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)