NEWCASTLE CLAIM 2011 NYNGAN CHALLENGE
|Group XI Under 15's celebrate winning the 2011 Nyngan Challenge against the CRL Far West Academy 34-18 in the final
|Far West Academy u15's - Runners Up
|Newcastle KNIGHTS - Opens Winners
|JacksonWilliams-Hedges in action against Group XI
|Rod 'Rocket' REDDY at the AIS camp in January (Photo : OurFootyMedia)
ITT WATER AND WASTEWATER 15'S DIVISION
Winners - Group XI
Runners Up - CRL Far West Academy
STRAITS OPEN BOYS DIVISION
Winners - Newcastle
Runners Up - Penrith
Newcastle has once again claimed the Straits Open Boys division after two years of dominance by the Parramatta Eels. Newcastle breezed through all three of their matches piling on the points in the process.
While in the ITT Water and Wastewater 15’s division it was a battle between the two country sides with Group XI defeating CRL Far West Academy 34-18 in the final.
Ten teams from across the state travelled to Nyngan to take part in the fifth Nyngan Easter Rugby League Challenge. NRL Junior Development sides Parramatta and Newcastle attended for the fifth consecutive year while Penrith and Western Suburbs attended for the third year in a row. They were joined by South West Sydney Academy of Sport, CRL Far West Academy, Group XI and Group XIV.
The event officially got underway on Friday evening at the Nyngan Showground where the teams were welcomed by Bogan Shire Council Mayor, Ray Donald. Following the formalities the teams had to display their bush skills participating in the Golden Tusk Games. Players had to cook damper, boil billy’s, milk cows and herd and shear sheep, with Parramatta the surprise winners of the Games.
The challenge kicked off on Saturday morning with CRL Far West Academy taking on Parramatta 1 in the ITT Water and Wastewater 15’s division.
The Academy side started brilliantly to get out to a 18-0 lead midway through the first half while Parramatta were yet to touch the ball. The game evened out after this point but by fulltime the Academy side had won convincingly 26-10.
The first match of the Straits Open Boys division saw the CRL Far West Academy continue the good start to the day by defeating Western Suburbs 14-12. The game was evenly balanced throughout but the Academy’s defence in the final 10 minutes saw them secure a major upset.
The match of the day on Sunday was the final of the ITT Water and Wastewater 15’s division between CRL Far West Academy and Group XI.
The CRL Far West Academy side came out of the blocks strongly running in two quick tries to set up a 12-0 lead in the opening five minutes. Group XI clawed their way back into the match and managed to lead 22-18 at halftime. Group XI overpowered the Academy side in the second half to secure a 34-18 win.
The event was boosted by the attendance of three high profile guests. Sean Hampstead attended for the fourth consecutive year refereeing several games over the weekend including the final of the ITT Water and Wastewater 15’s division.
Rod ‘Rocket’ Reddy attended the entire weekend working with several local coaches and even joining in with the night activities. While Premiership winning coach and NRL commentator, Phil Gould, attended Saturday afternoon and was impressed with what he saw.
The event also had an international flavour with two players from Papua New Guinea playing for the CRL Far West Academy sides.
Ben Wemin and Patrick Inpero are currently in Australia on an exchange program organised by the PNG Rugby League, NSWRL and Nyngan Rugby League. The two players spent a week at Parramatta before heading out to Nyngan where they will stay for the next two weeks before returning home.
At the conclusion of the Challenge each team was asked to nominate the Most Valuable Player (MVP) throughout the Challenge:
CRL Far West Academy Opens – James White
CRL Far West Academy 15’s – Jackson Williams-Hedges
Parramatta 1 – Frankie Arceila
Parramatta 2 – Will Ryan
South West Sydney Academy of Sport – Salvatore Brancato
Newcastle – Ben Edwards
Western Suburbs – Junior Mapesone
Penrith Panthers – Jake Lennox
Group XI – Alex Bonham
Group XIV – Jack Burrell
At the presentations Col Wright, CRL Far West Academy Head Coach and event organiser, was once again honoured that teams have travelled to Nyngan to participate in the 2011 event. Col was the driving force in starting up the Challenge back in 2007.
“The teams performance both on and off the field over the weekend has been excellent. There was some great rugby league played over the weekend, and I believe that the standard has once again improved this year. There were also some highlights off the field with the players participating in the Golden Tusk Games” said Mr Wright.
“It was a great experience for our Far West Academy sides to play against some of the best junior talent in the state, and I know they had been looking forward to the challenge. Our 15’s team defeated Parramatta during the tournament and finished runner up while the Opens team had a terrific win over Western Suburbs”
“It’s great to see Newcastle and Parramatta travelling out for the fifth consecutive year, and Wests and Penrith for their third year. It shows that these clubs see the Challenge as a great experience for their players. We look forward to having them participate again in 2012 and invite clubs throughout NSW to attend next year.”
“An event of this magnitude would not be possible without the support of volunteers, associations and most importantly sponsors. I would like to thank ITT Water and Wastewater and Straits for their sponsorship.
The Nyngan community looks forward to holding the sixth edition of the Challenge over the Easter Long Weekend in 2012.
The support from the Bogan Shire Council, Nyngan Senior and Junior Rugby League committees, Far West Academy of Sport, New South Wales Rugby League and Country Rugby League has been invaluable.
Most importantly I would like to thank the Nyngan community and all the volunteers who assisted in hosting the event” added Mr Wright.
|ITT WATER AND WASTEWATER 15’s DIVISION RESULTS
||STRAITS OPEN BOYS RESULTS
CRL Far West Academy 26: Tyson Dutton 2, Jaden Clarke 2, Thomas Field, Craig Field tries; Jaden Clarke goal
Parramatta (1) 10: Jamie Stowers, Shaun Gambin tries; Andre Calogrero goal
Parramatta (1) 40: James Gamidge 2, Vailima Teaupa 2, Havea Katoa, Joshua Bergamin, Wayne Francis, Liam Collenette tries; Andre Calogrero 2, Joshuia Bergamin, James Gambidge goals
Group XIV 0
CRL Far West Academy 44: Trevor Morgan 2, William Day 2, Travis Brazier, Tyson Dutton, Jaydn Johnson, Ben Marks tries; Craig Field 5, Travis Brazier goals
Group XIV 16: Steven Taylor, Brendan Potbury, Sam Lesson tries; Jack Kelly 2 goals
South West Sydney Academy of Sport 20: Salvatore Brancato 2, Ryan Early, Richard Morrell tries, Jaydn Phillips 2 goals
Parramatta (2) 16: Will Ryan, Josh Padiernos, Andrew Cabral tries; Jake Steadman, Andrew Cabral goals
Group XI 24: Zac Josephs 2, Billy Sing, Aubrey Milson, Daniel McDougal tries; Zac Josephs, Alex Bonham goals
Parramatta (2) 14: Regan Rona, Haidyn Lloyd, Josh Padiernos tries; Jake Steadman goal
Group XI 28: Daniel McDougal 3, Billy Sing, Braden Naden tries; Zac Josephs 4 goals
South West Sydney Academy of Sport 12: Richard Morrell, Jack Payne, TJ Marlo tries
ITT Water and Wastewater 15’s Playoffs
CRL Far West Academy 14: Kevin Newman, James White, Cameron Bourke tries; Dylan Hately goal
Western Suburbs 12: Ryan Matterson, James Kovac tries; Ryan Matterson, Ryhs Norman goals
Newcastle 42: Ricky Schein 3, Ryhs Bucton 2, Stephen Widders, Trae Clark, Ben Edwards tries; Stephen Widders 4, Ben Edwards goals
Penrith 16: Sam Coyte, Isiah Yeo, Jamie Harrison tries, Jarrod Brackenhoffer 2 goals
Penrith 52: Paul Morawsky 3, Blake Dunscombe 2, Paul Gooley 2, Ben pillen, Jake Lennox, Isiah Yeo tries; Jarrod Brackenhoffer 5, Ryan Casey goals
CRL Far West Academy 0
Newcastle 42: Harley Waters 2, Ben Edwards, Blake Chaffey, Mitchell Barnett, Matthew Hay, Mitch Nakhoul, Stephen Widders tries; Stephen Widders 3, Quinton Edwards 2 goals
Western Suburbs 4: James Kovac try
Newcastle 48: Matthew Hay 3, Mitch Nakhoul, Jack Laing, Ben Edwards, Aiden McGee, Nephi Hamon, Ricky Shein tries, Stephen Widders 5, Quinton Edwards goals
CRL Far West Academy 4: Ben Wemin try
Western Suburbs 18: Fin D, Ricky Gerrard, Jye Douglas tries; Ryan Matterson 3 goals
Penrith 10: Matt Wesble, Blake Dunscombe tries, Jarrod Brackenhoffer goal
STRAITS OPEN BOYS STANDINGS
1. Newcastle 6 points (+108)
2. Penrith 2 points (+18)
3. Western Suburbs 2 points (-32)
4. CRL Far West Academy 2 points (-94)
Group XI 34: Aubrey Milson 2, Aaron Boney 2, Jayden Brown, ben McDougal, Billy Sing tries; Zac Josephs 3 goals
CRL far West Academy 18: Craig Field, Jayden Clarke, Ben Hogan tries; Adam Stanford 2, Jayden Clarke goals
Parramatta (1) 30: Sebastian De La Paz 2, James Gambidge, Frankie Arceilla, Andrew De Luca, Liam Collenette tries; Jake Steadman 3 goals
South West Sydney Academy of Sport 6: Jerome Willis try, Jaydn Phillips goal
Parramatta (2) 32: Steven Johnson-Fili 2, Nick Faul, Shaun Gambin, Will Ryan, Josh Padiernos tries; Andre Calogrero 4 goals
Group XIV 16: Steven Taylor, Jack Kelly, Mitchell Squire tries; Jack Kelly 2 goals
|AS A RULE, REF LOVES HIS WORK DETAILS ON REFEREEING COURSES
LIKE most players, Parramatta district referee Philip Sung is looking forward to the start of the local rugby league season.
The training is over, the boots are shined and the whistle is at the ready to be blown.
"It's a good time of year," he said. "I'm looking forward to the season and I've trained hard for a big 2011."
This year will be his ninth in control as a referee in the Parramatta district. What started as a part-time job has turned into a full-time hobby and, he hopes, one day a full-time job.
"When I first started I just thought it'd be a cool job but I didn't realise all the rules I had to learn," said Sung, who is part of the NSW inter-district squad of referees. Gradually I've worked my way up and learnt to be more confident — which I've taken into my everyday life. Refereeing builds character and I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking for a challenge who enjoys rugby league."
Last year Sung was rewarded for his hard work when he was appointed for the A-Grade grand final — the biggest game in the Parramatta junior league. www.parramattarefs.com
|FOOTY LADS’ SKILLS BOOST
FOUR young players from the Group 4 and Group 19 area were improving their footy skills at this week’s CRL camp at Farrer High School.
Moree juniors Charlie Shearer (13), Brent McDonald (14) and Coen Vindugteren (13) and Gunnedah’s Elliott Jones (14) learned and practised plenty of new skills they can take into the new season at the three-day camp.
The Moree boys all play for the same team in the Group 19 juniors league.
Charlie is a second rower, Brent a lock and Coen plays at fullback for the Boars under 14s and have already played a couple of games this year, including one competition game.
Brent also represented the Group last year and has made the Group side again this season.
Elliott has also been a Group 4 representative in the past two years but missed out on selection this season.
Maybe after a bit of extra work at the camp he will get back into the representative arena down the track.
He plays for the Gunnedah under 15s in the new Group 4 inter-town competition that kicks off after the Easter break.
The foursome joined 45 other kids aged 12-16 at the camp from Tuesday to Thursday where they learned core skills and techniques they can utilise on the field.
For the four locals it was their first time at the camp but they may come back again next year.
A lot of kids do.
“There’s eight or 10 of the boys who have been coming for a few years,” CRL development officer Peter Stevens said.
AAMI CRL UNDER 18 REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS
|Andy Saunders in action
The AAMI CRL Under 18 Regional Championships kicked off on the weekend at Mittagong. Eight teams competed over 2 days with their chance to make it through to the Semi Finals for the Tom Nelson Shield.
Western Rams, Southern Redbacks, Newcastle Rebels and Central Hunter Power all showed their dominance by going through undefeated for the whole of the weekend and now face each other at Rescoe Park, Singleton on Saturday 30th April.
Trent Barrett was in attendance on the weekend addressing each side before they took to the field. Photos of the weekend can be found on www.facebook.com/crlnsw
DRAW FOR THE SEMI FINALS CAN BE SEEN BELOW AS WELL AS THE RESULTS FROM THE WEEKEND: -
11am Western Rams V Southern Redbacks Referee David Basham
12.30pm Central Hunter Power V Newcastle Rebels Referee Michael Chin
Saturday 16th April
Newcastle Rebels 26 defeated Northern Thunderbolts 12
Newcastle Rebels (Nephi Hamon 3, Mitchell Stanton, Matthew Hay tries. Steve Widders 3 goals)
Northern Thunderbolts (Brandon Johnston, Blake Carter, Martin Donohue tries)
Western Rams 26 defeated Oxley Pioneers 18
Western Rams (Charly Runciman 2, Cody Robbins, Jake Davis, Andrew Mendes tries. Andrew Mendes 2 goals)
Oxley Pioneers (Mitchell Bainett, Trae Clark, Matthew Bridge tries. Matthew Bridge 3 goals)
Central Hunter Power 22 defeated Bidgee Bulls 20
Central Hunter Power (Tom Moloney 2, Tim Collis, Mitch Manson tries. Seth Morgan 3 goals)
Bidgee Bulls (Seb McInerney 2, Brodie Rigg, Daniel Foley tries. Luke Clarke 2 goals)
Southern Redbacks 32 defeated Southern Stingrays 24
Southern Redbacks (Ryan Bradberry 2, Casey Hewitt, James Kovac, William Hargreaves, Antonio Gaudiosi tries. Corey Walpole 3 goals)
Southern Stingrays (Jacob Dolan, Blake Mackey, Joe Rogers, Caine Trindall, Rhys Kennedy tries. Mat Hayman 2 goals)
SUNDAY 17TH APRIL
Southern Redbacks 18 defeated Northern Thunderbolts 12
Southern Redbacks (Mitchell Katrivesis, Mataatu Hapimarika, Blake Drysdale, Dean Britt tries. Dean Britt goal)
Northern Thunderbolts (William Budgen, Blake Carter tries. Blake Carter 2 goals)
Newcastle Rebels 46 defeated Oxley Pioneers 6
Newcastle Rebels (Ryan Wood 2, Nephi Hamon, Brad Russell, Ben Edwards, Mitch Stanton, Steve Widders, Matthew Hay tries. Steve Widders 5 goals, Nikko Roberts 2 goals)
Oxley Pioneers (Jordan Worboys try. Matthew Bridge goal)
Western Rams 54 defeated Bidgee Bulls 4
Central Hunter Power 26 defeated Southern Stingrays 8
Western Rams (Riccie Arriola 2, Jacob Neill, Sam Costa, Luke Carpenter, Doug Hewitt, Chris Butler, Cody Robbins, Andrew Mendes, Charly Runciman tries. Andrew Mendes 7 goals)
Bidgee Bulls (Daniel Foley try)
Central Hunter Power (Zane Rickett 2, Mitch Manson 2, Ethan Christianson tries. Seth Morgan 3 goals)
Southern Stingrays (Josh Coulter 2 tries)
RAMS WARNED NOT TO BE COCKY AHEAD OF NSW COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS SEMI-FINAL
|Western Rams juniors Sam Coster and Charly Runciman with former NRL star Trent Barrett.
