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: http://www.titans.com.au/news-display/Happy-homecoming-for-local-heroes/87777

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 Facebook.com/southernNSWdevelopment and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuif1zNaXMk.

For further information about the competition please contact Matt O’Brien on 0417 547 125 or mobrien@nrl.com.au.


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.


WORLD CHAMPIONS, Australian Universities will take on the Australian Wheelchair Rugby League team in an exhibition game to promote Rugby League as an inclusive sport.

The match will be played as part of the Return 2 Sport Expo at the State Sports Centre, Olympic Park on Thursday 10th October.

Media and members of the public are welcome to attend the event.
Both Australian teams competed in this year’s Festival of World Cups, staged in England.
The Australian Universities team finished in first place while the Australian Wheelchair team, in fourth.
During the World Cup, the two Australian teams attended matches in support of each other.
The Return 2 Sport expo is an event showcasing a wide range of sports for people with a disability.

Location: State Sports Centre, Olympic Park Sydney
Date: Thursday 10th October 2013
Time: 6:30pm Australian Wheelchair RL v Australian Universities RL
5:30pm Wheelchair Rugby League demonstration
6:00pm Rugby League for ALL game
Contact: Laurie Lawira, 0407 202 913, Laurie@wrlaustralia.com.au

Wheelchair Rugby League Australia is the body that governs the sport of Wheelchair Rugby League in Australia. It is officially affiliated with the National Rugby League Commission.

For more information on the sport or the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup, please contact Laurie Lawira on laurie@wrlaustralia.com.au or 0407 202 913.

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Bellevue Hill PS Fete

As September rolls along and fete season is in full swing, the NRL and Sydney Roosters Community team were there to help one of their local schools in the heart of Eastern Suburbs.

The fete consisted of many different fun activities and plenty of great food stalls.

Tata Moga and Jack Bosden helped with the Sydney Roosters pass the ball board. The children thought one dollar for five passes was a bargain fund raiser with many students walking away with a Sydney Roosters poster and NRL pencil cases plus bonus prizes for the most accurate passers.

The students loved having the players there to help assist this great event. The fete was very successful with more students pledging their allegiance to the Sydney Roosters during their finals campaign. The work the Roosters have done in the community in 2013 sees them as one of the leading Sydney NRL clubs both on and off the field.