Fro the Convenor of Rugby, John McCoy
Prayers for Lachlan Ward
Last Saturday the Australian Rugby Community were shocked to hear about the passing of Warringah Rats player, Lachlan Ward, who collapsed during a fifth grade match of senior rugby. Lachlan was an Old Boy of Barker College and a much loved member of his community.
On behalf of the Waverley Rugby Community, we send our prayers and thoughts to Lachlan and his family, as well as the Warringah Rats and Barker College communities during this difficult period.
I would encourage all players, parents and coaches to share the following prayer for Lachlan Ward and his family:
Lord, we come to You at this time of great shock and grief and ask that in Your grace, You would shed Your peace and comfort to all who are mourning this death – that was so sudden and so very unexpected.
Lighten our darkness, Lord, and comfort our sorrowing hearts. Pour Your peace into the hearts of all that are grieving and shower the assurance of Your love on all – at this time of sadness. Amen.
Over the weekend, we had many Waverley College students involved in the Junior Rugby Union State Championships. While leaving the Blue and Gold jersey at home for the weekend, those players involved played for a range of club sides and travelled to venues ranging from Orange to Narrabeen. Congratulations to all players involved and thanks to all the parents who supported a great weekend of junior rugby.
I would also like to congratulate our students who were involved in refereeing over the weekend. We are very grateful for the time that referees dedicate to rugby and allow each match to go ahead. This ensures we continue to gain some wonderful memories on the playing field.
CAS Round 2 Vs Cranbrook
This weekend we play against our neighbours, The Cranbrook School. Cranbrook won the Henry Plume Shield in 2014 and will definitely send out some quality teams which we will need to be prepared for. Like St Aloysius’ College, Cranbrook are unable to match up against all our teams, so some teams will be facing up against some other GPS/ISA/CAS schools.
On an exciting note, I am pleased to announce that our Prep 1st Rugby Team will be playing this weekend on QP1. This is a big thrill for our Junior School students and we hope to get a big crowd down to Queens Park to support them. They will be playing after the 16As match and are scheduled to kick off at 11am.
Upcoming Rugby Schedule
Next week (19 – 23 June) will be the final week of school for the term. We do not have any matches on Saturday 24 June, as this is the first Saturday of the holiday break. While we do not have any matches, we will still be holding one session for each team. Our 13s, 14s and 15s will have a training run on Monday 19 June. Our 16s and Opens will have a training run on Tuesday 20 June. We will not have any trainings on Wednesday (21 June) or Thursday (22 June).
Good luck to all teams in CAS Round 2!