Rams History

History Upper Ross Rams

The original brainchild to establish a new Club in Townsville's Western Suburbs belonged to Garry Ronco, one of the first teachers at the then new Rasmussen State School, and an accomplished primary school rugby league and athletic coach. Some existing clubs had already tried to take advantage of the population growth in this area of ribbon development, but were unable to address the problems of distance and travel for parents and players. Garry's idea progressed to a casual meeting in the function room of the Ross Hotel in October 1980, a gift of $200 as a "kick off" from publican Henry Crossman to the Club's first raffles, and then the first fully fledged meeting and election of Officers.

A conversation between Mr Garry Ronco and Mr Dan Simpson, resident, conceived the idea that the time was opportune to form a junior sports club in the expanding domestic corridor that has become the Upper Ross - Condon, Rasmussen and Kelso. As Ronco was involved in primary school league and Simpson still held a close allegiance with University Rugby League, their choice happened to be rugby league.

Some dozen or so interested residents attended a public meeting convened at Rasmussen School shortly after this discussion. The interest in the formation of junior league was readily apparent and at a subsequent reality with the election of office bearers and the adoption of a Constitution. The first President? Dan Simpson.

Fortunately the enthusiasm continued. The traditional meat tray and ham raffles got underway and received strong support from the patrons of the Ross Hotel. Club colours and an emblem - the Upper Ross Ram -were selected; tentative orders placed for jerseys and arrangements made for training at Rasmussen School and at Charles Moroney Park - then, Hammond Way Park. The excitement continued through Sign-on Day at Rasmussen School in February '81, training commenced and soon the club was involved in pre-season T.J.R.L. trials.

Readers will not be surprised to learn that all teams received a sound thrashing at Reid Park, courtesy of Estates. (Estates no longer exists as a junior club.) More training and more thrashings! It went on all year and not a game was won by the newcomer to T.J.R.L. fixtures. However the club spirit was born in these circumstances of defeat. The Coaches are encouraged to play all lads who attend regular training and who actively co-operate with their coach. That attitude usually prevails over the triumph of winning a game as the Club maintains that lads join the Club to play league. Winning is not without its joy, but is secondary to developing worthy attitudes to sport and to the discipline required to be a true member of a team.

As coach of the 1984 Under 9's, Herb Waia snared our first T.J.R.L. Premiership. These lads repeated the effort as U/10's the following year.

First Fixtures - 5 Grades

Combined Scores

Opposition - 230

Upper Ross - 0

Upper Ross J.R.L.

1981 Inaugural Teams

Under 8s

David Meade, Jason Powers, Donny Ratcliffe, Anthony Ferguson, Brett Poole, Scott Robertson, Malcom Meeham, Gareth Meehan, Matthew Von Wald, Scott Meredith, Gavin Jones, Peter Sorensen, Gerard Millers, Dean Butler, Fred Clark, Steven Herron, Scott Alcorn, Glen Waia, Allan Robinson, Aaron Raddeck, Troy Timmons, Ben Goodwin, Damien Koopman, Anthony Murrell, Terry Seary (Coach), Herbie Waia (Coach)

Under 9s

Leslie Meade, Cody Ratcliffe, Michael Baker, Bruce Cutler, Daniel Simpson, Jason Bundren, Chris Cant, Kristopher Wirth, Shane Peddell, Dale Hardy, Michael Hall, Jason Rouse, Jason Nelson, Jon McMaster, Jason Hodges, Troy Hoey, Josef Lengyel, Craig Brown, Brett Woosnam, Matthew Murrell, Dave Campbell (Coach)

Under 10s

Barry Muller, Jeffrey Bakes, William Mitchell, Shane Cant, Matthew Connor, Bevan Peddell, Robbie Aumend, Aaron Millers, Christopher Gallagher, Craig Besley, Adam Stubberfield, Neil Maloney, Richard Buczynsky, Justin Mockett, Graham Rushton, Simon Butcher, Theofilli Monolis, David Smith, Scott Murray, Matthew Engelbrent, Terry O'Connor (Coach)

Under 11s

Paul Bradfield, Chris Muller, Brendon Gormley, Troy Jones, Scott Hardy, John Mith, Trevor Clark, John Clark, Michael Byatt, Shane Buchanan, Brendon Wales, Tony Knight, Jason Tuttle, Chris Bates, Warren Cook, Tony Casey, Toby Goodwin, Troy Stirling, Garry Ronco (Coach)

