- PRESIDENTS MESSAGE
Dear Fellow Goats
As we draw towards the back end of season 2019, I feel it timely to communicate with you all. The step up to premier grade has been extremely tough and I personally would like to thank you all for your effort, passion and perseverance. I also would like to thank the coaches, managers and committee for their hard work, commitment and leadership. The club has had lots of learnings and experiences from season 2019, both on and off the field. One of these key learnings was that we need start recruiting earlier and so I am starting recruitment for 2020 season now and I am starting a recruitment sub committee to drive this process and we are kicking off on Tuesday night after training at 8pm. 2020 Recruitment, moving to premier grade is part of 3 year plan. The Plan is to have 4 senior teams, a colts team and standalone ladys team.
Despite a tough time on the field, we have acheived a lot of things in 2019. We have a full complement of coaches and managers, we extremely fortunate that Daryl Prince joined us from Wests-Scarborough with his years of coaching experience, John O’Reilly returned to Goatland and Greg Jaeckel and David Weir teaming together to run the thirsty thirds. Every team has decidated and hard working manager. The Rams have gone from strength to strength, basically forming the majority of our 3rd grade team and with a number of Rams also consistently playing up in the reserve and premier grade teams.
The lady’s team has been lucky to have Willie Lio join us, assisted by Austin Maugatai and Simone Marsh looking after things, which has assembled a wonderful lady’s team.
Off the field your club is in great shape, with good facilities, great sponsors, stable financial grounds, great reputation and relationship with the university, RugbyWA and our local community. As a community rugby club, we rely on volunteers to ensure the success and longevity of our club. We are fortunate to have a wonderful group of unpaid volunteers, who are regularly down every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during the season.
Over the weekend, while the results didn’t reflect it, it was a big club day. We saw players playing in two games and one player had a run in all three grades, plus we had one old goat play his 50th Goat game in his 50 year in the Goats 50th year. The key thing at the Goats and what defines us a clubs is our culture and values which has been 50 years in the making.
Culture and Values, team culture and values is the unwritten rules of your team, it’s the shared values, beliefs, expectations and practices between teammates. It’s the way you interact together on and off the field. It’s the side’s identity. It’s “how we do things around here”. Off the field, the club ensures we look after our people. Over the last decade the club has seen an unprecedented run of success that includes the culmination of four major premierships and inclusion in every finals series since 2008. The Goats, as we are affectionately known, has an enviable club culture which is borne out of a rich inclusive, multicultural, student-centred history and one which values club unity and camaraderie across all teams in equal value to on-field success.
We now have 7 weeks of the season left, with the home and away season finishing on the 3rd of August. Besides the footy there is there is still have a number of events and milestones to look forward to.
This weekend we have the Goats Hoedown, so get out your RM Williams Boots, Millers Shirts and Driazbone jacket, I am so excited for a good Goanna Pull. On August 3rd we have our Friends of goats day and then followed that night by the 50 year celebration and also we have the annul club season celebration dinner. Plus there is even talk of Bali Tens trip.
So lets finish off the season going hard and I hope to think you all are back at the club next season.
Your Goat President,
Unfortunately the above note appears to have caused some confusion and been misinterpreted.
The above reads that Curtin has a 3 year plan we will aim to have 4 men’s, a colts and a solo women’s team during this time.
At no point is there a plan that we will we be splitting away from Perth Irish Rugby Club
The combined team was always a stepping stone to each club having standalone teams. Through greater recruiting, hopefully both Curtin and Irish can be self sufficient clubs, which means that both clubs can have their own women’s team of 30+ players.
Both clubs aspire to be their own team if numbers weren’t an issue, but until that time we’ll continue to assist each other so that the women from both clubs can still play rugby every weekend.
Our main interest and priority will always be players first.
I am sorry for the confusion this has caused and if you have any isues etc please free to contact me.