Victoria’s North West Wolves defeated a combined Central Districts Roosters squad 46-36 in the Under 16s (Youth Grade) at Hanson Reserve on Saturday afternoon.
Due to the warm conditions, 15 minute quarters were played and allowed for a fast-paced and high-scoring contest.
Wolves were first on the scoreboard with a solid run from fullback Tim Wakawaka setting up hooker Junior Teroi for a try. A successful conversion by Captain Liam Christensen made the score 6-0 after seven minutes of play.
A big kick-off from Roosters five-eighth Joel Burke forced a 20 metre drop-out by the Wolves. The Roosters capitalised on this with a clever kick again by Burke that saw fullback Tylor Black collect the ball and score. A successful conversion by Burke levelled the scores at 6-all.
Minutes later, an unsuccessful penalty kick by the Wolves kept the scores locked at quarter time.
Roosters opened strongly in the second quarter with Burke side-stepping Wolves defenders and sprinting 50 metres to score. Another successful conversion by Burke gave Roosters the lead 12-6.
Wolves were quick to retaliate with Captain Ia Mika pushing through Roosters defence to score. Another successful conversion by Christensen levelled the scores at 12-all after five minutes of play.
Wolves five-eighth Mario Salima scored the next two tries from impressive passages of play. Successful conversions by Christensen made the score 24-12 Wolves way.
Seconds before halftime, a Roosters scrum metres from their try-line saw front-rower Mika Mapuna score under the posts.
Leading 24-18 at halftime, Wolves continued attacking with Wakawaka gaining his side 40 metres. Crafty footwork and a quick offload by Teroi set-up winger Sala Taula to score in the corner.
Roosters mirrored this passage of play with Mapuna gaining his side 40 metres and Black following-up this effort with a 30 metre sprint and side-step of Wolves defenders to score.
The margin back to six points, Wolves worked the ball forward and scored two more tries before three-quarter time.
Trailing 42-24, Roosters did not give up as an offload by centre Jamie Walding resulted in Mapuna scoring his second try for the game.
Wolves bit back with another magnificent offload by Teroi that saw Wakawaka sprint 50 metres down the line and score. An unsuccessful conversion made the score 42-30 Wolves way.
Minutes remaining in the game, Roosters Burke displayed his impressive footwork once again and scored under the posts. A successful conversion by Burke made the final score 46-36 Wolves way.
Best on ground was Wolves hooker Junior Teroi who scored one try and played an attacking game. Other standout players were Roosters five-eighth Joel Burke who scored two tries and six conversions, fullback Tylor Black who scored two tries, and Wolves fullback Tim Wakawaka who scored one try, and front-rower James O’Meara who played a solid all round game.


Harmony Cup 2014

Rugby League will bring the world to St Marys on Saturday 11th October  for the 2014 U16 Harmony Cup , showcasing talented youth playing in teams such as Africa United, Malta, Lebanon, Italy, Latin Heat, NSW Maori, Samoa NSW, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, NSWRL Young Achievers along with and Far West &  Sydney Indigenous teams.

The NRL Youth Development tournament is designed to broaden Junior League participation base for non-representative players and celebrate culture and diversity in Junior Rugby League and the wider community. The one day tournament will host up to 400 players from the Under-16’s age group who have not participated in the elite Harold Mathews competition.

The free community event will not only host plenty of action on the field but also entertainment for the whole family including cultural music and performances, food, a jumping castle and  NRL ambassador appearances.

NRL Ambassador and former Kiwi international Joe Galuvao said “Rugby League plays a big part in our multicultural communities, and the Harmony Cup gives the players and their families an opportunity to celebrate their heritage and to learn about other cultures”.

The Youth Development event is now in its seventh consecutive year and is supported by the NRL’s One Community, St Marys Leagues Club, Penrith City Council and the NSWRL.

