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AGM Sunday 12th April 2015 @ 6.30pm via gmail
Want to register you interest to become a Tamaraw? Click Player Profile.
All ages are welcome, once we receive your profile you will be on our database and notified of all upcoming events and training sessions.
We are interested in all junior age groups, we are coming close to fielding side in U20's, U18's and U16's. So get involved and register.
Philippines National Rugby League AGM
The Philippines National Rugby League AGM will be held on the Sunday 12th April 2015, 6.30pm via a gmail linkup.
All positions are now open for nominations.
2 x Board Members
All nominations need to be sent to Arwin Marcus email@example.com
Membership is also now up for renewal please also contact Arwin Marcus.
A good turnout of 11 for the first Newcastle training session. Cheers to Ted and Holty for organising the sess.Photos Courtesy of Jr Jones
Philippines National Rugby League COACHING POSITIONS VACANT
The PNRL Board are seeking nominations for the following Representative Team positions. Successful applicants will oversee the preparation of this years Tamaraws Team to participate in the Asian Cup at National Level and the Harmony Cup in the U/16's programs.
Teams: National Team
Positions: Head Coach
Strength and Conditioning Coach
ARL Sports Trainer
The Head Coach and Assistant Coach applicants are expected to hold a current (Senior Club Coach Level 2) as the minimum level of accreditation although Level 3 Coaching Certificate is desirable and hold a current working with children card.
All other appointments must hold current accreditations and experience that is commensurate with representative rugby league teams of this level.
Applications must be submitted to:
firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 20 March 2015. All final appointments will be determined by the Philippines National Rugby League Board.
Only successful applicants will be notified of their new appointments.
For further information and the position description and application form please contact the Vice President Clayton Watene on the above email address and or by 0433 055 720.
By Erick Elefante Date: 9/2/15
The Philippine Airlines (PAL) Tamaraws again entered 4 teams in the Cabramatta International 9s tournament held at St Mary’s Rugby League club on the weekend.
Tamaraw TV is now available, click here for all videos promoting and showing the Tamara's at play and game time.
A fantastic new concept for the PNRL with Marc Leabres the brains behind the concept.
Tamaraw TV will allow you our supporters to see all future games and as well as watching the Pinoy boys at play.
Balikbayan Box and Old Footy Boots Drive. Attention all PNRL Friends and Supporters, we at the PNRL are looking to send a few Balikbayan Boxes over to the Philippines with old or new footy boots that are no longer wanted. We are accepting kids, juniors and seniors old footy boots so please donate. Your donations will go to the brothers and sisters in the Philippines that wish to play rugby league. All inquiries can be made to Mark De Ubago his number is 0407 461 168 for more information about these donations. We thank you in advance for your kind support.
We can collect in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, Canberra.
We are hoping any rugby league club who can assist should email or ring us on the details above.
Mark De Ubago
10th January 2015
PNRL vs LATIN HEAT Launch
Today new recruits for the Philippine Airlines Philippine Tamaraws players Tyrone Tootell, Trent Swanson and Veteran Paul Sheedy braved the morning heat to help promote our upcoming International against South America's Latin Heat.
The Latin Heat will be assisted to help boost numbers for the U/16's game with some of the Juniors from the African Region.
They loved every chance to grab a picture with the Brisbane Broncos players Sam Thaiday and Corey Parker. We are looking forward to a good turn out next Saturday 17/01/15. Come along and support your team.
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SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL NINES 2015
The date for the International Nines has been announced, Saturday 31st January, the location is still to be decided.
The Philippines National Rugby League will once again be fielding teams, playings who intend to play must contact either;
NSW: Mark De Ubago 0407 461 168
QLD: Clayton Watene 0433 055 720
Or attend the training dates listed above.
QLD Dates and times to be listed shortly.
MAGELLAN CUP 2015
vs Latin Heat
The PAL Tamara's next assignment is on the 17th January 2014 vs Latin heat.
4 games will be played on the Day
U16's Junior Tamaraw's vs Latin Heat
Tamaraw Development vs Latin Heat
Indigenous 13 vs Pacific 13
Tamaraw National Team vs Latin Heat
All games will be played at;
Bishop Park, Nundah Brisbane
Home of the Norths Devils
The Philippines National Rugby League are seeking any players turning 15 or 16 this year, that is born in 1998 and 1999
Players are to register their interest via the Player Profile form above or contact U16's Coach Jason Carter 0414 733 376
Players for the National Team and Development team will be contacted by their respective Coaches.
Development Team: Arwin Marcus
National Team: Clayton Watene
PAL TAMARAWS 32 defeat VANUATU 16.
There was a large crowd on hand to support the emerging Nations promoting the game.
Dennis Gordon 2, Jonico Hardwick 2, Shane Gray.
Steve Tolo 4, Arwin Marcus, Paul Sheedy
Full story to come.
Junior Tamaraws Run Riot whilst their Senior counterparts hold their own in Rugby League Internationals in Australia
On the eve of the biggest Rugby League event of the year the NRL Grand Final, on Saturday the 4th of October, 3 League minnows were preparing for history in the Western Sydney suburb of Wentworthville.
The canteen area of the stadium had gone from the traditional Aussie smells of sausage sangas and steak sandwiches, to the streets of Manila and Bangkok with Pork Adobo and Pad Thai filling the air.
The first game composed of teams from The Philippines and Thailand in an Under 23s international showdown. The Philippines looking at keeping their three year undefeated streak alive against their Thai counterparts, while Thailand were looking at stopping the rot against their Asian rivals.
The Junior Tamaraws defence was rock solid all game, not letting the Thailand cross the tryline in either half. This paved the way for the Tamaraws to strut their attacking prowess.
With more ball in hand than Thailand, Thai players’ energy levels decreased quickly. This gave the Tamaraws freedom in attack allowing them to throw the ball around against a tiring Thai team.
When the fulltime whistle had blown the scoreboard read 48 nil to the Junior Tamaraws.
Tamaraw’s Captain Ricky Kucia ended up with 4 tries and was awarded the man of the match and the players player award.
The showcase event of the day between The Philippines and Pacific Island Nation of Niue had finally arrived at 4.15pm. Both nations stood proud while singing their respective national anthems.
Soon after the anthems, Niue performed their Haka. This was the first time the Tamaraws faced up against a Haka. A Haka which the Niue players did performed with passion, which included an enthusiastic advancement towards the Philippines line. This created a great atmosphere for the crowd and built great tension between the two teams before kick off.
There was plenty of passion in the air as this would be the greatest Rugby League test for both nations. Since they are both looking at pushing for form and for a position in the next Rugby League World cup in 2017.
The game kicked off and we were underway. Both sides looked strong in defence and seemed quite even in the first 10 minutes of the contest. The Tamaraws had a couple chances to get on the board but poor handling errors stunted any attack which the Niue pounced on and scored on their left edge in the 10th minute taking Niue to a 6 nil advantage. Niue then scored a long distance try in the 17th minute to take the score to 12 nil.
The Tamaraws started to get back into the game but just couldn’t get over the try line due to Niue’s firm defence.
Before the halftime break, Niue was able to notch in 2 unconverted tries taking the score to a 20 nil lead at the break.
The Philippines needed to come out of the break with greater enthusiasm and crispness in attack to have any chance of a comeback. They were able to show some stealth but Niue transferred their first half form into the second half resulting in an early try taking the lead to 24 nil.
With a large deficit, the Tamaraw clicked into gear thanks to some good field position and a tiring Niue pack. Crafty Tamaraw fullback Will Dreves was able to take advantage of good ball and crossed adjacent to the posts taking the score to 24 to 6.
This try seemed to cause a pendulum swing into the Philippines’ favour, until Niue were able to hit back again increasing the score to 30 to 6.
The Philippines were able to hit back through former Melbourne Storm star Paul Sheedy in the 62nd minute and then through the lock forward Brian West in the 68th minute. This had taken the score to a 30 to 16 score in Niue’s favour.
The crowd and the players felt a comeback was brewing until Niue again hit back
taking the score to 36 to 16 with not long to go. Any chance of a comeback had
been ruled out as time had beat the Tamaraws but a late consolation individual
try by Paul Sheedy took the score to a more respectable 36 to 22 win for the
The Philippine Tamaraws only have a short break until their next test match against Vanuatu in Vanuatu on the following Saturday the 11th of October.
The more of these hard games the better for the Philippines, as they try to develop
and strive into becoming a 2017 Rugby League World Cup contender.
Philippines U23 V Thailand U23
Philippines 48 (Ricky Kucia 4, Jeremiah Alimpoulos 3, Tyrone Tootall 2, Darrin Henry tries; Richard Powell 3, Bruce Renton goals) Thailand 0
Philippines V Niue
Niue 36 (Tristan Alverado 3, Marcel Ikinofo 2, Kordan Tongahai 2 tries; Alexi Seni Edward 2, Jordan Tongahai 2 goals) Philippines 22 (Paul Sheedy 2, Brian West, Will Dreves tries; Will Dreves 3 goals
At Ringrose Park, Wentworthville Rugby League Club, Australia. Crowd 1,000.
