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Honour Caps & Life Members

Life Members And Honour Caps


Life Members

Life Membership is the single highest honour awarded the by the Hunters Hill Rugby Union Football Club. Awardees stand out in their contribution to the club, both on and off the field, and have often taken on roles in Rugby and the broader Hunters Hill Community beyond the confines of HHRUFC. Unfortunately, a fire in the NSW Rugby Union Records in 1973, and another fire in the Hunters Hill Council Chambers in 1978, has left gaps in our record of many of these achievements.
*Indicates Deceased **Indicates Statistic pending further clarification
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Charles A. Fairland*

Life Member: 1938, #1
Honour Cap: 1910, #3
Playing Years: 1897-1933
Honours: The Charles Fairland Medal (For extended and consistent service to the club) named in honour of.
Premierships: Sydney Suburban 1st Grade Premiers 1919., Burke Cup Premiers 1925, 1926 (Undefeated).
Positions: President 1920-1950., Secretary 1904, 1909-10, 1913., Treasurer 1909–1912., NSWRU Treasurer 1921.

A Councillor of Hunter Hill Council, in 1955 the grandstand in Boronia Park was named the ‘C.A.Fairland Pavillion’ in recognition of the his lifelong work in the interests of amateur sport in the municipality. The C.A. Fairland Hall in Church St, also served as the temporary Council Chambers after the 1978 fire.


Vic (Jack) Mapledoran*

Life Member: 1938, #2
Playing Years: 1923-1932**
Honours: 1st Grade Captain
Playing Premierships: 3rd Grade Juniors 1923., 2nd Grade Juniors 1924., Burke Cup 1925, 1926 (Undefeated)., Kentwell Cup Northern Division Winners 1932 (Undefeated, Captain).
Coaching Premierships: Burke Cup 1954., Whiddon Cup 1955
Positions: President 1955-1956

Bruce Gothard*

Life Member: 1949, #3
Playing Years: 1936-1949**
Honours: MSDJRU Rep Team 1940
Playing Premierships: Kentwell Cup, 1936,1948., Whiddon Cup 1949
Positions: Secretary 1946-1948

Eric Robson*

Life Member: 1960's, #4
Playing Years: 1947-1955**
Playing Premierships: Burke Cup 1954., Whiddon Cup 1955 (Captain.)

Eric alongside Rex Shapter was a tireless worker for the Club after his playing days and ran raffles at the Hunters Hill Hotel every Friday night to raise money for the Club.


Rex Shapter*

Life Member: 1960's, #5

There is currently no record of Rex playing for the Club however he was a coach of Junior teams in the 1960's, including the 1966 U'16 Tour of Tasmania. Rex along side Eric Robson was a tireless worker for the Club and ran raffles at the Hunters Hill Hotel every Friday night to raise money for the Club.


Ross Harrod*

Life Member: 1973, #6
Playing Years: 1930's**
Positions: Vice-President 1970-1974., Historian 1977., Secretary 1975-1976.

Don Farrant*

Life Member: 1973, #7
Positions: President 1963-1967.

Mayor of Hunters Hill Council 1969-74.


Michael Moss

Life Member: 1974, #8
Playing Years: 1969-1980**
Playing Premierships: Whiddon Cup 1969., Judd Cup 1979, 1980.
Coaching Premierships: Whiddon Cup 1976, 1985
Positions: Historian 1978-1994., Vice President 1986.,Secretary 1972, 1980., Publicity Officer 1974, 1978., Registrar 1970, 1971.


Aub Bennett*

Life Member: 1976, #9
Positions: First Aid Office 1970-1995.

In 1969 Aub’s eldest son Robert started playing in Hunters Hill U18 and Aub found his calling in life. For the next 25 years he attended Hunters Hill rugby matches all over Sydney. Aub would be the first person to the oval on Saturday mornings by 10.30 and sit on the sidelines for 4 matches up to 4.30pm proving first aid, water, oranges and all other required items. His enthusiasm and friendship to all the many players who played during this time was not to be matched.
The Aub Bennett Trophy for 1st Grade Best & Fairest in named in recognition of Aub’s never ending loyalty to the Club.


