By Clare Brennan


30 June 2021

What a fantastic afternoon of rugby! The Manning River Ratz Rugby Club really turned it on for the games against Wauchope on Saturday 26th June at the very well attended Taree home ground.

The Club celebrated the First Indigenous Day with a beautiful Acknowledgement of Country performed by our local children accompanied by nineteen year old Kyron Saunders Davis giving a very skilled performance on the didgeridoo.

The Ratz women’s team played very well and it was so good to see some of FSC Yarnin’ Circle on the field.

Club President Steven Rees described the day as very special for the Club and ‘an opportunity to give something back to the community’. How proud we are to have First Steps Count chosen as the partner charity for the day. All Ratz players wore jerseys designed by local artist Kitana Paulson and featuring FSC logo on the back. Our Transition Manager Clare Brennan was invited into the hallowed halls of the men’s change room to present players with their jerseys. It must have helped because they won their match hands down!

The Club’s original plan for an auction of jerseys and memorabilia after the game was unfortunately abandoned with the late afternoon government announcement of new COVID regulations. President Steven Rees advised that the Auction will still go ahead with information coming soon.  As the partner charity First Steps Count will share 50% of the days takings as well as proceeds from the upcoming auction. We are so grateful for the opportunity to participate in this historic event.

A huge thank you to the Manning River Ratz Rugby Club and to all who helped make this First Indigenous Day such a wonderful heartwarming occasion for First Steps Count. Here’s hoping that it becomes an annual event on the Club calendar.



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