[Australia, Newcastle] - [Writer: Michael Holt] - [09/10/2014)
After Game Photo Thailand vs Philippines U23's
After Game Photo of International Match Niue vs Philippines
"Junior Tag Tamaraws Named......."
Under 10's to U12"
Gabrielle De Ubago
Under 13's to 14's
Tyler Te Whate
Training for the Tag Junior Tamaraws will be held on Saturday 27/09/14 at Cabramatta Leagues Club (Back Fields) in conjunction with the senior teams.
Our Junior Tamaraws will be playing Niue in each age group, we hope to continue with this tradition and play other international teams in senior and junior games together, developing the game and our juniors.
Ben Erickson from DJ Warehouse Hire in Sydney, has come on board to sponsor the October test matches at Wentworthville.
The Philippines, Thailand and Niue Rugby leagues would like to thank him for his support and encourage all those requiring any DJ equipment to contact Ben and his staff at DJ Warehouse.
Gold Coast (07) 5520 3616
Sydney (02) 9560 5462
Melbourne (03) 9676 2289
Brisbane (07) 5520 3616
"Party, Sound & Lighting Hire"
The 2014 National squads to take on Niue and Vanuatu have been announced, the final make up of each team will be announced closer to the game date. Here are our Tamaraws;
Carlo Alimboyong SouthPort Tigers
Sam Bernstrom Wyong Roos
Steven Berntrom Coloundra Sharks
Fred Colina Kingsgrove Colts
Scott Donnelly Coogee Wombats
Shane Gray Burleigh Bears
Judd Greenhalgh London Skolars
Dennis Gordon Coffs Harbour Comets
Richard Goodwin Peninsula Seagulls
Jonico Hardwick NQLD Cowboys U20's
Micah Hines Booval Swifts
Ellis Jenson Qld Universities
Dylan Jones Wests Newcastle
James marcus Tweed Coast Raiders
Rez Phillips Souths Logan Magpies
Glenn Power Blue Mountains
Paul Sheedy Tweed Coast Raiders
Ned Stephenson Cabramatta
Luke Srama Cabramatta
Steven Tolo Sunshine Coast Falcons
Brian West Aspley Devils
The U23's squad to take on Thailand on October 4th has been announced, get down to Wentworthville to support your team.
Trent Swanson Runnaway Bay Seagulls
Jeremiah Alimpoulos Dayboro Cowboys
Richard Powell Ipswich Swifts
Jeremy Anderson Toowomba Brothers
Luke Wrigley Norths Devils
Kieren Wiggins Nerang Roosters
Justin Wrigley Banyo Devils
Ellis Jenson Highfields Eagles
Leslie Downie Cambridge Park
Scott Sandaga Fairfield Patrician Brothers
Patrick Dixon Newcastle Seahorses
Robert Geraghty Boorowra Rovers
Bruce Renton Banyo Devils
Nathaniel Jones Souths Rugby
Brendan Martin Cambridge Park
Jonny Jordon Coogee Wombats
TRAINING IS ON!!!!.
Tamaraw training for both NSW and QLD are approaching.The sessions will be compulsory for all players involved with the upcoming matches in Sydney (versus Niue/Thailand23s) and Vanuatu.
It is also recommended for any eligible players which wish to play in the Cabramatta 9's in February, or against the Latin Heat in January or a possible match for an u20s side next year to also join in.
(If you're an eligible player but have not sent us in your details, could you please click on the link provided, download and complete the player profile and send to email@example.com)
Upcoming training sessions include:
NSW: Cabramatta Rugby League Club
- Sunday, 14th of September 10am to 12pm
- Sunday, 21st of September 10am to 12pm
- Saturday, 27th of September TBA
QLD: Mudgeeraba Redbacks Football Club
- Sunday, 14th of September 9am to 11am
Please bring boots, joggers, (boxing gloves for NSW) and the right Tamaraw attitude.
See you there!
PNRL New Clothing Supplier
Online Store coming soon..
SPONSOR contact Zignal Travel proud sponsors of the Philippines National Rugby League, contact the friendly staff to book your next holiday.
Looking for 10, to 12 and 13 to 14 year old boys and girls to play OZtag on the 4th October against Niue. Ringrose Park Wentworthville.
Players need to be of Filipino heritage via their Parents or Grandparents.
No experience necessary, but must be prepared to have fun, if interested contact Mark De Ubago on 0407 461 168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest.
Cost $37, covers insurance and Kids Junior Tamaraw playing shirt, fully sublimated as per our National Team.
We have only a few spots left in each team, so first in best dressed, especially girls who are interested in representing the Philippines.
The Filipin Oztag adult National team will also be on hand to assist the kids and pass on valuable knowledge. So get involved.......
The Philippines National Rugby League would like to welcome our new Sponsor VICTOR SPORTS.
We thank Victor sports for your confidence and supporting the emerging Nations, for all your sports and strapping needs use VICTOR.
Philippines National Rugby League Welcome 2014
After another successful year (2013), we head into 2014 looking Stronger, Bigger and a lot wiser.
We hope to have News shortly on our Local Development, where a full itinerary off events for 2014 will be published.
On the International scene, we are playing the Latin Heat on the 18th January followed by the Cabra Nines on the 1st February. 4 Filipino teams will be unveiled with plenty of new talent on show.
Later in 2014, a U23 Filipino side will play Thailand and the International Side will play Nuie in October, in Sydney. dates and location to be finalised.
This will be followed by 2 tours, the international team will travel to Vanuatu, and a development squad will Travel to the Philippines, who combined with several local players will hopefully play an invitational team, compete in the Nines and again do development work.
We are excited about our development and growth, we are always looking for sponsors and volunteers, especially in the Philippines.
Make sure you join our Facebook and check our website regularly for updates.
Philippines National Rugby League
"Get Into the Game" Get down to the Maritime Academy to watch 8 filipino rugby league teams compete for the 1st MAAP Invitational.
Fo further information email Ric Raymond at email@example.com
Training Time Change……….
Training on the 24th November has changed, Training is now at 9am NOT 4pm.
All players who want to play in the Nines must attend to be considered.
TAKE NOTE: ACT Players do not have to attend, a training session is going to be organised in Canberra on Saturday 30th November. NSW Players who can't attend on the 24th need to attend this session in Canberra. time 4pm
For further inquiries contact Mark De Ubago 0407 461 168.
Philippines Retain Asian Cup……..
The PAL Tamaraws successfully defended their Asian Cup against a much improved Thailand, winning 44-10 at the PMMA Academy, Zambales Philippines.
The PAL Tamaraws although favourites found themselves down 6-4 after 10 minutes, but slowly regained the lead prior to half time led 20-10. With a much improved Thailand the PAL Tamaraws at halftime regrouped and change tactics, this seemed to work with the 2nd Half as the PAL Tamaraws scored 20 unanswered points, finally winning 44-10.
In front of over 2000 wild fans the players were swamped at full time signing autographs and taking photos. The crowd were in awe of the physicality and athleticism of the players. Every tackle was followed with cheers as they witnessed the first International game of Rugby league in the Philippines.
Once again Will Dreves won man of the match in front of his proud family, and again performances from captain Matt Srama on the day were inspirational.
South Sydney player Andrew Everingham played his heart out for his team of Heritage, he become the 3rd NRL player to play for the Tamaraws, which was all the sweeter as his brother was also in the side, its the first game that both brothers played together since they where kids so the victory was all so much sweeter. Andrew has signed with Japan Rugby for season 2014.
The PAL Tamaraws would like to thank all our sponsors for making this happen, Philippine Airlines, Zignal Travel, Orchid Inn Subic, Medipro, zoo Sport and RJH Consultancy.
Zambales Nines Tournament Success……...
On the 19th October the 2nd Nines Tournament was held in the Philippines, 2012 had 6 Touch sides play with a demonstration game to finish the day. This year saw 6 touch teams compete, 4 teams playing full contact and junior games of U8, U10, U14's compete.
Above and Below, PAL Tamaraw Players assisted in the coaching of the kids, Rugby League in the Philippines.
(Below) Members of the PMMA touch teams, The players in blue won in a play off. The final finished in a draw and after 20 minutes of extra time and the drop off rule being played, 3 on 3 players saw the PMMA side victorious.
(Below) Clark City jets players getting their medals for winning the Nines Full contact competition, in another close game they defeated the Cebu City Chiefs.
Development Officer Tom Simpson, said the day was a huge success, with the Nines and the International game Tom has had over a 100 kids knock on his door to play Rugby League. This is a huge boost to the PNRL. We hope by 2014 we will have teams in Subic and Olongapo and possibly Clark (Angeles City). The country is screaming for sport, anyone interested in helping Tom Simpson please email him or contact us.
PNRL 2013 Raffle Winners..............
