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Campus News : July 2011
Campus News is produced by the Media Unit. Editorial Nick Hartgerink Bernie Goldie Melissa Coade Jenna Bradwell Sean Blake Layout Artist Paul Martens Photographers Sean Maguire Mark Newsham Telephone +61 2 4221 5942 Facsimile +61 2 4221 3128 Email email@example.com Web media.uow.edu.au Address University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia CRICOS Provider No: 001202E ISSN 0312-2018 16 Campus News July 2011 University of Wollongong www.uow.edu.au The University of Wollongong Rugby Club celebrated its 50th Anniversary on 4 June, with many former and present members attending that day's matches against Kiama then attending a celebration dinner at the University Hall. Founded in 1962, the club amalgamated with the Teachers College club in 1981. Known as the Mallee Bulls, the club has won two first grade titles - in 1972 (Teachers College) and 2006 (University of Wollongong). Over 5000 players have represented the club over the last half century, including some who have gone on to represent the state and play at international level. Former Wallaby captain Peter Sullivan heads the list of internationals that also includes Peter Rowles, John Lambie (Wallabies) and Mark Giacherri (Italy). Club president Glenn McGuinness said he has seen many changes throughout his time with the club. "The competition is now a lot more professional in terms of facilities and injury treatment. We used to treat injuries Around 150 junior rugby union players from TIGS-Uni got the best possible pre-season coaching advice when Wallaby coach Robbie Deans dropped in for a training session at the University of Wollongong in March. Deans said he was only too pleased to be able to spend some time with the junior rugby players. "You never know, we might discover some potential future Wallabies," he said. Deans gave the youngsters a pep talk about the importance of supporting and relying on their team mates, before putting them through their paces testing their ball handling skills and seeing how they "played off one another". The youngsters revelled in having Australia's star coach in their midst, grabbing autographs and photo opportunities wherever possible. The TIGS-Uni Junior Rugby Club, in partnership with TIGS Year 1 and Year 2 school students, 'won' Deans as their coach for a day after they raised $4000 last year for a charitable foundation called Rugby Thanks the Pacific that raises money for schools on remote Pacific islands to replace diesel-generated electricity with solar or wind power. Having renewable, free power not only gives the schools reliable, around- the-clock electricity but saves them thousands of dollars a year on fuel costs, which can then be spent on other education resources. It also gives the schools a chance to make a contribution to the fight against climate change and rising sea-levels -- a very real threat to many island communities -- by reducing greenhouse emissions. The event organisers praised Deans for taking time out from a Rugby World Cup year to spend time with the up-and- coming players. Mallee Bulls turn 50 with a bucket and a sponge, whereas we now have a full-time physiotherapist," Mr McGuiness said. "Our club has a very multicultural history with international students coming from all around the world including China, Fiji, Portugal, France and Pakistan." Around 250 people attended the reunion dinner, sharing stories from past glories, while those who attended the afternoon games had plenty to cheer about with both first and third grade teams winning their matches. The club made a special presentation to club stalwart Dr Paul Webb, who has served the club in many capacities over the years including president and coach. SB Rugby royalty king of the kids Deans is one of many high profile rugby union figures who support Rugby Thanks the Pacific, and donated his services as a coach as a prize in the foundation's fund-raising drive with junior clubs around Australia. Rugby Thanks the Pacific spokesman Rob Edwards congratulated the Junior Club and TIGS School on the rugby-a-thon conducted last season, which raised the most money for the foundation. He also paid tribute to TIGS Director of Rugby Jay Tregonning for his coordination of the fund-raising that led to Deans' visit. NH Wallaby coach Robbie Deans is surrounded by TIGS-Uni junior players during his coaching visit to UOW. Rugby club stalwart Dr Paul Webb with the memento he received as part of a presentation acknowledging his long service at the club's 50th anniversary dinner.