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The NRL, GBJRL and the Brisbane Broncos have joined forces again in 2014 to drive the recruitment for junior players in Season 2014. Backyard League Clinics will be held at 4 venues on February 9th, 2014 between 10am-12pm. The clinics will be $10 per participant; this will include a football and participation in the clinic.

The joint venture is supported by the Greater Brisbane Junior Rugby League trying to give as many clubs exposure to children that are new to Rugby League and thinking about playing in season 2014. Wynnum Manly Seagulls, North’s Devils, Redcliffe Dolphins will open their gates to allow children from all over their catchment area the opportunity to come and find out more information about the local junior clubs. Meakin Park will play host to children from all across the south of Brisbane.

On Sunday February 9th, between 10am-12pm, children will get to have fun with Rugby League skills & modified games run by accredited coaches. They will have the chance to meet Broncos players and mums & dads will get the chance to find out more about their local club and what it means to play Rugby League in season 2014.

To register, please click the link of the venue you wish to attend (please note you MUST pre-register to secure your spot).

Kougari Oval, Manly West

Dolphin Oval (Field 1 Oval), Redcliffe

Bishop Park, Nundah

Meakin Park, Slacks Creek

League Tag Jun Girls 2013

The summer League Tag season hit new heights in the Sydney Metro region in term four as more than five thousand primary school students took to the field. From Belrose Oval in the north to Carss Park in the south of Sydney 500 teams entered competitions based on this modified version of Rugby League.

The Blue Mountain bush fires then subsequent wet weather played havoc with the League Tag schedule, but the schools rebounded from four postponed events to take the field and enjoy the competitions supported by the Dragons, Sea Eagles, Bears and Wests Tigers. However it was the NRL Premiership trophy displayed at the Roosters event that proved most popular with students (and parents!).

Secondary school students from schools such as Gymea, Hunter’s Hill, Killara and North Sydney Boys High Schools assisted at the League Tag events when they took up the whistle and controlled games. These students had completed training leading up to the local gala days and gained valuable experience in officiating and administration of a sporting event.

Thank you to all participating schools for participating with great spirit and sportsmanship across all events. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2014 when the NRL school programs will again be on offer.


Sea Eagles stars Anthony Watmough and Matt Ballin had the pleasure of putting smiles on the faces of some very deserving children this morning, as Luna Park kicked off the Starlight Children’s Foundation Christmas mission.

The Starlight Children’s Foundation hope to grant 185 Christmas wishes to sick children in NSW, with Luna Park also aiming to raise $50,000 in a bid to help Starlight reach there festive season target of $1.2m.

The children had an absolute ball, sharing their incredible stories with both Watmough and Ballin blown away by the courage and energy by the little stars.

Choc and Matt kindly presented the kids with some of their personal playing gear, including headgears and footy boots, as well as signing autographs and having photos taken throughout the event.

“It’s a very special honour to see the smiles on these kid’s faces when you know they are going through tough times,” Watmough said.

“To come here and brighten up there day a little bit is very humbling. I’ve gone to the hospital a couple of times before and to see them out and about and running around is a pretty special feeling.

“When they are going through the tough times and they are still smiling, we can always smile.”

One of the many fundraising big events the Starlight Children’s Foundation puts on for sick kids each year, Sea Eagles hooker Ballin admitted it’s occasions such as this that really enforce how fortunate most of us are.

“It means a lot because I’ve got kids of my own and they are lucky enough to be healthy and happy,” Ballin said.

“To come down here and talk to some young kids who are struggling and try and put a smile on their faces for a couple of hours is a massive thing for me.

“It puts my life into perspective and puts our rugby league training into perspective. It’s just a great thing to do. It keeps your feet on the ground and you know how lucky you are.”

Olympic swimmer James Magnusson, Sunrise weatherperson & Dancing with the Stars host Edwina Bartholomew and cast members from the Channel 7 TV show Home and Away were all on hand to help, with all the kids having an absolute blast.


John Chammus/Photo: Tim Ashworth


It was a happy homecoming for Yamba junior Luke Douglas as he spent time giving back to the next generation on the opening day of iSelect Titans’ week-long Northern NSW camp.

