|LATEST JUNIOR FOOTY
|EELS v STEELERS TRIALS TRY BLITZ
The Parramatta Eels have smashed the Illawarra Steelers in the junior representative trials held at Cabramatta Sports Ground today. The scores did not include kicks at goal.
In Harold Matthews there were two games:
Game 1: Eels 16 drew with Illawarra 16
Game 2: Eels 36 def Illawarra 4
Total: Eels 52 def Illawarra 20
In SG Ball there were two games:
Game 1: Eels 34 def Illawarra 8
Game 2: Eels 40 def Illawarra 0
Total: Eels 74 def Illawarra 8
|WA REDS TAKE ON FIRST GRADE GRAND FINALISTS
The WA Reds SG Ball squad will play a trial this Saturday afternoon against first grade grand finalists the Central Bulldogs at Ken Allen Field, Hilton.
Along with Saturdays trial against the Bulldogs the Reds will also play the Fremantle Roosters first grade side the following Saturday as the final trial before their round 1 clash with the Balmain Tigers at ME Bank Stadium.
Coach Andrew Korn has deliberately matched his side against their older rivals in a bid to see how the handle it. “We need to see how our boys can stand up against bigger, stronger and faster players like we will encounter when the competition begins.”
With former WA Seniors and Bundy Cup players in both first grade sides the Reds will be tested. “We have a lot to prove in the SG Ball competition with the majority of our players not having experienced this next level of football. They need to be tested against the Bulldogs and Roosters and I am confident they will pass.” Coach Korn added.
One further cut to the 30 man squad will be made after Saturday’s trial to trim the squad to 25 members who will make up the inaugural WA Reds SG Ball Squad.
WA Reds v Central Bulldogs
WA Reds v Fremantle Roosters
Ken Allen Field, Hilton
Saturday, 30th January
Kick Off: 5PM
Ken Allen Field, Hilton
Saturday, 6th February
Kick Off: 5PM
|RAIDERS CONFIRM 33 PLAYERS TO VISIT RIVERINA
On Monday 8 February 2010, all available members of David Furner's NRL Squad will descend on the Riverina region as part of the NRL's Community Carnival Program.
On the Monday, players and staff will stop off in Gundagai, Adelong and Tumut to visit school children in the classroom before travelling on to Wagga where they will camp down for a few days at Kapooka Army Base.
Whilst in Wagga, the Raiders Squad will attend a Men of League function at the Blamey Barrack's on the Monday evening and complete a mass blitz of Wagga schools on the Tuesday. Junior rugby league clubs will be at the EQUEX Sports Centre on the Tuesday afternoon as Furner and his other coaches run the team through a training session.
On Wednesday the Squad will return home but before doing so will stop off in Junee, Cootamundra, Illabo and Tumbarumba to rub shoulders with more school children.
Trish Crews, Director of Community Relations for the NRL, praised the efforts of the Raiders and their involvement in what will be a big week for Rugby League.
“We have over 500 players and staff participating in the Community Carnival which is a brilliant opportunity for players to get out in to the community and to also promote our message of Eat Well Play Well Stay Well and the sport of Rugby League” Crews said.
“It will be a huge week for the game and I’m really thrilled that the Raiders have embraced the Community Carnival and are going to be such a massive part of the week in the Riverina area” she continued.
The 33 players attending the three day visit to the Riverina will be:
Early next week the Raiders will be contacting media to arrange an opportunity to speak to members of the Raiders top squad who originate from the Riverina and will be returning to their local areas for the Community Carnival.
KEEBRA GET NOSE BACK ON THE GRINDSTONE
After a succesful season in 2010, Keebra Park realise that they will have a target on their backs as the team to beat in 2010.
Training has recommenced at the school and Friday morning training has become the place for the new recruits to show the coach their talents and a place to start the long journey that will be season 2010.
There have been some good gains in all age groups and that combined with the existing talent is sure to make competition for spots quite tight.
A number of last years Arrive Alive Cup side were in grade 11 and this means that once again they should feature in selections and they also have the advantage of knowing what victory in this elite competition takes.
This year there have been students enrol from a myriad of locations including Murgon, Tonga, Western Australia, Torres Straight and even the Uk which is a pleasing sign that the reputation of the school is definetly becoming global...................
With some great competition in the local area expected this year, Keebra are under no illusions that its is discipline and hard work that are the keys to success and an equally pleasing season 2010.
JUNIOR REPRESENTATIVES SECOND TRIAL
|Sharks Matty's Cup boys in action against the Canberra Raiders last weekend (Photo : ourfootymedia)
The Cronulla Sharks junior representative sides will play their second trial games this weekend against the Bulldogs at Hammondville Oval.
With both the Harold Matthews and SG Ball sides beating a tough Canberra Raiders outfit last weekend, the young stars will be looking to make it two from two. They will be looking to impress their coaches with the squads expected to be cut in the coming weeks.
The Harold Matthews squad will be up for a tough encounter after the Bulldogs beat Balmain in their previous game, while the SG Ball side will look to improve on their 16-point win.
All Sharks fans, family and friends are encouraged to support the young Sharks representatives.
SHARKS V BULLDOGS
Harold Matthews - 2pm @ Hammondville Oval
SG Ball - 3.30pm @ Hammondville Oval
Click here to view an exclusive interview with new NRL recruit Adam Cuthbertson.
|FOUNDATION CUP FAN DAY THIS SATURDAY
Sydney Roosters and Wests Tigers fans are counting down the days to the annual Foundation Cup Fan Day to be held this Saturday, 30 January, from 1.00pm at Kippax Lake Field.
The Foundation Cup Fan Day is a prelude to the Foundation Cup to be held at the Sydney Football Stadium on Sunday 21 February, commencing 6.00pm.
Attended by thousands of fans last year, the popular Foundation Cup Fan Day has become a regular fixture on the ultimate league supporter’s calendar with a range of activities available for kids and adults.
Lead by Jason Ryles and Robbie Farah, players from both clubs will be in attendance at the Fan Day to meet their fans, sign autographs and conduct coaching clinics.
A sausage sizzle will be available for a gold coin donation.
Cheergirls and mascots will happily pose for photos, and merchandise and club memberships will be available.
ENTRY IS FREE.
Kippax Lake Field is located opposite the Sydney Football Stadium on Driver Avenue.
FREE PARKING is available in the MP1 car park adjacent to the SFS.
Note: the Sydney Football Stadium is not available for this year’s Foundation Cup Fans Day due to preparations for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo to be held at the SFS on 4, 5, 6, 7 February 2010.
JUNIOR MAGPIES START TRAINING
|Aaron Goodsell, Joe Gunn, Declan? Caldwell and Matt Park with under 18s coaches Adam Hall and Ben Gunn (both standing centre).
The Forbes Rugby League Club under 18s return to training next Tuesday.
New under 18s coaches Adam Hall and Ben Gunn have announced their plans for the coming season and they are urging anyone thinking of strapping on an under 18s jumper to come for a look.
“For February we’d just like to see those intending to play turn up for a few runs,” Hall said.
“We’d just officially invite all the young blokes out there to simply come for a few soft runs and drills, even if they’re not intending to play.”
Gunn said the initial training sessions will be light.
“As with all February training, the boys have summer sports to complete, some are settling back into school and others are beginning new apprenticeships.
“It’s important that the boys focus on that firstly and we’ll get a bit more serious as the season progresses.”