What            2014 U16 Harmony Cup

When          Saturday 11th October 2014

Time            8.30am – 7.30pm

Where        St Marys Leagues Stadium
Cnr Forrester & Boronia Rd, St Marys

Entry cost:   Free

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The NRL Nines Challenge Gala Day atmosphere was wonderful with teams displaying outstanding skill and sportsmanship. The footy fever was in the air, with teams giving their all to represent their school for the 2014 NRL Challenge title. The day was designed to provide playing opportunities for all abilities. NRL staff offered coaching for the boys and girls leading into the gala day to help prepare them to a round robin competition against opposing schools. As the event kicked off there was a sense of excitement and with a touch of competitiveness amongst the schools.

Results were close across all boys divisions; however, the stand out of the day was the skills on display within the Senior Girls Division (grade 6 and 7). Many of the girls were experiencing Rugby League for the first time but this didn’t hold them back. Their ability to find the try line and determination to break through the defensive line was jaw dropping at the best of times.

Along with some great footy from the girls, they managed to take the time out of their busy day to send ‘GOODLUCK’ messages to the Broncos team for their game against the cowboys. Which results in colored posters with words of inspiration from the girls as well as broncos face paints or as some of the girls say ‘their war stripes’.

The Brisbane Broncos were so pleased and inspired by the messaged from the girls that they starred on the twitter and facebook of the Brisbane Broncos – thanking the girls for their support. The Brisbane Broncos play a crucial role in support both Primary and Secondary Girls Rugby League across the Brisbane and Sunshine Coast area.

The Brisbane Broncos continued support of these events helps to providing a future pathway for the primary school girls who participated in the NRL Nine’s Challenge to the Secondary Girls team who played in the Sunshine Coast School Girls Challenge on August, 29th, 2014.

This year’s Sunshine Coast Broncos School Girls Challenge saw a record number of schools involved ranging from local Sunshine Coast Secondary Schools to teams from Ipswich, Brisbane and Kingaroy. With up to 19 teams across 14’s to Opens divisions, it was a wonderful display of the talented girls running around the areas for South East Queensland and Central division.

Once again the Brisbane Broncos are bolstering their support for Girls Rugby League through sponsoring the Brisbane School Girls Broncos Challenge coming up in October. The NRL within South East Queensland are quietly confident that this will be one of the major Girls event for 2014.

The NRL would like to thank the our major sponsor – Brisbane Broncos for their continuing support of Girls events. We would also like to thank all school for their participation in the Girls Rugby League events offered thus far in 2014. To keep up to date with Girls Rugby League events, please LIKE Development SEQ or Queensland Womens Rugby League Facebook page.




Rugby League will bring the world to Redfern on Saturday, 20 September for the 2014 U18 ATP Redfern Harmony Nines, showcasing teams from Africa United, Malta,  Mediterranean, NSW Maori, Samoa NSW, Fiji, Cook Islands, NSWRL Young Achievers along with and Far West &  Sydney Indigenous teams.

The NRL Youth Development competition will host 180 players from the Under-18’s age group who have not participated in the elite Harold Mathews and S.G Ball competitions.

The free community event will not only host plenty of action on the field a day of activity is planned for the whole family including cultural music and performances, food, a jumping castle, NRL ambassador appearances.

NRL Ambassador and former Kiwi international Joe Galuvao said “Rugby League plays a big part in our multicultural communities, and the ATP Redfern Harmony Nines gives the players and their families an opportunity to celebrate their heritage and to learn about other cultures”.

The event is now in its fourth consecutive year and supported by the Australian Technology Park Sydney Limited (ATPSL), South’s Cares together with the NRL’s One Community, NSWRL Academy, National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) and the City of Sydney.


What            U18 ATP Redfern Harmony Nines

When           Saturday 20 September 2014

Time             9.30am – 5pm

Where         Erskineville Oval: Cnr Swanson St & Fox Ave, Erskineville, NSW and the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE): 180 George Street, Redfern NSW

Entry cost:   Free

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The Victorian Rugby League (VRL) is pleased to announce that 2014 has been the most successful season for player participation levels in Rugby League within Victoria, increasing player registrations by 17 percent in the past 12 months to surpass the record participation level set in 2013.

The increase in participation levels illustrates the growing awareness and acceptance of Rugby League in the state, with Victoria closing in on Western Australia as becoming the premier Rugby League base outside the traditional states of New South Wales and Queensland.

