2016 Grand Final Report

Leichhardt Oval, deep in Tigers territory, was the venue for the 2016 Tertiary Student Grand Final Day on Saturday 9 September.

It was an action packed day with the boys sharing the programme with the girls; the Womens Sydney Metropolitan grand finals held in conjunction with the Tertiary finals.

The Tafe Western Sydney Polecats topped off a great year for the club under its new Tafe affiliation with both its sides making it to the big dance in Divisions 1 & 2. However, the football gods were not in the Polecats corner, going down in both grades.

After dominating the first division comp. for most of the season, the Polecats, who earned the Minor Premiership title, struggled to get over a UTS Tigers side that had slowly been gaining momentum during the year and kept its best for the grand final, winning 24-16.

As is always the case between these two clubs the opening stanza was a rugged affair and with both sides conceding a number of penalties each and neither were able to get into any rhythm.

It was the Polecats that eventually drew first blood when winger Jarek Fuavaa crossed in the corner at the 15th minute and they held a 4-0 lead for the next 10 minutes until Tigers back rower Lee Johnston crashed over under the posts. An easy Luke Johnston conversion put the Tigers in front 6-4.

Shortly after the Polecats gave a demonstration of its respect for the Tigers defence by opting for a kick when awarded a penalty near the Tigers posts, with a John Norford goal levelling the score 6 all.

It looked like the score would remain level at half time until right on the hooter when a Tigers sweeping back line play put winger David Rahim over in the corner. A sideline conversion by Luke Johnston gave the Tigers a very handy 12-6 lead at the break.

The second half started much the same as the first, with neither side giving much ground until at the 14th minute when Tigers Lee Johnston burst through the Polecats defence to score his second try of the match. An easy conversion by Luke Johnston and suddenly the Tigers looked to have control ahead 18-6.

However, the Polecats were not ready to throw the towel in just yet and with 12 minutes left on the clock they slowly started to get the upper hand until only metres out from the Tigers line and looking likely to score, Tigers half back Michael Zappia intercepted the ball to run 90 metres to score at the other end of the field. Another side line conversion from Lee Johnston and the Tigers held a commanding 24-6 lead.

Two late tries to the Polecats gave their score a little more respectability but the Tigers never looked in doubt after the Zappia try.

The second division match pitted Minor Premiers the Uni of Canberra Grizzlies against the Polecats in a match that was very even right up until the last 20 minutes, when the Grizzlies took control running out eventual winners 38-14.

The Grizzlies had been undefeated in the regular season but suffered an unexpected defeat in its Major Semi Final to the Polecats and the way the Polecats started the match it looked like the Grizzlies might be in for a repeat dose. Each side scored tit for tat until the final quarter, but it was the Grizzlies superior kicking game and the Polecats inability to handle the rampaging Grizzlies front rower Seamus Leyland, that eventually allowed the Canberra boys to take full control.

Division 1 Grand Final

UTS 24 (Tries: Lee Johnston 2, David Rahim, Michael Zappia, Goals: Luke Johnston 4) bt Tafe WS 16 (Tries: Jarek Fuavaa 2, Shane Brown, Goals: John Norford 2)

Man of the Match: Julio Toledo

Division 2 Grand Final

Uni of Canberra 38 (Tries: Will Gooch, Joel Kitcher, Cody Simmonds, Adam Cavanagh, Kyle Troth, Andy Tull, Seamus Leyland, Goals: Lincoln Blissett 4, Kyle Troth) bt Tafe WS 14 (Tries: Josh Kabbboura, Peter Jennson, Peter Ngaluafe, Goal: Sean Prior)

Man of the Match: Seamus Leyland

2016 Competition Awards

Club Champions: Tafe WS

Most Outstanding Player:

Division 1 – Troy Errington (UTS)

Division 2 – Seamus Leyland (Uni Canberra)

Highest Point Scorer:

Division 1 – Sean Prior (Tafe WS)

Division 2 – Lincoln Blissett (Uni Canberra)

