Newport Rugby Club's Breakettes First Home Game For 2022 - At Porters' Reserve Newport Beach
Overall the Newport Breakers had a good day on their home ground, Saturday April 30th, Round 2 for the Season. Unfortunately the Colts (Robertson Cup) match is scheduled to be replayed due to an injury to a Lindfield player which suspended play. The club and all players gave the injured player a loud round of applause as he was carried from the field.
Other results were:
4th Grade (Richardson Cup): Newport 24 - Lindfield 12
3rd Grade (Blunt Cup): Newport 28 - Lindfield 6
2nd Grade (Stockdale Cup): Newport 6 - Lindfield 10
1st Grade (Barraclough Cup): Newport 42 - Lindfield 10
Anzac Day In Pittwater: 2022
These were followed by a March Past at Bilgola Beach, and 11 am Commemorative Services at Palm Beach RSL, at Church Point's Memorial, at Avalon Beach and Terry Hills and a Dusk Service at Collaroy RSL Sub-Branch. Overall thousands came to Honour all those who have served and all those who serve still.
There were also some wonderful stories to be met along the way. As one example, Avalon Bulldogs Junior Rugby League Football Club member Maverick and his brother, part of the 11am March at Avalon Beach with their sports club, were spotted as grandmother Carmel was pinning on their great great grandfather's and great great grandmother's medals as they walked to the muster point outside Avalon Public School. Carmel's parent's, Bede William Merrick and Elizabeth Minnie Merrick (nee White), served during World War II, Elizabeth in the Army and Bede in the Army too.
Bede was a 'Rat of Tobruk' and later was assigned to look after defecting Russian spy Petrov as part of the Neutral Bay unit of the Volunteer Coast Patrol. Apparently Bede was stationed in his boat off the McMahon's Point 'safe house' the Petrovs lived in after deciding they'd rather live here than in 1950's Russia.
As a small 'thanks' to Maverick and his wonderful grandmother Carmel, this Issue's History page delves a little deeper into those April 1954's happenings - possibly of interest to a few as three of the 'safe houses' given over for looking after the Petrovs after their defection were purportedly in Pittwater; at Palm Beach, Avalon Beach and Towlers' Bay.
proud grandmother Carmel and her grandsons
An overview runs this Issue, including the 2022 Anzac Day Commemorative Address given at the 11am Service at Avalon Beach Cenotaph by Rear Admiral Peter Quinn, RAN.
Rear Admiral Peter Quinn. Photo: A J Guesdon.