Melbourne Chargers: All charged up!
The Melbourne Chargers have had a year full of growth and glory for their fifth anniversary, says Craig Burnett.
For the first time two Chargers teams represented the club in both the Victorian rugby competition and in the Bingham Cup. This is a momentous achievement for a community rugby union club in a state that is so heavily dominated by AFL.
Positive growth in team members also provided an increase in talent and skill. A surge of experienced players allowed the development of those newer to the game and as such both teams benefited immensely.
This was most evident when the Chargers made it to the competition finals for the first time. While they didn't come first, their drive helped them earn their first trophy at the Bingham Cup.
The Chargers were also awarded team of the year in the competition’s social division. In September the Chargers brought home the Bingham Plate, which is the second highest accolade in the Bingham Cup tournament.
GALLERY: Check out the Melbourne Chargers play against the San Francisco Fog for the Bingha Plate at the Bingham Cup. Photos: Hamid Mousa
This year the Melbourne Chargers also strengthened their ties to the greater LGBTIQ community. Melbourne Community Voice proudly became the official media partner of the club again, while stronger connections were made with community LGBTIQ radio station JOY 94.9 and the Victorian AIDS Council.
In the New Year the Chargers aim to continue the momentum with greater community involvement and recruitment. Plans are already in motion to further bonds with Team Melbourne, VAC and the Melbourne Rebels along with other community organisations.
GALLERY: Check out the Melbourne Chargers 'In the Flesh' event at Sircuit. Photo: Ari Neubauer
The Chargers will be present at a number of events as well as hosting a number of their own in the coming months, maintaining a presence at both the Midsumma Carnival and Pride March. For those interested in playing rugby the Chargers will be present at Team Melbourne’s sports day and will be hosting a Rugby 101 day. Everyone is encouraged to come over and say hi to the team.
For more information on the Melbourne Chargers or any of the events at which the Chargers will be present, check out the Chargers' website: melbournechargers.org