Centenary Heroes

Kangaroo Representatives

These are our local players who went on to play for Australia

Eric Weissel  played most of his football in and around Wagga and featured in one of Australias most famous games "The Battle of Brisbane " which was the 2nd Test played in 1932. He inspired a 12 man Australian team when he ran 75 metres with a broken ankle, leading to the winning try. With Australia down to 10 men in the bloodiest game of all time Eric refused to leave the field knowing he couldn't be replaced and simply shuffled out to the wing. Australia won 15 - 6 and it is little wonder that Wagga's feature ground be named after him. Eric was a handy cricketer as well having once dismissed Don Bradman for 43 in a game between Southern and Riverina.

George Treweeke of Grahamtown played his first grade game with Tumut and is an Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame player. Along with Eric Weissel, George was one of Australia's finest players on their tour of England in 1929 - 30. The tour was marked by a no try decision against Australia's Joe "Chimpy" Busch in a nil all draw 3rd Test which would have seen the Kangaroos wrap up the series.

Lionel Cooper was from West Wyalong and left to join the Army to fight in WWII. Cooper joined the Eastern Suburbs club after being spotted playing in a services team in Darwin by Ray Stehr in 1941. Stehr invited Cooper to trial with the Roosters following the War.

A powerful winger, Cooper played in just 6 matches before gaining selection for NSW. Later that year Cooper was a member of Eastern Suburbs 8th premiership winning team. In 1946 Cooper represented for Sydney, New South Wales and Australia, he played in all three tests against the Great Britain Lions that year at home. He took out the 'NSW Player of the Year Award' that year.

In 1947 he joined English club Huddersfield where he had 9 successful seasons - scoring 432 tries, including 71 in the 1951/52 season, in one match that year, against Keighley, he scored a record 10 tries and was in the Huddersfield team that beat St. Helens 15 - 10 in the 1953 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.

Lionel Cooper continued to play Test rugby league whilst at Huddersfield, playing for 14 matches 'Other Nationalities' in the International Championship between 1949 and 1953. His brothers - Col and Cec Cooper played with the Canterbury Bankstown club, and Noel played for St George.

Ron Crowe of West Wyalong represented Australia for the first time in 1961. Tough, no nonsense forward is reknown throughout the Riverina both as a player, coach and selector.

Kevin Goldspink hailing from Tumbarumba, Kevin was a rugby league player for the Canterbury Bulldogs, Eastern Suburbs and for the Australian national side in 1967.

Les Boyd was born in Nyngan and is best known for his playing days in Cootamundra where he made Australian Schoolboys before pursuing a professional career and again on his return from England. He played for the Australian national side in international matches as well as the New South Wales side in the State of Origin. From 1976 to 1984 Boyd played in the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership for the Western Suburbs Magpies, then the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles before continuing his career in England following lengthy suspensions. His usual position was in the second row but upon his return to the local region he dominated front row play in Group 9 featuring in Cootamundra's 1988 Premiership win. In 2000 Boyd was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia's international standing in rugby league.

Australia 1978-82: 17 Tests - 4t (12pts)
New South Wales 1979-83: 8 games - 1t (3pts)
Wests 1976-79: 68 games - 23t (69pts)
Manly 1980-84: 73 games - 14t (45pts)
Warrington, Cootamundra and Harden Murrumburrah 1985 - 1995

Steve "Turvey" Mortimer OAM, (born July 15, 1956), nicknamed Turvey after Turvey Park in Wagga Wagga where he hailed from. Mortimer played a Canterbury-Bankstown club record 272 first grade games between 1976-88. Spotted by Peter Moore playing for Riverina in the 1975 Amco Cup, Mortimer tore his eventual club Canterbury to pieces and was Man of the Match despite Riverina losing. 'Bullfrog' Moore when asked about Mortimer's performance ushered the words "will never play against Canterbury-Bankstown ever again," and true to Bullfrog's word he never did.

Mortimer captained Canterbury to Premierships in 1984 and 1985 and was a member of the 1980 and 1988 triumphs. His performances in the 1980 and 1985 victories were vintage Mortimer. In the 1980 decider he saved three certain Eastern Suburbs tries through superb cover tackles (a great Mortimer trademark). In the 1985 Grand Final it was Mortimer's captaincy and direction that controlled Canterbury field position and possession as they buried St George into submission following a try to brother Peter Mortimer in the 29th minute. Mortimer captained Canterbury to a narrow loss in 1986 and also played in the 1979 Grand Final loss, on both occasions Mortimer was the sole reason Canterbury were in the match.

Despite the presence of great halfbacks, Mortimer played 16 matches for New South Wales between 1977-85 including nine under the State of Origin banner. Mortimer captained the Blues in 1984/85 in three matches (all for victories) and was the first captain to lead New South Wales to State of Origin success. Mortimer played 8 Test matches for Australia between 1981-84 where he scored two tries in his Test debut against France at the Sydney Cricket Ground with Australia winning 43-2. Also making his debut in that Test match was rugby league immortal Wally Lewis, who played outside Mortimer at five-eighth.Between 1980-85, the breakdown of appearances for halfbacks at Test level was Steve Mortimer 8 Tests, Peter Sterling 6 Tests, Mark Murray 6 Tests and Des Hasler 1 Test.

Greg Brentnall (born in Wagga Wagga) was a rugby league player for the Canterbury Bulldogs, New South Wales and for the Australian national side. Greg played both League and Australian rules football in Riverina in the 1960s before turning down an offer to play in the VFL/AFL and taking up a contract with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 1972. Greg, Steve Mortimer and Peter Mortimer all played in premiership winning sides for Turvey Park before venturing on to professional careers with the Bulldogs. His ability to catch the highball and his introduction of the drop punt to Rugby League made him a valuable fullback for many rugby league representative teams, and he represented Australia in rugby league. In 1982, he won the Dally M Medal.

He is currently football manager for the Melbourne Storm rugby league club and the club have honoured him by naming the young achiever (under 18 player) trophy after him.

Peter "Sterlo" Sterling OAM (born 16 June, 1960) is an Australian rugby league commentator and former player. Sterling commenced his playing career at the age of 14 when he joined the Wagga Wagga Kangaroo Panthers in 1974. As a teenager he spent several years living at RAAF Base Wagga, where his father was serving as a dental technician.

He joined the Parramatta Eels in 1978 making his first appearance as a stand-in fullback during the 1978 finals series. After a few games at five-eighth in 1979, Sterling shifted to halfback and established himself in 1980. 1981 saw Parramatta win their initial first grade title with Sterling's superb skill and control one of the decisive factors. He played for New South Wales that year without living up to his club form, but in 1982 Parramatta could do no wrong, apart from a 0-20 thrashing at the hands of Manly in the semi final. Sterling was chosen for the Kangaroo Tour despite having not played in the State of Origin series and played in every Test in that unbeaten tour side.