Round 13 2016 Results

The results of matches played today in the NSWTSRL competitions are as follows:

1st Division

Sydney Uni 34 bt Cumberland College 16

UTS 24 bt Tafe WS 20

ACU 45 bt West Syd U 16


2nd Division

Sydney Uni 22 bt Cumberland College 20

Tafe WS 20 bt UTS 18

Canberra Uni wof ACU lof

Round 12 2016 Results

The results of matches played in Round 12 of the NSW Tertiary Rugby League competitions are as follows:

1st Division

UTS 58 bt Syd Uni 6

Tafe WS 56 bt West Syd U 6

Cumberland College Vs ACU washed out

2nd Division

UTS 28 bt Syd Uni 26

Uni Canberra 30 bt Tafe WS 10

Cumberland College Vs ACU washed out

Round 11 Results 2016

The results of matches played in Round 11 of the NSW Tertiary Rugby League Competitions on Saturday 25 June 2016 are as follows:

1st Division

Tafe WS 42 bt UTS 16

Sydney Uni 50 bt Cumberland College 4

West Sydney Uni 38 bt ACU 16

2nd Division

Tafe WS 46 bt UTS 30

Cumberland College 12 drew with Sydney Uni 12

Uni of Canberra 44 bt ACU 14

2016 NSW Universities Open Representative Team

The annual Universities Rugby League Interstate Challenge match between NSW Universities and Queensland Universities will be held on 8 October 2016 at Langlands Park, Brisbane.

This match will serve as the primary selection trial for the Australian Universities Team to be selected for the 2017 Student World Cup which will be held in Sydney from 5 to 16 July 2017.

A trial to select players for the NSW Universities team will be held on Sunday 7 August 2016 at Norford Park, Sefton (commencing 9.00am) and expressions of interest from players eligible for selection are now being sought.

Players selected for the team will be required to travel to Brisbane on 5 October and return to Sydney on 9 October.

To be eligible for the NSW team and ultimately for selection in the Australian Universities team for the 2017 Student World Cup, a player must:

  •  be 18 years of age as at 8 October 2016;
  • be enrolled and currently proceeding in a course of study in NSW/ACT at a university, TAFE or similar tertiary institution;
  • intend to continue in that or another course of study during 2017; i.e. will not be graduating in 2016 or deferring study during 2017;
  • as a special matter high school students who meet the age requirement, are completing Year 12 this year and will be undertaking tertiary study in 2017, will be eligible to try out for the team.

Players participating in the NSW Universities team do so on a self-funded basis and in this regard will be required to pay a levy of $1,290 to assist cover the cost of travel, accommodation, apparel, etc. Interested players should complete the form below. Application forms will be accepted up to and including at the trial on the 7th August.

Any enquiries regarding the team should be directed to Bob Lennox:

  •  mobile: 0412 281204
  • email: boblennox1950@yahoo.com.au


Result Round 8 2016

The results of matches played Saturday 28 May 2016 in Round 8 of the NSW Tertiary Student RL competitions are as follows:

1st Division

UTS 58 d West Syd U 10

ACU 34 d Syd Uni 20

Tafe WS 54 d Cumberland College 4

2nd Division

Uni Canberra 26 d UTS 16

ACU 28 d Syd Uni 16

TAFE WS 50 d Cumberland College 0

2016 NSW Tertiary Representative Team Selected

The 2016 NSW Tertiary Representative team was selected immediately following the City/Country match played at North Sydney Oval on Sunday 15 May.