Western Rams under-18s coach Steve Sutton has implored his team not to get ahead of itself despite winning its way through to the semi-finals of the NSW Country Championships.
The Rams came from behind to beat Oxley 26-18 on Saturday before having an easier time of it in a 54-4 win against Bidgee Bulls yesterday.
The wins ensure the Rams progress to the next stage of the tournament and a likely trip to Singleton in a fortnight to face Southern Division.
Dubbo CYMS fullback Charly Runciman scored three tries at the weekend, including a key four-pointer in the first match, which brought Western Division back into the match in the final 10 minutes.
“We were in a bit of trouble before Charly scored that try,” Sutton said.
“We scored again after that and hit the lead, then Andrew Mendes took an intercept in the last minute to seal it for us.
“Myself and the rest of the coaching staff had a few heart attacks in that match but against Bidgee we were far more comfortable.”
With a spot in the final beckoning, Sutton said he told his team not to get complacent.
A recent trial win against Southern indicates the Rams will be favoured heading into the semi-final but recent history suggests the Western side could be vulnerable.
“The last two years we have played like a million dollars at this stage of the championships then lost,” Sutton said.
“Straight after the second match a few of the boys that played last year told the others we couldn’t get carried away with themselves.
“We will have a fortnight off now but I will keep drilling it into the boys that we have to respect our opponents.”
Western will go into the semi-final without the services of Mudgee lock Tom Shearman, who suffered a broken leg in the opening five minutes of the match against Oxley.
“It’s a shame for young Tom because he broke his leg in August last year and then he has broken the same leg again now,” Sutton said.
“We had an 18-man squad so we were able to bring a player in the second game but we are all feeling really bad for Tom because he is a good young player with a bright future in the game.”
STAR NAMES SUPPORTING ENGLAND YOUTH
ENGLAND YOUTH 39-MAN SQUAD:
Alex Abbott-Tavener (Harlequins RL)
Jack Anderson (Hull FC)
Jordan Baldwinson (Leeds Rhinos)
Josh Casey (Bradford Bulls)
Oliver Davies (St Helens)
Bradley Day (Leeds Rhinos)
Jake Dehal Clark (Castleford Tigers)
Kyle Dempsey (Wigan Warriors)
Zak Dewhirst (Warrington Wolves)
Kane Ditchfield (St. Helens)
Lewis Galbraith (St. Helens)
Gabriel Gatu (Hull FC)
Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors)
Ryan Hampshire (Wigan Warriors)
Jordan Harper (Leeds Rhinos)
Ali Ibrahim (Hull FC)
Joe Keyes (Harlequins RL)
Ryan Langton (Hull FC)
Bradley Lawrence (Wigan Warriors)
Michael Learmonth (Leeds Rhinos)
Scott Lee (Leeds Rhinos)
Arron Lewczenko (Wigan Warriors)
Harry Lightfoot Brown (Harlequins RL)
Jack Logan (Hull FC)
Ryan Maneely (Warrington Wolves)
Matthew Marsh (Hull KR)
Alex Mellor (Bradford Bulls)
William Milner (Warrington Wolves)
Curtis Naughton (Bradford Bulls)
Ben Parry (St Helens)
Greg Richards (St Helens)
Andre Savelio (St Helens)
Jake Shorrocks (Wigan Warriors)
Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos)
Connor Taylor (Castleford Tigers)
Lewis Tierney (Wigan Warriors)
Bobby Tyson-Wilson (Hull FC)
Ben White (Leeds Rhinos)
George Williams (Wigan Warriors)
Ahead of their upcoming two-Test series against France, the England Youth team have received backing from two of the Engage Super League’s most familiar faces with Hull KR full-back Shaun Briscoe and St Helens captain Paul Wellens voicing their support for the youngsters.
England’s under-16s will take to the pitch for the first Test against France at Grattan Stadium, Bradford on Good Friday (2.30pm) and Wellens and Briscoe dropped into training recently to share their experience with the players ahead of their big test.
“These guys are the cream of the crop at their age and there are a lot of talented young players here,” said Briscoe. “There are a lot of young kids in our game who really have the ability to go to the top.
“Experience is something that you can’t really teach, but if we can pass on some tips that will give these young lads a head start come game time then it will help these players in the long run and help us develop on the international stage.
“These guys have a big test series against France coming up. From what I’ve seen there is plenty of talent in this squad and they have the ability to do themselves justice on the pitch and be competitive against any opposition so long as they believe in themselves and enjoy representing their country.”
Both Briscoe and Wellens graduated through the youth ranks themselves, with Briscoe representing the Academy side in 2001 and Wellens wearing the junior national team’s full-back jersey in 1998, so both know how important early exposure to the international stage can be.
“To pull on a jersey with the national badge on it is a very special feeling,” said Wellens. “Once you’ve done it once, you want to do it again and you can’t replicate the pressure that comes with playing a full international and to get that experience at a young age certainly sets you on the way to making the full international step.
“I played GB Academy games when I was younger and I think one of the biggest things I got from it was to enjoy the experience. I think if you go into any game looking to enjoy the occasion then it probably brings out the best in you as a player.
“People are realising that the talent is out there and the Super League clubs are really pushing their home-grown development and that will help benefit the national team in the long term.
“These guys are young and will play without any fear so they just need to go out there and enjoy themselves and I’m sure they’ll give a good account of themselves.”
Both of England’s games against France on Good Friday, April 22 (2.30pm) and Tuesday April 26 (2.30pm) will be played at Grattan Stadium, Bradford.
Tickets are priced at £4 Adult and £2 Concession (Under 16, Students and Over 65) and are available to purchase on the day.
NYNGAN EASTER CHALLENGE READY FOR KICK OFF
|PARTICIPATING TEAMS INCLUDE
South West Sydney Academy of Sport
CRL Far West Academy
The Nyngan community is all set for the fifth annual Nyngan Easter Rugby League Challenge to be held over the Easter Long Weekend, 22nd – 25th April.
There will be ten teams travelling from across the state all vying to be crowned winners of the Challenge. Parramatta and Newcastle will be coming back for their fifth time while Western Suburbs and Penrith are returning for their third visit. They will be joined by South West Sydney Academy of Sport, CRL Far West Academy, Group XI and Group XIV.
The Challenge will get underway at the Nyngan Showground on Friday evening where they will be officially welcomed by Bogan Shire Mayor, Ray Donald, and Aboriginal elder, Kenny Leigh.
Following the welcoming ceremony athletes will participate in the ‘Golden Tusk’ Games where they will try to cook damper, boil a billy, milk cows and muster sheep.
The rugby league action will kick off on Saturday morning at Larkin Oval with the CRL Far West Academy taking on Parramatta 1 in the opening match of the ITT Water and Wastewater 15’s division. This will be followed by 11 hours of non stop rugby league action. In a change from previous years one match will be played at the junior league oval at 4pm with CRL Far West Academy taking on Group XIV.
“The weekend will be full of entertainment and we hope that we will see a big crowd at Larkin Oval to watch some of the best juniors in NSW go round” said event organiser, Col Wright.
Sunday will see the final two matches of the Straits Open boys games played along with the finals series of the ITT Water and Wastewater 15’s. Matches will start at 10:00am and conclude at 4pm when the presentations will be held.
“It’s too hard to predict the winners of both divisions at this stage” commented Mr Wright
“Really any of the teams could come out on top which is quite exciting”
“There are three or four 15’s side that could win while in the Opens all teams are in with a realistic shot”
“I’m sure that Penrith will be looking to finally win the Straits Opens boys division after finishing runner up the last two years.”
The committee hopes to see a bumper crowd at larking Oval over the two days. Gates open at 8:30am Saturday and 9:30am Sunday. Entry fee is only $5 with children under 14 free.
|ILLAWARRA STEELERS MATTY'S CUP MINOR PREMIERS
Story & Photo's :
The Illawarra Steelers Harold Matthew's Cup team have continued their fantastic form and must be looking forward to the 2011 final as Minor Premiers. The Steelers are in great form and will take some beating under the skillfull coaching of Adam Bezzina & Michael Stone.
MATTY'S CUP Rnd 9 RESULTS & LADDER
|WESTS MAGPIES 2011 SG BALL MINOR PREMIERS Story & Photo's :
Congratulation to the Western Suburbs MAGPIES on a fantastic season of football under the expert coaching of Jason Williams and staff and are now the 2011 NSWRL SG Ball Minor Premiers after today Rnd 9 win against the Balmain Tigers
SG BALL Rnd9 RESULTS & LADDER
G4 JUNIORS TO REACH FOR THE STARS
|Jack Richards (front) and Jack Rumsby are looking forward to the introduction of a new junior competition. They’re also hopeful of representing Group 4 later in the year. Photo: Geoff O’Neill
GROUP 4 juniors have a new identity and a new competition.
The junior rep teams will play as the Stars this season with the Southern Cross as their emblem.
It’s part of a fresh look to the junior structure within the group and will go hand in hand with the introduction of a new competition incorporating teams from Gunnedah and Narrabri.
The inaugural Group 4 junior rugby league competition will run alongside the regular Saturday Tamworth Minor League competition but in the 13s, 14s and 15s divisions the existing teams will also play against Gunnedah and Narrabri on a home and away basis.
The competition will kick-off on April 30, as will the local minor league, with eight teams in the U13s, six in the 14s and five in the 15s.
It’s an exciting venture for the group and one for which it is seeking sponsorship.
It has put the call out for sponsors for both the competition and the rep sides.
The rep sides will play teams from Group 19 and Group 21 and other groups over the course of the season, and are already starting their preparations with the coaches having been appointed and the 15s side already selected.
They’ll be coached by Tamworth’s Jason Leonard, the 13s Tamworth’s Mick Schmiedel and the 14s Narrabri’s Mark Bentley.
Their trials are scheduled for May 22 in Tamworth.
On the same day the 15s will play trial matches against Groups 19 and 21.
Anyone interested in sponsorship can contact Paul Richards on 0427 687609.
He’s the group secretary and treasurer.
The new president is Michael Gleeson and the vice-president Stuart Hatton.
The group hopes that the new competition will be a starting point to expansion and reaching a bigger area in the future.
|CRL AAMI UNDER 18 REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Country Rugby League Under 18 players will come together from all over Regional NSW as they play against each other in Round 1/2 for the Tom Nelson Shield.
Winners from Round 2 will progress to the semi finals at a venue to be confirmed. Goodluck to all players involved.
Venue: - Mittagong Sportsground, Mittagong
Saturday 16th April 2011
10am Northern Thunderbolts V Newcastle Rebels Referee: -Darian Furner
11.25am Oxley Pioneers V Western Rams Referee: -Josh McGowan
12.50pm Central Hunter Power V Bidgee Bulls Referee: - Jake Whitehouse
2.15pm Southern Redbacks V Greater Southern Stingrays Referee: - Ashley Irvine
Sunday 17th April 2011*
9am Winner A V Loser B Referee: - Mitch Fing
10.25am Winner B V Loser C Referee: - Liam Nicholls
11.50pm Winner C V Loser D Referee: - Nick McGrath
1.15pm Winner D V Loser A Referee: - Michael Lace
* games can be subject to change
Colours: - White, Purple and Blue
RAMMING AHEAD: WESTERN UNDER-18S START TITLE CHALLENGE
|CYMS’ Charly Runciman with the 2009 AIS team at Sydney International Airport (Photo : OurFootyMedia)
The Western Rams will kick off their bid to break their recent semi-final curse this Saturday when they travel to Mittagong to take on the Oxley Pioneers in the first round of the under-18s NSW Country Championships.
The Rams, which includes Dubbo duo Charly Runciman (CYMS) and James McKinnon (Macquarie), also boasts no fewer than six Bathurst Panthers players.
Coach Steve Sutton believes he has a squad littered with strong combinations from various clubs and groups.
“It makes things so much simpler having those Bathurst boys in there who have played so much football together but you add in to that the fact that most of the boys in the squad have played a lot of representative footy together anyway,” Sutton said.
“There are a few new ones in there, Cody Robbins is one of them who haven’t been there so much in the past and have popped up this year with some great footy but the nucleus of the side have played a lot with one another.”
“To be quite honest, the last session we had together in Forbes on Sunday - the players could have run it themselves, there is a great understanding across the whole squad.”
Among the key figures for Western will be halves pairing Jacob Neill (Nyngan) and Toby Evans (Parkes) who Sutton says are delighted to have the strikepower of players like Bathurst pair Andrew Mendes and Jake Davis as well as Robbins outside them.
He says that he will not burden the players with too much structure or set pieces, and wants them to simply play what is in front of them.
“I have been really careful not to try and overburden them with plays, I want us to keep it basic coming out of our end-zone and from there just play it as they see it,” the coach said.
“When I applied for the job one of the things I told them was that I wanted to keep it simple.
“When the boys get to this level, they know how to play and don’t need 20 different plays in their head. I think we will play a pretty open style unless we are in our own 20 or 40 metres area.”
Sutton is expecting Oxley to be a forward-heavy side who use their size to their advantage and admits that given a choice he would not have picked them as a first-up opponent.
“I’m not sure about their halves but they have some pretty quick outside backs too. They won the title three years ago, made the finals two years ago and were in the semis last year so they are strong,” he said.
“But if you are going to win the competition you have to beat them at some stage so better to get it out of the way early I suppose.”
A win will see Western play either Central Hunter Power or the Bidgee Bulls in round two, while a loss will pit them against the Northern Thunderbolts or the Newcastle Rebels.
CENTRAL COAST UNDER 10'S GET IT ON
|Woy Woy Under 10's v Blue Haven (Photo : Andrew Stark - www.footypix.org)
As the Greater Gosford region fosters a red and black lather of genuine excitement over the imminent announcement of a local NRL franchise, the districts future stars have gone hammer and tong in the opening exchanges of the CCJRL Under 10s.
And as the youngsters head into the eagerly anticipated chocolate egg gorging April lay off, it is the Woy Woy Roosters who lead the field on percentages alone from the rampaging charges of Wyong, Ourimbah and Erina.
The Roosters overcame stiff opposition from the Blue Haven Raiders in round 2 before running out 20-6 winners; their impressive second rower Bradman Best crossing for 3 of the red and whites 4 tries.
Woy Woy boast a well balanced unit blessed with much flair and coach Lachie Kirk has his squad cock a doodle doing with much verve at the dawning of season 2011.
Yet despite the Roosters bright start it is the Wyong Kangaroos and the Erina Eagles who carry the weighty tag of, ‘street corner tip’ for this division whilst Berkley Vale, despite officially being Panthers have assumed the darkened horse motif amongst people said to be in the know.
A fascinating season resumes shortly …
RUGBY LEAGUE ITEM HIGHLIGHTS TRADITION
|John Walkom, Isaah Yeo, Billy Sing , Paul Fahy, Ben Marlin, Martin Cook and Warren Frew at St John’s College for the jersey presentation.
A special jumper will feature at St John’s College for decades to come after a recent presentation was made to the school by Martin Cook and John Walkom.
