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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.

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Former captain of the Parramatta Eels, State of Origin player and all-round NRL legend, Nathan Hindmarsh, will be showing young footy players how to finish their match days on a winning note by eating healthy, when he visits Acacia Gardens this week.

The NRL has joined forces with NSW Health to bring the Finish with the Right Stuff program to Waites Reserve, Acacia Gardenson 2 August. The program encourages kids to eat healthily and drink water after their game of weekend sport.

Nathan Hindmarsh knows first-hand that champions don’t run on junk.

“As an athlete I was given the best advice on how to keep my body healthy through diet and training,” he said.

“The Finish with the Right Stuff program helps our local sporting communities to educate their players, coaches and parents to make the right food and drink choices for kids when they’re in the sporting environment.

“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 in.”

“Small decisions can lead to big changes in the way kids view food and exercise in their lifestyle,”Hindmarsh said.

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 improving the general health and wellbeing of the NSW population.

“In 2013, around half the adult population (51.1 per cent) in NSW were either overweight or obese. In 2010, 22.8 per cent of children were overweight or obese,” Dr Jo Mitchell, NSW Health’s Centre for Population Health Director said.

“Healthy habits start early. Children need the right fuel to stay healthy and perform their best. After the game is over, all their hard work can be undone by eating unhealthy food and drinking soft drinks. Good habits which are set up early are likely to continue through life.

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

Clubs are using the funds and training provided by NSW Health to purchase items such as slow cookers to cook and serve nutritious vegetable soups and display fridges to promote the sale of healthy food and drink items such as water and fruit.

Details

What:              Finish with the Right Stuff with Nathan Hindmarsh

When:             10am, Saturday 2 August, 2014

Location:      Quakers Hill Destroyers, Waites Reserve, Tamarind Drive, Acacia Gardens

About:            The NSW Health Finish with the Right Stuff program is partnering with Netball NSW, the Australian Football League NSW/ACT and the National Rugby League. Finish with the Right Stuff encourages club/association canteens to provide and promote water as a drink, more healthy food options in their canteens and fewer sugar sweetened drinks and unhealthy foods, making it easier for parents and carers to make smarter health choices. Finish with the Right Stuff also encourages coaches to promote messages about choosing water as a drink during and after sport.

Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy nutritious food from the healthy menu at the canteen, developed by club volunteers and management as part of the Finish with the Right Stuff program.

More Info:                   http://www.rightstuff.health.nsw.gov.au

Facebook page:         https://www.facebook.com/RightStuffNSW

 

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NRL Development Officer, Jake Brightwell will be holding a Backyard League Centre Clinic in Bowral once a week every Tuesday for 3 weeks.

Session one commences Tuesday, 2nd September with the final session concluding Tuesday, 23rd September.

Location: Loseby Park, Bowral

Date: Starts Tuesday 2nd September

Start: 4pm – 5pm

Cost: $10 Inc Football

 

For all Enquiries, please contact: Jake Brightwell 0448 890 017

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McKinnon Oval in Aberdeen was host to the 2014 Aberdeen School Holiday Clinic.

This year our registration numbers for the clinic in Aberdeen skyrocketed and we had 260 boys and girls take part in the day held at the junior league ground of Knights legend and Group 21 junior, the inspirational Alex McKinnon.

Children aged 5 to 12 years went through their paces at the clinic, rotating around a variety of rugby league skills such as passing, tackling, kicking, team work and communication drills. One of the highlights for the participants was meeting Danny Buderus at the clinic. Danny spoke to each group about his career in the NRL and his role with the Newcastle Knights this year – he had the children captivated the whole time!

This year’s clinic was the largest ever school holiday program to be held in the Hunter region. We had every available NRL Development Staff member there and also 17 amazing Junior Rugby League volunteers who assisted us on the day. Aberdeen Junior Rugby League also used the day as an opportunity to raise funds for Alex McKinnon by donating $5 from every participant in the clinic, selling Rise For Alex wrist bands and also running a raffle for the spectators which included a prize of a mini motorbike. We would like to congratulate Aberdeen Junior Rugby League and the community of Group 21 for making the 2014 Aberdeen School Holiday Clinic such a successful day!

Kacey Drummond, GDO

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What a massive day for rugby league on the Gold Coast. The annual NRL and Gold Coast Titans Holiday Clinic seen over 450 children register for this amazing day.

During the clinic the kids got to learn and practice all the skills of the game with qualified NRL and Titans coaches.

