DUNEDIN RUGBY 

FOOTBALL CLUB

 (Established 1871)

A Marist and Celtic Affiliated Club

   

'ALL IRISH RUGBY SUPPORTERS WELCOME'

   DRFC Members/Supporters/150th Attendees


  We are hosting a pre-test celebration at the DFRC Friday 8 July and would be rapt if you and friends can attend! Check out the above poster for details.


  We want to pre-sell tickets, secure these by paying directly to our club bank account  (02-0900-0052607-01) and email BJ Walker (stephenericwalker@gmail.com)   or text him 0225705588 with the names of people attending and your "ticket' will be added to the master list at the door to secure your entry!


  We know it will be an even better night if you can attend :)


  Top of the Test match to all

  DRFC Committee






PRESIDENT’S   REPORT 2021


The 2021 club rugby season will be remembered for many different reasons by many differing groups within our club. The players may well reflect on an uninterrupted season of rugby that delivered all the normal highs and lows of competition, non-playing supporters no doubt will have taken great enjoyment from the excellent performances of so many of our teams. Club administrators would be delighted with another season of operational success and although we relinquished the Ainge Shield (just) we remain one of the strongest clubs in the Dunedin Metropolitan area.


Impossible however to recall 2021 without thinking about our clubs 150th celebration weekend. Around 500 current and former players and supporters participated in the celebrations making the weekend a huge success by any measure. The club resounded to the noise of rugby tales and laughter throughout the entire three days and captured the great spirit of camaraderie that exists and indeed has always existed within our club. Everyone attending would have witnessed and felt the passion and pride that flows through the veins of our club and that the heart of the DRFC continues to beat strongly.


The excellent health of our club is a credit to all of those that have made contributions to the DRFC with their time and effort over the many decades of our existence; we can all be extremely proud of our club’s history and look forward with optimism to its future.


In my view rugby clubs still play an extremely important role within their community and while our constituency has altered significantly over the years the club still facilitates the great game for a significant number of young men and women annually delivering the many benefits that come with belonging to an organization like ours.


As President I am privileged to witness first-hand the many facets that comprise a functioning rugby club, we are certainly blessed with motivated, passionate coaches and managers at every level. They all give freely of their time and resources to ensure the best experience possible for our players.


I was fortunate to be able to watch every team play at least once this year and was impressed by the spirit, determination, and obvious pride our players take in representing the mighty “Sharks” every weekend. They do credit to the club and long may this continue.


My observations of the great work the administrators undertake in managing our club underlines how very fortunate we are to have so many willing and capable volunteers, of all ages, available to us. I am certain this is not the case at all clubs.


As this is my last season as President, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who contribute to our club, players, supporters, sponsors, and administrators. Collectively you have made my term a memorable and enjoyable one.

I remain optimistic that the outlook for our beloved game and club is positive.

Summer well and hope to see you on the sidelines.


God Bless.

Greg (OB) O’Brien

President







Members subscriptions and donations

Options are set out below and payments may be made through any of these avenues: -

  • By direct credit to the Club’s bank account (BNZ 020900 0052607 00 (if paying by this method please ensure your name is clearly recorded as a reference on your remittance made)
  • Cash (e.g at the Club Bar). Please pay the amount to Chris Denton (or one of the committee) including completing the invoice below.

                                                                 




GST Tax invoice no: 14-543-978

Dunedin Rugby Football Club (INC)

12 Moana Rua Road,

St Kilda,

P O Box 103,

DUNEDIN, 9012.



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The Club was formed in 1871 and is the longest consecutive running rugby club in the country. It became an Incorporated Society in 1948. Its name was changed in 1971 to The Dunedin Rugby Football Club. Over the years it has had many home grounds before settling into it’s current Ocean Beach club rooms and grounds (Kettle Park). Today the club maintains a strong presence in Dunedin and Otago Rugby. It is a Marist and Celtic-affiliated club, with strong senior and junior clubs competing from Under-7s right through to Premier grade. 






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