Under 12s

Colin Campbell, Brian Muller, Andrew Corney, Daniel Ratcliffe, Malcom Pirret, Graeme Knight, Wayne Constable, Stratis Manolis, Jason Buczynsky, Issac Rushton, Dean Johnson, Tony James, Barnaby Goodwin, Jamie Aulmend,Matthew Wales, Alan Kent, Scott King, Jaie Florance, Damian Gleeson, Greg Hull (Coach), Allan Power (Manager)

OPENING OF UPPER ROSS JUNIOR RUGBY LEAGUE CLUBHOUSE 7.8.88 BY HIS WORSHIP THE MAYOR OF THURINGOWA, ALD DAN GLEESON. O.B.E

PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS

Alderman Gleeson, Mayor of Thuringowa, Mrs Gleeson, Division 4 Alderman, (Any politicians present), Members of my Committee and our Ladies Auxiliary, Mr. Bob Keene, President of T.J.R.L., Representatives from other affiliated Clubs, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Upper Ross, Supporters of J.R.L., Girls and Boys.

Apologies

It is my dubious honour to condense eight years of Junior Rugby League and the construction of this Clubhouse into a few short minutes. I am more than happy to extend a cordial welcome to all present here today. The completion of this Clubhouse represents an achievement and a good deal of satisfaction to many, many people in the Upper Ross and beyond-and not just to the members of our club both past and present. This Clubhouse is visual witness to the spirit of co-operation that exists within our community. It has not just been a matter of Club Committees and their supporters tempting patrons at the Ross Hotel to parting with a $1.00 in a meat tray raffle on repeated occasions. We could not have withstood the full financial cost of this building with the finances available to us.

The need for a Clubhouse was obvious. Each year since 1981 the number of registered players has increased until we now have near 140.

Clubhouse plans were prepared and approved and they would only be effective if we could scrounge donations of materials and labour or if we could acquire same at basic cost. So the Committee went off to scrounge and beg. One member soon established himself as the El Supremo of all scroungers. Danny Simpson, the Club's very first President, became our undeniable champion. Such was his charm-or persuasive powers - that he was repeatedly responsible for organising the necessary working bees too. And so it followed that community members swung in behind Dan's efforts. The Paul Ropers, the Brian Harrolds and like - residents who had no need at all to be involved, freely gave of their labours, as did many of the Club parents.

When one starts to mention names it's easy to get into deep water. It is not my intention to read two pages of foolscap of the names of our numerous donors of labour and materials. I don't believe their generosity had any ulterior motive but rather they were citizens with a desire to improve their community - and Dan Simpson was the main co-ordinator. Whether they gave one hour, one day, one week or more of their time or assisted with building materials etc., may I say a very sincere "Thank You" to one and all on behalf of the present and past committees and on behalf of the players and their parents. Undoubtedly there are many players yet to come to our club who will also benefit by this amenity. Our clubhouse is not a major amenity for this area but it is the start of a facility that should be of benefit to the local community besides our J.R.L. If we are assured of further community backing we envisage that an extension will not be too far down the track.

I wish to record my public appreciation for the efforts of the current Committee. We've all been in the 'fast track' in '88 and, if we have been off target from time to time, we haven't been too far off task. Be assured we are genuine in our efforts to succeed.

It is my further wish to pay tribute to Mayor Gleeson's Councils for their efforts to advise and assist us. This co-operation is certainly a reflection on Dan's desire to see sporting and community progress in Thuringowa.

An ample water supply is a prerequisite to the establishment of suitable fields. We now have water. The further development of these two fields will be a priority for us during the next twelve months.

I should also mention to other public spirited sportsmen and women, that the State Government's 20% subsidy relating to the provision of sporting clubhouse facilities is a Godsend when you are trying to make the dollars stretch round.

Little has been said of our players and the general spirit within the Club. I had endeavoured to cover that aspect in an article submitted to "The Advertiser" for publication last Thursday. That it was not published, is a matter of no little disappointment to us. The article was to have explained the infancy of the club, how not a team won a single match in '81, our inaugural year, how not a team ever gave in and how the club spirit and determination was born in the circumstances of defeat. Winning is not without its joy but in U.R.J.R.L. it is secondary to developing worthy attitudes to sport and to the discipline required to be a true member of a team. Coaches are encouraged to play all lads who attend regular training and who actively co-operate. What does the future hold for us as the last two players from our 1981 Sign-on pass out from our ranks as Under 16's? Reference to Dan Simpson Jnr. and a fellow called Rooster. This year we came very close to having all age groups represented - U7's to U16's, With numbers comes strength. Our neighbouring club at the Willows has both.

