Rugby's 80th Year
With OSCA’s support, the 80th year of Scotch rugby will be celebrated by the establishment of the Old Scotch Rugby Club.
Words: Ms Beverley Knowles – Old Scotch Rugby Club
Scotch 1st XV 1932
The Old Scotch Rugby Club will enable former students, past parents, coaches, teachers and other members of the Scotch College rugby community to maintain an interest and involvement in Scotch rugby, to promote the game of rugby at Scotch, and to assist the Scrum Club (the parent support group for Scotch College rugby) with raising funds and organising events. It may also lead to the development of a playing group and invitational matches.
An earlier Old Scotch Rugby Club started as a playing club in the 1930s, eventually becoming the Hawthorn Rugby Club, the Kiwi Hawthorn Rugby Club and now the Boroondara Rugby Club.
Colin Macdonald Gilray, a former Rhodes Scholar who had played for the All Blacks and Scotland, provided the impetus that consolidated rugby’s role as a regular Scotch sport when he became Principal of Scotch in 1934.
The Scotch rugby union team made its first public appearance on 30 July 1932 when it played a team of cadets from the Flinders Naval College before a large crowd at Middle Park. The team had already played practice matches against the University of Melbourne, the 37th-52nd Battalion and the naval cadets.
The first Public School rugby match in Victoria was played on 11 August 1932 between Scotch College and Melbourne Grammar School at Scotch. The game is now celebrated annually in the game played between Scotch and Melbourne Grammar for the Colin Bell Trophy.
In 2012, the Ewen McKenzie Perpetual Shield was introduced for annual competition points between all the rugby teams of both schools. The shield is named in honour of Ewen McKenzie ('83), who was Captain of Rugby at Scotch, and went on represent Australia 51 times. Ewen was recently named as one of OSCA's 100 Men of Influence, Men of Weight'.
A meeting to approve the rules and incorporation of the new club and elect the inaugural committee was held on 6 March 2013. Club President, Rick Boykett ('81) said 'we are very excited to kick off this club, and build on the strong interest to grow the Scotch rugby connections which started 80 years ago.'
Following affiliation of the club with OSCA, approved at the April OSCA Council meeting, former Scotch rugby players and their families are invited to attend the launch of the Old Scotch Rugby Club on Sunday 26 May in the Boykett Room at the Cardinal Pavilion from 5pm to 7pm. It will be a great opportunity for former members of the Scotch rugby community to meet old friends, join the club and hear about future events.
If you would like to be part of the growth and development of the Old Scotch Rugby Club, come along to the launch, or email Sandy Gill with your contact details at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find further information under 'Clubs' atwww.oscanet.com.au/#h_Clubs.