• Second Tour Match a Big Win to the Aussies

    The second match on the AURL 2019 Fiji Tour was played Tuesday 16 October at Churchill Park Lautoka against their touring counterparts, New Zealand Universities, with the Aussies winning 70-0.
    Played in hot and humid conditions the Aussies started well, defending strongly and only 9 minutes into the match Sam Collins crossed for what would be the first of his 4 tries for the match. Soon after Jake Sparey scored and with Dylan Izzard converting both tries the Aussies held an early 12-0 lead and never looked back.
    Sustained pressure from Australia assisted by receiving repeat penalties, saw Declan Morrissey crash over wide out. After a series of set plays Jack Brock offloaded a great inside ball to a flying Dylan Izzard who then linked with Ryan Cameron to see him cross under the posts. Soon after the Aussies broke through the Kiwi’s left edge and Izzard gathered the ball from a kick through to score. At the 25th minute mark the Kiwi’s were clearly in trouble and their frustrations came to a head after Jack Brock crashed over and the referee award an 8 point try.
    The Aussies continued to apply pressure with Collins crossing twice, both tries converted by Jack Miers, who had taken over the kicking duties. Miers himself picked up a four pointer right on half time for the Aussies to go to the break ahead 52-0.
    An early Kiwi error in the second half gifted Sean Dermba the ball and he stepped his opposite winger to cross wide out. The heat by this stage had taken its toll on both teams but the Aussies defended strongly, Matt Butler in particular coming up with several huge hits. Nick O’Meley ran 70 metres to score late in the match and Miers collected his second near the final whistle.

    AURL 70 (Tries: Sam Collins 4, Jack Miers 2, Jake Sparey, Declan Morrissey, Ryan Cameron, Dylan Izzard, Jack Brock, Sean Dermba, Nick O’Meley; Goals: Jack Miers 6, Dylan Izzard 3. defeated New Zealand Universities 0

    Players’ Player: Sam Collins

    Team List
    1. Dylan Izzard
    2. Jake Sparey
    3. Declan Morrissey
    4. Sam Collins
    5. Nick O’Meley
    6. Jack Miers
    7. Ryan Cameron
    8. Jack Brock
    9. Harrison Graham
    10. Harrison Leonard
    11. Jack Cross
    12. Trent Peoples
    13. Dalton Phillips
    14. Max Sellars
    15. Matt Butler
    16. Sean Dermba
    17. Royce Tout
    18. Matt Sheppard
    19. Alec Bush
    Coach: Todd Edwards
    Training Staff: Grant Stephensen (Asst Coach), Mitch Chad (Physio), Ryan Elson & Adam Meridith
    Manager: Bob Henderson

    Australia Wins First Fiji Tour Match

    In hot and humid conditions at Churchill Park Lautoka, the Australian Universities played the first match of its 2019 Fiji Tour on 14 October against University of South Pacific, defeating their host 58-0.
    The hot conditions forced the game into four 20 minute quarters and in the opening stanza both sides struggled for momentum, coming up with simple errors. However,after 10 minutes the Aussies were able to open their account scoring from a scrum, shifting the ball wide for left winger Jake Sparey to go over in the corner. At the end of the first quarter the visitors led 4-0.
    Good quick hands early in the second quarter allowed Sam Collins to crash over wide out and a long range conversion by Dylan Izzard put the Aussies ahead 10-0. Soon after some good inside/out play ended with Matt Sheppard running into a hole to score close to the posts and just before half time a slick passing movement saw Sean Dermba crash over in the corner. Izzard was successful with all conversions and the Aussies went to break in front 24-0.
    The third quarter started well for the tourists with Dermba crossing early on for his second try and soon after a dropped ball by USP gifted Jack Miers a try under the posts. The Aussies were playing with plenty of confidence and nearing the end of the quarter Declan Morrissy busted through several tackles to score. Australia in front 40-0.
    The final quarter saw Matt Butler, Miers and Collins all score tries to help give the Aussies a comfortable 58-0 victory. The home side never gave up and displayed plenty of potential for improvement as the game continues to develop in Fiji.

