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    AG Border Cup Challenge Game -


    Rugby League Event: The Border Cup Challenge Event
    Host Club:
    Mullumbimby Giants RLFC
    Host Zone:
    Tweed Byron Group 18 JRL
    June 9th, 2007.

    The Aussie Gateways Border Cup Challenge Event took place under clear skies on Saturday June 9, 2007 at the Les Donnelly Field, Mullumbimby.

    The PROGRAM:
    The day began with a Coaching Clinic hosted by ARLD & One Community Develoment Officers for junior league players. Approx. 60 youngsters were put through a number of training drills to enhance their passing, catching, tackling and kicking skills. All enjoyed the activities and benefited greatly from the expertise and equipment provided by organisers.

    The Graham Eadie Skills Competition began at 12.00noon with sprints for players in each age group (13yrs to 16yrs) to determine the Fastest Back and Fastest Forward. Great performances were witnessed on the day with junior players winning cash prizes for their clubs. All cash prizes were donated by Seagulls Club at Tweed Heads. Special thanks to Cindy Mulheron and Peter Spring from Seagulls Club. Both expressed a strong desire to promote Junior Rugby League in the area and gave their full support to this competition. (See results below.) Other events included kicking activities – Field Goal, Goal Kicks, Longest Punt and most accurate Grubber Kicks. Results of the Graham Eadie Skills Competition saw the Mullumbimby Junior Club coming in first place, Murwillumbah Colts taking out second place and South Tweed, Bilambil and Tugun taking out third, fourth and fifth placings respectively. Joel Christie and his band of Under 18 players worked consistently throughout this competition to make it a success. Thanks also to Dave Christie for his organisation of equipment and all the senior club members from Mullumbmiby Giants who took control of each event and made sure they ran smoothly. Colin Woodbury (Brunswick Heads Holiday Parks) and Helen Bostock (Mullumbimby Giants) worked consistently throughout the event to ensure all winners and tallies were recorded successfully.

    The curtain-raiser to the main game was an exhibition match between the North Coast Primary Schools Under 12 representative team and the Group 18 Junior Rugby League Under 12 team. This match was played in good spirit with both teams displaying skills and game knowledge beyond their years. Special thanks to the coaches, managers and parents who arranged for both teams to attend the day. A highlight for the young players was the guard of honour formed by the legends of league as the Under 12’s ran onto the field. The winner on the day was the North Coast Primary Schools Representative side 28-8.

    The main event of the day, the “Aussie Gateways Border Cup Challenge” kicked off at 3.00pm. The Queensland and NSW Teams were captained by Colin Scott and Graham Eadie. Other former greats to join the teams included Steve Carter, Chris Johns, John Mayes, Ken Jones, Brad Izzard, Fred Teasdall, Peter Smith, Steve Merritt, Peter Gill, Bradley Garrett, Steve Colman, Marty Quinn, Peter Spring and Alan Kempnich. Local players chosen to play alongside the greats included Under 16 players Tom McQueen (Mullumbimby), Sam Prendergast (Murwillumbah Colts), Tim Gates (Tweed Coast Raiders) and Jakob Ziebell (Cudgen Hornets), Jayden Hoare (Tugun), Lewis Branigan (South Tweed), James Norvill (Seagulls), Royce King (Bilambil). A band of willing locals also took their place in the starting line-up and on the inter-change bench including Steve Butler, David Beale, Aaron Diehm, Ricky Oxley, Murray Brown, Brett Haslett, Aaron Cooke, Aaron Castellano, Matt Kidson and Travis Drought. Also in attendance (but not available to play) were former greats Elwyn Walters and Neil Pringle.

    The game was played in a social spirit with the young players running off their former heroes. The former greats proved they still have what it takes to be great players – no sense of urgency, taking plenty of time to deliver accurate passes and run towards gaps. The game was kept well under control by former NRL referee Brian Grant who enjoyed the match immensely. The final result was a 20-20 draw.

    The success of the Border Cup Challenge Event remains in the fact that all rugby league players from Under 7’s to Over 50’s came together to share in a rugby league experience that will be remembered for many years to come.

    # Seasons
    1 Exhibition Event