The winners of this years raffle drawn at the Fiesta where:
1st Prize: John Walsh
1 x return Ticket to the Philippines proudly donated by Zignal Travel travelling Philippines Airlines.
Zignal Travel is a proud sponsor of the Tamaraws...
2nd Prize: Rashed Hassein
Fully signed 2012 PNRL jersey worn during the first Asian Test match against Thailand.
Signatures include Matt Srama and Kevin Gordon.
The PNRL would like to thank all those people who bought tickets to support our players to again travel and contest the 2013 Asian Cup.
25th Filipin Fiesta (Sydney)...........
In what was a big weekend from the PNRL, the long weekend saw training on the 6th October, followed by the PNRL attending the Fiesta on the 7th October.
It was the first time the PNRL came out to promote Rugby league in the community and bring the brand out to the people. The fiesta attended by other 20,000 people each year, we where eagerly sought out and had plenty of fans.
The PNRL and NRL, worked together to promote a fun and interactive stand on the day. With 2 NRL development officers in attendance they ran skills with plenty of kids, big and small. Plenty of future Tamaraws on the horizon.
Left: NRL development officers with a ACT member of the PNRL and Cebu City Chief players Gavin Odell. Right: A future Tamaraw in action.
For more pictures of the day Click here.
The PNRL also where there to support Sophia in her quest to win the Miss Filipin / Australia pageant. Unfortunately she fell just short but the PNRL would like to wish her the best for her future endeavours.
PNRL Asian Cup / San Narcisco Nines Training..............................
Sunday the 6th October saw the 2nd last training session before departing for the defence of the Asian Cup. Both players in the National team and those playing for the Cebu City Chiefs and the Clarke Jets also attended. It was a great sessions with fitness tests done in the first section of training with Will Dreves winning the beep test and again favourite for the Greg Cross Medal.
Sydney based players and coaching staff of the Tamaraws, from left to right; back row - Marc Russell, Andrew Everingham, Mark De Ubago, Glenn Power, Fred Colina, Brad Fahey, Will Dreves, Brett Prado (Esther Mackie cut out accidentally). Front Row - Kyle Weh, Erick Elefante, Richard Goodwin, Ashley Black, Rene Payne, Ron Pena
Above: Running through basic Drills
Below: Stretching before their fitness test.
PNRL Trivia Night....
On Saturday the 28th September the PNRL held their first fundraiser, Over 90 people attended generously hosted by Cabramatta Leagues Club.
With plenty of prizes on offer, the test to see which Tamaraw had the smartest friends was fierce and hotly contested. The eventual winners of the Trivia was won by Brett Prado sister and friends.
JAPAN Withdraw from Asian Cup..
UPDATE: Asian Cup & Clark International 9s.
The Philippine Air Force has cancelled our October 19-23 booking of Challenger Field in Clark city because they require the area for Military manoeuvres.
The Japanese Rugby League (JRL) has also only informed the PNRL a couple of days ago that they have pulled out of the Asian Cup tournament because of players unavailability.
The PNRL would like to thank Admiral Richard U Ritual for offering the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy at San Narciso as the replacement venue for the International 9s tournament on October 19 and the International rematch against the Thailand Stars on October 21.
The Admiral has been a strong supporter of Rugby League in the Philippines since the beginning of the year with his cadets being the first purely Rugby League playing team in the country and allowing the children of the town to train at the academy.
Due to japan not attending the Clark Nines now the PMMA Nines, will be held all day as a stand alone event. There will be games by U10's, U12's and U14's followed by a Touch competition between 4 new sides learning the game and rules. There will also be a full contact Nines event with 4 clubs participating. It is the first time we will have juniors playing so we are slowly making inroads and hope to have 3 clubs competing regularly in the not so distant future.
With the event moving the PNRL National team will also be moving to Subic to accommodate transport and logistics. We apologise to those who have booked accommodation in Angeles, but this was out of our control. Every attempt was made to re negotiate with the Airforce and find an alternate Venue, unfortunately we could not. The PNRL would like to thank everyone who was involved in assisting us in these negotiations, your guidance and help is appreciated.
We recommend that you visit this Facebook page or continue to check the website on a regular basis for further information and developments on the upcoming International 9s and Asian Cup tournament in the Philippines.
For further information, contact us Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org
PNRL Touch In Manila Round 4.
PNRL 31st August, Round 4 saw the Kings again dominate the competition. The scores of the games played were;
Game 1. Knights 1 vs Minions 1
Tries, (Dennis Geurero 1)(Roland Sangvellas 1)
Game 2. Rhino's 0 vs Kings 3
(Tries, Mark Lester Santos 3)
Anyone interested in playing please contact Rick Hartley - email@example.com
PNRL Touch In Manila Round 3.
Table after round 3.
U15's, 16's, Pinoy Boys wanted ...............
The PNRL with conjunction with the Thailand Rugby League are seeking players of Asian descent interested in competing in the NSW run Harmony Cup in November.
If you are Pinoy and or of Asian descent and currently playing Rugby League in a Australian registered competition and are interested in participating in the first all Asian junior team please contact Mark De Ubago firstname.lastname@example.org
Please provide the following
PNRL Touch In Manila Round 2.
PNRL 10th August, Round 2 saw the Kings again dominate the competition. The scores of the games played were;
Game 1. Knights 0 vs Kings 3
(Tries, Mark Santos 2, Hydoe Elan 1)
Game 2. Rhino's 0 vs Minions 2
(Tries, Albert Galapate 1, Elyway Estraffo 1)
Game 3. Minions 0 vs Kings 5
(Tries, Mark Santos3, Hydoe Elan 2)
Game 4. Knights 1 vs Rhinos 1
(Tries, Jaymark Apolinar) (Tries, Jefferson Asuncion)
Game 5. Knights 0 vs Minions 0
Game 6. Rhinos 1 vs Kings 7
Tries, Raymund Mercado) (Tries, Renar Echanos 2, Mark Santos 2, Thor Harold 2, Val Cabigting 1)
Anyone interested in playing please contact Rick Hartley - email@example.com
PNRL Touch In Manila Round 1.
With all our development in the North of the Philippines, progress also continues with development of the game in Manila. Rick Hartley and Anthony Shibley have commenced a touch competition held every saturday near the Mall of Asia. After the days games have been played they spend some time further teaching the skills to play league, which is intended to be played in the future.
Location Map, Cnr of Bayshore Ave and Harbour Drive
Rick Hartley (left) explaining rules of the Tournament.
We would like to thank SM Mall for allowing the use of the ground, and encourage anyone who wants to play Touch and learn how to play League to come on down, we can place you into a team.
Games start around 10am for further details contact Rick and Tony on our Contact Us page.
We have more information and pictures on our competitions page. Click Here
The results from round 1.
4th August 2013
PNRL Supports Sophia Matillano......
The Philippines National Rugby League would like to formally announce that they will be officially supporting Sophia Matillano for the Miss Philippines Australia 2013 PageantWe encourage all supporters of the
3rd August 2013.
"First Rugby League Training on Grass".............................................
When Marlyn Simpson sent the Philippines National Rugby League (PNRL) the latest pictures of the San Narciso Junior Rugby League team training at the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) she titled the photos, “First time to play Rugby League on Grass”!
PNRL members living in the Philippines like Tom, Harold and Edmond have been doing their Rugby League development work as volunteers, with no financial support. The PNRL is eager to find financial help to continue their work. So any enquiries and offers of support can be directed to the contact details that is located on the PNRL website www.pnrlf.com
Story by Erik Elefante
TRAINING BEGINS FOR FUTURE PNRL REPRESENTATIVES...............................
Rugby League history was made in the Philippines on the 25th June. With Philippines National Rugby League (PNRL) Development and Coaching Officer Tom Simpson and fellow PNRL board member, David Perry and their local coaching assistants Harold Aguilo and Edmond Brocoy conducted their first training session, with the Merchant Marine Cadets of the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) in San Narciso.
With the children of San Narciso commencing their training a month ago on the 25th of May, San Narciso, a coastal town in the province of Zambales, Philippines is beginning to look like the birth place of Rugby League in the Philippines.
the 25th of May, San Narciso, a coastal town in the province of Zambales, Philippines is beginning to look like the birth place of Rugby League in the Philippines.
Even though the first Rugby League game was played by the Merchant Marines of the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) in Mariveles, Bataan last April 14, 2012, the “Greatest Game of All” was played by the Rugby Union cadets of the academy and its graduates the Philippine and Alumni Warriors respectively. Both codes of Rugby are being played at MAAP.
In San Narciso we have both local children and cadets at PMMA registered into the Philippines first junior and senior Rugby League only playing teams!
Tom Simpson and David Perry met with PMMA President, Admiral Richard U Ritual last March, where he agreed to allow Rugby League coaching to commence at the Academy in June. Last week on the 16th of June Tom Simpson, Harold Aguilo and Edmond Brocoy held a Rugby League information session for the cadets. The next day on the 17th of June, 300 cadets turned up to register to try out the “Greatest Game of All”.
