Rugby camaraderie aids hospital rebuild

TEAM HELP: William Croker a plumber with Mick Seaman Plumbing, James Croker a builder with Shane Elliott, and Logan Boyd a builder with Integrated Building Group will  help the Savusavu community in Fiji. Photo: Damian Croker
TEAM HELP: William Croker a plumber with Mick Seaman Plumbing, James Croker a builder with Shane Elliott, and Logan Boyd a builder with Integrated Building Group will help the Savusavu community in Fiji. Photo: Damian Croker

On March 24, a dedicated group of Crookwell Dogs players and support crew, about 40 in all, will travel to Savusavu in Fiji. The town is located on the south coast of Vanua Levu Island and had a population of roughly 3,300.

When Tropical cyclone Winston struck Fiji in February 2016 it decimated the small town and to this day, much of the towns basic infrastructure requires work.

This is work beyond the assistance of government grants. This is work that is necessary to return Savusavu to the kind of day to day running that we all take for granted.

A team of experienced tradesman/Crookwell Rugby players headed up by foreman Aaron Leighton and featuring Will and James Croker, Charlie Zouch and Logan Boyd will join with a local provincial Rugby Side to help rebuild the Savusavu local hospital.

It was through the international rugby union network that the boys heard about the needs of this community and decided it would be a great way to put their skills to good use to help others in need.

The 2017 Crookwell Dogs rugby union team had a successful season on the field. Winning the premiership on their home ground after losing only one match all year was near enough to perfect. 

Coming off the clubs first overseas tour to New Zealand in 2016, a triple defence of the Upper Lachlan Cup against Taralga and several new signings both on the field and in the sponsorship corner, partnered with the home premiership was more than anyone could have hoped for.

The club has bonded into a tight-knit supportive group of mates and families with the youngest player about 18 and the oldest in their 40s. The culture of mateship and looking our for each other is the product of groundwork done by former coach Bruce Nixon and former Wallaby Phil Clements.

The Dogs finished 2017 a hot ticket, but 2017 was last year. 2018 is here and the Dogs are keen to not only defend their title, but continue to improve at being a club that business houses want to be associated with, spectators want to watch, and players want to play for.

Plans are well underway for a successful season on the field, but prior to the start of the season the Dogs will embark on a very special mission.

The Crookwell Rugby Club welcomes any corporate support for their Fiji rescue mission.

The boys are also happy to roll their sleeves up to complete any local works that may benefit from a keen group of hard working individuals to help fund their trip.

Please contact the club at crookwellrugby@gmail.com if you or your business would be interested in hiring the Dogs or if you are able to offer any form of assistance to this worthwhile cause and to keep up to date with all Dogs news log on to www.facebook.com/Crookwelldogs .