Old Collegians Rugby Union Club
Founded in Adelaide in South Australia 1937
1st Grade Premiers in 1956, 1959, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1982, 1991, 1998, 2001, 2006, 2014, 2016
Premiership winners 2016 Premier & Reserve Grades, U16s & U12s
Vale John Allgrove 1932 – 2018
John was a playing member of the Club during the early 1950’s before he had posts in some ten overseas countries as an Australian Trade Commissioner — a career spanning more than 34 years as one of the longest-serving trade commissioners in Australian Embassies. On John’s retirement and return to Adelaide he became a keen supporter of OCs, being seen at matches with his wife, Maureen, and enjoying a tipple in the Clubhouse afterwards. Their son, Ben, played for OCs from 1994 to 2000 and then he coached juniors and seniors after a knee injury curbed his playing days.
OC’s thoughts are with Maureen and their family — RIP John
Vale Dr James Rohrsheim
James was St Peters old scholar who excelled academically as well as his chosen sporting pursuits. James played rugby throughout his secondary schooling and represented South Australia as well as the Australian Division 2 side. James joined Old Collegians Rugby Club in the early 90’s and soon demonstrated an astute rugby mind matched with silky smooth skills. James played 5/8 for the 1991 premiership side, scoring a try and playing brilliantly in a dominant performance.
James went on to study Medicine at the University of Adelaide and following family tradition, joined the navy and saw 6 months active service. While in the navy, James completed his orthopaedic studies and became a very popular and patient focussed surgeon on Sydney’s Northshore.
James was many things to many people. A great sportsman, a great doctor, a great son, father and husband. To me, he was a mate, teammate, fellow premiership winner, and most importantly an amazing human being. Humble, intelligent, empathetic and funny, James touched everyone’s soul that met him. Shock is an emotion being felt at the moment, quickly being taking over by sadness and anger.
James you will be missed. The whole Old Collegians community mourns for you. A wonderful man taken way too soon.
Mate, wear the number 10 proudly in Heavens first 15. I think Barry John is worried for his spot. We will miss you. God bless.
Rest in Peace my friend.