With so many PMMA cadets registering, four coaching sessions a week has been organized by Tom at the Academy with 90 cadets turning up to the first coaching session on the 25th of June.
With both a junior and senior team being established in San Narciso, the PNRL have started to lay the foundations for Rugby League to develop and expand in the Philippines.
With PMMA being the premier Philippines Government Merchant Marine education institution and MAAP being one of the country’s equivalent, private leading academies. The PNRL are eagerly waiting the day when both institutions play their first game of Rugby League against each other and establish a Rugby League tradition between them as famous as the Oxford versus Cambridge derbies.
The PNRL board members living in the Philippines like Tom and David have been doing their Rugby League development work as volunteers, with no financial support. The PNRL is eager to find financial support to continue their work. So any enquiries and offers of support can be directed to the contact details that is located on the PNRL website www.pnrlf.com.
26th June 2013.
RUGBY LEAGUE IN THE PHILIPPINES.............
June 16th, 2013 saw the first information and registration day at the PMMA.
Over 250 recruits will commence training and learning Rugby League on the 25th June.
Development Officer Tom Simpson was overwhelmed with the response and is excited by the prospect of having so may recruits wanting to learn.
There will be more information days at 2 other locations, where it is hoped to start a tri-series competition between the academies.
17th June, 2013
"TAMARAWS" IN THE NRL.........
The weekend of the 1st and 2nd of June 2013 was a historic day for the Philippines National Rugby League (PNRL) with four Filipino-Australians playing in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition.
In 1998 Craig Wing cemented his place in Filipino-Australian history being the first to play in the elite NRL competition in Australia.
In the first weekend in June 2013 we had four, with Andrew Everingham playing for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Kevin Gordon and Matt Srama playing for the Gold Coast Titans, with Shane Gray joining his fellow Filipino-Australians in the Titans.
Being the media officer for the PNRL and a founding board member of the organization in November 2011, I actually grew up playing Rugby League with Shane Gray at Newcastle High between 2007 – 08 and in the juniors with South Newcastle Rugby League club between 2005 – 2007.
So it was an honour interviewing the latest Filipino-Australian to make their NRL debut.
Michael Holt: “How did you feel when Coach John Cartwright told you, you would be making your NRL debut?”
Shane Gray: “Very excited but heap, heaps nervous all week leading into the game.”
Michael Holt: “What was the reaction from your family when you told them you would be making your debut?”
Shane Gray: “They were excited, but my dad was definitely the most excited and proud.”
Michael Holt: “How did you feel when you got on the field for your debut?”
Shane Gray: “I was heaps nervous all week but I was heaps relaxed and chilled on the bench. Because I felt ready, I've played footy my whole life and trained for this moment to play in the NRL so I just felt ready to take the first run when I got out there.”
Michael Holt: “Where you hoping that Albert Kelly would pass the ball to you when you were trailing him for the last try of the Gold Coast?”
Shane Gray: “Of course I was! I told him after it happened that I was right near him.”
Michael Holt: “How do you feel having been selected for the PAL Tamaraws National team for the October Asian Cup in the Philippines?”
Shane Gray: “Awesome feeling, good to represent where you're from. I can't wait.”
Shane’s team mates Kevin Gordon and Matt Srama have already represented the national PAL Tamaraw side in the inaugural Asian Cup International in Bangkok, Thailand last October, 2012. But what a place to begin your International career in your country of your heritage, with Shane making his debut with the PAL Tamaraws in Clark City, Philippines in the Asian Cup on October 19 – 23, where South Sydney’s Andrew Everingham will also be making his Rugby League International debut being unavailable in 2012 due to injury.
The PNRL are looking forward to seeing Shane in a couple more NRL matches this season.
The first weekend in June was not just historical for Filipino Rugby League in Australia, but also in the Philippines. When on Sunday the 2nd of June the San Narciso Junior Rugby League team had their first Rugby League training session as a team, under Coach Tom Simpson. This group of 7 to 12 year old Filipino children are the future of the PAL Tamaraws.
So synergy was in play in the first Sunday in June, with a new Filipino-Australian making their NRL debut and 7,000km away in a small town in the province of Zambales, 75 Filipino children started their initiation into the “Greatest Game of All”!
4th June, 2013
PNRL Name Asian Cup Squad........
The PNRL had selected a 28 Man squad which has been reduced to a 23 man touring team.
We have named a strong squad, which we hope will retain the asia Cup.
The squad has several new faces, the PNRL are excited about the touring party. We also have several new faces in the support crew.
Once again Clayton Watene will be coaching the National team, supported by Mark De Ubago as his assistant. 2 spots have been kept unnamed, which the PNRL hope to allocate to 2 local players.
The team is named in alphabetical order.
Andrew Everingham - South Sydney Rabbitohs
Arwin Marcus - Tweed Coast Raiders
Ashley Black - Balmain Rugby
Fred Colina - Belrose
Glen Power - St Clair Comets
Jake Smith - South Newcastle
James Marcus - Tweed Coast Raiders
Justin Wrigley - Tweed Coast Raiders
Kevin Gordon - Gold Coast Titans
Kyle Weh - Oakdale Workers
Luke Srama - Southport
Micah Hines - Booval Swifts
Marc Russell - Wentworthville Magpies
Matt Srama - Gold Coast Titans
Ned Stephenson -
Rez Phillips - Souths Logan
Richard Goodwin - Narrabeen Sharks
Ronald Pena - UTS Tigers
Sam Bernstrom - Sunshine Coast Eagles
Sean Lynch - Townsville
Shane Gray - Gold Coast Titans
Steven Bernstrom - Sunshine Coach Eagles
Will Dreves - Mount Pritchard
The PNRL would like to congratulate the above players on their selection.
25th May, 2013
Change to Asia Cup Dates............
After lengthy negotiations between Japan and Thailand, we have changed the game dates for the Asian Cup.
The new dates will allow all 3 teams to fulfil their commitments, the new Program has pushed the series back a week which will shorten the entire series.
The Tri game series will run over 5 days starting on the 19th October, Game 1 will be played at the end of the Clark Nines. The final game will be played on the 23rd October.
The new dates and program is;
Saturday 19th October - Philippines vs Japan
Monday 21st October - Japan vs Thailand
Wednesday 23rd October - Philippines vs Thailand
18th May, 2013
TAMARAWS In Brisbane.................
Continuing to get out and promote the Philippines Rugby League, member of the Tamaraws recently attended the QLD Filipino Women's achievement awards.
Organised by Board Member Rene Payne, the players met the Philippines Consul in Brisbane and other Qld Filipino dignitaries.
11th May, 2013
Tom Simpson, PNRL Development Officers has been working hard on promoting and teaching the game of Rugby League to local kids on the beach.
Tom will be having a registration day in the coming month and hope to have 2 teams for ages 8-9 ,9-10, 11-12 and 13-14 thats 8 teams playing the game.
Its the first step we see at the grassroots level, , "Im ecstatic, they love the game and running the ball, tackling. The kids get right into it." Tom Said.
Tom will also commence the coaching of 30 cadets at PMMA Narcisco in June, this will be followed by training a further 30 students in PMMA Laguna and PMMA Baguio.
We hope to showcase the game in October with the Asia Cup, Clark Nines which will also include some demonstration games. A 4 team PMMA Competition which will include Watsilla will then commence after that.
Tom will also have 2 sports Masters from the PMMA commence a Level 1 Coaching course.
Tom is situated near Subic and is seeking anyone interested in the Angeles area to help get the game up and running there, if you are interested please email us.
3rd April, 2013
PMMA to Play Rugby League ................
The Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) is the premiere merchant marine academy in the Philippines. Operated by the Filipino government under the supervision of the Commission on Higher Education(CHED), the academy is located in San Narciso, in the province of Zambales. Students are called midshipmen but are often also referred to as cadets. Upon graduation students are commissioned as Ensigns (2nd Lieutenants) in the Philippine Navy Reserve.
They have the option to start a career in the maritime industry or sign up for active military duty either in the Philippine Navy or the Philippine Coast Guard. Read More on the PMMA.
From L to R. Dave Perry (PNRL Development Officer), Commodore Richard U Ritual and Tom Simpson (PNRL Development Officer)
The PMMA "Philippines Merchant Marine Academy" Commodore Richard U Ritual, has after discussions with PNRL development Officers Tom Simpson and Dave Perry agreed to teach and promote the game.
The PMMA has over 700 cadets, Tom Simpson is ecstatic "The Commodore is excited about the game and promoting it amongst his cadets."
The PMMA not only has all a great facility where training and games can occur. The Commodore is also keen to teach the game to cadets in their other Academy's in Bagiuo and Luzon. Tom and Dave are excited about this, once training commences they hope to have a competition between one another. With plenty of players available an strong competition is very viable in the North of Manila.
