Rugby: Scrum Club
The Scrum Club was formed in 1999 and is affiliated with both the Scotch Parents' Association and the Old Scotch Collegians Association. The Scrum Club is a group of rugby-interested parents who support rugby at Scotch support the school in helping encourageing players the boys to play at to their full potential. Rugby at Scotch is an exciting sport with approximately over 150 boys registered as players across all age groups. The Scotch 1st XV were Premiers in 2002 and 2006 and many boys achieving have achieved Victorian representation, with some going on to even higher honours with the Australian School boys. Last year three players were selected to play in the Australian Schools Rugby Championships (Under 18) Division II. In 2007,16 players from Scotch were selected to represent Victoria. Scotch defeated Melbourne Grammar in the 75th Anniversary of the first game of schoolboy rugby played in Victoria. In 2007 and 2008 the 1st XV reached the Grand Final and were runners up. In 2008 the school participated in the MGS 150th Rugby Tournament against schools from NZ, UK, NSW, Tasmania, Sri Lanka and Japan. With the Melbourne Rebels debut into the Super 15, 2011 will be a great year for rugby in Victoria and at Scotch. The Scrum Club looks forward to your involvement. It’s a great way to meet other parents, and the Scrum Club is well known for its conviviality and sense of fun.
MAIN ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
Pre-Season Barbecue function: The Club holds a barbecue function to commence the Rugby Season and welcome new boys and their parents into the Rugby Community.
Barbecue: Every week home match we supply a complimentary drink and sausage for every player. This is a great starting place to get involved by helping you get to know other Scotch parents in the same and other Year Levels. Funraiser Cocktail Party: This is a fun night which all parents and members of the Scrum Club are invited.
Parents Mid Winter Dinner: This is a popular night and is usually held at a fine restaurant.Presentation Night: Presentation Night at the James Forbes Academy concludes the season with awards for each year group.
Contacts: Year Level Representatives help as contacts for parents. These people know what is going on especially for late changes in games and venues and new social occasions. Get to know this person. They are listed in the Torch Newsletter and on the Scum Club website.
Coaching Clinics: We assist in the organisation of coaching clinics and facilitation of Scotch players into State representative Schoolboy teams. There will be a pre-season Junior Rugby Camp where the boys can hone their skills with the Scotch coaching staff and specialist coaches. Last year former Wallaby, Matt Cockbain,attended. The Scrum Club parents often billet visiting or touring teams. This year a schoolboy team from the UK will play boys from the school.
Fundraising: The Scrum Club raises funds to support a full scope of rugby activities at Scotch. These have included:
• Assistance with capital works on or around the rugby field
• Assistance with coaching and physiotherapy;
• The sponsorship of touring teams;
• The sponsorship of ticket purchases for international games for students playing rugby at the School.
Merchandise: Scrum Club has a selection of supporter and player merchandise for sale, including: Scotch Rugby balls, bags, Kooga jackets and hoodies.
Parents Mid Winter Dinner: This is a popular night and is usually held at a fine restaurant. Overview of the Program Tours:
The School organises regular rugby tours alternating between interstate and international tours. In 2003 the boys toured Japan. In 1999, they went to Perth, and in 2006 and 2010 the boys toured Queensland. The 2007 Tour was to New Zealand. The funds raised by the Scrum Club are held for the purposes of promoting rugby at the School. The Under 14 age group billeted a team from Tasmania. The Under 15 age group toured Canberra and the 1st XV Squad toured Christchurch New Zealand in 2009, the 1st XV squad played in a round robin tournament in Christchurch, New Zealand. Clinics:
Clinics are held in conjunction with coaching staff and either past Wallabies or present Super 1415 players. There are 18 coaching staff for all age groups.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
All enquiries from Year 7 and other interested parents are welcome. The Scrum Club information is published in theTorch Newsletter.