AGM 2015

The Annual General Meeting for 2015 will be held on Sunday, May 31st, 2015 at 11.30am at The Harp Inn.

All members should attend as club decisions will be made for the 2016 season.  Administrative personnel will be elected.

The following positions are currently available for 2016 and the current holders are listed and are willing to be nominated for the same position for 2016.  Any new nominees can be presented at the AGM and will be voted upon.

  • President - Bradley Davidson
    • The job of the president is to oversee the general activities of the club and to ensure that the club progresses forwards towards its goals.
    • He is responsible for maintaining targets, meeting milestones and administration of the clubs responsibilities to play within USA Rugby and SCRFU requirements.
    • He will be called upon when any legal or financial decisions are required in club operations.
    • In the event of tied vote the president's decision is final.
  • Vice President – Bob Sweeney
    • The job of the vice president is to assist in club operations and to make decisions in the event that the president is unavailable.
    • He is also the liaison between the senior team(s) and the social side (old boys).
  • Secretary – Mike Torre
    • The secretary’s tasks include taking minutes at each club meeting and distributing the minutes and action items after the meeting. He is responsible for the administration and registration of all players and maintaining the contact details and registration documentation for the active players.
    • During the season, all registration will be handled by the secretary and a list of available players will be supplied to the manager and coach on the Friday prior to the game with a list of players who are eligible for selection.
    • He will be responsible for any administrative paperwork and field rentals, and setup as well as co-ordination for games between Back Bay and opposing teams.
    • He will be responsible for communications between Back Bay and the SCRFU to report all game related administration and referee organization.
  • Treasurer – Wes Pierce
    • The treasurer’s job is to set a budget for the season with a forecast of income and expenditure that can be achieved by the club. Sponsorship targets and requirements will be set by the Treasurer and key dates for payments must be set.
    • The treasurer will determine a payment schedule for player dues and administer the payments. Any player who does not pay their dues or has no agreement with the treasurer must be listed and provided to the secretary on a Friday prior to a game to ensure that an accurate list of eligible players is provided for the manager and coach team selection.
  • Manager - Ben Reynolds
    • It is the manager's responsibility to assist the coaching team with player selection for each game. The manager and coaching team can work together to decide on availability of players for each game.
    • Training direction will be overseen by the manager but will not be administered. The coaching team and manager will decide on the best way to train in preparation for the games.
    • The manager will be responsible for organization of players for each game.
    • He will also be the primary contact for all foreign interested players.
  • Social Co-ordinator – Taylor Alston
    • The social co-ordinator is responsible for creating social events that the club can attend. This will range from weekly events during the season, summer monthly events to fundraising events.
    • A weekly or bi-weekly event should be arranged during the season to build an enjoyable social connection for the team.
    • Larger monthly events can be scheduled during the summer for the team to keep in contact.
    • It is likely that fundraisers will be planned for the club to attend. It will be the social co-coordinators responsibility to oversee the planning for the events.
  • Sponsorship (new)
    • The new position will require that sponsorship targets are set and contact is established and followed up.  The treasurer will assign goals that the sponsorship co-ordinator should strive to meet for each assigned milestone.
    • New sponsorship opportunities must be identified and connections established.
  • Recruitment (new)
    • The recruitment co-ordinator must plan and identify players and establish connections to attract new players.
    • Events can be organized that will attract players to the club.
    • Continued communications with other available contacts, colleges, universities should be created to provide constant links to new recruits for the club.

At the AGM only members or lifelong members may vote.  Members must have been fully paid for the 2015 season to be permitted to vote.

A Look Back at 2015

As we finally close the doors on the 15's season for 2015, I wanted to take a few minutes of your time reflect on the last year. At the start of the year, the team was optimistic after a good season in 2014, rebuilding after our D1 years.

The summer recruitment paid off and a number of new recruits added to the squad, bringing fresh blood and some experience that was to benefit the team. Although we started the season with a rain delay, we started strong and ended by securing top spot in the division with a game to spare. This is a fantastic achievement and allowed us to secure the SoCal Championship.

Our march to nationals was haulted by Tempe when we played in the knock out stages but the following week we showed up in Santa Barbara to challenge in the California Cup and played our best match of the season. After battling back to tie at full time, the team narrowly lost by 2 points after overtime.

The team should be proud of the achievements, the success and the spirit shown throughout the year. This fantastic achievement, on our 30th year as a club, requires recognition for the following who all played part in winning the SoCal Championship:

  • Taylor Alston
  • Shaun Baker
  • Milton Bartley
  • Michael Birch
  • John Charles Bradley
  • Luis Cordero
  • Ethan Cornell
  • Kevin Estipular
  • Justin Fesili
  • Eric Frazier
  • Larz Gordon-Martin
  • Jacob Griffin
  • Ben Gunn
  • Carlos Guzman
  • Brett Hanrahan
  • Liam Harnett
  • Corentin Jardel
  • Harrison Jones
  • Carlos Jovel
  • Andy Zimmerman, the first Ryno Club winnerCristobal Kappes
  • Michael King
  • Milosh Kostich
  • Alex Lai
  • Jonathan Losch
  • Jose Marroquin
  • Nick Masaniai
  • Kuresa "Lesa" Moaliitele
  • Bryan Orta
  • Sebastian Pedreira
  • Wes Pierce
  • Ian Potgieter
  • Kevin Reid
  • Ben Reynolds
  • Kohsuke Sugimachi
  • Scott Surdyka
  • Mike Torre
  • Brandon Varkel
  • Nick Vujnovich
  • Mike Wendel
  • Travis Whitlock
  • Josh "Snapper" Williams
  • Andrew Zimmerman

Each of these players have helped lead the club towards the success for 2015 and we appreciate all of the help, competition and determination that helped get us to where we are.

Additional thanks goes to our sponsors:
  • The Harp Inn
  • Adam Guss

I would personally like to thank the players for taking the burden of paying for the season and meeting their dues obligations. Although we actively seek sponsorship it is not always possible. With success we hope to attract additional sponsorship next season and also hope to continue to grow the club with recruitment.

2015 was a year with many high points but with one noticeable loss; Ryan "Ryno" Lem passed away and leaves a huge gap in the Back Bay family. It was felt throughout the club, from players who took the field with Ryno, to new players who had only heard of him, or had met him at training. The club came together to celebrate his life and he will be forever remembered. We introduced the "Ryno Club" to issue to the Defender of the Game and will continue this into the new season. The club showed it's strength and depth in remembering Ryno and we hope to see that support in 2016.

Finally, I'd like to say thank you to the coaching staff; Chris WiRepa, Mario Pedreira and Dave Chandler have done a fantastic job in leading the team this season and we look forward to continuing our success next season.

I'm proud of everything the club has achieved and everyone involved with Back Bay Rugby Club, it's players, past and present, it's members, supporters and the whole Back Bay Family.


Bradley Davidson

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Cheers boys,
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