Training will begin his month,
29th March, 2013
Asian Cup Dates Confirmed
The Philippines National Rugby League are pleased to announce the dates of the 3 team format for the 2013 Asian Cup.
Sunday - 13th October 2013 - Philippines vs Japan
Wednesday - 16th October 2013 - Thailand vs Japan
Saturday - 19th October 2013 - Philippines vs Thailand
All games will be played at Clarke Field, Angeles City with times TBA.
The Thailand vs Philippines game will be held immediately after the Clark Nines.
Currently the Clark Nines will showcase two competitions. Division "A" will be for experience sides and Division "B" will consist of the developing local sides.
It will be a great showcase of Rugby League culminating in the Test Match, any sides, individuals or Businesses interested in getting involved please contact.
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25th March, 2013
PNRL Development Continues.
With Development Officer Tom Simpson now stationed in the Philippines, we are now beginning our next stage of development. Based near Subic, Tom will also be joined by David Perry, both Development Officers will be responsible for our Northern District which encompasses Angeles City, and Subic.
Tom and Dave have begun training locals around Subic, holding regular sessions on the beach.
They have also commenced running regular sessions with Watsilla Academy, the PNRL are solely self funded, we are seeking interested parties to assist in the further development through financial funding or donating training and playing equipment.
Cadets of Watsilla start learning Rugby League - Photos Courtesy of Dave Perry
Cadets Run through their Paces - Photos Courtesy of Dave Perry.
If you would like to assist in this development please contact us.
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18th March, 2013
PAL Tamaraws lend a helping hand
[10/03/2013] - [Erik Elefante]
The first thing on PAL Tamaraw Richard Goodwin’s mind, a primary school teacher at Kambora Public School in Davidson, when he returned from last October’s Rugby league International tours of Thailand and the Philippines; was how to help the orphans at Nayon ng Kabataan orphanage in Mandaluyong city that he visited. So last November he started a fundraising drive for the orphanage at his school.
Moved by what they were seeing on television and reading in the newspapers with a final death toll of 1,067 Filipinos. Matraville resident and Hillsdale Bowling Club, Bar Manager, Philippines Rugby League International player, Jason Bedford and his brother Matthew took it upon themselves to help the victims of Typhoon Bopha, the latest typhoon to devastate the Philippines, with Jason donating a month’s worth of tips to the typhoon victims.
So when the Philippines Community Council of NSW (PCC) asked for “HELP” with their charity fundraising for their Australian Bushfire and Philippines Typhoon appeal at the Blacktown RSL. The PAL Tamaraws were more than happy to lend a hand.
PCC, Philippine Australian Disaster Emergency Relief (PADER) charity fundraiser last Sunday the 3rd March.
PAL Tamaraw Mark Reyes provided some spice to the entertainment with his romantic tango with Filipina entertainer Cleo Diana on stage, loved and appreciated by the audience and his fellow PAL Tamaraws.
“HELP” charity fundraising buckets, offering a photo with a PAL Tamaraw for a donation in the bucket.
The PNRL also donated a jersey worn by the players at their inaugural Asia Cup victory in Thailand last October 2012 purchased by Mao De Vera which further contributed to funds raised on the day, which totalled over $12,000.00.
The care and generosity shown by the PAL Tamaraw, Philippines Rugby League International players, has come about because of their involvement with the PNRL. The sport of Rugby League has not only connected them to the country of their parents or mother’s heritage, through their playing for the national team. It has also awoken a desire and a need to be part of the whole Philippines community and be part of what Filipinos in the country are going through and doing their bit to help with their plight!
Photo for Article: “photo with a PAL Tamaraw, in their playing jerseys for a donation in the bucket”. BACK L-R; Fred Colina, Ashley Black, Mark Reyes, Ron Pena (PNRL VC), Glenn Power, John Acluba FRONT L-R; Kim Hillis, Jason Bedford, Amante Decena, Ned Stephenson & Ricardo Hernandez Photo courtesy of Darryl O’brien.
Photo for Article: Rod Dee Interviewing Mark de Ubago - of the Philippine Tamaraws Rugby League Team at the PADER “HELP” fundraiser. Photo courtesy of Darryl O’brien.
10th March, 2013
Philippines Rugby League on the improve.................
Fantastic results, huge support and a pure love of the game has helped the PNRL further their development. The Cabra Nines once again was a showpiece of Filipino Rugby League talent.
Although no Silverware was won this year, there was much improvement our Blue team was undefeated in their pool games and drew the PNG National team in the finals, although going down the crowd got a great show and once again the Pinoy boys proved to the League fraternity that we can play and are on the way up.
(Above) Blue Team.
Our other 2 sides, Red and white also displayed great potential, for most of these players it was an opportunity to show the coaching staff that they want to be in the Asia Cup squad. For the Coaching staff it was good to see their first glimpse of 30 players for the first time and how they handled tough opposition.
(Above) Red Team, ((below) White Team
It was also great to see the large support from the Filipin community although dark skies scared a few off, the PNRL would like to thank all those who supported us.
The PNRL would like to thank PAL and Zignal travel for continuing to support us.
All pictures are courtesy of Jeff Kan Photograpghy.
4th February 2013,
SBS Radio Interview ....................
with PNRL (VC) Ron Pena
Last night PNRL Vice Captain and Duel International talks to SBS radio about the upcoming Tournament.
Ron Pena a rugby league journeyman was one of the Originals of the Philippines Volcanoes (Rugby Union) team as there was no league. He now represents the country he was born in, playing the game he truly loves.
Ron is a fine example of a representative player, fully aware of the responsibilities it brings when you represent your country. Along with PNRL captain Luke Srama you will rarely see a smile from there face until the game, tournament and job is done they are fully committed to the task at hand hence the reason they where give the leadership roles of our National Team.
To vie the full interview on SBS click here.
1st February 2013
PNRL Reveals Jerseys for the Cabramatta Nines
Players John Butterworth (Left) PNRL Captain Luke Srama (Middle) and Eldridge Emnance (Right) show off the 3 team Jerseys to be worn this Saturday 2nd February, 2013 at the Cabramatta International Nines Tournament.
Although the squad has gone through some last minute changes, the PNRL has activated several of our reserve players, and asked a couple more to be on stand by. It is excellent to have such depth and more importantly excited Pinoy players excited about wearing the Tamaraw Jersey.
31st January 2013
PNRL Promote Rugby League on SBS - Brisbane Filipino Radio.......
Head Coach Clayton Watene, with Players Rene Payne and Justin Wrigley (Pictured) discuss the development of rugby league in the Philippines and their upcoming games in the Cabramatta Nines in Sydney where 3 PNRL teams will be competing.
To listen to the full interview click here.
Its an exciting time if your Filipino and love rugby league.
"Get in the Game"
Contact us now to see how you can become involved.
25th January 2013
CABRA NINES 2013 DRAW
NSWRL has posted the draw for the upcoming Nines the PNRL will play their first game at 10.20am, with 28 sides involved in the tournament it will be a great showcase of rugby league.
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TAMARAWS IN TRAINING..........
The PNRL has concluded their final training runs for the Cabramatta Nines, with session held in Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney.
A final training run will be held on the 1st February 2013, the session will consist of ball work and final instructions from the coaches.
Canberra Training Session 19th January 2013
Sydney training session 20th January 2013.
PNRL Tour of the Philippines October 2012.......
2013 - Whats Happening PNRL
Welcome back to what we see as an exciting year for the PNRL. 2013 looks to be bigger a and better with several confirmations.
Firstly the PNRL are placing 3 teams into the Cabra Nines, please come down and support the boys.
Secondly the 2013 Asia Cup will be held in the Philippines at Clark Air Base, Angeles City. The Tamaraws will be defending their title against Thailand and Japan, a possible 4th side is also considering joining showing great interest from other asian countries. The Tournament will have opening games on the 12th October, 16th October and finishing on the 19th October 2013.
Thirdly the 2013 PAL Clark Nines will be held on the 19th October as a prelude to the last games of the Asia Cup. Again local teams will be involved, we also hope to have club sides from other countries also involved. Proving Rugby League is alive in the Philippines.
Also on the horizon which we hope to finalise soon, is a friendly against Nuie and another international team in late september.
The PNRL will also be attending several Filipino fiestas and community gatherings to promote our game and recruit players for our junior development sides.
"Get Into The Game"
We are also encouraging anyone who wants to get involve please contact us.
On behalf of the PNRL we are looking at exciting times for our game, but we want the community to get involved. Proudly Pinoy.
The PNRL would like to wish all our Sponsors, Players, Coaching Staff, Supporters and their families a wonderful Xmas and a Happy New Year.
In 2013 the PNRL start another fantastic chapter in our short history.
We hope you will again support us in our endeavours to bring Rugby League to the Philippines
PNRL Name Cabra Nines Squad
The PNRL has named the 45 Players who will contest the Cabra Nines this February.
