Super Rugby


6/1/2019

Wynnum Bugs to celebrate 40th anniversary this Saturday


This weekend the Wynnum Bugs Rugby Club will celebrate their 40th anniversary, as they host the University of the Sunshine Coast and Gympie Hammers at their picturesque home ground on the Wynnum waterfront for the Bugs’ annual Old Boys Day.

Not only will the club be celebrating their inception in 1979, they’ll also be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the clubs’ undefeated Pegg Cup season in 2009, as well as the 25th anniversary of their first ever Colts premiership.

The A Grade side will be playing in a specially designed Old Boys Day jersey with the names of the 2009 Pegg Cup side on their back, while B Grade will be wearing a Harlequin style jersey, featuring the colours of Iona College in celebration of the connection between the club and school. The B-Grade jerseys will have the names of the Colts premiership side on the back. 

“For our small club it’s the biggest day on the Rugby calendar,” said current seniors coach and former player Matt Myers, who will become one of a small handful of people to be named a Wynnum Bugs Life member this weekend.

“It’s pretty humbling. I’ll be the youngest of the inductees, there are only seven of us, it’s a massive honour.” 

Having played in grand finals and previously been a captain, Myers has now dedicated his post-playing career to the club in both coaching and administration, serving as club president over the last four years.

“I’ve been with the club since 2002 and the club has helped me in my career, I’ve met lifelong friends, my brother has played here, my dad is current manager and my nephew will play here as well. The Bugs is a special part of our family.

“In my first year out of school I joined the colts team, then rallied a group from Iona and had a proper year in 2003 and then it has built from there.” 

The Bugs will also be raising funds for the Melanoma Research Foundation this weekend, rallying behind a member of their tight-knit community who has unfortunately been diagnosed with the disease.

While part of the Queensland Suburban Rugby Union competition in 2018, Wynnum played a number of matches against Sunshine Coast clubs and made the call to join the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union ahead of the 2019 season. 

“It’s been a massive challenge so far this season,” said Myers. 

“Every game is a hard, high quality game of Rugby. It’s meant we’ve attracted some new quality players. 

“We’re strong at home but travelling is proving tough, but we can’t complain about having to play in places like Noosa or Maroochydore by the beach. We’re looking to build next year and introduce a women’s and colts team.”  

The B Grade clash kicks off against Gympie at 2:00pm on Saturday, followed by the A Grade clash against University of the Sunshine Coast at 3:20pm. 

Rugby Traveller