Parramatta Two Blues

Parramatta Two Blues Rugby is a rugby union club based in Parramatta, the second CBD of Sydney, Australia. The club was formed in 1879 and competes in the Shute Shield run by the New South Wales Rugby Union. One of the oldest clubs in the Sydney Premier Rugby competition the club has produced nineteen Wallabies over the years, starting with the great Bill Cerutti in 1936 through to the club's current, Tatafu Polota-Nau. To date Parramatta has played in eight First grade grand finals.

Parramatta Two Blues
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Full nameParramatta "Two Blues" Rugby
Nickname(s)Two Blues
Founded1879
LocationParramatta, Sydney, Australia
Ground(s)Granville Park (Capacity: 5,000 (1,000 seats))
Coach(es)Paul Hardwick, Greg Michell
Captain(s)Adrian Musico
League(s)Shute Shield
General ManagerCraig Morgan
Team kit
Official website
www.twobluesrugby.com.au
Two Blues captain Andrew Cox, achieving 100 first grade games in 2011, is congratulated by President Geoff Baldwin and the oldest living former Wallaby Eric Tweedale

HistoryEdit

Parramatta Two Blues Rugby Club has enjoyed 130 years of top grade rugby in Sydney's premier competition and is one of only five clubs (Manly, Randwick, Parramatta, Gordon and Warringah) to have never been relegated from the Top Grade.

Founded in 1879 as Cumberland, the club played in a senior Competition with University, Wallaroos, Waratah, Redfern and Pirates until 1899 when the existing system was disbanded.

The Club changed its name to Parramatta and was admitted to the Sydney First Grade competition in 1934 contesting its first Grand Final in 1945, a 9–3 defeat to Sydney University. The 1950s and 1960s were lean years but the development of a strong junior competition assured a sharp improvement in standards.

Former Wallaby Rod Phelps took over as captain-coach in 1971 and for three years he improved Parramatta‘s standing in the rugby fraternity. Grand Final appearances in 1974 and 1975 showed that the club was well on its way to becoming a force to be reckoned with.

Finally with the influx of young players in this period Parramatta won its initial First Grade premiership in 1977, a 17–9 victory against Randwick under coach Peter Fenton. The Two Blues had waited 44 years to sample the sweet taste of victory but the wait was worthwhile.

The Club then played in the 1979 and 1984 grand finals going down to Randwick on both occasions but revenge would be sweet in 1985 and 1986 when the underdogs from Sydney’s west succeeded in beating the Galloping Greens to win consecutive premierships under coach Paul Dalton.

Four of Parramatta’s favourite sons switched to League with success. Ken Kearney (a Wallaby in 1947 and 1948), Ray Price (a Wallaby between 1974 and 1976), Tony Melrose who played for the Wallabies in 1978 and 1979, and Andrew Leeds who played for his country between 1986 and 1988 all wore the Two Blues with pride and then switched to the Parramatta Eels. Leeds and Peter Kay, capped against England in 1988, were the club’s most recent Wallabies until Tatafu Polota-Nau played two Tests on the Wallabies 2005 Tour against England and Ireland.

Club informationEdit

 
Parramatta Two Blues logo pre-2011
Club Name: Parramatta Two Blues
Nickname: Two Blues
Founded: 1879
Home-stadium: Merrylands RSL Club Rugby Park (Formerly Granville Park)
Uniform colours: Navy-Blue and Sky-Blue
Premiership Titles: 3 titles: 1977, 1985, 1986

Office holdersEdit

As of 2017:[needs update]

President: Brian Blacklock
General Manager: Craig Morgan
Director of Coaching: Paul Hardwick & Greg Michell
Club Captain: Nick Blacklock
1st Grade Captain: Andrew Cox

Current squadEdit

RecordsEdit

HonoursEdit

Grand Finalists and Premiers[citation needed]