The final team selections will be announced in mid January. Both the QLD and NSW contingents will have one more training run prior to their gathering on Friday 1st February. Where the entire squad will train in their teams allowing their coaches to run through some drills and ballwork.
PNRL Cabra Nines Squad
Amante Decena (Penrith Brothers)
Ashley Black (Sth Adelaide)
Ashley Costuna (Bungendore Tigers)
Carlos Maybury-Picatoste (St Clair)
Carmillo Manuyag (Ponseby Ponies) NZ
Dennis Gordon (Quenbeyan Blues)
Edward Smith (Canberra Uni)
Eldridge Emnance (Noosa Pirates)
Fred Colina (Belrose)
Glen Power (St Clair)
Jake Smith (Sth Newcastle)
James Willoughby (Mckillop Catholic College)
Jason Bedford (Navy Titans)
Jason Dreves (East Campbelltown)
Jason Wright (Greenbank)
Jeremy Anderson (Toowoomba Brothers)
John Acluba (N/A)
John Butterworth (Valley Gladstone)
Justin Wrigley (Wests Panthers)
Kim Hilis (N/A)
Kyle Weh (Oakdale)
Leslie Downie (Cambridge Park)
Luke Srama (Coventry Bears)
Mark Jhono Reyes (UTS Tigers)
Mark Mooney (Kingsgrove Colts)
Mark Lozano (N/A)
Mathew Bedford (Navy Titans)
Mica Hines (Ormeau Shearers)
Michael Holt (Sth Newcastle)
Michael Nettleship (Erina)
Mike Marklew (Blacktown Workers)
Ned Stephenson (Mounties)
Nestor Junior Gumiran (Browns Plains)
Odyssey Laderas (Ponseby Ponies)NZ
Rene Payne (Bulimba Bulldogs)
Rez Phillips (Souths Logan)
Richard Goodwin (Narrabeen Sharks)
Richard Powell (Southport Tigers)
Ron Pena (UTS Tigers)
Sam Sandaga (N/A)
Scott Sandaga (Fairfield United)
Shane Mathews (Blacktown Workers)
Steven Bernstrom (Sunshine Coast)
Steven Boyle (Macarthur Uni)
Will Dreves (East Cambelltown)
The following players are currently on the reserves list and are part of the greater training group.
Arwin Marcus (Tweed Coast Raiders)
James Marcus (Tweed Coast Raiders)
Levi Summerfield (Blue Mountains Union)
Sean Lynch ( Townsville Brothers)
Ricardo Hernandez (Penrith Brothers)
Robert Garaghty (Harden)
Jason Christie (East Campbelltown)
Patrick Manasala (Earlwood Saints)
The PNRL are also pleased to announce the 3 coaches for the Cabra Nines.
A training session will be held in Canberra on Saturday afternoon the 19th January, time and location still to be advised, with the number players from Canberra growing we hope this will entice more to attend and express their interest.
It will be followed a session on the morning of the 20th January for Sydney based players at Cabra Sports Ground starting at 8am.
Any questions regarding the sessions in Canberra and Sydney please contact Mark De Ubago on 0407 461 168.
QLD Training Grows Steadily........
Under the Blue sky of the Gold Coast, Head Coach Clayton Watene, enjoyed what was the best turn out for a Qld session to date. 17 Players from Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, and Townsville joined the Gold Coast boys for a great session on the sands. The work is starting to pay dividends, this time last year we had 6 players for the Cabra Nines from Australia and looked like pulling out, but to date 105 players are now registered with the PNRL.
Its been a hard but also satisfying journey to where we are as can be seen by the Players faces, We have players in the US, New Zealand, England and our home the Philippines all playing the toughest and greatest game around.
The day was followed by a traditional Filipino BBQ, and the traditional Photo taking, with players catching up with other internationals and new players.
Posted 18th December 2012
PAL Tamaraws, Jason & Matthew Bedford, Philippines Typhoon Bopha Appeal.......
Moved by what he is seeing on television and reading in the newspapers with a death toll of 540 and rising. Matraville resident and Hillsdale Bowling Club, Bar Manager, Philippines Rugby League International player, Jason Bedford has taken it upon himself to help the victims of Typhoon Bopha, the latest typhoon to devastate the Philippines.
Working with his fellow Philippines Rugby League International brother Matthew, who works in the loading docks at the Bondi Kmart store, they have started a Bopha typhoon appeal on Facebook with the caption of their photo reading:
“Typhoon bopha has hit our islands hard..for the next few weeks..I'm showing my support for the families and friends affected over there by donating all my tips behind the bar over the next few weeks till I have an account to help donate to..will keep everyone posted and would love the support from anyone out there ..God bless!” - Jason Bedford
The care and generosity shown by PAL Tamaraw, Philippines Rugby League International Jason and his brother Matthew has come about because of their involvement with the PNRL. The sport of Rugby League has not only connected them to the country of their mother’s heritage through their playing for the national team. It has also awoken a desire and a need to be part of the whole Philippines community and be part of what Filipinos in the country are going through.
So let’s all get behind the work of Jason and his brother Matthew, by going to the NSW Philippines Community Council website www.pcc-nsw.org.au to make a donation. Or if you happen to drop by the Hillsdale Bowling Club consider giving Jason, the Bar Manager a tip, since it is all going to the Philippines Typhoon Bopha appeal.
Any enquiries about the PNRL can be directed on the contact address that is located on our website www.pnrlf.com
Story by Erick Elefante 8th December 2012
PAL TAMARAWS out in Force.......
4th December 2012
Saturday 8th December 2012
Wartsilla vs Manila Vipers
MAAP Academy vs MAAP Warriors
Location: MAAP Academy
Kamaya Point, Brgy, Alas-asin,
Time: TBA (Afternoon)
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Clark Nines - Rugby League Alive in the Philippines
Story by Erick Elefante, Date: 10/11/12
Norwegian Training Centre (NTC)
Teams going through Rugby League 101. (Above and Below)
Local support at Clark itself was also appreciated by the PNRL, with Quezonian Canteen in Madapdap, Mabalacat, for providing catering which was especially appreciated by the local Filipino players and Angeles City RSL – Philippines, (Below) for providing refreshments and bringing the Rugby Union players from Bahay Bata orphanage to watch their first game of Rugby League.
The highlight of the Clark 9s was the end of day full contact match, with PAL Tamaraws and MAAP Alumni Warriors being mixed together to form two separate teams.
The crowd of over 150 had learnt the rules having watched a number of touch football games and were now primed for a full contact match and understood what was happening on the field due to those proceeding games. They clapped at all the right moments, “ooeedd” and grimaced at each hard tackle and shouted and cheered as their nephew or cousin got the ball and made a run or tackled an opposing player. The crowd enjoyed the spectacle and from the response of the crowd made up predominatly of Filipinos the “Greatest Game of All” has a future as a spectator sport in the Philippines.
TAMARAWS Present Asian and Friendship Cup to PNRL President.
After returning to Manila, Tamaraw Captain Luke Srama presents President of the PNRL Admiral Santos a team Polo and signed Rugby League Ball, while showing off the silverwear. Admiral Santos was proud of our acheivements and is keen for Rugby league and sport to grow in the country.
NRL star Kevin "Flash" Gordon, of the Gold Coast Titans and Tamaraw Centre is introduced to the Admiral, Kevin who plays in the Premier Rugby League Competition in the world, expressed his excitement and honour in representing the Philippines and wants to see Rugby League played across the country.
Admiral Santos proudly holds the Asian Cup surrounded by players and staff of the National Team. Proudly Pinoy...............
Victorious Tamaraws return to Manila.
Upon returning to Manila on Monday the Tamaraws were interviewed by ABS-CBN, where Mark Jhono Reyes assisted in explaining the win and our mission whilst in the Philippines. The Tamaraws have a full schedule ahead of them for the week promoting the game and running various clinics at several institutions.
On Tuesday the Tamaraws visited Hooters, who we hope will come aboard the Philippines Rugby League, at Hooters we met the staff of Anscor Swire, (below) whose cadets will start learning the game starting with touch.
This was followed by a visit to Vships where where we showed the game on the big screen, we also ran a quick clinic to show the boys what we are about.
Wednesday saw the team travel to Noyon Ng Kabataan Orphanage, where the team shook hands and played games and taught the kids the basic fundamentals of the game. Everybody was involved, the coaches stood back to watch impressively as the players took control in running sessions culminating in a game of tackle/touch. The highlights was Dennis Gordon trying to sing and Kevin "Flash" Gordon showing the kids how to do Gangnam Style.
Each kid was presented a "Tamaraw" Shirt, thanks to Erick Elefante, a cap from Bluewealth Property Group, a small NRL footy and small koalas.
An extremely small yet giant attempt to help the kids, the kids where appreciative, after 3 hours it was great to see small relationships build with several players and some of the smaller kids.
That afternoon the team travelled to Don Bosco for further clinics.
Thursday saw the last of our visits to NTC Electro Cadets, due to torrential rain the remainder of our visits where cut short.
