I am writing a post I never thought I would have to.
I brought the Hamilton Hornets down on the weekend for round 2 of the Gee Gage Cup.
A spirited match against the 2nds, with no on-field issues. A good clean game by both sides.
We had a full side of 23 and about 10 old boys down supporting plus a couple of folks in from overseas.
I was excited to have them back to the club to show it off and enjoy a little Balmy Beach Rugby hospitality. Most made it down.
I was shocked and saddened by the total lack of rugby etiquette displayed by the 2nds. No beer with your opposite #. No banter with the opposition. No chucking shit at the referee. NOTHING.
One player, Rick Honeyford, who made it back from Fletcher’s brought over a pitcher for us we toasted the game.
Where has the ethos gone? I am posting here, because it is incumbent upon us as, senior statesmen of the club and the game, to ensure the positive traditions live on.
Yours in Rugby