The Hills Club was established in 1959. TO BE RESEARCHED. 59 - 1999.
2000 - Hills seniors was back up and running with James Lovely getting a group of mates together most of who were former Juniors to play in the Meldrum Cup - 6th Div , the team were competitive and just miss out on Semi Finals as they finished fifth. James and girlfriend Julie were heading off around Australia on a working holiday with club in need for somebody to keep the good work going.
2001 - Craig Brinnand took over, with players being committed to work and other things the club lost a lot of players, but on the round about picked up many new players, so come the first round against Roseville we had 17 reserves. The club won 3 games all year finishing second last on the ladder. After a while players began to drop off as they were looking for more than half a game. By season end 23 players were just playing for the love of the game and most would attend after match and generally just having a good time. The club was very social and this would see the 1st appointment of Club Captain Gary Pethybridge.
2002 - saw the club promoted to 5th Div Jeffery & Noice Cups, the concern here was being competitive and keeping the players happy as the group got bigger. 1st Grade was still in the hands of Craig Brinnand and 2nd grade Captain / Coach Gary Pethybridge. 1st Grade loss their first 5 games in row then followed by a flurry with 11 wins, just missing out on Semi's due to a NSWSRU decision that still hurts today due to Burraneer forfeiting,(Thankfully the rule has been changed now). 2nd Grade made the Minor Semi going down to Appin. Everybody was happy with the club's effort in our first year in a higher grade.
2003 - more players join the club this year and while we were fielding our normal two grades we on seven occasions fielded Halligan Cups teams. Once again we were a competitive club with 1st Grade winning the Major Semi and advancing to the Grand final. The Grand final saw Bankstown us narrowly beaten 20 - 22 in extra time. 2nd Grade again did well getting to the Minor Semi this time meeting a red hot Burraneer team that spanked us. The club ran second in the club championship and Captain Peter Missio was crowned Jeffery Cup Player of the Year. With the club winning Div 5 Club of the Year. 2004. The club applied for a promotion to Div 3 but were knocked back.
2004 - The growth still continued with young talented players providing entertainment plus, we again were able to field Halligan Cup(4th Grade) with this team finishing 10th out of 33 other clubs. 3rd Grade in their first year got beaten 26 - 10 in the Grand Final with 2nd Grade being beaten in the Finals by eventual winners Macquarie Uni 11 - 12. 1st Grade needed to win eight games in a row , the Grand Final being the 8th. They beat Bankstown 29 - 27. Hills lead 29 - 10 with 10 minutes left on the clock, This win is going to take some beating as I haven't seen a team play this well for a long time. The club also won Div 4 Club of the year, and was also voted by the juniors as club members of the year.
2012 - saw us field 4 grade sides and a colts side who successfully won the Radford Cup in a Grand Final v Brothers after finishing Minor Premiers. Our 4th Grade side were unlucky to be beaten in the grand final by Convicts. The club this season finished 5th in the club championship.
2013 - this seasons saw us again field 4 grades and Colts who were unlucky to not come away with a 2nd Radford Cup after sending the Grand Final into extra time against Epping. The club finished 3rd in the Club Championship of Division 3.
2014 - was a successful season for HRC, fielding 4 grades and Colts again in the Div 3 Competition and coming away Suburban Club of the Year, Div 3 Club of the Year, Div 3 Club Championship, Radford Cup Undefeated Premiers and Clark Cup 1st Grade Premiers. Charles Cradock was also awarded Suburban Colt of the Year and our 1st Grade Coaching Team - Suburban Coaches of the Year.
2015 - the club has been promoted to Suburban Division 2 and successfully competed in this competition with 1st & 3rd Grades missing the semi finals on for & against, 2nd Grade & Colts finishing 3rd before being defeated in the final. 4th Grade finished 2nd and were triumphant on Grand final day.
2016- The Club entered its 2nd year in Division 2. Another Successful Year with 4 out of 5 Sides making the Semi Finals and the club finishing 4th on the Club Championship. 3rd Grade and Colts made the Grand Final and were beaten on the day, with 4th grade bringing home the Richardson Cup for the 2nd year in a row. The Club was also a finalist for Division 2 Club of the Year and 1st grade Captain Josh Fergusson was also named a finalist for the Barraclough Medal
2017- The Club entered its 3rd year in Division 2, Fielding 4 Grades and Colts as well as 5 5th Grade Games throughout the season. The Club Finished in 4th position on the club championships with 1st,2nd and Colts finishing outside the top 4 after a few costly weeks for each side. 3rd and 4th Grade both finished in 2nd position respectively. 4th Grade won their 3rd Consecutive Premiership and 3rd Grade were Runners Up for he 2nd year in a row
The Club was also nominated for Division 2 Club Of The Year and Matt Brinnand was nominated for Barraclough Medal
2018- This season saw the club enter its 4th Season in Division 2 and despite finishing 6th on the Club Championship in a very tight Divisional Race, it was as season that showed plenty of promise and fight. 1st Grade finishing 5th and missing out on their maiden Div 2 Final Series by 1 Game. 2nd Grade and Colts both had mixed seasons but proved if the groups stay together they can produce in the coming seasons
3rd and 4th Grade again played in the finals series with both being knocked out 1 short of making the Grand Finals
Michael Brinnand was nominated for Barraclough Cup Medal
2019- Our 60th Anniversary season. Entering into the NSW Suburban Rugby Division 2 for the 5th Season. This season the club finished 5th on the Club Championship, it was a season of change with a brand new Club Coach & 1st grade Coach Rhys Thompson taking the reigns. The season saw 3 teams make the finals series in 3rd and 4th Grade as well as 1st Grade who made the finals series for the 1st time in 5 seasons and the 1st time in our time in division 2.
This season we had over 25 milestone games across the club, a new electronic scoreboard installed on top of the Canteen at Yattenden and a number of other small projects completed across the year
This year we had no players nominated for the Barraclough medal
2020- One of the most challenging season for every single sporting code. COVID 19 caused a late start to the season and a reduced season with many many restrictions that the club needed to follow to ensure the season could commence.
We competed again the Division 2 with a reduced 7 Round Season and 2 Week final series. 4th Grade finished 5 just missing out on finals, 3rd Grade finished 3rd and were knocked out in the semi finals. Colts finished 6th and had a number of new recruits. 2nd Grade improved dramatically and finished 7th although ladder position does not do justice with HRC losing 3 games by less than 7. 1st Grade finished 3rd and were knocked out in the semi finals
2021 - Saw Hills Rugby compete in the Division 2 Competition again and unfortunately Covid 19 struck again reducing the season midway through (after 8 rounds) The club yet again was running out 5 senior grades and colts everyweek and were in striking distance of finals in all grades before the season was cut short. The Club for the first time had made the difficult decision to award no major awards for the season that had passed
2022 - After 2 years of Covid we finally managed to get a full season of rugby in. We again competed in the NSW Suburban Rugby Division 2 Competition regularly running our 5 Senior Grades and Colts
It was a challenging season with consistency with a new competion structure not casuing disruption with some clubs not fielding the same amount of sides, combined with injuries and unavailabilities with borders reopening
4th Grade would finish 5th, Colts would make the Qualifying Finals after finishing 4th, 2nd Grade would make the Preliminary Finals after finishing 4th, 1st Grade would make the Qualifying Finals after finishing 5th and 3rd Grade would be crowned Blunt Cup Premiers defeating Newport in the Grand Final 7-5