The pair are taking a slightly different approach to the coaching role this season.
“We’ll go on the record now, the under 18s will be different than previous years, we have a strategic full-year program put in place and it involves many ideas to create an enjoyable atmosphere,” Hall said.
“We want young blokes to find it a pleasure to turn up and play Maggie under 18s.”
Just one of the ways the pair are mixing things up is through the introduction of mentors.
The pair have approached senior Magpies from years gone by and requested their input and assistance with the junior side.
They say there will be a focus on professionalism in areas such as defence, offensive drills, fitness, game plans and a focus on achieving goals.
Forbes has long been a strong under 18s side due to the town boasting two junior rugby league clubs.
Hall and Gunn will lay the foundation for future under 18s success by giving under 16s players an early introduction to a senior rugby league club.
The pair said interest in the 2010 under 18s side has already been strong.
“We’ve received an excellent response from young guys letting us know of their intention to play under 18s,” Gunn said.
“We’re confident of a good year on and off the paddock…” Training will take place at Spooner Oval next Tuesday.
TYSON FRIZELL SIGNS WITH THE SHARKS
|TYSON FRIZELL SIGNS WITH THE SHARKS
The Cronulla Sharks have signed promising Australian Rugby Union Schoolboy, Tyson Frizell, for the 2010 season.
The 18-year-old was first noticed by one of the Cronulla Sharks scouts and only recently returned from the Schoolboys tour of Ireland and United Kingdom earlier this month.
“The Sharks are extremely pleased to have Tyson Frizell sign with the club,” Toyota Cup Head Coach Joey Grima said.
“He brings size, speed and from all observations an incredibly high skill level. As an 18-year-old he also displays great maturity and his willingness to learn the game of rugby league is evident.”
“He also has versatility where he can play centre, wing, fullback or in the back row and I’m really looking forward to working with him over the next 12 months and developing him into a potential NRL player.”
Frizell who attends Illawarra Sports High School was a standout in rugby union having being selected in the CHS team, NSW Schools and ultimately the Australian Schoolboys.
The cross code desperately wanted to keep the talented youngster, with the NSW Waratahs extremely interested, but it is with the Sharks that Tyson feels he can really make a breakthrough.
“I was given the opportunity to come to league and play with the Sharks and it’s something different and a new challenge and I’m always up for new challenges,” Frizell said.
“With the position I play in union, I saw myself maybe fitting into league a lot easier… I can play in the centres and also as an edge back rower.”
“I’m looking forward to playing against some of the young guns coming through the ranks and really testing myself.”
Click here to view the Sharks TV Junior Representatives video.
Hoping to eventually follow in the footsteps of Blake Ferguson, Nathan Stapleton and the likes, Frizell is looking to knuckle down at training and learn the trade before he sets his sights on an NRL birth.
“I’m not too familiar with what happened, but I’ve heard how some of the younger guys made it through to the NRL after school and I hope that later on that may happen to me.”
“But I’m just looking to cement a spot in the starting side every week. That’s what my main focus is at the moment and I’m not really worrying about where I came from, I'm just trying to work hard at training.”
“I was off training for a while and wondering what I was going to do but now I’ve put pen to paper my main focus is league and doing well for the Sharks.
Tall and well built, Frizell has already started training with the NYC squad and will play in the NYC first trial match against Manly on February 12.
“It’s been really good training with Joey (Grima).”
“He’s been great in trying to help me learn the skills base in rugby league and I haven’t really had the chance to train with Ricky but hopefully if I train well enough, then an opportunity might come up down the track and I might get a shot at having a few training sessions with them.”
|TIGERS TAME BULLDOGS
Balmain’s Harold Matthews squad dominated the Bulldogs in their recent trial last Friday night.
The Tigers tackled the Bulldogs out of the game winning 6 tries to 2. All is on track for a bumper year for the Tigers as they were impressive all over the park.
The Bulldogs struggled to break the relentless Balmain defensive line, while the Tigers were unlucky not to post a few more 4 pointers.
This side is made up from mostly local juniors with only 4 or 5 players from out of the district, they are great mates off the field and really do work hard for each other on the field.
Their commitment on the field is what stands out and they still have room for improvement, get out and support this talented team you Tiger supporters you’ll really enjoy watching them play.
They finish off their Pre Season with a trial against the Bunnies on Friday 29th Jan at TG Milner 5pm kick off. Souths will be out for revenge after the Tigers beat them in an earlier trial before Xmas.
|ALL EVEN AT TORONTO
The Newcastle Knights have defeated the Parramatta Eels in an SG Ball trial at Toronto this evening.
They had four seasons in one day up there with 40 plus weather turning into gale force winds and rain.
In the first game the Knights won five trys to four while in the second game Newcastle got the money three trys to two.
It should be noted the Eels rested up to ten players for next weeks trial against Illawarra.
In Harold Matthews it was a completely different story with the Eels smashing the Knights ten trys to nil.
SHARKS REPEL RAIDERS
The Cronulla Sharks played trials against the Canberra Raiders at Shark Park on Saturday and both teams came home with good wins... LEARN MORE
CRONULLA'S MATTS GET AWAY IN TRIAL WIN
|Cronulla Sharks v Canberra Raiders trial (Photo : ourfootymedia)
With the Sou' Easter blowing in with five minutes to kick off, the temprature at Shark Park dropped 8 degrees in minutes.
After a torrid 4 twenty minute periods, all players in booth the Cronulla Sharks and the visiiting Canberra Raiders boys had a good run.
It was a good display from both sides with neither team racing away with the game.
The Steve hOLZ COACHED Cronulla SIDE EVENTUALLY PREVIALED THE DAY WITH A 5 TRY TO 4 VICTORY.
cRONULLA SCORES WERE : aLEC cANHAM, dAVID tAVITA, aLEX dOOLAN, pAT cONNELLY AND jASON gREY.
MELBOURNE STORM 2010 SG BALL PREVIEW
Story BY : Kim Williams Head Coach
Reaching the Grand Final in our first year of the national under-18 competition was an amazing achievement for the 2009 Melbourne Storm SG Ball team, but now there is a new group of young players who are highly motivated to go one better in 2010.
A squad of 40 enthusiastic young players have commenced training with the Melbourne Storm in preparation for the 2010 National Under-18’s SG Ball competition.
These players have already completed an initial eight week introductory phase in August and September, and they have now settled in to the weekly grind of pre-season training leading up to Christmas.
Competition for places in the final squad of 25 is extremely hot as these players know only the most committed and disciplined players get the opportunity to represent the Melbourne Storm.
There are six local players who are backing up for a 2nd year with the SG Ball squad and their experience will be invaluable to the team.
Players like Matt Constantinou, Jerome Henry, Herschel Gideon and Cameron Hansen will have benefited greatly from playing in last year’s successful team and they will be expected to share their knowledge and experience with the new boys in the squad.
There are also some exciting younger players training with the squad who will push strongly for starting positions once the final team is selected in February.
These players include local boys such as Tala Titi and Adam Millgate who both excelled for the Victorian Under-18’s State team in 2009.
The coaching staff has been very pleased with the progress of the squad to date and there are some very positive signs arising from the pre-season training regime.
The intensity and quality of the training sessions has risen significantly during the current phase of training and the players are learning very quickly what it means to be part of the Melbourne Storm family.
There is a long way to go but the early indications are again very positive for the 2010 SG Ball team.
Kim Williams, HEAD COACH.
