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CLUB HISTORY

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Established  1950

 

 Brighton Rugby Union Football Club Inc

 Commencing as "Kingston" Rugby Union Club

The club name was changed to "Glenelg" in 1952.

When the club's own premises were completed on leased council land at Brighton in 1977.

.The club moved from Bailey Reserve and was renamed

Brighton Rugby Union Football Club.

2009  Brighton Rugby Union Football Club Inc boasts 11 teams.

4 at senior level and 7 at junior level.

The junior levels range from Under 8's through to Under 18's.

Golden Oldies play throughout the year

We have players from our senior teams who represent South Australia's Black Falcons on a regular basics.
Many junior club players  also represent South Australia in their age groups.

Brighton Schoolboys have represented South Australia and Australia at International level.

The playing history of 

Brighton Rugby Union Football Club


Beginning with only one second division team it took until 1968 before the club could claim the first of its Division 1 Premierships.

From that time there has been consistent growth and success.

Competing in every Grand Final from 1971 to 1986,

Brighton won 10 Premierships straight between the years 1972 - 1981.

22nd September 1979, Brighton RUFC, 1st Division broke the 40 year old WORLD RECORD held by Italian 1st Division Club, Venezia, by winning their 8th consecutive grand final.

22nd August 1982 Brighton hosted visiting Japanese Rugby Team

( Mitsubishi Corporation Rugby Club )

1983 Glen Millar coaches Australian Schoolboys Div2 team on New Zealand Tour

1983  Brighton wins 1st, 2nd & 3rd Division Premierships

1983 Wes Battams 300 Games

1984 Jeff Prosser 300 Games

1st Division Premierships from 1984 - 1986.

11th July 1984 South Australia play All Blacks at Hindmarsh

State Coach Glen Millar

Brighton Captain - Coach Phil Bruce to play his 3rd match against the All Blacks

1985 Brighton Seniors Tours Japan

1985 Dennis Church 300 Games

1985 Brighton Under 14s, 16s, & 18, Tour New Zealand

21st September 1985 Brighton wins 4 Senior Grand Finals

27th September 1985 Brighton Schoolboy Danny Offenberg selected for Australian Schoolboys Team

1986 Brighton hosted City of Brighton Rugby Tourment,

Visiting teams included

 Brighton RUFC UK and Brighton RUFC from Victoria

1986 Adrian Bolton 300 Games

20th Sept 1986 Grand Final Brighton 23 Old Collegians 16

( 14 1st Division Premierships in 16 years )

1st August 1987 Theo Lonema plays 400th Game for Brighton

1988 Hubert Tucker 300 Games

Division 1 Premierships have also been achieved in 89, 92,93,94,95,96 & 97.

1990 Phil Bruce 300 Games

1993 Dr Stephen Blanch plays 400th Game

1994 Brighton Youth Development  " Five Nations " Tour

England, France, Wales Scotland & Ireland

1994 Stuart McLachlan 400 Games

1994 Jimmy Wilson 400 Games

1995 Bill Brown 400 Games

1995 Ian Tattersall 300 Games

1997 Theo Londema plays 400th Game for Brighton

1998 Marlow McKenzie-Smith plays 500th Game for Brighton

1998 Bryan Horsfall 400 Games

1998 Michael Phillips 400 Games

1998 John Fidock 400 Games ( Still playing 2010 )

1998 Terry Jackson 300 Games

1999 Harry Bryce 300 Games

Following a brief hiatus

The club once again secured the Premiership in 2000,

2000 Our 50th Anniversary Year! 

Brighton host 50th Anniversary Dinner at Glenelg

Guests included

Nick Farr-Jones and Brighton RUFC UK

2001 Robert Hamilton 300 Games

2003 Andrew Cropley 300 Games

The success of the Brighton's Division 1 team has continued in recent years with Premierships won in 2004, 2005 and 2008. 

2005 Brighton Juniors Tour to Griffith NSW

2007 Rugby World Cup ( Bill ) William Ellis Trophy at Brighton RUFC

2007 South Australia Rugby Union 75th Year

In this period of time we have also been able to secure numerous lower grade senior premierships.