The St John’s College 40-year jersey includes the photo and career highlights of St John’s two internationals, Dean Pay and Andrew Ryan.
The jumper will be on display next to other jumpers in the college’s human movement centre alongside Beau Robinson’s Waratah jumper from the 2008 Super 14 final, and Andrew Ryan’s first State of Origin jumper.
Long time teacher and principal Warren Frew was on hand at the presentation of the jumper and reflected on the role that rugby league has had on the college. “Rugby league has always been played at the college, and it has been one of the extracurricular activities that has given the college it’s identity in western NSW, and on the larger stage as well,” he said.
“Seeing the older faces of past teachers and students with the current students is pleasing, as it further enhances the concept of tradition, and the wider community support for the college.”
Paul ‘Pop’ Fahy, who was named as coach of the 40-year team, was also present.
Former Men Of League CEO Martin Cook, who has just returned to Dubbo with his young family to live, and local rugby league identity John Walkom were also present.
Current students Isaah Yeo, Billy Sing and Ben Marlin accepted the jumper on behalf of the college.
Rugby League is alive and well this year in the college with more than 90 boys trialling for the junior league teams.
St John’s has a proud 40 year-plus tradition of playing rugby league with about 40 former students having been graded with Sydney and NRL teams over the decades.
At the moment former St John’s students Andrew Ryan and Daniel Conn are playing in the NRL, and class of 2009 product Lionel O’Mally is playing hooker in the Bulldogs Toyota Cup squad.
Former student from the 1980s Dean Pay is in charge of the Melbourne Toyota Cup side while Martin Meredith, who was a student in the 70s, currently heads the NSWRL Academy at Narrabeen.
The current generation of students at St John’s are continuing the tradition of rugby league at the college with enthusiasm.
Recently 10 boys travelled to Forbes for the Western NSW Combined Catholic Colleges trials.
Marshall Sing, Joe Stageman, Mitch Dunlop, Bailey Jenkins, Harry Kempston, Kaide Rapley, Jesse Dunlop, Billy O’Connor and Hewett Haycock trialled in the under-15s, and Isaah Yeo in the Opens.
Sing (five-eighth) and Dunlop (wing) were successful in being selected to attend the NSW Southern Country Catholic trials, while Isaah Yeo was picked in the Opens.
Those games will be played in Wagga Wagga early next term.
|KEEBRA DOWN COOMBABAH IN RENOUF AND HANCOCK CUPS
Keebra Park kept their unbeaten streak in junior Broncos competitions this week with wins in the Under 13 and 14 age groups over Coombabh State High.
The 13's managed a 42-12 scoreline over with some entertaining structured football while in the fourteens it was a much closer result with Keebra edging out Coombabah by 2 points 20-18.
Both these teams have been training well and the fourteens was a particularly good win over the Coombabah "State" champion side.
In the earlier game the Keebra Struddy's side proved too strong for Sandgate and made it 3 from 3 on a night that was perfect for football.
Next week is the Easter break but there is plenty more football to come in term two so watch this space.
ROBBINS MAKES PANTHERS DEAL OFFICIAL
|DONE DEAL: Orange CYMS teenage sensation Cody Robbins shakes hands with Penrith Panthers recruitment manager Jim Jones, alongside player agent Steve Shearer. Photo: ADOMIC SPORTS MANAGEMENT
THIS is the picture that proves Orange is a breeding ground for young and talented rugby league players.
Cody Robbins shaking hands with Penrith Panthers recruitment manager Jim Jones to confirm his two-year deal with the NRL club.
Robbins joins a long list of players to have come through the junior ranks in Orange and be given an opportunity to achieve their dreams.
The 17-year-old said to be signed by the Panthers was a dream come true.
“I’m so happy with what I have achieved with my footy. Making the under 20s means everything to me. I am very grateful for the opportunity,” Robbins said.
It has been an incredible 2011 already for the former Bloomfield junior.
Not only has he earned high praise from CYMS premier league captain-coach and former NRL utility Mick Sullivan, but Robbins has also been selected in the Western Academy, Group 10 under 18s and Western Rams under 18s squads.
The speedster said he just wants to continue evolving his game.
“I have improved heaps from playing at a higher level,” he said.
This will be Robbins’ last year in the green and gold colours of CYMS as his contract with the Panthers begins in 2012.
Robbins will try to make it into the club’s Toyota Cup under 20s team and hopefully, after 2013, their NRL team.
Currently Parramatta Eels’ Daniel Mortimer and Warriors half James Maloney are two former Orange boys playing in the NRL.
Robbins said his main goal for the rest of the year was to play as many representative games as possible and also continue to shine for CYMS each weekend.
“I just have to thank Michael Sullivan ... my agent Steve Shearer and his assistant Adam Przybyla for helping me out,” Robbins said.
|HYBRID FOOTBALL KICKS OFF
WORLD WIDE EXCLUSIVE BY :
An announcement will be made today regarding the formulation of a "hybrid" rugby league/rugby union game.
The game has been in the planning stages for sometime now and whereas previous "hybrid" games consisted of playing half a game of league and half a game of union, this game really is its own code with a unique set of rules.
The brainchild of Sydney entrepreneur Phil Franks in conjunction with Bob Dwyer, Bob Fulton and Mark Ella, the "hybrid" has already been tested with a one of game between Keebra Park SHS and The Southport School which was held in November 2010.
This game allowed for tweaking of the rules and the next game will be held in Sydney between Keebra Park SHS and St Augustines Brookvale at the Brookvale Oval on May 11th at 7pm.
In future it is hoped that this game will be played at the senior levels with announcements expected to be made in the near future.
THE BIRTH OF RUGBY UNION & RUGBY LEAGUE
The game is designed to enable a Rugby Union Team to play a Rugby League Team in a game that suits both codes and is a blend of both codes.
There will be 13 players per side
Start of play will decided by a coin toss
All starts and restarts of play from the halfway line will require a place kick which must travel at least 10 meters in a forward direction.
While in possession, a team will be required to play Rugby League rules while exiting their own (defensive) end of the field.
Once this attacking (in possession) team crosses the halfway Line (50m), the game reverts to Rugby Union rules.
The referees will call the change of play (League to Union) once the halfway line has been crossed. Union rules will continue even if the side in possession is driven back behind the halfway line or the ball is passed backwards into this area.
The game will continue until there is a change in possession and the rules (League or Union) will apply to the position on the field of the now attacking side.
The ball is not permitted to be kicked out on the full. If this occurs, a penalty will result from where the ball was kicked and the game restarted under Union rules.
Restarts of play using dropkicks from the team’s own (defensive) end of the field must satisfy Union rules with regard to minimum distance travelled by the dropkicked ball.
The attacking (in possession) side has 60 seconds to score or kick. This period will be monitored by a Shot Clock.
Failure to score or kick within this time will result in a turn over of possession. The shot clock applies to both ends of the field and both codes.
There will be no tackle count. This is a precise time frame and any points scored after 60 seconds has elapsed WILL NOT BE COUNTED.
The Shot Clock will be reset for all penalties and restarts of play. Penalty kicks at goal are not included in the 75 second time frame.
There will be two referees on the field of play: one each from Rugby League and Rugby Union.
Scrums will be contested Rugby Union style. The attacking side will have the loose head and feed and the ball is to be fed into the centre of the scrum.
POINTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
o TRY 5 POINTS
o CONVERSION AND PENALTY GOAL 2 POINTS
The roots of the rugby codes can be traced to early football history, through the playing of ball games which bear little resemblance to modern sports.
William Webb Ellis picked up the round ball and ran with it at Rugby School in England to mark the beginnings of rugby union.
In 1895 rugby football was beset with a schism that resulted in the formation of the Northern Rugby Football Union (NRFU) and rugby league was born.
Rugby league took off in Australia in 1908. A major motivation for the schism was the payment of players. Rugby league players were paid. Rugby union players were not.
Although coming from the same beginnings, the two rugby codes are two distinct traces, breeds, varieties, or species of football. The lessons of history tell us that, as with everything in life, football codes are in a constant state of evolution. Life is about evolution.
The evolution of the rugby codes should be embraced.
100 YEARS LATER…
The motivation for the schism between the codes, which was the payment of players, has now been removed, with rugby union becoming a professional sport in 1995. The reason for the original schism has now become irrelevant.
With players in both codes now being paid as professionals, it is now time for “…a person or group of persons produced by the interaction or crossbreeding of two unlike cultures, traditions…” to emerge.
Now is the ideal time for the two codes to cooperate as one and challenge their competitors, AFL and football who are encroaching into the rugby league and union territory to regain market share in a win win scenario for both codes.
Now is the time for the Hybrid Code.
WILL THE HYBRID CODE REPLACE THE RUGBY CODES?
The Hybrid Code will not replace either rugby league or rugby union. That would be both impossible and completely undesirable. On the contrary, rugby league and rugby union will jointly participate in a single annual and unique event.
The annual event will have the major benefit of bringing substantial additional revenue into each code, revenue which each code would not otherwise be able to have access to.
The Hybrid Code may assist in alleviating the problems associated with the restrictions imposed by the salary cap with the games’ marquee players having representation in this unique annual event.
Other sporting codes such as AFL and soccer are increasingly encroaching on the rugby league and rugby union markets. The Hybrid Code will provide a vehicle for the two rugby codes to tackle this emerging threat on a united front.
The Hybrid Code is an opportunity for the two rugby codes, not a threat to them.
What opportunities does the Hybrid Code have to offer?
For the codes, the opportunity to jointly own a majority ownership in an exciting new concept and to control its progression and development. It also creates a lucrative new revenue stream and may assist in alleviating some of the pressure on clubs to keep their superstar players under the salary cap with a significant one-off annual Hybrid Code match payment.
“The Hybrid Code will never be played without the consent of the rugby league and rugby union governing bodies”.
For the sponsor, the opportunity to partner with a unique and exciting product.
For the major events organisation, the opportunity to bring tens of thousands of visitors to their state.
For the players, the opportunity to test their skills against the best of the best and the opportunity to earn valuable additional income commensurate with their elite status.
And for the fans, pure rugby excitement.
The Hybrid Code will have a comprehensive marketing and media strategy including:
• Support from State Major Events Boards
• Support from the rugby league and rugby union governing bodies
• Support from professional and amateur rugby clubs
• Print, radio, television and online advertising and editorial
• Social media
• Specifically designed website
• Local and international media rights
• Viral campaign
Some of the most recognisable identities from the worlds of rugby league and rugby union support this concept.
Bob Fulton, Rules Consultant
Bob Fulton is an Australian rugby league legend. Fulton played, coached, selected for, and has commentated on the game at the highest levels and has been named amongst Australia's greatest rugby league players of the 20th century.
As a player Fulton won three premierships with Manly in the 1970s, the last as captain. He represented Australia on 47 occasions, seven times as captain. He had a long coaching career at the first grade level, taking Manly to premiership victories in 1987 and 1996. He coached the Australian national team to 40 Tests and World Cup games.
In 1985 he was selected as one of the initial four post-war “Immortals” of the Australian game and in 2008 he was named in Australia's team of the century.
BOB DWYER, RULES CONSULTANT
Bob Dwyer coached Australia to victory at the 1991 Rugby World Cup, the very first person to have achieved this feat for Australia He enjoyed two separate and highly successful stints as Australian coach. After a lengthy stint coaching rugby in Great Britain, Dwyer returned to Australia and became coach of the New South Wales Waratahs.
He is an Australian Rugby Union legend.
He is a member of the order of Australia (AM) and an inductee to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame”
Mark Ella, Rules Consultant
Mark Ella is a former Australian rugby union captain often considered as one of this country’s all time sporting greats.
Between 1980 and 1984 he represented Australia 25 times, captaining the team for the 1982-83 seasons.
In his final test season, the historical Grand Slam Tour of Britain and Ireland, Mark scored a try in each of the four Test matches, a feat that still hasn’t been repeated today.
Amongst the recognition he has received for his outstanding sportsmanship, in 1982 Mark was named Young Australian of the Year and in 1983 made a Member the Order of Australia (AM). He has also been inducted into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame and the International Rugby Hall of Fame Inaugural XV.
He was also instrumental in Manly Sea Eagles being granted a license to play in the NRL after their failed Northern Eagles joint venture.
Phil Franks, Rules Consultant
Phil Franks is a Sydney based entrepreneur who has an extensive background in both sport and business.
As a sportsman, he played Rugby League at a professional level for the Balmain, Penrith, North Sydney and Western Suburbs clubs in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.
PAUL GIBSON, BUSINESS CONSULTANT
Paul Gibson is a politician and former rugby league player. He is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing the electorate of Blacktown since 1999 for the ALP, having previously represented the electorate of Londonderry from 1988 to 1999. Gibson initially commenced his rugby league career as a junior player with Manly. His first grade career commenced with South Sydney in 1962. He returned to Manly in 1966, moved to Parramatta in 1967, before he transferred to Penrith in 1969.
COLIN J SMITH, MEDIA RIGHTS CONSULTANT
Colin J Smith is the Principal Advisor, Media, Entertainment, Sports and Gaming practice of L.E.K. consulting.
L.E.K. Consulting was established in 1983 and today has more than 900 consultants in offices in Europe, the United States, Asia, and Australia. They advise FTSE 100, Eurotop 300, Fortune 500, and the largest Asia-Pacific firms in business strategy, finance, marketing and sales.
Colin advises all of Australia’s leading sporting industry groups on their media rights.
WHAT THE MEDIA HAVE SAID ABOUT THE HYBRID CODE CONCEPT
“A truly Hybrid game would be a significant once in a 100 year event that would be a stadium sell-out, with record television numbers” - Colin Smith, L.E.K. Consulting
“The administrator who knocks back that sort of cash may end up feeling like the drummer who knocked back the gig with the Beatles” - Glenn Jackson, SMH
“It would simply be irresistible television” - Paul Kent, Daily Telegraph
“It’s time to settle things the new fashioned way - head to head” - Richard Hinds, SMH
“People bang on about ANZ Stadium having no atmosphere…but here’s a guaranteed way to turn it into a colesseum on Australia Day. Stage a Wallabies match against the
Kangaroos” - Lote Tuqiri, Sunday Telegraph
“The game would combine the national free-to-air television audiences of the marquee game in league, being the State of Origin, and the marquee game in union, being the
Bledisloe Cup, for a potential national free-to-air audience of over 4 million”
- Colin Smith L.E.K. Consulting
On Wednesday 11 May, 2011 the first ever Hybrid Code match to be played in Sydney will take place at Brookvale Oval on Sydney’s North Shore. The game kicks off at 7:00pm and is free of charge to all spectators. This landmark match will be played by schoolboy sides from St Augustine’s College, Brookvale and Keebra Park State High School, Gold Coast. Both schools are steeped in rugby union and rugby league tradition and have produced a number of marquee players in both codes. The first Sydney Hybrid Code event will serve as a “test case” to demonstrate to the public, corporate and media interest of the Hybrid Code and its validity as an exciting and feasible annual event at an elite level. It is anticipated the event will attract an attendance of 5000 spectators including special invitations to key government, corporate, league and union officials, media and players.
This is your chance to be part of history. What started over 100 years ago at Rugby School in England is now being evolved into something truly unique. Enjoy the spectacle. Be part of the excitement.