    AURL 58 (Tries: Jake Sparey 2, Sam Collins 2, Sean Dermba 2, Matt Sheppard, Jack Miers, Declan Morrissy, Matt Butler; Goals: Dylan Izzard 6/7, Jack Miers 3/3) defeated USP 0

    Players’ Player: Jack Miers

    Team List
    1. Dylan Izzard
    2. Jake Sparey
    3. Declan Morrissey
    4. Sam Collins
    5. Nick O’Meley
    6. Jack Miers
    7. Ryan Cameron
    8. Jack Brock
    9. Alec Bush
    10. Matt Butler
    11. Royce Tout
    12. Trent Peoples
    13. Dalton Phillips
    14. Max Sellars
    15. Harrison Graham
    16. Sean Dermba
    17. Jack Cross
    18. Matt Sheppard
    19. Harrison Leonard
    Coach: Todd Edwards
    Training Staff: Grant Stephensen (Asst Coach), Mitch Chad (Physio), Ryan Elson, Adam Meridith
    Manager: Bob Henderson

  • NSW Tertiary Residents Take Back the Tas Baitieri Cup

    Played in summer like conditions at HE Laybutt Field, Blacktown on Saturday 24 August 2019, NSW Tertiary Residents were victorious over their Queensland counterparts in the annual Tas Baitieri Tertiary Residents Interstate Challenge, winning 20-10. The conditions enabled a fast and open match which kept the healthy crowd entertained until the final whistle.
    The opening period produced a great forward tussle with both packs endeavouring to gain control, but the inability of the NSW side to maintain possession played into Queensland’s hands and Jake Kearnan scored out wide mid way through the half. The Maroons then started really rolling on with consistent play and few errors. With 10 minutes to go in the opening stanza former AURL rep player Jesse Domic charged over close to the line and near the posts to score for Queensland and the conversion by Cody Feldman saw Queensland go to the break leading 10-0.
    The break must have stirred the men in blue as they came out roaring in the second half. The visitors were able to hold the Blues out until the 20th minute when a left side back line move put winger Jason Hanna in the corner A sideline conversion by Tori Willie put NSW right back in the match trailing 10-6.
    NSW continued to focus play down their left side and it wasn’t long before Hanna crossed again in almost the same place as before to level the scores and with only minutes remaining Riki Willie scored and his brother’s conversion put the Blues in front 16-10.
    Right on full time Matt Thomas for NSW scored to make the final score 20-10.
    The encounter overall was tough and physical, played in unseasonably warm weather. Both teams can be proud of the manner in which it was played; with great skill, endurance and discipline.
    Match Awards:
    Queensland Players’ Player – Max Sellars
    NSW Players’ Player – Tori Willie
    Most Outstanding Player – Riki Willie
    NSW Tertiary Residents 20 (Tries: Jason Hanna 2, Riki Willie, Matt Thomas, Goals: Tori Willie 2) defeated Queensland Tertiary Residents 10 (Tries: Jake Kearnan, Jesse Domic, Goal: Cody Feltham)
    Team Lists
    NSW
    1. Nicholas Khoury (Cumberland College)
    2. John Hunter (UTS)
    3. Tom Windeatt (UTS)
    4. Riki Willie (TAFE NSW)
    5. Jason Hanna (WS Uni)
    6. Tori Willie (TAFE NSW)
    7. Jake Vrahnos (Sydney Uni)
    8. Bruce Faufili (TAFE NSW)
    9. Shane Brown (c) (TAFE NSW)
    10. Nawruz Kanogata’a (WS Uni)
    11. Harry King (UTS)
    12. Shiem Fuimaono (TAFE NSW)
    13. Alex Kouventaris (UTS)
    14. Brady Webb (UTS)
    15. Greg Cranney (TAFE NSW)
    16. Iszak Taalili (TAFE NSW)
    17. Chris Teuma (Cumberland College)
    18. Matt Thomas (TAFE NSW)
    Coach: Matt Olsen (UTS)
    Asst Coach: Dennis Curry (TAFE NSW)
    Physio: Travis Cuscuna (UTS)
    Trainer: Ryan Elson (non-aligned)
    Manager: Bob Henderson (non-aligned)
    Queensland
    1. Sean Dermba (Griffith Uni)
    2. Maverick Sooalo (Griffith Uni – Gold Coast)
    3. Daniel Watkins (Griffith Uni – Logan)
    4. Patryk Koch (Uni of Qld)
    5. Jake Kearnan (Griffith Uni)
    6. Cody Feltham (Griffith Uni – Gold Coast)
    7. Nicholas Trevisiol (QUT)
    8. Kurt Sparey (Grithith Uni – Logan)
    9. Jesse Domic (Uni of Qld)
    10. Max Sellars (QUT)
    11. Laithan Joseph (Griffith Uni – Logan)
    12. Dominic Haidke (Uni of Qld)
    13. Matthew Butler (Geiffith Uni)
    14. Hayden Bartlett (QUT)
    15. Lachlan McLean (Uni of Qld)
    16. Patrick Robinson (Uni of Qld)
    17. Jordan Cairns-Hillhouse (QUT)
    18. Connor Bohan (Griffith Uni)
    Coach: Scott Barker
    Asst Coach: Blake Trace
    Trainers: Dave Ballard & Mitch Chad
    Manager: Shaun Urquhart