In conclusion I invite all our Upper Ross Supporters to get behind the Club. If you have administrative experience or coaching expertise let's have it - if you can spare an hour or two for our working bees then please come along - if you're at the Ross on Friday nights we'll welcome your help with the meat trays - if your son is a player then come along and support him at his fixtures - if you enjoy a night out now and again then make sure you attend our community socials. The worst thing you can do is to stand back and criticise. At the expense of repeating myself, I again thank you one and all for your presence here today.

Introduction for Dot Matthews, President of the Ladies Auxiliary in 1988. You've heard it said that 'behind every good man there's a good woman'. Whilst our Committee is not, and has never been, entirely male it has been predominately so. Whether or not we have always been a good band or not there has always been a good band of women behind us - the Ladies Auxiliary. Dot Matthews is the current President of these ladies and I am happy to introduce her to you.

Oration by Dot.

Address by Mr. Bob Keene, President of T.J.R.L.

We have with us this afternoon Mr. Bob Keene, President of T.J.R.L. the parent organisation that convenes the fixtures for the affiliated clubs and I invite comments from him from that position.

It is my pleasure now to hand over to our very well known guest of honour, Mayor Gleeson. This is not the first occasion that Dan has officiated at our gatherings. I make particular reference to his frequent presence at our "old club house" - one of those gum trees at the far end of Charles Moroney Park. Ladies and Gentlemen, Thuringowa Mayor, Dan Gleeson.

Address and unveiling of plaque.

Respond to Dan Gleeson's comments and invite all present to join the U.R.J.L. as guests in a time of fellowship.

K.J.Cutler.

Information for Advertiser RE Upper Ross Junior Rugby League

It is just on eight years since a conversation between Mr Gary Ronco, a teacher at Rasmussen State School, and Mr Dan Simpson, resident, conceived the idea that the time was opportune to form a junior sports club in the expanding domestic corridor that has become the Upper Ross - Condon, Rasmussen and Kelso. As Ronco was involved in primary school league and Simpson still held a close allegiance with University Rugby League, their choice happened to be rugby league.

Some dozen or so interested residents attended a public meeting convened at Rasmussen School shortly after this discussion. The interest in the formation of junior league was readily apparent and at a subsequent reality with the election of office bearers and the adoption of a Constitution. The first President? Dan Simpson.

Fortunately the enthusiasm continued. The traditional meat tray and ham raffles got underway and received strong support from the patrons of the Ross Hotel. Club colours and an emblem - the Upper Ross Ram -were selected; tentative orders placed for jerseys and arrangements made for training at Rasmussen School and at Charles Moroney Park - then, Hammond Way Park. The excitement continued through Sign-on Day at Rasmussen School in February '81, training commenced and soon the club was involved in pre-season T.J.R.L. trials.

Readers will not be surprised to learn that all teams received a sound thrashing at Reid Park, courtesy of Estates. (Estates no longer exists as a junior club.) More training and more thrashings! It went on all year and not a game was won by the newcomer to T.J.R.L. fixtures. However the club spirit was born in these circumstances of defeat. The Coaches are encouraged to play all lads who attend regular training and who actively co-operate with their coach. That attitude usually prevails over the triumph of winning a game as the Club maintains that lads join the Club to play league. Winning is not without its joy, but is secondary to developing worthy attitudes to sport and to the discipline required to be a true member of a team.

As coach of the 1984 Under 9's, Herb Waia snared our first T.J.R.L. Premiership. These lads repeated the effort as U/10's the following year. The advent of mini and mod-league has removed premiership status from these age groups. Boys now learn the fundamentals of rugby league free of the competitive influence of an end of season trophy. The number of our competitive teams increased and so did the congestion for a training space on the major field at Charles Moroney Park - a field shared with the local Little Athletics Club. An approach to the Thuringowa civic fathers gained for us playing rights to two adjacent fields. One of our immediate projects is to bring these fields up to playing standard.