The PNRL would like to thank everyone involved for their involvement and in particularly the players who where outstanding in all aspects of the tour. Friday will see the next leg of our Journey where the team travel to Angeles City to play and assist in the Clark Nines, where we see all the hard work done by our development officers and board members Rick Hartley, Tony Shibley and Cobi de Leo over the past 12 months.
PAL Tamaraws Defeat Thailand Stars 86-0
Rugby League history was created at the Royal Thai Police Stadium in Bangkok on the 21st October 2012, with the PAL Tamaraws and the Thailand Stars playing for the inaugural Asian cup trophy in the first ever Rugby League international being played in Asia!
More history was also made with NSW RL officials Gavin and Kasey Badger being the first husband and wife combination refereeing an International match.
The 86-0 score line to the PAL Tamaraws was a reflection of the players and management future plans for this team.
Even though the PAL Tamaraws are predominantly Filipino-Australians with one Filipino-New Zealander and one player from the Philippines, the pride in their Filipino heritage, was evident when the National anthem Lupang Hinirang was played during the opening ceremony, with many a tear being shed as these players prepared to go into Rugby League battle for the Philippines.
The passion and intention of the PAL Tamaraws was evident in the first couple of minutes with the team receiving the ball from the kick off and making easy metres up the field, with Thailand giving away an early penalty with one of their players raking the ball.
The ensuing play, almost led to the Philippines first try with Richard Goodwin being forced out the touchline.
The PAL Tamaraws kept the Thailand Stars bottled up in their 20 meters after the scrum, with solid defence keeping pressure on them after the Thai half back failed with his kick with pressure from both Gold Coast Titans players Matt Srama and Kevin Gordon.
After forcing more errors from the Thailand Stars, they finally gave way in their defence, with Ned Stephenson finding a big gap to score the historical first try of the Asian Cup Rugby League International next to the post.
The Thailand Stars had broken in the first 5 minutes and in the next 15minutes before the first drinks break the PAL Tamaraws were up 24-0.
The next 20minutes before half time followed the first, with the experience, skill and talent of the PAL Tamaraws telling, with the team going into the half time sheds leading 46-0.
During the break Captain Luke Srama reminded his players of what the team was in Thailand for. Which was to convincingly win the Asian Cup trophy - he did not want the Philippines try line breached!
The start of the second half was the best period for the Thailand Stars, where they almost scored on a couple of occasions with solid PAL Tamaraw defence forcing them to cough up the ball as they looked like scoring.
With only a 58-0 score line in the first quarter of the second half, the passion of the Filipino-heritage players was evident, with side line players concerned, when the team was making little headway against determined Thailand Stars defence. With the players also bunching up in attack eager to score tries but throwing away their game plan.
It was at this point of disappointment that Captain Luke Srama and his Gold Coast Titans brother Matt Srama implored Coach Watene to be let back on to the field so that they could reorganize the defence and attack of the PAL Tamaraws and continue their attacking momentum and hold their defensive line. It was attitude like this that showed how important this game was for these Filipino players, though in front they were determined to not let go of the preassure on the Thailand Stars.
As the game drew into its final quarter, momentum had swung back the Philippines way. The determination to end the game as it started with focus was evident with only a minute of play to go when a PAL Tamaraw player on the sideline shouted “next try wins boys”. With Kevin Gordon complying, scoring the final try in the last minute of this historical inaugural Asian Cup Rugby League International at the Royal Thai Police Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand.
Amongst all the courage, skill and determination shown by all the Filipino players shown on this historical Rugby League International, the PAL Tamaraw players chose William Dreves as man of the match, the best player amongst them and he was duly awarded the Greg Cross medal for his great performance at full back.
It must be said that although the scoreline suggested a walk over the toughness and ferocity the Thai players gave was evident that the game is alive and well in Asia, at no time did the Stars stop trying and credit must be be given to their determination.
PAL Tamaraws squad Inaugural Asian cup, Bangkok, Thailand 21st October 2012
Ron Pena (VC)
Luke Srama (Cpt)
Dennis Gordon *3
Will Dreves *2
Kevin Gordon *2
Luke Srama *2
Matt Srama *6
Will Dreves *4
Kevin Gordon *2
Philippine National Rugby League Team
The PAL Tamaraws arrive in Thailand.
The Tamaraws are in Bangkok, Thailand for the inaugural Asian Cup. The Majority of the squad arrived on the 14th October with NRL stars Matt Srama and Kevin Gordon arriving on the 17th October. The above photo taken on the 18th October with the entire squad now in camp, the team has had several training sessions and a bonding night. The team will conclude with a final training run prior to the game.
18th October 2012
PNRL Congratulate - Raffle Winners
The PNRL raffle drawn on the 6th October 2012 was won by;
Major Prize: Return Ticket to the Philippines
Won by Mark Phillips of Ellen Grove Qld, Pictured
2nd Prize: Signed Jersey
Won by Andrew Bell of Springfield Lakes Qld.
The PNRL would like to thank Zignal Travel for their support and donation of the Major Prize.
We woulf to thank all those who bought tickets which help send these players to Thailand.
10th October 2012
TAMARAWS Final Training Runs............
With the Thailand Test only 2 weeks away the Squad completed their final training runs prior to their departure to Bangkok, Thailand on the 14th October. Both the Qld (Left) and NSW (Below) contingents are excited about competing for the Rugby League Asia Cup, Thailand will not be easy and on their home turf. Both the Philippines and Thailand players are eager to prove to the Rugby league fraternity that league is now in Asia where we hope to open new markets for the game to grow.
Both Countries hope to have local competitions up and running in 2013. We are keen to bring the game to over 150 million people in both nations.
With the 2013 Asia Cup to be held in the Philippines in October where it will be played during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup in England, we are hoping that along with Thailand. We hope several other Asian Countries like Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia start planning to send a team, we could also see India and Pakistan join the asian sphere.
No matter what the result on the 21st October 2012, the efforts of a few are just the beginning to bringing the greatest game to Asia.
We would to Thank all our Sponsors for your support in making this happen.
8th October 2012
The PNRL are proud to announce that for seasons 2013 and 2014, Philippine Airlines will be a Diamond Partner. We at the PNRL our extremely excited to have such an Iconic Philippine symbol supporting us. With their support we hope to grow the game in the Philippines and our brand around the world.
Arnul Pan Country Manager, Australia, proudly holds up the PNRL's National Teams Test Jersey.
5th October 2012
Pinoy Shane Gray Joins Titans Full Time Train On Squad.
The PNRL would like to congratulate Shane Gray on his 2nd NRL experience.
Originally from Newcastle Shane played with the Manly U20's but then had stints with Central Qld , he was then given an opportunity with the Burleigh Bears in the QLD Cup who are also a Gold Coast Titans feeder club.
The PNRL where happy that he wanted to represent the Philippines at the Cabra Nines in 2013, but his recent form for the Bears has seen him rewarded with a full time contract as part of the Titans train on squad.
Although he has still a lot of work to do, he is confident that his hard work will pay dividends.
He will join fellow PNRL players Matt Srama and Kevin Gordon at the Titans.
We here at the PNRL wish him the best of luck.
27th September 2012
QLD & NSW Training Runs...
When: Sunday 30th September @ 9am
Where: Kangaroo Cliffs River Terrace, Kangaroo Point.
All new, current players are encouraged to attend, Matt Srama will be training with the other players touring Thailand and the Philippines this October. Those interested in getting photos and signatures can attend.
Any queries contact Clayton Watene 0433 055 720
When: Saturday 6th October @ 5.30pm
Where: Cabramatta Sports Ground, Cabramatta
The session is primarily for those touring Thailand and the Philippines, but we do encourage all new and current players to attend.
Any queries contact Mark De Ubago 0407 461 168
26th September 2012
Community Support Growing...
TEST UPDATE - Venue and Date Change
Venue: Royal Thai Police Stadium
Date: Sunday 21st October 2012
Due to some difficulties with accessing a suitable playing surface, we can now verify our venue.
The PNRL thank the Thai Rugby League for their tireless efforts in arranging the location.
The match will have 2 centre referees played in 40 minute halves with a drink break at the 20 minute mark.
Due to the heat each team will consist of 19 players and be allowed 10 interchanges per half, these rules have been modified to suit current conditions in Asia.
We are officially playing for an Asian Cup, where we hope other Asian countries will now come on board.
24th September 2012.
Great Turn Out 23rd September Training Run..
With PNRL National Coach Clayton Watene in Sydney to oversee the September training run, it was great to see a large turn out.
With a mix of current members of the PNRL touring squad along with several new faces and old the session allowed everyone to see what level of fitness and skills are needed to progress.
The PNRL would like to thank all those who travelled as far as Canberra, Newcastle and the Central Coast.
It was good to see some older squad members talk and encourage the newer members, and to explain we are not there to make up numbers. We are expecting to field 3 teams in the Cabra Nines come February 2013, it will be also a selection process for the National Team for the 2013 in the Philippines.
