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October 23, 2020

 

Barraclough Cup (1st grade) and Stockdale Cup (2nd grade) undefeated Premiers with the Reliance Cup as Club Champions.

A winning culture has earned it legendary status but it is the connection to community that makes Hunters Hill Rugby Union Football Club, and all within it, Hunters Hill Heroes.

Two undefeated premierships for the club’s senior men’s squads were a great reward for the dedication and hard work of its coaches, players and supporters amid the challenges of completing the 2020 season during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The club is the fourth oldest in Australia with 128 years of history.

Club President Glen Sanford said that this year, despite the challenges of COVID, the club’s focus was on making the most out of the season.

And its players delivered.

The 1st and 2nd grade men’s teams were both undefeated and grand final winners.

Women’s and juniors’ teams are also a big part of the club.

Hunters Hill Women’s Rugby

Away from the field, the club has a big focus on community and many members remain through the generations, right from the juniors through to the seniors and on to the old boys.

“We’re all either born and bred in the area or played for many years in the club,” Glen said.

“Our children have played in the club.

“The holy grail of any community club … is this thing of bringing kids in at a young age and keeping them through to the senior club and into the old boys.”

Glen said a try rugby program for four- and five-year olds was a great way to bring people in to the club too.

Try Rugby

The club is also a big part of the broader Hunters Hill community, due to the work it does off the field.

During a recent Boronia Park planting working bee, volunteers from the club spent a Saturday morning with the Hunter’s Hill Council Bushcare Coordinator to plant 800 native grasses and groundcover on the slope of Boronia Oval 3.

When Hunters Hill Hotel had two truckloads of furniture to donate to charity, rugby club members lent their muscle to get the goods to where they were needed.

“We put back in that very tangible way,” Glen said.

“The club is very much a local community club.”

After celebrating the end of a stellar season, the focus is now on building on this season’s success and returning to the field, even bigger and better next year!

Help us to shine a light on other unsung Hunters Hill Heroes by nominating your hero today.

Please note that nominations for Hunters Hill Heroes will be considered for Citizen of the Year awards.

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