It will be a family affair in Townsville today when Cowboys stars Tariq and Ashton Sims join their World Cup winning sister Ruan and her Jillaroo teammates Deanna Turner and Renae Kunst at the inaugural Cowboys Schoolgirls Challenge.

More than 350 footy loving girls between 12 –18 years of age will make up the 26 teams that will take to the field for the first time in North Queensland following the success of both the Broncos and Titans Challenges in Brisbane, Toowoomba  and on the Gold Coast.

“I can’t wait to get to Townsville and see my fellow teammates Renae and Deanne, oh and my brothers,” Ruan said.

“It is a great feeling to know that we will be standing on the sidelines as a family coaching so many girls.”

“The competition is healthy and to have so many teams entering is a tribute to the great work the game is doing to get girls involved.”

Schools competing include Shalom Christian College (Townsville), Townsville State High, Charters Towers, Kirwan State High, Heatley Secondary College, Mackay State High, Mercy College (Mackay), Holy Spirit College (Mackay), Proserpine State High, Slade Point State School (Mackay), Cranbrook State School, Cairns West State School, Balaclava State School (Cairns), Parramatta Park State School (Cairns), Woree State College (Cairns), Malanda State High, and Djarragun College.

The day will run from 10am – 2pm with the  Sims brothers, Ruan, Deanna and Renae available for the media at 11:45am.

All girls who play in the Challenge will receive a ‘Women in League’ footy and a medallion for participating, from the NRL.

The Cowboys Team Shop will be setting up on the day, for supporters to purchase all of their favourite Cowboys merchandise.

Weight Gala Day

On 21st September the NRL Restricted Weight Gala Day will see players in 12 and 14 year age groups play Rugby League against same sized opponents.

The NRL continues to gather information on the Restricted Weight concept and at this event all players, coaches, referees and parents will be surveyed to ensure the NRL gathers a wide range of views on the Restricted Weight model.

To find out more click HERE

Ferrets team photo

The state’s best female Rugby League players, including World Cup winning Jillaroos Elianna Walton and Alex Sulusi, will take to ground this Saturday at North Sydney Oval at 1:00pm when the Canley Heights Dragons take on the Forestville Ferrets in the 2013 NSW Women’s Rugby League Sydney Metropolitan Grand Final.The Ferrets, having come from last place during the season, have won their last four matches to qualify for the Grand Final and Coach Mel Vayro is confident her team will be ready for one more big performance.
“We’re looking pretty good. We’ll be without the services of one of our halves, but apart from that we will be at full strength,” said Vayro.
“I’m really proud of the efforts that the girls have put in. It’s been a huge effort to come from last to reach the Grand Final and we’re really excited to get the opportunity to cap off a big season.”
After a great season of Women’s Rugby League, Vayro was optimistic about the growth of the game and was confident the new partnership between the National Rugby League and Touch Football Australia would provide a successful pathway into the game for women who wanted to participate in Rugby League.
“The skills component of Touch Football compliments the tackle version of the game and the marriage between the two games will provide a huge boost to participation levels and bring a whole new level of exposure to the game.
“The Jillaroos winning the World Cup and the support shown to us by David Smith (NRL CEO) and Greg Inglis has brought a new profile to the women’s game.
“It’s taken a long time to increase the profile of the women’s game but it’s finally starting to happen and I’m confident about the future.
“Girls just want to play footy.”
The Forestville Ferrets will take on the Canley Vale Dragons in the New South Wales Women’s Rugby League Grand Final at North Sydney Oval on Saturday, September 7. The women’s match will kick-off at 1pm with the VB NSW Cup match between the North Sydney Bears and Auckland Vulcans taking place at 3pm.


The National Rugby League Game Development Unit in conjunction with Coles are giving 600 boys and girls the exciting opportunity to participate in one of three Coles Super Clinic.
Coles Super clinics will be held in Nowra, Wagga Wagga and Maitland. (Strictly limited to 200 participants per clinic.)

Children will participate in fun Rugby League activities and games.

Each child will receive a Coles Super Clinic pack including a NRL football, boot carry bag, water bottle and lunch box. Lunch will also be provided.

Places are available for boys and girls aged 5 – 12 years.



Date: Wednesday 25th September 2013

Location: Nowra Showground

Address: 6 – 10 West Street, Nowra

Time: 10am – 2pm

Cost: ***FREE***

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Contact: Dean Whymark

Phone: 0411 159 456




Date: Wednesday 25th September 2013

Location: Bolton Park

Address: Sturt Highway, Wagga Wagga

Time: 10am – 2pm

Cost: ***FREE***

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Contact: Adam Perry

Phone: 0429 455 490



Date: Wednesday 25th September 2013

Location: Maitland Sports Ground

Address: Raglan Street (Off High Street), Maitland

Time: 10am – 1pm

Cost: ***FREE***

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Contact: Kacey Drummond

Phone: 0409 069 785


Patrician Brothers College Blacktown are set to do battle with Endeavour Sports High in their 2012 title defence in the first of this year’s GIO Schoolboy Cup semi-finals today (Wednesday, 3 September) at St Marys League Stadium, St Marys.

And despite a 32-6 victory in last year’s final Patrician Brothers who are wary of Endeavour Sports High are preparing for a tough match.

