by Eric Wight
Jakarta Banteng is back and stronger than ever in the new year. While 2014 has come and gone, 2015 brings with it a fresh start for Jakarta’s premier rugby club. With the recent addition of two new coaches, Pete and Joe Keane, the club seeks to improve to levels previously unseen in the long history of the Jakarta Banteng Rugby Club. The new year also brings with it an insurgence of new players from around the globe, a series of tournaments and matches that will test the club, a number of new rugby clubs in Indonesia, and the excitement of another season of Jakarta 15’s.
In short, 2015 is a year of growth. We have seen, and will continue to see Indonesia Rugby grow from the ground up—an initiative many of the Banteng players are deeply vested in. We will see the welcome addition of several new teams into the Jakarta 15’s Series—a step needed for the growth of already, and recently, established rugby clubs in the Jakarta area. And lastly, we will see a growth of players participating in both the Jakarta Banteng Rugby Club, as well as in our brother and sister clubs here in the Jakarta area.
Here at Banteng we are excited for both the potential, and real, growth that we will see this year, and are as eager as ever to get the season underway. Though it’s in the midst of the rainy season practice has resumed once again in preparation for the Jakarta 15’s Series and all players are welcome—this openness is vital in creating a healthy dialogue and relationship between the rugby playing community of Jakarta and those that are not yet familiar with the global game. Practices are currently being held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lapangan ABC (adjacent to Gelora Bungkarno Stadium in Senayan).
However, Jakarta Banteng Rugby Club also needs your help! We are actively seeking sponsors for the 2015 season that will help us achieve the lofty goals we have set for ourselves in the new year. A year that brings with it both domestic and international tournaments, Jakarta Banteng is excited to take the challenge by the horns, but without your help, we will be unable to prove our prowess. If you are interested in helping Jakarta Banteng Rugby Club thrive in the Indonesian rugby scene in any way you can, whether it’s post-match water/food, jersey contributions, or tournament and tour funding, please don’t hesitate to contact club representatives (contact information can be found on the website) for more information. We extend our greatest gratitude towards our sponsors and realize that none of this would be possible without the additional help!
That being said, happy new year, may it be filled with joy, peace, love, happiness, and most of all, rugby!
If you have any questions, concerns or considerations, please don’t hesitate to contact club representatives. Contact information is readily available on the Jakarta Banteng Rugby Club website.