Preview the Medowie Marauders 2020 Season

Backrow (left to right) Jake Lightbody, Jonathon Abel, Sam Holbert, Tim Lancaster (Head Coach) Eric Tolhurst
Bottom row (left to right) Bailey Deveson, Jake Montgomery (Backs Coach), Daniel Murphy, Qwayde Cole, Jessey Bridge, Ben Williams (Forwards Coach)


CELEBRATING the 40th Anniversary for the Club this year, the Medowie Marauders Rugby Union Club is looking forward to the season ahead.

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The Club has introduced a second men’s social 4th grade squad due to a significant player participation increase which is great for players who cannot commit to playing on weekends, but who want to play socially without a lot of training commitments involved as it is played on a Friday night.

Head Coach Tim Lancaster spoke to News Of The Area and said, “I am coordinating the partnership with Nelson Bay Rugby to identify Medowie Rugby Union players who are of premier 1 or 2 standard and advocate for opportunities for grade progression.”

In season 2019 the playing group had a huge learning curve operating under a more professional training schedule and game play structures.

Having now mastered a lot of the core concepts from last season the coaching team in 2020 is now heavily focused on getting the playing squad to an excellent standard of fitness to match and hopefully exceed any of the powerhouse Newcastle and Hunter based Teams.

The Club has also recruited several key players which has bolstered an already competitive roster including powerful outside back Taniela Rabolalele (Wests Rugby League), former NSW Country Cockatoos flyer Paul Mlotkowski, Rangy Backrower John Lundie, slick Halfback Daniel Murphy (Avoca Beach Rugby Union) and experienced Hooker & RAAF representative Benjamin Green.

In recent years the club has been led by standout players such as Tevita Qurovara, Jarrod Bowden, Sam Holbert, Adam Beehag, and Eric Tolhurst.

In 2020, with the addition of new playing structures, classy backs (such as Jessey Bridge) to complement a large, battle hardened & mobile pack – The Marauders are looking to become a major force within the NHRU premier competition.



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