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Rugby Report

From the Convenor of Rugby, John McCoy

CAS begins

Last weekend saw the commencement of the CAS competition against Knox Grammar School. Waverley College did amazingly well, winning 15 out of the 22 games played on the day. Congratulations to the 13s age group who made it a ‘clean sweep’, with the 13As through to the 13Es all walking away with nice wins. Our 1st XV met strong opponents from Wahroonga, who turned up with a terrific game plan and proved to be too good on the day.

This weekend we have another big round of rugby against St Aloysius’ College. Although we have had some rain this week, which has interrupted some training sessions, all players need to be ready to go on Saturday. If rain is about on Saturday, players and families should ring the Wet Weather Line on Ph: 8250 3780. Please do not assume games have been cancelled as whilst it might be raining outside your front door, it might be fine in other parts of Sydney.

Concussion Policy and Procedure

In the unfortunate event that a player suffers a head injury, there is a clear procedure which should be followed. This has been set out in the Rugby Australia Concussion Procedure. Information on this can be found here.

Players, Parents, Referees, Coaches and Medical Officers all have an important part to play in treatment and follow up of any head injuries. It is particularly important that the player involved is referred to a medical doctor or the emergency department as soon as practical (within 72 hours of the injury).

Players should also be issued with a Concussion Referral & Return Form (by the medical staff at the ground where the player has the head injury). This is an important document in following up any concussions which have taken place. This document ensures that players have medical clearance from a doctor before returning to play. A reminder that the minimum period before return to play is 19 Days for Children/Adolescents Aged 18 and under.

Beanies for Brain Cancer

This year Waverley College will once again be getting behind the Mark Hughes Foundation and Beanie for Brain Cancer. One of our star rugby players at Waterford, Digger Callander tragically lost his father, Matt, after a battle with cancer two years ago. Matt played a big part in launching the Beanie for Brain Cancer initiative in the NRL to support the Mark Hughes Foundation. The Beanie for Brain Cancer NRL round will take place from the 25th to 28th of July. The purpose is to raise much-needed awareness and funds to promote research into this terrible disease and provide patient support.

Beanies will be available for sale in the Queens Park Pavilion as well as the Wellbeing Centre (at the Senior Campus) and Waterford’s Front Office. Beanies this year cost $25 each. Let’s get behind Digger and the Callander family, and support the Beanie for Brain Cancer initiative!

Upcoming Schedule

Please take note of the upcoming rugby schedule for the end of Term 2 and the commencement of Term 3.

Week 9, Term 2

Monday 24th June – SELECTED TEAMS ONLY – Queens Park
Tuesday 25th June – SELECTED TEAMS ONLY – Queens Park
Thursday 27th June – NO TRAINING
Friday 28th June – CLASSES CONCLUDE TERM 2

Week 1, Term 3

Monday 22nd July – NO TRAINING – STAFF DAY
Tuesday 23rd July – 16s & Opens Training Resumes – Queens Park
Wednesday 24th July – 13s, 14s & 15s Training Resumes – Queens Park
Thursday 25th July – 16s & Opens Training – Queens Park
Saturday 27th July – CAS ROUND 3 Vs CRANBROOK (Back to Queens Park Day & final home match for our Year 12 students)

Good luck to all teams this weekend!