Be part of the Hybrid Code.
THE SEASON SO FAR AT KEEBRA
Well as the season starts to gain momentum there as been a great buzz around the school with all teams looking good as they head into the business part of the competitions.
The junior sides have recorded some good wins and this week see themselves up against Coombabah at Southport Tigers.
The Open A's kicked off their campaign with a solid 42-0 win over the fancied Marsden outfit and the Under 15's recorded a great victory against Marsdens 15's. There was a good crowd at the Logan Brothers ground and all present witnessed a fine encounter.
Last weekend (April 10th) saw a combined Opens-Struddys side take on the Northern Rivers Group 18 Representative team and get away with a 20-18 result after a slow sluggish start that saw them 18-0 down in the first half. Well done boys a good comeback and no excuses.
This week has seen the action shift to the hybrid Union/League training that has been going on for 18 months or so now and the upcoming clash with St. Augustines in Sydney.
|KNIGHTS CUP RESULTS
The inaugural Knights Cup Competition was held yesterday Sunday 10 April at Salamander Bay Sports Complex.
NEWCASTLE REPRESENTATIVE SQUADS SHOW STRONG PERFORMANCES
Teams from Group 3, Group 2, Maitland, Central Coast and Newcastle completed in the inaugural Knights Cup held on Sunday 10th April at Salamander Sports Complex.
Newcastle Schoolboys Representative Squads came away with all age groups putting in strong performances in very hot conditions.
The under 13 and under 15 teams both won the final of their groups, the under 14 team although short on numbers played courageously, the under 16 team missed the final by 0.4% in a count back.
Newcastle led the points score for the Knights Cup all day but was edged out in the very last round by Central Coast.
The day was a great success thanks to Newcastle Knights Matt Lantry and his staff, CRL Regional Manager Jamie O’Connor, and all the volunteers from the Nelson Bay Junior and Senior clubs
Here are all the winners of the Grand Final and the preliminary rounds results.
|2011 KNIGHTS CUP UNDER 13'S - GRAND FINAL
||2011 KNIGHTS CUP UNDER 14'S - GRAND FINAL
||2011 KNIGHTS CUP UNDER 15'S - GRAND FINAL
||2011 KNIGHTS CUP UNDER 16'S - GRAND FINAL
8 - 16
6 - 12
0 - 24
24 - 12
|2011 KNIGHTS CUP UNDER 16'S
||2011 KNIGHTS CUP UNDER 15'S
||2011 KNIGHTS CUP UNDER 14'S
||2011 KNIGHTS CUP UNDER 13'S
Newcastle 16 - 4 Maitland
Group 2 16 - 0 Central Coast
BYE Group 3
Group 3 16 - 6 Newcastle
Maitland 0 - 16 Group 2
BYE Central Coast
Central Coast 0 - 0 Group 3
Newcastle 0 - 22 Group 2
Maitland 18 - 12 Group 3
Central Coast 6 - 10 Newcastle
BYE Group 2
Group 2 24 - 4 Group 3
Central Coast 10 - 16 Maitland
BYE - Newcastle
Newcastle 14 - 0 Maitland Group 2 12 - 14 Central Coast
BYE - Group 3
Group 3 16 - 4 Newcastle
Maitland 0 - 20 Group 2
BYE Central Coast
Central Coast 14 - 6 Group 3
Newcastle 12 - 8 Group 2
Maitland 4 - 30 Group 3
Central Coast 6 - 10 Newcastle
BYE Group 2
Group 2 14 - 6 Group 3
Central Coast 28 - 0 Maitland
Newcastle 4 - 10 Maitland
Group 2 4 - 18 Central Coast
BYE - Group 3
Group 3 6 - 12 Newcastle
Maitland 22 - 4 Group 2
BYE - Central Coast
Central Coast 30 - 6 Group 3
Newcastle 20 - 16 Group 2
BYE - Maitland
Maitland 12 - 10 Group 3
Central Coast 26 - 10 Newcastle
BYE - Group 2
Group 2 28 - 8 Group 3
Central Coast 18 - 0 Maitland
BYE - Newcastle
Newcastle 24 - 8 Maitland
Group 2 0 - 14 Central Coast
BYE - Group 3
Group 3 10 - 4 Newcastle
Maitland 4 - 16 Group 2
BYE - Central Coast
Central Coast 24 - 6 Group 3
Newcastle 20 - 6 Group 2
BYE - Maitland
Maitland 24 - 16 Group 3
Central Coast 24 - 10 Newcastle
BYE - Group 2
Group 2 18 - 0 Group 3
Central Coast 32 - 0 Maitland
BYE - Newcastle
AWESOME STEELERS ALMOST UNBEATABLE
|Illawarra Steelers Harold Matthew's Cup side had a huge win over St. George at Hurstville Oval in Round 8 (Photo : OurFootyMedia)
The top 3 sides in this years NSWRL Harold Matthew's Cup promise a fantastic finals series in 2 weeks with all 3 sides suffering only one loss each
MATTY'S CUP Rnd 8 RESULTS & LADDER
SG BALL Rnd 8 RESULTS & LADDER
The inaugural Knights Cup Competition will be held this Sunday 10 April at Salamander Bay Sports Complex.
Five associations will be competing including Newcastle, Maitland, Central Coast, Taree/Port Macquarie and Kempsey/Woolgoogla.
Knights Coach Rick Stone originally came up with the idea of the Cup as he saw it as an opportunity for young players to represent their region and the broader region.
“It is about giving our kids, who do a fair bit of training over the summer, the chance to play at this level,” Stone Said.
“It is a fantastic competition that allows kids to display their talents in front of representatives of the Knights as well as assess coaches, players and programs that are in place.”
As the Knights will be travelling up North for their round five game against the Brisbane Broncos, First grade player Neville Costigan and Strategic Development Manager Keith Onslow will be on hand to present the Cup.
The round robin competition will commence at 9.00am and Grand finals will be played at 4.00pm.
It is expected that 2500 people will attend the competition where they will witness the playing talents of U13s, U14s, U15s and U16s.
The Newcastle Knights would like to acknowledge the Country Rugby League, Nelson Bay Schoolboys and Nelson Bay Senior Leagues for their support of the Knights Cup Competition.
Date: Sunday 10 April
Time: 9am Round Robin, 4pm Grand Finals
Venue: Salamander Bay Sports Complex
GROUP 4 FIXES LONG-STANDING FARRER PROBLEM
|Farrer M. Ag High School celebrate winning the NSWCHS University Shield with their fans at Cronulla's Shark Park (Photo : OurFootyMedia)
GROUP 4 officials might have been able to fit Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School’s talented under 18 and 16 sides into their town-based junior competition.
How to fit Farrer’s junior teams into the G4 U18 and 16 competitions has been a rugby league conundrum eluding a solution for a number of years.
Group 4 secretary Ross Hamilton said Farrer’s involvement in 2011 would be split.
“We have had a lot of problems trying to fit them in,” Hamilton said.
“Farrer’s 16s will play for North Tamworth this season and be known as the Farrer Bears.
“Their 18s will play for both North and West Lions – exactly how many go to both clubs we don’t know yet.”
Hamilton said Group 4’s representation in the Oxley Pioneers under 18 side was also good considering the number of players available for next year’s Under 18 rep side.
“Ron Dellar (Group 4 coach) told me a lot of his side can play again next year,” Hamilton said.
“Young Casey Burgess (Gunnedah) was a player of the grand final last year and is a very good kid with another left in the 18s.
“There are a lot of good kids out there and there are a few already signed with NRL clubs.
“You only have to look at big Tommy Learoyd-Lahrs.
“He’s really kicked on with Canberra since he played Group 4 and Northern Division (now Oxley Pioneers).
“Tommy and Ben Smith (Parramatta) were both in the same junior rep teams and are now playing in the NRL.”
Group 4 had seven players selected in the Oxley Pioneers for the upcoming Country Championships while Group 19 had five juniors named in the Northern Thunderbolts after last Saturday’s trials in Glen Innes.
Northern Thunderbolt regional area manager Kevin Hill was delighted with those trials, pitting two squads from the Northern Rivers against a New England Group 19 side.
He said regional selectors and the coaching staff were “delighted with the quality of players who gathered for the annual Tri-series”.
He said the Northern Thunderbolt squad now has a regional training camp at Lennox Head Sport & Recreation Centre this weekend in preparation for the April 16/17 Country Under 18 Championship in Mittagong.
o Group 19’s 2011 season starts in Moree and Tenterfield on Saturday, with Moree Boomerangs playing Guyra and Tenterfield at home to Uralla. On Sunday, Armidale hosts Glen Innes and Warialda is at home to Tingha.
NYNGAN TO HOST EASTER RUGBY LEAGUE CHALLENGE
|Nyngan Easter Challenge - Most valuable Players, MVP's (L-R) - Chad Davis (Penrith), Danny Faulalo (Parramatta 15's), Nutuna Te Rangi (Parramatta Opens), Sam Atuau (Wests Opens), Ryan Almond (Cronulla 15's) and Jarrad Linton-Harland (CRL Far West Academy Opens)
The Far West community of Nyngan will again host the Nyngan Easter Rugby League Challenge in 2011 over the Easter Long Weekend, 22nd – 25th April. This will be the fifth successive year the event has ran, and promises to be a great weekend of rugby league action.
The Challenge will be contested across two divisions, Opens (U18s) and 15 years boys. The 2011 line up includes Parramatta, Newcastle, Western Suburbs, Penrith, CRL Far West Academy of Sport, South West Sydney Academy of Sport, Group XIV and Group XI.
The 2011 Challenge will be boosted with several high profile guests attending the event. Premiership winning coach and NRL commentator, Phil Gould, will be in attendance along with former Australian and premiership player Rod “Rocket” Reddy who is now the Parramatta Eels recruitment manager. Sean Hampstead will once again be returning to Nyngan to referee and mentor the local referees during the Challenge.
Event Coordinator Col Wright is excited with how the event is shaping up for 2011.
“The event is coming along nicely. We have the teams confirmed and it is one of the strongest line ups we have had especially in the 15’s” said Mr Wright.
“We have the added bonus of several high profile guests attending which will hopefully boost the profile of the event and attract more spectators and participating teams in the future”
“Those attending the Challenge will be able to see some of the best junior talent in NSW with two days full of rugby league action”
“It’s great to see the NRL Clubs really supporting the event, Parramatta and Newcastle are competing for the fifth time while for Wests and Penrith it will be their third and South West Sydney Academy of Sport will enjoy the Challenge for their first time.”
The action will not only be confined to the rugby league field. The athletes will participate in the “Golden Tusk Games”, where they get to pit their bush skills against each other in a variety of activities including, damper cooking, herding sheep, milking cows and Traditional Aboriginal Games.
“Many of the athletes have never been west of the Blue Mountains and they have enjoyed participating in the Games and learning some new skills and I’m sure Newcastle will be out to defend their title.”
Straits and ITT Water and Wastewater have once again continued their sponsorship of the event.
“Straits will sponsor the Opens Boys while ITT Water and Wastewater will sponsor the 15 years boys division”
“Straits and ITT Water and Wastewater have supported the event since the beginning and their support is much appreciated. Without the support of businesses like Straits and ITT Water and Wastewater an event of this size would not be possible.”
More information regarding kick off times will be made available in the coming weeks.
PETER DENHAM NAMED AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLBOY'S COACH
Former Australian Schoolboy player, Peter Denham, has been appointed the Australian Schoolboy Team Coach for 2011.
Peter was a member of the 1990 undefeated Australian Schoolboy Team that included players of the calibre of James Smith, James Shepherd, Russell Hill, Rodney Howe, Josh Stuart, Jason Death and Glenn Grief.
He then had an extensive playing career in Group 2, Group 6 and the Illawarra region. He has been teaching at Bellingen High School since 1997.
Peter has coached at schoolboy level since 1996 on the NSW North Coast. He coached the NSW Combined High Schools under 18yrs Teams at the Australian Schoolboy National Championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009, winning the National title in 2007 and 2008.
He has also coached in the Group 2 competition for several years with Bellingen and was the Group 2 Representative Team Coach in 2009, 2010 and again in 2011 at the NSW Country Rugby League Championships.
The 2011 Australian Schoolboy Team will be selected following the Under 18yrs National Championships at St Marys NSW from Sunday, 10 July to Friday, 15 July 2011.
The Australian Team will depart for New Zealand on Thursday, 29 September 2011 for a two International match tour.
The Internationals are to be played on Saturdays, 1st in Auckland (Mt Smart Stadium) and 8th October 2011 in Whangarei NZ.”
CYMS COME FROM BEHIND TO SHOOT DOWN HAWKS
|Jackson Creswell hits the ball up for the CYMS under-18 side in their come from behind win against Orange Hawks in round one of the Skilled Challenge at the weekend. Photo: JOSH HEARD
The Dubbo CYMS under-18s have rebounded from the group trials to claim a win in the first round of the Skilled Challenge.
Despite things looking tight at half-time the Fishies managed to scream ahead in the second half, shooting down the Orange Hawks 32-12.
Highlights included two tries by Nick McNaughton and four conversions to Mick Lewin.
Coach Justin Yeo said the result was good for both the club and players. “It was pleasing to see on the weekend both grades get through with a win against two sides that were quite strong.
“So it was impressive and it was a good start for the club,” he said.
“We played a few weeks ago when we had a group trial and we were pretty much outclassed by a few teams because we are so young but they’ve have improved over the last few weeks and they’ve put in a good performance.
“Being pretty young they need to learn how to play football particularly at a senior level.
“The older blokes there are starting to improve, the attitude of the side, just maturity I suppose, is starting to improve too.
After the group trials Yeo put the players through their paces having them concentrate on the basics.
“We just worked on a few things ... how to control, how to build pressure, and complete sets of six - just really simple things that perhaps hasn’t been at the forefront of their minds over the last couple of years,” he said.
Yeo highlighted the performances of Lincoln Cavanaugh, Ethan Coyle and Isaah Yeo on Sunday.
“And it was a very good team effort as well, we are not a team of superstars but they are stating to gel well together,” he said.
The team will face Orange CYMS in the next round of the Skilled Challenge.
DUBBO CYMS 32 (Nick McNaughton 2, Ethan Coyle, Isaah Yeo, Nathan Ryan, Brock Sayer tries; Mick Lewin 4 goals) def ORANGE HAWKS 12 (Andrew Hopkins, Daniel Buckerfield tries; Tom Stonestreet 2 goals)
RAIDERS RUN ALL OVER ST PAT’S IN CHALLENGE
|Blaize Fuller makes a break for Macquaire under-18s in their 52-4 win over Bathurst St Pats on Sunday. Photo: JOSH HEARD
Dubbo Macquarie is in flying form to take out its third consecutive Skilled Challenge in 2011 in the under-18s.
The young side delivered a stomping to Bathurst’s St Pat’s 52-4 on Sunday at Dubbo’s Apex Oval.
The Skilled Challenge is a preseason competition involving teams from both the Group 10 and 11 leagues.
After the first round Macquarie move to the top of the table based on an impressive for-and-against.
Stand out player on Sunday was team captain five-eighth Kieran Shipp who managed a hat-trick. Aside from some “individual brilliance” it was “teamwork” that saw the side cruise to victory, manager Trevor Kennedy said.
“They played to their structure and their game plan,” he said.
