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.
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Last Saturday the Brisbane Hustlers had their first trial match against the Wynnum Bugs. Taking to the field under the leadership of first time captain, Marty, the team were eager to put their month and a half of intense training to the test.
In the first quarter the team were still finding their feet, which allowed the more experienced Bugs to gain an early lead. However, in the second quarter the Brisbane Hustlers started to come together as team and make huge improvements – especially around the breakdown and scrums.
At half time the team got some clear messages around areas for improvements from the coaches, and kicked off the second half with a clear directive on how to get some more offensive possession. In the third quarter the Hustlers kept the Bugs in their own half through some relentless work from the forward pack; whilst creating some opportune runs for the backline. Unfortunately, the Hustlers were kept scoreless in the third quarter.
However, it was not long into the 4th quarter that the team were able to create and opportunity for points. After some tight phase play, Isaac our new star second rower was able to catch the opposition off guard and snatch a four pointer.
In the end, the Hustlers could not close the gap and the Bugs walked away victorious – but the Hustlers achieved redemption, easily winning the post-game Boat Race.
Overall, the team and coaches were happy with the progress the team has made in the last 6 weeks; and while the cardio can always be better, there was no shortage of determination and pride in the Hustlers’ performance.
Check out the full gallery here.
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In late February the Brisbane Hustlers made their annual trip down to rural NSW for the 2015 Boot Camp. For the third consecutive year Tyalgum Ridge Retreat played host the Hustlers. Thanks to Karen and the team for the amazing food and hospitality!
Despite cyclone Marcia’s attempt to rain us out, the team attacked the weekend with renewed focus and intensity. With some perfect, muddy rugby conditions the boys flew into the first day with some tackling training, and contested drills across the late morning. After a tough morning the boys hit the pool for some R&R before heading back to the fields for some more technical work around scrummaging, lineouts and backline plays.
After a big first day the team settled in for a night of festivities including the Reds game, a series of small team challenges involving some rugby trivia, a game of flip cup, and there was even a dance number or two (thankfully all video evidence was thoroughly destroyed!).
The boys were back on deck bright and early the next day, eager to take to the fields. Sunday was all about defence and a hotly contested game of 10 v 10 in the late morning. Chris, one of the returning Hustlers commented that:
“After three years we have really found a boot camp recipe that clicks. This year’s Boot Camp followed a logical flow that provided value to experienced and new players alike. The intensity was higher as a result and progression was faster. With a great mix of returning players and 1st time attendees the weekend flowed easy off the pitch as well”
Chris’s thoughts are echoed amongst the new 2015 recruits. Alan, a new 2015 Hustler commented:
“Coming into the Brisbane Hustlers in 2015, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the team but walked in with an open-minded attitude. The boot camp really gave me an understanding of what kind of club the Brisbane Hustlers is and wants to be in the future – and truly, it’s blown me away. The club is founded on mutual respect on and off the field, support of each player and member and their diverse backgrounds and a strong, unwavering commitment to not just your team mates, but every member of the club.
Being a part of the Brisbane Hustlers boot camp was an epic experience and something I have never done before – but certainly want to be a part of again. The atmosphere, the support of all the new members and drive amongst everyone to push and challenges ourselves to be better was something I won’t soon forget.”
Checkout more photos from the 2015 Boot Camp here.
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.
As the start of the tournament quickly approached, the excitement (and just a tad bit of anxiety) was palpable. Given only one day to meet and iron out the kinks, the 15 strong Brisbane Hustlers Baa Baas contingent met teammates from the Sydney Convicts and the Melbourne Chargers. Together, the Hustler Australian Baa Baas were born. Despite the short time the teams’ spirits were high and the boys were anxious to get out on the field.
On the first day of competition the Hustlers Australian Baa Baas ran onto a muddy pitch against the Emerald Valkyries.
Baa Baas captain Dean Vianello passes to hooker Garth before going down against the Valkyrie flyhalf.
The first half of the game was a baptism of fire for many of the boys, not only because it was the first ever rugby game for some, but it was against a tried and tested team in some of the most challenging playing conditions.
Despite the overwhelming odds, the boys put up a valiant effort to stave off a flogging. A heavier forward pack was equally matched by the Hustlers forwards’ determination at every breakdown and both sides showed fierce determination to gain possession of the slippery ball.
The Valkyries fought hard against some solid Hustlers defence and gained the advantage late in the first half. This quickly resulted in a try but remained unconverted. The Hustlers 0; the Valkyries 5.
With the Baa Baas down 0-10 early in the second half the boys mounted an offensive, inching their way closer to the opposition’s try line but found the Valkyrie’s kept the Baa Baas at bay and took the win.