  • 2000 4th Grade
  • 1998 5th Grade
  • 1997 5th Grade PREMIERS
  • 1992 4th Grade Colts
  • 1987 1st Grade Colts
  • 1986 1st Grade PREMIERS - d. Randwick 30-12
  • 1985 1st Grade PREMIERS - d. Randwick 19-12
  • 1984 1st Grade (Randwick defeated Parramatta)
  • 1984 3rd Grade
1984   1st Grade Colts Premiers Def Sydney Uni 
  • 1982 3rd Grade
  • 1982 2nd Grade Colts
  • 1981 2nd Grade Colts
  • 1981 3rd Grade Colts PREMIERS
  • 1979 1st Grade (Randwick defeated Parramatta)
  • 1979 4th Grade PREMIERS
  • 1979 1st Grade Colts PREMIERS (Joint)
  • 1978 2nd Grade Colts
  • 1977 1st Grade PREMIERS - d. Randwick 17-9
  • 1977 5th Grade
  • 1976 3rd Grade PREMIERS
  • 1976 5th Grade
  • 1976 1st Grade Colts
  • 1976 2nd Grade Colts PREMIERS
  • 1975 1st Grade (Northern Suburbs defeated Parramatta)
  • 1975 1st Grade Colts
  • 1975 2nd Grade Colts
  • 1974 1st Grade (Randwick defeated Parramatta)
  • 1945 1st Grade (Sydney University defeated Parramatta)

Representative playersEdit

International men's teams 15-a-side players:

  Australia Bob Brown Debut: 1975-05-24 vs. England in Sydney Aus / Fullback / (Wallaby 575)
  Australia Bill Cerutti Australian Rep in 17 Tests & made famous the number 13 Jersey in the 1920s-30s.
  Australia Phil Clements Debut: 1982-09-11 vs. New Zealand in Auckland, NZ / Lock / (Wallaby 631)
  Australia Adam Coleman Debut: 2016
  Australia Patrick Cooper Played for Wallabies is 1965
  Australia John Griffiths Played for Wallabies in 1982
  Australia Peter Kay Debut: 1988-06-12 vs. England in Sydney, Aus / Prop / (Wallaby 669)
  Australia Ken Kearney Debut: 1947-06-14 vs. New Zealand in Brisbane, Aus / Hooker / (Wallaby 346)
  Australia Martin Knight Debut: 1978-06-11 vs. Wales in Brisbane, NZ / Centre / (Wallaby 593)
  Australia Andrew Leeds Debut: 1986-09-06 vs. New Zealand in Auckland, NZ / Fullback / (Wallaby 658)
  Australia Mick Martin Debut: 1980-05-24 vs. Fiji in Suva, Fiji / Wing / (Wallaby 612)
  Australia Adrian McDonald Played for Wallabies in 1983
  Australia Tony Melrose Debut: 1978-09-09 vs. New Zealand in Auckland, NZ / Flyhalf / (Wallaby 601)
  Australia Taqele Naiyaravoro Debut: 2015
  Australia Rod Phelps Debut: 1955-09-03 vs. New Zealand in Dunedin, NZ / Fullback / (Wallaby 412)
  Australia Tatafu Polota-Nau Debut: 2005-11-12 vs England in Twickenham, England / Hooker / (Wallaby 806)
  Australia Don Price Forward Toured Fiji with the Australian Rugby Union Team in 1980
  Australia Ray Price Debut: 1974-05-25 vs. New Zealand in Sydney, Aus / Flanker / (Wallaby 573)
  Australia Reg Sutton 1960s?
  Australia Eric Tweedale Debut: 1946-09-14 vs. New Zealand in Dunedin, NZ / Prop / (Wallaby 336)
  Australia Malcolm Van Gelder 1960s?
  Australia Lance Walker Debut: 1982-08-28 vs. New Zealant in Wellington, NZ / Hooker / (Wallaby 629)
  Australia Stan Wickham Played for Wallabies in 1901 to 1906
  Tonga Damien Fakafanua Centre/Wing for Tonga in 2012 Pacific Nations Cup
  Tonga John Fonua Debut: 2002-06-15 vs. Samoa at Nuku A'lofa, Tonga / Wing / (Tonga Player 472)
  Tonga Sitiveni Mafi Lock, Flanker for Tonga Debut in the 2010 Pacific nations Cup
  Tonga Sateki Tuipulotu Debut:1994-07-17 vs. Fiji at Nuku A'lofa, Tonga / Fullback / (Tonga Player 368)
  Fiji Taniela Rawaqa Fullback/Flyhalf for Fiji. The Second Highest point scorer in Pacific Nations Cup at 103 Points
  Samoa Fa'avaivai Tanoa'i Debut: 1996-07-13 Vs. Tonga at Apia, Samoa / Flyhalf
  Samoa Lua Vailoaloa Halfback for the Manu Samoa in 2011 Pacific Nations Cup and non travelling reserve in 2011 Rugby World Cup
  New Zealand Sosene Anesi Debut: 2005 vs. Fiji in Albany / Fullback,Wing / (All-Black 1054)
  Canada Evan Olmstead Debut: 2011 Canada U20 Vs. Georgia in Tbilisi, Georgia / 2nd Row/Flanker/No.8
  Philippines Oliver Saunders Current Philippines Rugby player and Top point scorer (Flyhalf)
  Philippines Kenneth Stern Current Philippines Rugby Player (Winger)

