Discovery Bay Pirates Rugby Football Club (DBPRFC) was founded in 2003 and held its first training session on Sunday 21 September that year. It has grown from 30 players on that first day in the Minis section (U6-U12) to almost 400 Minis and Colts/Youth (U14-U18) today. Of course the history of Pirates in Discovery Bay goes back to the 1600s (see Origins of Discovery Bay Pirates), but that's another story altogether.
In his email to Club members (20 registered) founding Chairman Colin Stagg wrote “That (the holding of the training session) was the easy part. The real work now begins as we consolidate and expand the Club.” What was true in 2003 is true in 2011. Today DBPRFC has mixed girls and boys teams in the U6 to U10 age groups and girls' only teams in the U10-U18 age groups and boys' only teams in the U11-U18 ages groups. DBPRFC was one of the pioneers of girls? rugby and the first club to be formed on Lantau Island.
Our first silverware was won in 2004 when the U14 girls combined with Sandy Bay- HK University RFC to win the sevens plate. The boys' teams were also soon challenging the more established (and bigger) clubs for honours with the U14s winning Division 3 in their first year of Colts rugby in 2007-08 and subsequently being promoted directly to Division 1 where they finished as runners up in both the league and cup competitions. The 2009-10 season saw the Club obtain unprecedented success as our U12's boys' team won the Richard Hawkes Trophy whilst the U11 and U12 boys (again) won the Asian Five nations showcase. Not to be outdone, the U14 and U16 boys? teams both finished as runners in the first division of each age group. Provisional and national caps for players (girls and boys) soon followed which is a testament to the skill and dedication of the coaches, all volunteers.
Given the paucity of our training facilities the achievements of our Club and the rich history and reputation we are developing is something in which we can take considerable pride.
However, the real success of the Pirates is the continuing growth of our players in number, skills and stature. We are now one of the most respected Mini and Youth rugby clubs in Hong Kong on and off the field of play. We must keep this momentum going. One of the ways we intend to increase the reputation of our Club and players is to include regular tours outside of Hong Kong during the season. This of course requires additional resources both in terms of manpower and money which is why sponsors are an integral part of the Club. I am confident that the dynamism displayed by members in the early days that led to our current status can be harnessed so that we can give our players the best possible rugby experience that they will carry with them through the rest of their lives. Because once a Pirate, always a Pirate!