The Chargers have achieved a lot both on and off the pitch in recent years. But one thing had until recently eluded The Chargers - a win in the Victorian Community Rugby Masters' competition.
The Chargers first entered the Masters comp in 2012, when the fledgling club moved to new host club Melbourne Unicorns and played for the first time in Victorian club rugby under the Chargers' banner. While the grade is technically for players over 35 years, the Chargers were allowed an exemption. The Masters competition suited the Chargers well, accommodating a mid-season break for the team to take on its first Bingham Cup in Manchester in May that year.
Throughout the Masters competition that year, The Chargers battled hard against the wily veterans of Victorian rugby. Although winning respect for their courage and dedication, the boys didn't manage to win a game. But The Chargers must have gotten a lot out of it - with the experience gained from the Masters Competition, they w...
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The Melbourne Chargers formed in 2009 with the purpose of creating a rugby team where new players could learn to play Rugby Union in an accepting environment and players who had left the sport because of their sexuality could play openly.
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