September 15 - 21, 2013: Issue 128

 Newport Breakers Colts Win Robertson Cup - Great Win in Club's 50th Year

Newport Breaker's Colts. Picture by Michael Mannington, 2013. 

 Newport Breakers Colts Win Robertson Cup

The Newport Breakers Rugby Union Colts won the Robertson Cup yesterday, Saturday 14th of September. Defeating Oatley 36 to 13 at the TG MiIlner Field at Eastwood was a fitting end to their celebratory 50th season. As it happened, the two teams had met three times in the year's competition with the Breakers again showing their superior form. Club vice President Alan Jones was clearly delighted with the win and was looking forward to a big celebration at the Newport club last night.

Breakaway and Captain Tynan Linton: “Saturday brings a close to a season of hard work and is the last chance a lot of the boys will have to play together as colts”.  Sub-district Colts is an under 21 competition and 12 of the squad next year will be eligible for higher grade selection. 

Linton said prior to the game again: “Guys play entire careers without the opportunity to play a grand final, to have this opportunity two years in a row cannot be allowed to be wasted. Bring on Saturday!”

Club spokesman Alan Jones: “The colts are an outstanding group of young men, who play a fantastic style of rugby with a brutal defensive forward unit complimented by a quick and skilful backline”. Jones again “Whatever the result on Saturday I can promise you it will be a great advertisement for running rugby”. 

The Grand Final brings to a close a year of celebrations for the Breakers and Newport junior club, which saw celebrations of its 50 years, and importantly welcomed Scott Fardy as the Newport club's 3rd Wallaby. A truly remarkable achievement for the tight knit rugby club at the tip of the Peninsula. 

Breakers Colts coaches Adrian Piggy Langford and Terri Lee. Picture by Michael Mannington.

The Robertson Cup was named after former Suburban Chairman of the New South Wales Suburban Rugby Union, (1978–80), Brian Robertson, and was first won by Port Hacking. After not being contested between 1988–93, the Robertson Cup was revived to become the Colts trophy for second division. 

The New South Wales Suburban Rugby Union (NSWSRU) is affiliated to the New South Wales Rugby Union and runs the competition affectionately known as "Subbies" rugby. There are around 7500 players and 55 clubs competing across 6 divisions, making "Subbies" the largest centrally administered rugby competition in the world. NSWSRU is truly the grassroots of the game in Sydney. Matches played by suburban or sub-district clubs began in 1869 as the City and Suburban competition.

Newport Rugby Club was established in 1963 and has participated in the NSW Suburban Rugby competition since that time. Their home ground is located at Porter Reserve, Burke Street, Newport. The Newport Rugby Club seeks to actively participate in the improvement of the local community, by providing a strong football club for the local youth of the Northern Beaches. 

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 Joe Osborne playing fly half, picture by Michael Mannington, 2013.