The University of Technology Sydney Tigers have won the first piece of silverware on offer, defeating the University of Western Sydney Ducks in the 9th annual Arnold Stehr Tertiary Nines.
In warm conditions at Norford Park in Sefton, the Tigers ‘A’ team collected their first pre-season trophy since 2006 running out 24 – 14 victors over an impressive Ducks side.
The Ducks, in what is only their second season in the Tertiary League, showed they will be one of the teams to beat in 2015 with an impressive on-field effort in the first half, going into the sheds up 14 – 4 before the Tigers staged a second half come back, scoring 20 unanswered points to claim the trophy.
The 2015 Tertiary League season will kick off on April 11.
Tertiary Nines Grand Final:
UTS Tigers 24 defeated UWS Ducks 14
Norford Park, Sefton will play host to this Saturday’s 2015 Arnold Stehr Tertiary Nines.
The only official pre-season tournament of the Tertiary League season, the Tertiary Nines will see all eight clubs from both divisions go head to head for the chance of claiming the first piece of silverware on offer for season 2015.
Since the pre-season tournament’s inception back in 2006, no team has won the Arnold Stehr shield more than twice and as many as eight different clubs featuring in the tournament final.
The tournament is set to kick off at 10:00am this Saturday, March 28, with the Semi Finals scheduled for 12:40pm and the tournament final at 1:20pm.
The 2015 Tertiary League season may not have start yet, but this hasn’t prevented a series of teams going head to head, trialing their combinations and squads over the weekend.
Kicking off the trials, the newly formed Australian Catholic University Saints headed to Campbelltown to take on the University of Western Sydney Ducks. The Saints, in what was their first official hit out, showed plenty of promise. however struggled to complete their sets against the heavily drilled Ducks team, going down 56 – 0.
Meanwhile at Mayfield, the University of Newcastle Seahorses fought out at 20-all draw against the Norwest Polecats. Played with no conversions and unlimited reserves, both sides scored 5 tries a piece in an entertaining encounter.
University of Western Sydney Ducks 56 defeated Australian Catholic University Saints 0
University of Newcastle Seahorses 20 drew with Norwest Polecats 20
Forty-five years since the competition’s inception, the NSW Tertiary Student Rugby League has launched it’s brand new online presence to help take the league into the future.
Starting with a new look Tertiary League website (www.tertiaryleague.com.au), the NSW Tertiary Student Rugby League will be launching a range of new online initiatives to help improve the profile of the competitions and representative opportunities.
Included as part of the new digital relaunch, includes an improved social media presence on Twitter and Facebook, and a range of new club websites which will be rolled out in the coming weeks.
The NSW Tertiary Student Rugby League, the only Saturday open age Rugby League league in the Sydney basin, features teams from Sydney, Newcastle and Canberra, covering the largest geographic region of any amateur competition.
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