YOUNG EEL TO BLOOM
|Pat O’Hanlon is one of a handful of Mackay district products set to play in the national under-20 competition this year. (Photo : ourfootymedia)
PARRAMATTA's Pat O’Hanlon believes a testing tenure out of the game has him primed for a big year in the under-20 Toyota Cup, which will feature a handful of talented teenagers who hail from the Mackay region.
The former Brothers and Mackay State High forward is itching for action after a shoulder reconstruction brought a premature end to his 2009 campaign.
“I spent the second half of the season off the field which was very frustrating. I’m not one for sitting on the sideline,” the 18-year-old said after a lengthy layoff.
The bustling back rower is now fully recovered and has been pitched into the A grade squad for the off-season, running alongside the likes of Dally M player of the year Jarryd Hayne.
“I’m looking up to blokes like Justin Poore – he’s come to the club with a great attitude (and) you want to be able to emulate players like Nathan Cayless and Nathan Hindmarsh,” he said.
And while O’Hanlon’s been training with the stars, he said he’s “just looking to play as well as I can for the 20s this season and if anything happens from there, it’s a bonus.”
“I’m just keen to use the experience I’ve got from training with the A grade side to help the 20s.”
At almost two metres and 100kg, O’Hanlon played 12 matches for the Eels’ Toyota Cup side last year and was named the club’s SG Ball player of the season despite making only five appearances for the under-18 side.
An under-18 QLD and ex-Australian AIS rep, O’Hanlon had an arm broken in 2008 and was troubled by related shoulder fractures until the reconstruction last July.
Meanwhile, Mackay flyer Dane Gagai is again on the under-20 roster at the Broncos. The schoolboy rugby union sensation was at the centre of a tug-of-war in late 2008 when the Broncos and QLD Reds were vying for his signature.
Ryan Williamson is geared to make an impact at the Sydney Roosters this season after recovering from a couple of injury setbacks. The hard-running three-quarter is a former Australian schoolboys representative.
Steven Elliot and Proserpine product Chris Faust are again on the books at the NQ Cowboys where there are also high hopes for former Tambo and Mackay prospect Robert McLeod.
Mackay and District Rugby League’s rookie of the year Kelvin Nielsen was expected to link with Manly’s under-20 squad this season but it’s suggested he could spend some time on the sideline after suffering a knee injury.
Marmin Barba, who is on the mend after being diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma, was with Canterbury’s SG Ball side last year and it’s believed he could lace up for them again in the future.
Former under-20 hotshots Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly), Ben Barba (Canterbury) and Travis Waddell (Canberra) have been included in their club’s A grade squads for the 2010 NRL premiership where they will join Danny Williams (Canterbury), Josh Hoffman (Brisbane), Grant Rovelli (NQ), Brett Seymour (NZ), Neville Costigan (St George Illawarra) and premiership winner Dane Nielsen (Storm).
TOYOTA CUP PLAYERS
* Steve Eliott – Cowboys
* Chris Faust – Cowboys
* Pat O’Hanlon – Eels
* Ryan Williamson – Roosters
* Rob McLeod – Cowboys
* Dane Gagai – Broncos
MANLY SEA EAGLES HAROLD MATTHEWS & SG BALL SELECTIONS
The following players have been selected to the next stage of training for Harold Matthews and SG Ball squads.
Please note these are NOT the final team selections
PARRAMATTA EELS LAUNCH 2010 CAMPAIGN
|Parramatta Eels doing it tough in last years thriller against the Cronulla Sharks (Photo : ourfootymedia)
The powerful Parramatta club launch their assault on the junior representative competition with their first hit out on Saturday against the Newcastle Knights at Toronto. Newcastle convincingly beat Manly last week in Matts and Ball so it should be a good clash of the traditional rivals.
This will be followed up next week with a clash against Illawarra at Cabramatta and a week later against Manly at Guildford.
They play their first competition match on February 13 against the Bulldogs at The Crest.
Saturday 23 January - Trial vs Newcastle at Toronto Sports Ground
U15 Development - 1.25 pm
Harold Matthews - 4.20 pm
SG Ball - 6 pm
Saturday 30 January 2010 - Trial vs Illawarra at Cabramatta Sports Ground
Harold Matthews - 3 pm
SG Ball - 5 pm
Saturday 6 February 2010
Trial vs Manly at McCredie Park Guildford
Harold Matthews - 4 pm
SG Ball - 5.30 pm
Saturday February 13 2010
Round 1 Junior Reps
Competition game vs Bulldogs at The Crest
DE LA SALLE CARINGBAH REGISTRATION DATES FOR 2010
|De La Salle Caringbah 2009 Under 17A PREMIERS (Photo : ourfootymedia)
* Saturday 13 February – 11am – 4.30pm
* Wednesday 17 February – 4pm – 8pm
* Saturday 20 February – 11am – 4.30pm
Credit card facilities available (no American Express)
ALL NEW PLAYERS NEED TO BRING A COPY OF THEIR BIRTH CERTIFICATE WITH THEM
Further enquiries Craig Hodges - cnhodges @ bigpond.net.au or John Little – johnjamesl @ yahoo.com
CRONULLA CARINGBAH JRLFC 2010 REGO DAYS
|Cronulla Caringbah - Cronulla Junior League 2009 Under 16A Undefeated PREMIERS (Photo : ourfootymedia)
Saturday 6 th FEBRUARY 10:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Sunday 14 th FEBRUARY 10:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Saturday 20 FEBRUARY 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday 24 th FEBRUARY 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
ALL RETURNING PLAYERS MUST ATTEND IN PERSON
PAYMENT IS DUE ON REGISTRATION DAY or Nmae will NOT be placed on registered team list
UNDER 6's and UNDER 7's - FREE REGISTRATION
FOR MORE INFO, visit the Cronulla Caringbah JRLFC website HERE
TITANS GIVE KIDS ‘BUZZ’ OUT OF LEAGUE
|Ashley Harrison & William Zillman with the TITANS KIDS
It may be in the thick of summer but rugby league was the order of the day for 130 kids on the Gold Coast today as part of a Jetstar Gold Coast Titans coaching clinic.
Jetstar Titans duo Ashley Harrison and William Zillman joined a contingent of Titans junior players and ARL Development Officers to help teach a group of enthusiastic youngsters some of the finer points of the game along with healthy lifestyle habits.
The kids were introduced to all the skills necessary to play rugby league before they were given a talk on nutrition as part of the NRL’s One Community Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well program.
It is the second planned Jetstar Titans coaching clinic for this week, with more 100 kids scheduled to attend another clinic to be held at Waterford, near Logan on Thursday.
Harrison himself remembers the impact a similar visit had on him when he was as an aspiring young rugby league player growing up in Brisbane and said it was great that kids could get a ‘buzz’ out of rugby league.
“I remember a few of the Broncos players coming out to my school when I was a young kid and I was so happy that I couldn’t stop talking about it for weeks,’’ smiled Harrison.
“Hopefully they get the same buzz out of it these days and they continue to play rugby league.
“It’s all about getting the kids out and talking to them about healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.
“It puts a smile of your face to come down and help them out.’’
Zillman, a Logan Brothers junior, said it was great that rugby league could be used as a vehicle to help teach kids about healthy lifestyle habits.
“It’s great to get the kids outside and active and what better way than to involve rugby league in it,’’ said Zillman.
