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Norths Pirates Junior Rugby Club is a rugby union club for children from age 5. It is run by volunteers dedicated to the Club’s philosophy of rugby skills development of children and the embodiment of a local rugby community, along with the potential to be a future player or supporter of grade rugby, Super Rugby and international rugby.
The Club’s catchment area includes Cammeray, Castlecrag, Crows Nest, Kirribilli, McMahons Point, Naremburn, Neutral Bay, Northbridge, North Sydney, St Leonards, Waverton, and Willoughby.
The Club’s home ground is Tunks Park (western end), Brothers Avenue, Cammeray.
The Club is part of the Northern Suburbs District along with Drummoyne, Hunters Hill and Mosman, and as such is a feeder to the Northern Suburbs Rugby Club, the winner of the Shute Shield in 2016!
At Norths Pirates we foster a coaching and playing philosophy which involves:
- Skills development
- Fair play
- Health and Safety
- Sportsmanship and friendship
- Fair and reasonable game time for all players
- Running rugby with all players having the opportunity to handle the ball.
All Norths Pirates coaches are committed to this philosophy. Parents and players are encouraged to follow the same principles. Should any problem arise about the application of these principles then address this firstly with the coach and thereafter with the age group coordinator. To the extent necessary, the problem will be addressed by the Club’s committee.
We are a community club which relies completely on the support of our sponsors and volunteers from within the parent group and the broader community.
A number of the age groups organise tours each season to country tournaments, along with rugby gala days in Sydney.
We hold a parents and supporters social night each year as well as an end of season presentation day. Refer to the Calendar page for more details or contact the Committee.
Congratulations to all the worthy recipients of the awards for 2022 (plus each player received a participation medal)
|Presidents Award||Hunter Chan||Player with the Biggest Heart||Max Prykiel|
|Coach of the Year||Charles Huntington||U12 All Rounder||Oliver Gormley|
|Life Member||Di Keeble, Trevor Dunne, Nick Eastman, Greg Hill||U10 Sportsmanship||Natalie Higson|
|Team||Best and Fairest||Coaches Award|
|U6 Black||Leo Lynam||Cadwy Jones|
|U6 Red||Billy Ryan||Joseph Ritchie|
|U7 Black||Hudson Healy-Smith||Eira Davies|
|U7 Red||Matthew Collinson||David Bryant|
|U8 Black||Jim Scott||Daniel Duffy|
|U8 Gold||Jax Ashcroft||Flynn Scrivener|
|U8 Red||Curtis Bunting||Thomas Bryant|
|U9 Red||Marcello Caoduro||Isabelle Buttling|
|U10 Black||Wilbur Price||Sebastian Bates|
|U10 Red||Ed Burke||Jasper Bae, Max Humphrey|
|U11 Black||Sam Diddams||Otto Kaldor|
|U11 Red||Hayden Bunting||Jake Mears|
|U12||Kalan Strudwick||Michael Flanagan, Nicholas Huntington|
|U13||Nick Sidoti||Struan Daly|
|U14||Oliver Smith||Jeremy Bremner, Yousif Salman|
Congratulations to these players that joined the prestigious “Pirates 100 Club” in 2022.
Lachlan Antcliff, Daniel Chapman, Hunter Chan, Sam De Vlieger, Tom Harmer, Rory Keeler, Patrick McLaughlin, Taj Robertson
Congratulations to these players that played 10 seasons with the Pirates 2013-2022.
Harry Davies & Max Prykiel
Overview of the awards
Ron & Lyn Armstrong Life Members Trophy
This award is for a person(s) or family who has contributed substantially to the Club and/or to the administration and/or to the benefit of the Club. It may be awarded to a player, a parent, supporter or committee member or family.
Presidents Award Outstanding Player
This trophy is awarded to an outstanding player in the Club and is usually awarded to a player in the more senior age groups.
Norths Junior With The Biggest Heart
Historically awarded to a player in the Under 14s team in recognition of display of team spirit. The trophy was donated to the Club by Dougal Geddes.
Darcy Henry All Rounder
The award goes to an U12s player that best displays the all round qualities of selflessness, tenacity, dedication and love of rugby…just like Darcy did. The trophy was proposed by Jason Smith and accepted by the Henry family, whose 4 sons played Pirates and dad Mike coached many a Pirate team.
Darcy started playing for the Pirates in 2014 in the u8’s and retired after the 2018 season in the u12’s when the pain from his knees made it too painful to play on.
Many in the team had no idea of the pain he endured each week as he never complained. He simply slotted into the front row or the centres with equal ease.
He was a rugby all rounder, switching positions week to week, depending on what the team needed.
Darcy was formidable at the breakdown but equally impressive behind the piano and a star prodigy with the saxophone. He was a fierce tackler and displayed the same fierce spirit in his debating. He was a fantastic swimmer, surfer, mathematician and a larrikin much loved by family and so many friends.”
Darcy was taken from us much too young in 2020.
The Darcy Henry All Rounder Award goes to the u12’s player that best displays the all round qualities of selflessness, tenacity, dedication and love of rugby.
RGW Cornforth Trophy For Sportmanship
This award is named after a former player and parent of a player and is awarded for a show or display of “sportsmanship” or to a player who shows “Club” spirit, usually in the Under 10s. The trophy was donated to the Club by Roger Cornforth Jnr in memory of his father, Roger Snr. In 1947, Roger Snr played the first of his two Tests against the All Blacks. He was controversially omitted from the 1947-48 Wallabies tour to the British Isles but this then allowed him to represent Australia at the 1948 Olympics in London in water polo. He played against the British Lions in 1950. Roger Snr has an outstanding record of sporting achievements including Australian Breaststroke Champion in 1938, 1st president of Mosman Junior Rugby Club, he was a first grade cricketer for Mosman as well as a first grade player for Northern Suburbs Rugby Club. He survived the fall of Singapore in the second World War as a prisoner of war in Changi. Roger Jnr played 1st grade for Northern Suburbs Rugby Club, 1st grade for Mosman Cricket, he is a former president of Mosman Juniors as well as honorary solicitor for Northern Suburbs Rugby Club. Roger Jnr’s brother, Tim, also played 1st grade with Norths. And Roger Snr’s grandson, Chris, played for Norths too.
Coach Of The Year
This trophy is awarded to the most outstanding team coach for the year as nominated by individual teams.
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