Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Alexandria Dukes Presentation Night 2014


The War Diaries

Best Forward Tom O'Connor
The Alexandria Dukes RFC held their annual presentation night at the Iron Duke Hotel in Alexandria on Saturday. Phil Tovey was MC for the night in his final act as outgoing President, and was thanked for his service to the club by all members.

It was excellent to see that the awards were not dominated by any particular player or vintage of players, with awards split evenly between new and established players. The only player to win two awards on the night was Hooker Zak Pohiva who took home both the Players Player and Player of the Year awards. The full list of winners is:

Best Forward: Tom O'Connor
Coach's Award Jacob Jones
Best Back: Cameron Dombkins
Halligan Cup Player of the Year: James Manderson
Rookie of the Year: Alex Cavanaugh
Players Player: Zak Pohiva
Iron Duke Shield: George Hicks
Player of the Year: Zak Pohiva
President's Award: James Schulz

Coach's Award: Jacob Jones
Club Person of the Year: William Hodgetts

Best Back Cameron Dobkins
After the ceremony, many of the boys headed towards Surry Hills where they were entertained by Gorden Tallis and his trip to the bathroom at The Forresters and a spectacular car crash at The Excelsior before the night disappeared into a haze of celebration and unexplained injuries (particularly to Jacob Jones, although no one at the club would go on record as saying that they were surprised).

With the Presentation complete, the 2014 season for Alexandria Dukes RFC comes to a close with the distinction of being the clubs most successful to date. A safe and productive off-season is predicted, with the commitee meeting shortly to being plans for The Dukes 2015 campaign. Until then, all current and future players can stay up to date on this blog and on our Facebook page.


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Congratulations to our new President and Commitee

New Alexandria Dukes RFC President Billy Hodgetts
On Saturday the Alexandria Dukes RFC held their Annual General Meeting at the Iron Duke Hotel in Alexandria.

All executive and committee positions were declared vacant and and a new committee elected for 2015:

President - Billy Hodgetts
Vice President - Jonathan Row
Secretary - Mark Wilcox
Treasurer - Phil Hughes
Media and Communications - Michael Hodgetts
General Committee - George Hicks
General Committee - Ryan Bowring
General Committee - Corey Mangan

Outgoing President Phil Tovey was thanked for his tremendous support by incoming President Bill Hodgetts:

 "Phil Tovey is the heart and soul of the Alexandria Dukes RFC and has laid a strong foundation for our future. We hope that he will continue to be associated with the club for many more years to come."

The only position retained from 2014 was that of Corey Mangan on the General Committee, who was unfortunately unable to attend the AGM but told the meeting via Skype link-up that he was "Just very happy to be here." Coaching positions and Club Captain were not voted on and remain vacant, with more announcements to be made in the coming weeks.

The Alexandria Dukes will next meet this Saturday 20/09 at the Iron Duke for their Presentation Evening.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Annual General Meeting 2014 - Agenda and reports

Today is the Annual General meeting for the Alexandria Dukes RFC.  Lease find attached the agenda and club reports.  Simply click the link to download a copy.

Agenda and Reports

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Presentation Evening 2014

Presentation evening will be on Saturday 20th September.  It will be held at the Iron Duke Hotel, Tree and Firkin bar.  

The presentation is open to Players, Sponsors, Supporters, Wives, Boyfriends and Girlfriends.  The more the merrier.

Cost is $30pp and includes Entree, Main and some drinks.

There will be tables of 4, so you can also nominate early if you don't want to get stuck with Billy.

Dress code is Smart Casual

Pre-drinks will start at 6:00pm with Entree's from 6:30. 

Please confirm with Phillip Tovey the number you have attending on 0450200638 or phillip.tovey@alexandriadukesrfc.com.  

Saturday, 30 August 2014

What's Occurring - 30th August 2014

It's been a couple of weeks since we've been together for rugby, but it's time to lock in a few dates.