Bruce Lycett*

Life Member: 1979, #10
Club Games: +100**
Honours: Bruce Lycett Award (Outstanding Service to the Junior Club) named in 2008 Playing Premierships: Whiddon Cup 1969.
Coaching Premierships: U'17's 1985., U'18's 1986.
Managing Premierships: Burke Cup 1986, 1997, 2002., Whiddon Cup 1999, 2001., Colts U21s 2003, 2010., U16s 2004, 2007, 2009,. U17s 2005., U19s 2006., U85kg team 2010.
Positions: Assistant Treasurer 1971-73., Registrar 1974., Treasurer 1976-77, 89., Secretary 1978-79., Delegate to Sub District 1981-87., Vice President Juniors 1981-89., President 1990-92., Historian 1995-2008., The Archive Committee 2009-14.

Bruce "Angry" Lycett was a giant of a man in a back's body who was always the voice of reason and the champion of proper Rugby etiquette. Angry played an integral role in both the Seniors and the Juniors clubs and he continued fulfilling roles at the club and playing a mentoring role for many players and junior committee members right up until his death in 2014.


Anthony Brundson*

Life Member: 1980, #11
Honour Cap: 1977, #9
Club Games: +400**
Honours: Sub District Rep 1972., Club Captain 1973–76., 1st Grade Best & Fairest 1971.
Playing Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1972., Barraclough Cup 1971., Burke Cup 1977., Whiddon Cup 1969.
Coaching Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1977 (Undefeated), 1978, 1979.
Positions: Club and 1st Grade Coach 1977-80, 2005., 2nd Grade Coach 2006., 4th Grade Coach 2007., Vice President 1975-76, 2005-07.
Points: +600**


John White

Life Member: 1981, #12
Honour Cap: 1977, #10
1st Grade Games: +200**
Club Games: +500**
Honours: NSW Sub District Rep 1971, 1972, 1977, 1978.
Playing Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1972, 1977 (undefeated), 1978., Barraclough Cup 1971., Whiddon Cup 1969., Judd Cup 1980, 1983, 1985.
Coaching Premierships: Whiddon Cup 1986
Positions: Vice President 1983., Treasurer 1972., Assistant Treasurer 1975-78., Secretary 1999., Social Convenor 1979., Registrar 1981, 1982, 1985, 1995-97.,
Points: +140**


MORRIE WILLCOXSON

Life Member: 1981, #13
Positions: President 1972-1980

Integral to the explosive growth in success both on and off the field in this era. As cup wins grew and big finance was needed to buy more trophies and equipment such as scrum machine, tackle bags, video gear, Morrie was setting guidelines of management and codes of behaviour befitting a senior club not a "pubteam".


DEREK MACRAE

Life Member: 1984, #14
Club Games: +300
Honours: 5th Grade Best and Fairest 1988
Playing Premierships: Burke Cup 1977., Whiddon Cup 1983,1986., Judd Cup 1980.
Positions: Vice President 1989.,Secretary 1981-84., Registrar 1979-80., Canteen Officer 1995.


Allan Southcombe*

Life Member: 1988, #15
Honour Cap, 1981, #11
Club Games: 213
Honours: NSW Suburban U21 Coach 1997-98., NSW Suburban Assistant Coach 1999., Clubman of the Year 1985.
Playing Premierships: Burke Cup 1980., Whiddon Cup 1977, 1978., Judd Cup 1979.
Coaching Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1981, 1987., Burke Cup 1980., Whiddon Cup 1978., Judd Cup 1985.
Positions: Club Coach 1981-83, 1993-94, 2001., President 1986–89, 2004., Vice President 1985., Treasurer 1977–80, 2018., Social Convenor 1970’s., Board Treasurer 2009-12., The Archive Committee 2009-19.,

Southy took on many roles at the club, and was always ready to step in to help when needed or when things got tough. Allan’s playing career spanned from 1961 to 1988, starting in the U10’s, while his offield career spanned from at least 1977 until his passing in 2019.


