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U12 Wheatmen Tour

A special thanks to Pirates Players and Staff who assisted the club with wrapping up our tour!
Extract from visiting U12 Wheatmen Rugby Club - Scott MacDougall

Just in case husbands and sons didn’t completely tell mum what we actually did!!

Last Saturday 16 U12 players and 14 fathers boarded Randall Morris’s Yaralla Coach and headed to the Gold Coast. After an afternoon cultural visit to the Swell Festival at Currumbin Beach the tour group spent the evening at CBus Stadium to watch the Wallabies defeat Argentina. Patience was rewarded with a couple Wallabies spotting the Junior Wheatmen in the crowd and signed some jerseys after the game.

Sunday saw the group participate in a number of team building activities such as Rock Wall Climbing, High Ropes and Team Challenges. The High ropes tested most of the old fella’s heart conditions!!

Monday morning saw all the boys get up on surf boards. In hindsight 4 hours of sun and surf perhaps wasn’t the best preparation for a game of Rugby later in the afternoon against one of the country’s strongest U12 sides, The Southport School. Although being defeated by 64 – 0 the experience of playing a top team in a great location far outweighed the disappointing score board.

Tuesday morning had the boys getting some tackling training from Titan’s U20’s player Sam Swift. (Remember that name). Sam was excellent value for the boys in a relaxed atmosphere. Following a more relaxed afternoon the Wheatman travelled to Burleigh to have their first ever game under lights against the Bond Pirates. With the knowledge of this being their last game of Junior Rugby (and Sam on the sideline watching as well) the boys played one of their strongest games of the season and came home with a victory of 33 – 7. The Bond Pirates were excellent hosts with a BBQ and hospitality that evening.

Wednesday’s return trip home began with a visit to the BLK factory and we were privileged to view the new Reds 2015 playing strip. (No cameras allowed!!). Then we headed to the Brisbane Port to visit a business that helped with the trip to Armidale at the beginning of the season. (We all heard Lex Forsyth say he will do the same again next year too!!!). This was then followed by a tour of the Reds training facilities at Ballymore and home just in time to knock off!!

Attached are a number of photos to give you a bit of an idea of activities and evidence that we did actually do what we said we were going to!! I hope to put together a season DVD however that will not be for several weeks yet.

Need to get back to work for a rest!!

Correspondent and beer bottle removalist.
Scott MacDougall

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Rain wins on first weekend

Unfortunately for the first weekend of junior competitive rugby matches on the Gold Coast, the heavens have opened and unleashed a barrage of rain on the Pizzey Park grounds. As per Gold Coast City Council direction, pitches are closed and matches are therefore cancelled for this SATURDAY 29th March. But, it give us another week of training and exciting buildup to the opening of the season on Saturday 5th April. So we look forward to seeing you at training next week!

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This Friday sees the start of official training for the JUNIOR Bond Pirates. With many returning from 2013 and wave of new teams coming in at under 6 level, its sure to be a great year of pirates rugby on the Gold Coast.

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Double check those rules



With the new 2014 season fast approaching, its important to ‘freshen up’ on our knowledge of the rules. It just so happens we came across this video to help….



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Join in 2014

Come get hooked on RUGBY at Bond Pirates in 2014. Sign up on either Friday 7th Feb (4pm to 6pm), Saturday 8th Feb (2pm to 4pm), or Sunday 9th Feb (2pm to 4pm) down at the clubhouse (Pizzey Park, behind the scalleywags skatepark)

Under6/7s – $100
Under8s and above – $210
Family (2 Kids) – $400

This includes your PLAYER PACK of shorts, socks and the mighty Pirates training shirt. See you there.

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2014 Starts Now


The 2014 St. George Queensland Reds will leave no stone unturned as we pursue further Super Rugby success.

This is just the beginning of our journey.

We have a young, ambitious and talented squad who crave success. We share a common bond and know Queensland is right behind us. We need our Reds Members to be great in number, loud in voice and with us every step of the way. Your continued support gives us the strength to relentlessly push to be the best. Every Reds Member inspires us. You live the journey with us throughout the week and you lift us on game day. You transform Suncorp Stadium into our Fortress and we feel you with us when we’re away from home.

We play for you.

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