“And the reserves would come on and give the other blokes a blow because it was pretty warm out there.
“That’s our second game we’ve had together as a team and the boys are gelling well.”
Going up against the Lithgow Workies in the next match Macquarie will have to do without front-rower James McKinnon who is off to play for the Macquarie Rams.
“He gives us a lot of go forward so the other boys will have to step up to the plate,” Kennedy said.
Such players include second-rower Hayden Chapman, centre Mason Williams and fullback Blaize Fuller.
Kennedy said he team was looking forward to the start of the Group 11 season which Macquarie won last year against Wellington.
“It will be a good even competition you have teams like Forbes and Parkes and they are always a tough challenge and they will be up there competing,” he said.
“The boys are looking forward to the Group 11 season kicking off.” Kennedy is also enjoying his fourth year of coaching with the under-18s.
“I enjoy the roll that I play ... you’ve got to be a father, you’ve got to be a manager, you’ve got to be a bit of everything when you take that roll on because a lot of them are still only 16 turning 17 so there is a lot of young kids around.”
DUBBO MACQUARIE 52 (Kieran Shipp 3, Blaize Fuller, Mason Williams, Jai Dunn, Chris Combridge, Hayden Chapman, Jarryn Powyer, Daniel Kelly tries; Williams 4, Chapman 2) def BATHURST ST PATS 4 (Cory Averio try)
WOOLOOWARE TOO CLASSY FOR SYLVANIA IN BUCKLEY
Woolooware High School proved to Classy for a courageous Sylvania High School in today NSWCHS Buckley Shield match at Woolooware High.
Woolooware HS poured on 10 tries to nil in a one sided match that was postponed a couple weeks ago due to the rain.
Woolooware were to big and had too much class for Sylvania who to their credit tried and kept attacking right up to when Referee Cameron Paddy blew his full time whistle.
WOOLOOWARE HS - 52
TRIES : Lachie Mailey, Ethan Whetu 2, Asiah Ah-Chong, Chase McGreggor, Jacob Storey, Jesse May, Connor Newbitt-Hill, Bradd Wedders
GOALS : Bradd Wedders 6, Connor Newbitt-Hill
SYLVANIA HS - 0
TRIES : 0
GOALS : 0
HALF TIME : 32 - 0
Referee : Cameron Paddy
|GIRLS TO GIVE FOOTY A GO
KEMPSEY will play host to around 100 girls next Tuesday as they prove that footy is not just for the boys.
The Primary School Girls Football Festival has been organised by Communities NSW - Sport and Recreation so local girls aged 10 to 12 have the chance to try sports traditionally dominated by males.
Participants will try their hand at rugby league, rugby union, AFL and soccer during the festival at Verge St Oval from 10am to 2pm.
“This exciting local event provides a fun, non-competitive environment for girls to get active and try something new,” Sport and Recreation northern region cluster co-ordinator Lyn Larsen said.
“Coaches from rugby league, rugby union, AFL and soccer will run rotating skill development clinics.
“It’s a great chance for these girls to have a go at sports often considered to be exclusively male.
“Girls should be encouraged to play more sport so they can benefit from the many health and social advantages it offers.
“Research into children’s participation in sport has found that girls are less likely than boys to play organised sport outside of school hours.
“They are also less likely to play more than one sport and generally play less frequently.
“The Girls Footy Festival is free, fun and a great way for local girls to make new friends and learn new skills.
“It’s a unique opportunity for them to learn the basics associated with the four football codes in a safe and supportive environment.
“Teachers attending from local schools can also pick up some useful coaching tips. I wish all of this year’s participants the very best of luck.”
The festival is proudly supported by the Macleay Active Youth Movement and Kempsey Shire Council.
For more information please contact Communities NSW - Sport and Recreation on 6618 0400.
BLACKTOWN CITY PLAN TO MEND AFTER BRAWL
|Ready to go: Blacktown City under-12s players Debraska Rikiriki, Brodie Hazell, Corey Browne and Nikolas Savage and committee members Paul Browne, Craig Tasoulis and Trish Wilson look forward to the kick-off of the Penrith district junior rugby season on April 2.Picture: Gene Ramirez
MUCH has changed in the 18 months since a grand-final brawl put one of the oldest junior rugby-league clubs in the Penrith district into the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Under a new committee, Blacktown City continues to rebuild, with plans to return to the glory days of the 1980s and early 1990s.
For the second year in a row, the revamped club will begin its season launch with a rides night on March 26 at Jack Myers Field, Blacktown.
The fun night is the club's major fund-raiser of the year and aims to reinforce its stance as a family oriented club.
In a first for the district, the club introduced a zero-tolerance code of conduct for players and parents after the events of September 2009.
"We want people to come down and feel safe," said club secretary Craig Tasoulis. "We want to get the community in this area back behind us. Everyone is welcome and we don't turn anyone away. We also have a few juniors with Asperger's syndrome."
Despite the turmoil six months earlier, almost 280 players registered to play for the club in 2010, where 15 out of 17 teams made the semi-finals.
Three out of four grand-final teams were crowned premiers in what was a trouble-free year for the club. Tasoulis said the 2009 aftermath wasn't easy, where the club was subjected to death threats and break-ins but he said it's now all in the past.
The club dates back to 1928 under the Blacktown RSL Club banner and celebrates its 25th anniversary as Blacktown City in 2012.
Blacktown City seeks support for its new 100s club sponsorship initiative.
Details: Lisa Wells, 0400 994 448.
|FUTURE BRIGHT FOR YOUTH ON THE RUN
GROUP 4 may be struggling at senior level at the moment, but the same can’t be said of its junior ranks.
After dominating Oxley Pioneer squads in recent years the Group can justifiably lay cliam to being one of the best Groups in the CRL when it comes to producing under 18s players.
And that trend seems to be continuing after the Group 4 under 18s trials at Boggabri on Sunday.
The team chosen to contest the Pioneers trials is a strong one, but the most startling impression from the day was the number of talented players who will still be eligible for the under 18s next year.
First year under 18s like Casey Burgess from Coolah, Coonamble’s Dan Boland, Tamworth pair Mitch Dening and Kurt Aldridge, Blackville’s Logan Harris, Andy Saunders from Quirindi and Gunnedah’s Ethan Stevens all made the cut and could be there again in 2012.
Several others among the five teams on display were also impressive and could have easily been selected.
Coach and selector Ron Dellar has been involved with the Group side for years and also with the Pioneers as an assistant coach.
He will be head coach of the Oxley side this season.
He has taken young sides away before and said sometimes it’s better to let a kid develop for another year.
“There were a few of those blokes who will get their chance next year,” he said.
But even with so many younger players in this year’s team he is confident it will perform well against Groups 2 and 3 at Wingham in two weeks.
“It’s a good side,” he said.
“If we don’t win the Oxley Pioneers side will be a strong one, just not dominated by Group 4.”
In Sunday’s games Gunnedah got the better of Narrabri and Moree, West Lions beat Narrabri and North Tamworth and Moree had a narrow win over North.
The Group 4 side will train at Gunnedah this Saturday morning from 10.30am and again the following Wednesday evening.
GROUP 4 U18's:
1 Ben Williams, 2 Blake Kelly, 3 Hayden Jaeger, 4 Mitch Dening, 5 Dan Boland, 6 Casey Burgess, 7 Jamie Sampson, 8 Jack Broughton, 9 Logan Harris, 10 Ben Rumsby, 11 Heath McIlveen, 12 Blake Pawley, 13 Jake Rumsby, 14 Andy Saunders, 15 Brenton Lumby, 16 Eden Blewitt, 17 Jack Pawsey, 18 Kurt Aldridge, 19 Ethan Stevens. Coach - Ron Dellar.
JUNIOR SHARKS SHINE AGAINST BULLDOGS
|Cronulla Sharks Academy Under 14's Team Photo (Photo : OurFootyMedia)
|Cronulla Sharks Academy Under 15's Team Photo (Photo : OurFootyMedia)
|Cronulla Sharks Academy Under 17's Team Photo (Photo : OurFootyMedia)
In what was the culmination of the Sharks Summer Academy, teams in the 14’s, 15’s and 17’s faced off against the Canterbury Bulldogs with players showing the benefit of the intensive training program and at the same time giving an indication of their outstanding potential for the future.
The under-14’s, despite being considerably outsized by their opponents, used skill and commitment in scoring three tries to two against the Bulldogs in what was an extremely impressive performance.
At the conclusion of the match 14’s Academy coach Glenn Brailey singled out Jye Challenor and Jackson Garrett for special praise, however he also expressed his satisfaction with the display given by his entire playing group.
In the 15’s the result was reversed, with the Bulldogs crossing for three tries to the Sharks two, however after conceding the first three tries, fighting back with two four pointers of their own was an indication of the character of the Sharks side.
Marcus Pappas put in a man of the match performance for the Sharks, with his solid defence and strong charges with the football particularly pleasing to coach Chris Deiner. Ryan Cummins was busy in the backs, while Jayden Brailey tackled himself to a standstill at hooker.
While the first two games may have been dominated by defence, the 17’s Sharks let the ball do the work and reaped the benefits of their entertaining play in running in seven tries to two against the more highly fancied Canterbury side.
Instructed by coach Craig Holmes to use an obvious speed advantage, Taylar Garrett, playing centre and five eighth, and Jason Gray out on the wing, were amongst the Sharks to cause havoc with the Bulldogs defence, with the pair crossing for five of the Sharks seven tries.
In the forwards the likes of Brandon Sweeney, Brock Cope, Kurt Dillon and Daniel Byrne more than matched their opposites, while Kurt Drysdale was enterprising from dummy half.
The Sharks Summer Academy concluded with the Bulldogs games after 12 weeks of training both before and after the Christmas period.
All players and coaches were selected from local area clubs, with the Academy program to progress to Sharks Academy Talent Squads (SATS) for the winter period.
Players will be selected for those respective squads in the coming weeks.
|SHARKS ACADEMY 12
Nick Hamilton, Jordan Ramirez, Dylan Issa tries
|SHARKS ACADEMY 8
Dylan Tupaea, Corey Willis tries
|SHARKS ACADEMY 28
Jason Gray 3, Taylar Garrett 2, Sage Wilder, Daniel Byrne tries
MATER DEI CLAIMS HARDY SHIELD
|THIRD TIME’S A CHARM: Mater Dei Catholic College celebrates its third consecutive Hardy Shield victory at Equex Centre last week.
MATER Dei Catholic College continued its Hardy Shield dream run last night, claiming its third consecutive title in an emotional game.
Cementing a place in the record books, the potent Mater Dei outfit proved too strong for gutsy Kooringal High School, finessing the shield rookies 24-6 in a display of pure class.
Despite the desperation of Kooringal’s defence, Mater Dei slathered on the tries, etching its way into Hardy Shield history.
Mater Dei’s influence over the field was hard to ignore, as they managed to overcome a surging performance from Kooringal High’s Aaron Wynne and the seemingly unstoppable Brody Rigg.
Kooringal hurled themselves into play in the opening minutes, with Wynne securing first points on the back of a perfectly placed pass.
Not to be deterred, Mater Dei persevered attacking Kooringal’s line with back to back sets.
Kooringal’s Josh Larwood and Vaughan Winnel did their best to resist the onslaught.
Tiring under the pressure, Kooringal’s defence faltered letting in the first of two tries for the emerging Pat Harrrington.
On the back of the precise boot of Harry Collins, Mater Dei enjoyed prime field position throughout the entire 50-minute final.
As the rain continued to fall, so did Kooringal’s confidence who were kept scoreless in the second half.
Outstanding for the back-to-back champions, Mater Dei frontrower and Rick Keast Medal winner Tim Jones could not contain his excitement.
“I thought we played really well as a team, it was probably our best game,” he said.
“We trained pretty hard leading up to this and we were really keen to keep the shield.
“We weren’t cocky, but we were pretty confident that we would win.”
Jones was adamant the Mater Dei reign will continue into 2012.
“Most of us are in year 12 but we’ve got some really good juniors coming through so hopefully we’ll be able to come away with it again next year,” he said.
|KEEBRA GEARS UP FOR ANOTHER BIG SEASON
Its been a pretty exciting week at school this week with local sport in full swing, Bronco's Competition trials and the recent win in the Queensland Sevens Rugby Championship.
The local competition is into round four and this week the boys will find themeslves up against old rivals Palm Beach Currumbin after already facing Merrimac, Robina, Marymount and Elanora.
The recent midweek trials against Wavell were a good gauge of how the premier teams are travelling and there were some outstanding performances across the board with players staking their claims for spots in these highly competitive teams.
Last Friday the Opens continued their dominance in the Queensland Rugby Sevens Competition with a win against Brisbane Stae High in the Qld final at Suncorp. The game was played as the curtain raiser to the Reds versus Rebels clash and was a great experience for the boys.
In earlier rounds they accounted for St Joseph's College Nudgee and Wavell SHS to set up a final appearancel where they were far too strong for State High, winning 31-19.
The Sevens squad will now head to Sydney to defend their National title against the best in NSW.
A great effort considering that there was no specific training for this event and it was the general fitness and determination of the team that got them the results.
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|WAGGA HIGH FINISHES WITH WIN
WAGGA High School has finished off a trying Hardy Shield campaign after last night’s dominant victory over The Riverina Anglican College.
After narrowly missing out on a finals appearance after last weeks loss to Kooringal High School, Wagga High stamped its authority over a flat TRAC outfit, 32-10.
In the play off for third and fourth place, Wagga High launched into a try scoring frenzy in front of a vocal crowd of supporters.
Injured Wagga High sensation Nathan Rose was bursting with pride, admitting he was happy to settle in at third place.
“It was just good that we got in at third,” he said.
“It was good to get the win and the boys had fun so that’s the main thing.”
Rose was adamant that next year’s Wagga High outfit will be a serious contender for the Hardy Shield.
“We’ve got a fairly young side and most of them are in year 11, we’ve only got about three or four year 12 students that will be leaving,” he said.
“Most of the other teams are full of year 12 students, but hopefully we’ll all stick together and we’ll be strong.”
Fresh from the sheds, TRAC was ready to fire with lock sensation Ethan Tout scratching first points on the board within the opening three minutes.
A lengthy tussle ensued, with Wagga High overcoming some strong defence from TRAC halfback Lachlan Cuell and lock Tom Adamson to clock up three successive tries before half time.
Despite a gutsy effort TRAC was steamrolled by a classy Wagga High outfit in the second half.
The elusive Jesse Margosis showed off his try-scoring skills out wide with two stunning tries, while dynamic speedster Darcy Bolton recorded the only try in the final 25 minutes for TRAC.
|MATER DEI TAKE OUT HARDY SHIELD
Kooringal High School and Mater Dei Catholic College met each other in last nights highly anticipated 2011 Hardy Shield Grand Final and again battled rain for about 3/4's of the match
Kooringal High School haven't won the Hardy Shield for 22 years and were keen after Parramatta Eels legend Peter Sterling spoke to the Kooringal High School boys before the game, but this didn't help and the long wait continues.
Kooringal High School came out firing and lead 0 - 6 early in the grand final.
Mater Dei Catholic College coach Daryl Lawrent was kind enough to speak with OurFootyTeam from school this morning and is really proud of his boys who have a had a tremendous season so far
Mr. Lawrent said, "Kooringal High School came out fireing from the opening and lead 0 - 6 earliy, our boys came back, our forwards were awesome and gave us a 10 - 6 lead at 1/2 time".