    Tertiary Residents Interstate Challenge Match to be Played 24 August 2019

    The annual NSW/Qld interstate match, played between teams comprising of players selected from their respective tertiary resident competitions in both states, will be played on Saturday 24 August 2019 at HE Laybutt Sports Complex, Blacktown, kick off 1.30pm.
    The teams will be competing for the Tas Baitieri Cup, currently held by the Qld Residents.
    Match report and team lists etc, will posted after the match.

  • 2019 Fiji Tour Team Announcement

    The Australian Universities Representative Team to tour to Fiji in October was announced at a function held at Easts Brisbane Leagues Club on 11 May 2019.
    The touring party will depart for Fiji on 12 October and return 23 October. Based in Suva for the duration, the team will play matches against both the Fiji Universities and the visiting New Zealand Universities, with negotiations continuing for the possible inclusion of a side representing New Guinea Universities. It will be another step along the way in Australia’s preparation to defend its Universities Rugby League World Cup title in England in 2021.
    The squad selected for the Fiji Tour is as follows:
    Jack Brock (Central Qld Uni)
    Matthew Butler (Griffith Uni)
    Ryan Cameron (Uni of Qld)
    Sam Collins (Qld Uni of Tech)
    Jack Gibbons (Aust Catholic Uni Sydney)
    Dylan Izzard (Aust Catholic Uni Sydney)
    Reed Izzard (TAFE NSW)
    Harrison Leonard (Aust College of Phys Ed)
    Jack Miers (Aust TC)
    Declan Morrisey (Aust Catholic Uni Brisbane)
    Nick O’Meley (Wyong TAFE)
    Trent Peoples (Uni of Wollongong)
    Dalton Phillips (TAFE Qld)
    Tom Rafter (Uni of Sunshine Coast)
    Josh Rogers (Southern Cross Uni)
    Matt Sheppard (Uni of Wollongong)
    Jake Sparey (Griffith Uni)
    Brayden Torpy (Central Qld Uni)
    Royce Tout (Macquarie Uni)
    Coach: Drew Dalton
    Asst Coach: Todd Edwards
    Physio: Mitch Chad
    Trainers/S&C: Ryan Elson, Grant Stephensen, Clive Lang
    Management: Bob Lennox, Bob Henderson, Mick Williams

