Southern Districts currently fields one team in Rugby Victoria's newly launched Premiership Division with Cerberus Rugby Union Club playing as our seconds team.
The Premiership Competition comprises of clubs from Melbourne's metropolitan region who are generally able to field two teams.
Our Senior team will compete for the Ward Shield.
2021 Senior Coaching Structure
The Committee is excited to announce the following Senior Coaching Structure for 2020.
Senior Head Coach - Henry Luapo
Second Grade/Colts Coach - Matthew Grenfell
Technical Coach - Graeme Roach
Womens Coach - Anton Pilli (Acting)
Strenght and Conditioning - Steve Drury/Anton Pilli
First Aid and Physio - Murray Whitelaw
Henry is an extremely well respected member of the club's Masters team and has great experience coaching in NZ and Australia, in both Rugby League and Union. He has coached successful junior and senior teams, women's teams and representative teams, including Wellington Samoan Rugby League. Recently he has coached senior level at Casey Warriors, 1st grade and Reserves. Henry will be introducing an ethos of work ethic, commitment and ownership to the senior squad and he is a valuable addition to our coaching ranks.
Matthew has coached through the Souths Junior program winning a number of premierships on the way. He has worked to develop a junior team from the U10's to now being the club's Colts team. Matthew has a thorough understanding of set piece development and rugby tactics and will work to increase the skills of the team build depthh across our senior program.
Graeme will be assisting with the technical aspects of the forwards play, in particular the set piece. Graeme is a very experienced senior coach having coached 1st grade at both Melbourne Unicorns and Moorabbin Rams.
Anton is now in his 10th year at Souths as either as a player, coach or administrator following his move from Melbourne Unicorns. Anton has a wealth of rugby knowledge having played premier rugby both locally and internationally, represented Victoria at junior and senior levels, and previously coaching a number of South's senior and junior teams. He also has qualifications in Applied Science - Human Movement, Fitness and Personal Training.
Steve is new to the club but looking to bring a professionalism to the club's S&C program. Steve has recently completed his Exercise Sport Science degree from Deakin and is a ASCA Level 2 S&C coach. Steve has also worked with both the Sydney Swans and St Kilda Acadamies and recently completed mentorship with the Melbourne Rebels. Steve has a background in IT and is working towards bringing both his S&C and IT skills together in a professional capacity.
Murray is a long time servant and Life Member of the club. His contribution to the club is well known and he is invaluable in both his First Aid role and cultural leadership.
We are still seeking dedicated Assistant Coach's and Team Managers to assist our coaches with administrative aspects on game day.
Our coaching structure is dedicated to renewing the "Pirate" brand and building a formidable senior rugby program which is respected across the state. This program will extend across both the junior and senior programs, as well build pathways to assist our juniors to transition to senior rugby. We welcome all our members, past and present, to embrace and support the club as we rebuild and restore pride in our rugby program.
Senior training's currently run Mondays and Thursdays at the Pirate Ship from 6:30pm.