Dural Rugby Club
The Dural Rugby Club Inc. was established in 1997 for the benefit of players in the Dural/Galston area, with the formation of three teams – U6’s (2006 U15’s), U16’s and U17’s. It became a junior village club of the Eastwood District playing in the Western Zone competition from U10’s to U17’s.
Some family names that worked hard to establish this club were the Kearns, Inglis and van Middeldyks. Many more worked with these families and all had a vision for a Rugby club that was friendly and competitive. There are many families that have worked hard in the early years to keep Dural growing into the club it is today – they are the Adcocks, Creightons, Dunnes, Ferris’, Houlahans, Houstons, Robinsons and many more.
Phil Kearns (the original and he went to Joeys), the inaugural Dural Rugby President reported that the light blue jersey and navy short colours were quickly agreed upon when they went to order the first jerseys for the club. This was due to the fact that the clothing supplier had plenty of light blue material in stock as he had just made the NSW State of Origin jerseys. In 2002 the light blue and navy hoops were introduced with the growth of the club and the necessity to accommodate a 2nd team jersey in some age groups.
In 2006 Dural fielded 17 teams and registered over 270 boys (and 1 girl) from U6’s through to U17’s. Players come from many suburbs in the Hills District including Annangrove, Arcadia, Baulkham Hills, Beaumont Hills, Bella Vista, Berowa Heights, Berrilee, Box Hill, Canoelands, Carlingford, Castle Hill, Cattai, Cherrybrook, Dural, Fiddletown, Forest Glen, Galston, Glenhaven, Glenorie, Kenthurst, Kellyville, Maraylya, Nelson, Northmead, Pennant Hills, Pittown, Quakers Hill, South Maroota, Thornleigh, Vineyard and West Pennant Hills.
2003 saw the introduction of an U16’s girls’ rugby team, unfortunately the Girls’ competition did not continue in 2004.
The clubs vision is the development of Rugby Union in the local community by presenting an appealing and organised competition. Training is held over 4 nights a week (Tuesday – Friday) at Dural Park Quarry Road, Dural.
The first EDJRU premiership won by Dural Rugby were the under 8’s in 1999 and again as under 9’s in 2000 (these were the original U6’s and on are the U15’s in 2006). The U19`s won the Suburban Grand Final in 2000 coached by Chris Seage. The 1999 U15’s won the Gordon 10’s competition. In 2003 the U14’s became Major Premiers in the SJRU Western Zone Grand Final White Division and became the 1st Dural team to win this trophy.
In 2000 the ARU invited Dural to be one of the first club’s to trial their rugbynet website. The original website was created by James and Debra Dunne. In April 2002 the website was awarded “Website of the Month” by the ARU Rugbynet team. As technology changes so do web sites and we have changed to our new web site format in 2014 along with our new home of www.duralrugbyclub.com.au
In 2016 we are celebrating our 20th Anniversary, 20 years of providing kids the opportunity of playing rugby on the weekends. We are looking for any original team photos, or action shots from the early years. If you have any, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dural, comes from the Aboriginal word `Dooral Dooral` meaning: BURNING LOGS ALIGHT FROM WITHIN, which emphasizes the Dural Rugby Union philosophy:
– players play with the fire and determination of a competitive spirit.
– good sportsmanship
– a commitment to the game of rugby union
`Dooral Dooral` gave us our emblem of DD Rugby.
originally written by Debra Dunne Secretary May 2001, updated by current Committee Members.