“As I arrived it is unbelievable how many kids had Titans gear on. It’s a special thing for the club and it’s great because the kids look up to the footy players.’’
Harrison said the sea of blue and gold Titans colours at the clinic was a perfect illustration of the reasons why the club was crowned the NRL’s One Community Club of the Year for 2009.
“The Titans have been really active in the community since we’ve been in the competition and we’re really starting to see the benefits of it now,’’ he said.
“I think you’re on the right track when you see kids running around the streets in Titans jerseys and shirts so hopefully we can keep winning games and the kids can keep supporting us.’’
|VALENTINE - ELEEBANA JRLFC RED DEVILS 2010 REGISTRATION
Newcastle's most successful junior rugby league club are holding their 2010 registrations, but be real quick.
Saturday 6th February 11.00am - 2.00pm
Tuesday 9th February 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Saturday 13th February 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Wednesday 17th February 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Thursday 18th February 4.30pm - 5.30pm
All registration will be @ the clubhouse Parklea Ave Croudace Bay
LEARN MORE HERE
MATTHEWS TO COACH TERRIERS
|Col Wright & the Sharks Ken Fitzgerald at Nyngan (Photo : ourfootymedia)
The Gulgong Terriers have announced the highly regarded Col Matthews would be the coach for the 2010 rugby league season.
He will join former Terrier Darron Brough to oversee the Castlereagh Cup first grade and Youth League sides and hopefully take both to a premiership glory after just missing out on the titles in 2009.
Matthew said he will still keep his representative position with the AIS which will not clash with his commitments with the Terriers.
The respected coach’s plans for the Terriers side include bring a new level of professionalism and analysis to the side as well as adopting some of the latest playing techniques.
ACADEMY PLAYERS PUT THROUGH PACES AT FARRER
|Tamworth’s Kyle Eather headed back to school early yesterday. Here he runs a 40m sprint at GNA training. Photo: Grant Robertson
THE holiday is definitely over for Wests Greater Northern Academy players.
They returned from their break and were put straight to work at Farrer High School on Sunday with speed, endurance and strength testing to show how much they have improved since the start of the summer program.
The good news is most players showed improvement and some were particularly outstanding.
Warialda half Ryan Stevens scored 20.1 on the yo-yo test.
“That’s the best that we’ve ever had,” head coach Jamie McCormack said.
“It’s a record.
“That just shows how keen he is.
“It’s good to get them back after Christmas to see what a difference it’s made.”
And there were plenty of other good performers too, like Jack Pawsey who was second in the yo-yo test but was also last standing in one of the strength tests.
They also did 40m sprints and push-ups and rated their scores against those recorded back in November.
Young local referees also joined the squad for testing and training.
The squad has one more training run before playing against two junior NRL sides next month.
The two GNA sides will face teams from the Newcastle Knights and the Bulldogs at Kurri Kurri on February 5.
“They all get to play each other in short games,” McCormack said.
“So everyone will get a good run.
“That’s what we’ll be working hard on the next two sessions, getting ready for that.
“So we’ll be getting into some team work.”
The last session is on January 30 at Scully Park.
• The Oxley region is also on the lookout for coaches and trainers for 2010.
Applications for the under 18s positions will close on February 5 and should be forwarded to Ross Hamilton.
The Oxley Pioneers under 18s play at Muswellbrook on the weekend on April 17 and 18 with the semis to follow the next weekend and the final to be played ahead of the City/Country Origin game at Port Macquarie on May 7.
QUEENSLAND UNDER 16 MURRI TEAM
SELECTORS have announced the Queensland Murri Under 16 team to play NSW in next month’s indigenous clash at Skilled Park.
The match will be played as a curtain-raiser to the highly anticipated Indigenous All Stars v NRL All Stars match on February 13.
TALENTED BRIBIE ISLAND RUGBY LEAGUE TRIO MAKE THE CUT
|Local elite ... Kieren O'Meara, Scott Ferguson and Brad Winzar.
THREE Bribie Island Junior Rugby League Club products will play in this year’s prestigious Cyril Connell Cup under-16 competition.
Kieren O’Meara and Scott Ferguson have been selected for the Redcliffe Dolphins, and Brad Winzar the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles.
The Cyril Connell Cup starts in February, and the Bribie boys will clash in April when the Dolphins take on the Sea Eagles at Stockland Park, Kawana.
Meanwhile, Bribie has a host of players in under-13 and 14 Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles development squads.
Jake Hicks, Matt Eakin, Jarrod Aitken, Cavan McAlister, Tom Rafter, Matt Bennett, Caleb Austin, Liam Ireland, Josh Vella, Michael Austin and Cory Parker have made the Coast’s elite under-13 program, while Liam O’Meara, Jai Elers and Alex Albert are in the under-14 squad.
The boys did a six-week training program and then were selected into a squad of 25 for further development over the pre-season.
The first three rounds of the season is when they are eligible to be selected for the Sunshine Coast Black Representative teams to play the 47th Battalion carnival at Bundaberg.
|JUNIOR REP TRIALS
BALMAIN TIGERS v CANTERBURY BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Friday 22nd January at PETER HISLOP PARK, BERALA
MATTHEW CUP kicks off at 5:30 PM
SG BALL kicks off at 7:00 PM
|HAROLD MATTHEWS AND SG BALL JUNIOR REPRESENTATIVE TRIAL INFORMATION
SOURCE : Manly Sea Eagles
The Newcastle Knights Junior Representative Trial Matches will be played this Saturday, 16 January at Dora Creek Oval, Mini Street Dora Creek.
The times for each trial are as follows:
Newcastle Knights Chargers Youth Squad v South West Sydney Academy 15s
Duration: 3 x 20mins
Harold Matthews - Newcastle Knights v Manly
Duration: 4 x 20mins
These are only selection trials and from here, both teams will be graded and squads will be chosen. Final team selections wil be shown on the Manly Sea Eagles website on Monday.
SG Ball - Newcastle Knights v Manly
Duration: 4 x 25mins
SHARKS v RAIDERS TRIAL
Raiders travel to Sydney this year for their trial games against the Cronulla Sharks
The trials will be held at Toyota Stadium
Kick off 3:00 PM
HAROLD MATTHEW'S & SG BALL CUP 2010 DRAWS WILL BE AVAILBLE THIS WEEKEND
Kick off - 5:00 PM
|SOUTH SYDNEY TRIALS
Friday Jan 22
HAROLD MATTHEW'S - SOUTHS v WESTERN SUBURBS
SG BALL - SOUTHS v WESTERN SUBURBS
Friday 29 th Jan
HAROLD MATTHEW'S - SOUTHS v BALMAIN TIGERS
SG BALL - SOUTHS v BALMAIN TIGERS
|Junior Rep Trials
Source : NSWRL
Thursday, 14th January 2010
SG BALL AND HAROLD MATTHEWS TRIALS
16th January, 2010
@ WIN JUBILEE OVAL – KOGARAH
9.00 AM DRAGONS VS ROOSTERS HAROLD MATHEWS
10.30AM DRAGONS VS ROOSTERS SG BALL CUP
16TH January, 2010
@ WIN STADIUM NO2 – WOLLONGONG
9.30AM STEELERS VS WESTS HAROLD MATHEWS
11.15AM STEELERS VS WESTS SG BALL CUP
@ 2010 KINGSWAY, ST MARYS ( NOTE 2 GROUNDS RUNNING CONCURRENT )
9.00AM PANTHERS VS BULLGDOGS U/15
9.00AM PANTHERS VS BULLDOGS HAROLD MATHEWS
10.30AM PANTHERS VS BULLDOGS U/17
10.30AM PANTHERS VS BULLDOGS SG BALL
@ DORA CREEK OVAL, MINI STREET , DORA CREEK
2.30PM KNIGHTS YOUTH SQUAD VS STH WEST SYDNEY ACADEMY
3.45PM KNIGHTS VS MANLY HAROLD MATHEWS
5.25PM KNIGHTS VS MANLY SG BALL CUP
ST GEORGE/ ILLAWARRA HIGH PERFORMANCE UNIT VS AIS
RAIDERS START CAMPAIGN
|Former Macquarie Raiders Under-18s forward Dylan Hill pictured during pre-season training with the Cronulla Sharks SG Ball Cup side. While Hill is pursuing a career in the NRL his former team-mates at Macquarie will begin pre-season training ahead of another Tooheys New Group 11 season at Apex Oval from 6pm tonight. (Photo : ourfootymedia)
The Macquarie Raiders’ campaign to return to the form that saw them win the 2008 Tooheys New Group 11 first grade premiership will begin tonight with the first pre-season training session.
