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(See also "The Sentimental Journey" for another view of the club history)

 

The Bendigo Rugby Club was founded in 1970 by its founding father Alan Newton.
Its home ground is Shadforth Park, 5 minutes north from the centre of Bendigo.
The clubs shares it facilities with a soccer and football club in the winter months and a cricket club in the summer.
This enables the club to have modern change rooms and after match facilities, which were much better than the facilities available at its humble beginnings.

In recent years 2003-2006 the club has been the bench mark in Victorian Country Rugby winning 4 successive flags.  The side recently introduced playing country games of rugby under lights, a first for Victorian Country Rugby.

In late 2004 the club ran the 3rd highest attended Australian Rugby Union Try Rugby Program in Australian for that period beating out centres in Queensland and large parts of New South Wales for attendees.

In 2009 the side claimed its 11th premiership from only 18 grand final visits.

Since then there has been many club notables:
 

  • Ian "Noisy" Dyett - Club President for 30 years.
     
  • Glen Roff - Father of Wallaby Joe Roff.
     
  • Doug Ross - Club games record holder and brother of former Wallaby Bill Ross.
     
  • Bill Coulter - Club Stalwart, secretary/treasurer extraordinaire for many years.
     
  • Afu Uasi - Tongan Test player
     
  • Chistia Branum - Norwegian Test Player
     
  • Tvuita Asi - Tongan Test Player
     
  • Nigel Kennedy - Australian School boys second XV representive player.
     
  • Sione Uhi - Victorian Senior team Representative.
     
  • Charlie Ihaka - First Bendigo coach to claim 3 successive Victorian Country Titles.

    Premiership years: 1981, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009.

     

    Club Records

                                     Team                           Individual

    Most Caps                                                                         309 Doug Ross

    Most Games- Father & Son                                             81 Peter Clark & Nick Poingdestre

    Winning Grand Finals –  Player                                      6 Rauna Murray

    - Captain                                             2 Gideon Tauelangi &

                                                                     Torben Vedelsby

                                     - Coach                                               3 Charlie Ihaka

    Most Points in a Season      681 -1995                            207 – Brendan Ward 2006

    Most Tries in a Season         112 – 1995                          25 Sione Uhi 2002

    Most Points in a Match        140 v BARC 21/8/2010     45 Michael Critchon v BARC 21/8/2010

    Most Tries in a Match          22 v BARC 21/8/2010         9 Michael Crichton v BARC 21/8/2010

                                                                                                    

    Most Goals in a Match  16 v Echuca-Moama 10/8/2002  16 Kingi Uerata v E-M

                                                                                                      10/8/2002

    Most Goals in a Season        69 2002                                 65 Kingi Uerata 2002

    Youngest Player to Play 100 Games                                 21yr 143 Days Nick Poingdestre

    Most Consecutive Games                                                  96 Karim Khodja 2001-2006

    Most Consecutive wins        16   1982/3

 

 

 

Updated August 2010






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