Bond University Rugby Newsletter 05/19
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By Andrew Mckaysmith

Bond University Rugby would like to congratulate both Brad Harris and Grant Anderson on their respective appointments recently.

Brad Harris has accepted a role in the Fijian National Rugby program and leaves the Club this week. Our Club is proud to be developing both players and staff into further honours and we wish to thank Brad and wish him all the success with the new venture in Fiji.

Grant Anderson has accepted the role as Senior Head Coach here at Bond for the remainder of the season. Grant is a familiar face to many in the club as he mentored 1st Grade in 2018 to their best finish since entering the Hospital Challenge Cup.

Ray Thomas will stay on as Assistant Coach, and all other appointments for 2019 remain unchanged.

The changes to the coaching staff will not disrupt the season as aspects of the club’s coaching and playing philosophy have been carried over from last year. A lot of the style of play is very similar to what we were doing last year and Grant and Ray have been in an assistant coach role this year so they’ll just step back into their 2018 roles.

Brad has implemented some good systems into the Club, these will continue to develop as will our game. There might be some minor changes in the way we do things against different teams, but the way we play rugby doesn't change overnight.

Grant is also a Coach at Somerset College and at TSS and the majority of the Bond University coaches are also coaching at schools on the Gold Coast.

Bond University Rugby club plays a significant role in fostering the game on the Gold Coast and surrounding districts.

Gold Coast is an opportunity-rich environment and the club works hard to provide a chance for locals to be involved.

The Gold Coast has the best regional model for Rugby in the country if we can get the foundations right, so it's important for the Club to support the Gold Coast Districts Rugby Union and help grow rugby on the coast.

The club provides opportunities for men and women to play the game via the Rugby 7’s program and offers a pathway for emerging talent to participate in the nation’s elite club rugby championship at Grade and Colts level.

With Bond University celebrating its 30th anniversary this week with a series of homecoming celebrations including a combined AFL and Rugby weekend with both sports sharing a home game.

See you at the Rugby club this weekend.



BOND RUGBY Bull Sharks will be hosting North Brisbane Rugby Club at home at the Canal this Saturday, 18th May.

Newly appointed coach Grant Anderson has declared he would not change the style of rugby former coach Brad Harris has instilled.

“We have been really unlucky to lose a lot of the games by less than a try; the season could look very differently with a bounce of the ball here or there for us,” he said.

“I will obviously coach differently to what Brad did and put my personal stamp on how things are delivered and hopefully the boys will respond to that.”

Anderson’s task will be to inspire a late-season charge similar to what they mustered after a slow start to 2018.

“It really is a mirror image of where we were last year and we turned it all around with a really good win against Sunnybank; we’re hoping to replicate that this week against Norths at home,” he said.

“I think once this team nuts out a win, the belief will really flow through and they’ll just keep going from there.”

In a blow, hard-running No.8 Zach Moimoi suffered a hamstring injury at training on Tuesday. Paula Kaho and Luke Papworth will likely cover his role.

Norths registered their second victory of their season over the weekend with an upset 47-13 win over the Tigers at Hugh Courtney Oval.

After holding a narrow one-point lead early in the second-half, the Eagles attack kicked into gear in the second stanza and laid on 33 unanswered points to shock Easts in front of the Shaw Road faithful.

St.George Queensland Reds playmakers Matt McGahan and Duncan Paia’aua starred for the side, with Paia’aua crossing for a brace and McGahan setting up two tries, scoring one and slotting five conversions for a personal tally of 15-points.

Winger Versa Mataitini also continued his strong form, finding the line twice from long range as the Eagles fired on all cylinders.

Be at the Canal tomorrow to cheer on the 
Bond Rugby Bull Sharks

Colts 2     -    11.10am
Colts 1     -    12.30pm
2nd Grade   -  1.50pm
1st Grade   -   3.20pm


Connor O'Brien


1st Grade Ladder


Bond University Rugby will be hosting 2 rounds of the QAS Uni 7's Series.

The QAS series has been put together to prepare Queensland squads for the upcoming 2019 Aon7s Series as well as giving all new members a chance to build their skills before selection.

Round 3  -  25 May 2019
Round 5  -  22 June 2019 

Head down to the Canal at Bond University and support the
Bond Bull Sharks teams in action.

Kick off 9.50am



2nd Grade Ladder