Macquarie will train at Apex Oval from 6pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Apex Oval.
All existing and interested players are invited to attend, according to president Gavin Board.
“The first training session will be a bit of a meet and greet with the new coaching staff, brothers Matt and Andy Stott,” Board said.
“They’ll be looking to get things organised and get everyone together to start the season off.
“We will be retaining most of the players from last year with a lot of senior guys like Chris Thompson, Zac Rennick, Lawrence Fogg and Chris Daley indicated that they will be back for another run.
“There will also be a lot of former junior players like Anthony Egan-Smith and Ben McQuillan coming through the ranks.”
Dave Daley as reserve grade coach and Greg Edwards in the position of under-18s mentor will resume their positions at the club.
Board said the club was hoping to register a stand-alone junior team in the Castlereagh Cup, after a combined Dubbo team was entered into the competition’s inaugural under-17s competition in 2009.
“Any under-17 players who want to play footy should come down and train as well,” he said.
“We are looking to get an under-18s team into the Castlereagh Cup competition.
“If we get enough numbers we could fly a team under the Macquarie banner.
“So kids were in last year’s under-16s and are interested in a game are encouraged to come along.”
Board said the club had held initial talks with former player and 2008 Bob Weir Medalist for Player of the Grand Final, Ash Conn, who moved to play with Group 10 club Orange CYMS during 2009.
JACOB FAIRBANK KEEPING FAMOUS NAME IN SPOTLIGHT
|Jacob Fairbank (with bandaged head) about to tackle Matthew Groat in the 1st Test last year Photo : ourfootymedia
At the age of 19, talented forward Jacob Fairbank is already proving to be one of Huddersfield's hottest young properties.
Having been promoted to the Giants' Super League squad for 2010, the Halifax-based Fairbank underlined his potential by leading a young and inexperienced Huddersfield side into pre-season action against full-strength Batley Bulldogs at Mount Pleasant a week ago.
Although Fairbank and his teammates were beaten 40-12, the young loose-forward caught the eye with his non-stop, aggressive and no-nonsense approach, which has been a family trademark for several generations.
The son of former Keighley player Mark, Jacob's uncles include ex-Great Britain and Bradford legend Karl, John (Leeds and Oldham) and Dick (Halifax), while grandfather Jack made a big name for himself at Leeds.
It's no surprise, therefore, that Jacob, who like the rest of the family came up through the ranks at top amateur club Elland, is making a name for himself. How could he not coming from stock like that!
But the level-headed youngster already knows he still has a lot of work ahead of him to match the exploits of some of his illustrious older relatives.
"Like a lot of my family, I'd love to make it in the game," said Jacob.
"Before starting full-time training late last year I was working as a joiner, and even though I've only been a professional rugby league players for a few months I know this is what I want to do for as many years as possible.
"Whether that happens is obviously down to me, but I already love doing this and I'm prepared to do whatever it takes to make that happen.
"It's going to take a lot of hard work, I know that, but I'm determined to be the next member of the family to enjoy success in the sport.
"At the Giants, I think I'm at the best place to be."
Fairbank earned a three-year full-time deal last September on the back of being named the Giants' Academy Player of the Year in 2008 and then being the cornerstone of the successful Reserve team pack last season.
He was also handed the contract after he had just returned from a Great Britain Community Lions tour of Australia.
Fairbank knows playing in Super League would be a far greater achievement, and with his confidence at an all-time high he does believe it's a realistic aim.
"I can't believe how much I've developed in the relatively short time I've been training full-time," he added.
"I'm learning with every session and now feel comfortable working at this level. I'm also putting size on all the time - I'm up to 97kg and hope to get up to 100 eventually - but I'm still managing to feel fitter, as well as stronger.
"At the moment, my preferred position is still probably loose-forward, but the coaching staff have got me down as a prop, that's why they're keen for me to put the weight on.
"To be honest, I'm perfectly happy about that. If they feel my future is at prop, I'm more than happy about that, especially if it means it gives me more of a chance to break into the first team.
"I know that's still a little further down the track, but I am feeling pretty confident about things at the moment.
"I was relatively happy with the way I played at Batley last week.
"I did, of course, play loose-forward that day and my fitness felt good. In fact, I would have liked to have played more time!
"And what was the best thing about that was that the coaching staff were pleased with the way I played and they told me I was going to be in the squad to face Halifax tomorrow, if it had gone ahead.
"I was obviously gutted when we found out it was off.
"But the fact I'd been included was another step in the right direction, and I just hope it's not long before I'm part of a first-team squad once again - and can get a game!"
CAMERON KING REFLECTS ON A BIG 2009
|Cameron King with his NSWCHS VAL LAMBIT Award (Photo : ourfootymedia)
|Australian Schoolboys captain Cameron King on the burst in the 2nd Test v GBCL (Photo: ourfootymedia)
|Cameron King in action against Keebra Park in the 2009 AaC Semi final @ Telstra Stadium (Photo : ourfootymedia)
|Cameron King feds the CHS runners - NSWCHS v QSSRL Day battle 3 action (Photo : ourfooty media)
|Cameron King collects his Man of the Series Prize - The ASSRL Presentations after the 2nd Test @ St. Mary's Leaguies (Photo : ourfootymedia)
Cameron King is a country boy come good in the big smoke. Hailing from the country he also brought his humble country work ethics and values and these have helped turn this boy from Wagga Wagga into one of the elite of Australian sport.
2009 was a dream year for young Cameron and we spoke to one of his coaches at Endeavour Sports High School, Mr Brad Kelly, who was kind enough to tell us some of Cameron’s achievements through 2009.
"Cameron arrived at Endeavour SHS in year 9 and he ended up staying at the school for 4 years.
"2009 was a pretty stellar year for him, he has probably achieved more this year than any other student who has gone through our rugby league program.”
"Cameron has been great in terms of his leadership qualities not just in the games - but at training and his attitude around the school", said Mr Kelly.
Some of Cameron’s achievements through 2009 include :
Endeavour SHS DAU MEDAL - which is recognition an individual who has made the most out standing on & off field contribution to the rugby league program at Endeavour SHS.