He was one of the all-time great halfbacks and a major contributor to Parramatta's dominance of the New South Wales Rugby League premiership between 1981 and 1986. He played 19 Tests for the Australian national team between 1982 and 1988. He played in 13 State of Origins for New South Wales, winning man of the match on 4 occasions. He played in 4 premiership-winning sides with Parramatta in 1981-1983 and 1986 and has been inducted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame.

Sterling played 229 games for Parramatta, scoring 48 tries, one goal, and 15 field goals.

Steve "Wiz" Martin was born in Wagga and is the son-in-law of Phil Jackson. A former Manly Warringah halfback Steve represented Australia. Upon retirement Steve took up coaching in Tamworth and from success there he eventually became first grade coach at North Sydney.

Chris "Louie" Mortimer (born in Wagga Wagga) was a rugby league player for the Canterbury Bulldogs, Penrith Panthers, New South Wales and for the Australian national side. Chris Mortimer was the youngest of the three famous brothers to play for Canterbury during the late 1970s and 1980's. Glen Mortimer the 4th brother played 26 first grade games for Cronulla between 1983-87 after starting out in the Bulldogs lower grades.

Chris and his two older brothers Steve and Peter played in four Grand Finals together. No pair of brothers, yet alone trio of brothers have played in four Grand Finals together in the last 30 years. Steve and Chris ended up playing in five Grand Finals together. All three Mortimer brothers are Life Members of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Football Club.

Mortimer played 192 first grade games for Canterbury between 1978-87. He was a member of the Canterbury Premiership winning teams in 1980, 1984 and 1985 and played in Canterbury's Grand Final losses in 1979 and 1986. Chris played for Penrith between 1988-90 and his final game for the Panthers was in the 1990 Grand Final and has long been regarded as the best and most important signing made by Penrith.

He also enjoyed success at representative level playing eight matches for NSW in 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1986. Mortimer played one Test against Papua New Guinea in 1986 and was a member of the undefeated Kangaroo Tour squad. His toughness, steel and defence were all very important during NSW's State of Origin series victories in 1985-86 with the 1985 triumph captained by brother Steve.

On 24th October, 2000, Chris Mortimer was recipient of Australian Sports Medal.

Cliff Lyons (born in Narrandera, New South Wales) is an Australian former international-level rugby league player. He made over 300 first grade appearances with the Manly Sea Eagles between 1986 and 1999 and played six Tests for Australia.

Born in Narrandera, the teenage Cliff Lyons moved to the Cronulla district where he was graded as a second rower with the Cronulla Sharks in 1981. In 1982 he moved to Gundagai where played with the Tigers for three seasons winning a premiership and representing Riverina against New Zealand in 1982 and Great Britain in 1984.

Lyons signed with the North Sydney Bears midway through 1984, following his Riverina coach Greg Hawick there for a 1985 start and one season. He played in England in the Australian off-season with stays with Leeds (1985-86) and Sheffield Eagles (1986-87). He moved to Manly in 1986 and quickly became a favourite with the Brookvale Oval crowds.In 1987 Lyons featured in Manly's successful season under coach Bob Fulton and was prominent in the Grand Final victory over Canberra scoring one try, engineering another for Michael O'Connor and winning the Clive Churchill Medal as man of the match. Lyons made his Rugby League State of Origin debut in game II of 1987 taking over as New South Wales five-eighth at the end of the representative career of Brett Kenny. Lyons also played in the 1987 game IV - that year's exhibition match in Los Angeles. He appeared in two games of the 1988 Origin series vying for the Blues' five-eighth position with Terry Lamb.

Lyons' ability to set up tries for his support players with his unpredictable weaving runs saw him consistently win player awards, culminating in his `breakthrough' season in 1990, age 29. After winning the coveted Gold 'Dally M' award for Player of the Year in the regular club season he received his call-up to the Australian Test team on the 1990 Kangaroo tour. Australia lost the first Test and Lyons was thrust into the second Test side . He repaid the faith shown in him by his former club coach Fulton by finishing one of the best team tries ever seen in a Test. He then produced a solid display in the third Test 14-0 shutout to take the Ashes before going on to play in both Tests in France where in the second Test he was man-of-the-match. Lyons toured Papua New Guinea in 1991 and despite winning his second Gold 'Dally M' award in 1994, he missed selection for that year's Kangaroo tour.

Lyons resisted a lucrative offer from the Western Reds to stay with the Sea Eagles in 1995 and went on to play in three consecutive grand finals and win a premiership in 1996. At the end of the 1998 season, in which he was mainly used off the bench, Lyons reluctantly retired after not being offered a contract. January 1999 found him playing for Warringah in a RU Sevens competition but following the Sea Eagles' disastrous start to the 1999 season, he made a comeback with the club, passing the 300 first grade mark late in the season. At the end of the year, he was named Aboriginal Sportsman of the Year (tied with Nicky Winmar) and captained Australian Aborigines in an unofficial `test' against Papua New Guinea in Cairns.

In the year 2000 Lyons was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia's international standing in rugby league. He sat atop the table of Most 1st Grade games for Manly - at 309, only to be overtaken by Steve Menzies in 2007. He is over 40 games clear of his next rival Alan Thompson

Glenn Lazarus was born in Queanbeyan and played in the CJRL until he began his first grade career with the Canberra Raiders in 1987, going on to win the 1989 New South Wales Rugby League premiership with them. He would play in the next two seasons' grand finals with Canberra, winning the 1990 championship but losing the 1991 grand final, both against the Penrith Panthers.

In 1992, Lazarus joined the Brisbane Broncos, with whom he would play the the largest portion of his career. He won two more premierships with them in 1992 and 1993 (both against the St. George Dragons). This was a remarkable feat of playing in consecutive grand finals for five seasons. In fact, it was only a broken leg suffered during a World Club Challenge match in 1997 that prevented Lazarus from also playing in that year's premiership-winning Brisbane side as well.

Lazarus joined the newly established Melbourne Storm in the NRL's inaugural season in 1998, and was named as the club's first captain. He went on to win another premiership with the Storm in 1999. Lazarus announced his retirement from the game with five premierships for three different clubs (Canberra 1989-90, Brisbane 1992-93 and Melbourne 1999), a truly unique achievement.

The "Brick with Eyes" played 19 State of Origin games for NSW and 20 games for Australia, touring with the 1990 and 1994 Kangaroos. Glenn is regarded as one of the finest front rowers to lace a boot on and his mobility for such a giant of a man will keep him at the forefront of discussion amongst QLD, Kiwi and British rivals.

