In 1972 a gathering of rugby tragics responded to a call to arms from founder Robin Croker to form a club to be known as the Bowral Blacks and to enter a team in the Canberra Cup competition. A second grade side quickly followed as many local lads relished the opportunity of a game of rugby. A first grade premiership was won in 1973.
A change to the Illawarra competition occurred in 1978 so as to provide greater representative opportunities for players and reduce distances to be travelled. Five first grade, two third grade and an under 19’s premiership have been won since then. In 1998 the first grade team was awarded the honour of “Country Team of the Year.”
The Blacks are very proud of our two Wallabies, Jim Hindmarsh and Steve Streeter. Both lads are wonderful ambassadors for rugby and in particular the Bowral Blacks club. There was a collective cheer from lounge rooms around the Highlands when it was announced that “little Jimmy Hindmarsh of the Bowral Club” had run onto Cardiff Arms Park as a Wallaby.
Strong community support and a partnership with the local council enabled the building of the old Clubhouse at Eridge Park. This provided a venue for the obligatory singing of songs and fanciful stories of 50m swerving runs by front rowers to score.
The Short Blacks are our Juniors. They are a strength of the club as boys, and now girls, develop a love of and skills in the game of rugby. Over 200 registered to play in 2015.
The Bowral Blacks club is proud of its 43 year commitment to providing opportunity and support for thousands of boys, girls and men to experience the joy of rugby.