Southern Districts Rugby Club, often referred to as ‘Souths’ or ‘Southern Pirates’ has a proud and strong history within the Victoria Rugby Union community. Our club was formed in 1972 and has since provided teams in both the Junior and Senior rugby competitions.
Our club was born after local rugby enthusiasts met, responding to a message in the Public Notices of the local newspaper. The club’s first name was “Skye Frankston” and was allocated a playing field off Frankston-Dandenong Road in Lyndhurst. Over the years we have changed our name and relocated our club a number of times, finally settling into our current grounds at Riviera Reserve, Eel Race Road, Seaford.
Today we proudly call ourselves “Southern Districts Rugby Club” which is a reflection of the Peninsula and surrounding areas in which our players and members reside. Although our designs have changed over the years we proudly wear our original colours of blue and gold. This heritage dates back to the first set of club jerseys, an old set of Parramatta jerseys which were the only ones available at the time.
Our grounds boast some of the best club rugby facilities in Victoria. We have two well maintained playing fields and two training fields which support all our junior and senior teams, dedicated and knowledgeable coaching and support staff, a small gym to support the training and development of our players, and our club house which provides canteen and bar facilities, thus to ensure our members and visitors feel welcome and entertained.
We currently field teams from under 6-10 age group (Pathways Rugby), 11-16 age group (Junior Rugby), Senior teams as well as a Masters (+35) team. Our teams have been regular participants in the Victorian Rugby Union finals fixtures, with our Under 14’s team winning the 2017 Minor Premiership and Premiership U14B division and our Masters team coming Runners-up. Our club has also been well represented in Victorian State Teams with a number of our players receiving representation honours in various age groups over the years. In the 2018 season we are working towards establishing an Under 18’s team and in following years a Colts (Under 20s) team. We are also hoping to develop a Women’s team to provide a pathway to Senior rugby for the female members of our club. All interested players are encouraged to contact the club.
Our Senior program is currently undergoing a rebuilding phase and will compete in the newly formed Premiership Competition. In coming years, we anticipate a re-entry into the Premier Division which is the highest division of rugby in Victoria. Our Head Coach is Colin Dowie. Colin has been a member of Southern Districts Rugby Club for 10 years, as both a parent and a coach. He has four boys who have all played Juniors for the club, three of which have progressed to the Senior level. Colin has also coached at various age groups, with one of his coaching achievements guiding the 2013 Colts team to play finals at the then recently opened AAMI Park. Colin is a butcher by trade and he generously sponsors the club through the business he manages, Mornington Prime Cuts. We are expecting to fill the other coaching roles in the near future. If you are interested in a coaching or support role we encourage you to make contact with the club.
It is with great pride that Southern Districts Rugby Club boasts one of the few Melbourne Rebels home grown talents. Sione Tuipulotu spent a number of his junior years at the club prior to his graduation to senior rugby. In recent years he has been a member of the Australian Under 20’s squad, the Melbourne Rising and the Melbourne Rebels squads. Sione and his family are still active members of the club and are regularly in attendance at junior and senior fixtures.
Our newly formed Committee is headed by our first ever female President, Nadine Dowie. Nadine was elected to this position after showing great energy and leadership in her previous role as the Junior Coordinator. Our Committee brings a variety of skills to their committee positions and are working hard to improve various aspects of the club and thereby providing a more enjoyable and rewarding experience for our players and members.
New players and social members are always welcome. For new membership enquiries please contact:
Junior Players firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Players email@example.com
Follow the link for our 2018 Committee Members