Trust you, your friends and family are all well and looking to end 2021 on a high note .
Well the mighty Raiders did it again in 2020 – another great year of building our club & helping the families of the local community.
Despite all the problems we:
- Increased our Rego numbers by 10% ( even after Covid )
- Fielded teams in every age from 6yr – 16yrs Plus 3 All Age teams
- ZERO serious on or off field issues
- 2 SGFA Champion teams
- 6 out of 8 (75%) Competitive grades made the Semi finals
Importantly all of our kids not only tried very hard, they improved greatly and best of all they “laughed a lot” – that is what it is all about.
It was also great to see our relationship with the Arncliffe Coptic community grow and strengthen during the year.
As you will know in August the fences went up & the famous Jim Graham Res began its transformation into a magnificent Synthetic based facility to allow for the next chapter of Raider history .
A very special thanks to Scott and his team for helping us relocate to Riverine Pk as our “temporary home”. Hopefully it will only be “temporary” and the new field can be ready for 2021 ??? .
Also a huge thanks to Bayside Council for all their support, in particular the grant at the beginning of the season and then the decision (Thanks Bill) to remove ground rental. As you can understand our principal sponsors were unable to provide their usual level of support so this support from Bayside was crucial in helping us serve the community.
Our goal for 2021 is to continue building our club BUT ensuring that we retain the spirit and “all-inclusive family atmosphere” that has seen us not only survive but thrive since 1956 …
On a very sad note we lost a Raider Life Member and True Legend Ian “Sticks” Baddock. Not only did Ian do a huge amount for Raiders he worked for many years at the then Rockdale Council . RIP Sticks
BUT on a positive note we welcomed the 4th Generation of the Marshall family when Phil , whose dad Don helped build the field, coached his Grand daughter Tatianna in the 6’s ! -See right.
In closing on behalf of the Committee and the whole Rockdale City Raiders family I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and an especially safe Festive Season. Above all let’s all hope that 2021 will be so much more “normal”
Cheers & thanks to all
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