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The Australian Kangaroos took time out of their Four Nations campaign to participate in a skills clinic for 145 lucky youngsters at Brisbane Broncos Training Headquarters. The Kangaroos joined in alongside boys and girls aged 6 to 14 years in bump shield activities, touch, tackle bags and try scoring games.

Participants from Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Darling Downs had to be fast to secure their spot by registering online at playnrl.com.au/seq within an hour of the opportunity being advertised. Participants received a t-shirt, football and certificate however the unexpected gift, accompanied by the biggest cheer of the day for all participants was 3 tickets to the Four Nations Double Header at Suncorp Stadium on October 25th.

Dylan Walker (South Sydney) took on the 8 and 9 year olds with a bump shield and a smile whilst Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers) practised his defensive skills against the 6 and 7 year olds. Ryan Hoffman (Melbourne Storm) and Aiden Guerra (Sydney Roosters) tested their skills playing opposed games against the 12 and 13 year olds. Cooper Cronk , Greg Inglis, Ben Hunt and Corey Parker may have had the most fun (even more than the kids) testing their passing on the Broncos inflatable in between meeting the participants and giving signatures.

The families in attendance have praised the Kangaroos for their interaction with the clinic participants with plenty of feedback rolling in. There was also plenty of media attention focused on the Kangaroos in the lead up to their opening match against New Zealand with the Courier Mail, QRL and the NRL in attendance to capture the action.  The kids have been excited to feature in photos and video highlights alongside their Kangaroos heroes.
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After a very hot day out at the Beaudesert Kingfishers Junior Rugby League’s home ground Willis Park, we delivered a number of different Rugby League skills to over 40 boys and girls in the SEQ’s annual pupil free day NRL clinic.

The day consisted of a number of different Rugby League based activities such as grip, carry, passing and tackle technique; as well as the Titans Jumping Castle, Healthy Lifestyle Program and the NRL Tackle Bullying program.

At the end of the day the children all received an NRL Holiday Clinic pack containing; a football, kicking tee, Water bottle, Titans Poster, all in an NRL Boot Bag.  In addition to this, children also received a Broncos/ Titans T-Shirt.

It was great to see everyone running around with a smile on their face and we hope to see you all playing for the Beaudesert Kingfisher’s next year.

For more photos of the day and upcoming information please visit www.playnrl.com/seq

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The Girls Impress the Best!

South East Queensland hosted the Broncos School Girls Challenge last Friday 17th October at Petersen Rd, Morayfield. With a total of 15 teams representing 18 schools across the South East and Central Queensland the day was jammed pack full of Rugby League for the girls.

The day was designed to provide playing opportunities for all abilities and age levels. The emphasis on the day wasn’t about winning or what individual stood out, it was about giving the girls an opportunity to play in a safe, modified environment in which their skills levels can be increase. On offer to the girls was a 14’s, 16’s and Opens division where all teams had the opportunity to play in a round robin format.

Merrimac SHS were divisional winners in both Opens and 16’s, however, the Under 14’s division was played under a non-competitive format focused on skill development.

Jillaroos World Cup Champion Steph Hancock and Coach Paul Dyer were on site to meet the schoolgirls and watch the games. In addition, Jazmyn Taumafai, local Beerwah player and (who played Secondary School Rugby League only a few years ago) QLD representative and Jillaroos Squad member was at the event to watch the action and present the awards. The QLD Murrin Womens Rugby League team also visited the event in the lead up to their game last Saturday v Qld Maori Womens Rugby League.

Many of the elite Representative female players who attended and supported the event made comments about the high level of skills on show by the school girl’s teams.

The NRL would like to congratulate and thank the following schools on their involvement in the 2014 Broncos School Girls Challenge as well as their continuing support of female participation:

Merrimac SHS, Ipswich SHS, Bremer SHS, Caboolture SHS, Springfield Central SHS, Wavell SHS, Yeppoon SHS, Emu Park State School, St Peter Claver, Tullawong SHS, Mt Maria, Pine Rivers SHS, Bray Park SHS, Murrumba State Secondary College, Park Ridge SHS, Bundamba SHS, Mitchell SHS and Roma SHS.

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Katherine High School has defeated the Casuarina Senior College “Colts” 26-20 in the grand final to take home the first annual Eels Cup in Darwin.

The two Under 16s sides had been strong all year, and Eels Game Development Manager Michael Basan said their places in the decider were well-deserved.

“We’ve had 7 schools take part in the inaugural event this year, and I think the two best schools actually made the final,” Basan said.

“We’re really happy with that, so we’ll be working with the development officers and the Northern Territory Rugby League and the Government to ramp up the competition next year and hopefully that 7 turns into 10 and 15 in the future.”

The Katherine side bounced back from a 20-16 scoreline with two late tries in the final minutes to win the Cup 26-20, and Eels legends Nathan Hindmarsh and Luke Burt were on hand with second-rower Manu Ma’u to present man of the match awards to both sides, and the Cup and a signed Eels jerseys to the winners. 

Burt was even able to fit in a visit to Katherine training early in the week as part of his two-day trip to Katherine to visit schools and junior leagues.

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The Cutters are starting a new Junior Cutters Academy for 2015 Season.

Trials for the Girls Academy are October 29th at 5pm at the Mackay Junior Rugby League Fields, Casey Ave Mackay.

To be eligible to be selected, girls must be born in years 1999 & 2000.

This is a new initiative by the Cutters for the growth of the game and providing a structured pathway to support the development of young rugby league players throughout our community not only for the boys but our girls as well.

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NRL Touch Harmony Cup

Expressions of interest are called for U16 Girls or U14 Boys teams to enter the 2014 Harmony Cup Touch Football Carnival.

The Carnival will be held at Doyle Ground, Macarthur St, North Parramatta on Sunday October 19.

There are currently open invites for the following teams:

 

Boys 14 Years Division

- Africa United (African) TEAM CODE : 21239823

– First Nation Academy (Indigenous) TEAM CODE : 21247493

- Barbarians (Open to all nationalities) TEAM CODE : 21247190

- Asia United TEAM CODE: 21257636

- Pacifica United TEAM CODE: 21257953

 

Girls 16 Years Division

– Barbarians (Open to all nationalities) TEAM CODE : 21247191

 

Register online using the TEAM CODE provided above at https://reg.sportingpulse.com/v6/regoform.cgi?formID=35029

If you would like to start a team of your own, visit https://reg.sportingpulse.com/v6/regoform.cgi?formID=43331

Alternatively just come down to our ‘Come & Try’ night on Wednesday 15th October, 6:30pm at Doyle Ground to have a go and meet some of the other players taking part.

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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

www.nrl.com/onecommunity

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