TIM HUGHES

Life Member: 1989, #16
Club Games: 100+
Honours: Club Captain 1978.
Playing Premierships: Barraclough Cup 1971., Kentwell Cup 1972., Burke Cup 1977., Judd Cup 1979.
Positions: Treasurer 1973-74., Assistant Secretary 1985-88.


Terry Laundry

Life Member: 1991, #17
Club Games: 200+
Honours: Top Try Scorer 1972., 4 Tries in a Match 1972.
Playing Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1972., Barraclough Cup 1971., Whiddon Cup 1969, 1977., Judd Cup 1979.
Positions: Secretary 1988-92., Treasurer 1996, 2001-02, 2004., Archive Committee 2009-present.


MICHAEL McNamara

Life Member: 1994, #18
Honour Cap: 1986, #17
Club Games: 400+ Club, 200+ First Grade
Honours: NSW Sub District Rep 1978, 1984. Clubman of the Year 1987.
Playing Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1977 (undefeated), 78, 79, 81., Burke Cup 1980, 87. Whiddon Cup 1982.
Positions: Seniors Vice President 1993., Seniors Secretary 2002., Seniors Treasurer 1988, 1994-95, 2019., Seniors Registrar 1986., Cats Treasurer 1994-2018.


Grant Millard

Life Member: 1994, #19
Honour Cap: 1985, #14
Club Games: 300+ including 200+ First Grade.
Honours: NSW Sub-District Rep 1978, 82-83.
Playing Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1977 (undefeated), 78-79, 81., Stockdale Cup 1992.
Coaching Premierships: Stockdale Cup 1992.
Positions: Assistant Treasurer 1982-86.


Ian Ross

Life Member: 1995, #20
Club Games: 100+ games
Honours: Club Captain 1979-80, NSWSRU Life Member 2007., 'Cowboy' Cup (All Clubs Championship) named in 2010.
Playing Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1978., Burke Cup 1977., Whiddon Cup 1980.
Positions: NSW Sub District Chairman 1994-2009., Secretary 1977-78., President 1981-82, 1993-95.


David Polly

Life Member: 1998, #21
Honour Cap: 1985, #16
Club Games: 500+ Club Games including 250+ First Grade
Honours: Club Record All Time Tries: 96., NSW Sub-Dristrict Representative 1977-79, 1981-82., Player of the Season
Playing Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1977 (undefeated), 78-79, 81,87., Stockdale Cup 1992., Blunt Cup 1994.
Coaching Premierships: Nicholson Cup 2008.


Phill Shaw

Life Member: 2000, #22
Club Games: 500+
Honours: 4th Grade Best and Fairest 1990, 96., 5th Grade Best and Fairest 1984.
Playing Premierships: Judd Cup 1979., Nicholson Cup 2005.
Coaching Premierships: Nicholson Cup 2008.
Managing Premierships: Barraclough Cup 2016.
Positions: Registrar 1989-92, 2000., 1st Grade Manager 1998-2005, 2016.


Ray Bortolussi

Life Member: 2002, #23
Honours: Clubman of the Year Trophy named in honour of.
Playing Premierships: Whiddon Cup 1969.


Gary Lane

Life Member: 2002, #24
Honour Cap: 1987, #19
Club Games: 400+ Club Game including 100+ First Grade
Playing Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1981., Burke Cup 1980., 87., Whiddon Cup 1977.
Positions: Assistant Treasurer 1979., Golden Oldies President 1994 –present., HH Board Secretary 2009-11., Seniors President 2014-18


DOUG Piper

Life Member: 2003, #25
Club Games: 100+ Games
Honours: Clubman of the Year 1995.
Managing Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1995.
Positions: Publicity Officer 1988., Ground Manager 1999.


Russell Kershler

Life Member: 2005, #26
Honour Cap: 2017, #26
Club Games: 300+ games
Honours: Club Captain 1977.
Playing Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1977 (undefeated)., Whiddon Cup 1980, 83, 86.
Positions: President 2005-06., 10+ years Coaching.