2008 Premiers for  Ist, 2nd, 3rd Senior Grades & Under 18s

2008 Brighton Seniors Tour New Zealand

2008 Marlow McKenzie-Smith Retires as a Player after 574 games

2008 Daniel Rowe 300 Games ( still playing 2010 )

Marlow was the last Brighton Player to have  played for Glenelg RUFC 

2009 Night Rugby Introduced at Brighton

South Australia Black Falcons play Tasmania under lights at Brighton

Gareth Brown State Captain

Death of Phil Bruce ( Life Member and Former Captain / Coach )

Annual Dinner Guest Speaker " Ben Tune " Queesland & Australian Rep "

2009  Premiers for 1st & 3rd Senior Grades

!st Grade undefeated throughout the season

4 Brown Brothers played in 1st Division Premier Team

Gareth ( Captain ) , Andrew, James & Logan

13 of the starting 15 Brighton players on Grand Final Day 2009

all played for Brighton Juniors 

2009 Senior Coach Barry Cooper coaches his 14th 1st Grade Premiership

Keith Ramsay & James Sprules 300 Games

Richard Wasley plays 50th Game for Sth Australia

2009 Brighton Under 18's & 16's Tour Hong Kong & Macau

Under 18's ( 39 ) defeat  Hong Kong Representative Under 18's ( 0 ) 

 

2010 Season (60 YEARS )

60th  LogoAerial View BRUFC (2)

Bangalow RUFC visit Brighton

International Visitors to Brighton during 2010 International 7's

Brighton provides a training venue for

England, Fiji, New Zealand, USA, France & Argentina

Brighton wins 2010 Bartercard Preseason Cup

( Brighton 23 Old Cols 13)

Joe ( Poncho ) Krajina plays 250th Game for Brighton

Ray ( Razar ) Gourley plays 250th Game for Brighton

Clayton (Waxa ) Hayball plays 200th Game for Brighton

Brighton Friday Night Junior Rugby Competition Commences

(Under 8's & 10's  games played under lights at Brighton )

Brighton also fields the following Teams each Saturday

2010   Junior Teams    Under 8, 10. 2x12,14,16 & 18's

2010   Senior Teams      Premier, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Grades

Brighton Tours to Melbourne for Aust / New Zealand Test Match

4th September 2010

60th Annual Diner held at The Hwy

Guest speakers

Mark Bakewell  Assistant Forwards Coach Melbourne Rebels

Tatafu Polota-Nau  Qantas Wallaby & HSBC Waraths

Garth Brown plays 200th Game for Brighton  

Brighton host 2010 SARU Junior Grand Finals

Brighton Wins  Division 1 Grand Final in our 60th Year

Brighton 46 Burnside 5

Brighton has now won 29 Division 1 Premeirships in our 60 year history

2010 Division 1Premiers  Brighton 46 Burnside 5

Brighton Captain " Andrew Brown " voted BEST ON GROUND  2010Grand Final

Barry Cooper coaches his 15th Division 1 Grand Final

Former Brighton Junior Player  " Nathan Cooper " selected to play for Queeensland  Under 16's.  Nathan is the son of Dave Cooper former Brighton Division 1 Player and the Grandson of Barry Cooper.

2011 Season

Brighton Rugby Union Football Club currently has 2  players  serving in Afghanistan with the Australian Army. Luke Fidock & George Weepner.

Both return safely to Australia after their Tour of Duty.

Luke Fidock and his father John now play Rugby at Brighton.

Former Brighton Junior Player Dale Tattersall and Son of Life Member Ian

now serving with the Australian Army in Afghanistan.

2011 Australian 7's Team

Select Brighton Rugby Club as their training venue for the 2011 Adelaide 7's

2011 Aust 7s at Brighton

2011 was the last year that Adelaide will host the Australian Leg of the IRB 7's. 

Brighton Captain " Andrew Brown "

Selected to play for Melbourne Rebels B Team vs Sydney Rugby prior to Melbourne Rebels vs Sharks Super 15

Andrew is the 1st South Australan Player to play for the Melbourne Rebels B Team.

Former Australian International  Tony Shaw visits Brighton as a guest speaker at a Club Night.

Daniel Rowe plays 350 Games for Brighton on the same day as Peter (Snoopy) Jackson plays 250

Zac Wilson, Ethan Uili & Darren Pickerton selected to play for South Aust at 2011  Under 18 Division 2 National Championships at Box Hill Rugby Club .