Through the clinic the entire Titans NRL squad got involved with the kids. They started by running around and getting into the drills before pulling out the ever popular Permanent Marker for a signing session on shirts, hats, boots and anything else the kids handed to them. It is such a great time of the day where the kids get to not only train with their heroes but also ask questions and get to know the players a little more.

Before the clinic started there was a multitude of things to keep the kids busy including two jumping castles, SeaFM live broadcasting and games, live DJ, Today Show Jeep with Footy Show pass the ball board, also NRL pass the ball boards and face painters. If that is not enough there was also the QLD Police team with giveaways, rock climbing tower, Gold Coast JRL pass the ball inflatable, cheer girls and NRL team training to watch.

This day is always a massive event and we would like to thank the following for helping during the day with staff and also prizes and products for the kids. Jo and her Coles team, Roger from Patties, Tim and Dave from Norco Milk, Chris from the QLD Police, Tina from Footy Fangs, JK and the SeaFM team, the Burleigh Bears RLFC and Gold Coast Titans staff and players.

It’s great to see the hundreds of kids out and enjoying their sport during the holidays. It’s even better when they are playing The Greatest Game of All.

Until next time thank you to all the families involved and have a safe and fun filled school holidays.

All the photos at www.playnrl.com/seq under the ‘Photo Gallery’ Tab.

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Woodville Panthers are taking their Junior A team to Broken Hill on Monday July 7th to compete against Outback Rugby League’s combined Under 14’s side.

Outback Rugby League’s NRL Development Officer Matt Kiddle says the ORL and the SARL have a great relationship with annual representative games played between the Leagues.

“Over the past three years SA and Broken Hill have been playing each other in different fixtures,” Mr Kiddle says. “Last year Outback Rugby League went down and played a SA Representative squad, and we are looking forward to having the Panthers up this month and Eels later in the year.”

Panthers Junior A stand-in coach Chris McKay says this trip is a great opportunity for the SA boys, which for some will be their first time traveling interstate.

“This trip is a great experience for our boys and judging from previous trips is something they don’t forget,” Mr McKay says. “To add, majority of our squad are Indigenous players and have family or friends living in Broken Hill who they will have the opportunity to play against.”

“All round it is a good experience for our SA boys and the Broken Hill boys with the opportunity to play rugby league and develop lasting friendships.”

The game will kick-off on Tuesday July 8th at 10.30am at Broken Hill Lamb Oval. A BBQ will be available to the players along with canteen facilities. After the game, Outback Rugby League will be running a School Holiday Clinic for kids aged 6-16 to come ‘n’ try rugby league.

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Learn the skills of Rugby League in a fun and exciting school holiday clinic.

There will be games for beginners through to Junior Rugby League Players with the main aim of the program to have as much FUN as possible.

All participants will learn how to pass, catch, kick and a whole lot more.

Click HERE to find a holiday clinic near you.

 

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Suncorp Stadium was the stage on Friday May 16th to celebrate the role of Women in Rugby League.

Thanks to the NRL and NRMA Insurance Broncos, 20 female junior rugby league players from Greater Brisbane and Ipswich took to the field before the Broncos v Titans Round 10 clash. The Under 10s players were chosen to represent their club and came together to participate in an all girls exhibition game. The experience for the players, families and their clubs was exciting and well received by the cheers from the crowd and the roar of the Women in League thunder sticks. These players who are usually the only female players on their team enjoyed the thrill of playing alongside and against other girls.

Following their game, the girls had another awesome opportunity to stand alongside one another to welcome the Broncos onto the field. The girls were not the only females recognised during the round. 22 female junior rugby league coaches were invited to Suncorp Stadium to form the Pirtek Ambassador line (pictured in the yellow jackets). This invitation was great recognition for the role these female coaches play within Junior Rugby League across Greater Brisbane, Ipswich and Gold Coast.

Congratulations to the all of the female junior players and the wonderful ladies fulfilling a number of roles within our great game.

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Westfields Sports High will kick off their 2014 GIO Schoolboys Cup assault this Wednesday afternoon at 2:30pm (June 11th), when they take on Hunter Sports High in the second game of a triple-header at Campbelltown Stadium.

Despite entering the game with a fairly inexperienced side, Hunter Sports head coach Justin Stewart believes his side will still be very competitive against a quality opposition like Westfields.

“We only have two 18 year olds who are playing on Wednesday, so it’s a fairly young side… but we are quite competitive and strong,” said Stewart.

“As a school, we have 13 kids who played in the Newcastle Knights Harold Matthews side this year that won the national final, so we will have all those kids come through in the next couple of years.”