Endeavour SHS "PLAYER of the YEAR
ASSRL - PLAYER of the SERIES - Australian Schoolboys v Great Britian Community Lions
ASSRL - MAN of the MATCH - 1st TEST
NSWCHS - Sydney East BLUE
NSWCHS - NSWCHS BLUE
NSWCHS - VAL LEMBIT AWARD - the VAL LEMBIT AWARD is awarded to the most outstanding male athlete in NSW at CHS level
REP TEAMS :
Australian Schoolboys (Captain) v Great Britian Community LIONS
NSW Under 18 ORIGIN
(NSW Captain) v Queensland Under 18's
NSW CHS Under 18's -
ASSRL Championships at Newcastle
St. George Dragons - TOYOTA CUP TEAM
ENDEAVOUR SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL - Arrive alive Cup - semi finalists
ENDEAVOUR SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL - NSWCHS UNIVERSITY SHIELD - Grand Finalists
Cameron said he owed a lot to his biggest supporter, his Mum who has been there for him and gone through the highs and lows and dragged him around to games and training since he started playing footy at the ripe old age of 4.
President of the Australian Schoolboys Rugby League (ASSRL) Mr. Bruce Wallace couldn’t praise Cameron enough. "Cameron is the first rugby league player since Blake Green in 2004 to win the award. Just to be nominated for the Val Lembit Award is huge - and to win it is sensational.”
“It's a marvelous achievement seeing as Ian Thorpe one it twice in 1997 and 1998”, said Mr Wallace.
Below we have exclusively for ourfootyteam readers an interview with the man himself.
Cameron King Interview Wednesday 6 th Jan 2010
|Cameron King in action for Endeavour in the NSWCHS University Shield Grand Final at Shark Park (Photo : ourfootymedia)
|Cameron King's 2009 trophy collection - pretty good hey (Photo : ourfootymedia)
@ the Glen McGrath Oval, Caringbah NSW
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE?
I always wanted to be a footballer, my dad played for Penrith.
WHAT LOCAL FOOTY CLUBS DO YOU PLAY FOR?
I played for the Wagga Kargaroos, then moved to Sydney in 2005, i played for Cronulla Caringbah in the Cronulla Junior Comp
QUICK QUESTIONS :
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR?
WHAT'S YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE COLOUR?
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD?
WHAT'S YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE FOOD?
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE DRINK?
WHAT'S YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE DRINK?
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE FRUIT?
WHAT'S YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE FRUIT?
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC?
Hip Hop & R'n'B
WHAT'S YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE MUSIC?
Heavy Metal, u know the thrash music
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE TV SHOW?
2 1/2 Men
WHAT'S YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE TV SHOW?
Home & Away
WHAT'S YOUR ALL TIME FAVOURITE CARTOON?
Pokemon, they are great
WHAT'S YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION?
Fiji, a few years ago I went to Fiji and I wanna go back
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN OVERSEA'S?
Fiji and New Zealand (with the Dragons Toyota Cup team)
GOING ANYWHERE THIS SUMMER?
WHO WERE YOUR HERO'S AS A LITLLE KID?
Freddie Fittler, Coz my brother in law is Greg Alexander, so I used to see Freddie alot
WHY DO YOU PLAY RUGBY LEAGUE?
Like everything, it's all i have known since I was 4
WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT PLAYING RUGBY LEAGUE CAMERON?
WHAT POSITION DO YOU PLAY?
IS THAT YOUR FAVOURITE POSITION?
Yeh, i can play half & also 5/8
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT FOOTY TRAINING?
Learning new things and being with my mates
WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE ABOUT FOOTY TRAINING?
Start of season, running
WHO DO YOU PLAY FOR NOW?
St. George Dragons
WHO HAS BEEN YOUR TOUGHEST OPPONENT?
Russell Packer (NZ), he is the toughest dude
WHO ARE THE TOUGHEST TEAM YOU HAVE PLAYED?
NZ Warriors, but over there (In NZ) we played them in Wollongong and smashed them, but over there..... it's different
2009 WAS HUGE FOR YOU CAMERON, CAN YOU TELL US WHY?
I had a big off season with the Dragons, being stronger and fitter.
It was a big year coz I chose school footy and wanted to have fun with my last year of school at Endeavour Sports High, it was a good break from the seriousness of the NRL.
WHAT TEAMS DID YOU PLAY IN LAST YEAR?
My school, Endeavour SHS, St. George Dragons Toyota Cup side, NSWCHS Presidents, NSWCHS, NSW U 19's Origin, and the Australian Schoolboys.
WHO ARE THE BEST PLAYERS YOU PLAYED WITH AND AGAINST IN 2009?
There's a few, oh man, Albert Kelly (Cronulla Sharks, NSW U18's), Jordan Rankin (Gold Coast Titans, Palm Beach Currumbin SHS, QLD schoolboys, Australian Schoolboys), Joey LEILUA (Endeavour SHS, SOUTHS, NSWCHS, Australian Schoolboys), Ryan James (Gold Coast Titans, Palm Beach Currumbin SHS, QLD schoolboys, Australian Schoolboys), Jacob Miller (Matraville SHS, NSWCHS, Australian Schoolboys), Jordan Kahu (Keebra Park SHS, QLD Schoolboys), Peni Tagive
WHAT WERE YOUR 2009 HIGHLIGHTS CAM?
Playing NSW u19 Origin
Captain Australian Schoolboys
Meeting Kylah (my girlfriend)
Loosing the Arrive alive Cup semi to Keebra
Missing the final series of the Toyota Cup
GOALS IN FOOTY ?
Just to have a long career and be mostly injury free
ADVISE TO KIDS PLAYING FOOTY?
Don't put your head down if you do something wrong, don't worry when you make mistakes, just don't worry about it
Just get on with it, and don't think of the negatives
DO YOU HAVE A JOB CAM?
Yeh, I am doing freight handling for a company called WYMAP
WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH YOUR LAST $50.00?
Ourfootyteam would like to thank CAMERON KING for his time and patience and for allowing us to interview him, good on ya Kingy - we look forward to a follow up interview at the end of the 2010 season.
Look for a big winner at Randwick
CALE POINTS TO FLY SOUTH
|Cale Hobday with his AIS Player of the 2009 Tour Trophy at Sydney airport last year (Photo : ourfootymedia)
MANLY BOUND: Cashmere rugby league player Cale Hobday.
THERE is a sense of destiny about Cale Hobday’s impending move to the Manly Sea Eagles.
As the cousin of Brookvale Oval great Noel Cleal, the 17-year-old Cashmere wrecking machine is following a well worn path.
And not just a track set down by Manly, NSW and Australian great Noel ``Crusher’’ Cleal, now a highly regarded scout for the Sea Eagles.
But also by his Noel’s brother Les, who played with Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, and former Redcliffe Dolphins premiership forward and Australian Schoolboys representative Grant Cleal, who is Hobday’s uncle.
All were renown for being tough, uncompromising players on the footy field. Noel, especially, was regarded by many, including a lot of Queenslanders, as one of the fiercest second rowers of the mid-1980s.
And if Hobday’s best-on-tour performance for the Australian Institute of Sport’s rugby league squad on the tour to France and the UK in late November is anything to go by, the young prop has inherited the same rampaging style.
One thing he hasn’t inherited is the ``Crusher’’ nickname. Instead he has been given the tag ``Boppa’’, a moniker that suits well his playing style.
``I’d love to play like my uncles,’’ the 106kg teenager said.
``They’ve given me a few tips, and I watched Grant play a lot at Redcliffe.’’
