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
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 )
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
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
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.
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 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
Brighton win 2011 Under 12's Grand Final
Brighton Div 1 win 2011 Grand Final.
Brighton's 30th Division 1 Premiership
Andrew Brown wins Division 1 Best & Fairest
March 2012 Brighton Junior's Tour New Zealand
12th May John Fidock plays 500th Senior Game for BRUFC
25th August Back to Brighton Reunion
2012 GRAND FINALS
Division 1 ( Premier Grade)
Our 30th Division 1 Premiership since 1968
and our 5th Division 1 Premiership in 5 Years
2012 Division 1 ( Premier Grade )
BARRY COOPER and Club President 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
Under 14's Win 2012 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.
Brighton Wins 2013 Pre Season Bartercard Cup
25th May Daniel "Goober" Rowe plays 400th Game for Club
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.
17th August Peter (Chief ) How plays 400th Game for Brighton
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 .
Brighton Senior Tour Sydney and play Sydney Irish RUFC
Our Premiership Board, Trophies and Photos
are proudly displayed in our clubrooms.