"We came out after the break and lifted our intencity with Man of the Match Mater Dei's prop Tim Jones leading the way"
Mater Dei's defence performed well denying Kooringal and scoring opportunities in the second half
MATER DEI CATHOLIC COLLEGE 24 - 6 Kooringal High School
Half time : MATER DEI CATHOLIC COLLEGE 24 - 6 Kooringal High School
Man of the Match : Tim JONES (Mater Dei )
Photo's coming soon thanks to Mater Dei Catholic college
|HARDY SHIELD POSTPONED TO THURSDAY DUE TO RAIN
THIS year's unusual wet weather pattern claimed yet another Wagga sporting event last night, as the heavily anticipated Hardy Shield grand final was postponed.
Specially made streamers and banners were put back into storage until Thursday as it was announced the ground at the Equex Centre would be too wet to host the blockbuster schoolboy rugby league clash.
With defending champion Mater Dei Catholic College set to take on the formidable Kooringal High School last night, convener Andrew Morton was disappointed to make the call to postpone.
"The council called me and said the boys can play if they want to, but I didn't think it was fair," he said.
"It's a bit of a shame.
"The grand final night is always a really big night and the crowd gets right into it, and the rain would have kept them away.
"We thought that with the leaguetag girls and the primary school kids it was a bit too much for them in the rain.
"I just decided not to go through with it and to let everyone know early so we could make new arrangements."
Although confident the right choice was made, Morton said the news was not received well by the respective schools.
"I spoke to Daryl Lawrence (coach of Mater Dei) and his kids were spewing, Mater Dei were pumped and ready to roll - the whole school was," he said.
"They have signs and everything made, but they'll just have to bring them on Thursday night instead.
"Mater Dei usually bring a massive crowd, they pretty much take over the hill because it's a really good spectacle."
Typically attracting a huge crowd, Morton insisted the Hardy Shield final is an event to be celebrated.
Morton said after an interesting series the hard-working finalists had earned the right to play in front of a rousing crowd, adamant that last night's rain would have smothered that opportunity.
"I really wanted to let the boys slog it out, and to have it in the rain would have been too sloppy and wet," he said.
"Hopefully it'll be right for Thursday.
"The boys have been playing every Monday and Thursday for the past few weeks so it shouldn't be too much of a change."
Thursday night's match will take place at the Equex Centre, with the first game to kick off at 5.30pm, followed by the final at 7.20pm.
RABBITOH'S LEAP TO TOP OF MATT'S LADDER
South Sydney's Harold Matthew's Cup team tonite defeated the North Sydney Bears 36 - 0 to remain the only undefeated team and lead the competition by 2 competition points.
SOUTHS SG Ball win 1st Game
MATTY'S CUP LADDER | SG BALL LADDER
GAME ON FOR HARDY SHIELD
|DOMINANCE: Kooringal will be on the hunt to shut down Mater Dei's Jordan Shepherd and Tim Hurst to snatch victory in tonight's Hardy Shield final at Equex.
MORE than two decades of anticipation will rest on his shoulders tonight, but Kooringal High School captain Tavila Feagaiga remains unfazed.
Cool and collected ahead of tonight's Hardy Shield final, Feagaiga is eager to lead his team to a resounding Hardy Shield victory over strong favourites and reigning champions Mater Dei Catholic College.
Brimming with excitement, the dynamic prop admitted his team will play with unprecedented passion to end Kooringal's Hardy Shield drought.
"Everyone's excited, it's been something like 22 years since Kooringal last won the Hardy Shield, so it's pretty exciting," he said.
"A lot of the teachers have been talking to us more and more, and the whole school is excited for us.
"I guess we surprised a lot of people by making it into the final."
Tipped as dark horses by many to make tonight's final, Kooringal has successfully silenced its critics and proved it is a rugby league force to be reckoned with.
After trumping firm favourites Wagga High School in Thursday's preliminary final, Feagaiga is happy to accept the underdog label heading into tonight's clash.
"A lot of people didn't think we'd make it into the final, but we did," he said.
"Everyone thought Mater Dei would be there, you know, since the beginning of the series.
"I personally think that if we work hard, we can win.
"I always thought that we had a shot at making the final, not many people did, but I did."
Along with try-scoring sensation Brody Rigg and calculating halfback Aaron Wynne, Feagaiga is adamant Kooringal will have the power necessary to shut down Mater Dei's key play-makers.
"Aaron Wynne is going to be very important for us, he controls the backs and the forwards really well," he said.
"We're just going to have to play a bit better than we did in that first game, we'll have to try and shut down Shep (Jordan Shepherd, Tim Jones and Tim Hurst."
"We're all mates and we all play together so we know how they play and what they like to do, so hopefully we'll be able to do that."
Relaxing ahead of tonight's match, Feagaiga was confident the weight of expectation will rest with Mater Dei, who will be looking to secure its fourth straight Hardy Shield series.
LEAGUE GETS TOUGH: ANY TROUBLE AND IT'S YOUR GRAND FINALE
|Harold Matthews Under 16 squad for the South Sydney (Photo: OurFootyMedia)
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JUNIOR rugby league players will be automatically sent from the field and suspended for punching, teams involved in repeated brawling will be expelled and spectators who abuse referees will be banned from attending matches under a new ''Tough Love'' policy to be introduced across Sydney this season.
The crackdown, aimed at ending on- and off-field violence in junior games, gives referees and officials greater powers to deal with cases of misconduct by players or spectators.
The NSW Rugby League has developed the policy, known as ''Tough Love In League'', following a number of incidents of on-field violence in recent seasons - headed by a wild brawl in the 2009 Penrith under 16s grand final that resulted in four Blacktown City players receiving bans totalling 32 years.
|Mr. Martin Meredith (Photo : OurFootyMedia)
''We needed to get on the front foot and do something to bring it to a head because that sort of behaviour is not something we want in our game,'' the NSWRL junior coaching and development manager, Martin Meredith, said.
Under the new rules, which will be applied in competitions for juniors between 13 and 17 years of age, any player who punches or strikes an opponent - even in retaliation - will be automatically sent off and if found guilty he faces a minimum one-match suspension, with three offences resulting in a mandatory 12-month ban.
If more than two players are involved, referees will call ''time out'' and call for the opposing coaches to enter the field so they can calm their players. A second brawl will result in the match being automatically abandoned and the coaches called to face a code-of-conduct hearing.
Any team involved in more than two abandoned matches will be automatically disqualified from the competition for the rest of the season.
The new rules were welcomed by players at training last night for South Sydney's Harold Matthews Cup under 16s team.
''My club team has been involved in a fair few fights over the years,'' said Matthew Jackson, who plays for Coogee Wombats. ''But I think these rules will make some people think twice before getting involved and throwing a punch. I think most people just want to play footy.''
Alexandria Rovers player Jake O'Sullivan said: ''These rules will make it pretty clear that you have to behave on the field. I don't think most people have a problem with that.''
Coach Chris O'Connell, who is also a school teacher, welcomes the new rules but said most clubs already have a code of conduct in place that has helped to curtail violence.
Cracking down on violence may even encourage more children to play league, said Willis Meehan, 15.
''Maybe there are some kids who are worried about getting hit, who play games like soccer, might now come to rugby league and some parents will be happier for their kids to get involved in the sport if there is less violence.''
TOOWOOMBA VISITORS HANDED OUT A RUGBY LESSON
|FUTURE TALENT: Mudgee Wombat Jacob Styles braces himself for a big hit from Toowoomba Souths player Brodie Carlish during the Silver Foxes curtain raiser under-13s match at Jubilee Oval on Saturday. Photo by Sandy Smith. 200311Toowoomba
The Toowoomba Souths under-13s team proved to be worthy contestants at the weekend’s Mudgee Grassroots Rugby Festival after they ran out 39-0 winners over the Mudgee Wombats under-13s.
The two sides clashed as the curtain raiser for the Silver Foxes exhibition match at Jubilee Oval on Saturday afternoon.
A healthy crowd was on hand to cheer on both sets of boys, especially as Toowoomba was the festival’s special guest after the devastation of the Queensland floods earlier in the year.
“It’s been a fantastic weekend, the hospitality that we’ve been shown is unbelievable,” team manager Gary Reis said. “We didn’t expect anything like it.”
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans was even on hand to offer some words of advice both before the game and at half time.
Ryan Gleeson was the star of the show for Toowoomba, as he crossed for two tries in the convincing win.
Matthew Reis, Oliver Scheiwe and Brodie Carlish also bagged five-pointers in hot and sticky conditions at Jubilee Oval.
However, Toowoomba coach Richard Reddan said the Mudgee boys should be proud of their efforts.
“They’re a very well coached side and they played with a lot of heart, so they should hold their heads high,” he said.
Wombats’ coach Rob McAlpine said he was over the moon with the spirit the game was played in.
“Our boys held their own, they didn’t give up, they didn’t whinge once and there was no hands on hips,” he said.
The Queenslanders had a very special mentor earlier on the day, as former Toowoomba resident Jason Little put the boys through their paces at the Glen Willow training camp.
“It was great to see the Toowoomba boys here,” Little said. “But I think the parents were more excited than the kids.”
The former Wallaby also said he was impressed with the talent he saw from the under-13s.
“There were some fantastic guys, hopefully in the future we’ll see them,” he said. “We saw in the Mudgee-Toowoomba game that there was some very good players.”
Although nothing has been officially confirmed, the two clubs are hoping the past weekend will be the start of a long and healthy partnership.
“That’s definitely going to be on the cards,” Reis said of the proposal.
Odin Keenan, who later kicked off the Silver Foxes match, was the pick of the Wombats players.
RAMS UNDER 18S BLITZ SOUTHERN
|GREAT GAME: Dubbo’s Charly Runciman is wrapped up by the Redbacks’ defence on Saturday. Photo: PHILL MURRAY
THE Western Rams under 18s have showed they will be a real threat at next month’s Country Championships after a comprehensive 36-10 trial win over the Southern Redbacks at Bathurst’s Ashwood Park on Saturday.
The match was part of the Codes for a Cause day that included trial matches between top teams from both rugby league and rugby union in Bathurst and raised money for headspace.
Rams coach Steve Sutton was pleased to see his team in action and he was happy given that it was their first run together.
“It was good just to get together and have a bit of a run, sort out a few combinations and we’ve got that out of the way and with no injuries, which is a bonus,” he said.
“I thought defensively we were really good. They were camped on our line pretty well in the second half and they got across for one try and in the first half they scored a lucky one.
“In attack we’re still working on our combinations but there were some really nice tries, the Keiran Cubby one looked really slick.”
Western opened the scoring with an early try to lead 6-0 but it didn’t take long for the visitors to hit back although the missed conversion left them trailing by four.
That was as close as as Redbacks would get though with further tries to Charly Runciman, Jake Davies and Blake Seager giving Western a 22-4 lead at the break.
They were the first to score through Orange CYMS flyer cody Robbins when play resumed to blow the lead out to 26-4 to all but guarantee them a win.
They were never in any real danger of Redbacks making a comeback but the visitors did lift their game and score the next try.
When another opportunity to score was blown by Southern it swung the momentum back in the favour of Western who scored further tries through Ricci Arriola and Keiran Cubby to back up their dominance on the scoreboard.
Western captain Sam Coster said it felt like the team had already formed a good bond and is looking forward to the Country Championships next month.
“I thought we played really well and came together as a group this morning when we had a little training session and it showed,” he said.
“It was a good hit-out and hopefully we can keep it going for Mittagong.”
Both Sutton and Coster nominated Dubbo fullback Charly Runciman as the standout on the field.
“I thought Charly Runciman played really well from the beginning and thought pack laid the platform for the backs,” the captain said.
WESTERN RAMS 36 (Jake Davies 2, Charly Runciman, Blake Seager, Cody Robbins, Ricci Arriola, Keiran Cubby tries; Andrew Mendes 4 goals) def SOUTHERN REDBACKS 10.
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SHIRE SERVES UP CREAM OF THE CROP FOR HUNTER VALLEY REPRESENTATIVE SQUAD
|Group 21 rugby league rep players (back) Isaac McKormick, Blair Baker, Matt Honeysett, (front) Ethan Chrstianson, Richard Graham and Jacobe Dowell.
Seven rugby league players from the Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter shires have been selected in the under 18s Hunter Valley Group 21 representative squad.
Blair Baker, Matt Honeysett and Daley Boney from Muswellbrook, Ethan Christianson and Richard Graham from Aberdeen and Isaac McKormick from Denman were all chosen.
The boys have been selected for a trial game against the Central Coast to be played tomorrow.
Once they play that game they have the opportunity to be selected for the Central Hunter Power team and will play in the Regional Country Rugby League Championships at Mittagong.
Coach Garry Gardner said he was extremely happy with how the boys were looking.
“I would be very disappointed if eight to 10 boys aren’t selected for the Central Hunter Power team,” he said.
KOORINGAL ON FINALS ATTACK
|BIG MOMENT: Kooringal High School captain Teavilla Feagaagiall (with ball) bursts through The Riverina Anglican College defence on Monday night. Feagaagiall wil lead the team tonight when it takes on Wagga High in the Hardy Shield semi -inal. Picture: Michael Frogley
WITH history beckoning, Kooringal High School rugby league coach Tim Wykes yesterday declared he has the players needed for the school to qualify for its first Hardy Shield grand final.
Kooringal will be shooting for its best-ever finish to the Wagga inter-school rugby league competition when it takes on Wagga High School in a critical last-round tie at Equex Centre tonight.
In a week of high drama for Kooringal High, Wykes is hoping it is not a case of déjà vu for the team tonight.
A year ago Kooringal High was bundled out of contention for the Hardy Shield grand final by Wagga High at a similar stage of the tournament.
For Kooringal High, which has been rocked by the suspension of three players for their part in a football brawl on Monday, a historic appearance in the Hardy Shield grand final will be guaranteed if the team wins tonight.
Despite the dramatic circumstances, Wykes says the players are feeling no pressure.
"We played (Wagga High) in a trial match not long ago, and we seemed pretty evenly matched," Wykes said.
"The win on Monday night was good - that will give the boys a bit confidence.
"I think our best (Hardy Shield) finish was last year when we made the semi-final so it would be great to win (tonight).
"Both the teams have great attacking ability, I guess it will come down to who makes the least mistakes."
Kooringal narrowly missed out on making its debut grand final last year when it went down to Wagga High in a low-scoring affair following an otherwise successful Hardy Shield campaign.
Wykes says he has no intention of going down the same path this time around, and has been drilling the importance of tonight's clash into his players.
Kooringal will take the confidence of a 32-6 victory over The Riverina Anglican College on Monday night into the semi-final, but has reshuffled its playing squad since then.
"Obviously we have elected to stand down three players after Monday night, but we have still got the depth in our team," Wykes said.
"We have had to shuffle our team around a bit but we shouldn't lose anything out of it.
"We've got Brody Rigg back which will be good, but Wagga High has some good players too."
Wykes revealed Kooringal will be looking to shut down Wagga High players including Harry Stewart and Trae O'Neill, and says he has told his players to work on their completions for tonight's game.
|MATER DEI KEEPING FOOT ON ACCELERATOR
MATER Dei Catholic College coach Daryl Lawrence has sent a warning to The Riverina Anglican College his team will not be taking tonight's game lightly.
