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The 2015 NRL Community Carnival is set to enter its biggest week yet, with NRL Community Ambassadors and players from eight clubs set to see more than 50,000 students across Australia and New Zealand from Monday.

Leading the week’s activity will be St George Illawarra Dragons and Wests Tigers, who will collectively visit 30,000 students on the South Coast and Inner West Sydney respectively over Monday and Tuesday.

The Dragons will also make another appearance in the community later in the week, visiting local schools in Kogarah on Thursday.

After an extensive schedule of visits in the Upper Hunter community last week, the Knights will complete their Community Carnival with visits by Marvin Filipo and Lachlan Fitzgibbon to 2,000 students in Merewether on Monday.

On Tuesday, the Melbourne Storm will begin their Community Carnival campaign, visiting 10,000 students across 40 schools in Melbourne in addition to a rural visit to schools in Mildura on Wednesday and Thursday.

In the Sunshine State, the Brisbane Broncos will send players including Darius Boyd and Travis Waddell to visit 22 schools across Emerald on Monday, while the North Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans will both visit schools across Cairns on Friday.

NRL Community Ambassadors including Petero Civoniceva and Nathan Hindmarsh will spend three days in Warwick in Queensland’s southeast, visiting 25 schools and hosting three ‘come and try’ clinics.

The New Zealand Warriors will continue their visits throughout the country after this week’s earlier tour of Rotorua, making their way to schools in Auckland next Friday.

The past week of Community Carnival activity has reached 30,000 students, with some particularly special visits undertaken by clubs including the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in the drought-affected town of Moree, and the Parramatta Eels visit to 1,000 students in Alice Springs.

Now in its 15th year, the NRL Community Carnival has extraordinary reach, with more than 250,000 students across Australia and New Zealand projected to receive visits from NRL players over the four-week campaign (2 – 27 February).

The community message of this year’s event is wellbeing, focussing on everything from nutrition and healthy eating to the importance of regular exercise and its effect on mental health.

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Now in its 15th year, Community Carnival sees NRL Ambassadors and players from all 16 Clubs visit a staggering 250,000 primary school students in local and regional communities throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The “NRL Community Carnival” is a joint initiative between NRL One Community & Game Development along with the clubs. Every year, it provides the game with a great opportunity to educate and encourage kids whilst also acting as another recruitment driver for Junior Rugby League.

Players from Cronulla Sharks and Canterbury Bulldogs will visit more than 12,000 students across 50 Sydney schools next Monday, as the NRL’s Community Carnival enters its second week.

The players will deliver health and wellbeing messages to students in the Sutherland Shire (Sharks) and Canterbury-Bankstown region (Bulldogs) to reinforce the importance of maintaining a nutritious diet and regular exercise.

In the second week of Community Carnival, the NRL’s reach into rural and regional towns throughout Australia and New Zealand extended to Alice Springs, where the Parramatta Eels visited more than 1,000 students, and across to Bathurst where the Penrith Panthers visited more than 20 schools.

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Captain, Jamie Lyon, returned to his hometown of Wee Waa in a Club visit across the north-western slopes of NSW, while some of his teammates travelled 1,400kms to South Australia, including Adelaide-born Brenton Lawrence.

The full Gold Coast Titans squad visited the Northern Rivers, while the Newcastle Knights continued their tour throughout the Hunter. The St George Illawarra Dragons visited local schools in the Illawarra and the South Sydney Rabbitohs attended the south-coast towns of Eden and Bega.

Next week will also see the beginning of New Zealand visits, with eight Players from the Warriors squad set to see schools across Rotorua.

These visits come off the back of a successful first week of Community Carnival activity, with more than 30,000 students across 100 schools receiving visits from the Canberra Raiders in Wagga Wagga, the Gold Coast Titans in Toowoomba, the North Queensland Cowboys in Mackay, the Wests Tigers in Port Macquarie and the Sydney Roosters on the Central Coast

The community message of this year’s event is wellbeing, focussing on everything from nutrition and healthy eating, to the importance of regular exercise and its effect on mental health.

