Senior's Coaches - 2017


Palm Beach Currumbin Senior Rugby Union
2016 will be a huge year for the Senior Alleygators.Games are held on a Saturday afternoon. Keep your eye out here for the Draw and lock in all of those dates as soon as you can. Prospective players can contact the coaches below and for more information look at the club policies page and click on the Players Handbook.




Ryan Roberts   0455 024 699 Head Coach
Kurtis Smith Forwards
Thomas Williams Asst. Backs
DJ Dean Manager


Matt Wildman Backs Coach
Lee Nesdale Forwards
Clifton Moana Manager


Steve Batar   0402349600 Frowards

Alleygator Girls

Mike Elliston   0414368379 Coach

Alleygators 1st Grade:

Ryan Roberts will oversee the Rugby Program as Coaching Director. Robbo first came to the club in 2005, playing and assisting Craig Alexander as Backs Coach, on the way to winning the 1st Grade Premiership and Club Championships. Returning in 2011 as Head Coach we won the 2011/12 Premierships and lost to a very dominant Gold Coast Eagles (who’ve since completed 3 Premierships in a row) in 2013. After a stint down in Canberra, Robbo returns to the club with new and exciting plans for the rugby program both on and off the field, with our U15/U17’s and the Gator Girl’s also to be heavily involved in off-season and pre-season programs. “ I look forward to mixing returning players and coaches, with the current squad and reigniting the Gators. Early plans are in place to be playing the best Gator’s footy of old, and for the Alleygators in returning back to the top of Gold Coast rugby ”

Kurtis Smith will return to the coaching fold with the Forwards as his main priority. The Alleygators have always prided themselves on dominant forwards with strong set piece, and Kurtis’s experience as both a player and coach (Level 2 qualified) will be very valuable. Kurtis first played for the club back in 1997 as a fresh faced 19yr old, returning later in 2002 to play 1st Grade. Kurtis has won 2 Premierships as a player with the club, firstly in 2005 as Captain and also in 2011 in 3rd Grade, while he has coached 1st Grade in 2008, 2009 and 2010 (2 Grand Final’s) and coached 2nd Grade in 2012. He has also coached his son- Tai’s team from under 6’s through under 10’s and Junior U17’s to a Brisbane Junior title also. When asked to say a quick word on his expectations, the typically hardnosed ex- front rower mumbled an ominous “Success is breed through hard work.”

Thomas Williams also returns to the Alleygators coaching set up to assist with the Palm Beach Alleygators 1st Grade Backline structure. Tommy has been at the club since his Junior days, playing from the U13’s through to 1st Grade in over 14yrs with many highlights along the way. Among those being two 2nd Grade Premierships in 2004/06, 1st Grade Premierships 2005, 2011 & 2012 (Grand Finals lost: 2nd Grade in 2005, 1st Grade in 2008, 2009 and 2013) Tommy’s vast experience and backline knowledge will add value, as will his previous forays into coaching assisting with U13’s in 2008 and 1st Grade coach in 2014. “A very exciting season ahead with a  number of old heads returning to the club. Combined with a strong recruitment and retention model, should mean the mighty Gators are firing on all cylinders for season 2016.”

Alleygators 2nd Grade:

Matt Wildman will again take charge of our 2nd Grade backline for 2016. “Chook” has been a long term player and coach at the Gators and will certainly be looking to the future and has two son’s- Levi and Ryan playing in the U8’s and U10’s. With the memory being not as good as it was, Chook thinks he’s been a Gator since 1986, and has won around 10 Premierships along the way. A tough little Scrum half turned coach, there’s not really many teams within the Club that Chook hasn’t coached, and has a Level 2 coaching accreditation to bring a wealth of experience. Chook is really looking forward to season 2016 start, where “entertaining rugby” was the big draw card for the Alleygators moving forward.

Lee Nesdale has come back to our coaching team as 2nd Grade forwards coach, after a few years up at Bond University after being involved in their Colts program. Having first starting out as a Coach in NZ at the club he played at for years, Lee has a vast background in the U16- U20 age group and has won many competitions/Premierships along the way. Lee’s son Patrick, was a Gator junior also, and has spent time at Sunnybank and recently with Bond University. Lee is excited to be part of the coaching set up for 2016 and with the experienced players and young guys that we're expecting to return to the Alleygators, he’s looking forward to this coming season and stirring up the GC comp. “I will be bringing a positive enthusiastic attitude with a focus on achieving our potential and making sure we enjoy the ride.”

Craig Hutchins is also returning to the Alleygators  having spent the last 2 years with Bond University Colts In managerial position, and will assist 2nd Grade where possible. Craig’s had 5 Years coaching previously at Gators with Lee Nesdale, winning premierships every year and culminated in winning the Brisbane U17s comp and taking the then Bond Breakers U17’s to State Champs. His son Joshua, has played for the Alleygators, Bond University and Qld Country and is looking forward to coming back to the Alleygators next year. “I have great faith in Gators rugby, we are a long established club that has had great success over the years. For me personally I'm looking forward to again developing young Gators players (Forwards) into a cohesive unit and also improving them as individuals on and off the field.”

Alleygators 3rd Grade:

Steve Betar returns to the coaching group in a role to reinvigorate our 3rd Grade side. “Sticks” has been at the Alleygators for over 10 years, and his son- Josh started playing for the Alleygators in the U8’s and played till the U15’s where a rugby scholarship took him to Brisbane Boys College. Stick’s playing history with the Gators was firstly 2001 where I was lucky enough to get a run against an English touring side. Then starred with the Toothless Gators for 6-7 years. His coaching history with Gators goes back to 2007 when asked to coach the U10’s and during his time he’s helped many Junior team’s through to finals and is certified level 2 Coach. A lot of the boys went on to play rugby at a higher standard as would be expected, and one even playing for Australian schoolboys this year. “2016 for me with the 3rds is about being the best we can. I love the basics and if you do them well then you always play well.”

Alleygators “Lady Gators”

Mike Elliston will return to coach in 2016, again in charge of the “Lady Gators” who’ve been a part of the Alleygators rugby program since 2014. Mike First joined the club in 1990, before moving to Brisbane and returning in 2006 becoming part of the Toothless Gators set up. Mike has a Daughter- Jess who also plays, and the Girls have had plenty of success Tranter Cup 2015 Champions / Hogs to Hares Runner Ups / Trans-Tasman U18's Champions / Noosa International 7's U18's Champions. “With Girl’s rugby starting to expand at the rate it is, we are really excited about the next couple of years and looking to expand our competitions with more teams involved in the Tranter Cup. As more players are getting involved with us at the Alleygators, we are hoping to have more girls go onto representative honours with the QRU and ultimately the Australian Women’s 7’s side. Certainly 2016 may open up teams for both U15's and U18's with plenty of school competitions coming up for the Girls, it’s very exciting times.  A women’s Committee's being formed, so even more can be achieved. Roll on 2016.”