With Mater Dei already assured a spot in Monday night's grand final and TRAC out of the running, tonight's clash is somewhat of a dead rubber for both teams.
However, Lawrence yesterday revealed he plans to go full steam ahead into the game against TRAC, and is expecting to see 100 per cent from his players. "Our boys definitely won't be taking TRAC lightly," Lawrence said.
"I know we are already in the grand final but we can't take it easy now - we will be going over our game plan and working on our defence and line speed.
"It's important we don't just drop off now because we have made the final.
"We are looking forward to getting a run in before Monday."
Lawrence is still tossing up whether or not to rest Mater Dei fullback Pat Harrington tonight, and will make a final decision today on any player changes.
Mater Dei is still buzzing after Monday's 30-8 thumping of Hardy Shield rival Kildare Catholic College, but Lawrence says he has warned his players to focus on the games ahead rather than past results.
"I think the scores on Monday night blew out a bit towards the end, the game was actually much tighter," he said.
Meanwhile TRAC has named hooker Tom Stubbs to start tonight, after fears he would not play due to Monday's incident against Kooringal.
SIX PANTHERS WILL BE PART OF THE RAMS’ COUNTRY CAMPAIGN
|ANOTHER TILT: Bathurst’s Brady Cheshire was part of the 2010 Western Rams under 18s side and after a strong performance for Group 10 over the weekend, he earned himself a place in this year’s squad. He is one of six Bathurst Panthers in the squad. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA
THEY dominated places in the Group 10 representative side and now Bathurst Panthers have filled a majority of the Western Rams under 18s squad positions that were decided over the weekend.
Seven Panthers headed to the Western Rams selection trials and of those six earned selection. For Andrew Mendes, Jake Davis, Riccie Arriola, Brady Cheshire, Luke Carpenter and Blake Seager it was another honour after they formed part of the 2010 Group 10 under 18s premiership winning side.
All of them have been named in the run on side, reflecting the Panthers’ strength in this age group.
It is the second consecutive year the men in black have dominated the Rams squad – last year they had five including Mendes, Davis, Carpenter and Cheshire.
Western Rams under 18s coach Steve Sutton, himself a former Bathurst Panthers under 18s mentor, said he was very happy with the team following Saturday’s selection trials at Gulgong’s Billy Dunn Park.
“All the players deserved their spot,” the Cowra-based mentor said.
Western have bowed out of the Country Rugby League Championships at the semi-finals stage in their past two campaigns, but Sutton said there was no reason why his team could not go further this year.
Western play Mid-North Coast representative team Oxley Pioneers in the first round of the championships at Mittagong on April 16.
“We’ve got speed out wide, strong forwards, talented halves. We’ve got all the bases covered,” he said.
The familiar combinations that Panthers bring to the Rams will also be a strength. NSW Country representative Mendes joins club-mates Arriola and Davis in the back line.
They will be joined by another Group 10 player in Orange CYMS star Cody Robbins, talented Dubbo CYMS fullback Charly Runciman and the halves pairing of Jacob Neill and Toby Evans.
Sutton said swapping fullback Runciman and winger Robbins between spots during matches was an option.
“I think any team that kicks to our back three will find out they are all talented footballers,” he said.
The forward pack features three more Panthers with Carpenter to line up as hooker, Cheshire as a prop and Seager in the second row.
Group 11 won both their games at the trials – 30-12 against the Presidents XIII and 16-10 against arch-rivals Group 10.
Robbins was a star for Group 10, scoring twice in their 26-4 win over Castlereagh.
The Presidents XIII managed to win one match, 18-6 over Castlereagh. Panthers’ Blake Miller kicked a goal in that victory.
“The day was a good day. There were four good games of footy,” Sutton said.
“Having the Presidents team was a good initiative. At one stage they were leading Group 11 8-0. They exceeded expectation.”
The Rams will play a trial match at 1.45pm this Saturday at Bathurst’s Ashwood Park against Illawarra region side Southern Redbacks.
|TITANS JUNIORS SCORE FOUR FROM FOUR IN "DOUBLE HEADER" ACTION AT THE WEEKEND.
The Gold Coast Green junior representative sides continued their winning ways this weekend in the Mal Meninga and Cyril Connell Cup "Double Header" round with two wins a piece against some rugged opposition in the Toowoomba Clydesdales and the Ipswich Jets.
In the Meninga Cup, the Gold Coast Green under 18's produced a solid 38-4 win over the Clydesdales on Saturday and edged out the Jets in a closely contested 16-12 win on Sunday while the Under 16's recorded 26-22 and 14-4 wins in their respectives encounters.
While both coaches were happy with maximum points from what are considered to be the toughest rounds of the competition, they were both of the opinion that their is still much room for improvement in their charges.
"We are working hard in defence and competing well through the middle but then we seem to let ourselves down when we should be converting this work into points,’’ said 18's coach Jamie O'Connor, a view echoed by his Cyril Connell Cup counterpart Aaron Zimmerle.
"I am very happy with our forward game and we create plenty of half chances due to our ability to build pressure but we need to play with a little more patience. Do this and the points on the scoreboard will start to come." He said.
"I was particularly impressed with forwards James Iodice who was best on field over the course of the weekend and Joey Weggert who played big minutes in the back row and was everywhere in defence. In the backs Dylan Pelo and 5/8 Nathan Wilson had strong games, both in defence and in their playmaking roles." He added.
The "Double Header" concept was introduced to the format this year to allow for cost effective intrastate competition and although physically demanding it does give the representative sides a chance to test themselves against their Northern peers.
Next weekend is a bye round for the entire competition before Rounds 4 and 5, the second of the double headers that will see the Titans juniors take on the Sunshine Coast and Central United.
Saturday 26th March
Gold Coast versus Sunshine Coast @ Maroochdore (Kick Off 3-45pm and 5pm)
Sunday 27th March
Gold Coast versus Central United @ Pirate Park Noosa (Kick Off 11am and 12-15pm)
Mal Meninga Cup and Cyril Connell Cup Double header results and scorers:
Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th March 2011.
Mal Meninga Cup
Gold Coast 38 (Keanu Tekiri 2, Tom Rowles 2, Jared Teo, Zach Friend, Sam Harrold tries; Corey McGrady 5 goals) def Toowoomba Clydesdales 4 (Michael O’Keefe try) at Currumbin.
Gold Coast16 (Mitchum Ardler 2, Jake Frame tries; Keanu Tekiri, Corey McGrady goals) def Ipswich 12 (Vincent Seve, Ben Apelu, Leslie Brown tries) at Helensvale JRLFC.
Cyril Connell Cup
Gold Coast 14 (Shaun Hudson, Dylan Pelo, Nathan Wilson tries; Nathan Wilson goal) def Ipswich Jets 4 (Lorenzo Vogel try) at Helensvale JRLFC.
Gold Coast 26 (Shaun Hudson 2, Dylan Pelo 2, Connor Casey tries; Nathan Wilson 3 goals) def Toowoomba Clydesdales 22 (Jonah Placid 2, Jordan Drew, Nicholas Sargent tries; Ashley Taylor 3 goals) at Currumbin.
SICC RUGBY LEAGUE TRIALS
|2010 SICC U18's (Photo : OurFootyMedia)
|2010 SICC U18's (Photo : OurFootyMedia)
The Sydney independent Colleges Rugby League ( SICC) selection Trials will be held on Wednesday the 23rd of March 2011.
Two teams 15 and 18 years will be selected to represent SICC in the NSW CCC Rugby League trials in May.
SICC encompasses 38 Catholic schools from Sydney and the Gosford area.
Four teams PDSSSC, (Parramatta Diocese), Broken Bay Diocese, Southern Sydney Sport’s association and CBSA Christian Brother’s sports association will be participating in the carnival.
In all about 160 students will participate in the SICC Trials three times that number participated in the association trials.
For most students’ participation in the SICC Trials is an achievement in itself, whilst selection in the SICC team will give them a great opportunity for higher honours.
This year the 15’s will be competing for the inaugural SICC shield, players on the winning team will also receive a medallion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT NSW CCC RUGBY LEAGUE
|BUNNIES, MAGPIES & KNIGHTS ALONE AT THE TOP
South Sydney & Western Suburbs & the Newcastle Knights are the only remaining undefeated team in the NSWRL Junior Reps after Rnd4 and are sting the pace for all teams this year. The Eels SG Ball come back to bite Doggies, WA Reds wins again.
SG BALL Rnd 4 RESULTS & LADDER
HAROLD MATTHEW'S CUP Rnd 4 RESULTS & LADDER
|WESTERN RAMS UNDER 18S SIDE ANNOUNCED
Western Rams selectors have announced the following players to represent the region in the 2011 AAMI Country Rugby League Under 18 Regional Championships.
The side was announced overnight after four entertaining games at Billy Dunn Park Gulgong.
Quality performances from all four teams in the trials highlighted the immense depth in the Western Rugby League talent pool.
Western Rams will assemble for a trial match against Southern Redbacks (Group 6 and Illawarra) at Bathurst’s Anne Ashwood Park next Saturday March 19, commencing at 1.45pm.
The trial is the first step in preparations for the 2011 CRL Regional Championships which kick-off with rounds 1 and 2 at Mittagong on April 16 and 17.
WESTERN RAMS UNDER 18s
1. Charly Runciman (Dubbo CYMS)
2. Cody Robbins (Orange CYMS)
3. Jake Davis (Bathurst Panthers)
4. Andrew Mendes (Bathurst Panthers)
5.Riccie Arriola (Bathurst Panthers)
6. Jacob Neill (Nyngan Tigers)
7. Toby Evans (Parkes Spacemen)
8. Brady Cheshire (Bathurst Panthers)
9. Luke Carpenter (Bathurst Panthers)
10. James McKinnon (Dubbo Macquarie)
11. Sam Coster (Parkes Spacemen)
12. Blake Seager (Bathurst Panthers)
13. Tom Shearman (Mudgee Dragons)
14.Troy Evans (Coonamble Bears)
15. Carl Planicka (Cowra Magpies)
16. Kieran Cubby (Dubbo Macquarie)
17. Chris Butler (Forbes Magpies)
18. Jarrod Michael (Coonabarabran)
COACH STEVE SUTTON
WESTERN TRIALS SCOREBOARD
GROUP TEN 26 (Cody Robbins 2, Josh Wright, Luke Carpenter, Jake Davis, Andrew Mendes tries; Mendes 3 goals) defeated CASTLEREAGH 4 (Tim Williams try)
GROUP ELEVEN 30 (Jacob Neill 2, Sam Coster 2, Blake Richardson tries; Mason Williams 4, Kieran Cubby goals) defeated PRESIDENT'S 12 (Dominic Ashe, Isaiah Yeo, Jake Griffiths tries)
PRESIDENTS 18 (Brendan Plunkett, Brendan Tidswell, Luke Coleman, Dominic Ashe tries; Blake Miller goal) defeated CASTLEREAGH 6 (Dylan Brand try; Josh Douglas goal)
GROUP ELEVEN 16 (Charly Runciman 3 tries; Mason Williams 2 goals) defeated GROUP TEN 10 (Riccie Arriola, Blake Seager tries; Andrew Mendes goal)
|SHARKS ACADEMY ANNOUNCE TEAMS TO TACKLE THE BULLDOGS
The Sharks Academy announce teams selected from local junior league clubs to play the Bulldogs in the under 14’s and 15’s age groups on Saturday, March 26.
Following 12 weeks of Summer Academy training, the Sharks have selected teams in the 14’s and 15’s age groups to play the Bulldogs at Toyota Stadium on March 26.
Players were chosen from local junior league clubs, with the subsequent teams announced an indication of commitment to the program throughout the summer months as well as to the capacity of the chosen players to perform at a junior representative level.
The Sharks Academy would like to thank all players from summer academy, including those not selected for the Bulldogs game, for their participation in the program and wish them well for the upcoming junior league season.
The games against the Bulldogs will take place on March 26, with the under-14’s kicking off at 9.00am. The 15’s will follow at 10.05am, before the Under-17’s Sharks Academy also play the Bulldogs, starting at 11.10am.
In a big day for the junior Sharks, Matthew Cup and SG Ball will follow, with Round 6 matches against the Western Suburbs Magpies.
The academy teams listed below will be re-assessed after junior league trials over the next two weeks, to address any injury concerns.
|THE SHIP SAILS OVER MATTO
The Endeavour Sports High school NSWCHS University & Buckley Shield teams had a near perfect start to their 2011 campaign this afternoon on the "Field of Dream' by defeating the visiting Matraville SHS team.
The first game was the opens Uni Shield team who smash Matraville 54 - 14 in a display which should have pleased coaches Dave Howlett, Jeff Hardy and Brad Kelly.
Neither Endeavour or Matraville played their Junior Rep players in this first game which gave all squad players an opportunity to impress and play.
Endeavour showed plenty of skill wide and lots of power up the middle with 8 try scores for the day and included a double from Dean Spanos belting Matto 54 - 14
The under 14 Buckley Shield boyz were not to be outdone by their bigger mate, smashing Matto 42 - 8 in a good display of attacking football scoring 7 tries to 2 and inclued a mighty 4 try effort from Joseph Mitrevski.
Plenty of GR8 action foto's from both match 2moz after school
FLYING FISHIE: RUNCIMAN TO REACH NEW HEIGHTS IN FINAL YEAR AT CYMS
|Charly Runciman with his Dubbo HS team mates at Cronulla's Shark Park (Photo: OurFootyMedia)
Charly Runciman is one of the brightest rugby league talents to come out of Dubbo in a long time.
He’s a product of the St John’s Junior Rugby League production line which has produced the likes of first grade players Andrew Ryan, Dean Pay, Steve Linnane and Martin Meredith.
Unlike his uncle, former Balmain Tigers second-rower Trent Runciman, Charly is a fleet-footed fullback.
But it is his attitude to football, and not his speed, which has impressed 2011 CYMS co-coach Blake Tremain-Cannon.
The parallels between the pair are striking. Both are country born and bred fullbacks. Tremain-Cannon spent time at the Newcastle Knights before returning to the family farm at Peak Hill.
Next year Runciman will head to Wollongong to join the St George-Illawarra under-20s squad. His final year at Dubbo will be spent with CYMS, with both men expecting the 17-year-old to spend his share of time in the top grade as the Fishies search for another Group 11 title
“I’m not sure if he will play fullback otherwise I might be doing myself out of a job,” Tremain-Cannon joked earlier this week.
“It’s part of our job to try and have Charly prepared as best we can for when he gets to Wollongong.
“I think by playing a fair bit of first grade it will give him the best shot when he gets down there.
“We will look at trialling him in fullback, centres and on the wing. He will need versatility when he gets down there because if you are one-dimensional you don’t get a second chance.”
Runciman himself agrees with Tremain-Cannon’s assessment.
He spent the off-season, including the Christmas break, training five days a week on a program designed for him by the Dragons.
He believes he will benefit from playing as much first grade as possible this season but admits it will be hard to leave his mates in the under-18s.
“That’s probably the toughest thing for me - I know this will be my last year playing with all the boys I have grown up with,” he said.
“But I enjoyed the first grade I played last year and I know that it will be better for me if I do get a few games against the men.