Bradley Clyde is an Australian former rugby league player for the Canberra Raiders, Canterbury Bulldogs, New South Wales and for the Australian national side. During his playing career from the mid 1980s to the early 2000s he was widely acknowledged as the best lock forward in the game.

After relocating from Holbrook he began his football career playing in the local CJRL competition for the Belconnen United Panthers and was an Australian Schoolboy Representative in 1985,1986 and 1987. In 1988 he was graded by the Canberra Raiders and soon established himself as an indispensable player for the club.

In a career spanning eleven seasons with the Raiders, Clyde scored 39 tries in a total of 178 games. He played in three Grand Finals and was the recipient of the prestigious Clive Churchill Medal for the Best and Fairest Player in the Grand Final twice - the only player in history to do so. Along with Brad Mackay he is one of only two players to win the Churchill medal whilst on a losing Grand Final side. He was also a member of Canberra's premiership winning sides of 1989 and 1994. Brad moved from the Raiders to the Bulldogs in 1999, playing with the team until 2001, scoring 8 tries. He then moved to England to finish his playing career in 2002.

He made 12 appearances for New South Wales in State of Origin games between 1989 and 1994 at lock forward. He performed with great distinction at this level with his devastating charges and tireless work ethic. Tall, strong and agile he was a nightmare to defend against and was a key member of the successful Blues sides of the early 1990s. It was during this period that Clyde was considered the number one player in the game. In 2002 Clyde was named in the 90's Team of the Decade and in 2005 he was named one of the 25 greatest ever NSW players.

He represented the Kangaroos in 18 Tests over five years scoring 6 tries. He was named Man-of-the Series in 1989 with his debut tour v New Zealand. He vice-captained the team for the Tour of Papua New Guinea in 1991 and was named Man of the Series also. In the 1992 Ashes Series against Great Britain, Clyde was awarded with the Harry Sunderland Medal for the Player of the Series. He played two Superleague Tests for Australia in 1997 along with three Tri-series matches that year.

Clyde is an inductee into the ACT Sport Hall of Fame and was recognised by the Australian Government for his contribution to Rugby League by being awarded the Australian Sports Medal.

Bradley Clyde is currently the Football Manager at the Bulldogs Rugby League Club. Within this role he manages the Football Department of the Club consisting of recruitment, operations, development, medical, contractual arrangements plus education and welfare.

Laurie Daley OA, (born 20 October 1969, Junee), an Indigenous Australian, is a former professional rugby league player in the Australian rugby league competition, primarily as a centre and then five-eighth. He played for the Canberra Raiders during their most successful period in the 1990s.

Spotted playing first grade for the Junee Diesels in 1986 at the age of sixteen, and after being signed by the Raiders, he developed as a centre and was playing first grade for Canberra by 1987. Daley was playing representative rugby league before his 19th birthday in 1988. He was the second highest try-scorer the following year with sixteen tries.

Daley disappointed in his first State of Origin games for New South Wales that year, but in 1990 he made his Australian debut against France. That year, Daley also won selection to the Kangaroo Tour of Great Britain and France, playing centre for the last four tests on tour (two against Great Britain and two against France). He missed Australia's opening loss to Great Britain at Wembley Stadium due to a broken hand suffered in a previous tour match.

During 1991, Daley was shifted from centre to five-eighth. Affected severely by injury in 1992, Daley captained Australia in the absence of Mal Meninga in the first Test against New Zealand in 1993, kicking the match-saving field goal. 1994 was again plagued by injury, but he returned in time to win the title with the Raiders, contributing a vital try. He was selected, along with six of his Canberra team-mates, to the 1994 Kangaroo Tour of Great Britain and France.The outbreak of Super League and Daley's subsequent support for the rival organisation saw him barred from representative games in 1995. Nonetheless, Daley was awarded Rugby League Week's Player of the Year award in 1995.In 1996, Super League players were once again allowed to compete in representative fixtures allowing Daley to compete in State of Origin. The following year, the Super League competition was launched, and Daley was appointed to captain the Super League representative teams of both New South Wales and Australia.

In 1998, Super League and the Australian Rugby League competitions agreed to launch the National Rugby League. Daley took over the Canberra captaincy on a full-time basis after Stuart signed with Canterbury. Although Daley continued to make representative appearances, injuries began to limit his appearances; and he was forced into retirement in 2000.

Daley is now assistant coach of the New South Wales Blues and coach of the Country Origin team.

In September, 2007, Daley left his commentary position with Fox Sports and signed a contract with the Nine Network to co-present much of their rugby league coverage, from appearing on the weekly rugby league topic show The Footy Show, to commentating on Nine's weekend league coverage.

David Furner is the son of former Canberra Raiders and Australian Kangaroos coach, Don Furner. He retired as the greatest point-scoring forward in Australian Rugby League history

Furner first attended a small primary school in the town of Queanbeyan, and then moved to St. Edmund's College, Canberra, where the school guided his talents in Rugby. This school has produced other talents as George Gregan, Ricky Stuart, Matt Gitue and Matt Henjak.

Before embarking on a successful career with the Raiders in Rugby League, he was a part of the Australians under-21s side for Rugby Union. Amongst other achievements, Furner was part of the 1994 Canberra Raiders premiership team, winning the Clive Churchill Medal. David also played in the English Super League for Wigan and Leeds. Upon return from England he put in a guest appearance for the Hay Magpies in Group 17 NSW CRL in 2006 in an effort to help a struggling Country club.

Canberra Raiders
Matches for club: 200 Total Tries: 49 Total Goals: 511 Total F/G: 1 Total Points: 1219

NSW - 11 games (3 in the Super League).
Australia -

David Furner is currently working with Canberra Raiders as Assistant Coach.

Jason Croker (born March 10, 1973 in Crookwell, NSW) is an Australian rugby league player for the Catalans Dragons in the Super League (Europe) competition and has also played for the Canberra Raiders, the New South Wales Blues and the Australian Kangaroos.

He has played somewhat of a utility position over his long career, filling into many spots throughout his team. His 120 tries for Canberra is a club record. In 2006 Croker played his 300th game for the Raiders, becoming the first to achieve this honour for the Raiders. In Jason Croker's last game in Canberra he was given the keys to the city by Chief Minister Jon Stanhope in front of over 21,000 fans.

Croker signed a two year deal to play for French team Catalans Dragons from 2007.

Brett Mullins is an Australian former rugby league player who played for the Canberra Raiders between the years 1990 and 2000. He also represented New South Wales and Australia during his career. He is the son of former Eastern Suburbs player Bill Mullins and cut his football teeth as a junior with the Young Cherrypickers in Group 9.

