2018 NSW Universities Rep Team Player Applications Now Open

The annual Australian Universities Rugby League (AURL) Interstate Challenge match between NSW and Queensland will be played at St Marys Stadium (Western Sydney) on Sunday 24 June 2018.

The match will serve as the primary selection trial for the AURL Representative Team that will undertake a self-funded 3 match tour to South Africa from 20 to 30 October 2018.

Expressions of interest are now invited from players wishing to be considered for selection in the 2018 NSW Universities team.

Applicants need to be aware of the following requirements:

 – Student eligibility is as determined by Australian University Sport (AUS) Selection Criteria By Laws:

1. Player must be enrolled and currently proceeding in a course of study at university, TAFE, tertiary institution or recognised college;

 2. Upon selection he will be required to provide proof of (1) above for AUS acceptance ; and

 3. He must remain compliant to (1) above for the duration of his selection commitment.

 – Participation in the NSW Universities team is on a self-funded basis and all players expressing an interest must be prepared to commit to attending a training camp to be held at St Marys from 21- 24 June 2018 and  pay a levy of $950 prior to assist cover the cost of apparel, accommodation/meals, etc.

In addition, in the event that the player is subsequently selected in the AURL team, he must also be prepared to commit to tour to South Africa with that team from 20-30 October 2018 and pay a participation levy of approximately $3,900 (final cost to be determined and will be advised after the Interstate Challenge match).

This years applications are now closed, if you have applied we will be in contact with you soon.


NSW Tertiary 2017 Rep Team Staff Applications Now Open

The annual NSW Vs Queensland Tertiary match will be held on 23 September 2017 in Coffs Harbour.

The NSW team will travel to Coffs Harbour on Wednesday 20 September and go into a training camp based at the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, returning to Sydney on Sunday 24 September.

The team will be coached by successful 2016 coach Todd Edwards and applications are now being sought for his support staff:

  • Assistant Coach/Blue Shirt Trainer (Senior Club Coach qualification required)
  • Physio (Orange Shirt Trainer) – qualified physio
  • Trainer (Yellow Shirt) –  League Safe minimum requirement, Level 1 First Aid preferred, strapping experience essential
  • Team Manager

Preference will given to people who were actively involved with teams in the 2017 NSW Tertiary Competition. However, if suitably qualified people cannot be found from this resource, other applications will be considered. Closing date 31 July 2017.

For more information and to lodge an expressions of interest email:

Bob Lennox boblennox1950@yahoo.com.au

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)

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)


2015 Grand Final Results – 12 September at St Marys Stadium

The old cliche “a game of two halves” could not be more apt to describe how both grand finals panned out at St Marys Stadium.

In 1st Division the Norwest Polecats streaked away to a commanding 20-0 lead over the UTS Tigers by half time, dominating their much more fancied rivals. However, the Polecats failed to post any further points in the second half with the Tigers notching up 16 unanswered points and only a desperate Polecat’s on line defence, right to the last minute of the match, saving their day.

Norwest 20 (Tries: Ben Carter, Sean Prior, Shane Brown, Joe Ngawini, Goals: Sean Prior 2) bt UTS 16 (Tries: Dwayne Peters, Matthew Hamilton, Jack Burke, Goals: Mason Farrel, Steve Spilios)

Man of the Match: Shane Brown (Norwest)

The 2nd Division match played out in a very similar manner with Cumberland going to the break ahead 16-0 only to see the Tigers come back to level the scores 16-all midway through the second half. By that stage it looked likely UTS was about to live up to the expectations placed on the Minor Premiers to take out the title, but Cumberland’s “Dad’s Army” had other ideas, eventually clawing their way to a 26-22 win.

