Gordon RFC

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Gordon Rugby Football Club
Gordon Rugby Football Club logo.jpg
Full name Gordon Rugby Football Club
Nickname(s) Highlanders, Stags
Founded 1936
Location Chatswood, Sydney
Ground(s) Chatswood Oval (Capacity: 9,000)
Coach(es) Kolose Feaunati
Captain(s) James Lough
League(s) Shute Shield, NSWRU
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website

Gordon Rugby Football Club are a rugby union club based on the North Shore of Sydney. The club, known as the Gordon Highlanders, play out of Chatswood Oval and compete in the New South Wales Rugby Union grade competition.

Club information[edit]

  • Premiership Titles – Shute Shield: 8 (1952, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1976, 1993, 1995 and 1998)
  • Club Championships: 12
  • President: Hayden Rorke
  • 1st Grade Head Coach: Mark Philp[1]
  • general manager: Matt Pyne

The original Gordon Rugby Football Club was founded in 1927 on Sydney’s North Shore, playing in the Metropolitan Junior Competitions and its home games on Roseville Chase Oval. The club was disbanded in 1930 and the following year, many of its players transferred to the newly formed Roseville Junior Rugby Union Football Club, whose home ground was Chatswood Oval. In the 1935 season, the club won the Metropolitan Junior Club Championship, the Kentwell Cup and its second grade, the Bourke Cup.

Following its success the club was admitted to the Grade Competition in 1936 and changed its name to the Gordon District Rugby Union Football Club, fielding four grade and two junior sides, which participated in the Metropolitan Junior Competition.

By 1939, the 1st XV had won the minor premiership but were defeated in the final by the ultimate premiers. Apart from the 4th grade team winning a premiership in 1946, it was 1949 before Gordon won the Club Championship with its 1st and 4th grade teams, with all four teams playing in the semi-finals.

In 1949, the club adopted a new jersey incorporating the colours of the Gordon tartan and its club song “A Gordon For Me”, emphasising the strong Scottish influence within the club.

First grade premierships were achieved in 1952, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1976, 1993, 1995 and 1998. Over the years, the lower grade sides have played prominently at or near the top of the competition tables with Gordon winning the Club Championship 13 times.

Many Gordon players have earned representative honours playing for the state and Australia – far too many to list here. Trevor Allan, who has won lasting international acclaim, together with Bob Davidson and Peter Sullivan have all captained Australian touring teams. Stirling Mortlock[2] played 80 Tests for the Wallabies and captained for 29 of them. He was a Gordon Junior and Colt.

In addition to the club’s attractive style of play it is renowned for its dedication to the promotion of the game at all levels, its tremendous club spirit, its enthusiastic supporters and an excellent and supportive administration.

Under the banner of Gordon Rugby, the Gordon Rugby Football Club Ltd currently fields four grade and three colts sides, plus reserves and representative junior sides from village clubs Chatswood, Hornsby, Killara-West Pymble, Lane Cove, Lindfield, Roseville, St Ives and Wahroonga

In 2017, Gordon Rugby has appointed Mark Philp as 1st Grade Head Coach. David Telfer remains as Colts Head Coach.

Current squad[edit]

The squad for the 2017 season

2017 Gordon Highlanders Rugby Squad


  • England Raven Nurse
  • Scotland Nick Fraser
  • Australia Sean Dillon


  • New Zealand Tobias Gukibau
  • Australia Andrew Seaton
  • Australia Rodney Maa


  • Australia Mark Johnson
  • Australia Callum McKenzie
  • Scotland Ruairidh Wilson
  • Australia Roni Scarano
  • Australia Andrew Chapman

Loose forwards

  • Australia Jack Dempsey
  • Australia Jack Maguire
  • Australia Jordan Goddard
  • Samoa Tala Moli
  • Australia Luke Papworth
  • Australia James Lough
  • Fiji Male Vukinamualevu


