Life Membership recognizes the extraordinary and valuable contribution of those individuals within Collaroy Rugby Club, that have so significantly benefited the clubs overall situation, development and future prospects, over a sustained period of time. At the recent Cougars Night Out the Collaroy Rugby Club honoured Barry Muncke with Life Membership.
Barry joined the Cougars in 2006 when his son Daniel commenced his rugby career. Barry got involved with Daniel’s team that year as a trainer, assisting Peter Grant and Nick Ryan in the management of the team for two consecutive seasons.
In 2007, Barry joined the Cougars Committee as a general committee member before becoming the gear steward for 2008. In 2009 Barry was the joint President with Jasmin Hadzipasic before taking on the role solely, in 2010. Barry has been in the role of President of the Collaroy Rugby Club continuously for the past five years.
Barry’s son left Collaroy after the 2011 season and moved to Rugby League for the 2012 season. Barry continued his role as President with Collaroy Rugby Club even though he didn’t have a son playing with the club. In 2013, Daniel has returned to rugby playing with the Dee Why club as Collaroy were unable to field a team in that age group, however Barry has continued in the role of President with the Collaroy Rugby Club during this time.
Barry has been instrumental in the finalisation of the long awaited Griffith Park Community Facility and lighting upgrade at Griffith Park. Barry has spent many hours liaising with Warringah Council, including authorities that govern grants and other financial assistance as well as many trades people to see these community facilities become a reality.
Many present and past committee members are able to acknowledge the continuous efforts of Barry, in improving the standing of the Collaroy Rugby Club not only within the local rugby competition, but within the Sydney Rugby fraternity.
Not well known efforts of Barry also include; coordination of the Annual Golf Day and Annual Dinner, weekly line-marking at Griffith Park, networking with local businesses for sponsorship and collaboration with the Collaroy SLSC to aid community awareness of youth participation in local sport.