Ian Kellaway

Life Member: 2010, #27
Honours: Ian Kellaway Shield (Best Performing Junior Team) named in 2012., Bruce Lycett Award for Outstanding Service to the Junior Club 2009 (with his family).
Positions: Board President 2009-10, 2012., Juniors Chairman 2001.

Ian Kellaway gives to Hunters Hill at all different levels. Whether this is as a Referee, a Coach or a Board Member. Ian was a driving force for the re-emergence of the Juniors, as well as being instrumental in the development of a new Constitution in 2009 and development of a Board of Management for the entire Club.


Brian Robertson

Life Member: 2010, #28
Honour Cap: 1983, #12
Club Games: 200+ Club Games
Honours: NSW Sub District Rep 1972-74., Club Top Point Scorer 1042., Robertson Cup (Division Two Colts) named in 1981.
Playing Premierships: Whiddon Cup 1969, 1980, 82., Barraclough Cup 1971., Kentwell Cup 1972., Burke Cup 1977
Positions: NSW Suburban Chairman 1978-80., Secretary 1973-75, 77., Board Secretary 2012., Board President 2013-14., Archive Committee 2009 – present


Peter McFarlane

Life Member: 2013, #29
Club Games: 100+ games
Honours: Most improved Back 1988., Club top try scorer 1986., Clubman of the Year 1988, 1990.
Playing Premierships: Burke Cup 1987.
Positions: Registrar 1987-88., Assistant Treasurer 1989-90., Assistant Secretary 1991-92., Golden Oldies Secretary 2008 - present.


Andrew Ball

Life Member: 2013, #30
Club Games: 200+ games
Honours: 4th grade Best and Fairest 2000 and 2012., Clubman of the year 2009.
Playing Premierships: Nicholson Cup 2005, 2008.
Positions: Secretary 2003-06., Registrar 2005., Webmaster 2005-15.


Andrew Skelly

Life Member: 2014, #31
Honours: Bruce Lycett Award For Outstanding Service to the Junior Club 2013.
Playing Premierships: Judd Cup 1985.
Positions: Juniors Chairman 2008-10., Juniors Coaching Co-Ordinator 2012-14.,SJRU Age Co-ordinator 2011., SJRU Vice President 2012., Northern Districts Juniors President 2013-14., Board Secretary 2017-18., Board Vice President 2009-10., Board President 2011, 2019.


Ben Gregory

Life Member: 2014, #32
Honours: Bruce Lycett Award For Outstanding Service to the Junior Club 2014 (with wife Bonnie Gregory) Positions: Juniors Secretary 2009-10., Juniors President 2011-13., Referees Coordinator 2011-14., SJRU Competition Coordinator 2010-2012., VP Development 2013., VP Rep Rugby 2014., NSWJRU Rep Manager 2014., Board Vice President 2011.


Paul Shields

Life Member: 2016, #33
Honours: Clubman of the Year 2005, 2012, 2016.
Playing Premierships: Nicholson Cup 2005.
Coaching Premierships:
Managing Premierships:
Positions: Board Treasurer 2013., Seniors Vice Chairman 2016., Seniors Registrar 2018., Golden Oldies Football Manager.

Paul puts hours of work into Hunters Hill Rugby every week, and does so year in, year out. He has also been integral to the establishment and growth of our Women's Rugby Team.


David Head

Life Member: 2017, #34
Honour Cap: 1985, #15
Club Games: 300+ including 100+ First Grade.
Honours: NSW Sydney Suburban Rep 1980-81., Club Top Try Scorer 1975, 1985. Clubman of the Year 1984.
Playing Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1977(Undefeated),1978-79, 1981, 1992., Whiddon Cup 1986.
Coaching Premierships: Burke Cup 1987.
Positions: Assistant Secretary 1983-84., Secretary 1985., Club Coach 1988-89. Sub District Delegate 1979-85.



