Rob Krauss brings up 400 games on 26 September 2020 -ANU North Oval
A Canberran born and bred, Rob Krauss joined the ANU rugby club in 1995, fresh out of Marist college, and instantly felt at home.
Feeling welcomed into the renowned University culture by the likes of the great Peter ‘Branches’ Bradley, he played colts with the club stalwarts Andy McPhillips, and Simon ‘Trumpet’ Thurbon. Over the next 26 seasons Rob would go on to play in every grade and run on in every number. While an outside back in his early days, predominantly a centre who sometimes dallied on the wing or at fullback, he made my way slowly forward, firstly to the back row, and then for the last 15 years or so years to his spiritual home in the number 2 jumper.
“Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to coach the Womens side, 3s and 4s, spend time on the club board and see the club morph into the amazing conglomeration of my old beloved ANU, UC and Norths to be so much more than the sum of its parts and into the most inclusive sporting club I’ve ever seen” Rob says effusively as he prepares for the huge occasion
He could name a few career highlights like a hat trick of tries, his first grade debut, being picked (and summarily dropped) by The Lord Laurie Fisher, countless rugby tours to country towns and tough Monaro rugby, playing 2s at 42 years of age and a plethora of gutsy wins and heartbreaking losses.
But Rob cites having his family also take up the sport he loves, seeing wife Stacey play for the OWLS women’s side and seeing his three kids pulling on OWLS kit to play and train over the years makes him incredibly proud.
“People talk about ‘the resurgence of the OWLS’ this year, but the truth is its been building for a while now and has a long way to go yet” Rob says excitedly
As a hooker Rob says “that with every contested scrum win we get closer to our goal, but its not necessarily the trophy, it’s the knowledge that in a club that has always embraced difference, that we are all pushing in the right direction.”
OWLS President Michael ‘Axel’ Axelsen praised Rob’s commitment and perseverance in a sport that is renowned for taking a physical toll on the body especially in the front row.
“26 seasons in senior rugby is a great achievement and Kraussy is well known in the club for his upbeat and positive outlook. A great inspiration for both our young men and women. His words to me yesterday were ‘400 games up and I’m not done yet’ “.