The team is:

Josh Beadman (UTS)

Kareem Emara (Tafe WS)

Troy Errington (UTS)

Ioane Ioane (ACU)

Luke Johnston (UTS)

Cody King (ACU)

Seamus Leyland (Uni Canberra)

Richard Mante (Tafe WS)

Allan Newton (UTS)

Joseph Ngawini (Tafe WS)

Richard Ngawini (Tafe WS)

John Norford (Tafe WS)

Shannon Norford (Tafe WS)

Dwayne Peters (UTS)

Shane Rowe (Tafe WS)

Luke Rye (Tafe WS)

Chris Ve’e (ACU)

Adam Vrahnos (Syd Uni)

Coach: Todd Edwards (Non aligned)

Assistant Coach: Dan Jackson (Tafe WS)

Manager: Edie George (Cumberland College)

Trainers: Peter Lamey (Tafe WS), Ryan Elson (Non aligned)

Physio: Travis Cuscuna (UTS)

The team will  play the Queensland Tertiary Representative team for the Interstate Challenge Cup  at Geoff King Motors Oval in Coffs Harbour on Sunday 16 July 2016, kick off 3.00pm.

2016 City and Country Match a 22 all Draw

Two late tries to Country centre Moe Chokr saw Country grab a 22 all draw with City in the annual representative clash played at North Sydney Oval on Sunday 15 May.

With only 10 minutes of the match remaining City, who had dominated for most of the game, held a 22-6 lead and even when Country front rower Mitch Jackson barged over for a try with 6 minutes left on the clock, still looked destined to take the shield for the first time since 2014. However, Chokr’s late tries and Country’s John Norford’s conversion of the last try right on full time brought the scores level and meant, as last year’s winners, the Country team retain the shield for 2106.

Country were first to score when centre Shane Rowe crossed after only 8 minutes but the city boys gradually gained the upper hand. At the 30th minute City centre Dwayne Peters scored wide out and 4 minutes before the break front rower Chris Ve’e crashed over to give them a 10-6 lead at half time.

City took complete charge for the first 30 minutes of the second stanza and tries to their hooker Jake Vrahnos and full back Luke Johnston, both converted by Ruan De’Preez gave them what looked like that unbeatable 22-6 lead, before Country’s late surge.

Chokr’s two try effort earned him his team mates’ vote as Country’s Players Player, whilst Chris Ve’e was City’s selection.

Luke Johnston was the recipient of the Man of the Match award.

Country 22 (Moe Chokr 2, Shane Rowe, Mitch Jackson tries, John Norford 3 goals) drew City 22 (Dwayne Peters, Chris Ve’e, Jake Vrahnos, Luke Johnston tries, Ruan De’Preez 3 goals)


2016 Representative Sponsors

The ISC NSW Tertiary Students Rugby League is proud to announce additional sponsors for the 2016 season.

This season the City, Country and NSW Tertiary sides will proudly sport both logo’s, continue reading for a brief description of the our 2 great new sponsors.

Pawn Stars Australia – Happy Hockers (as seen on Foxtel A & E) and The North Sydney Bears have become sponsors of the 2016 representative teams – City, Country and NSW.

Pawn Stars Australia is the Australian adaption of the American series of the same name. It premiered on 21 July 2015 on A&E where brothers Aaron and Ben and their mate Shannon take viewers head first into one of Sydney’s most renowned pawn retail chains Happy Hockers. If it can be bought or sold Happy Hockers have seen and probably made an offer. With 4 shops and 22 years behind the counter they are always ready to buy, sell or pawn anything!

You can find them at www.happyhockers.com.au

The North Sydney Bears are a legendary Australian rugby league football club based in North Sydney. They compete in the New South Wales Cup, having up until 1999 spent 92 years in the top-grade competition. The Bears were a foundation club established in 1908 and have played at North Sydney Oval since 1910.
The Bears are presently in partnership with the Rabbitohs serving as South’s’ reserve grade side.

You can find them at www.northsydneybears.com.au

Round 5 Results 2016

The results of matches played in Round 5 of the NSW Tertiary Student RL competitions played on Saturday 30 April are as follows:


1st Division

UTS 42 d Cumberland College 26

Tafe WS 26 d ACU 16

Sydney Uni 40 d West Syd U 20


2nd Division

UTS 30 d Cumberland College 8

ACU 28 d Tafe WS 18

Uni Canberra 54 d Sydney Uni 12