PCYC Leadership and Development Camp in Cooee Bay, Central Queensland has been the venue for the 2014 Junior Maroons Camp. Close to 85 players are taking part in skills activities which began on Monday December 15 and will run through till Thursday December 18. Male participants are involved in the live-in camp experience, but for the first time females were invited to come along for a Skills Development day on Tuesday.

All the participants will go home with life long memories of being in camp with NRL ambassador Petero Civoniceva. The players were given the opportunity to work with Petero as well as discuss his career and his experiences. Petero was fantastic with all the players and was proud to mention that he himself had been a part of similar camps at the same age as the eager participants. Petero could not help himself and got involved in the modified games and even crossed the line for a somewhat controversial try.

The opportunity for females to be a part of the Junior Maroon camp was fantastic and shows the keenness of female participation with some of the girls travelling for more than eight hours on a round trip to be a part of the Skills Day. Former Queensland Women’s coach Steve Belsham took the girls through skills and games and was very impressed with the level of ability they showed. Steve was assisted throughout the day by former Australian Jillaroo Tegan Rolfe who was on hand to help mentor the girls throughout the day. Tegan was also proud to pass on her experiences especially being a Central Queensland local just like the girls involved.

The camp has been running in Central Queensland for the past five years with NRL Game Development Officers coordinating and staffing the camp. The Central Division is widely represented this year with players coming from Charleville, Barcaldine, Tieri, Gladstone, Bundaberg and Yeppoon to mention a few. The experiences from the camp will be ones the players will take forward into their future playing careers.

Huge thanks must go to Petero Civoniceva for coming along to be a part of the camp and helping create memories that will live on forever for all of the campers.


England Academy 18
Australian Schoolboys 22

Ultimately, just two kicks separated England Academy and the Australian Schoolboys in the first match of the 2014 Autumn International Academy Series.

In a fiercely-fought and physical encounter, both sides recorded four tries, with a player from each team scoring a brace – Oliver Gildart crossed twice for the Academy whilst Latrell Mitchell grabbed two first-half scores for the Schoolboys – though it was the visitors, converting three tries to England’s one, who were ultimately victorious.

Coach Richard Marshall, taking charge of England Academy for the first time, spoke in the build-up to the game of the importance for his players to put in a strong defensive performance against a powerful Australian squad which had already racked up 160 points in three tour matches.

He got exactly that, as England stood firm for large periods of the match despite some forceful attacking by the Schoolboys.

“It was a strong Test match,” said Marshall. “Obviously I was impressed with the Australian team but I was impressed with our guys as well. I thought Australia dominated the first half but in the second half we really came out strong.

The schoolboys came out of the blocks aggressively and would have had the early score they were looking for through Mitchell had he not strayed into touch before crossing the line.

However, from their next attack, the visitors got what they were looking for. A neat move saw the Schoolboys work the ball left to Tevita Cottrell who, despite having a man available on the overlap, took on his marker and bundled his way over the whitewash.

They should have had another soon after when Ash Nisbet broke through the red-shirted England defence. He passed to Cottrell who again opted to take on his man despite the availability of an unmarked overlapping teammate, though this time England recovered.

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After these early threats, England’s defence settled into a defensive solidity and were working their way into the match – looking dangerous 15 metres from the Schoolboys’ line – when Mitchell intercepted and showed immense speed and power to run in a near length-of-the-field try.

The Sydney City Roosters player scored his second right on half-time, using all of his strength to hold off numerous red shirts and stretch out an arm beyond the whitewash.

It followed what was England’s best spell of the match thus far – a dominant period spent deep in Australian territory which eventually saw Toby King, the Warrington Wolves centre, break through on the right flank, and offload to Oliver Davies to cross the line.

With the temperature hovering around freezing, England sparked into life early in the second half. Full-back Ash Golding saw a gap and scurried through the Schoolboys’ defence on halfway though 20 metres from the line, surrounded by backtracking green and gold shirts, his pass was intercepted.