In 1990, Brett Mullins made his first grade debut as a winger. In the 1991 season, he was injured for his side's Grand Final in which they were defeated 19-12 by the Penrith Panthers. He secured his position at fullback following the retirement of Gary Belcher. During the 1994 season, Mullins overcame several niggling injuries to play in his the Raiders 36-12 victory over the Canterbury Bulldogs. That season he finished with a total of 22 tries, which included a superb four tries in one game against the Newcastle Knights, which equalled Noa Nadruku's club record and surpassed the record for a fullback in the New South Wales Rugby League premiership. In 2000, in his final year with the club, Mullins emulated his father by surpassing the 100 try scoring mark in first grade rugby league. After an unsuccessful spell at the Rhinos, it seemed as though Mullins career may have been over due to injury. Under former Canberra Raiders teammate Ricky Stuart, who was now the coach of the Roosters he made his Roosters debut at fullback in the 2002 season opening fixture against the South Sydney Rabbitohs. His career ended in fairy tale style, after playing in the win in the Grand Final against the New Zealand Warriors in 2002.

In 1993, injury cost Mullins a place in the New South Wales State of Origin side. The following year in 1994, Mullins was again ruled out through injury of the first State of Origin match. He was selected for the other two games, although not in his favoured position of fullback. He was selected on the wing, as Tim Brasher had impressed during the first game to retain his position at fullback. In the 1997 tri-series final, he starred for New South Wales in their 23-22 win, by scoring a hat-trick of tries.

After being in superb form for the Raiders, Mullins was called up for his test debut in 1994 against France at Parramatta Stadium. He was selected in his favoured position of fullback, and he impressed on debut, scoring a try. He later appeared in all four Test matches in the 1994 Kangaroo Tour. He scored an impressive 11 tries in 12 matches in total during all the tour matches. In 1997, he appeared in two Super League Test matches against Great Britain, scoring two tries in the opening Test at Wembley Stadium

Trent Barrett (born November 18, 1977 in Temora) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer. He plays for the Wigan Warriors in the European Super League competition and has represented New South Wales and Australia. He previously played for the Illawarra Steelers before they merged with St. George Dragons (now St George Illawarra Dragons). His normal position is five-eighth though he has also been known to play at various other positions, such as lock. One of the traits Barrett has shown throughout his career is his varied skills as a playmaker, able both to run with the ball in hand and also to kick accurately behind attacking defences.

Barrett burst onto the scene in 1996 with the Illawarra Steelers, immediately attracting attention due to his obvious natural ability and potential, within two years of first grade, Barrett had already been selected to play his first State of Origin match. His 30 tries in only 48 game period of time reflects the brilliance that he can often display.

His first season at the new joint venture of the St George Illawarra Dragons was marred by controversy as the incessant media hype over an alleged feud with Anthony Mundine and whether by playing out of position at half-back was affecting his form. With the shock departure of Mundine in 2000, Barrett was allowed to move back to his more comfortable position of five-eighth and his form returned which could clearly be seen by his receiving of the Dally M Medal in 2000.

In 2005 Barrett made history during the Tri-Nations by becoming the first ever Kangaroo to be sin binned twice in one match. He was sin binned in the first half for what he said was a 'nothing' incident, and was dismissed in the 70th minute for illegally tackling a Great Britain player on his way to the tryline. For the record, the Aussies won the match 26-14.

Trent signed a three year deal with the Wigan Warriors on May 4 2006, despite their position at the bottom of the Super League and the threat of relegation to National League Division 1. Barrett made his Wigan debut in a 16-10 defeat against Warrington at the JJB Stadium on 9th February 2007. In October 2007, Barrett was named as the Rugby League Players' Player of the Year but narrowly missed out on the Man of Steel award.

Mark O'Meley (born May 22, 1981 in West Wyalong, New South Wales) is an Australian rugby league player for the Sydney Roosters club in the National Rugby League competition.

Nicknamed 'Shrek', O'Meley's no nonsense front row play has earned him selection for New South Wales in the State of Origin and Australia. He also previously played for the North Sydney Bears, Northern Eagles and the Canterbury Bulldogs. Mark was a member of the Bulldogs 2004 Premiership team.

He has signed to play with the Sydney Roosters for the 2008 season.

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NSW Representatives

These are our local players who went on to represent their State

Tom Leggo was a West Wyalong player in their inaugaral season of 1911. The centre three-quarter moved on to play with Glebe in the Sydney competition and represented NSW around 1918.

John Kelly is a former NSW Country, NSW and QLD player who went on to be an Australian selector and is a Life Member of Country Rugby League. John is a Life Member of West Wyalong and played for Temora with both sides playing for the Kelly Cup in his honour each year.

Peter Mortimer is a former professional rugby league player for the Turvey Park Lions, Canterbury Bulldogs and New South Wales. Peter Mortimer was born in 1956, the second of the three brothers to play for Canterbury during the late 1970s and 1980s. The brothers were all raised in the Riverina city of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.

Mortimer played 190 first grade games for Canterbury between 1977-87 and is equal fourth on the all-time try-scoring list alongside older brother Steve. He was a member of the Canterbury Premiership winning teams in 1980, 1984 and 1985 and played in Canterbury's Grand Final losses in 1979 and 1986. Mortimer scored a try in the Bulldogs 1979 Grand Final loss against St George and was their only try-scorer in the 1985 triumph against St George. He also had a fair try disallowed in the 1984 success against Parramatta.

Mortimer represented New South Wales in 1979 and was unlucky not to play State of Origin and narrowly missed selection for the 1982 Kangaroo Tour. Even though Steve and Chris played for Australia Peter enjoyed a fine career at Canterbury as a winger or centre and was a popular and respected player amongst his teammates and opponents.

Peter Mortimer, his older brother Steve Mortimer and younger brother Chris Mortimer played in four Grand Finals together. Mortimer became Canterbury Marketing Manager in 1987 during his final season and continued in that position until 1991. He had a short period as Cronulla Chief Executive Officer in 1992. He returned to Canterbury in 2002 following the salary cap scandal where he took up a position as Football Club Director with brother Steve as Chief Executive. Peter Mortimer resigned as Football Club Director in 2004 not long after Steve Mortimer was forced out of his position.

He now resides in Orange and is working in the wine business.

Paul Field is a former rugby league player for the Cootamundra Bulldogs and New South Wales Blues.

Field was selected to represent New South Wales directly from the New South Wales Country Rugby League, one of only three players to be selected straight from a country club to play for the Blues. Field played for Cootamundra and was selected for games II and III of the 1983 State of Origin series.

