We love hearing stories from our SUFC players who have gone on to play around NSW and Australia (& the world!). Here are a couple of stories from past SUFC players going to to success in other competitions in Country NSW
Matt Schwager in Narrabri
Matt Schwager played for SUFC for a number of years, including being SUFC 1st Grade Captain in 2011. Despite leaving Sydney after the 2011 season, and moving back home to Narrabri to work on the family farm, Schwager continued his rugby career playing for Narrabri Rugby Club. An excellent clubman and leader at Sydney University, he has also taken up this position at Narrabri, where he captained the side to a Premiership this season.
Matt was interviewed after the game by Jonathan Wick about the Grand Final and also the potential of continuing his rugby career to the NRC or back home. A link to the interview is below:
SUFC would like to congratulate Matt on this outstanding achievement as captain, and also wish him all the best on his future endeavours both on and off the field.
Staniforth & Logan lead Orange Emus to incredible improvements
Despite losing the Grand Final of the Blowes Clothing Cup to the Dubbo Kangaroos, the Orange Emus underwent an amazing turn around season, after finishing last in 2013 and then making the Grand Final in 2014. Behind this incredible improvement are two familiar SUFC names, Nigel Staniforth and Andrew Logan.
Nigel Staniforth, a previous 1st Grade player for SUFC, captained the Emus side throughout the 2014 season. Although disappointed with his sides’ Grand Final loss, was very positive with how well the club have developed this season.
“We’ve come a long way since 2013, not just in ones but all the way through the club. Our second grade side deserves recognition too, congratulations to them, and most of the boys should be around next year which is great.”
Further to that, Staniforth was confident that the Emus are now on a solid path to future success and is looking forward to season 2015.
“The thing about good clubs is they generally have a strong first and second grade side, which we did this year,” he said.
“We should have a similar top grade side next year, and we have plenty of boys pushing for ones from twos, and even threes this season. Hopefully that continues, and we can keep developing. Today was disappointing, but there is plenty of positives from this season.”
A large driving force behind the re-building of the club structure towards success at the Emus was head coach Andrew Logan, who is a long term supporter of the Club and previous 2nd Grade Coach.
SUFC congratulates both Nigel and Andrew on the inspiring job they have done with the Orange Emus, and wish them all the best in one bettering it in 1st Grade in 2015!