Country RL - Bush Telegraph #6

AAMI Country City Tickets on sale now

General Public tickets are now on sale for the 2014 AAMI Country v City Origin with the match officially launched at Apex Oval in Dubbo, with family friendly tickets starting at just $8 for a child and $40 a family.

“The reception we have received here in Dubbo today has been wonderful,” CRL Chief Executive, Mr Terry Quinn said.

“We have received strong support from Dubbo City Council and the local community we look forward to celebrating our 80th anniversary in here Dubbo with the AAMI Country v City Origin.”

Present at today’s reception was Councillor Mathew Dickerson, Country Coach Trent Barrett, City Coach Brad Fittler and NRL Head of Football Mr Todd Greenberg.

“We are proud the game will be played in Dubbo in May,” Greenberg said.

“We would be delighted to see a crowd of 15,000 for the game and I hope it will act as an inspiration for young bush players.”

The match will be held on Sunday, 4 May 2014.

“The AAMI Country v City is a great way to get spotted as a young talent,” Brad Fittler, AAMI City Team Coach said.

“I think it’s great that we play the match in the country and I look forward to seeing more of Dubbo and meeting the locals.”

Event organisers also paid tribute to CRL Chairman, Jock Colley who recently passed away.

This is the 80 year anniversary of the CRL, with celebrations and events planned in the lead up to the AAMI Country v City. Tickets can be purchased at or through Dubbo RSL 178 Brisbane St, Dubbo NSW 2830 - (02) 6882 4411.

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Academies close with a bang

The Greater Northern Rugby League Academy program will be finalized on Saturday 22nd February, when they will play against the CRL’s Northern Rivers and North Coast Academies.

150 players and staff will converge on Jack Woolaston Oval and have the opportunity to play each other in what will be the final hit out for all the squads.

The day will kick off at 9.30am with the Northern Rivers and North Coast academies taking each other on in the Under 16’s and Under 17’s (10.30am kick off), before the local Greater Northern Academy will take on the North Coast.

The Cubs will play North Coast U16’s at 11.30am, followed by the Tigers taking on the North Coast U17’s at 12.30pm.

CRL Regional Manager Scott Bone, said the games in Tamworth are a great opportunity for all involved. “The games are a great gauge for the coaches to see the skills that have been learned by the players over the summer months can be put into match pressure situations.” ”The games create much interest from NRL clubs, but also locally with coaches from the regional sides being in attendance to see what talent will be available when sides are selected in months to come.”

The Greater Northern and Northern Rivers academies will then get the opportunity to play before the Newcastle Knights and Canberra Raiders trial to be held at Scully Park later in the afternoon. The Greater Northern Cubs will take on the Northern Rivers U16’s from 4.15pm, before the Tigers take on the Northern Rivers U17’s at 5.30pm.

For all the players they will now return to their club rugby league, in the hope of making their Group representative sides to vie for positions in the Greater Northern or East Coast regional sides for the Country Championships which will be held in June.

Squads for this weekends’ games: -
Josh Bermingham, Harrison Buhler, Brad Collett, James Fisk, Marcus Hayne, Jesse Hourn, Cameron Howard, Kydan Howard, Jack Inder, Jack Jeffery, Brayden Jerrard, Blake Kellett, Hayden Loughrey, Jake Parker, Ben Price, Phillip Quinlan, Jorden Symington, Zach Taylor, Cameron Thorne, Lachlan Walmsley,
Isaac Austin, Tye Barry, Scott Berry, Chris Dillon, Noa Durham, Zac Faulkner, Brayden Gallagher, Ryan Horton, Brad Johnston, Isaac Laird, Mitch Lennon, Corey Manicaros, Greg Press, John Boy Quinlan, Tom Say, Jed Smith, Matt Thompson, Josh Upward, Tye Walklate, Sam White.
Jake Lauder, Kayne Macquarie, Shay Kovalskis, Blake Cooper, Thomas Sanders, Isaac Worboys, Nathaniel Hunt, Kobi Hugen, Kieren Gallagher, Rhys McWhirter, Jedd Mitchell, Joshua Kirin, Daniel Lavender, Bailey Farr, Mark Bell, Brandon Laws, Luke Poulsen, Jacob McGrath, Damian McTighe, Josh Atkins
Jai Doolan, Karl Schweikert, Joel Cooper, Brayden Hobson-Pasi, Clinton Lavender, Tristian Flint, Marly Parkinson, Stuart Mason, Dion Delevante, Blade Gay, Riley Pryor, Ronald Vale, Tim Thomas, James Wilkes, Jesse Wade, Daniel Law
Brian Coldwell, Jack Singleton, Justis Hanson, Jacob Henderson, Jayden Grealy, Beau Clarke, Callum Jones, Sam Eley, Logan Iverson, Tayden Hickling, Rueben Olive, Jye Robertson, Tyler Hancock, Jai Slater, Zac Thomas, Mischa Porter, Ethan Skinner, Jayden Yee, Hayden Talland
Wally Kelly, Ned Phillips, Adam Russell, Jesse Heness, Boden Bennett, Justin Chadburn, Ari McCarthy, James Hughes, Wade Kavanagh, Kelly Sironen, Connor Webster, Daniel Duncan, Dylan McCarthy, Elijah Arnold, Dylan Kay, Caleb Ludwig, Jake Forrester-Oxley, Brodie Paddon, Laine Charles, Mark Binge.


Rugby League ready for kick-off with Knights and Raiders

The Tamworth and District Minor League will kick off its season with a registration day at the Plain St Sporting fields this Saturday (22nd February).

Tamworth and District Minor League play rugby league in the ages of Under 6 to Under 12, with players from Under 13 to Under 16 playing in the North West Group 4 JRL competition.

The clubs will be represented from 10am through to 12pm, and will be registering players for all age groups for season 2014. A BBQ will be provided on the day.

The season will kick off on Saturday 3rd May and will run through until early September.

TDMRL President, Steve Lasscock is looking forward to the upcoming season. Lasscock said “Footy season is starting to roll around again and Saturday’s registration day is great way to kick off for all clubs. This year we are looking at some new initiatives so that everyone can enjoy their day at junior league”.

With the NRL trial between the Newcastle Knights and Canberra Raiders on the same day, players from both clubs will also be attending the Registration day. They will be there to sign some autographs and say hello to all the young players.

It will cap a big couple of days for the Knights, who will visit local schools on Friday when they arrive in Tamworth.

TIME: 10am to 12pm

Blues Hogs for Homeless

The Hogs for Homeless will hit the road this weekend for a 12-day tour that takes in the cities and towns of New South Wales in support of Father Chris Riley's 'Youth Off The Streets' program

Blues legends Brad Fittler and Nathan Hindmarsh will be joined by former greats including Ian Schubert and Matt Cooper for the 3000km trip that will include school visits, Rugby League clinics and evening functions.

After a successful inaugural ride in 2013, the Hogs are back once again in 2014 to take to the cities and towns of New South Wales to support the cause and they want YOU to be apart of the action!

Check out where they will and where! Go to Then click on Route/Events.

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