A jubilant Lions second grade team celebrate their Grand Final trophy win.
The Club President's end of Rugby season report
2016 was another great year for the Woy Woy Rugby Club both on and off the field, continuing its aim to be one of the most successful and well respected clubs on the coast.
On the ground we saw the Club successful in the Seniors achieving finals births in Firsts, Seconds and Thirds with the mighty Seconds achieving the ultimate goal of the Premier 2 Premiership. Both the Firsts and the Thirds were unlucky not to progress further than the Semi Finals. In addition we fielded a team in Under 19's which was a great achievement. The benefit of having a bridge for players to successfully transition from Juniors to Seniors is imperative for the future of our Club.
The Second grade result was a triumph to the strength of our Club and the wonderful efforts of John Stokie, Kevin Glew and the rest of their team in bringing back Juniors from past years. These players are the future of this club and we will look forward to seeing many of them as the backbone of next years Firsts.
One of the clubs aims has been to have depth though teams in all grades this was a major achievement in 2016.
The Juniors were once again a strength across all age groups and the efforts of the Vice President of the Juniors Sarah Doak-Stride and her team deserves the highest of accolades. The strength of the Juniors is best epitomised by the wonderful improvement of the Under 16's and the continuing success of the Under 17's, the latter capping off another great year with the Premiership trophy. The 17's have now won seven premierships from the Under 10's until now. The ongoing future of this great club is in good hands.
Woy Woy Rugby was once again been closely involved in the local community through organisations such as the Men's Shed and the many local schools.
Socially a number of successful functions were held during the year commencing with the now famous Season Launch Lunch featuring Mark Ella and Gordon Bray and marvellously conducted by Master of Ceremonies Peter(Fab)Fenton and administered by John Kenney.
Success however doesn't come without sponsorship and I would like recognise and thank all of the wonderful organisations who have given so generously to support us. We look forward to the continuation of those partnerships and the strengthening of both our organisations.
I would like to particularly acknowledge all of the Club's volunteers from committee members through to coaches, managers, medical staff, ball boys, canteen staff and everyone who has given of their time so thanklessly. Thank you for the extraordinary contribution you have made during the year.
The official club photographers are Nick Friend (Senior teams) and Liam Cullen (Junior teams).