Club History

Welcome to Northlakes Junior Rugby Club

Northlakes United Rugby Club is one of the founding rugby clubs on the Central Coast and has been running for over 40 years. The club was first established in 1975 & was formally called the “Wyong Wallabies”. In 1982 the club moved to Slade Park, Budgewoi and became “Northlakes United Rugby Club”.

In 2015 our club was only able to enter one under 7’s team in the Central Coast competition however 2016 saw our juniors grow to two under 7’s and two under 8’s teams, and even more growth again in 2017 with four under 7’s teams, two under 8’s teams and 1 under 9’s team. We topped it again in 2018 with four under 7’s teams, two under 8’s teams and 1 under 9’s team, 1 under 10’s team and 1 under 12’s team. The club has formed a solid reputation as one of the fastest growing, family-friendly juniors teams on the coast, and in 2020, despite Covid set-backs, history was made when we had our highest number of registered players in a single year, being 130 players – beating 2019’s 111 players.  

Our club had an amazing amount of positive feedback and support from parents, players, Central Coast Junior Rugby and even higher to State and Australian levels. Hence the wonderful opportunities given to our junior players.

In 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019, players represented our club as they participated in the curtain raiser and Guard of Honour for the NSW Waratahs vs Rebels match as well as the Guard of Honour for the Australian Wallabies vs England Test Match. Our junior girls joined the Australian Women’s 7’s Olympic Gold medallists as they ran out onto the oval and sang the National Anthem at the Central Coast Rugby 7’s Tournament. 2020 saw our U11’s team bring home the premiership – the first time one of our junior teams has won a premiership in 12 years! 

In 2021 we hope to grow our club even further and enter more age divisions in the Central Coast Junior Rugby Union competition.

Our club is focused on junior development and we aim to improve skills, technique and help players to better understand the sport, whilst making it an enjoyable experience.

Our club prides itself on giving players the best training, support and opportunities that we can whilst maintaining a family friendly atmosphere and we hope you can join us for our 2021 season.

Perpetual Awards

Todd Moroney Memorial Trophy – Junior Encouragement Award

Todd was part of the “Northlakes Family” from 1991 until his passing in 2008. Todd played for the seniors, however his passion was coaching the juniors, developing them and being a mentor to these young kids. Todd coached the same boys through, from U11’s to U14’s, taking them to 4 consecutive grand finals.
After his passing, these boys remained together and were coached by Scotty Godfrey and Scott Moroney, achieving places in another 3 grand finals.
Todd instilled in these young players the love of rugby, sportsmanship, respecting your peers and coaches. It wasn’t always about winning, rather being a part of a team and doing your best.

Todd loved his rugby and Northlakes. The following criteria is a guide to the type of kid this trophy represents:

– A player who is respected and shows respect.
– A player that attends training and is committed to their rugby.
-A team player who displays sportsmanship.
– A player that supports the club and helps out at the club.
– A player passionate about rugby.

“This shield rewards a junior players attitude, commitment and respect to fellow players, their coach, the club and the code. It’s not about which person is the best player, it’s about which player is the best person.”

Carroll Whanau – Player of the Future

The recipient of the Carroll Award is a player that stands out, not just because they are the best at the game, but because they try every week and they are a team player.
They respect their club on and off the field. This player ‘stands out overall a true testimony to the sport’.
This trophy represents a player who is a rising star in our game. Someone who you notice on the field , who has that natural talent.

Angela Rolleston Memorial Shield – Most Outstanding Junior

Angela was a huge part of our club. A beautiful lady who loved our club very much.
This award is in memory of Angela to a junior who loves the game, excels in the game and is just an overall outstanding junior.

Lani Anne Joan Nisbett – Highest Junior Try Scorer

Lani was a beautiful young girl who was only 4 years old when she passed. A very loved daughter and younger sister to her older brothers and sister. The nisbett family are a much loved family in our club.

Heleena Wilson Memorial Shield – Appreciation Award

This shield is to acknowledge a player, a parent/carer, a coaching member, a committee member, a supporter or a sponsor for their contribution, dedication, commitment and support to the junior players and the Game of Rugby. 

Heleena was a strong supporter of our club. She wanted to create a safe loving environment to come together with rugby as a kaupapa. Always watching from the sidelines and supporting the club financially. Heleena had a strong vision for our club and was always supporting whanua.