Rugby League Managers Report
Rugby League participation at Saints is at an all-time high. In 2018, we had 830 players registered in 54 teams across all age groups ranging from Under 6’s to Ron Massey Cup. The strength of our Club continues to be recognised with the 33 teams that are eligible to play in finals, we had an amazing 29 take part in the semi-final series!
The St Marys Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield both featured again in this year’s final series, with the Ron Massey Cup, finishing the regular season in fourth place and the Saints Sydney Shield finishing the regular season in second place. Unfortunately, our Sydney Shield team were unable to match the heights of last season and suffered two disappointing losses to be knocked out of the final’s series.
Our Ron Massey Cup team turned around a slow start to the year and fought extremely hard to remarkably, reach the Ron Massey Cup Grand Final. The Saints played Minor Premiers, Wentworthville in the decider. After a solid start to the game, Wentworthville were far too good on the day and unfortunately, we were defeated.
After five seasons as Head Coach of the Saints, Brad Drew has announced that 2018 will be his last. Brad’s knowledge of the game, profile and coaching expertise have been a huge asset to our Club. Brad has been instrumental in the Club’s transition from the Penrith Junior League competition to the NSWRL Competitions of Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield.
In July, the St Marys Rugby League Club Board resolved that the Club will incorporate a senior women’s rugby league program, Harvey Norman NSW Women's Premiership. Women's Rugby League is the fastest growing segment of the game and the Harvey Norman NSW Women's Premiership is the premier open age competition for women. The pathway for women and girls has been strengthened with the formation of a complete NSWRL participation and elite representative system. Women's and girls’ competitions are available for U14s, U16s, U18s and open-age divisions in all NSWRL districts and girl’s only competitions facilitated in the Penrith District for U6s to U12s. At Saints, we have 92 female participants playing rugby league at St Marys. Our current girl’s only teams consist of 2 x U12s teams, 1 x U14s and 1 x U16 team.
Saints Rising Stars
A number of Saints juniors have been recognised for their outstanding form during the 2018 season.
- Christian Chrichton – NRL debut for the Penrith Panthers
- Jarome Luai – NRL debut for the Penrith Panthers.
- Geoff Daniela – NSWRL Ron Massey Cup
- Nathan Smith – NSWRL Ron Massey Cup
- Dean Zammit – Malta Test Selection
- Maika Sivo – NSWRL Residents
- Donovan Boney – NSW Blues U16
- Zion Tauasa – NSW Blues U16
Believe / Achieve Program
The Believe / Achieve program was rolled out again in 2018. The senior players, held a U6, U7 and U8 group training sessions.The sessions were completed on different nights. The mini players were rotated through a number of skills and activities run by the senior players. On the completion of the session, the Ron Massey Cup players presented each player with a football and is another great initiative and way of engaging our junior players.
"Voice Against Violence" Campaign
St Marys Junior Rugby League Club is a strong advocate of the NRL's "Voice Against Violence". The grass-root program was presented to our U16-U19 year old players as we have a responsibility to our Rugby League players, their families and our communities to ensure they receive the education, support and resources available to make informed decisions and ultimately, make positive and consistent behaviour choices. The game is strengthening its ongoing work and resolve to stand up, speak out and take action against domestic violence.
"Changing Rooms" Campaign
The ‘NSWRL Changing Rooms’ program was presented to our U16 to Ron Massey Cup players to educate and provide support to the youth of our sporting community in dealing with challenges in life off the field when they aren’t dealing with the situations in a positive manner. The support program is offered to all sporting clubs, players, staff, volunteers and their families dealing with violence, mental health, illness, injury, social inclusion, disabilities and other life challenges of our youth.
Anthony ‘Mini’ Minichiello was a welcomed guest of the Saints and in partnership, rolled out the “Minifit” Clinic to the all Saints players, aged 5-12 years. Led by Anthony Minichiello himself, Minifit is a great way to encourage health, fitness and wellbeing amongst kids. Minifit is aimed to improve the growth and development of children, educating our young players on the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle. The Saints had over 340 players take part in the Minifit program over the school holiday period.
School Rugby League Development
We have assisted several Schools with their participation and Rugby League development programs. We have also supported the Schools with jerseys, equipment and recourses. The Schools that have recently received jerseys and equipment are:
- Cambridge Park High School
- Chifley College Senior Campus
- Colyton Public School
- Hassall Grove Public School
- Crawford Public School
- Hambledon Public School
- Whalan Public School
- Plumpton Public School
District Rugby League Development
This year the St Marys Rugby League Club Board very kindly created a budget to assist other Rugby League Clubs in the Penrith district with equipment and resources.
- Colyton Colts: St Marys Rugby League Club purchased training and equipment.
- NSW Push and Power Rugby League. St Marys Rugby League Club purchased rugby league jerseys for the six-team competition.
- Clontarf Foundation: Provided a sporting grant to the students and staff of the Mt Druitt schools sector of the Clontarf Foundation.
Country/Coastal Rugby League Development
The St Marys Rugby League Club Board has again continued to support rugby league in the country towns of Condobolin, Gundagai and Mossvale. In 2018, the St Marys Junior Rugby League Executive resolved to branch the regional rugby league support and form new relationships with the Ulludulla and Swansea Junior Rugby League Clubs. Funding is directed towards the Club’s on-field clothing, consisting of jerseys, shirts and socks for all teams within each of the country clubs.
Go the Saints!
Rugby League Manager