NSWWRL City v Country 2019 - Brings Show to Maitland


Photos taken by: Valentine Sports Photography

Sunday 26th of May saw the top talent from New South Wales Wheelchair Rugby League go head to head in the annual City v Country clash.


This year the teams travelled to the Hunter to showcase the sport at the Maitland Federation Centre.


In a game that was both fast-pace and entertaining, both teams came ready to play.


From the kick off both teams had a combined 5 Australian and 5 NSW Blues representatives to start the game.


It was truly an arm-wrestle with Country's Brad Grove scoring first on the back of same great ball moment. Not long after City struck back with some fast plays of the ball giving Cory Cannane the try to level the score.


The first half continued as each team tried to get the edge over the other on the back of drop balls and errors.


City took the lead going into the half 26 to Country's 22.

The second half was no-less entertaining, both teams continued to fight for the lead with the score see-sawing throughout the game and the lead changing multiple time throughout the competition.


With 15 minutes remaining and the scores locked at 32 all, City's young gun Liam Luff managed to break Country's defense to get the lead 38 - 32 on the back on the conversion from Craig Cannane.


Country were determined not the let City take the win that easy, The continued attack from the experienced Country side knew the younger players in the City line-up were showing signs of fartigue. After a few repeats sets, Country's Michael Johnson crossed the line on the back of some quick attack which put City under pressure. With a successful conversion from Brett Henman the scores were locked once again at 38 a piece.


With only a few minutes remaining in the game neither team had room to take the advantage and secure the win.


At full time the score was and remained City 38 - Country 38.



Photos taken by: Valentine Sports Photography

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City v Country 2019 - Player Roster


--- City ---

Craig Cannane

Cory Cannane

Edge Iole

Tim Robinson

Edie George

Liam Luff

Stephan Rochecouste

Jarrod Serwa

Coach: Brett Clark

Shadow Player: Cherie Moulang


--- Country ---

Brad Grove

Brett Henman

Michael Grech

Michael Johnson

Emily-Louise Beecroft

Riley Grech

Yara Ryan

Jason Attard

Coach: Steve Hewson

Shadow Player: Daniel Grech


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How is Wheelchair Rugby League played?

This fast-paced game is played on an indoor court, about half the size of rugby league field. It follows a five-on-five format, using a rugby league football. A kick is achieved by a clenched fist and a tackle is achieved by removing a Velcro tag from the sleeve of an attacking player. The game allows up to 2 able bodied athletes per team, meaning that members of families and mates can play alongside their siblings and friends.


Wheelchair Rugby League is an inclusive sport – a variation of the running game allowing athletes with disabilities to compete with and against able-bodied people. The emphasis is on the participation, health and well-being of individuals, personal performance, social interaction and self- esteem.


Wheelchair Rugby League aspires to provide an inclusive recreational activity and to promote fun, fitness and self-development while fostering good sportsmanship in a safe and positive environment.

New South Wales Wheelchair Rugby League currently runs seasonal competitions in Sydney and Western Sydney with plans to grow the sport across Australia.

© 2016 by NRL Wheelchair.

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