  • Annual General Meeting
  • Presentation Evening

Annual General Meeting
Saturday 13th September 2014 5pm
The AGM is where the report for the year is given and the new committee is selected by the members.  It is a great time to get involved in the club and help form the direction of the club.  Positions open will be:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Social Secretary
  • Communications Manager
  • Club Captain
  • General Committee
All current members are able to vote on the committee for 2015.

Presentation Evening
Saturday 20th September 2014 5pm
Presentation evening will be held at the Iron Duke Hotel in the Tree and Firkin Bar.  There will be a platter entrĂ©e and a choice of main meal.  Cost will be confirmed in the next week, but expect the cost to be $30.  Awards on the night are:
  • Best Forward
  • Best Back
  • Coaches Award
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Iron Duke Hotel - Player of the Year
  • Halligans Player of the Year
  • Players Player
  • Club Player of the Year
  • Presidents Award
  • Club Person of the Year
See the forms below to make your nominations for Players Player and Club Person of the year.

Players Players Nomination - 2014

Club Person of the Year nomination 2014

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Bingham Cup 2014

In 2002, gay and bisexual rugby union teams worldwide founded the International Gay Rugby Association and Board (IGRAB) as a body to promote rugby union as an all-inclusive non-discriminatory sport which everyone can play, regardless of sexuality.

An informal invitational tournament, held in May 2001, was formally inaugurated by IGRAB as a new international rugby union competition — a gay rugby union world cup — which in a unanimous decision by all the members of IGRAB became known as the Bingham Cup.

Mark Bingham -
Picture from Wikipedia
The Bingham Cup was named after Mark Bingham, a former University of California, Berkeley rugby star who had played in the May 2001 tournament for San Francisco Fog RFC and cofounded the Gotham Knights RFC.

Bingham died in the September 11, 2001 attacks on board United Airlines Flight 93. According to Jon Barrett of The Advocate, he is generally accepted to be one of a group of passengers who fought with the hijackers aboard the flight, which eventually led to the hijackers crashing the plane into a vacant field in Pennsylvania instead of targets in Washington, D.C.

This year our Suburban Rugby Brothers, the Colleagues Convicts are hosting the 2014 event as reigning champions. The tournament is being held in Rose Bay at Colleagues and Easts from 24th August through to the 31st with 30 clubs representing 15 countries. 

There are also a number of parties on during the week.  See the Bingham Cup flyer below.

So get down and join the convicts for some great rugby and throw your support behind ending homophobia in sport.  If you can’t get down, you can listen live to the Grand Finals on 2SER 107.3 from 11am – 5pm on Sunday 31 Aug.

For more info please check out http://binghamcup.com/

Friday, 1 August 2014


"When the rugby widow saw the long season ahead, she saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that Rugby season is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Alexandria and basking in the passion of the players and the supporters, She couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous Rugby Season."

Okay, Dukes and Duchess, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today.  That's right, woodchuck-chuckers - it's...LADIES DAY!!

Saturday 2nd August is that special day where we try to do something special in thanks for all the time that our better halves put in or give up with us.
Ladies days tickets can be prepaid via PayPal on the below link.


The day will be broken into 3 parts:


  • All Girls get a gift bag
  • Ticket includes 
    • Bubbles, 
    • Beers, 
    • BBQ and Nibbles, 
    • entry to the lucky draw prize (drawn at the Pub)
  • Dukes v Clovelly - Pink Jerseys and Socks
  • Ice Challenge
    • Billy Hodgetts
    • Mick Hodgetts
    • Jacob Jones
    • Corey Mangan
    • James Manderson
Back at The Duke - Part 1
    Ice Challenge
  • Post Match Speeches
  • Pink Jersey Auction (All Profits to Pink Hope Foundation)
  • Perfect Partners (Prize - Romantic High Tea at the Sofitel)
  • Wax a Duke (All money to Pink Hope Foundation
  • 1 minute Makeup Disaster Game (Prizes for winners)
Back at The Duke - Part 2
  • Trash-e-oke Karaoke (Donation to Pink Hope Foundation)
  • Tahs Jersey Auction, Jersey to have a personal message to the winner (Money to Pink Hope and Dukes)