Other players signed to professional clubs:

  Australia Daniel Yakapo Rugby Viadana
  Italy Steven Bortolussi Petrarca Padova Rugby
  Samoa Iese Leota Stade Montois
  Samoa Chris Seuteni CA Brive
  Tonga Sitiveni Mafi Western Force

International women's teams players:

  Australia Alex Sulusi Australian women's national rugby union team
  Australia Chloe Butler Australian women's national rugby union team
  Australia Nita Maynard Australian women's national rugby union team
  Australia Hanna Sio Australian women's national rugby union team (sevens)

Other Australian team representatives:

  Australia Daniel Yakapo Australian national rugby union team (sevens)
  Australia Andrew Vatuvei Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union
  Australia Andrew Cox Australian Barbarians Rugby Team
  Australia Josh Kaifa Australian Barbarians Rugby Team
  Australia Mika Polota Nau Australian Barbarians Rugby Team
  Australia Rodney Ma'a Australian Barbarians Rugby Team

Life membersEdit

  • Greg Baker
  • Bruce Coggins
  • Denis Garlick
  • Lorraine Holman
  • Pat Holman
  • Frank Lawson
  • Jack Liversedge
  • Allan Minett
  • Roger O'Neill
  • Morris Sutton
  • Eric Tweedale

200 clubEdit

The following players have played over 200 Grade games for Parramatta Two Blues

  • David Bird
  • Matthew Campton
  • Pat Cooper
  • Ray Elliot
  • Graham Galloway
  • Glen Goddard
  • Greg Hackett
  • Dominic King
  • Ivan Mann
  • Gregg Melrose
  • David Strong
  • Kel Black
  • Peter Campton
  • Mick Donaldson
  • Paul Evans
  • John Gardiner
  • Andrew Gokel
  • Terry Heffernan
  • Peter Koen
  • Warren Martin
  • Allan Minnett
  • Craig Minnett
  • Glen Stuart
  • Tim Calhalane
  • Bruce Coggins
  • H Elliot
  • Geoff Ferris
  • Dennis Garlick
  • Jon Gorman
  • Allan Holman
  • Frank Lehman
  • Peter McDonald
  • Andrew Campton
  • Joe Cllins
  • Kevin Elliott
  • Peter Ferris
  • Paul Gledhill
  • Noel Grant
  • Peter Kay
  • David Mann
  • Keith McKinney
  • Steven Simpson

JuniorsEdit

Parramatta junior clubsEdit

  • Blacktown JRUFC
  • Dundas Valley JRUFC
  • Hills JRUFC
  • Merrylands JRUFC
  • Norwest JRUFC
  • Liverpool JRUFC

Notable junior playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

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