Cumberland 26 (Tries: Sid Moussa, Billy Warden, Joe Naddaf, Martin Shina, Eric Katafono, Goals: Sid Moussa 2, Daniel Khoury) bt UTS 22 ( Tries: James Graham 2, Kale Barton-Bissaker, Jake Byrne Goals: Jake Byrne 3)

Man of the Match: Kieran Lorraine (Cumberland)

The event was also the occasion for presentation of the competition’s annual awards:

Club Champions: UTS

1st Division Most Outstanding Player: Matt Roberts (UTS)

2nd Division Most Outstanding Player: Jake Byrne (UTS)

1st Division Highest Point Scorer: Steve Spilios (UTS)

2nd Division Highest Point Scorer: Darren Shepherd (UTS)

Match Report – Canada Tour Match 3 Vs BC Bulldogs U/23’s 18 July

The NSWTSRL Rep Team returned to Klahanie Park North Vancouver for the final match of its 2015 Canada Tour on Friday night 17 July, to play against the British Columbia Bulldogs Under 23 Rep Team.

Whilst the tourists won the match 38-4, it was hard fought win and the locals could have added plenty of points but for some inexperience in how to finish their plays off.

The NSW boys started the match strongly, eager to maintain an unbeaten tour record and it took only 7 minutes for them to score first points, with half Jake Vrahnos sending a perfect face ball to prop Luke Rye to crash over near the posts. Centre Shane Rowe was successful with the conversion, but the visitors 6-0 lead was soon cut back by the BC 23’s when their fullback Nick Bartholme scored in the corner only 6 minutes later.

The visitors were able to make the most of good possession and field position and with 18 minutes left in the half fullback Luke Johnston crossed after a zig zag run left the BC defence in bewildered. Soon after centre Shane Rowe received a perfectly timed pass from interchange half John Norford to stroll over for a  try near the posts. As he did with the Johnston try interchange back Mitch Scott converted to give the NSW Students an 18-4 lead.

Just to demonstrate their superiority, 5 minutes before the break Johnston dived on a Norford bomb for a try and with Rowe converting, it put the tourists in front 24-4 at lemons.

A gutsy defensive effort from the young Bulldogs kept the score board inactive for the first 20 minutes of the second half until, bringing the ball out from their line, their attacking player had the ball jolted from his arms following a strong tackle from NSW winger Myles Fowler, the ball rolling straight into the arms of Vrahnos who scored wide out.

Fowler was in the action again soon after to drop onto a Vrahnos bomb over the line to score his first try of the tour. Scott converted to give the tourists a 32-4 lead.

Four minutes from full time interchange hooker Ben Griffin scooted over from dummy half to score under the posts and with Scott converting, the final score of 38-4 was reached.

Man of the Match: Seamus Leyland

Players’ Player: Luke Rye

The team was:

1. Luke Johnston

2. Myles Fowler

3. Shane Rowe

4. Husam Asfour

5. Jamie Holland

6. Allan Newton

7. Jake Vrahnos

8. Seamus Leyland

9. Tim Curley

10. Luke Rye

11. Joe Ngawini

12. Scott Bunch

13. Dayne Horne

14. Ben Griffin

15. John Norford

16.Will Salvestrin

17. Travis Cuscuna

18. Mitch Scott

19. Junior Tuapo

Coach: Dean Chapman

Canada Tour Match 2 Wednesday 15 July Vs Surrey Beavers – Match Report

The second match of the NSWTSRL Rep Team’ Canada Tour was played against local British Columbia competition team Surrey Beavers at South Surrey Athletic Park (located about one hour drive east of Vancouver city) on Wednesday night 15 July.

Despite just missing out on a place in the 2015 BC comp. grand final the NSW players attended last Thursday, the Beavers have been the dominant team in the fledgling BC rugby league competition and were keen to pit their skills against the tourists.

As with their first tour match against the Bulldogs, the opening session was witness to some willing displays in defence and in attack it was the Beavers that actually made the first line break. The NSW players clearly showed they had learned their lesson from their first match, completing their early sets and at the 7th minute reaping the benefit when a sweeping back line play put winger Mitch Scott over wide out. He converted his own try for the tourists to take a 6-0 lead.