The Baa Baas’ second game was against one of Canada’s two teams: the Ottawa Wolves. As the rain relented, the two teams clashed fiercely against the backdrop of a sunset at Rose Bay.
Scrumhalf Dou Ribu catches the Canadian openside flanker as blindside flanker Simon Copland looks on.
The Canadians drew first blood with an unconverted try while the Hustler Baa Baas still hunted for their first. In the second half saw the Baa Baas took it up a notch and managed to break through the advantage line. The Baa Baas’ fly-half almost managed a try but in a controversial decision, it was disallowed as a knock-on. In the scuffle, the team earned its first injury, with a key player loose forward ruled out for the rest of the tournament.
In the dying minutes, the Wolves managed to score another try against the Hustlers with the final tally at 12 to nil.
Rolling into day two, general soreness and fatigue set in, but morale was high and the hunger for a first try was strong.
The team prepared to play their last pool games against the Melbourne Chargers and the Philadelphia Griffons in yet more wet and miserable weather. The first game against the Melbourne Chargers was guaranteed to be one to watch as both teams were still vying for a win on the field.
It would seem finally, the Hustlers Baa Baas finally found their rhythm, with the forward pack fiercely competing at the breakdowns. However, the limited training time meant the backline were testing moves on the fly which resulted in a number of unfortunate handovers.
Outside centre Nathan Albeck receives the ball from flyhalf Tom Toro and steels himself as he goes to crash against the Gryphon defense.
The Melbourne Chargers found an opportunity in the last few minutes of the first half and scored their first try. But, the Hustlers Baa Baas dug deep in the second half and began producing some consistent phase play. Again, the Hustlers Baa Baas Flyhalf rallied the pack and the team began punching holes in the opposition’s defence, sending the Charger’s defence scrambling. In the 30th minute the Hustlers Baa Baas finally found the try line and scored their first try.
With a handful of minutes remaining and the score levelled at 5 apiece, the Chargers, drew on their experience and wore the Hustlers down with the final score: 10 Melbourne Chargers B; 5 Hustlers Australian Baa Baas.
That afternoon, the first quarterfinals were played with the Hustlers Baa Baas competing in the inaugural Hoagland Cup, in honour of Mark Bingham’s mother Alice Hoagland. The opponents: the Philadelphia Gryphons. It was the first American side the Baa Baas would encounter and the most intensely physical game the Hustlers would play.
Lock Nick Ward plows into the Philadelphia Gryphons defense.
The first game had already taken its toll on the team with critical players injured. Despite injuries and exhaustion, the Hustlers Baa Baas managed to maintain strong defence against the Americans. The Americans scored two tries in the first half, a half which saw further injuries and removal of even more key players – forcing a reshuffle of the Hustlers Baa Baas backline.
Ultimately, the mounting injuries led the Gryphons to a further three tries, with the Hustlers Baa Baas falling scoreless against the Gryphons at 27 to nil.
Day three and the final day of the Bingham Cup finally saw clouds part and let the sun shine on what was going to be an exciting day of competition. The Brisbane Hustlers was playing against the San Francisco Fog for a place in the Bingham Cup Grand Final while the Hustlers Baa Baas were in the semi-finals for the Hoagland Vase. Read about The Brisbane Hustlers Bingham Cup campaign here.
The Hustlers Baa Baas faced off against their second American team: the Boston Ironsides. Despite injuries still plaguing the team, everyone was in high spirits as they kicked off for their fifth game. The Hustlers Baa Baas started strong against the Ironsides, with the opposition giving away early penalties. But the opposition’s sheer size and physical domination over the Baa Baas ensured they took the first try early in the first half. Early in the second half the Hustler Baa Baas suffered yet another injury, forcing another reshuffle of the backline.
Flanker Matt Clayton has his eye on the ball against the Boston Ironsides.
The Hustlers put up a valiant fight for the remainder of the game, rallying to score once in the second half. Effectively running a 14-man side against the big American side, the Hustlers Baa Baas weren’t able to muster enough of an offence to take the win from the Ironsiders.
With the final score at 10 to 5, the Baa Baas ended their Bingham Cup campaign proud of what they’d been able to achieve in 3 days. Their proudest achievement was demonstrating to the world how a team can come together on and off the field, despite some overwhelming odds.
Ultimately, the Hustlers Baa Baas came away from the Bingham Cup with a stronger sense of camaraderie with the global rugby brethren. With the Bingham Cup organisers unofficially dubbing the Hustlers Baa Baas as the most positive team at the tournament, the Hustlers Baa Baas spirit will live on and will be alive and kicking at the 8th Bingham Cup in 2016 at Nashville, Tennessee.
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