The Barossa Rams Rugby Club is preparing to celebrate its 40th anniversary on May 20, by going back to its grassroots.
The club originally began as the Roseworthy College Rugby Club, before becoming the Roseworthy Rams and then with the move to Lyndoch, became the Barossa Rams in 2006.
Committee member Fraser Vivian is masterminding the event, having been involved with the club for nearly a decade.
Dr Vivian said that the growth of the club is something to behold.
“We’ve gone from struggling for numbers, struggling to get even one senior team through to last weekend, we fielded a full range of teams from under 7s to under 18s and two senior squads,” he said.
“It was a club that started out of frustration the Gawler community that did have a rugby team which folded in 1976, and then in 1977 the students who were at the Roseworthy College got together with some ex-Gawler players and got a team together.
“It struggled for a number of decades, but once we started a junior program in the late 2000s, the club’s started to grow.
“We’re probably the fastest growing rugby club in South Australia.”
He said that the May 20 date is set to be a ‘huge’ day for Barossa Rams, with an abundance of junior games on show, followed by the two senior teams in action.
“It’s going to be a huge day for the club,” he said.
“It’ll be a full day of junior rugby followed by two senior teams playing back at Roseworthy University.”
The grandstand at the original ground has undergone recent refurbishment, and he said that the University is excited about having them back.
“They’re (Roseworthy University) very excited about us being there,” he said.
“They want to come and celebrate the Rams’ history and well as they're own history.”
The day will feature tons of history and rugby, before a gala dinner that night.
“There’ll be a lot of history on show from the 70s, 80s and 90s,” he said.
“I think it’s important to not forget our history and where we all started.”
He said the culture of the club is what has driven players to join, with some joining from South of the state.
“We draw players from down at Elizabeth and even south of the city, because they love the culture we provide for them,” he said.
“We’ve seen a lot of changes in the time since we’ve Roseworthy.”
He said that the 40th anniversary helps the club feel like it belongs, and is an important part to its future.
“It helps us to feel like we are a genuine part of the rugby community,” he said.
“We are being listened to at the highest levels of the rugby community.
“I think the significance of the 40 years is that the growth has just been continual.”