the Girls 7s Program should be directed to the Coach, or Program Coordinator, Kate Page (girls.juniors@hillsrugby.com.au).

Spring 7s – Juniors (U10+)

  • For those boys and girls seeking a bit more rugby, but in a different format of the game (Sevens), SJRU will be running their Spring 7s competition. It could be a great way to keep active with ball in hand over the summer holidays for those with minimal other sporting commitments with friends.
  • The Spring 7s competition for both boys and girls is being scheduled to run from 17/18 October and run through to 5/6 December, and that may also be extended.
  • The Fee structure is yet to be confirmed with Clubs for this Program, and once confirmed registrations will be setup and opened in Xplorer.
  • Any questions on the Spring 7s Program should be directed to Aaron Spooner (vp.juniors@hillsrugby.com.au).

Playing Gear

  • The distribution of Club issued shorts and socks will commence to NEW registered Minis and Juniors ONLY from their respective first training session dates from the Clubhouse. Please ensure you respect and adhere to any health and safety requirements that will be in place for collection.
  • Any questions on Playing Gear should be directed to Rebecca (gear.juniors@hillsrugby.com.au).

Bring a Mate 2020

Some of you may recall the Bing a Mate campaign from earlier in the year. With the disruption of Covid-19, the Club has had to tweak the Bring a Mate campaign for 2020 which provides an incentive for registered players to ‘Bring a Mate’ to Rugby for 2020. Every registered player in the Winter XVs Juniors & Minis Program across all age groups is invited to ‘Bring a Mate’ to play Rugby @ Hills, and if they both register, the player who brought the mate will receive a $50 Rebel Gift Card. Both player registrations must be received before 5pm on Thursday 2 July. There is only 1 Card per Player. The Mate MUST be new to Hills Junior Rugby Union and NOT a Transfer from another Club. There are limited cards on offer, so not all nominations will receive one. Once both kids are registered, the NEW kid/parent needs to email the their details to bringamate@hillsrugby.com.au, advising the name of the existing player who introduced them to the Club and how they know them, to be considered. Only correctly submitted nominations will be considered, and all nominations must be received by 5pm on Thursday 2 July. The Club’s Committee will then review all nominations received and it is intended that the successful recipients will receive their card after the completion of Round 4. Any questions on this initiative should be directed to the Club’s Vice President, Jason Saffy (vicepresident.juniors@hillsrugby.com.au).

Codes of Conduct

Attached is an excerpt from the Rugby Australia Code of Conduct, as it specifically relates to Spectators and Parents. As we prepare for the commencement of the 2020 Season, please ensure you review this document, and ensure your continued adherence to it at all times whilst watching our Club matches. So you’re aware, the Club’s Administrators, Coaches and Parent Volunteers all operate under their own, but similar, Codes of Conduct, and it is imperative that we all work collaboratively to set a high standard of conduct and behaviour both at Training and on Match Day. The Club is placing a particular focus on the relevant Codes in 2020 and will be policing accordingly, so we seek your support in advance. Coaches will be requested to review the ‘Player Code of Conduct’ directly with players in their respective Age Groups/ Teams early in season preparations.

If anyone has any immediate questions, or other useful information to share, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the below. These people are here to provide operational guidance and assistance to Club members, and even more so in these challenging times:

  • Peter O’Farrell, President, 0468 988 438
  • Jason Saffy, Vice President, 0403 451 827
  • Aaron Spooner, VP Juniors, 0419 616 749
  • Dougal Smith, VP Minis, 0420 577 901

Stay Safe, and Keep Well!

Peter O’Farrell

President

Hills Junior Rugby Union


A Message from our Club President - 22 May 2020

Hope you’re all as well as can be, and I thank you all for your continued patience and understanding during this time.

As most of you would be aware, the NSW Government commenced easing some restrictions from last Friday 15 May, which is great news. And over the course of the last week some of you may have seen information shared by various bodies and organisations around the easing of those restrictions and what that may mean for Community Rugby’s return to training, which includes our Club. We have been waiting for official advice, and clarity, and what it practically means we are able to do. It is a difficult and challenging time, with much uncertainty, as we continue to see different and/or ambiguous messaging from various State Governments (and their Offices/Departments), governing Sporting Bodies and Clubs around the Country in relation to their planned intentions for returning to their respective community sports.

Let me assure you that the Club's Committee has been, and continues to be, very busy in the backend planning for our ‘Return to Full Rugby’ which we anticipate will be in July, based on current advice. We continue to meet monthly during this time to review the current information, dicuss and plan our way forward. Given the anticipated restrictions, checklists, field setups and health/safety compliance requirements, there is a great deal to be done by way of preparation and planning for that return from the Club’s perspective. We are actively reviewing what may be possible (and pragmatic) to achieve between now and then based on an anticipated and gradual easing of restrictions over the coming weeks. Accordingly, we are preparing plans to facilitate a potential resumption of training activities for our players and teams in what absolutely must be a structured, safe and compliant training environment. We continue to work with our local council (for approval to use the ground, which is currently closed to Rugby) and relevant governing rugby bodies (to ensure adherence to their published guidelines), and will communicate more as and when we know in relation to when (and how) we can officially return to Yattenden for the resumption of training, as well as what our revised seasons may look like for our Minis, Juniors & Girls Programs.

I know we are all very keen to get the kids back on the paddock for rugby, however I ask that you continue to bear with us, and remain patient. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and we need to ensure we do this ONCE, and we do it RIGHT. The ramifications of not doing it in this manner are huge.