Hobday started his fledgling career as an under-7 with Redcliffe, and spent seasons at Pine Rivers, Arana Hills and Albany Creek before returning to the Peninsula to play under-18s this year.
It proved a clever move, and after a strong season with the Dolphins and his first representative tour with the AIS, the Wavell State High School student is headed to Sydney’s northern beaches to make a go of playing first grade football, just like those of his family before him.
It will start in Manly’s SG Ball side, but there is already talk he may find a regular home in Manly’s under-20 Toyota Cup team.
|HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE NEWTOWN JETS TOMORROW ….
The Newtown Rugby League Football Club celebrates its 102nd birthday tomorrow, the 8th January 2010.
The club’s foundation meeting was held at the Newtown Town Hall on the 8th January 1908 and the Bluebags / Jets played in the NSW Rugby League’s first grade competition from 1908 to 1983. Newtown won first grade premierships in 1910, 1933 and 1943 and produced 34 Australian Rugby League representatives.
The Newtown Jets now play in the NSW Cup, the flagship competition of the NSW Rugby League, along with other 1908 foundation clubs Balmain, North Sydney and Western Suburbs.
PHIL SCHAEFER AWARDED LIFE MEMBERSHIP
|Phil Shaefer awarded ASSRL Life Membership
LIFE MEMBERSHIP CITATION PHIL SCHAEFER
Phil Schaefer has been nominated for ASSRL Life Membership for his ongoing commitment to schoolboy rugby league and for the development of the NSW Combined Independent Schools into an active constituent body of the ASSRLC.
As a player, Phil represented Balmain RLFC in over 25 first grade matches between 1978 and 1982.
He has been involved in schoolboy rugby league since he commenced teaching in 1982 at De La Salle, Revesby and has continued throughout his whole career as a teacher.
During the early 1990s, Phil was instrumental in the development of the game within the Christian Schools Sports Association, a sub-association of the NSW Combined Independent Schools, selecting and coaching teams to play against various school and district sides as well as the running of an annual 7-a-side carnival, which later became the NSWCIS 7’s Gala Day.
In 1997, Phil was appointed coach of the inaugural NSWCIS U/18s team which competed at the ASSRL Championships in Parkes.
He continued to coach the CIS Team in 1998 (Melbourne), 1999 (Gold Coast – Pool B Runners-Up) and 2000 (Brisbane).
In 2000, Phil was appointed Convenor of the NSWCIS Rugby League, a position in which he has continued to this present day.
Phil has worked tirelessly to promote rugby league amongst the many schools within CIS through gala days, annual state competitions and opportunities for students to compete at the ASSRL Championships.
In 2001, Phil convened a very successful ASSRL 15 Years Championships at Moorebank and followed this up by conducting another successful 18 Years Championships in St Marys in 2004.
Phil was an ASSRL selector for the 18 Years Australian schoolboy teams in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He has also been a delegate to the ASSRL Council since1998.
In this role, he was instrumental in the development of a new draw format for the ASSRL Championships to accommodate the new Combined Affiliated States Team (18 Years) and a second Queensland Team (15 Years).
This outline was endorsed by the ASSRL Council in 2005 and first implemented in 2006.
Phil has always been a dedicated Council member and has contributed to the development of the organization through his thoughtful and selfless commitment to schoolboy rugby league.
He is an outstanding administrator who pursues his passion of schoolboy rugby league, for all of the right reasons. Phil is a most worthy recipient of ASSRL Life Membership
CHURCH CAN WAIT FOR FOLAU
|Religion on hold ... Israel Folau has decided to skip the two year overseas religious posting encouraged for all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Photograph: Jono Searle Source: The Sunday Telegraph
BRISBANE superstar Israel Folau will shelve plans to embark on a religious mission for at least five years to dedicate the prime of his career to the Broncos.
With the Broncos returning to pre-season training tomorrow, Folau declared he had no intention of quitting Brisbane mid-contract to fulfil a two-year sabbatical for his church. Two years ago, Folau, a devout Mormon and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, rocked the NRL when he spoke publicly of his desire to break from the game to seek an overseas religious posting.
The group strongly encourages members to undertake a two-year mission by the age of 25, meaning Folau, 20, has until 2014 to serve his church overseas.
But the Test star says he will see out his four-year deal at the Broncos, which expires at the end of 2012, and may never complete his religious mission. "I won't be going any time soon," said Folau, who will report at Red Hill tomorrow at full fitness after missing Australia's Four Nations victory with an ankle injury.
"I certainly won't be going in the next few years. If I did go, it might be in another five years, but I'm not thinking about it too much because I'm happy here at the Broncos. You have to do it (the religious mission) before the age of 25. If I don't do it by then, I can't go at all. But if I don't go, that's the way it goes."
A number of Mormons have quit the NRL in recent seasons to serve their religious posting. Titans rookie Jordan Rapana is about to complete his first year in England, while John Hopoate's brother Albert, now with the Sydney Roosters, and former Broncos utility Fraser Anderson have spread the gospel.
Such is their devotion to their faith, the Folau family does not watch rugby league on Sundays. But Folau says no one is forcing his hand to go abroad. "There's no pressure from my family or the church," he said. "They've said it's entirely up to me, and at this stage I'm not going."
Besides, Folau believes there is too much on his radar in rugby league. Despite scoring 17 tries, he wasn't completely satisfied with his maiden season at Red Hill.
The bad news for rivals is Folau has grown another two centimetres. And the 196cm flyer has spent the off-season working on his speed. Folau says he will start 2010 the quickest of his career - and he has his sights on a full-time move into the centres.
"I'd prefer to play centre," he said. "I played a few positions last year but I'd like to focus on one position. If I had to play wing, I would do what's best for the team, but I'd like to be in the centres. To be honest, I don't feel like I played the best footy I can play (last season) and that is a positive thing for me.
"I know I can improve and I want to do better for myself and the team. I want to take my game to a new level and I feel with the training I've done so far I can achieve it. I've been working mainly on my speed and I've been working on things in attack. I've been trying to mix up my runs.
"Last year, I think most of my runs were from dummy-half and I'm going to try to change that up for next season."
Folau says he has no interest in wearing the No. 1 jumper following the departure of Karmichael Hunt.
"Ivan (Henjak, Broncos coach) is looking at his options for fullback but I don't see myself playing there," he said. "Personally, I think Justin Hodges or Denan Kemp would be best suited for that role.I haven't played much fullback as a kid so I don't think that position is for me."
BULLDOGS LOOK TO LURE PARRAMATTA NRL STAR DANIEL MORTIMER
|Wanted man...young Eels star Daniel Mortimer. Daniel Mortimer (R) with Jason Baiteri (L) hams it up for the ourfootyteam camera - Toyota Cup Induction Camp day 2 Picture: ourfootymedia
PARRAMATTA might have won their epic preliminary final battle in September but the Bulldogs are now scheming to win the war for the signatures of Daniel Mortimer and Feleti Mateo.
The Bulldogs see young Mortimer as the natural heir to veteran Brett Kimmorley's No. 7 jersey - and not just because his surname is synonymous with the Belmore club.
While the 19-year-old's rookie season was brilliant, Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg is perhaps more enamoured with Mortimer's maturity and class - qualities Canterbury now demand from new recruits.
Greenberg has held several rounds of talks with the Mortimer camp since the Grand Final, and father Peter is again warming to his old club after becoming disillusioned a few years back when the Bulldogs were a disciplinary rabble.