2014 VRL Participation

3,371 total registrations

2,871 male registrations (85.2% of registrations) and 500 female registrations (14.8%)

2,321 junior registrations (68.9%) and 1050 senior registrations (31.1%)

86 registrations by person of indigenous heritage (2.6%)

Key to the increase in participation for 2014 has been the introduction this season of a new club, the Melton Broncos Rugby League Club, in addition to the development and promotion of a Women’s Tackle program. The new women’s initiative, presented in a Gala Day format, represents the first time the VRL has had a season based tackle program for women.

VRL General Manager, Brent Silva, paid tribute to the VRL Clubs and their volunteers in response to this growth. “2014 has been a fantastic year for the growth of Rugby League in Victoria. This achievement would not have been possible without the fabulous effort our clubs and volunteers have put in. These results are a tribute to their hard work.” Mr Silva also added: “The VRL are also grateful to the Melbourne Storm who actively support the local playing community, the NRL and their Game Development Officers and Sport and Recreation Victoria, without their collective backing these results would not be possible.”

The VRL has strived to improve and enhance the environment of the local Rugby League Community to ensure that more participants find themselves in healthy and inspiring places to play and engage in Rugby League. This has included increased social responsibility programs partnering with Sport and Recreation Victoria to deliver a number of initiatives.

An important development in 2014 has been the inception of the “Club Respect” campaign (developed by the Be The Hero program), which focuses on respect towards all, with an emphasis on raising community awareness about violence. The VRL is proud to be associated with this campaign and the positive message that it sends to the wider Rugby League community.

In June, the VRL became the first sporting code within Victoria to formally partner through an MOU the Good Sports program, an initiative aimed at promoting and managing safe alcohol consumption within clubs and the wider community. ‘

The VRL is committed to growing Rugby League within Victoria, whilst being recognised as a leader within the Victorian sports fraternity and the wider community


With a couple of days to go to the NSW Wheelchair Rugby League public challenge event former International Ian Thomson is starting to get a bit nervous.

“In my career as a player and later on as an administrator and coach I have faced many challenging times but this Saturday (23rd August) will be up with the most challenging,” said Mr Thomson.

“I have seen footage of Wheelchair Rugby League and they make it look so easy – but I am assured it is not.”

Former Manly player Joe Galuvao and other former first-graders, Hazem El Masri, Ben Ross and Steve Turner will be part of the event to be held at the Menai Indoor Sports Centre.

Also trying the sport for the first time are members of the NSW parliament.

The Hon Niall Blair, the Hon Lynda Voltz and disability minister The Hon John Ajaka, will join with the public in having a go.

The event is part of the build up to the start of the NSW Wheelchair Rugby League competition, and it is hoped it will entice more players to participate.

Chairman of Wheelchair Rugby League Australia, Laurie Lawira said people of all abilities should take the challenge and give the sport a go.

“Our sport is open to all, you do not have to have a disability or be in a wheelchair to play,” Mr Lawira said.

“We often get spectators who are hesitant on trying the sport because they see and hear the crashes, but in reality once they get in the chairs and have a go, they really enjoy themselves and want to play more often.”

Registrations for the new competition will open soon.

“There are some spots still available in some of the teams so if you are looking for a fun and exciting challenge come along and give it a go. You really will have fun,” Mr Lawira said.
WHERE: Menai Indoor Sports Centre, 98-150 Allison Crescent, Menai NSW

WHEN: Saturday 23rd August 6pm to 8pm

WHO: Teams from NSW Rugby League, the NSWRL Academy, ABC Grandstand Radio the Menai Indoor Sports Centre and Aristocrat Technologies, will join the teams from the National Rugby League, NSW Parliamentary Team and the Public

COST: Free public event

CONTACT: Steve Hewson on 0411 233 783

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This carnival will be held at Coomera Cutters Junior Rugby League Football Club, Wednesday 27th August 2014.

The purpose of this event is to introduce the game of Rugby League to boys and girls in Grades Three and Four with the main emphasis of the day placed on having FUN. We will have Three divisions for the day; Grade Three division, Grade Four division and a Grade 3/4 Girls Only League Tag Division. All games will be NON-COMPETITIVE.