    Queensland Win 2019 Interstate Challenge Match 28-10

    The annual Universities Interstate Challenge match was played Saturday 11 May 2019 at Langlands Park, East Brisbane, with the Queensland side keeping possession of the trophy for yet another year, defeating NSW 28-10.
    Typical of any rugby league match between the two states, it was played at high intensity and the first 20 minutes was a display of some bruising defence from both sides, until a dropped ball by the Blues near their their own line opened the door for the first try of the match to Queensland winger Jake Sparey. 10 minutes later and an intercept by Queensland centre Sam Collins saw him race down the field to score, taking his team to the break leading 10-0.
    The second half was only 5 minutes old when the NSW side made its first impression on the scoreboard, with second rower Trent Peoples barging his way over the line. The Maroons were quick to respond with Collins clocking up his double but the Blues came back moments later when Lock Royce Tout crossed under the posts.
    The match was still in the balance with 10 minutes remaining, but it was the home side who lifted, posting 3 unanswered tries; to Josh Rogers, a second for Sparey and right on the bell to hooker Jack Miers.
    Queensland Coach Mark Gliddon was full of praise for fullback Brayden Torpy and Josh Rogers:
    “I thought Torpy and Rogers were outstanding for us. However, the whole side were courageous given the big NSW pack, but we held our own” Gliddon said.
    A disappointed NSW coach Drew Dalton was proud of his team’s efforts:
    I think we were superb up the middle with our forwards, but in the end Queensland were too good out wide, making us pay for our errors” Dalton said.
    Queensland Universities 28 (Tries: Jake Sparey 2, Sam Collins 2, Josh Rogers, Jack Miers; Goals Brayden Torpy 2) defeated NSW Universities 10 (Tries: Trent Peoples, Royce Tout; Goal: Dylan Izzard
    Player of the Match:
    Dalton Phillips (Qld)
    Players’ Player:
    Qld – Josh Rogers
    NSW: Matthew Jurd
    The Teams:
    Queensland
    1. Brayden Torpy (Central Qld Uni)
    2. Jordan Perrins-Phillips (Murray Mallee TC)
    3. Declan Morrisy (Australian Catholic Uni Brisbane)
    4. Sam Collins (Qld Uni of Tech)
    5. Jake Sparey (Griffith Uni)
    6. Josh Rogers (Southern Cross Uni)
    7. Josh James (Qld Uni of Tech)
    15. Cody McIntosh (Central Qld Uni)
    9. Jack Miers (Australin TC)
    10. Jack Brock (Central Qld Uni)
    11. Ryan Cameron (Uni of Qld)
    16. Tom Rafter (Uni of Sunshine Coast)
    13. Dalton Phillips (C) (TAFE Qld)
    8. Dylan Haiijer (TAFE Qld)
    12. Brock Richardson All Trades Qld)
    14. Harrison Graham (Qld Uni of Tech)
    17. Matt Butler (Griffith Uni)
    18. Hector Hilberto (Uni of Qld)
    Coach: Mark Gliddon
    Asst Coach: Jody Barlow
    Physio: Mitch Chad
    Trainers/S&C: Henry I’iga & Paul Hamson
    Management: Trad McLean & Martin Unicomb

    NSW
    1. Dylan Izzard (Australian Catholic Uni Sydney)
    2. Samaka Isaacs (Macquarie Uni)
    3. Nick O’Meley (Wyong TAFE)
    4. Jack Gibbons (Australian Inst of Fitness)
    5. Brayden Stewart-Thomas (Wollongong TAFE)
    6. Tom Watkins (Edith Cowan Uni)
    7. Luke Jurd (Uni of Wollongong)
    8. Matthew Jurd (C) (Uni of Wollongong)
    9. Maverick Tweedie (Wollongong TAFE)
    10. Matt Sheppard (Uni of Wollongong)
    11. Trent Peoples (Uni of Wollongong)
    12. Reed Izzard (TAFE NSW)
    13. Royce Tout (Macquarie Uni)
    14. Alec Bush (Western Sydney Uni)
    15. Harrison Leonard (Aust. College of Physical Ed)
    16. Jack Cross (Uni of Wollongong)
    17. Alex Fisher (Uni of Wollongong)
    18. Cheyne Pike (Illawarra TAFE)
    Coach: Drew Dalton
    Asst Coach: Luke Muttdon
    Physio: Adam Meridith
    Trainers/S&C:Ryan Elson & Clive Lang
    Management: Bob Henderson & Mick Williams

  • Annual Interstate Challenge Match 11 May 2019

    The annual NSW Vs Queensland Universities Interstate Challenge match will played Saturday 11 May 2019 at Langlands Park, East Brisbane, kick off 12.00 noon.
    Following the match, at a function to be held at Easts Brisbane Leagues Club, the Australian Universities Representative Team to tour to Fiji in October 2019 will be announced.
    Match Report and the Australian Team will be posted.