Jack Cook, Jack Wesson & Jim Gentle selected to play for 2011 South Australian Black Falcons

Former Brighton and Fijian International  Villame Satala returns to play for Brighton

August Annual Dinner 

Guest Speak Ben Darwin Former Australian Prop and now with Melbourne Rebels Coaching Staff

Club Presiden Rob Brown admitted to SARU Hall of Fame

 

2011 Brighton Wins 12s Grand Final

Brighton win 2011 Under 12's Grand Final

2011  Grand Final

Brighton Div 1 win 2011 Grand Final.

Brighton's  30th  Division 1 Premiership

Andrew Brown wins Division 1 Best & Fairest 

 

2012  SEASON

2012 Junior NZ Tour

March 2012 Brighton Junior's Tour New Zealand

2012 John Fidocks 500th Game

12th May  John Fidock plays 500th Senior Game for BRUFC

2012 Back to Brighton

25th August   Back to Brighton Reunion

 

2012 GRAND FINALS

Division 1 ( Premier Grade) 

2012 Premiers

Our 30th Division 1 Premiership since 1968

and our  5th Division 1 Premiership in 5 Years

2012  Div 1   Premiers

2012 Division 1 ( Premier Grade )

BARRY COOPER and  Club President ROB BROWN

2012 Grand Final Barry Cooper  Rob Brown

Barry Cooper decides too retire after 2012 Grand Final Victory

Barry's Rugby Resume is the stuff that legends are made of and it is fitting that Barry was inducted by SARU Hall of Fame as a Coaching Legend for his Services to the Game.

Brief Summary of Barry's Coaching Career with Brighton RUFC

Division 1 Coach      25 Years   18 Premierships

Division 2 Coach        2 Years     2 Premierships

Under 18 Coach         2 Years    2 Premierships

Under 16 Coach         4 Years    3 Premierships

Under 14 Coach         3 Years    2 Premierships

He has also Coached SARU Black Falcons and Junior State Teams and Schoolboys.

Barry's Son, Dave played Junior and Senior Rugby at Brighton.

His Grandsons played Junior Rugby at Brighton and are now involved in

Queensland Rugby Union Representative Teams.

Thanks Barry for your effort at Brighton RUGBY Club

 

Other Grand Final Results

Under 18's Win 2012 Premiership

2012  Under 18s Premiers

 

Under 14's Win 2012 Premiership

2012 Brighton Under 14s  Win  Premiership

Other 2012 Achievements

Under 12's Win 2012  Sevens Tournament.

Ethan Uili ( Captain ) and Zac Wilson Selected to play for 2012 Australian Presidents Schools Team.

Former Brighton Junior  "James Hilterbrand " Signs to play 2013 season with Western Force.

2012 James Hilterbrand

 

2013  SEASON 

Brighton Wins 2013 Pre Season Bartercard Cup

 

 25th May    Daniel "Goober" Rowe plays 400th Game for Club

Daniel Rowe Goober  400 Games

 

Former Brighton Junior  James Hilterbrand

selected to play for Western  Force vs British Lions 2013 Touring Team

Manly RUFC signs 4 former Brighton players

Jim Gentle and Jack Wesson  both played 1st Grade during season

Ethan Uili and Darren Pinkerton both played senior colts.

Brighton has proved a valuable recruiting ground for Manaly RUFC and we wish our former players success.

April  (ANZAC CUP )

Brighton win 2013 Anzac Cup defeating Old Collegians at Home

 

3rd  August Brighton Past Players Reunion we celebrate our 1973,1983 and 1993 Div 1 Premierships.

 

10th August   Brighton Senior and Under players wear Gold Socks in support of Cancer Research

Over $2,000 raised on the day and donated to Cancer Society.

2013 Cancer Fundraiser  Div 1

17th August Peter (Chief ) How plays 400th Game for Brighton

 2013 CHIEF TO PLAY 4OOTH GAME 17TH AUGUST

Sept 2013

Brighton wins Under 12 Junior Premiership

Under 14 and Under 16 teams finish 2nd.

Brighton wins Div 1 ( Premier Grade ) Premiership defeating Old Collegians.

Div 2 & Div 3 teams finish 2nd .

 

Oct  2013

Brighton Senior Tour Sydney and play Sydney Irish RUFC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Our Premiership Board, Trophies and Photos

are proudly displayed in our clubrooms.






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