“I know I probably won’t be at fullback. It’s my preferred position and that’s where I will trial for the rep sides but I’ll play wherever I’m needed if I’m first grade.
“If that happens then there should be nothing I come across next year that will faze me too much.
“I plan to spend this year listening to Blake, Luke Jenkins, Tim Ryan, Wes Maas - all of those guys have been there and done it before so I’m pretty lucky I can call on them for advice whenever I need it.”
NSWCHS UNI & BUCKLEY SHIELDS KICKS OFF 2MOZ
|Bass High School 2010 NSWCHS University Shield Champions at Shark Park after defeating Endeavour SHS the 2010 UNI SHIELD Grand Final (Photo : ourfootymedia)
|2010 NSWCHS Buckley Shield champions WESTFIELDS SHS at Shark Park after defeating Hunter SHS the 2010 BUCKLEY SHIELD Grand Final (Photo : OurFootyMedia)
The NSW CHS Uinversity & Buckley Shields kick of on Wednesday with Endeavour taking on oold enemies Matraville SHS on the 'Field of Dreams" and reigning Champions Bass HS playing the mighty Westfields SHS.
Defending Buckley Shield Champions Westfields SHS who have won the for the past 5 years play a talented young side from Bass HS.
while on the "Field of Dream" Endeavour take on Matraville SHS
All four games should be crackers and most of the young players from the schools will get a run because none of the Unversity Shield games will be featuring any Junior Reps players at this stage of the year.
Last years NSWCHS University Shield 'Player of the Year' Jaliee Graham is now a member of the WA Reds SG Ball team
KEEBRA PARK SHS SHOW OFF 2011 SUPPORTERS JERSEYS
Champions Queensland State High School Keebra Park are keen to get it on in 2011 and have unleased their new footy gear forsupporters the 2011 season.
Keebra Park are the defending ARL Cup Queensland Champions and were runners up in the National ARL Schoolboys Cup and are ready to atone for the demise as National Schoolboys Champions after going down to Sydney The Hills Sports High School at SunCorp Stadium in last years Grand Final.
The following is information for purchasing the thes fantastic supports jerseys.
They can be purchased
1. OVER THE PHONE BY CREDIT CARD ONLY
Call the school on (07) 55092555 and ask for bookshop Monday to Friday 8.00am-11.00am
Please have credit card details with you when you call.
Visa and Mastercard
Postage and packaging $5-00 in Australia $10-00 Overseas
2. PAYING IN PERSON
Payment may be made by credit card or debit card, cash, cheque or money order.
Payment may be made at the school bookshop Monday-Friday 8-00am - 11-00 am
KEEBRA PARK SHS SHOW OFF 2011 SUPPORTERS JERSEYS
|mitchell sharp and nathhniel meadows
Champions Queensland State High School Keebra Park are keen to get it on in 2011 and have unleased their new footy gear forsupporters the 2011 season.
Keebra Park are the defending ARL Cup Queensland Champions and were runners up in the National ARL Schoolboys Cup and are ready to atone for the demise as National Schoolboys Champions after going down to Sydney The Hills Sports High School at SunCorp Stadium in last years Grand Final
|ONLY A FEW TEAMS REAMAIN UNDEFEATED
Only the Magpies, Knights and Tigers remain undefeated in the NSWRL SG Ball Cup and the Eels, Rabbitoh's in the Harold Matthews Cup after 3 rounds of fantastic junior rugby league
MATTY'S CUP RESULTS & LADDER
MATTY'S CUP FOTO'S - Souths v Sharks
SG BALL RESULTS & LADDER
SG BALL CUP FOTO'S - Magpies v WA Reds
|UNITED NATIONS HAILS RUGBY LEAGUE EVENT
Reaction to the presence of rugby league at the recent United Nations’ Dignity for All festival, held in Beirut, has been hugely positive and deemed a great success by the organising United Nations Refugees and Works Agency, the host American University of Beirut and both the Palestinian and Middle East North Africa Rugby League organisations.
Although AUB won the exhibition match 28-10, the Palestinian XIII received tremendous support from fans and key officials alike.
Busloads of relatives and friends, many of whom were wearing eye-catching red, black, white and green coloured t-shirts that had been produced especially for the day and waving the Palestinian flag, flooded the centre swelling the crowd to well over 2,000 an hour before kick-off.
Palestinian Rugby League founder Rabie El Masri, could hardly contain his pride after the emotional evening. “This match was very far away from the reality of two years ago; it was a dream for me,” he said. “Even more so for the Palestinian boys and girls.
I went to the camps looking for players, I trained guys in all kinds of weather, we were laughing and happy playing rugby league even though some of them don’t have sports shoes. I did rugby league sessions in Nahr el Bared camp [largely destroyed in a 2008 conflict] and people were happy, the children were laughing.”
|FORMER VILLEFRANCHE COACH BECOMES NATIONAL BOSS OF NORWAY
Rugby League Norge has announced the appointment of a new head coach for their national team, with Australian-born Craig West taking on the role having been to Oslo to seal the deal.
West’s pedigree includes playing stints with Sydney club Newtown Jets and Pia Donkeys in France before making the switch to coaching with Villefranche in the Midi-Pyrenees region.
Upon arrival, West said, “The staff and players of RLN have made me feel very welcome and part of the rugby league family there straight away.”
His primary objective is to guide ‘Vikingene’ to a European Shield title against more experienced nations Malta and Germany.
RLN Executive Officer Warren Heilig commented, “Rugby League is a rapidly growing sport in Norway and we decided that to move forward we needed a specialist coach with good knowledge of the game but also experience of coaching in new frontiers. Craig was a perfect fit for us.”
Norway’s prospective international players will begin training for national team places on May 6th. In the RLEF EUROPEAN SHIELD they face Malta away, departing on July 1st for that clash and then Germany in Lillestrøm on July 9th.
For more information contact Warren Heilig on: +4793067688
WA REDS LOOK TO IMPROVE ON STORM WIN
The WA Reds SG Ball team have arrived in Sydney for their round 3 clash with competition leaders Wests Magpies at Concord oval tomorrow.
The WA Boys will be full of confidence after their good win against the Melbourne Storm last week but face an in form Magpies side littered with future stars like 2010 Australian Schoolboys David Nofoaluma & James Tedesco.
WA Reds head coach Andrew Korn told OurFootyTeam they are looking forward to the challenge this week in Sydney as said, "we just need to control our ruck this week and get better at what we do, we just need to improve each week and we will be competitive, we want to play our very best and hope other teams have an off game.
the Western Suburbs Magpies v the Wa Reds game kicks of at 12:00 PM and will be followed by an under 17's development game.
Good luck to all teams and players in this week games.
MACKAY HIGH READY FOR 2011
|Mackay HS Rugby League program leaps ahead in 2011
|Mr Bill Esau: Local Schoolboy Rugby League Icon and RLA Program Co-ordinator
Mr Nathan Doyle: Former back to back A Grade premiership winning coach and RLA HEAD COACH
Mr Janan Billings: Cutters and Brothers Hooker and RLA Under 15 Division 1 Coach
Mr Andrew Dell: Souths Sharks Half and Year 9 Coach
Mr Glenn Ottaway: Head of Department and Year 8 RLA Coach
Mackay State High School Rugby League Academy is again looking forward to a big year. As the 2011 season draws close we again look forward to strong showings in local and state competitions. We are also eagerly awaiting the 3rd tour to the United Kingdom and preparations are well underway.
As announced on ourfootyteam.com last year, we have formed a partnership with the Mackay Cutters Queensland Cup side.
Already in 2011 we have seen new Mackay Cutters Head Coach Anthony Siebold present a Diet and Nutrition seminar to all parents and Academy students.
He presented on numerous topics but most importantly gave the audience insight into pre and post game hydration and nutrition. Mackay State High Rugby League Academy received a lot of positive feedback from this seminar with many parents requesting menu plans that Anthony had prepared.
We also had a number of students report to school the next day surprised by the number of healthy food options in their lunch boxes.
Secondly, Academy coaches have had their first of many meetings with Anthony to discuss coaching and planning for 2011. His vast experience and knowledge is proving a valuable assest to our Academy program and students are benefiting with a number of his ideas already being implemented in training sessions.
Finally, and perhaps most exciting for the students, our first player of the week was announced last week. As a reward for hard work and good performance Under 15 player Rian Sainsbury spent Tuesday night training with the Queensland Cup side.
From all reports Rian had a great time and all of the boys from the Cutters made him feel extremely welcome. The attached photo shows Rian enjoying himself with the Cutters squad.
|TIGERS ON HAND FOR KEEBRA PARK DEVELOPMENT DAY.
It was smiles all round at Keebra Park this week as the school held its development squad meeting for prospective 2012 grade 8 students.
These meetings provide an environment where the squad can meet and train together to develop freindships that will make the transition from primary school to high school an easy one.
With students from 15 different primary schools in attendance, these ice breaker squad meets are an important aspect of progression along the Keebra Park-Wests Tigers pathway and allow both students and parents to try before they buy into the program.
This year saw Tigers recruitment manager Warren McDonnell, trainer Brian Hider and ex- player and recruitment officer John Skandalis on hand to put the boys through their paces.
The day kicked off with testing and progressed with talks on nutrition and fitness. Skill sessions and games were held in the afternoon and the day rounded off with a tocgh football competition.
Thank you to all parenst and students who attended and looking forward to seeing you all at the second session and in term one next year.
The day also saw the launch of the "KEEBRA PARK" supporters merchandise range that includes a supporters shirt and hat.
These products will be available through the school bookshop and pictures will be posted in the coming days.
Various fashion hoses in London, New York and Paris have shown a keen interest in stocking the range so place your orders ASAP to avoid disappointment.
LEARN MORE ABOUT KEEBRA PARK SHS RUGBY LEAGUE PROGRAM
FROM EAST HULL TO OZ
June 26th 2011 promises to be a momentous day for four year eleven students at Archbishop Sentamu Academy in East Hull;Craig Corbin and Nathan Grant (Hull Kingston Rovers Scholarship), Kurtis Davidson (Wakefield Scholarship)and Daniel Cadden are extremely lucky young men!
This is the day they will depart for Queensland, Australia and a visit to Mackay State High School where they hope to learn about the Aussie approach to the great game and improve their rugby league skills.
Everyone has been furiously fund raising for several months now; from bag packs to raffles and tombolas; from sponsored swims to bike rides, with three Academy staff soon to attempt the Three Peaks Challenge! For the less athletic of us there is the choice of race nights, pie ‘n’ peas, tribute acts and a Sportsman’s Dinner (let’s hope Big Willie arrives in time for his appearance as a guest speaker along with Clint Newton!).
The support from all areas of the community has been fantastic and continues to be so with Academy staff, parents and students fully behind the adventure and local businesses doing their bit to support it.
The rugby league community has played its part too. Clint Newton and Michael Dobson have given their time and support with a ‘Meet the Stars’ question and answer session at the Academy and opportunities for autographs and photographs. Superleague and Championship clubs have donated prizes for raffles and auctions and yes, even our greatest rivals across in the West of the city of Hull have lent a hand!
Both the students and Tony Elvin, the trip coordinator, have been overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone involved in any way, small or large. Here’s hoping they return home richer in life’s experiences as well as in rugby league skills.
Should you wish to support this venture there is still time to ring Tony on 07958126872 or Archbishop Sentamu Academy on 01482 781912 and leave a message for Tony.
|ACADEMY HAS UP AND DOWN DAY
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THE WESTS Greater Northern Academy sides had a mixed end to their 2010/11 program when the under 17s won and the 18s lost to Western in Tamworth on Saturday.
In contrasting fortunes, the under 17s were disjointed yet managed a 14-10 win while the 18s performed better but went down 20-10 thanks to two runaway tries in the dying minutes from Western fullback Codey Robbins.
The junior side made a lot of errors but somehow fought back from 4-nil down to lead 10-4 after Scone’s Jack Dawson crashed over and Tamworth’s Ethan Gaffney did the same in the second period of play.
Mick Ingwersen crossed for Western to level the scores but Gaffney went over for his second late in the game to steal it for the home side.
The 18s found themselves in an arm wrestle and it wasn’t until the second third of the game that Tamworth’s Joe Lockwood crashed over from close range to open the scoring.
But Jared Nicholson scored under the posts to give Western a 6-4 lead and Cameron Clarke made it 10-4 before Reece Jaeger finished off a good GNA try to level it at 10-all.
From there GNA went on the attack but it backfired, not once but twice.
A chip and chase saw the ball find Robbins at pace and he streaked away to score his first and a few minutes later he did it again when he took an intercept and ran 80m to demoralise the GNA boys.
But overall the GNA coaches were pleased with the program and hope to see most of the under 17s squad return again next summer.
|NORTHS DEVILS TOP 25 PLAYERS 2011
Norths Devils Mel Maninga Cup coach Jamie Dowse ahs announced his top 25 player for the comming Mel Maninga Cup season.
The Norths Devils have 26 players with Tom Sparks as a shadow player.
1. Anae Wayne
2. Cousins Brendan.
3. Flanigan Nick.
4. Frost Chris
5. Harris Adam.
6. Jaggle Josh.
7. Jowitt Lachlan.
8. Lennon Reuben.
9. Levy Jason.
10. Molo Francis.
11. Nikorima Kodi.
12. Reilly Lachlan.
13. Russell Boyd.
14. Sleep Justin.
15. Sparks Tom.
16. Tofilau Sasa
17. Tunnicliffe Josh.
18. Webster Rhett.
19. Zalewski Kane
20. Grimes Mitchell
21. Tuala Richard
22. Burgess Bj
23. Kelly Jake.
24. Leedy Jerome.
25. Warden Kurt.
26. Binge Caleb.
RUFFLE FEATHERS & TAKE HOME POINTS
There were two good games of junior rep's footy at Henson Park on Sunday morning to complete Round 2 of the NSWRL Junior Reps and we saw the boyz from the Shire take home the points in both games.
Plenty of gr8 action fotos after school this afternoon
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|JAMAICA LAUNCH FIRST PROFESSIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB
Jamaica’s first professional rugby league franchise, Hurricanes Rugby League, has been officially launched at GC Foster College during a weekend of competition on the island.
The franchise is owned by ex-professional Australian rugby league player Dane Campbell, who intends to see the outfit competing against American or Canadian clubs by 2013. The idea is as novel as it is bold and Hurricanes General Manager is Roy Calvert, who is also the vice-captain of Jamaica’s national team.
The announcement was part of a weekend of 13-a-side activity which included the Fourth JRLA High School 9s which included first time entrants Anchovy High alongside Greater Portmore High, Spanish Town High, St. Georges College, Campion College, Calabar High, Vauxhall High, Tarrant High and Edith Dalton James High.
In the senior 9s, Pembroke Hall Rookies made their debut competing against traditional powerhouses, JDF, Duhaney Park and Vauxhall Vultures. Others competing included; Spanish Town Vikings, Greater Portmore Eliminators, Gregory Park Maroons and GC Foster College.
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TIGERS FIERCE IN PROTECTING DEN
The Balamin Tigers were fierce in winning today Matty's & Sg Ball clashed with the Canberra Raiders at home, WA Reds dump on the Storm, Magpies too good for Dogs in last minute disallowed try, Dragons finally breathe fire.Plenty of gr8 action fotos after school this afternoon
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