From the restart of play the tourists continued to attack the Beavers line and finished the play with half Jake Vrhanos putting his Sydney Uni team mate Scott Bunch over under the posts. An easy Scott conversion extended the NSW lead to 12-0.

Minutes later a long block-busting run from front rower Junior Tuapo enabled Bunch to set five eight Allan Newton up for a try and with Scott on target with his goal-kicking the NSW team was ahead 18-0. Soon after Newton continued a dominant attacking display with a brilliant pass to put fullback Luke Johnston over for a simple try. Scott converted and with 20 minutes remaining before half time it was looking like the Tertiary team was about to clock up a cricket score.

The proud Beavers had different ideas and worked their way back into the match, holding their own and making a couple of good breaks. Four minutes from half time their hard work paid dividends when winger Nathaniel Silva collected a bomb to score wide out.

Right on half time hooker Tim Curley sliced his way through the Beavers defence to put prop Seamus Leyland over and the tourists went to the break ahead 28-4.

The second half started well for the Beavers with fullback Nick Bartholme scoring early after making a run direct from a scrum win. However, their hopes of getting back into the match were dashed soon after when centre Sam Asfour weaved his way through some bamboozled defence to cross for what was to become the first of a hat-trick of tries for him.

A try to Tuapo quickly followed and unfortunately for the Beavers their defence faded and the tourists were able to run at will, with centre Shane Rowe scoring at mid point of the half and strong running from Asfour enabling him to cross twice more and Leyland diving over for a second try.

Man of the Match: Jake Vrahnos

Players’ Player: Sam Asfour

Team List:

1. Luke Johnston (UTS)

2. Mitch Scott (UC)

3. Shane Rowe N/W)

4. Husam Asfour (UWS)

5. Jamie Holland (N/W)

6. Allan Newton (UTS)

7. Jake Vrahnos (SU)

8. Luke Rye (N/W)

9. Ben Griffin (UC)

10. Joe Mourad (CC)

11. Scott Bunch (SU)

12. Kareem Emara (N/W)

13. Will Salvestrin (UC)

15. Tim Curley (N/W)

16. Seamus Leyland (UC)

17. Dayne Horne (UTS)

18. Myles Fowler (SU)

19. Joe Ngawini (N/W)

20. Junior Tuapo (SU)

22. John Norford (N/W)

Coach: Dean Chapman (UC)

NSWTSRL Rep Team 58 (Husam Asfour 3, Seamus Leyland 2, Luke Johnston, Mitch Scott, Shane Rowe, Allan Newton, Scott Bunch, Junior Tuapo tries, Mitch Scott 6, Junior Tuapo goals) bt Surrey Beavers 8 (Nathaniel Silva, Nick Bartholme tries)


Match Report – Canada Tour Match 1 12 July 2015

The NSWTSRL Rep Team played its first match on tour and managed a hard-fought 24-10 win over the British Columbia Bulldogs Open Age Rep Team.

The Bulldogs showed from the opening whistle that they were not afraid to take it up to their more experienced rivals and it took the visitors 10 minutes before they were able to put points on the board.

After being held in their own territory for most of that time, a long break by fullback Luke Johnston set the scene next play for prop Junior Tuapo to make a barging run to the line to score first points of the tour. A relatively easy conversion by five eight Allan Newton put the tourists in front 6-0, but hopes that the Bulldogs defence would start to crack quickly faded, with the Bulldogs aggressive tackling forcing the Tertiary boys into error on too many occasions.

Just before half time another strong run from Tuapo set up half back John Norford for a try near the posts and with the conversion unsuccessful, the visitors went to the break ahead 10-0.

The second half started well for the locals with fullback Nathaniel Silver slicing through the Tertiary Blues defence to run 70 metres to score. A successful conversion by half back Conner Hunter put the Bulldogs well and truly in the hunt, trailing 10-6.

Near the mid point of the half Tertiary prop Joe Mourad crashed over wide out to help ease the visitors in front 14-6 and a second try to Norford 10 minutes from full time, converted by centre Shane Rowe, should have sealed the match.