With the rights to the use of these two fields came the need and the desire to erect a Clubhouse. Dan Simpson did much to keep this desire alive and well. Eventually plans were prepared and approved. Dan became an expert at soliciting gifts or acquiring building materials and labour - either free or at basic prices. Many are the tradesman and business houses that have treated the Club generously. Be assured that the Club is appreciative of their efforts to assist. We likewise recognise the support of Licensees of the Ross Hotel and the generosity of its patrons. We have enjoyed the co-operation and assistance of Thuringowa Council and the State Government's 20% subsidy on Clubhouse construction costs has been a match winner during final construction.

Now that our Clubhouse has become operative we hope that the facility will be an amenity for the Upper Ross community to share with us. The recent dinner-dance was a sell-out, many of the patrons being closely involved with Clubhouse construction. Thee wanted to experience the benefit of their collective labours. Further community interest has brought forth immediate requests for bookings.

This club has always been conscious of the costs of junior sport. Sign-on fees have been held below that of other clubs as we realised that in this developing area of Thuringowa - Townsville, our parents would have significant housing repayments. We needed the sons to earn us recognition on the football field. Team sponsorships have been limited and most of these have come from beyond the Upper Ross.

Now, as the last two players from the 1981 Sign-on, Dan Simpson Jnr. and Bruce Cutler, pass out from our ranks as Under 16's, what is our vision for the future? Surely our Clubhouse will generate a more cohesive parent group anxious to provide an interest for the many of our local lads. Some 140 players are registered with us this year. How soon will we be a maxi-club fielding teams in every age group of J.R.L -U/7's to U/16's?

Member clubs affiliated with T.J.R.L. have their respective identities. Whilst clubs recognise that for organisational reasons a common playing arena has its definite attractions, individual clubs also feel the need to have some home games to boost their identity and support in their area. Such a move of course would necessitate club facilities reaching a certain minimum standard for home games to proceed. This would surely be a shot in the arm for junior league. The Upper Ross Junior League is at the stage where it would certainly benefit from such a 'shot'.

An appeal is extended to our fellow clubs to be with us on our opening day. We wish to pay tribute to all our benefactors, the patrons, the suppliers and builders, the organisers, the parents, team officials and our community. Mayor Gleeson will officially open the Clubhouse around 12:30 and festivities will extend through the afternoon.

K. J. Cutler

Upper Ross Junior Rugby League

Thank You

Trevor Aylward Harry Bisley Ted BurkeDave Campbell Neil Carbiss John Carlson Peter DeCourcey Dave Easton Andy Godwin Bob Hampton Roger Harnden Brian Harrold Dennis Henderson Gary Henderson Arthur Katthagen Don Lamb Bevan Lingwoodock John Moreton Ron North Paul Roper Dan Simpson Neil Stewart Geoff Thorburn Merv Tuckett Ken Unsworth Doug Vetter Wayne Wilson

For Contribution to the Construction of the Clubhouse which Commenced in 1986

URJRL Newsletter August 1996

Lights Turned on For Juniors

The lights were turned on at the Upper Ross Junior Rugby League Club last week, with the installiation of $70,000 worth of lighs.

The 200 member club now boasts international standard lighting which is expected to lure some top class games to the fields at Charles Maroney Park, Kelso.

Club treasurer Colin Neasbey said the new lighting system provided enough light to cover two full playing fields.

Previously only half a playing field could be lit, which seriously limited games and training, he said.

Mr Neasbey said the club raised $28,000 during a three year period.

The Department of Emergency Service and the Office of Sport and Recreation provided $34,000 under the Minor Facilities Program.

The North Queensland Cowboys Rugby League Club donated $5,000 towards the project.

Sports and recreation development officer Michelle Church said the new lighting system offered the club extended playing time and it gave players the opportunity to escape midday sun.

The Office of Sport and Recreation encourages clubs to play in the early morning or late afternoon so people do not have to play during the hottest hours of the day." she said.

Ms Church said the Minor Facilities Program was used as an incentive scheme.

If we provided $34,000, that means the club would also have raised about the same amount.

This rewards clubs which are actively involved in fundraising for facilities that will benefit the club and the community.

Mr Neasbey said other clubs, such as soccer and athletics, would use the field in the rugby league off-season.

The installation of the lighting system provided the club with a multi-use field, he said.

Mr Neasbey said the fields could be used for training and competition simultaneously.

In the past, training had to be cancelled if the field needed to be used for competition." he said.

The full use of the two playing fields means that juniors and seniors can train at the same time...which is a good thing for both groups.

Other clubs are already approaching us in regards to using the field for training and competition.

The installation of the lights ensures that the fields are operational when it is the coolest.