Field is still involved with rugby league and is currently president of the Group 9 Cootamundra Bulldogs.

David Barnhill was recruited out of the Yanco Wamoon Under 18's by the Canberra Raiders in 1987. He played for the Raiders in 2 Grand Finals in 1989 and 1991.Barney left the Raiders to go to St.George where he played 107 games from '92-'96 and appearing in Grand Finals in 1992, 1993 and 1996. He then moved on to the Roosters where he played from 1997-1999. A stint in England where he played 30 odd games for the Leeds Rhinos led to a bench spot in the 2000 Challenge Cup final. Also in 2000 he represented Ireland in all 4 matches in the World Cup. Barney's greatest claim to fame however is representing NSW in 9 State-of-Origin games (5 as interchange) in 1994, '95, '98 and '99.

After Barnhill's retirement he has been assistant coach to Nathan Brown at St.George and is now based in Wagga where he runs the William Farrar Hotel.

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Notable Players and Coaches

These are the exceptional people that played or coached in our Region to build the strong base we have today.

Arthur Summons - signed with the Western Suburbs DRLFC in 1960. He played in the 3 consecutive heart breaking Wests Grand Final losses to St George between 1961 to 1963. He first represented Australia in Rugby league in 1961 against New Zealand appearing in six matches on tour including two Tests. He played in the two 1962 test losses against Great Britain before he was appointed Captain for the 3rd Test with Reg Gasnier and Keith Barnes ruled out. Australia won the game 18-17 following a Ken Irvine late sideline conversion of his own try.

His international rugby league debut in the 1st Test against New Zealand in Auckland on 1 July 1961 saw Summons become Australia's 26th dual code rugby international, following Rex Mossop and preceding Michael Cleary. In 1963 Summons lead Australia to wins against New Zealand, against South Africa and later that year on the Kangaroo tour of Britain for which he was appointed Captain-Coach. He missed all three tour Tests against the Lions but masterminded the Ashes victory, establishing a plan to dominate the British through the forwards. He captained Australia to victory in two Tests on the French Leg of the tour but did not represent again.

He finished his club career in Australia, playing five seasons with the Wagga Magpies and working as Secretary-Manager of the Wagga Leagues Club.

Brian Hambly played with Wagga Magpies and represented Australia

Ross Kite played with Griffith and represented Australia

Billy Wilson (30 May 1927-25 March 1993) was an Australian rugby league player. He was a front-row forward with the St. George Dragons during their 11 year consecutive premiership winning run from 1956 to 1966. He was a representative in the Australian national team from 1959 to 1960 and in 1963 when he captained the side in two tests against New Zealand.

Born in Blakehurst, Wilson was a St George Junior and was graded in 1947. He played 180 games for the Dragons in three periods 1948-1949, 1952-1956 and 1958-1962 and played in six winning Grand Finals. In 1957 Billy took the role as Captain Coach of the Wagga Magpies and returned to the Dragons the following year. Billy was certainly not a big man by modern standards yet he is regarded as one of toughest prop forwards to ever play the game, a combatative and fiery enforcer who also played in the Centres for St George. Wilson finished his career with three seasons at North Sydney, retiring at age 39 in 1966. He was coach in 1967 and when the club suffered a number of injuries he returned to the playing field for three games in 1967 having already turned 40.

He holds the dual achievements of being the oldest Australian Test captain (36 years and 23 days) and having the longest first grade career of any player (20 seasons)

Greg Hawick was an Australian rugby league player, a fine utility back for the champion South Sydney Rabbitohs teams of the 1950s and a representative player in the Australian national side. Hawick debuted with Souths in 1950 as a lock forward but subsequently switched to the backline playing halfback and centre. Hawick's career with South Sydney stretched from 1950 to 1956, during which he played in five premiership winning teams. In all he played 84 first grade games scoring 19 tries and kicking 62 goals for a total of 181 career points. In 2004 he was named by Souths in their South Sydney Dream Team, consisting of 17 players and a coach representing the club from 1908 through to 2004.

Hawick made six Test appearances for the Australian national representative side. He toured with the Kangaroos to Great Britain in 1952-53, playing two tests, another 16 tour matches and scoring eight tries. He also toured to New Zealand with the Kangaroos in 1953 playing two tests, six other tour matches and scoring two tries and kicking three goals. Hawick also played eight games for NSW.

In 1957 Greg took up coaching the Wagga Kangaroos and represented Riverina against touring English team lead by Phil Jackson. Both players reside in Wagga and have supported Rugby League as coaches at both club and divisional level.

Phil Jackson is Barrow's most capped player in its over 125 year history, making 226 first-team appearances in his ten years with the Cumbrian (or for a time Lancashire) club.

Dubbed the 'Prince of Centres' in the 1950s he represented Great Britain 27 times, played in two World Cup competitions (winning in 1954) and twice toured with the British Lions to Australia and New Zealand. Phil Jackson also represented England, the Northern Rugby League XIII, the British Services and Lancashire.Phil Jackson, alongside Willie Horne and Jimmy Lewthwaite, was an inaugural inductee into the Barrow Raiders Rugby League Hall Of Fame when it was launched in 2001.

Now residing in the southern NSW town of Wagga Wagga, three time Wembley finalist and Great Britain Test captain of the 1950s, Phil originally coached Goulburn Workers Club from 1960 to 1968 and Country in 1961, 62 and 75. Phil coached Bungendore from 69 - 71 and must have retired from playing at around the age of 41. In 1971 he settled in Wagga where he has remained active with Wagga Kangaroos. Phil has coached Riverina on a number of occasions.

Doug Cameron was a rugby league footballer in the NSWRL competition. Halfback, Cameron played for the Eastern Suburbs club in late 1950's before finishing his league career in Group 9 playing with Wagga Kangaroos and Young Cherry Pickers. Doug was also a representive of NSW during his career.

Doug has remained in the Riverina as a hotelier in the Tumut area. This area is remembered in Maher Cup days for players of the calibre of John Hobby and international winger Ray Beaven. Local derbys against Gundagai would see Beaven line up against Country representative team mate John "Bronc" Jones. Gundagai had built up a proud tradition in Maher Cup days when ex international front rower Neville Hand was reported to have lead them to 23 consecutive wins, both as a player and referee (this may be just part of the myth that surrounds the famous tin cup).

Brian 'Poppa' Clay (1935 - 1987) was an Australian rugby league player. He was a five eighth with the St. George Dragons during their 11 year consecutive premiership winning run from 1956 to 1966. He was a representative in the Australian national team in 1957 and from 1959-1960 earning five Test caps plus three World Cup appearances and 16 tour appearances.