However, a try to Bulldogs second rower Hash Mirlohi with 6 minutes still reaming gave the locals a glimmer of hope of a comeback. Those hopes were dashed when Tertiary second rower Joe Ngawini forced his way over close to the line to score.

Man of the Match: Seamus Leyland

Players’ Player: Luke Johnston

The team list as follows:

1. Luke Johnston (UTS)

2. Mitch Scott (UC)

3. Myles Fowler (SU)

4. Husam Asfour (UWS)

5. Jamie Holland (N/W)

6. Allan Newton (UTS)

7. John Norford (N/W)

8. Seamus Leyland (UC)

9. Ben Grifgin (UC)

10. Junior Tuapo (SU)

11. Joe Ngawini (N/W)

12. Kareem Emara (N/W)

13. Dayne Horne (UTS)

14. Jake Vrahnos (SU)

15. Shane Rowe (N/W)

16. Will Salvestrin (UC)

17. Scott Bunch (SU)

19. Luke Rye (N/W)

20. Joe Mourad (C/C)

Coach: Dean Chapman (UC)

NSWTSRL Rep Team 24 (John Norford 2, Junior Tuapo, Joe Mourad, Joe Ngawini tries, Allan Newton, Shane Rowe goals), bt British Columbia Bulldogs Opens 10 (Nathaniel Silver, Hash Mirlohi tries, Conner Hunter goal)

Tertiary Student Rep Players Leave for Canada

The NSW Tertiary Student Representative Team left Sydney on Thursday 9 July 2015, bound for Vancouver Canada where they will play three matches against British Columbia (BC) Competition combined open and Under 23’s sides and local competition club Surrey Beavers.

The players arrived in Vancouver in time to attend the grand final of the BC competition and were witness to a willing tussle between undefeated comp minor premiers Capilano Cougars and the Vancouver Dragons. The Cougars remained undefeated with a commanding 38-6 win over the Dragons but it was the standard of football that impressed the tourists the most, leaving them in no doubt they can expect some strong opposition in their three tour matches.

Also impressive was the crowd that packed the small grandstand to cheer the teams on. And there was a familiar Aussie face in the stand as well, with Channel 7 personality and North Sydney Bears tragic, Jason Hodges in attendance – in Vancouver to film a special for the Better Homes and Gardens Show.

The programme for the touring team will be as follows:

  • Match 1 Vs BC Bulldogs Open Team – Sunday 12 July (Monday noon Sydney Time) at Klahanie Park, North Vancouver.
  • Match 2 Vs Surrey Beavers – Wednesday 15 July (Thursday noon Sydney Time) at South Surrey Athletic Park, Surrey.
  • Match 3 Vs BC Bulldogs Under 23’s – Friday 17 July (Saturday noon Sydney Time) at Klahanie Park, North Vancouver.


The players selected for the tour are as follows:

Husam Asfour (UWS)

Scott Bunch (Sydney Uni)

Tim Curley (Norwest/Nirimba)

Kareem Emara (Norwest/Nirimba)

Myles Fowler (Sydney Uni)

Ben Griffin (Uni Canberra)

Jamie Holland (Norwest/Nirimba)

Dayne Horne (UTS)

Luke Johnston (UTS)

Seamus Leyand (Uni Canberra)

Joe Mourad (Cumberland College)

Allan Newton (UTS)

Joe Ngawini (Norwest/Nirimba)

John Norford (Norwest/Nirimba)

Shane Rowe (Norwest/Nirimba)

Luke Rye (Norwest/Nirimba)

Will Salvestrin (Uni Canberra)

Mitchell Scott (Uni Canberra)

Junior Tuapo (Sydney Uni)

Jake Vrahnos (Sydney Uni)

Coach: Dean Chapman (Uni Canberra)

Manager: Edie George (Cumberland College)

Trainer: Chris Barritt-Eyles

Physio: Travis Cuscuna (UTS)