By Les Marshall
FOR the first time in its 54-year history, the Eastern Shore Rugby Club was this year unable to field a senior men’s team in the Statewide Rugby Roster.
However, in true Rooster spirit, the club has taken this setback and used it as an opportunity to set about the task of rebuilding from the ground upwards.
Club president Kristi Leitch was elected to guide the club forward.
Ms Leitch has been a Rooster stalwart for many years and is also a player in the Easts Women’s team.
The club’s women’s team has recently finished the first round of the Southern Women’s seven a side competition and is now moving into the 15 a side roster.
An exciting development is the rebirth of the Junior Rugby Program.
Easts currently have teams playing in the Little Devils for ages six to 12, under 14 and under 16 boys, as well as under 15 and under 17 girls.
There is an urgent need at the moment, especially for the under 14 boys.
As part of the re-building program, the clubrooms have been re-decorated and modernised.
What had always been a wonderful facility now has a small bar, fully equipped kitchen and the venue is available to hire for functions.
A new initiative for the club is reaching out to the community, such as through charity events.
In recent times, the club has been a major sponsor for the Run the Troy event, raised $300 for cancer research through a morning tea at the club and has instituted a recycling program to assist the Southern Support School for Senior Students.
The Easts have also reached out to new sponsors.
At present, there are two levels – services and financial.
The club is anxious to speak with any interested parties and is able to tailor a package to suit.
Of course, this renewed activity requires more people power, so the club is seeking volunteers to assist with the many tasks that need to be completed to ensure future success.
This includes first aiders, team managers, people wanting to get involved with coaching or people who are just happy to chip in around the club.
But importantly, Easts requires players in all age groups.
In addition to women’s and junior’s programs, the club is focused on a men’s seven a side competition in October and November.
Men, women, boys and girls are all welcome – it doesn’t matter whether you have played or not.
Excellent coaches are on hand to get you started and guide you through what could be a life changing experience.
All you need to do is find and contact the club through Facebook.
Caption: Club president Kristi Leitch with son Adam Leitch, who plays in the Easts U/14s side.