Randwick Rugby Club kicked off the new season with a convincing 48-5 victory over Gordon at Coogee Oval.
Winger Latu Latinipulu went over near the posts in the opening minute of the game. Randwick dominated Gordon in the early stages and pressed home the advantage when Gordon’s No. 8 Talalelei Moli was sent to the sin bin for a dangerous tackle.
Winger Christian Yassmin and lock Nick Kellaway both scored tries, which were converted by fly half Bryan Croke.
Gordon scored in the opening minute of the second half but Randwick soon hit back with prop Tristan Goodbody crossing the line. Kellaway then ran half the length of the field to score his second.
Replacements Adam Freier and James Ramm both scored to secure the points. Second grade lost 39-15 to Gordon after losing their captain Declan O’Donohue to a suspected broken thumb.
The thirds came away 47-19 winners while the fourths lost 26-17 despite being 17-5 up at half time.
Randwick held its season launch at Coogee Beach Club on Friday with club president Bob Dwyer calling on the players to play hard and enjoy themselves.
Bob Dwyer told the players to go out and enjoy themselves
“These are exciting times,” he said. “Our biggest objective is to try and play well. If we do that then we win more than we lose.
“To set win/lose goals is in my opinion very limiting. For example if you play someone not very good and play badly and win is that satisfactory? What if the other team is twice as good as you and you play really well and lose by a few points?
“We just want to play well throughout the club and give full scope to every player to reach his potential.”
The launch also saw an announcement of Randwick’s scholarship scheme for the season, which is run in line with, among others, UNSW.
“It is something very important to us,” Dwyer said. “We really want our players to develop as citizens.
“Lots of mums and dads want their children to come here because they know the rugby is going to be good and they know there will be development for their children.
“Rugby is much more than just a sport.”
The former Wallabies coach also spoke about the health of club rugby at the launch.
“It’s booming, it really is. Last season we had the largest crowd since we played the All Blacks in 1988.
Simon Poidevin was master of ceremonies for the club launch. “We’re by no means the biggest junior catchment in Sydney but we have around 900 juniors play every weekend, we have over 200 boys and girls in the academy with 20 volunteer coaches, of them 10 are ex internationals.”
Colt Yirrbi Jaffer-Williams also spoke at the club’s season launch at Coogee Beach Club.
Club captain Declan O’Donahue said Randwick was moving in the right direction with many of the younger players coming through.
“That’s really important to us, especially given our partnership with UNSW. It is going to be an exciting season.”
First grade next play Warringah at Rat Park on Saturday.
By Peter Meagher and Ben James, Southern Courier
April 10, 2018