National Indigenous Under 18 Championship kicks off this weekend

  
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4/24/2013
By ARU Media Unit


The 2013 National Indigenous Under 18s Championship will kick-off this Sunday at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern with four teams from around Australia competing in a round robin format across two days.

An initiative of the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team (LMRDT), the two day Championship aims to expose athletes from across the country to both Rugby and life skills; as LMRDT continues to build the profile of Rugby among Indigenous youth.

As well as competing on the Rugby field all 88 players will partake in a number of education initiatives including, Illicit Drugs in Sport, Nutrition and Coaching.

Funded by the Federal Government through the Office of Sport the Illicit Drugs in Sport session will provide the young players with education and support to help them make the right choices when it comes to illicit drugs.

ARU’s High Performance Unit will deliver a seminar on nutrition to support and maximise performance as well as provide information on the latest Strength and Conditioning insights.

Executive Officer of LMRDT, Tom Evans, said the two day Championship would provide the young Indigenous athletes with more than just a weekend of Rugby.

“The Championship offers the boys an opportunity to access the national Rugby pathway, receive important education and form life-long friendships,” Mr Evans said.

“At all of the tournaments the Lloyd McDermott Team run we try to ensure the Rugby is complemented by education.

“This year the boys will learn some important lessons about illicit drugs and nutrition as well as get the chance to secure their ‘Coaching Kids Rugby’ qualifications.

“All of the players and coaches will take part in a modified course, which once completed will allow them to coach 6-12 year olds.”

One of the new additions to the 2013 Championship schedule is the introduction of the Health Assessment pilot scheme.

Five Doctors and Health Workers from the Murri Health Organisation in Queensland will be attending the Championship and undertaking health assessments on all of the Queensland players.

“The Health Assessment pilot scheme is something that we are very excited about,” Mr Evans said.

“This year we’ll only be trialling the assessments with one team, however it is something that we would like to roll out for every player from every team in our underage competitions moving forward.”

The Championship will kick-off on Sunday at Midday when Combined States meet Queensland, which will be followed by NSW v Northern Territory.

Players who have been selected to play in the Championship have all been required to adhere to the strict school attendance policies.

“Since the LMRDT began operating all of our U16 and U18 players have only been able to be selected if they achieve an 85% or better attendance rate at school,” Mr Evans said.

“This attendance rate was in line with the Commonwealth Government’s No School, No Play program.

“While this program no longer exists LMRDT has continued to enforce the requirements that players who want to represent their state and play in the Championship need to ensure they’re meeting the attendance requirements at school.

“We are very clear with all the players, if they don’t meet the 85% attendance rate then they cannot be part of the Lloydies program.”

The National Indigenous U18 Championship draw and team lists are below.
 

MATCH DAY 1

Date

Match

Kick Off Time

Sunday

Combined States v Queensland

12:00

Sunday

New South Wales v Northern Territory

13:00

 

 

 

Sunday

New South Wales v Combined States

16:00

Sunday

Northern Territory v Queensland

17:00

 

MATCH DAY 2

Date

Match

Kick Off Time

Monday

Northern Territory v Combined States

9:00

Monday

New South Wales v Queensland

10:00

 

TEAM LISTS:

COMBINED STATES

FIRST NAME

SURNAME

Beau

Cubillo

Kieren

Webber

Brenden

Maxwell

David

Dixon

Bryce

Lee

Kirren

Roughly

Hayden

Stirling

Joel

Richards

Braeden

Smith

Tray

Blattman

Zac

Humphries

Steven

Tracey

Josef

Wilson

George

House

Will

Callan

Greg

McEwen

Brendan

Trudgen

Braiden

Byrnes

Jerome

Saffy

Kane

Brennan

Kenneth

Neale

Callum

Corey

Zengrey

Nona

Storm

Burazer

 

NSW

FIRST NAME

SURNAME

Lincoln

Mara

Braden

Kenny

Jackson

Parkes

Tyler

Austin

Dylan

Maynard

Arthur

Currie

Ryan

Gallop

Zac

Jarvis-Soars

Storm

Buazer

Carlin

Simon

Niko

Fiapuleniko

Daniel

Donovan

Dylan

Philips

Ben

Butler

David

Green

Isaiah

Enriquez

Nathan

McLeay

Lachlan

Falconer-Adams

Bruce

Wara-Terare

Tim

O'Connor

Keith

Donovan

Jarrod

Hoskins-McInally

 

QLD

FIRST NAME

SURNAME

Leonard

Snowball

Shaun

Laurie

Ikaika

Fa'aoso

Travis

Mullins

Freddie

Nona

Gerald

Phineasa

Callum

Enoch-Barlow

Paul

Cobbo

Moses

Sorevi

Trae

O'Neill

Joshua

Robinson

Carlin

Anderson

Jaidon

Schafer

George

McCormick

Christian

Ramsay

Kyle

Kris

Aden

Troxall

Elliot

Thompson

Daniel

Jennings

Nick

Duncan

Austin

Marpoondin

Bailey

Hayes

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

FIRST NAME

SURNAME

Stephen

Quong

Ian

Manolis

Tom

Raymond

Paul

Lyons

Lawrie

Raymond

Simon

Davis

Matt

Pollard

Ray

Butterworth

Isiah

McLeod

Keenan

Pethybridge

Jimi

Harris

Brandon

Perkins

Trent

Kepple

Steven

Raymond

Will

Bohning

Juan

Garret

Phil

Harris

Kalkahi

Pehi

Jerome

Willis

Daniel

Chi-Clark

Daniel

Connop

Marshell

Gurruwiwi

 

The LMRDT is proudly supported by the Australian Federal Government through the Indigenous Sport and Active Recreation Program and the Illicit Drugs in Sport Program.