President's 2018 Mid-Year Update - 21 / Jun / 2018

PRESIDENT’S MID-YEAR UPDATE

I thought it timely that I should take this opportunity to reflect on our year so far.

Club Treasurer, Brenden Yantsch, reports that apart from an unexpected costly building repair our Club financial position is running close to budget and we continue to be on track to deliver a surplus again in 2018.

Home Game Days, along with our recent main fundraiser, the Pre-Test Rugby Luncheon have all been great successes due to the generous support of our major sponsors Ray White Ascot and Gouldson Legal. Not forgetting our many other loyal Sponsors, Members and Supporters, plus of course the hard work of our Club Staff. With three home games remaining against Souths, Sunnybank and Norths, we hope that you will all make a special effort to get yourselves and the family down to Crosby Park to enjoy a great afternoon of grassroots rugby and to cheer on our teams to further successes.

Board Members Russell McCart, Peter Bayo and Dan Liddy (Club Captain) continue to work diligently on our Crosby Park Re-development Plans. Our dated facilities have served us well over the past 45+ years, but are no longer adequate and are in need of upgrading in order to provide our growing local community with additional parking, a multi-use service and entertainment facility with modern sporting and recreational spaces.

Be assured your Club will be engaging closely with our Members, Supporters, Federal, State and Local Government bodies, Local Community and Business partners, so we secure the right funding model and get the planning right for this critical “fit for purpose” piece community infrastructure, for now and for the next 100+ years. Please understand, that no soil will be turned at Crosby Park until a thorough and exhaustive commercial feasibility case, has been prepared, reviewed and approved by the Board.

You may be interested to learn that over the last 12 months Brothers has established itself as Australia’s Largest Community Rugby Club with more than 2000 playing members including; 50 Little Brothers (3-4yrs), 25 Girls Sevens, 240 Boys Sevens, 25 Modified Rugby Players, 720 Junior Rugby Players, 320 Senior Rugby Players including 5 players (Harry Hoopert, Matt Faessler, Lawson Creighton and Fraser McReight) selected in the Junior Wallabies who have just finished competing at the World Cup in France and of course current Wallaby Prop Taniela Tupou, who has performed outstandingly in the last two Irish Tests.

In addition, our Brothers Touch Association lead by Jodie Clarke (Touch Co-Ordinator) now has over 150 boys and more than 1000 girls playing Touch football. We also have recently entered 6 senior teams (which includes a number of current Australian players) in the QLD Premier Touch Football Competition, the Metro Cup. The addition of these senior teams now provides our junior touch players with a clear pathway to the senior game and quality coaching from a select group of these players.

I would like to congratulate Ryan Schultz (Rugby Manager), our Coaching Staff and all of our Social, Colts, Women’s and Grade players for their wonderful results to date. These outstanding results have contributed to our current lead in the Club Championships (Doughty Shield). I have had the pleasure to watch many of these games at home and away and I am heartened and encouraged by the depth of talent and the obvious enjoyment that our players clearly display when playing with their mates. This approach typifies the “Brother Way” in all respects and I would encourage all players to continue their sterling efforts and strive to replicate their performances in the second half of the season in order to secure spots in the finals and for the first time since 1996 win the converted Doughty Shield.

I must mention last Saturday’s home game against Easts Tigers. Our Premier players lead by their captain Luke Beauchamp displayed the type of spirit and effort that makes our Club great. With this type of effort I’m confident that they will soon be celebrating a return to their winning ways.

I would also like to congratulate our 700+ junior players, parents and supporters for their efforts so far this year. Through the hard work of our staff and the many volunteers the remainder of the year looks bright for all concerned. As we head into what I’m sure is a welcome school break, for those players not vacationing Holiday Rugby Clinics are available for those interested, please check our website for further details.

It was an absolute privilege and pleasure to be able to attend along with many family and friends, last Sunday’s U15 & U16 Presentation. With the help of CEO Matt Kaye, Team Coaches Luke Beauchamp, Tom Sayer, Henry Guerin, Rueben Wall and Patty James, Player Medals were presented to all players, while Special ‘Team Player Awards’ were presented to Cooper Corless, Mac Stenson and Brice Welburn.

The Prestigious “10 Year Player Award” was presented to 14 players. These players had played 10 consecutive years with the club commencing their rugby journey with Brothers as U6s, a great example of loyalty and resilience. I congratulate, Tom Anderson, Morgan Baker, Eddie Butterfield, James Clark, Cooper Corless, Randall Gillett, Archie Gouldson, Jack Moses, Ben McGinty, Zac McGinty, Michael Mullany, Hugh Pearson, Jackson Proper and Mac Stenson.

Along with all the parents & friends who attended this event, I was impressed with this fine group of young players, that have displayed the ‘Brothers Way’ on and off the field and will hopefully continue their rugby journey via our club’s outstanding rugby pathway programs. These pathways include our Elite Rugby Program, which continues to be generously supported by loyal club sponsor Rohrig.

As we now enter the second half of our year it is important that we continue to focus on achieving positive outcomes both on and off the field. The club has worked extremely hard to develop a culture based on a strong set of values and behaviours, which encompasses all players, parents, members and supporters.

It is important for all of us to continue to uphold this culture and ensure we always “walk the talk” and set the very best example for our junior players, ensuring that enjoyment of the game and being part of a supportive team is their paramount focus.

I’m sure we are all looking forward to the remainder of the season.

Best wishes to all and thank you for your continued support and involvement in our great club.

 

Dave Hine

President