In what is believed to be the first time an NRL team has trained in Yamba, the Titans hit the turf for a grueling early morning session as Douglas ran his own personal coaching clinic with some excited youngsters.

Douglas was excused from training and not required to be in camp with the Titans at all after only returning from the Rugby League World Cup in England late last week but insisted he return to his hometown to give back to the community.

Once training was wrapped up, it was off to his former school, MacLean High School, with several Titans teammates to help deliver the Titans Tackle Bullying program to a group of Year 8 students.

It was a similar story for Grafton product Anthony Don, who was a popular man at his former primary school at Westlawn Public School.

Click on the link to view the Titans TV story from the visits:

The Titans arrived in camp in Coffs Harbour late on Monday afternoon, where they will be spend the next five days undertaking training, team building and community visits in the area.

The Titans Tackle Bullying campaign is part of a game-wide strategy with the NRL’s One Community, with the Titans responding to requests in NSW as part of the Community Carnival program that will also see the Titans visit the Tweed District schools in the New Year.

The Coffs Harbour Camp sees a continuation of the partnership between the Titans, Coffs Harbour City Council and the Enterprise and Training Company (ETC) in delivering positive social outcomes to the community of the region.

Jagun Aboriginal Aged Care has provided a link to the local Indigenous Community to allow Preston Campbell and current Titans players to deliver positive messages to local youth and to demonstrate their respect to local Elders and their key role in maintaining local culture and knowledge.


Gold Coast

Last Wednesday, 20th November was a great day for Rugby League on the Gold Coast, with development staff delivering a variety of Rugby League based activities to over 400 primary school children 5-8years old.

Schools from the Gold Coast, Beaudesert and Beenleigh District came along to the gala day. We would like to thank Mudgeeraba SS, Jimboomba SS, William Duncan SS, Kings Christian College, St Andrews Lutheran and St Joesph’s Torbruk for supporting this wonderful event.

The day consisted of not only Rugby League on field activities but a number of curriculum based stations kids enjoyed Rugby League Maths, Rugby League English, Rugby League Healthy Eating along with a dance station delivered by the wonderful Gold Coast Sirens. To top this off there was also a mobile farm and the very impressive Titans Jumping Castle, DJ and Face Painters.

“The popularity of the day has been incredibly overwhelming with 400 children attending and an additional 300 student on the waiting list,” said the ‘bravest’ NRL Game Development Officer Kathryn Jones.

“The success this year for the start of the program has been exceptional and we look forward to taking it further next year.”

Specifically aimed at four to seven-year-olds, primary schools and childcare centre’s are adopting the program, which includes a picture book featuring two farm dogs, Bluey and Red, and practical activities.

The goal is to engage children by using storytelling to appeal to their imagination and enhance their reading, listening and comprehension skills. At the same time they are also taught basic skills of Rugby League (try-scoring, playing the ball and evasion).

‘After the initial success in 2012 and this year the popularity of this program has been amazing. We look forward to the next one.’ Said one of the school teachers who attended.

Follow the link below to view more photos from the day

For further information on NRL programs on the Gold Coast please contact Kathryn Jones on 0447440068.

Summer 9's

The inaugural Shoalhaven U/17’s Summer 9’s Competition is in full swing, with teams from Bomaderry, Nowra, Shoalhaven and St Johns High School all participating over four weeks, with teams playing three weeks of pool games followed by the semi and grand final matches. The tournament is designed to encourage non registered participants and to achieve this there is a restriction on the number of registered players allowed from each school.

The competition is a joint initiative between the Southern NSW NRL Game Development team and the newly formed Shoalhaven Rugby League committee, comprising of representatives from St George’s Basin, Culburra, Nowra and Bomaderry Junior Rugby League Clubs along with the Nowra- Bomaderry Senior Rugby League Club.

“The Shoalhaven Committee, along with the NRL, are trying to provide a pathway for 17 year old’s in the area to transition to under 18’s. There has been a drop off in players at this age and hopefully this strategy will assist with the progression from Junior to Senior football” said Dan Smith, President of the Nowra-Bomaderry SRL.

