This year the Hustlers will venture to Brisbane’s spiritual home of Rugby for their 2017 boot camp. Being held on Saturday the 25th of February, the grounds where the team made their 2016 Pegg Cup finals debut.
Across the afternoon the team will participate in a series of sessions covering all facets of the game; giving returning players an opportunity to hone their skills, and new players a chance to learn the fundamentals.
Given how rare such an opportunity to train and play at Ballymore is, the boot camp is also open to all new players interested in participating this season. Just reach out to the club via Facebook for more details.
To top the day off, the team will retire to a local watering hole to watch the professionals go at it in the Waratahs V Force game from 6:45pm.
Get a feel for the action by checking out some of the photos from last year’s boot camp here.
The Brisbane Hustlers are commencing their preseason training on Monday, January 30 from 6:30 pm at CP Bottomley Park, Coorparoo (aka Easts Rugby Union Club).
The team will be wasting no time in 2017 and will be holding two training sessions per week, Monday and Wednesday evenings both from 6:30 pm at Bottomley Park. The club encourages new and returning players to bring a water bottle and boots if available (although not a requirement yet). Whilst mouth-guards will not be a necessity for these early sessions, we encourage everyone to start thinking about buying one.
New players will get an introduction to the basic game mechanics and skills before being introduced to the contact elements of the sport in later sessions this year. Player safety is paramount in all training sessions and our coaching staff will ensure players have the requisite skill set before progressing into the more technical elements of the sport.
Returning players will be welcomed back with some fitness and skills work to help get rid off the off-season cob webs.
When arriving at Bottomley Park, try parking in one of the two car parks on Halifax St. The team will be meeting at end of the main car park that attaches to the Easts Club House. If you get lost, feel free to reach out via Facebook.
Easts Rugby Union Location:
The Brisbane Hustlers Rugby Union Club will be holding their 2017 Open Day on January 14th at New Farm Park, from 3 pm.
The Open Day is an opportunity for players and supporters alike to come and get more information on the club’s 2017 goals, meet current members, have a sausage sizzle, and maybe even play some touch football.
If you’ve thought about playing rugby, but weren’t sure where to begin – then this is the perfect event. We will have members in attendance who have joined in the last year that can talk to you about their experience with the club and what to expect. If you’ve played rugby for years, we will also have some seasoned vets with whom you can diagnose the current Wallabies pitfalls.
We hope to see you down there!
Saturday 14 January, 2017
From 3:00 pm
New Farm Park
One week on from The Bingham Cup, as most of our squad has made their way home (many to play footy the day they arrived back!), I have reflected on what a wonderful adventure it all was. Thanks to the Nashville Grizzlies and IGR for hosting us and all the other teams – what a battle it was out there on the pitch, with lifelong friendships were formed off it.
Congratulations to both the Sydney Convicts and Melbourne Chargers on making the final, and the Chargers coming away with the top silverware for the first time! Inclusive Rugby is strong in Australia, and I could not be prouder. The competition is as fierce as the post match beers are sweet – we will be there again next time looking to take out our first Cup.
To all our players, our coaches and support staff, tour managers and supporters who made the trip over, words cannot express my gratitude for your time, effort and dedication over the last 12 months. I know you put everything in, and I could never ask for more. My love and pride in you is never-ending.
Last but not least, thanks to all of our sponsors and supporters back home – everyone who comes to our games and events. We would not have made it all the way to Nashville without you. Your boys did you proud in Hustlers (and Phoenix Storm) jerseys and will continue to for the rest of the season. We have a special group who will continue to grow and succeed, and a club with a culture that will continue to prosper!
I look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Why is a Brisbane Rugby Union Club going to Nashville Tennessee to play Rugby?
There are many reasons, but if only one answer could be given it is simple: pride.
The biannual Bingham Cup was last held in 2014 in Sydney where the Brisbane Hustlers were defeated in the grand final after a challenging campaign.
Now the Brisbane Hustlers are heading to Nashville on the 23rd of May to contest again for the Bingham Cup, putting the club pride on the line. One the great things, however, about the Bingham Cup is that there is more than pride club involved in the intense completion of more than 1,000 players from all corners of the world.
The name of the cup itself is a source of pride and inspiration. Mark Bingham, who, an imposing figure at 194 centimetres and 102 kilograms, played rugby while a student at the University of California, winning national championships. He was instrumental in founding the San Francisco Fog Rugby Union Football Club in 2000, making it one of the first gay-inclusive teams.
Unfortunately Mark did not get to see the Fog grow, as he was a passenger on Flight 93, on September the 11th. Mark, never someone to just stand by and let something bad happen, hatched a plan with fellow passengers Todd Beamer, Tom Burnett and Jeremy Glick, to storm the cockpit and overpower the hijackers. The actions of the group brought the plane down into a remote field – thwarting the terrorists intended target of the White House, and while all on board were killed, many lives were spared by the actions of the group.
So as a club the Brisbane Hustlers go to Nashville with every intention of bringing back some serious silverware, but we also go to be part of something more that is founded on inclusiveness, bravery and integrity.
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