AUSTRALIAN SECONDARY SCHOOLS RUBGY LEAGUE
ANNUAL REPORT 2010
2010 has been another successful year for the ASSRL particularly highlighted by two outstanding Australian Championships and the selection of a most formidable 18 Years National team to tour Wales, England and France in November – December this year. Also it is pleasing to report that the ASSRL now has a significant sponsor, the Federal Government Ministry for Ageing and their particular initiative, ACHIEVE IN SPORT – “Don’t Let Drugs Destroy Your Future”. This program is a perfect fit with the philosophies underpinning the values of the Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League and it is hoped that this support will remain ongoing in the future.
The 15 Years Championships hosted by the ACT Schools Rugby League and was an outstanding event conducted at the tremendous facility of the West Belconnen Leagues Club. Phill Dodd, the Convener, Glyn Sargent and Graham Johnston as part of the schools committee did an incredible job in conjunction with the West Belconnen staff and volunteers. Both the managers and players dinners were quality. Ex-Australian Schoolboy and current Kangaroo, David Shillington was an impressive guest speaker at the players dinner and Don Furner, CEO of the Raiders, imparted some interesting insights about Rugby League at the NRL level, to the attendees at the officials dinner. Appreciation is extended to Paul Walker for his valuable contribution to the Championships and for being the ARL and ARLD representative for this event.
The 18 Years Championships were hosted by the Queensland Secondary Schools Rugby League and held at the picturesque Burleigh Heads. Matt O’Hanlon, Phil Hall and their band of school teacher volunteers staged an outstanding event at the well appointed Burleigh Bears ground. The cooperation received by the Board of Directors and club staff of the Burleigh Bears Rugby League club was an outstanding feature of this event. Geoff Carr, CEO of the ARL, was one of the key note speakers at the players’ dinner as was Palm Beach Currumbin State High School teacher, Rod Patterson, former Australian Schoolboy player and, more recently, coach. Both speakers imparted important messages to our young audience about the importance of education to their futures. Also appreciation is extended to John Coates, Executive Manager of the ARL for his representation and work at all official championship, program items, for the entire week.
David Gallop, CEO of the NRL, also took time out of his busy schedule to attend the Tuesday matches, making presentations and relating some kind words to our spectators. We sincerely appreciate the genuine interest of the leaders of our game and the effort made by David, particularly. Appreciation is also extended to Ken Rogers, President of School Sport Australia, for his support of our programs and for his attendance at Burleigh and, for his work and insightful remarks at official ceremonies and presentations.
The Champions at the 15 Years Championships in;
Pool A – NSW Combined High Schools
Pool B - Victoria
The Champions at the 18 Years Championships in;
Pool A – NSW Combined High Schools
Pool B - Victoria
The ASSRL is indebted to the people who are responsible for running our great game and for showing such genuine interest and taking the time to support and participate in these initiatives, presentations and official functions.
Another exciting development is the Australian Schoolboys Rugby League showcase cabinet which will be launched in November at the Wynnum-Manly Leagues Club. Here a special trophy and display-cabinet will be put on permanent exhibition in the foyer of the club featuring Australian Schoolboys records and displaying the logos of all of our international opposition as well as memorabilia of past Schoolboy tours. The ASSRL are sincerely appreciative of the endless support it has received from the Wynnum-Manly club and it’s Board of Directors, for all of our programs, over many years.
The ASSRL has also commissioned the writing of the History of the Australian Schoolboys Rugby League by Mr. Charles Magee. Charlie, now retired, was a former President of the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Rugby League and recently completed a history of this association
This book will hopefully be launched in 2012, corresponding with the 40th anniversary of the first Australian Schoolboy tour in 1972. This launch is to be coincided with a reunion of past Australian Schoolboys players, celebrating the 40 year anniversary.
Appreciation is extended to accredited player agents and club recruitment personnel for their co-operation at all of our events this year. Thanks are extended to Neil Cadigan, the Operations Manager of the Player Agents Scheme, for his attendance and vigilance at our Championships.
Once again the ASSRL extends its gratitude to our parent body the ARL, particularly Geoff Carr, the CEO and Colin Love, the Chairman, for their financial and committed support for all of our programs. We are fortunate to have John Coates, Executive Manager of the ARL and Paul Walker, Communications Manager ARL Development as our mentors and quality control supervisors at our Championships. We are also grateful to the ARLD for their sponsorship of our Championships and the intrinsic support of Bill Palmer, General Manager and Steve Palin, Operations Manager.
Tony Magnus and Jim Brennan, the Directors of Classic Sportswear have been the longest term sponsors of the ASSRL and, the support of their company is integral to the success of our programs. Jim Whiteside, the Managing Director of the Australian Training Company, has been a sponsor of our 18 Years Championships for over 10 years now and this continued commitment to Schoolboy Rugby League is most appreciated. For the second consecutive year, the Player Agents Association have held an auction fund-raiser for the ASSRL and we are truly appreciative of their continued support and efforts to raise funds which go directly to reducing the levies of our students/players.
In 2011 the 15 Years Australian Championships will be held in Perth, hosted by the Western Australian Rugby League and the 18 Years Championships will be hosted by the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges and held at St Marys, Sydney. The international program will feature a welcome return to the biennial exchanges with New Zealand. Next year the Australian Schoolboys will tour to New Zealand and in 2013 New Zealand will participate in a corresponding tour to Australia.
Finally, appreciation is extended to all the volunteer school teachers, school principals, directors of education and most importantly the parents and supporters of our players, for their support and efforts in making Schoolboy Rugby League the outstanding product that it is.
by Bruce Wallace