However, just minutes later came a piece of luck to warm the hearts of the 1,583 fans inside the stadium as Gildart, from nothing, pounced on a loose ball inside the Australian ten to go over. It reawakened the aggressive Australians, who instantly looked to respond.

The tourists recorded their fourth try as Brock Lamb slid the ball through England’s defence for Tyrell Fuiaomano to acrobatically touch down, though England were not to surrender – from a penalty deep in Australian territory, stand-off Jordan Abdul saw a gap to power through for England’s third try of the afternoon.

It marked a period of dominance for England as through consecutive sets the Academy camped themselves ten metres from Australia’s line.

The pressure eventually told as Gildart went over for his second of the night, England’s fourth, and despite England’s change kicker Abdul converting for the first time with the game’s last kick, the Academy’s second-half fight-back fell short.

“The guys are disappointed,” said coach Marshall. “They aren’t devastated, but they are disappointed and there are a few things there that we are looking to improve.

“We need to get a bit smarter with ball in hand, to build a little bit more pressure, and if we put the game to Australia then the second Test will be a little bit different.”

Full time :- Australian Schoolboys  22 def England Academy 18


Acknowledgements –  “ourfootyteam” 


NRL SA has established a High Performance Committee made up of NRL SA Club Members, Trainers and Coaches to develop a Junior Development Academy.

NRL SA General Manager Ken Kennedy says the Junior Development Academy focus will be on improving NRLSA’s local player’s rugby league skill levels prior to the 2015 Season.

“The Junior Development Academy Program aims to improve our local player’s skill levels and teach basic rugby league skills including passing and tackling,” Mr Kennedy says.

Invitations will be sent out to in January 2015 to players aged 10-14 years and to coaches to be involved in the program.

If you are interested in applying for a Coach, Sports Trainer, or Manager Position for the NRL SA Junior Development Academy Program, please email



Alesco Learning Centre students are joining forces with the National Rugby League to help deliver local sporting programs.

Students at Alesco have teamed up with Broken Hill’s NRL Game Development Officer Matt Kiddle and will assist with clinics for the remainder of the year.

The Centre, based at Robinson College, was established early last year to cater for those not coping in mainstream schooling.

Head teacher Anthony Tidball said the decision to help out in schools came from his students.

“This is the first time that we’ve done something like this,” he said.

“We’ve had about 10 students who have volunteered their time on Fridays, which is their day off.

“It was their idea to get involved with schools and we spoke to Matt (Kiddle) and he was more than happy to have us on board to help out.

“The kids at Alesco have all been given an opportunity, so for us it’s about putting back into the community.”

Tidball said the program mixes numeracy and literacy with rugby league and outdoor activates.

Alma Public School kindergarten and grade one and two kids got the chance to get involved with the 123 Rugby League program yesterday morning.

The plan is for Alesco students to be involved at all schools in 2015.

“The more young kids we can get outside and running around the better,” Tidball said.

“And who knows, we might just see a future rugby league star come out of Broken Hill.”

Article by – Ethan James, Sports Journalist, Barrier Daily Truth, Broken Hill


The 2015 Australian Schoolboys third game on their UK Tour was  played at Leeds on 3 December  2014 which a strong win over the Leeds Rhinos Academy  at Headingley Carnegie.

The Australian Schoolboys looked to make an impact from the start but the young Rhinos defended well in the opening five minutes and did enough to keep their opponents from scoring.

The home side then almost got the first try of the fane as Ashton Golding powered trough but was just held up short of the line.

The Australian Schoolboys made the Rhinos pay for this lost chance when Latrell Mitchell went over. With time running out the Rhinos were able to claim a deserved try when good work from Frankland and Thomas Minns set up Josh Walters and Lilley converted to bring the final score to 24-38.

Final Score  – Australian Schoolboys 38 def Leeds Academy 24

Billy Slater

The NRL/Melbourne Storm Development – School Sport Victoria Grade 5/6 Billy Slater Shield Girls Tag State Final was played at Elwood Park on Tuesday with Kismet Park P.S defeating Berwick Fields P.S. This State Final has grown from 12 schools in the inaugural year of the Girls Tag in 2013 to 20 schools in 2014.