As for Mateo - also off contract at the end of this year - Greenberg has enlisted a secret weapon in the form of assistant coach Jim Dymock. Mateo has great respect for Dymock from their 2008 World Cup campaign for Tonga, when the former Eels and Bulldogs star coached the team.
Mateo couldn't crack Parramatta's starting side during the finals, but there would be no such problem at Canterbury, where the ball-playing utility would call more of the shots.
Parramatta CEO Paul Osborne is aware of the raid and guaranteed Eels fans a rearguard action had begun. "We know what the Bulldogs are up to - and we want to keep both of them," Osborne said. "Ideally, we'd like to do it before the season starts so it's not a distraction."
Greenberg went to extraordinary lengths to meet the families of 2009 recruits Michael Ennis and Ben Hannant before they signed.
BRUCE WALLACE AWARDED LIFE MEMBERSHIP
|Mr. Bruce Wallace announces the Australian Schoolboys "Team of the Century" (Photo : ourfootymedia)
Mr. Bruce Wallace presents PJ Asiata with the 1st test award (Photo : ourfootymedia)
We spoke to Mr. Wallace on Saturday night about winning this award.
"I was suprised, i didn't expect to win this stage of my career, to get reconised from the rugby league community is pretty special"
"The reason for my call is to let you know that Cameron King won the NSWCHS VALE LEMBIT AWARD, this is the top award in NSW Combinned High School's sports and goes to the top athelete in NSW, Cameron beat some pretty good sportsman for the Vale Lembit Award, including a few World Champions"
WELL DONE CAMERON KING (Interview with this humble Aussie coming soon)
|CAMERON KING IS NSW'S BEST ATHELETE
Cameron King from Endeavour Sports High School recently won the most prestigous award in the NSW Combined High School system.
Cameron had a stellar 2009 in rugby league playing for his school Endeavour Sports High School, Captain of the Australian Schoolboys, captain of the NSWCHS opens schoolboys side and this little hooker alos plays for the mighty St. George Dragons Toyota Cup team.
LIFE MEMBERSHIP CITATION - BRUCE WALLACE
Bruce Wallace’s contribution to the Australian Schools Rugby League and Schools Rugby League in general is approaching unparalleled.
Bruce’s passion and involvement in Schools Rugby League commenced in the mid 1970’s as a teacher in the inner metropolitan area of Sydney where his abilities as a coach and an administrator were quickly noted by those involved.
He assumed the roles of Zone and Regional coach as well as the Regional convener’s role.
In the early 80’s Bruce gained the respect and confidence of the Sub Committee, quickly earning the position of manager of the NSWCHS 15 Years team.
His desire to coach was realised soon after and Bruce then went on to coach NSWCHS 15 Years and Opens to remarkable success at ASSRL Championships.
Having achieved noted successes as a coach, Bruce turned his hand to administration, assuming the role of NSWCHS Convener, a position he held for four years, contributing significantly to the workings of the ASSRL Council.
In this period Bruce was appointed ASSRL coach and successfully coached the Australian side from 1993 until 1995, culminating in the highly successful tour of England and France where many point scoring records were set.
In 1996 Bruce Wallace was elected as President of the ASSRL, a role he has continued in for the past thirteen years. In this role Bruce has demonstrated remarkable leadership and continued passion.
In his time as President, Bruce represented the ASSRL at both international and national forums and has seen the ASSRL develop into a most dynamic and respected organisation.
He has negotiated and organised many International exchanges and overseen National Championships every year of his Presidency, and done so in a calm and assiduous manner.
His long term vision has led to many significant changes in ASSRL and its Championships.
He has also generously assisted ASSRL team officials learn their role, and helped them develop their skills and capacities in the sport of rugby league. He has represented ASSRL on the Player Agent Accreditation Committee since its inception.
This has been vital in ensuring the implementation of proper protocols for Player Agents, an important element with regards to child protection.
His longevity in the role is testimony to the interest, passion and ability of the man and fulfill all the requisites for an ASSRL Life Membership.
Bruce Wallace is undoubtedly one of the most deserved recipients of the ASSRL Life Membership as his contribution, coupled with his remarkable length of service to the association would be difficult to equal.
|PARRAMATTA SNAP UP NT TEENAGE RAIDER
NEWCASTLE Knights winger James McManus blazed a trail to the National Rugby League like no other Territorian before him.
But hot on the NSW Origin representative's heels is another Palmerston Raider making good, Bradley Hanson.
Just as McManus did in 2002, Hansen was named Darwin Rugby League's rookie of the year.
And like the 17-year-old McManus did in 2003, Hansen yesterday signed his first NRL deal.
The versatile teenager will join Parramatta's Toyota Cup side in 2011, seeing out another year in Darwin with the Raiders and leading the NT Titans in the under-18 Mal Meninga Cup in Queensland.
He will also trial for the Affiliated States team that will play in the top tier of the Australian under-18 schoolboys championships.
If unsuccessful he will again play for the Territory under-18 side in Pool B.
Hansen's first order of business in the New Year will be a week-long training camp with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) which will include trial games against Canberra and St George in mid-January.
Fellow NT Institute of Sport players Jake Watts, Dylan Cartwright and Matt Bennett will also push their cases for selection in the 2010 AIS squad.
Watts, Bennett and Cartwright will then try woo Manly Sea Eagle and West Tigers selectors in a bid to win NRL contracts themselves.
LEAGUE JUNIORS WAITING ON A DREAM
|Rugby league five-eighth Swade Dunn looking forward to playing for NSW Indigenous Under-16s against Queensland on February 13 next year.
Two local players are counting down the days till they play for the New South Wales Indigenous Under-16s against Queensland.
Swade Dunn from Eastridge and Peak Hill’s Ricky Read, who played last season with the premiership-winning Dubbo PCYC Under-15s, have been named in the 20-player squad.
Not only will the two boys represent their State and their heritage, but also play in the curtain-raiser before the history making NRL All Stars clash at the Gold Coast.
The Dubbo boys will join their team-mates in camp from Monday, February 8 before the game on the Saturday to be played at Skilled Park, Robina.
“There were 40 kids down at the trials and there were some very good players there,” Swade said.
“I didn’t think I had a great chance of making the squad, but was really pleased when my name was on the list sent to us.
“At the trials we had training and skills work and then a game, so it must have been hard for the selectors.”
Swade and Ricky have both been named on the bench but hope to get some quality time from the coaching staff that includes coach Chris Binge from Goonellabah and managers Phil Duncan (Sydney) and Tim Humphries (Wagga).
Swade said his best position is five-eighth but he’s also played half-back for Eastridge Under-15s who made the grand final this season.
Blake on the other hand is a prop or second-rower and like Swade will be playing Under-16s in 2010.
“Making this team is a big thrill,’ Ricky said.
“I’ve played for Western Schoolboys Under-15s, the Western Academy and Group 11, and our PCYC team Under-15s won the grand final last year, but this is easily the highest selection I’ve made.”
Despite the game being two months away, the boys are already thinking about the trip to the Gold Coast.
“Playing the game is going to be great but I think being in camp and hopefully around the NRL All Stars players will be out of this world. It should be great,” Swade said.
Rugby league has long been a tradition in the Dunn family.
Swade’s father Robbie played with the Canberra Raiders and uncle Mick Dunn has been a huge supporter and offered plenty of encouragement to Swade throughout his young career.
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