Naming such a young side, Stewart said that he will stress the importance of playing a simple brand of football on Wednesday, making sure his side does the basic things right.

“We just want to make sure we keep everything simple and make sure we have a high completion rate and try and minimise the amount of ball that (Westfields) get because they are such a big side.”

While Hunter Sports may have a number of new faces in their lineup, Justin Stewart says that his side has several exciting players that will be on show on Wednesday, including young fullback Ngangarra Barker, and 16 year old Nicholas O’Meley, son of former NRL Premiership winner Mark O’Meley.

Meanwhile, Westfields Sports High coach Wayne Lambkin is happy with the way his side has prepared in the lead up to the GIO Cup, saying that while they do have a couple of injuries, his team is still quite strong.

“Like all schoolboy age groups, we have our injuries. We are just a couple of players off having our best side on the field,” said Lambkin.

“We have played a couple of University Shield games and we won, so we are in a pretty good place.”

Just like Hunter Sports head coach Justin Stewart, Lambkin wants his side to concentrate on the basics such as completing sets, ball control, and starving the opposition of possession.

With numerous SG Ball representative players including halfback Jason Vidal and front rower Cameron King in their squad, Westfield Sports could prove to be a tough opposition for Hunter Sports.

 

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Hills Sports High School will kick-off their 2014 GIO Schoolboys Cup season this Wednesday (11 June) at Campbelltown Stadium, when they take on first round winners St Gregory’s College from 4pm.

Despite starting their GIO Cup campaign with a 22-18 win over Illawarra Sports High three weeks ago, St Greg’s head coach Pat Newell knows that his side needs to lift if they are any chance of coming away with the two points this Wednesday.

St Greg’s were immediately on the back foot against Illawarra Sports, giving away four penalties in the opening twenty minutes, allowing their opponents to run in two quick tries.

“Our discipline was really poor (against Illawarra Sports). We gave away eight penalties to five,” said head coach Pat Newell.

“We put ourselves under pressure with our poor discipline. Our ball control wasn’t helpful either, so they have been the two areas we have really focused on, to minimise the penalties against us and also pick the right time to be expansive”.

While St Greg’s have had the opportunity to play in the Metropolitan Catholic Schools (MCS) tournament since their game against Illawarra Sports, Newell said that he didn’t get an opportunity to play the side he would have liked in preparation for the game against Hills Sports.

“We have had a bit of a mixed preparation with our MCS commitments,” said Newell.

“We play under a points system in that competition, (so) I haven’t been able to play my top side as often as I probably would have liked. Some boys haven’t played in this side since we played Illawarra Sports a few weeks back now, so it’s hasn’t been ideal,” said Newell.

“The boys have trained really well though so we have done all we can to be prepared to the degree in which we wish to be.”

While St Greg’s have had the benefit of having three weeks to nut out any issues from their first match, Wednesdays game will be Hills Sports first of the new GIO Cup season.

After starting last years GIO Cup with a number of injuries, Hills Sports head coach Scott Jones is excited at the prospect of start the 2014 season with a healthy squad.

“We are looking really well. We have a full fit squad so most boys will be on deck,” said Scott Jones.

“We had pretty good luck in the CHS (Combined High Schools) Championships to be honest. The boys came through basically unscathed. In the past, we have had a couple of injuries that have hurt us in the GIO Cup.”

Going up against a quality opposition like St Greg’s, who boast a number of representative players in their lineup, Jones knows that if his side is to come away with the two points, defence will be the key.

“We will just be focused on (defence). Defence is a massive thing,” said Jones.

“You can’t win games if you can’t defend points. We just need to defend well and trust each other. . . I know we can score points, so if we can defend points, we will give ourselves every chance of winning the game.”

While Hills Sports will be met with a very vocal supporter base like St Greg’s, Jones says that all his side needs to do is worry about themselves.

“We just need to concentrate on ourselves. We don’t need to worry too much about the opposition teams,” said the second year head coach.

“I’m big on pushing to the kids that every game of rugby league is just another game of rugby league, whether it be a trial match or a grand final. I try and get the kids to prepare the same way before every game.”

While Jones says that his whole side is really coming along nicely ahead of the season opener, their captain and Parramatta SG Ball Player of the Year Tom Amone has been a standout.

“He is a real leader and has just gone from strength to strength, and I mean that on the training field as well as the game.”

“He has been training the house down, and he’s in the best form I have ever seen him in.”

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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.