Honour Caps

An Honour Cap is awarded the by the Hunters Hill Rugby Union Football Club for significant and long-term on-field contribution. Awardees have often been Club Captains, have played for at least a decade, have represented Hunters Hill as a NSW Suburban Rugby Rep and most importantly, are deemed to be of good character by their peers. Unfortunately, due to the aforementioned fires, the following Honour Caps have little information provided:
HT Bower (1909), WC Howard (1909), Charles Fairland (1910), JC Redshaw (1910), E Craine (1911), GM Cuneo (1913).
*Indicates Deceased

Terry Rust - Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1972. Whiddon Cup 1969, 1978. Caps re-introduced and presented by Ross Harrod. Rusty was partly responsible for seniors recommencing in 1966. A hardworking, uncompromising front rower, with a sociable reputation.

 

Tony Brunsdon*
Premierships: Whiddon Cup 1969, Barraclough Cup 1971, Kentwell Cup 1972, Burke Cup 1977. Premierships Coaching Kentwell Cup 77 (undefeated), 78, 79. Sub District Rep 1972. Club Captain 1973 – 76. 1st Grade Best & Fairest 1971. Vice President 1975-76, 2005-07. Club and 1st Grade Coach 1977-80, 2005. 2nd Grade coach 2006, 4th grade coach 2007. 400 games. 600+ points.

 

John White
Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1972, 1977 (undefeated), 1978. Barraclough Cup 1971. Whiddon Cup 1969. Judd Cup 1980, 83, 85. Premierships Coaching: Whiddon Cup 1986. NSW Sub District Rep 1971, 72, 77, 78. Vice President 1983. Treasurer 1972, Assistant Treasurer 1975-78. Secretary 1999. Social Convenor 1979. Registrar 1981, 82, 85, 95-97. 500 games including 200 first grade.

 

Paul Ivory 
Premierships: Barraclough Cup 1971. Whiddon Cup 1969, 77. Judd Cup 1980 captain, 1983. Treasurer in 1963, Publicity Officer 1982. Judd Cup coach 1981, 82. Club Coach 1992. Scored two tries in the 1972 Kentwell Cup Grand Final. An extremely keen club man.

 

Allan Southcombe*
Premierships: Whiddon Cup 1977, 78 Capt/Coach, Judd 1979, Burke Cup 1980 Capt/Coach. Premierships Coaching - Kentwell Cup 1981, 1987. Judd Cup 1985. Club Coach Club Champions 1981, 93, 94. Sub-District U21 Rep Coach 1997. Club President 1986–89, 2004. Vice President 1985. Treasurer 1978-80. Clubman of the year 1975. 200 games. Board Member 2009-12

 

Brian Robertson
Premierships: Whiddon Cup 1969, 1980, 82. Barraclough Cup 1971, Kentwell Cup 1972, Burke Cup 1977. NSW Sub District Rep 1972, 73, 74. Club Secretary 1973-75, 77. NSW Suburban Chairman 1978-80. Sub District Cup honour - Robertson Cup (1981). Club’s top point scorer with 1,042*.

 

Geoff Forster
Kentwell Cup Captain of 9 consecutive years, leading the side in 1977 to win the trophy undefeated, then again in '78, '79 and '81. NSW Sub-District Rep 1982. Club Captain 1981, 82. His total dedication and quality of play and above all — "leadership" inspired those around him to greater heights.

 

Grant Millard
Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1977 (undefeated), 78, 79, 81. Captain Coach Stockdale Cup 1992. NSW Sub-District Rep 1978, 82, 83. Assistant treasurer 1982 - 86. 300 games including 200 first grade.

 

 

David Head
Dave came up through the juniors. Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1977 (undefeated), 78, 79. NSW Sub-District Rep 1980. Secretary 1985. Clubman of the year 1984. 300 games including 150 first grade.

 

David Polly
Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1977 (undefeated), 78, 79, 81, 87. Stockdale Cup 1992, Blunt Cup 1994. Premierships Coaching: Nicholson Cup 2008. Dave invented and perfected the famous "CHAMPAGNE" move, that has seen him set a club record 96 tries. NSW Sub-District Rep 1977, 78, 79, 81, 82 and was first to win "Player of the Season". Dave also started his career from our juniors — 500 games including 250 first grade.