    2019 Interstate Challenge Match to be Held in Brisbane

    The annual Universities Rugby League Interstate Challenge Match between the NSW and Queensland Universities representative teams will be played in Brisbane on the weekend of 25/26 May 2019. Actual day and venue still to be determined.
    This match serves as the primary selection trial for the Australian Universities rep team, which will tour overseas in October 2019.
    More information regarding the challenge match and the selection process for both teams will be posted in due course and general information can be obtained by contacting:
    NSW: Bob Lennox – 0412281204
    Queensland: Trad McLean – 0412809106

  • 2018 South Africa Tour Wrap

    The AURL Representative team has returned from its successful tour to South Africa, winning all three games and spreading the gospel of rugby league to union mad locals.
    Coach Aaron Zimmerle, who took charge of the team for its winning campaign at the 2017 Student World Cup (held in Western Sydney in July), was impressed with not only the efforts of the boys on the training paddock and playing field, but their attitude and behaviour off it. Along with Assistant Coach Todd Edwards, the current NSW Tertiary Residents Coach, they moulded together a very formidable line-up.
    But it wasn’t all training and playing for the boys, plenty of sight-seeing and off field activities were on the itinerary. Cape Town included a coast line bus tour, which incorporated a winery and markets visit, there was also a shark diving expedition and the spectacular cable car ride up Table Mountain. Up in Pretoria they visited the nearby Lesidi Cultural Village and Lion Park whilst their home base in Johannesburg was literally across the road from the historic Nelson Mandela Square.
    Congratulations to the following tour award recipients:
    Best Player: Matt Jurd
    Players’ Player: Dylan Izzard
    Man of the Tour: Shared between Physio Paul Minei and Trainer Ryan Elson.
    Finally a big thank you to hosts SARL; President Dr Frans Erasmus, CEO Frans Parsons and all their helpers who worked tirelessly to fit all the pieces together.
    Planning for the team’s 2019 tour has already commenced so stay tuned for news in this regard which will be posted shortly.

    2018 South Africa Tour 2nd Test Result, October 29 in Pretoria

    In balmy evening conditions at Grizzlies Stadium Pretoria on Monday 29 October, the stage was set for another tough encounter. A perfect opening set by Australia resulted in a try wide out to Jayden Baker, converted by Dylan Izzard. Soon after, at the end of a sustained attacking effort from the Aussies, Dalton Phillips dived over from dummy half close to the posts to put his side in front 12-0 after only 6 mins.

    Izzard was on the end of good hands soon after and scored on the left edge. The ball was then shifted to the right and Malachi Morgan crashed over wide out to bring the score to 20-0.

    Further first half tries to Jayden Baker, Robert Tuliatu, Tom Watkins, and Izzard again saw the tourists go to the break leading 42-0

    Declan Morrisey opened the scoring for the Aussies in the second half with a try down the left hand side after a slick passing exchange.

    Australia did well retrieving a kick and put the ball through the hands down the left side to send Sam Collins over wide out to take Australia to over 50. It didn’t take long once again before the classy Aussies were on the board again after a switch of play saw Watkins dive over close to the posts for his second try.

    With the flood gates well and truly open Dalton Phillips picked up a double four-pointer steaming onto a short ball on the left edge of the ruck. Australia 62-0.

    But the Aussies were not finished and again struck down the left side just before full time with Kobe Tararo diving over.

    Full time 66-0

    Tries: Tom Baker 2, Dalton Phillips 2, Dylan Izzard 2, Tom Watkins 2 Malachi Morgan, Robert Tuliatu,
    Declan Morrisey, Sam Collins, Kobe Tararo.

    Goals: Dylan Izzard 7

    Man of the Match: Sam Collins
    Players’ Player: Declan Morrissey
    Team List
    1. Dylan Izzard
    2. Jayden Baker
    3. Declan Morrissey
    4. Malachi Morgan
    5. Billy Butler
    6. Ryan Cameron
    7. Luke Jurd
    8. Matt Jurd
    9. Chris Ostwald
    10. Jack Peacock
    11. Jesse Domic
    12. Matthwe Butler
    13. Dalton Phillips
    14. Tom Watkins
    15. Kobe Tararo
    16. Kobi Annand
    17. Sam Collins
    18. Alex Fisher
    19. Robert Tuliatu
    (* Nineteen players competed by agreement between both controlling bodies)