Clay grew up in the inner Sydney suburb of St Peters . He played schoolboy football for Newtown Technical School and captained a New South Wales Schoolboys side. He began losing his hair as a teenager and early in his football career became known as 'Poppa'.He was graded by the Newtown Bluebags in 1953 aged 19. He played in Newtown's losing Grand Final teams of 1954 and 1955 learning the ropes against the powerful early 50s South Sydney Rabbitohs sides.

After playing the 1956 country season with Griffith, Clay was offered a contract with St George as a lock forward form 1957. When Johnny Raper joined the club in 1959 Clay moved to five eighth at which position he enjoyed most success. Clay played 200 club games (183 1st grade) for the Dragons between 1957 and 1967 and played in eight of the famous Grand Final victories. He missed the 1962 and 1963 Grand Finals with broken arm injuries.

A knee cartilage operation in 1967 meant that he played his last games at less than 100% fitness. His 200th and last career game was the 1967 final against the Kevin Ryan led Canterbury Bulldogs where the aging Dragons outfit went down 12-11 and the record breaking premiership run ended. Clay stands in equal first place with his St George team-mate Norm Provan for the highest number of grand final appearances ever (ten).

Brian Clay died aged 52 after a battle with heart disease following an unsuccesssful heart transplant operation.

Mike Sullivan is a former English International who coached Junee

Graham "Yappy" Kennedy is a former New Zealand centre who relocated to Wagga after being regarded as a tough Kiwi defender in his days of marking off against the likes of the immortal Reg Gasnier. Yappy set a new level of coaching at the Wagga Kangaroos and can be held responsible for nurturing the careers of many future NSWRL and NRL stars having an influence on generations such as former South Sydney player Warren Glanville and in turn his son and Newcastle legend, Mark Glanville. Graham coached Wagga Kangaroos to premierships as both a Captain Coach and non playing Coach along with steering many good Catholic boys to State and Australian Schoolboy selection.

Another notable Kiwi was Jock Butterfield, a hooker, played 99 games, including 36 Tests, for New Zealand between 1954 and 1963. Jock was recently named in New Zealands Team of the Century with only 3 modern day players having played more Tests for the Kiwis. Gary Freeman has played the most Tests with 46 and ironically his first appearance for the Kiwis was against Riverina.

In 1964 he moved to Australia and played nine games for Manly in the then New South Wales Rugby League competition. After his playing days ended, Butterfield coached Leeton, Cloncurry and Mount Isa

Tommy Raudonikis (born 1950 in Bathurst) is an Australian rugby league identity. He played over twenty-nine Tests and World Cup games as Australia representative halfback and captained his country in two Tests of the 1973 Kangarooo tour. While at Forest Hill RAAF Base he played with the Wagga Kangaroos and married a Junee girl.

He played 204 games for the Western Suburbs Magpies between 1969 and 1979 before moving to the Newtown Jets for 37 games in three seasons between 1980 and 1982. He played under two famous coaches, Roy Masters at Wests and Warren Ryan at Newtown. Some rate him the toughest player to have ever played in the halves.

He was first selected in an Australian squad in 1971 behind Souths halfback Bob Grant and made his run on debut in 1972 against the Kiwis (the same year he won the Rothmans Medal for best club player for the season). He was the regular Test halfback for the next six years. He made Test appearances up until 1980 by which time he was being challenged by Greg Oliphant and Steve Mortimer.

He was the captain of the New South Wales State of Origin team in the inaugural 1980 contest and also coached the Blues in the 1997 and 1998 series. In those series he entered State of Origin folklore when he introduced the "cattle dog" call to which NSW players responded by breaking from the scrum with fists flying, resulting in two infamous all-in-brawls.

Bill Deacon is a former Kiwi International who has played and coached at Wagga Magpies, Turvey Park and Junee. Bill started playing for New Zealand as a 17 year old winger and finished his international career in the 1970 World Cup as a front rower. It is believed Bill was 47 when he retired from football in Group 9. Amongst other coaching positions he took over the years he is credited with being Laurie Daley's coach from the age of 6 to 16. The side was underfeated during this period with a number of the team members reaching Riverina selection after that time and Jason Lidden going on to play 107 1st Grade games for Western Suburbs Magpies in NSWRL Premiership shortly after Laurie went to Raiders.

Doug Ricketson (Sydney, Australia), was a rugby league footballer in the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) competition.

Ricketson played for the Eastern suburbs (1960-63) and Penrith (1967) clubs. Doug is the father of Eastern Suburbs longest serving player Luke Ricketson. A centre Ricketson was a member of the Eastern Suburbs side that was defeated by St George in the 1960 Grand Final. He represented Sydney in a match against Great Britain In 1962 Ricketson played for Penrith in there debut season in the NSWRL before a knee injury brought about an end to his career.

Formerly an athletic coach at Wavery High, in Sydney, Ricketson spent a lot of time coaching in country areas including Temora.

Ray Brown is a former professional rugby league player in the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) competition. He primarily played at hooker.

Brown was selected to represent New South Wales as hooker for game II of the 1983 State of Origin series and was on the reserve bench for games I and III.

As an Australian Kangaroo, Brown played in five Tests - four in 1982 (Great Britain twice, France and Papua New Guinea) and one in 1983 against New Zealand.

In 1978, Brown was awarded the Country Rugby League's Player of the Year. His club at the time was Griffith Waratahs.The following year Brown played one season for Western Suburbs and moved on to Manly-Warringah in 1980.

Brown was named at hooker for the Western Suburbs Team of the Seventies.

William 'Bill' Mullins (Sydney, Australia) was a rugby league footballer in the NSWRL premiership, the major rugby league competition in Australia at the time.

A former professional runner, Mullins played his junior football with the Canterbury Bankstown club before joining Eastern Suburbs in 1968 where he played 190 first grade matches in the years until 1978. At the time of his retirement, he was the club's leading try-scorer with 104 tries. A tall, powerfully built winger, Mullins played in some of the great Easts sides of the seventies, winning premierships in 1974 and 1975, and finishing runners up in 1972 Grand Final. He also won pre-season cups in 1974 and 1977, mid-week cups in 1975 and 1978, as well as the World Club Challenge with the Roosters in 1976. Mullins was a representative of Sydney and New South Wales, though injuries suffered at the wrong times during his career prevented him from representing his country. In a trial for World Cup selection in 1971, Mullins suffered a broken jaw and again, in 1973 had his jaw broken at a critical time in his career.

At the end of the 1978 season Mullins moved to the rural NSW town of Young where he captain coached the Young Cherry Pickers, but further injuries brought about an end to his rugby league career. The burly winger has been included in a side made up of East's greatest ever players. He has also been named in the Young Cherry Pickers best side since its inception.

