The Beecroft Rugby Club was formed as an entity in 1998. In the past seventeen (17) seasons it has developed to the stage where it caters for four (4) Grade teams in 3rd Division level of the very competitive NSW Suburban Rugby Union competition. Indeed, it has proved to be a highly competitive and progressive club, attaining most recently the award of Inter-Divisional Club Champions (Cowboy Cup) for the entire competition in 2015.
The club grew as a logical extension of a highly successful junior clubs that have provided sporting opportunity through Rugby for generations of boys and young men in the Hills district. The club has excellent relations with all local junior clubs within the area, and is committed to the best ideals of sport and social integration for the youth of the area.
Beecroft Rugby Club had its origins in the St Leo’s Old Boys RUFC, which thrived for years until the school changed focus and its player stream dried up. It then amalgamated with Ku-Ring-Gai High Old Boys, but over time it became obvious that there were too many suburban clubs on the north shore for the number of available players. The club then moved to Hills area, where the Beecroft Rugby Club was born and thrives to this day.
The best measure of the club’s rapid success in a relatively short period of time is the numbers of players it attracts, the players it develops and the opportunity it provides for good quality sport in an amateur, contributory environment. But for those who measure success only by the win-loss balance, the record there is impressive, too.
In the seventeen (17) rugby seasons Beecroft has been in the suburban competition, the club has made fifteen (18) grand finals in various grades. It has virtually rocketed through the various divisions of the NSW Suburban Rugby Union competition to reach the premier 1st Division of that competition. The club has also competed in the Under 85 kg competition since its inauguration in 2006. In the three (3) short years of the competition Beecroft has competed in each Grand Final, winning the State Title in 2006 and 2008.
Over the past nine (9) seasons in particular the club has had tremendous success on the playing field. In 2006 whilst in 2nd Division the1st Grade team won the Barraclough Cup and the 4th Grade team the Richardson Cup. In 2007 this feat was repeated with the the1st Grade team again winning the Barraclough Cup and the 4th Grade team likewise winning the Richardson Cup.
In 2008, the club was promoted to 1st Division following its success in the 2nd Division competition in 2007, and had quite a successful season with the 1st Grade team reaching the Kentwell Cup grand final and the club finishing in a very creatable fourth (4) place on the Club Championship table, a truly outstanding result for the club.
In 2009 the club consolidated its position in the 1st Division of the suburban competition and finished a very credible 4th in the Club Championship. The Burke Cup team had a tremendous season and was well rewarded with being Minor Premiers and Grand Finalists.
Beecroft Rugby Club is now regathering itself from a shock drop into 4th Division in 2015, where it rebounded to win every grand final after a stellar performance from all teams throughout the year, taking out Club of the Year as well as Inter-Divisional Club Champions for the entire competition on its way to 3rd Division, where the path back to the top continues.
The club has been recognised in recent years by the NSW Suburban Rugby Union through the acknowledgment of the following, highly prestigious awards:
- “Club of the Year” in 2001;
- “Club of the Year” in 2006;
- “2nd Division Club of the Year” in 2006;
- “1st Division Club of the Year” in 2008.
- “4th Division Club of the Year” in 2015
- Inter-Divisional Club Champions – Cowboy Cup winners in 2015
The criteria for the provision of these awards is not solely based on a clubs performance on the field, but takes into account the clubs overall strengths both on and off the rugby paddock.
But the club’s prime focus remains the provision of good quality Rugby, well coached and well presented for the youth of the district. The club has a commitment to standards of fair play and excellence that not only produce results, but also stand players in good stead for the wider challenges of life.