  • Australia Matt Hayter
  • Australia Mike Kennedy


  • New Zealand Jarrod Dowie
  • Australia Patolo Toeta
  • Australia Alex Barker


  • Australia Erik Moss
  • New Zealand Sy Tevita
  • Australia Alex Palmer
  • Australia Josh Mitchell
  • Australia Kane Ladhams


  • Australia Sam Frankham
  • New Zealand Kim Bateman
  • Australia Sam Mete
  • Australia Matt McDougall


  • Australia Marcus hundt
  • Australia Lachie Mitchell
(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped,

International representatives[edit]

  • Australia Frank O’Brien
  • Australia Trevor Allan
  • Australia Brian Piper
  • Australia Arthur Tonkin
  • Australia Bevan Wilson
  • Australia Robert (Bob) Davidson
  • Australia Brian Johnson
  • Australia James Phipps
  • Australia Neil Latimer
  • Australia Arthur Summons
  • Australia Eddie Purkiss
  • Australia Ken Yanz
  • Australia Don Logan
  • Australia David Shepherd
  • Australia Desmond Carrick
  • Australia Rod Batterham
  • Australia Bruce Taafe

Rugby Championships[edit]

  • Club Championships: 12 – 1949 1952 1957 1962 1971 1974 1975 1976 1978 1990 1993 1998 [3]
  • 1st Grade Premierships: 8 – 1949, 1952, 1956, 1958, 1976, 1993, 1995 & 1998.
  • 1st Grade Runners Up: 1950, 1955, 1957, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1980 & 1992.
  • 2nd Grade Premierships: – 1961, 1972, 1974, 1976 & 1981.
  • 2nd Grade Runners Up: 1950, 1952, 1955, 1962, 1968, 1971, 1975, 1980, 2008 & 2009.
  • 3rd Grade Premierships: – 10 – 1959, 1960, 1967, 1970, 1972, 1977, 1983, 1993, 2008 & 2009.
  • 3rd Grade Runners Up: – 1948, 1951, 1962, 1966, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1992, 1994, 1999 & 2000.
  • 4th Grade Premierships: 18 – 1949, 1952, 1953,1955, 1958, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000 & 2007.
  • 4th Grade Runners Up: – 1950, 1954, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1973, 1977, 1983 & 1987.

Gordon D.R.U.F.C Veterans (World War II)[4] KIA[edit]

  • P Braithwaite[5]
  • E A Cameron
  • W Carter
  • A Chowne
  • J E Cunningham
  • D Davidson
  • R V Keirath
  • K Lauder
  • R Lawrence
  • C Lord
  • D Mackerras
  • J J Manners
  • A J McGlynn
  • J McKenzie
  • F Meech
  • J Musgrave
  • C C Pike
  • R Prince
  • J Reedie
  • A Sands
  • L Stenhouse
  • R Upward

Club Song[edit]

(To the tune of the Scottish folk song of the same name)

A Gordon for Me

1st Verse

I’m Georgie McHugh of the Gordon RU. I’m fond of a lassie and drappie or two. One day when out walking I chanced to see A bonnie wee lass wi’ a glint in her ee.

Says I to the lassie will ye walk for a while. I’ll buy ye a bonnet and we’ll do it in style, My kilt is the tartan of the Gordon RU. She looked at me shyly and said, Is that true?


A Gordon for me, a Gordon for me. If you’re not a Gordon you’re no use to me, The Eastwoods are braw, the Randwicks an a’ But the cocky wee Gordon's the pride of them all.

2nd Verse

I courted that girl on the Banks of the Dee. And made up my mind she was fashioned for me, And soon I was thinking how nice it would be If she would consent to get married to me.

The day we were wed the grass was so green, The sun was as bright as the light in her een, Now we’ve two bonnie lassies who sit on her knee. While she sings the song that she once sang to me.


A Gordon for me, a Gordon for me. If you’re not a Gordon you’re no use to me, The Eastwoods are braw, the Randwicks an a’ But the cocky wee Gordon's the pride of them all.


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