Our friends at the Gold Coast Titans are giving every Tackle team that enters the NRL Junior Carnival an exciting opportunity to play at Halftime of the Titans v Bulldogs. The game will be played at Cbus Super Stadium on Sunday 7th September. Each ‘Tackle’ team that comes along will go in the draw to be One of the Four teams to play in the Halftime game. We will draw the winning Four school teams at the completion of the day.

AND in addition to this there will be one lucky Girls League Tag team drawn out of a hat to run the Titans NRL team onto the field for their game against the Bulldogs.

The Titans are also going to give each Student and One Official that participates in the NRL Junior Carnival Two FREE Tickets to the Titans v Bulldogs Game!!!

Check with your school to see if they have nominated for this event.

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The Canberra Raiders in conjunction with Habitat Personnel and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs have broken the Australian and Southern Hemisphere record for the largest ever 3 legged race at Northbourne Oval in Canberra today.

Over 1000 people participated in the event today falling agonising short of the official Guinness World Record for the largest ever 3 legged race, with 594 pairs of races participating which fell marginally short of the 649 pairs of racers required to break the official World Record.

Despite not breaking the world record, today’s 3 legged race was the largest of its kind ever in the Southern Hemisphere and was a wonderful way to kick-start the NRL close the gap round, which helps celebrate the Indigenous aspect of the NRL and promotes some wonderful messages across the community.

Chris Sheedy from Guinness World Records said the event was one of the best World Record attempts he’s ever been a part of and said Canberra should be proud of the amount of people who turned out for the event.

“This was by far the biggest 3 legged race we’ve seen not only in Australia but the entire Southern Hemisphere which is a great result,” Mr Sheedy Said. “I see a lot of things around the world and this event has been special because of the wonderful meaning behind it and everybody who took part today should be proud of their effort.”

Canberra Raiders star and proud Indigenous player Jack Wighton said the Raiders enjoyed mixing with the community and participating in such a unique event and said everyone should be proud of the effort in attending the race today.

“The race today was a lot of fun and it was great to see plenty of Indigenous kids and school kids from across Canberra join us in trying to break the World Record,” Wighton said. “Although we might not have reached the number, to have over 1000 people in one place promoting Indigenous health is great for the game and we should all be proud.

“It’s a great way to kick off close the gap round in the NRL and we’ve got a big week coming up, including wearing our special Indigenous jerseys in the match against the Dragons on Saturday.”

Joining the race today were over 400 cadets from Australian Defence Force Academy along with Major General Simone Wilkie and a number of local school children from across Canberra and Queanbeyan.

The organisers of the event would like to thank sponsors of today’s event for their contribution including Huawei, Defence Housing Australia, Canberra Milk, ActewAGL, Habitat Personnel, Defence, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Canberra Raiders.

IMAGE: Raiders hooker Glen Buttriss joined to one of the participants in today’s Guinness World Record Attempt for the largest ever 3 legged race



Bright sunshine and perfect weather for football greeted over 2400 players at the 72nd Annual Riverina Schoolboys Carnival in Junee last weekend! Junior rugby league players from all parts of the Riverina and areas such as Cowra, Canberra and Forbes converged on the Famous Laurie Daley Oval facility in Junee, NSW! In total, 146 teams from Under 5 to Under 14 formed part of one of the biggest single day Rugby league events in the country.

Special Guests, Laurie Daley, Andrew Ryan, Dave Smith, Terry Quinn, Bert Lowrie and John Anderson as well as the State of Origin Shield witnessed 221 games of fast paced action during the day in what has continued to be one of the most popular events on the Rugby league calendar. A highlight of the day was the attendance of local boy and NSW Victorious Coach Laurie Daley, to whom the main ground is named after. Laurie spent the morning, along with the Shield, signing autographs, sharing stories and posing for photographs for well over 1000 people! Origin passion is well and truly alive in the Country.

Volunteers have become such an important part of the day at the Annual Riverina Schoolboys Carnival, almost 150 were present to make sure the 15 fields ran smoothly and that every player, parent and spectator had a positive rugby league experience. To bring the day together 45 local Referees spent the day officiating the games!

Events such as this showcase the various roles people can play in our game! Well done to all involved.