 

Michael McNamara
Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1977 (undefeated), 1978, 1979 and 1981. Burke Cup 1980, 87. Whiddon Cup 1982. NSW Sub District Rep 1978, 1984. First Grade coach in 1991, 92. Second grade coach 1992, 94. Only forward to play in 6 Kentwell Cup Grand Finals. 400 games including 200 first grade.

 

Glen Burgess
Premierships: Burke Cup 1977, Kentwell Cup 1987. Registrar 1983. 300 games. 300+ points. Legendry on the social side for his comic review sketches and impromptu performances. An extremely keen club man.

 

Gary Lane
Joined the club in 1964 in the U10’s, Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1981, Burke Cup 1980, 87 Captain. Whiddon Cup 1977. Assistant Treasurer 1979. Golden Oldies President 1994 – current. 400 games including 100 first grade.

 

Andrew Mostyn
Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1979, 81, 87. NSW Sub District Rep 1979, 80, 81, 83, 85, 86, 87. President 1996-97. Secretary 1986-87. Club Captain 1993 – 94. 200 games including 150 first grade.

 

Paul Bryan
Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1981, 87. Stockdale Cup 1992. Blunt Cup 1994. Sub District Rep 1981, 82. Club Captain 1987. Social Convenor 1985. 300 games including 150 first grade.

 
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George Clulee
Premierships: Burke Cup 1987, Kentwell Cup 1995, 1997. NSW Sub District Rep 1989. Club Captain 1995, 96. 200 games including 150 first grade.

 
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Mark French
A junior in the U15 in 1984 unto U18 in 1986. Played 14 seasons in the highest grade senior football with the club. NSW Sub-District Rep 1990, 91, 92. Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1995 & 1997. Nicholson Cup 2008. 300 games including 200 first grade. 326 career points.

 

Andy JohnsonCurrent Player - Front Rower joined in 2001 and played in the Kentwell Cup Grand Final loss. Played 1st Grade for 9 seasons, winning 1st Grade Best & Fairest in 2007. Club Captain in 2008, Registrar 2003-04. Players Player 2nd Grade 2015 4th Grade 2014. Premiership: Stockdale Cup 2010. Coach: 3rd Grade 2011, 2013.
Club games: 280, 1st Grade games: 146, Career Tries: 11.

 

Alex Light – Joined in 2002, 1st grader for 9 years, including Captain. Premierships: Barraclough Cup 2011, Div 2 Club Champions 2011, Cowboy Cup 2011, Div 3 Club Champions 2009. Publicity Officer 2007-08. 2nd Grade Best & Fairest 2014, 3rd Grade Best & Fairest 2013. Club Games 200, 1st Grade games 130, Career Tries 23.

 
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Russell Kershler – 300 Senior Games. Club Captain 1977.
Premierships: Kentwell Cup 1977 (undefeated), Whiddon Cup 1980, 83, 86.
President 2005-06.
Coach 1st Grade 2013. 2nd Grade 1978, 1988-89, 2002, 2005, 2015-16. 3rd Grade 2003-04. 4th Grade 2007.

Jordan Butler – Joined 2009, 100+ first grade games (44 tries). Club top try scorer 2010 and 2012.
200 games and 395 points (79 tries) across all grades. Club Captain 2016-17. Clubman of the Year 2017.
Seniors Vice Chairman 2013 & 2018, Treasurer 2012, Secretary 2010.
Coached 2013 U14’s, 2014 U14’s and 2015 U15’s.
Premierships: Stockdale 2010, Barraclough Cup 2011, 2016.

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Julian Arndt – Joined 2006, 100+ first grade games, Most improved Forward 2007.
183 games and 75 points (15 tries) across all grades. Club Captain 2009.
Secretary 2012 & 2016, Assistant Treasurer 2015.
Board Vice President 2016
Premierships: Stockdale 2010 Captain, Barraclough Cup 2011 Captain.