“Both sides are used to winning and have defeated quality teams to reach the semi-finals,” Patrician Brothers Coach, Greg Beacroft said.

“The day will come down to attitude and which team is more up for the challenge.”

“This year is a new challenge with a different team and it is very difficult to win the competition two years in a row, so we will just have to prepare as best we can and hopefully that will be good enough,” he said.

David Howlett, Endeavour Sports High coach believes that his 2012 runners up will have a substantial challenge against Patrician Brothers but have been working hard on improving each game.

“We know how good Patrician Brothers Blacktown are, they have amazing depth,” he said.

“We haven’t played to our full potential yet and have been working on a number of issues.

“Everyone has worked hard and we have made steady improvement throughout our pool games and we are hoping that trend continues.”

Kick-off will be at 1:20pm at St Marys Stadium.

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Rugby League Ambassador Mario Fenech will join 2008 World Cup player and captain of the Penrith Wheelchair Rugby League team, Nathan Pentecost at a special NRL League Tag Day today, Wednesday 4 September at Bicentennial Park in Wellington NSW.

More than 200 players are expected to attend the annual day which is open to students in the NSW western area who have a disability or are enrolled in NSW DET Schools across the region.

“We are very excited to have both Mario and Nathan join us for today’s event,” NRL Game Development Manager for Western NSW, Kyle Myers, said.

“Rugby League is inclusive and the event is the perfect way to raise awareness of different playing options for all boys and girls in the area.

“We look forward to hearing from Nathan about his World Cup campaign and playing in the NSW Rugby League Wheelchair competition.”

The event will run from 9:30 am -2:00pm with participating schools including Wellington High School, Macquarie Tutorial Centre Bathurst, Anson Street Orange, Dubbo Delroy Campus, Buninyong Public School, Dubbo Senior College, Main School Dubbo, Wellington Public School, Anson Street Orange, Bathurst High School, Parkes High School and Blayney High School.

Weight Gala Day

On 21st September the NRL Restricted Weight Gala Day will see players in 12 and 14 year age groups play Rugby League against same sized opponents.

The NRL continues to gather information on the Restricted Weight concept and at this event all players, coaches, referees and parents will be surveyed to ensure the NRL gathers a wide range of views on the Restricted Weight model.

To find out more click HERE

Book Week Astronaut

The students were dressed up for the day as characters from their favourite book so there were a wide variety of costumes ranging from fairy tale princesses to Harry Potter and everything in between.

In a great coincidence, the Singleton Public School Book Week dress up day was also their last lesson of our Early Childhood Rugby League program.

The nine infant’s classes at Singleton Public School had taken part in the program on Tuesdays during the month of August. Each one of our lessons began with reading a chapter of our book ‘Rugby League – Bluey and Red’s New Game’ which teaches the Infants students the basics of how to play rugby league. Over the course of our three week program with Singleton PS, the students learned how to play Bluey and Red’s game and how to score a try, dodge, play the ball, pass the ball and even did some tackling!

The NRL staff were very impressed at the skill level of the Infants students at Singleton PS and how quickly they picked up their new skills – we will be keeping an eye on those students as there are some future NSW Origin stars in the making there!

At the conclusion of the program, the students were all very excited to go home and show their parents their new rugby league skills, as well as receiving their very own copy of Bluey and Red’s book, a certificate from Blue and Red and an NRL sticker.

BBQ Challenge

WHICH Cronulla-Sutherland Junior Rugby League club holds the best barbecue?

Beau’s BBQ Challenge will see a panel of judges visit grounds and judge the offerings over two weeks until September 1. The winners will be announced at half-time of the A grade Grand Final on Sunday, September 8, at Remondis Stadium.

Cronulla-Sutherland Junior Rugby League president Scott Longmuir helped develop the barbecue challenge because the junior footy barbecue is an iconic part of Australian culture.

‘‘The clubs put a lot of effort into their barbecues. It’s an important source of income for them and people coming to the games love the products and convenience of the barbecues,’’ he

‘‘This concept is a bit of fun that uses the competitive spirit of the junior league clubs.

‘‘So while the teams battle it out on the field, the junior clubs will be making sure they are on top of their games with their barbecues.

‘‘It rewards the effort junior clubs put into their barbecues and illustrates the great support the club industry provides for grassroots junior sport in the shire.’’

Beau’s BBQ Challenge is sponsored by Tradies, Club Central Menai and The Sharks, who are the biggest supporters of junior rugby league in the shire.
Details: cronulla.leaguenet.com.au


The NRL would like to thank Keebra Park State High School in submitting a DVD /video clip which aligns the GIO corporate theme into a Rugby League Context.

The Corporate theme – “Trust” campaign

Keebra Park State High School in Queensland submitted the following short 3 min video clip to the League and we now wish to provide this to wider Rugby League audience to enjoy.


The Video was designed around the following guidelines -

Focusing on the GIO ‘Trust’ campaign, the school submitted a video of focusing on the theme ‘trust’ in their team.

-          What is trust?

-          What makes trust?

-          Why is trust important?

The NRL congratulates the School on this submission and as part of the prize receives a $5000 donation from the NRL