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The Oran Park Chargers under 6’s are having a blockbusting start to their inaugural season in the CRL Group 6 competition. They are the first team to represent the new club that is now training and playing out of Wayne Gardner Reserve, Oran Park.

The team is made up of players from the local areas and schools including Oran Park Primary School and St Justin’s Catholic Primary. The Chargers are already forging a presence on Saturday mornings with their bright green, blue and yellow jerseys and their quick growing supporter base. From scoring some sensational tries to tackling up a storm these little Chargers are having a ball and learning the value of teamwork and sportsmanship.

Exciting times are ahead for the Oran Park club with the Chargers hosting their first home game on Saturday 31st May. The Chargers kick off proceedings at 8:30am and games will run until midday. So if you’re in the area head down to Wayne Gardner Reserve to cheer on the mighty Chargers and watch some great local junior footy.

Being in its infancy the club is on the lookout for sponsorship and support from local businesses.

For any sponsorship enquiries please contact Club President Ben Burfitt via email at oprlfc.president@gmail.com.

2014 Touch Football Australia - National Touch League Championships

The best touch football players in the country will be showcased across Australia from tomorrow when the National Touch Football finals are televised on Fox Sports.

The men’s and women’s Elite Eight finals from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League will be telecast.

The matches, played at Coffs Harbour last month, will be hosted by Andrew Voss and Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad.

The women’s grand final between the NSW Scorpions and the NSW Mets will be televised at 10.30am, followed by the men’s final between the NSW Country Mavericks and Queensland Country Outlaws at 11.30am.

These matches will be shown on Fox Sports 3.

They will then be replayed on Fox Sports 1 at 12.30am on Thursday, 22 May (women’s) followed by the men’s game at 1.30am.

2014 Elite Eight Finals on Fox Sports

Wednesday, 21 May

Elite Eight Women’s Final – 10.30am (Fox Sports 3)

Elite Eight Men’s Final – 11.30am (Fox Sports 3)

Thursday, 22 May

Elite Eight Women’s Final – 00.30am (Fox Sports 1)

Elite Eight Men’s Final – 01.30am (Fox Sports 1)


The 2014 Suzette Harnden Challenge/Trial was held on Friday, 9th of May, at the TDJRL field at Kern Brothers Drive. Three Bwgcolman CS students travelled to Townsville to participate in the selection trial.

The girls didn’t have much time to prepare, only a week, but they remained after school for 1-2 hours, leading up to the selection trial, practising the correct tackle techniques, ball security, line speed in defence, running line patterns and kicking options.

Racine James-Baira and Kathleen Haines were able to attend every training session with Lynette Kim Sing. The girls were reminded that when attending a selection trial, they needed to outperform their opposition player and dominate in defence.

Kirwan SHS, St.Pats and Shalom College played against each other to display their skill level in front of the selectors. The Palm Island girls played in the Shalom College team.

Kathleen, who had learnt to tackle, a week before the trial, showed great focus on the field and tackled girls, twice her size. Racine, put up a ‘chip and chase’ and scored a try, as well as showing that she was a tackling machine (three tackles in a row, at one stage).

The whole community is proud of their selection in the Townsville team.

The Townsville Team will play at the NQ Trials on 7th & 8th of June, at the TDJRL Fields.


THE come and try rugby league carnival proved to be a huge success for 100 children of Katherine last Friday.

Students from Clyde Fenton, MacFarlane, St Joseph’s Catholic College and Casuarina Street Primary Schools all took part in preparation for the junior season.

This was the first time that 100 students had participated.

“Players like Parramatta Eels star Luke Kelly have come through this same system,” Casuarina Street Primary School student Silvana Goldbach-Eggert could be one of those players after being awarded the player of the carnival. The 11-year-old scored three tries in a dominate performance.

“I have never played rugby league before but it was really fun,” she said.

“I learnt to keep on my feet and the try I scored while three people were pulling me was a highlight,” Silvana said.



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Rugby League Ambassador Nathan Hindmarsh and the NRL today joined forces with NSW Health to launch the “Finish with the Right Stuff” Program which encourages children to drink water and make healthy food choices after their game of weekend sport.

NRL Interim General Manager of Community Culture and Diversity, Mr Mark Deweerd, said the code is extremely supportive of what the Finish with the Right Stuff campaign aims to achieve.

“The NRL fully endorses this NSW Office of Preventative Health initiative which encourages children to ‘Finish with the Right Stuff’ after sport,” he said.

“The NRL is committed to ensuring children drink water and make healthier choices after the game.

“This program further supports the NRL’s ‘Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well’ program which engages and encourages primary school aged students to build healthy lifestyles and make positive choices.”

Retired Eels Captain Nathan Hindmarsh joined fellow Finish with the Right Stuff campaign ambassadors at the Sydney Cricket Ground today to launch the program and put children from Western Sydney through skills and drills and lessons in how to make healthier choices.

“The ‘Finish With the Right Stuff’ program is a great initiative and I am really very proud to be involved,” said Hindmarsh.

“As a Dad of three very active young boys, I know it is never too early to start developing healthy habits with children whatever the level of sport or activity they are involved with.