John Fifita is a former Tongan International and St George tough man that arrived in Batlow in the late 80's from the Dragons and terrorised many a defender with his strong bursts on the edge of the ruck. John played on for many years, retiring as reserve grade coach at was reported to be the age of 42 and with still the trademark "6 pack" and muscular frame. During his time with the Adelong-Batlow Bears he played alongside forwards such as Jason Hoogerwerf and Peter Spring, both ex St George Players. They were later joined by ex NSWRL 1st Graders Steve Funnell and Glenn Cannon from the Gundagai team and finally winning a Group9 Premiership

Craig Bellamy (born October 10, 1959 in Canberra) is a former rugby league player and the current coach of the Melbourne Storm, which compete in the National Rugby League. Bellamy played in the 1990 Grand Final for the Canberra Raiders as a reserve. He also had stint playing in England for Leeds in the early 90's. Upon return in 1991, Bellamy was signed by Turvey Park Lions for a 2 seasons as Coach in Group 9. After taking the Lions to the finals in 91 Craig returned to the Raiders prematurely in 1992 as part of their coaching staff. The groundwork done at Lions was invaluable with Bill Noke leading the club to a premiership in 1993.

Prior to joining the Storm in 2003, Bellamy was an assistant coach to Wayne Bennett at the Brisbane Broncos. Bellamy coached the Broncos in 2002 when Bennett was on State of Origin duty with Queensland with his young players upsetting the Wests Tigers on Friday Night Football, in no small part due to Bellamy's coaching. The Storm have not failed to miss the finals in Bellamy's five seasons at the helm, and qualified for the 2006 National Rugby League grand final, where Melbourne finished as runners-up to the Brisbane Broncos, and the 2007 grand final, in which the Storm defeated the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 34-8 to become the premiers of the NRL.

Bellamy was an assistant to Wayne Bennett for the Australian Test team during the 2005 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament. Bellamy led Storm to a victory over Manly in the 2007 NRL Grand Final. After the NSW Blues poor showing in the 2007 State of Origin series, Bellamy was installed as coach for 2008.

Gavin Miller (born January 4, 1960) was a Goulburn rugby league player and coach who predominantly played for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks but also for the Western Suburbs Magpies and Eastern Suburbs in the National Rugby League competition and for Hull Kingston Rovers in the English competition. Miller's position was usually in the second row and he represented New South Wales on five separate occasions and Australia once. Upon return to Goulburn, Gavin bought a hotel and commenced coaching the Goulburn Stockmen. He still takes an avid interest in rugby league within the town. 

GROUP 9 IN THE 80's and 90's

During the 80's there were both Group 9 and Group 13 teams before the two competitions joined. In this time Les Cleal lead Tumbarumba to premiership glory in Group 13 before moving to Temora to coach.

At this time high profile coaches were not so rare in Country football with Tumut having had Michael Carberry lead them to a Grand Final loss against the David French coached Wagga Magpies. Unfortunately for Michael and Tumut he was taken out early in the match by ex South Sydney and Manly player Bill Hardy while attempting a big hit. Magpies inflicted a similar fate upon the Neville Elwin Coached Temora in the 80's with Cootamundra, featuring Les Boyd doing the same.

Fortunately,Temora, featuring both Peter and Mark Stimson and Tumut, coached by Brett Goldspink, managed to shake off their Grand Final losses in later years and the highly competitive Gundagai are still working at bringing back the glory days of Royce George's era in the 80's where they faced off against Young in two grand finals with a win each.

In the late 80's and early 90's Junee favoured tough men and had appointed Terry Reagan and Ian Freeman as coaches, there first high profile signings since former Norths five eighth Pat Cudmore in 1982. In 1991, Police Shooting Instructor and former Roosters player Wayne Portlock coached the Young Cherry Pickers to a premiership using former Sea Eagle Mal Cochrane at hooker.

In 1993, Brett Gale coached Albury Rams and was joined as a player by his brother Scott Gale. Brett went on to win the Best and Fairest in the competition. Billy Noke an ex Australian Schoolboy who played with St George, Rabbitohs, Broncos and Wests coached Turvey Park Lions to a Premiership in a side that featured an up and coming Mark Stimson and ex NSWRL 1st Graders Glenn Leggett, Wayne Taekata and State of Origin forward Tony Rampling.

At that time Group 9 had coaches such as Steve Funnell, Brad Tessman, Pat O'Doherty and Alan McIndoe.

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Special Representative Games

1975 - Country 19 defeat City 9 Against all odds the Country side beat the Arthur Beetson lead City side in a win that marked the start of Mick Cronin's career. Mick was quick to praise his centre partner and then Gundagai Captain Coach, Peter Kennedy. This also kicked off the career of 18 year old Steve McDonald from Wagga Kangaroos who went on to represent both NSW and Queensland Country sides before returning to Wagga as a highly successful coach for the Kangaroos.

1986 - Riverina defeat New Zealand Coached by West Wyalong's Ron Pilon the Les Boyd lead Riverina beat the touring New Zealand side. Young forward Rod Slater received "man of the match" award which marked the start of his career with Parramatta, although short lived through injury. The tough Colin Scott relished the conditions with him and Boyd terrorising the Kiwis who featured Gary Freeman wearing the famous Silver fern jumper for the first time. The Riverina team was;

  1. Neil Epplestun (Grenfell)
  2. Tony Paton (Ladysmith)
  3. Michael Rawiri (Cootamundra)
  4. John Elliott (Narrandera)
  5. Keith Cox (Yenda)
  6. Neville Elwin (Temora) 
  7. Malcolm McKenzie (Turvey Park)
  8. Jim Vitucci (Goolgowi)
  9. Tony Morgan (Leeton)
  10. Mick Lewis (Barmedman)
  11. Rod Slater (Young)
  12. Les Boyd (Cootamundra)
  13. Colin Scott (Wagga Magpies)
  14. Les Cleal (Tumbarumba)
  15. Digby Murray (Albury Blues) 
  16. Michael Kennedy (Wagga Roos)
  17. Scott Glanville (Wagga Roos)

1988 - Australia 70 defeat Papua New Guinea 8 On 17th August, 1988 the Wally Lewis lead Australians thrashed Papua New Guinea at Wagga's Eric Weissel Oval in a World Cup game.

Monaro Defeat Great Britain the Monaro side featuring Larry Corowa win

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Past Heroes

These are local players who were good enough to play 1st Grade in the major Premiership of the day, whether it be NSWRL or NRL.