 

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Saturday, 7 February Broncos Junior Rugby League sign on day at Broncos League Club, Red Hill. Attended by NRL Community Ambassador Petero Civoniceva and Broncos players Matt Gillett and Dale Copley.
Sunday, 8 – Tuesday, 10 February Sea Eagles Jamie Lyon and fellow teammates will visit the skipper’s hometown of Wee Waa and the nearby towns of Moree and Warialda.
Monday, 9 February Bulldogs Over three days from Monday 9th – Wednesday 11th February, the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs will visit 7,000 students in 32 schools across the area.
At the same time as their local blitz, four Bulldogs players will visit 19 schools across Dunedoo, Gulgong, Warren, Gilgandra.
Sharks The Sharks will visit more than 20 schools and interact with over 6,000 students across the Sutherland Shire.
Rabbitohs Three players will join NRL Community Ambassadors Mario Fenech and Rhys Wesser in visits across Bega, Merimbula and Eden.
Tuesday, 10 February Titans Players will visit the Northern Rivers towns of Ballina, Lismore, Tweed Coast and Byron Bay.
Sharks Sharks players will see students across Taree from Tuesday 10 – Wednesday, 11 February.
Wednesday, 11 February Knights The Newcastle Knights will visit 1,450 students at four schools across Maitland. Players include Brock Lamb, Nathan Ross and Carlos Tuimavave.
Panthers Players to visit schools across Bathurst, Cowra and Canowindra from Wednesday 11 – Friday 13 February
Eels More than 10 players will visit over 1,000 students in Alice Springs.
Thursday, 12 February Dragons Local Illawarra schools blitz staring on Thursday and continuing throughout the whole month seeing a staggering 95 schools
Warriors The Warriors will visit 12 schools across Rotorua over two days (Thursday 12 – Friday 13 February).
Sea Eagles Brenton Lawrence will head home to South Australia along with two other Manly players. They will visit schools from Thursday 12th – Saturday, 15th February.
Friday, 13 February Knights Players will visit schools across Windale, NSW.

 

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The NRL Wellbeing Community Carnival kicked off to a hugely successful start in Sydney Metro this week, with Cathy Freeman OAM launching the National program at Soldiers Settlement School Matraville along with April Allende, the star of the campaign.

North Sydney was the hub of Rugby League excitement with 20 Schools and 5500 students visited over 2 days by National Rugby League Game Development Officers and NRL One Community Ambassadors Nathan Merritt, Anthony Minichiello, Shaun Timmins, Brett Kimmorley, Josh Perry, Mario Fenech and Nathan Hindmarsh. NRL players from the Sydney Roosters, South Sydney Rabbitohs and Cronulla Sharks were also on hand to spread the positive messages on Wellbeing during School assembly visits and at Come and Try days at various locations in the Sydney area.

The Community Carnival, now in its 15th year, is already receiving tremendous feedback from teachers and Schools from the NRL Wellbeing presentations, which highlights to students the importance of good overall health, encompassing good mental health, healthy eating, healthy relationships and keeping fit and active.

This week in North Sydney, saw Brett Kimmorley in push up competitions against students and teachers, Nathan Hindmarsh lose Celebrity Food games (similar to the Celebrity Head game), and Mario Fenech teaching boys and girls skills of the game at the Come and Try days.

The interactive School assemblies gave students the opportunity to not only listen to some of the great advice the Ambassadors and players had to share about Wellbeing and the benefits of playing Rugby League, but also participate in fun games, ask questions and receive lots of great NRL prizes.

Thursday was the kick off for several Come and Try days in the North Sydney area with Cherrybrook Pennant Hills Stags, Galston Public School, Willoughby Roos and Hills Hawks all hosting events at their home grounds. All other North Sydney Clubs will host Come and Try days next week.

Community Carnival for the Sydney Metro region will continue next week in Cronulla with 19 Schools  and nearly 7000 students to be visited.

For more information on the Come and Try days and playing Rugby League in the North Sydney area, Click Here

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The NRL announced on Friday that there will be four themed rounds during the 2015 Telstra Premiership.

Head of Marketing, Lewis Pullen said the themed rounds, which focus attention on important aspects of Rugby League, would be:

Play NRL (Round 3) – encouraging children and families to participate in Rugby League.

Women In League (Round 10) – acknowledging the key role women play in the game.

Heritage Round (Round 19) – partnering with the Men of League to recognise past players and the history of the game. It will include a charity element for injured players.

Indigenous Round (Round 22) – supporting the huge contribution of Indigenous communities to Rugby League.

In addition, the NRL will stage one of its biggest rounds ever – with five games in five cities on ANZAC Day – as part of the commemoration of the 100 years of ANZAC.

Mr Pullen confirmed the themed rounds during a meeting with Club CEOs in Auckland today.

He said that, in addition to the Women in League Round, the Jillaroos will take centre stage at the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines this weekend when they play three games against the Kiwi Ferns.

“And 2015 will see the return of the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars match – which is one of the highlights of the NRL calendar.”

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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.

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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” 

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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 infosa@nrl.com.au.

 

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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

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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

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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 https://www.facebook.com/nrlgamedevelopmentvictoria