The Brisbane Hustlers returned to Tyalgum Ridge Retreat in late January 2016 for their annual Rugby Boot Camp.
This year saw many of our players return from 2015, and our largest intake of new players. With the Bingham Cup in Nashville coming up in May, the weekend was spent introducing our new and less experienced players to the fundamentals of the sport, and the more experienced players turned their focus to strategy.
When the boys weren’t on the field, they spent their time on team building challenges, rugby trivia, and the mother of all dance competitions.
After a successful weekend of training, the Brisbane Hustlers are focussed and determined to take out the Bingham Cup in May, and the Scotney Cup back home in Brisbane.
Thanks to Karen and the team at Tyalgyum Ridge Retreat for the amazing food and hospitality over the weekend!
Check out more photos from the 2016 Boot Camp on our Facebook.
The Brisbane Hustlers Boot Camp is an annual event held for all players prior to start of the playing season. If you’re interested in joining the Hustlers, send the team a private message via their Facebook page.
The Brisbane Hustlers are holding their 2016 Open Day, this Saturday the 9th of January. The Open Day is being held at New Farm Park from 3:30 to 5:30.
Have you always wanted to play rugby but never thought you could? Are you an experienced or new rugby player looking for a great team to join? Would you like to help out running a rugby team? The Brisbane Hustlers wants you.
The Brisbane Hustlers Rugby Union Football Club is launching its 2016 season campaign this Saturday 9 January 2016, at their Open Day at New Farm Park from 3:30PM.
The Hustlers are looking to build more on a successful 2015 season, with the team convincingly winning the inaugural Purchas Shield in Auckland, New Zealand.
Club president Marty Tebutt is excited for what the 2016 season will bring for the Hustlers, with the team competing for the Scotney Cup, the Purchas Cup and the Bingham Cup, widely known as the World Cup for gay and inclusive rugby.
“Since 2012 when the club reformed, we’ve been able to build a very competitive team of both established and new players.”
“This year, we’re looking to attract experienced players and, more importantly, people who are looking to come back to the sport and new players who have always wanted to play rugby.”
“We want to be able to finally bring home the Bingham Cup after missing out at the grand final against the Sydney Convicts.”
The Brisbane Hustlers is Queensland’s only gay and inclusive rugby club. Team captain Stephen Grace says that this contributes greatly to a positive team culture.
“As a straight player, I thought it would be hard to be accepted by the team. I was invited by a friend who was already in the Hustlers. But from day one, everyone made me feel incredibly welcome.”
Grace says that while he finds a lot of enjoyment in reconnecting with his old sport, it was the opportunity to play and guide new players who had never touched a rugby ball that really inspired him.
“Seeing these guys grow into strong and confident rugby players is amazing. In a matter of months, the new guys have been able to transition from learning how to handle a ball and tackle, to working with the rest of the boys on the field and help us take some crucial wins over the season.”
The Brisbane Hustlers see their Open Day at New Farm Park as an opportunity for the wider community to experience what the club has to offer.
The Hustlers Open Day will be held at New Farm Park on Saturday 9 January from 3:30PM. Everyone is welcome to attend; no rugby experience required.
Like us on Facebook and RSVP to the event here, or see below for further details:
Saturday 9 January, 2016
New Farm Park
Brisbane Hustlers at the World AIDS Day Vigil 2015
The Brisbane Hustlers attended the World AIDS Day Vigil in Reddacliff Place on December 1st along with many others in the Brisbane community to honour and remember those affected HIV/AIDS.
2015 marks the second year Brisbane has held an official vigil to commemorate the day, with the recent revival initiated by the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC).
QuAC is an independent community based health promotion charity and has been doing some fantastic work to raise awareness and support those affected by HIV and AIDS.
The Brisbane Hustlers are heavily involved in the community, raising awareness and funds for QuAC with a portion of the proceeds from our 2016 Calendar being donated to assist them in their work with HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention.
To read more about QuAC click here.
To order a calendar to support QuAC and the Hustlers, click here.
The Brisbane Hustlers were proud to be a part of local festivities in Brisbane’s city centre for IDAHOT, celebrated every year on May 17. Brisbane City Council displayed support for the day – lighting up the Story Bridge and City Hall, as well as displaying the Rainbow flag in King George Square.
Councillors from Brisbane, including Vicki Howard, also showed support for the day and are supporters of the Hustlers club.
IDAHOT stands for ‘International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia’ (including Biphobia and many other phobia’s of sexual orientations) and is a day to mark the need to eliminate discrimination from all aspects of life, and to push equality for the GLBTIQ communities.
Results from the first international study on homophobia in sport, Out on the Fields, painted a grim picture on the experience of gays and lesbians on and off the sporting field – with homophobic slurs and fear of discrimination putting people off participating.
Read more about the Out on the Fields study results here.
Recent changes in the ARU (and wider Australian sporting groups) support the implementation of anti-homophobia policies – and movement champions like David Pocock, John Eales and numerous other rugby icons are putting their weight behind it.
The Hustlers are excited to announce our sponsor The Wickham will be hosting the official after-party to the upcoming Trivia Night on Saturday June 6.
The Wickham is also providing the night’s top prize – a $1,000 voucher for the winning trivia team.
Book early and win a $250 voucher!
As a special incentive to not miss this exciting night of games, auctions, prizes and quizzical mayhem – we’ve got a $250 Wickham voucher to give away if you book your table by Friday 15th May. Every half table booked will go in the draw to win!
Click here to book your tickets now!
Terms & Conditions:
- 1 entry per half table booked. Full tables (10 people) will receive 2 entries. Minimum purchase of half table (5 people) required for entry.
- Entries close 11.59pm on Friday 15th May 2015. Prize will be drawn by the following Friday and winners notified by email/phone used on booking as well as posted to the Brisbane Hustlers Facebook page.