NRL Game Development Officer, Matt O’Brien said, ” To have the junior and senior clubs in the Shoalhaven support this program each Wednesday night, along with 4 out of 6 local High Schools playing on a weekly basis is fantastic for the first year. We are excited about the potential for this competition to grow in years to come!”

The semi-finals and grand final will be played on Wednesday, 4th December at Rugby Park South Nowra between 5:00pm and 7:00pm.

Results, ladder and match highlights from the competition can be found at and

For further information about the competition please contact Matt O’Brien on 0417 547 125 or


DARCINE Abbas may not have played rugby league before – but after enjoying some basic skills training at the QRL Harmony Program gala day on Tuesday – she is confident about getting out on to the field.

“It was a really fun day, I enjoyed it and everyone was nice and we worked as a team,” she said.

“I like the passing drills … and I would like to one day play in a girls’ competition because I would be playing sport and being fit.”

Darcine, who is in Year 6 at Woodridge State School, was one of 125 students who were put through their paces by NRL Development staff – taking on the challenge of passing, kicking and catching drills before using them in a game situation at the end of the day.

Away from the field – the students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds were also taught tips on how to lead a healthy lifestyle and deal with bullying.

“We incorporate the One Community aspects which is the Tackle Bullying program and the Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well program where we deliver facts about bullying and how to overcome bullying,” NRL Development Officer Jake Whittle said.

“(We also show) the Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well video which is eating well and staying well and all aspects to play well.”

Whittle said the program – which was launched in March of this year – aims to bring the community together using rugby league as the tool.

“We have different schools doing gala days where they can each participate in activities, work as a team come together and play the games at the end,” Whittle said.

“So we are hoping they can all come together and make new friends and be one community and they can all work together in the local community and end up playing rugby league together.”

Woodridge State School teacher Imogen Rothwell said she was pleased to see all the children getting involved with the program.

“It is really worthwhile for the kids and it is good to see they are really engaged with it,” she said.

“Sometimes when you do things like this, some kids will stand around and will not be fully engaged, but from what I have seen; they have all been nice and active.

“As well as that, it was good to see they learn that ‘Live Well, Play Well, Stay Well’ part as well.”


QRL Media


Rugby League Ambassadors Shaun Timmins and Eric Grothe Jnr will head to the mountain this weekend for the 2013 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Timmins and Grothe will be on site on both Saturday and Sunday with plenty of giveaways including Holden Kangaroos signed jerseys, Harvey Norman gift cards, NRL Power Play game cards and Holden Kangaroos drink bottles.

Rugby League will be hosting a Colouring Corner where fans can post messages of support to their favourite Rugby League players before the Holden Kangaroos team depart for next month’s World Cup venture in the UK.

What              NRL at 2013 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

Where            Holden Racing Team Tent – Merchandise Alley

When             Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October

Time               7:30am – 3:00pm


ANZ Stadium played host to more than 450 children on the eve of the Roosters verse Sea Eagles decider. Decked out in their footy team’s colours, there was plenty of maroon and white, an equal amount of red, white and blue but all clubs were well represented as the children took to the grand final activities.

As well as events inside the stadium, all groups played in Backyard League games on Cathy Freeman Park. The teams were named after the two grand final combatants and in a lead into the final result; it was the Roosters youngsters who were victorious in many of the clinic games.

Steve Turner hosted the participants in the dressing room activity and had the children spellbound with his tales of competing in four grand finals. David Peachey then gave a realistic demonstration of the pre game talk in the media room adjacent to the change rooms. A lap of ANZ Stadium with a Provan Summons Trophy replica gave another taste of the real grand final experience to all participants. Having their Coles t shirts autographed by players such as Kevin Locke and Kevin Gordon was a great souvenir from the day but it was Jack Reed’s revelation to the group that he was getting married in the off season that brought spontaneous applause from the young audience.

Grand Final week was a memorable time for many adults in the NRL, but for the children attending the Coles Grand Final Fun Day there were just as many delightful Rugby League moments to savour.