NSW Country Rugby Union

Walgett Mum Takes Out Volunteer of the Year

Walgett Mum Takes Out Volunteer of the Year

NSW Country Rugby were delighted to hear that Rebecca Yeomans took out the Volunteer of the Year award at the recent NSW RUGBY awards night held at Centennial Parklands in Sydney.

The driving force behind the junior club Walgett Lambs attended the night with good friend Kate Kennedy a key driver for another Western Plains junior club the Macquarie Emus.

Rebecca humility was quick to highlight that it is an enormous team effort out in the far west getting young boys and girls interested in playing Rugby, and was very quick to praise her friend Kate Kennedy from the Macquarie Emus.

Included below is a wonderful story about an initiative the Rebecca and others from the Walgett and the Western Plains zone held in July this year. It is a wonderful initiative and a great story that has brought the zone together. Congrats Bec!

NSW Country Rugby would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work that ALL of our volunteers put in to putting teams on the paddock every weekend and ensuring our players have the best experience possible.

On Saturday the 29th July the Walgett Lambs and Walgett Rams came together to put on a family day at the Rugby. In true Walgett form we had a beautiful sunny day, again....

The day started with a junior development morning run by our amazing NSW Development staff of Gary Walsh (Central North), Jarrod Simpson (Central West) and Luke Mack. The Guys were also assisted by Waratah Paddy Ryan. We hoped for 50 kids that would have been more than we had ever had to our Walgett development days and well, we got 70. We were blown away by the response and the NSW Rugby staff certainly earned their lunch.

A very special guest Tah Man who is the NSW Waratahs mascot arrived to cheer on the kids. Walgett are very fortunate to have Tah Man visit because he doesn’t normally travel over the mountain. We thank our tireless Development Officer Gus McDonald (Western Plains) for getting Tah Man to Walgett.

The Lambs put on free jumping castle for the littlies who aren’t quite up to size for rugby yet, to enjoy. We wanted for our future lambs families to come, see and enjoy a day at the rugby without having to dip into their pockets the whole day.

Walgett Lambs hosted a luncheon to celebrate the history of the Lambs and the wonderful people who have volunteered their time over the years to make such a wonderful little club. We asked for people to share their Lambs photos and had an amazing response. The photo display took up the whole back wall of the tent. Again the food was amazing with wonderful support from Nancy Thwaites and Sarah Wickman. Our beautiful Lambs mums new and old did the rest, thank you especially to Camilla Rowntree for coordinating the luncheon.

A small idea for Walgett to support the Batyr 1S1G fundraiser grew into been the Western Plains 1S1G Round. All 8 clubs in the zone purchased and wore the colourful Batyr socks. A truly amazing effort and a great way to spread the message of Batyr far and wide while also raising money. In Walgett we were very fortunate The Lambs were able to organise Paddy Ryan a Batyr Ambassador to join us for the day and speak to the crowd about Batyr and what they do.

Batyr is an organisation that aims to engage, educate and empower young people to have positive conversations about mental health. Batyr aims to smash the stigma surrounding mental health and encourage young people to reach out for help when they need it. Batyr offer a range of programs that ‘give a voice to the elephant in the room’.

At Walgett we supported Batyr off the back of the community driven White Elephant Winter Ball in Tamworth raising $ 2500 on the day for this wonderful organisation.

Walgett Rams had a great day on the field against Warren Pumas winning first grade 45-10 and second grade 15-0. This set the scene for a great night. From all accounts the evening was great with Enid again supplying a wonderful dinner stretching 50 meals to feed 80. Paddy Ryan and Gary Walsh stayed the night and celebrated a great day at Walgett Rugby until long after the day ended.

Thank you to all the people who helped make the Walgett Rugby Family day an amazing day. Behind the scenes hours of work went on for weeks organising the many parts that came together to make a great day. Thank you to all the people who helped in every way, with collecting old photos, bringing food, photos of the day, helping on the gate, helping with the development. We also need to thank the families who came out to support us. Let’s hope the family day becomes an annual event on the Walgett Rugby Calendar.