2nd Grade - Endeavour Hills @ Away - 7 May 2016
Quins @ Home - 15 April 2016
Box Hill away - 9 April
Power House @ Home 2nd April
Pencil this one ito diary, tell Siri to remind you or make sure Google puts it on your calendar. The Pirates first league match at home of the year promises to be a big one. The festivities will be on and off the field as we take back the clubhouse looking to make a night of it.
Moorabbin @ Casey Fields Grades 1, 2 & 3 from 12.00pm
The fun truly starts this weekend at Casey Fields as Souths take in Moorabbin in Round One. Both sides will be looking for good starts to their respective campaigns and Souths are primed to take to the field and carry on with the excellent quality of rugby witnessed in pre-season. The tie has a little added spice as the Noah family face the Souths for the first time since their move to Moorabbin. The contest on the field will be intense but the friendly rivalry will surely spill over into a few beverages on the sidelines in what will surely be a good day for both sets of fans.
Spotlight on Sione
On Saturday night Sione Tuipulotu son of First Grade coach Fohe, was thrust into centre stage as he started his first match for the Rebels as they beat the Reds. In doing so he became the first Victorian to play for them since their inception as he progressed through the ranks. Not only did his performance impress pundits and supporters alike but the air of pride surrounding the Pirates was testament to the great nature of this club. Whether at AAMI Park or watching from home everyone was behind Sione and long may his place with the Rebels continue. A great ambassador for Souths, St Kevins, and Frankston he worked thanks to all into his post match interview. He has marked his name and this club into the history books of Australian rugby. Congratulations Sione.
With Round One rapidly approaching it is time for all those involved with the Pirates to take heed of the trials and tribulations of pre-season and prepare for what will be another massive year at Souths. The glitz and glamour of rugby under the spotlights graced Riviera Reserve whilst the boys battled hard against seasoned opponents in the last two weeks in the regular Saturday fixture.
The inaugural Friday night 7’s drew several teams to the field to enjoy a bounty of rugby and beers to kick off the competitive side of the season. In blowing out the cobwebs players were able to see just how much work they personally needed to put in before Round One. On top of this the internal 10’s allowed players battling for those starting jerseys at all grades to weigh up their competition and set down a marker for all to see. The coaches themselves will no doubt have utilized both of these evenings to view the quality on offer across the board.
Defending three times Champions Harlequins were the first to feel the force of the Souths Brothers in a trial match consisting of selections from across all grades and broken down into 20 minute match periods. This enabled both coaching teams to give all players a chance to have a run and make an impact. Souths matched their opponents on the field for intensity and passion with both sides scoring some wonderfully worked tries. Given a chance to express themselves in a trial, the backs took full opportunity to showcase their dancing shoes with sidesteps, dummies and fast paced backline play the order of the day.
In the final hit out of pre-season, Footscray made the journey down to face Souths. Again the great turnout of players forced the hand of the coaches to play reduced periods of play to rotate the teams. Facing up to a slightly larger pack, the Pirates’ forwards had to up their work rate from the previous week. Having focused on their own set piece in the week preceding it was apparent as the lineout consistently fired, up and down the field. A close fought contest between the two sides will mean that they both go into Round One a little more battle hardened than their rivals.