Tuesday, November 29, 2022


Rugby League

Local product ready to make mark in Group 9

Jeff Hanson. The word prodigious can get thrown around a lot these days, but it’s really the only way to describe 21-year-old athlete and rugby league star, Tristan Eldridge ... After choosing rugby league as his sport of choice, the talented outside back was nurtured in the Canberra Raiders system, playing Harold Matthews Cup, SG Ball Cup and Jersey Flegg Cup for the Green Machine.

Kowanyama laps up special visit

Sarah Martin. As the dust settles on the inaugural Arthur Beetson Foundation Future Immortals Tour, which saw a cohort of rugby league legends spend a long weekend in Kowanyama, the excited superstars are already asking when they can return to community. Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council chief executive officer Kevin Bell, a passionate rugby league fan, said the positive outcomes from the event were already being felt.

Burns leads Wattles to Grand Final glory

Glyn Rees. Team captain and coach Travis Burns’ Wattles Warriors first grade team served up their club’s fifth first grade premiership success since joining the Toowoomba Rugby League in 1966 when they dispatched the Gatton Hawks 51 – 20 at Toowoomba’s Clive Berghofer Stadium on Sunday in front of a packed crowd. While a swansong for the skipper, it was a dream come true for him and his sixteen team mates.

Wattles Warriors primed for Grand Final success

Glyn Rees. The excitement is building around Allora, Clifton and the Central Downs as rugby league devotees prepare for this Sunday’s pilgrimage to Toowoomba’s Clive Berghoffer Stadium to support the Wattles Warriors in their bid for 2022 Toowoomba Rugby League premiership glory.

Raiders run over Bulldogs in final

Samuel Davis. Discipline and the occasional burst of individual brilliance has proven just enough to get Weipa Raiders over the line in a thrilling grand final at Andoom Oval on Saturday afternoon. Napranum Bulldogs entered the decider undefeated and favourites to claim the Western Cape Rugby League premiership cup.

Mapoon artist’s work on full display in NRL game

The Cowboys didn’t get the result they wanted but Margaret Mara was still proud of their performance in jerseys she designed.

New Pride CEO wants to pave the way for next generation of talent

The small-town kid from Cape York has been given the task of turning around the Far North's biggest rugby league club, the Northern Pride. Garreth Smith explains how his background will help restore the Pride and provide a pathway for kids from the Cape and Torres Strait.

McPherson set to lead Demon’s revival

Jeff Hanson. The Hume League finals beckoned in 2021, and after the season was cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many footballing pundits were predicting the Lockhart Demons to be a powerhouse in 2022 ... In good news, former Azzi Medal winner, two-time club best and fairest and former coach, Nathan McPherson will return as a non-playing coach in 2022.

Bulldogs well prepared ahead of footy carnivals

The Napranum Bulldogs will dust off the cobwebs this weekend when they play their first competitive game for two years at the Gordonvale Indigenous Rugby League Carnival. With no organised competition in Cape York this year and COVID-19 killing off games in 2020, the Bulldogs have been training for a long time to prepare for a string of carnivals.

Junior Cougars on the rise

Congratulations, Casino Cougars. The junior outfit has been named the NSW Rugby League Grassroots Club of the Year. The club has grown from 130 players in 2012 to 340 in 2021.

Shallin steps up into Titans squad for ’22

Former local and NRL Burleigh Bears prospect Shallin Fuller is set to join the Gold Coast Titans next year. Shallin is from Muli Muli, attended Woodenbong Central School and played for the Turkeys.

Rams in the race

Barellan Rams are on a roll, notching up their second win for the season in the ProTen Community Cup rugby league at Goolgowi on June 5. At half-time, Barellan were 10 to Ivanhoe 6 and the full-time score was 14-10.

Laurie’s talent roars in NRL’s Indigenous Round

Emma Pritchard. When he ran onto the ground at Bankwest Stadium on May 28, talented Wests Tigers fullback Daine Laurie wasn’t just playing for himself, his teammates, or his NRL club. He was also playing for his family and representing his Indigenous culture.

Cougarettes fight to beat Kyogle

Casino Cougarettes had mixed fortunes against Kyogle Turkeys in Ladies League Tag rugby at Queen Elizabeth Park on Saturday.

Lizards leap to front

Narrandera Lizards stamped their dominance on the ProTen Community Cup 2021 season by steamrolling Ivanhoe Roosters in the pre-season knockout on Saturday. The Lizards were the host club for the knockout carnival at the Narrandera Sportsground, retained the 2019 premiership field won over Barellan.

NSWRL Country vs City squads named for representative weekend

The NSWRL is pleased to announce the Country and City squads for the representative matches on the weekend of 15-16 May across three venues. The program will see Country vs City matches being played on Saturday 15 May for Wheelchair Rugby League at Shellharbour City Stadium in Croom near Albion Park, and Country vs City for Under 16s, Under 18s and Women’s Open Age at Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta.

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