Although it has taken the club nearly three years for the lighting system to get of the ground, it really has been worth the wait.

He said the entire club got behind the fundraising drive which included raffles, functions and a doorknock.

The offical "turn on the lights" night will be held on Saturday when the Upper Ross Rugby League under 16s play Townsville's under 16s.

Mr Neasbey said Thuringowa Mayor Les Tyrell would offically "turn on the lights" at 7.15pm.

Half-time entertainment is provided by the little athletics, with hurdles, sprints and relay events.

Kick-off starts at 7.30pm August 3rd.

URJRL Premiership Winning Teams

Under 9s 1984, Under 10s 1985, Under 13s 1988

Under 15s 1990, Under 11s 1991, Under 14s 1993

Under 14s 1995, Under 15s 1996, Under 16s 1996

Under 16s 1997, Under 15s 1998, Under 14s 2000

Under 17s 2000, Under 10s 2001, Under 11s 2002

Under 13s 2002, Under 11s 2004 Under 14s 2006

Townsville & District JRL March Past Winners

1983 1986 1988 1989 1991 1995 2006

10 Years Continuous Coaching

1990: Trophy Presented To Herbie Waia for 10 Years Continuous Coaching at the Upper Ross Junior Rugby League Club: 1981 - 1990:

Upper Ross Junior Rugby League

Sponsors over the years

All Ours Rasmussen, Amcal Kirwan, Atlas Steel, Aussie Home Loans, Award Fencing, Beau Park Turf Farm, Bianco Bulding Supplies, Brumby's Rasmussen, Bunnings, Business Technology Centre, ButterCup Bakeries, C4 Caf'e Kingsvale Plaza, Caltex Upper Ross, Campbells Coaches, Cando pools & Renos, Century 21 Kruger Realty, Chic-Inn Hermit Park, Dawson moving and storage, D.M.C Electrical & Air-Cooling, Eastcrete concreting, Enzed C&R Maher, Far Northern Pools, Finest Flowers Kirwan, Froeschle Tip Truck Hire, G&T Concrete, High Performance Plumbing Pty Ltd, IGA Rasmussen, John Weston Insurance, Joyce Mayne, Kelso Mini Mart, KeyPower Diesel & Marine, Kirwan Bait & Tackle, Laudberg Park Turf Supplies, Living Insurance, Lydons PTY LTD, Netto Cleaning Services, N.Q Cowboys, Origin Gas, Parkside Meatlands, Pioneer Concrete, Pirtex Fluid Connectors, Prime Print, Pro Pex, QDP Directional Boring, Quality Steel Fabrications, Retread's Photography (just a Hobby), R.F.Rolfe & Co. Pty. Ltd, Rotary Club of Thuringowa Central, Sampos, Spring Creek Turf, Streets Ice-Cream, Tile Pattern & Concrete, Total Fab Engineering Services, Townsville RSL, Toyota Australia, Trojan Group, Twin Cities Garden Waste, Wards Aluminium, Wattyl Paints and Russco, Welders World, Wilcox Excavations.

Upper Ross Junior Rugby League

Proudly Thank

Major Coolroom Sponsor 1998

Don & Mary Cameron

D.M.C Electrical & Air-Cooling

Coolroom Wall Sponsors

Brian Harold Roland Homes

Mark Anderson Ron & Valerie Evans Pickering Family

Debbie Collins Eddie Brabon Steve Murrell

Blacka Family Gough Family Henderson Family Maher Family

Blanchard Family Hussey Family Hardy Family R. Bawden

White Family Garth Family Miles Family Linda Thomas

Waia Family Bert Muller Heck Family Righetti Family Geoff Chaillon Pat Glenwright

Mal Cherry Eaton Family John Tait Geoffery Family

Graham Family Thomas Family Olsen Family

Upper Ross JRL Princess Entrants

1990 Krist-Lee Vetter

TJRL Princess Quest

Partnered By Justin Henderson

1991 Sheree Rolfe

TJRL Princess Quest

Partnered By Casey Woodford

1992 Juli-Ann Vetter

TJRL Princess Quest

Partnered By Marcus Henderson

1993 Kaylene Waia

TJRL Princess Quest

Partnered By Bradley Richardson

1995 Jasmine Neasbey

TJRL Princess Quest

Partnered By Ricky Rofle

Junior League Club Approaches Significant Milestone

25th Anniversary 2006

 

 

 

Source: Townsville Sun Newspaper

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