In anticipation of a big day at Seahorse Park on Saturday with 4 grades against Grafton and the Raz Burtonwood Memorial Day, the Ballina Rugby Club will also be holding a further minutes silence for Ian Hooper who tragically passed away last week while refereeing Lennox Head and Ballina Seahorses 2nd Grade.
Junior training for season 2019 is now well underway.
Make sure that any parents or guardians who have children / players in the junior sides do sign up for Seahorse Nation because it will be the best place to access news and updates for the whole club as well as junior developments.
It was a wet and slippery day up on the plateau for the first game of season 2019. While President's Cup was played at Seahorse Park, 2nd grade, Women's 7's and 1st grade all played for the Dane Cupitt Shield at Lyle Park.
An important component of building an even stronger Rugby Union club is to also build and support our community partners. By supporting the wider local community, the Ballina Seahorses will be able to attract the same support as we give.
Saturday 16th March saw the first signs of moisture in the region and this coincided with the trial game against the Coffs Harbour Snappers. It looks like there is a bit of work to be done on match fitness and teamwork and this trial against the Snappers was a great step forward in preparations for a great 2019.
Local lad come good, Sam Giltrap has been selected and had a couple of runs with the Auckland ITM Contenders who are a Kiwi based side who are currently touring in Australia. We all know the Giltrap name is synonymous with having a bit of an accent but apparently Sam has a Kiwi passport which allows him to play for teams across the ditch.
On Tuesday 5th March, The Ballina Rugby Union Club was greeted with a visit by Ben Franklin MLC who is the National Party candidate for the Ballina electorate for the upcoming 2019 NSW State election. While footy training has now clicked into full gear, there were many supporters, sponsors, players and family members in attendance to find out what Ben was going to announce.