The top 20 Girls Tag Schools from across Victoria competed for the Girls Tag Shield. The schools that qualified through various District Qualifiers for this State Final were drawn from metropolitan areas including Craigieburn, Melton, Monbulk, Berwick and regional locations of Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula,  Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula and Mildura on the Victoria and New South Wales border.

After 80 fantastic matches, Berwick Fields P.S, Melton P.S, Kismet Park P.S & St Joseph’s P.S won their respective pools to progress through to the Semi Finals.

In Semi Final 1 – Berwick Fields P.S defeated St Joseph’s P.S 8-4 while in Semi Final 2 – Kismet Park P.S were victorious 4-0 against Melton P.S.

The State Final was a classic match but 2 tries from Player of the Final – Jade Dunne (Kismet Park P.S) were the difference with Kismet Park P.S defeating Berwick Fields P.S 8-0.

Next week is State Finals week in Victoria with the Grade 5/6 Billy Slater Shield Tackle State Final day next Tuesday 25th November at Elwood Park where the top 24 boys and girls tackle teams will compete for State Final glory and Thursday 27th November the Grade 7/8 Robbie Kearns Shield Boys Tackle & Girls Tag State Final also at Elwood Park.

For more photos from this State Final and further information about school Rugby League in Victoria please visit



NRL Game Development Staff delivered a number of different activities to over 450 Prep – Year 2 students from Kings Christian College and St Andrews Lutheran College on the Gold Coast.

The aim of the day is to provide a fun introduction to Rugby League. Students spent the whole day moving through different activities such as; Rugby League, English – with Bluey and Red new Game book, Maths on the grass with Rugby League, Healthy Lifestyles activity, Titans Jumping Castle, Hogs Breath Sirens Dance Team, Farm Animals and Face painting.

Not only did every child have the opportunity to take part all the activities they were lucky enough to meet some of the Gold Coast Titans First Grade players.


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league tag photo 2014

A successful League Tag gala day recently for Independent and Catholic Primary Schools was capped off with the presence of recently retired NRL Sydney Roosters star Anthony Minichiello!

With over 500 boys and girls from 43 teams and 9 Eastern Suburbs Schools involved, it was an extra thrill for the players to meet Minichiello who not only watched the games but also presented trophies and awards at the conclusion of the day.

There was a strong emphasis on fun throughout the day with a great deal of good sportsmanship and skilful play on display. With four divisions and some tough competition and close games in the finals, special mention goes to the winners:

Kincoppal Rose Bay coming up trumps in both the Junior and Senior girls divisions. They came close to another win in the Senior Boys division, however were narrowly defeated by Claremont Primary School.

St Charles Waverley who won the final for the Junior Boys division, defeating Coogee Prep in golden point extra time.

The gala day was a great way to finish off a fantastic year of Rugby League for students in the Eastern Suburbs area, well done to all Schools involved!

Game Action 2

Rugby League officials were encouraged by the response to a 5 week Female Rugby League Summer Competition with 60 girls and ladies attending the first session at Jones Park in Cairns on Wednesday night.
The concept is a result of interest expressed from female players participating in school competitions and looking for a regular opportunity to play Rugby League.
The 5 week program is headed up by NRL Development Officers, Robbie Moore and Alby Anderson, with support from the QRL and local club staff.
Australian Jillaroos, Heather Ballinger and Jenni Sue Hoepper, were on hand to lend support and inspire players aiming to play at the highest level, with well- defined pathways for female Rugby League players in place.
Girls of all skills levels from 12yrs old, and women are welcome to join the skills and competition program which runs from 6.00pm each Wednesday evening at Jones Park until 10th December.

Entry price is $5.00 with children under 12 years FOC.

For further information contact NRL Game Development Officers

Robbie Moore
Mob 0402 892 834

Alby Anderson
0448 812 005