Barellan - Jay Bandy (Northern Eagles)

Batlow - Ciriaco Mescia (Wests)

Cootamundra - Les Boyd (Wests, Sea Eagles), Paul Beath (Raiders), Andrew Willis (Wests), Paul Field (NSW)

Crookwell - Ashley "Bam Bam" Gilbert (Raiders), George Grant (St George)

Cooma - Ian "Herbie" Freeman (Wests)

Goulburn - Gavin Miller (Roosters, Sharks), John Coveney (Bulldogs), Troy Stone (Dragons, Bulldogs )

Gundagai - Cliff Lyons (Bears, Sea Eagles),

Griffith - Eric Ferguson (Rabbitohs), Terry Reagan (Tigers, Roosters, Raiders), Simon Bonetti (Roosters), Laurie Morashi (Bears), Greg Keenan (Rabbitohs, Steelers)

Harden - Shane McKellar (St George, Steelers)

Hay - Brett Goldspink (Rabbitohs, Western Reds )

Ivanhoe - Michael Spinks (Raiders)

Junee - Phil Crowe (Eels), Laurie Daley (Raiders), Jason Lidden (Magpies, Bulldogs, Panthers), Craig Breen (Raiders), Adam Perry (Bulldogs)

Leeton - Chris Houghton (Raiders), Phil Hurst (Raiders, Sharks), Rod Maybon (Raiders, Rabbitohs, Dragons), Jody Rudd (Steelers, Bears), Sean Watson (Steelers, Sharks), Ian Hamilton (Raiders), Larry Kelly (Bears), Brendon Reeves (Steelers, Sea Eagles), Errol Hillier (Bears, Sharks),

Queanbeyan - David Furner (Raiders), Glenn Lazarus (Raiders, Broncos, Storm), Steve Hewson (Raiders)

Temora - Peter Stimson (Rabbitohs), Mark Stimson (Tigers), Steve Reardon (Bulldogs)

Tumut - George Treweeke (Rabbitohs, Australia), Ray Beaven (Bears, Australia), Frank Roddy (Raiders)

Tullibigeal Lake Cargelligo United - (Tullibigeal)Barry Glasgow (Magpies, Bears), (Lake Cargelligo)Malcolm Kelly (Steelers), (Euabolong)Ron Saddler (Roosters)

Tumbarumba - Colin Goldspink (Canterbury), Kevin Goldspink (Canterbury)

Waggqa - Eric Weissel (Australia), Greg Brentnall (Bulldogs), Steve Mortimer (Bulldogs), Chris Mortimer (Bulldogs), Peter Mortimer (Bulldogs), Glenn Mortimer (Sharks), Peter Sterling (Eels), Steve Martin (Sea Eagles), David French (Tigers, Roosters), Glenn Leggett (Roosters), Steve Stone (Roosters), Dave Alexander (Bears), Nigel Gaffey (Raiders), Brad Kelly (Raiders), Shane Kelly (Raiders), Geoff McNamara (Raiders), Darren Strutt (Steelers), Paul Upfield (Steelers), Mark Glanville (Dragons, Knights, Leeds ), Greg Watt (Newtown), Peter McIntyre (Bears), Paul Heffernan (Bears), Bruce Sullivan (Roosters), Keith Power (Roosters), Geoff Chambers (Roosters), Len Gaffey (Sharks), Jim Hogan (Newtown)

Weethalle - Niegel Tait (Bears, Eels)

West Belconnen - Colin Brinkley (Raiders), Chris Kinna (Raiders), Steve Keir (Norths, Sharks), Matthew Corkery (Raiders), Adam Peters (Sea Eagles, Raiders), Andrew McFadden (Raiders, Eels, Storm), Mark McLinden (Raiders, Harlequins), David Atkins (Raiders), Darren Porter (Raiders),

West Wyalong - Bob Farrar (Bulldogs, Roosters), Bill Bray (Roosters), Alan Ridley (Roosters), Ron Crowe (Australia, Rabbitohs), Rod Pilon (Bulldogs), Ron Pilon (Tigers & Newtown), Matt Goodwin (Panthers & Eels), Ron Cooper (Tigers)

Yanco Wamoon - Kerry Hemsley (Tigers), Dave Barnhill (Raiders, Dragons, Roosters), Ben & Simon Gillies (Bulldogs, hailing from Yass and attended Yanco Ag)

Yass - Mark Bell (Raiders, Dragons, Wests), Gary Britt (Raiders), Rod McGregor (Dragons, Rabbitohs)

Young - Brett Hetherington (Raiders), Brett Mullins (Raiders), Luke Davico (Raiders), Rod Slater (Eels), Peter Spring (Steelers, Dragons), Steve Prest (Rabbitohs)


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Current Stars

These are the current crop of players who are competing in either the National Youth Cup, European Super League or NRL.

Albury Lavington - Adrian Purtell (Panthers)

Cooma - Michael Gordon (Panthers), Brett White (Storm)

Cootamundra - Mark Bryant (ESL), Glenn Buttriss (Raiders), Tom Sellars (Raiders NYC),

Crookwell - Bigga - Joe Picker (Raiders),

Goulburn - Todd Carney (Roosters), Mick Picker (Raiders), Dayne Weston (Cowboys), Jarrod Croker (Raiders),

Gundagai - Ivanhoe - Joel Thompson (Raiders),

Griffith -  Luke O'Dwyer (Titans), Michael Henderson (Titans), Kose Leilei (Bulldogs), David Milne (Raiders)

Junee -  Michael Dobson (ESL)

Queanbeyan - Brent Kite (Sea Eagles), Cy Lasscock (Raiders), Terry Campese (Raiders), Trevor Thurling (Raiders),

Temora - Trent Barrett (Sharks), Todd Payten (Wests Tigers), Josh McCrone (Raiders), Matt Ford (Raiders - Coaching Staff), Ryan Hinchcliffe (Storm),

Tuggeranong - Nathan Smith (Panthers), Joel Monaghan (Raiders), Michael Brophy (Raiders), James Stuart (Raiders), Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles),

Waggqa -  Jamie Soward (Dragons), Nigel Plum (Panthers), Ben Cross (Knights), Matt Cross (Storm), Nick Skinner (Raiders), Luke Priddis (Dragons),

West Belconnen - Troy Thompson (Raiders), Nick Kouparitsas (Bulldogs), Mark Henry (Cowboys)

West Wyalong - Mark O'Meley (ESL),

Woden Valley - Lincoln Withers (ESL), Luke Priddis (Dragons), Josh Dugan (Raiders),

Yanco - Brian Norrie (Storm),

Yass - Matt Britt (Broncos), Steve Naughton (Roosters),

Young - Peter Cusack (ESL), James Woolford (Storm), Ben Shea (Wests Tigers)

*Players listed are playing NYC or higher level. Many players graded at Under 18's and below are not listed.


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