“My advice to the kids will be – after you finish playing sport, drink water and remember to make healthy food choices.”

Hindmarsh will feature in an eye-catching visual and online campaign to encourage children to make healthier choices when the whistle blows.

The Finish with the Right Stuff program is part of the NSW Government’s comprehensive five year Healthy Eating Active Living Strategy – aimed at  reducing overweight and obesity and improve the general health and wellbeing of the NSW population.

“In 2012, around half the adult population (49.7 per cent) in NSW were either overweight or obese. In 2010, 23.6 per cent of children between 5 and 17 years of age were classified as either overweight or obese in NSW,” said Director of the NSW Centre for Population Health, Dr Jo Mitchell.

With the assistance of NRL NSW Community Engagement officers, NSW Health has already started working with NRL clubs to make healthier canteen options available for children.

“There are so many products on the market these days that it can be very confusing as to what is healthy or not – so the ‘Finish with the Right Stuff’ message is perfect because it is so simple,” said Hindmarsh.

To assist them in making sure their players are running on the “right stuff”, NSW Health is running healthy canteen workshops for junior community NRL sporting clubs which sign up to the program.

Clubs will also receive a tool kit to help reinforce the Finish With the Right Stuff message to their players – which will include campaign branded water bottles, canteen signage, black boards, water carriers, aprons and vests for coaching staff and referees.

As an added incentive, clubs who adopt the program are eligible to receive funding and other support such as merchandise.

“We challenge clubs to sign up, make a healthy change, then showcase what they’ve done to increase the availability of healthy food and drink choices to players and their parents by hosting a “Right Stuff Day” later in the season,” said Dr Mitchell.

Further information on Finish with the Right Stuff can be found at http://www.rightstuff.health.nsw.gov.au/


NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, Minister for Sport and Recreation Gabrielle Upton and NRL Chief Executive Dave Smith today announced the largest grassroots grants program in the history of Rugby League.

The new ‘NSW Footy Facilities Fund’ will see the NSW Government and the NRL invest $1 million each into a funding program to support junior and senior Rugby League clubs upgrade or build new facilities.

This may include spending on items such as new seating, goal posts, canteens, lights, fields, fencing, drainage, dressing rooms or storage facilities.

To secure a grant of up to $75,000 from the joint investment fund, local Rugby League clubs must be able to match the grant through their own financial or in kind contribution, including obtaining some support from the council if the facilities are on council land.

Overall this will create the opportunity for a total investment pool of $4 million to be spent on Rugby League facilities across the state.

“This is great news for grassroots Rugby League and the future of the game in NSW,” Mr O’Farrell said.

“This is an investment which makes sense because it’s absolutely vital people of all ages keep active and it will be a great incentive by ensuring their facilities are up to scratch,” he said.

“We want young kids out running around playing Rugby League on the footy field instead of in front of the computer screen.

“I congratulate and thank the NRL for teaming up with the NSW Government to create the ‘NSW Footy Facilities Fund’ which will put a spring in the step of people who love Rugby League.”

Minister Upton said the O’Farrell Government is determined to keep increasing participation in sport.

“The ‘NSW Footy Facilities Fund’ is all about ensuring grassroots Rugby League is well resourced, making it even more attractive for both juniors and adult players,” Minister Upton said.

“This is about building change rooms to be proud of, upgrading canteens, or installing lights that allows teams to train in the depths of winter.

“Providing players with good facilities can be the difference between getting them playing the game or losing them to the iPad or Xbox.

“Local Rugby League clubs run on the blood, sweat and tears of tireless volunteers who work so hard to raise funds to make their club the very best. The ‘NSW Footy Facilities Fund’ will allow them to tap into funding and fast track their improvement plans.”

Mr Smith said the NRL and the NSW Government have worked together to deliver an effective program that will improve the standard of Rugby League grounds and facilities and deliver participation, safety and social benefits to local NSW communities.

“Through working in partnership we can drive investment of more than $4 million and deliver better results for Rugby League clubs across the state,” he said.

“Our mini football (ages 5 to 9) player numbers grew by more than 5% last year across Australia and this program will ensure better facilities are in place to support our NSW players.

“This grant program will also help deliver social and economic outcomes for many communities across the state, from Wagga Wagga to Wollondilly, Ballina to Broken Hill, by creating jobs and building community facilities.

“The support from the NSW Government for grassroots Rugby League clubs has been fantastic and we look forward to seeing the outcomes of this new program come to life over the next few years.”

Details of the ‘NSW Footy Facilities Fund’ and how to apply can be found at http://www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/grants/

Clubs are encouraged to download the grant guidelines to ensure their applications meet the objectives of the program, which include:

  • increase regular and on-going participation opportunities in rugby league in a safe and sustainable manner;
  • improve the standard of rugby league grounds and facilities for participation, safety and social benefits.

The project should address both of the objectives.

The Premier was in attendance with Todd, Greenberg (NRL), Minister Gabrielle Upton the Wests Tigers players Curtis Sironen, Dene Halatau and Sausao Sue, along with local club officials Scott Galvins, Eddie Cummins and Julie Luke (pictured below) during the Launch from Worrell Park Junction Road, Ruse on Saturday at the Campbelltown Warriors.




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