If anyone has any immediate questions, or other useful information to share, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the below. These people are here to provide operational guidance and assistance to Club members, and even moreso in these challenging times:

  • Peter O’Farrell, President, 0468 988 438
  • Jason Saffy, Vice President, 0403 451 827
  • Aaron Spooner, VP Juniors, 0419 616 749
  • Dougal Smith, VP Minis, 0420 577 901

Stay Safe, and Keep Well!


Peter O’Farrell

President

A Message from our Club President - 27 April 2020

Some of you may already be aware of various communications released over the last weekend regarding a possible return to rugby for our 2020 Season, including a communications released by Paul Doorn, CEO NSW Rugby & NSW Waratahs. Please also note that this is all heavily subject to the lifting or significant easing of restrictions currently in place by Federal and State Government Authorities.

For our Juniors (U10+), Sydney Junior Rugby Union has also advised that they are targeting Sunday 26 July (subject to all the caveats around government restrictions) to get back on the field, with team training hopefully allowed to commence from Tuesday 30 June onwards. This would mean training would need to occur during the July School Break in order to maximise readiness for the season start. There are still many questions around what the competition may look like and how long it will run for etc , however we at least have a target to work towards to get kids back onto the field playing rugby with their mates.

For our Minis (U6-U9), planning has already commenced within the Western Sydney Minis Competition to have an 8 round competition starting Saturday 25 July with each Club hosting one round in a Gala Day format where teams would play two full games in each round to accommodate for a shortened season duration. We are also working with the Eastwood Minis Competition to ensure we can maximise our participation in both competitions as best possible.

No further specific advice has been received at this stage in relation to the Girls 7s Program. We will provide an update on this when we know more.

For our Club Coaches (and Managers, where appointed), this is all great news and you can and should be preparing for the season to commence as outlined above, ensuring the 4 weeks of preseason is used where necessary, and effectively, to best prepare our players and teams for their respective competitions. Team Coaches and Managers will work to communicate those Age Group/Team specific return to rugby plans directly to all their registered players as and when finalised, and we have confirmation from both Government and Rugby bodies that we are able to proceed with this targeted timeframe.

The Club will also no doubt also have much work to do to prepare for the re-start of training and matches with some expected Return to Play Protocols, which may include further restrictions and controls around food hygiene (Canteen and BBQ), personal hygiene/protection, restricted spectator numbers, dressing/change room access, and ensuring no one attends who is ill, has flu-like symptoms or has recently returned from overseas, etc. Once these protocols are confirmed, we will plan, adjust and communicate accordingly, and seek the support of registered members and their extended families, to ensure adherence.

So, there is light at the end of the tunnel – and it appears to be getting stronger each day! Stay well, stay positive and keep up the rugby specific skills and general fitness work.

If anyone has any immediate questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the below:

      • Peter O’Farrell, President, 0468 988 438
      • Jason Saffy, Vice President, 0403 451 827
      • Aaron Spooner, VP Juniors, 0419 616 749
      • Dougal Smith, VP Minis, 0420 577 901

We will be in touch again with any further updates provided to us as and when they are released.

Peter O'Farrell - President


THINKING OF PLAYING RUGBY UNION, OR TRANSFERRING, IN 2020?

Are you thinking of playing rugby union, or transferring to play, at Hills Junior Rugby in Season 2020?

The Club requires all NEW players (those who haven't played rugby union), as well as those who are considering transferring from another Club/ District/ State, to pre-register their interest at Hills Junior Rugby. This is to enable the Club to review and confirm the background and eligibility criteria for these players BEFORE they actually sign up and complete the registration and payment process.

EXPRESS INTEREST NOW by competing the Pre-Registration Form!

The Club's VP Minis will be in contact with regard to all interested players in the U6-U9 Age Groups, whilst the Club's VP Juniors will be in contact with regard to all interested players in the U10+ Age Groups. Please note, Age Groups are based on the chronological age of the player in 2020, ie the age they turn in the calendar year 2020.

For more information, the Club's VP Minis can be contacted at vp.minis@hillsrugby.com.au (for all queries relating to players up to, and including, the age of 9), and the Club's VP Juniors can be contacted at vp.juniors@hillsrugby.com.au (in relation to players aged 10 and above).

SEASON 2020 - XV JUNIORS Winter Program

Registrations for Season 2020 are NOW OPEN for all PLAYERS. Please note BOTH the Early Bird AND Family Discounts ended at 5pm on 31 January 2020. Registrations for Season 2020 will continue to be done in the same manner as Season 2019 i.e. via the Rugby AU Registration and Competition Management App, Rugby Xplorer. The Regular Season Registration fee for 2020 for our U6/7‘s is now $100 per player, and for our U8/9’s is $155 per player, and $195 for our Juniors (U10+). Teams are filling quickly now with many moving to a Wait List arrangement, so get in Quick, and Active Kids Rebate Vouchers can still be used! All NEW players in Minis and Juniors receive free socks and shorts. All players receive a FREE training shirt thanks to the generosity of our 2020 Sponsors.


IMPORTANT DATES

  • 07.07.20 - Training: U11/U16/Opens
  • 08.07.20 - Training: U13/U14
  • 09.07.20 - Training: U10/11/12/Opens
  • 14.07.20 - July Committee Meeting
  • 14.07.20 - Training: U10/16/Opens
  • 15.07.20 - Training: U13/14
  • 16.07.20 - Training: U10/11/12/Opens
  • 17.07.20 - First Minis' Training @ 5.30pm
  • 18.07.20 - Minis' Trial Matches (TBC)
  • 19.07.20 - Junior's Trial Matches (TBC)
  • 25.07.20 - Round 1 Mini's Competition
  • 25.07.20 - Girl's Frosty 7s kicks off
  • 26.07.20 - Round 1 Junior's Competition
  • 20.09.20 - Last Round of Junior's Competition
  • 27.09.20 - KoTH (TBC)

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