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Bush Telegraph – Issue # 10


The Group Nine Indigenous All Stars extended their dominance of the Reconcilation Cup with a 44-32 win at Equex Centre on Friday night. Ben Jeffery’s team continued their perfect record in the concept against the Group Nine All Stars.

The Indigenous team have won all six encounters since the introduction of the game, and were never behind at any stage of the clash.Jeffery was pleased to keep his hands on the cup.

“I think we have a good core group here that are keen to play every year,” Jeffery said. “We turn up for each other, play for our culture and our families. “I am pretty sure we have done them proud for the last six years now.

Earlier in the night Group Nine Southern enjoyed 16-4 win over Group Nine Northern in the leaguetag and Willians High Warriors scored a big win over a Police side, winning 16-0

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Grassroots rugby league on the Tweed has received a huge boost after an overwhelming response to the proposal of a new five and six year-old Group 18 JRL competition for 2016.

Group 18 JRL, which was losing countless juniors to other sports, put the proposal forward earlier in the year and has now signed 90 five and six year olds for the new competition which will run as a sub-league to the group’s under-7s competition.

Group 18 JRL publicity officer Anna Bourne said the move was crucial to not only attract and retain juniors, but to provide parents with confidence that their kids would now be able to play against others their own age.

“We’ve now had so many parents bring their little ones along to have a go and they’re much more confident in bringing their kids into the sport with the new age group,” Bourne said.

“Previously, we found that we’d have no five to six year-olds as they’d go and play soccer and come to rugby league at seven or eight, but now we can catch them early and get them in and keep them in the sport.

“With the new concept the parents are comforted and they’re really happy to have their kids play and the kids just can’t wait.”


Country Rugby League is proud to announce the appointment of Rob Bowen as Referees Recruitment and Participation Officer.

Bowen joins the CRL with a wealth of experience in the game both on and off the field with 21 years of on-field refereeing experience and six years as the Secretary of Referees for Central Coast Rugby league.Country Rugby League CEO Terry Quinn believes Bowen’s appointment is crucial to Country Rugby League.

“We are very excited to have someone with Rob Bowen’s experience joining the Country Rugby League family,” said Quinn.“The recruitment and retention of referees is vital to Country Rugby League and Rob’s appointment is a positive step forward to increasing the number of referees throughout Regional NSW,” said Quinn.

“Rob’s experience will be crucial to creating new pathways for referees to be involved in Rugby League and further their careers with the potential of reaching the NRL.”

Bowen admits he is looking forward to starting his new position with the CRL.

“As someone who is passionate about Rugby League and the role that referees have in our game, I am excited by the opportunity to join Country Rugby League as Referees Recruitment and Participation Officer,” said Bowen.

“Being a referee is a great way to be involved in Rugby League and I’m looking forward to getting out to all of the regions and spreading the word.”


MORE than 700 players have competed in the annual Group 21 Rugby League Schools Carnival in Scone over the weekend. Children from around the region, including Muswellbrook, Singleton and Tamworth, converged on Scone Park on Sunday.

Ground manager Jamie Munn said the day went smoothly due to all the tireless work behind the scenes.

“I’d just like to thank the Scone Old Boys and [carnival coordinator] Marika Eveleigh for organising it,” he said.

“A special mention to all the volunteers as well, especially the first aiders, timekeepers, people working on the canteen and barbecues, plus the referees and officials. “We look forward to hosting another successful one next year.”

Munn said the carnival was a friendly rivalry for a lot of junior players.

“Most of the kids play footy together in club sides so it’s a chance for them to go up against each other for their school,” he said.


Tickets for the 2016 AAMI Country v City clash at Scully Park Regional Sporting Precinct are selling fast, with pre-purchasing tickets your only way of saving money and avoiding disappointment!

Tickets can be pre-purchased through Ticketek or at Wests Leagues Club in Tamworth for only $15 for adults, $8 for

children and $40 for families.

Keep in mind that last year’s game in Wagga Wagga was a sell out before kick-off and early indications are pointing to another sold out game in 2016!

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