Everyone who wears a jersey are not just representing their country but those around them, so its important that effort is made.
Change in Time
Training on the 23rd September has been brought forward an hour.
Training will now start at 2pm.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused..
15th September 2012
Challenger Field, Clark will be home to the 2012, Rugby League Nines.
The Clark Nines will be held on Saturday 27th October commencing at 9am.
Game of Full Contact and Touch will be played throughout the day.
This is what we hope will be the first of many Rugby league Tournaments in the Philippines, several international sides have already expressed their interest in 2013.
Its not too late to enter a team, also we are seeking anyones help on the day so volunteers are more tan welcome.
For further information on about the Clark Nines contact Rick Hartley PNRL Development Officer
10th September 2012
Don Bosco Makati Technical College Begins Rugby League Clinics
Not even the weather could dampen the mood of participants in the latest clinics held.
Although Manila was troubled with severe floods, training continued even though it was indoor and more informational.
Don Bosco is the newest school to take up Rugby League, although only new to the game they where excited and eager to learn.
Don Bosco will play Touch in the Clark Nines to be held on the 27th October at Clark "Challenger Field"
The PNRL will also hold a clinic there, all things must start somewhere...........
7th September 2012
TRAINING SESSION (NSW)
The NSW contingent of the PNRL will be holding a training session.
When: Sunday 23nd September
Where: Cabramatta Sportsground
Head Coach Clayton Watene will be here to see new players.
For further information contact Mark De Ubago on 0407 461 168.
This is open to all players not just those touring Thailand and Philippines.
In Particular all those who wish to play in the Cabra Nines in February 2013, should attend.
We look forward to meeting several new faces.
2nd September 2012
Merchandise Has Arrived...................
Above are the replica Jerseys we have for sale, they are our away and home strip and are available in all sizes. Stocks are limited, but orders will be taken. Contact us for prices.
30th August 2012
It is 7522 kilometres from Sydney’s south west to Thailand. All worth it though when you are going to represent your country for the first time.
In a historic clash, Thailand will host the Philippines on the 20th of October and Campbelltown’s Will Dreves will be there.Dreves and his little brother, Jay, will run out for the Philippines in Pattaya representing their mother’s side of the family.
24th August 2012
Playing in front of a few diehards at Seiffert Oval is far removed from the lofty heights of a World Cup.
11th August 2012
PNRL Players in Action.........
PNRL player Richard Goodwin in action for Narrabeen in the Manly A Grade Competition.
Goody will be touring Thailand and Manila with the PNRL on the 2012 Tour.
Coaching Clinics have been organised for several locations.
MATT SRAMA on Maroons radar
TRAINING SESSION (NSW)
The NSW contingent of the PNRL will be holding a training session.
When: Sunday 22nd July
Where: Cabramatta Sportsground
This will allow players who play on the Sunday the ability to still play on the day.
For further information contact Mark De Ubago on 0407 461 168.
This is open to all players not just those touring Thailand and Philippines.
We welcome all current and any new players so come on down, after the training run further information will be handed out regarding the Cabra Nines in February 2013. The PNRL will be placing 2 sides into the Tournament, we hope to use this as a selection basis for our Tour in October 2013.
We would like in particular all those players who were not selected or unable to Tour, we stress that this Training session if for everyone.
Further training sessions will be organised later in the year approx, Early September and then again late in November. We encourage all players to attend all these sessions, but ask that each players at least attend 1 session.
OTHER PNRL PLAYERS MAKING THEIR MARK
Sam Bernstrom continues to impress for the Sydney City Roosters U20's.
The rangy back rower is highly regarded by the club.
Hopefully a full time contract it not to far away.
Rez Phillips in action for Souths Logan in the QLD Cup.
His Kamikaze action, has gained glowing reviews from Channel Nine commentator and ex QLD State of Origin representative Ben Ikin.
With QLD Cup games shown live and replayed on Foxtel on every Wednesday, make sure you catch Rez and all the action.
Dennis Gordon of Queanbeyan Blues in the Canberra Country Rugby league Competition.
He is another Gordon making his name in the Rugby League World.
His recent Performances has gained him selection in the Canberra representative team to contest this years NSW Country Championship.
Dennis who plays 5/8 for his club will revert to his preferred position of centre for the competition.
They Play Northern Rivers in the first of the elimination series.
Dennis will join his brother Kevin, in the National team. The PNRL wish him the best and cant wait for October
Will Dreves in action against Narellan in the Group 6, NSW Country Rugby League Competition.
Will and his brother Jay will both tour with the PNRL in October to Thailand and the Philippines.
Both play for Campbelltown Eagles who lead the competition, and are undefeated this year.
Will's performance was rewarded with selection in the Group 6 Representative Team, unfortunately they where eliminated in the 2nd Round of the Tournament by Group 7.
The PNRL wish him and Jay the best for the remainder of the season and are excited about having all these players together in camp come October.
The PNRL are pleased to announce Andrew has made himself available to play for the National team against Thailand in October.
Originally he was unavailable to to other personal commitments, but after discussions with head coach Clayton Watene he has made changes to allow his participation. Like Matt Srama and Kevin Gordon, Andrew will fly in from Las Vegas to join the team in Thailand.
Andrew Everingham Supports the PNRL.
PNRL Team Manager Tom Simpson recently met Andrew Everingham at South Sydney Leagues club, with several other rabbitohs. Andrew expressed his dissappointment with already having other plans that prevented him from traveling to Thailand to represent the Philippines in Rugby League, he again stressed his eagerness to represent the Philippines.
13th June 2012 Edition of RUGBY LEAGUE WEEK
Philippines National Rugby League name Touring Party
PNRL National Coach - Calyton Watene (centre) with Gold Coast Stars and proud Filipino players Kevin Gordon (left) and Matt Srama (right) are delighted to be playing for the Philippines.
The Philippines National Rugby League are pleased to announce the Touring Squad for the historic test against Thailand on 20th October, 2012 in Thailand and the Clark Nines on the 27th October in the Philippines.
We congratulate the 22 man squad on their selection, the squad will come together in Sydney on the 16th October. They are;
Steven Bernstrom - Sunshine Coast Eagles (Qld Fogs Cup)
Sam Bernstrom - Sydney City Roosters (NRL Under 20's)
Ashley Black - South Adelaide (S.A. Rugby League)
Fred Colina - Belrose Eagles (NSW Manly A Grade)
William Dreves - East Campbelltown ( NSWCRL Group 6)
Jason Dreves - East Campbelltown (NSWCRL Group 6)
Richard Goodwin - Narrabeen (NSW Manly A Grade)
Kevin Gordon - Gold Coast Titans (NRL)
Dennis Gordon - Quenbeyan Blues (Canberra Competition)
Shane Gray - Burleigh Bears (Qld Cup)
Warren Hall - Liverpool All Saints (NSW Inner Metro Comp.)
Michael Holt - South Newcastle (NSW Newcastle Comp.)
Rene Payne - Bulimba Bulldogs (Qld Brisbane Comp.)
Ronnie Pena - UTS Tigers (NSW Tertiary Comp.)
Rez Phillips - Souths Logan Magpies (Qld Cup)
Glen Power - St Clair (NSW Penrith A Grade)
Mark Jhono Reyes - UTS Tigers (NSW Tertiary Comp.)
Jake Smith - South Newcastle (NSW Newcastle Comp.)
Edward Smith - University of Canberra (NSW Tertiary Comp.)
Matt Srama - Gold Coast Titans (NRL)
Luke Srama - Coventry Bears (England)
Ned Stephenson - Mounties (NSW Sydney Shield)
The PNRL are proud to have 5 sets of brothers representing the Philippines. The squad will do numerous training sessions with local Universities and Colleges whilst in manila to promote the game and develop the basic skills. Exciting times for the Philippines Rugby League.
TO PLAY RUGBY LEAGUE
Rick Hartley, Development Officer for the PNRL has met with the Commander of the Philippines National Police Academy where an agreement was reached to run training clinics and coaching sessions for the recruits.
This is Fantastic news for the PNRL with 3 Training academies now learning Rugby League. The PNRL are on target to create a viable competition to be run, Training will continue until October when the recruits will play a NInes Tournament. Players from the National Team will also be at the NInes and be split between the teams to encourage, teach, and promote the rules and skills of the game.
Cabra Nines Highlights - Music by Flo Rida
MATT SRAMA - The kid who could ease Ricky's mind...
South Sydney Rookie Andrew Everingham Rewarded with Extension of Contract...........
IT took him until he was 25 to get a start but now Andrew Everingham has secured his future in the NRL with the Rabbitohs re-signing him until the end of next season.
RUGBY LEAGUE IN THE PHILIPPINES
6,270km apart but still Brothers in League
[Australia, Sydney, NSW] - [08/04/2012] - [Body of Press Release]
Saturday the 14th of April 2012, will be remembered as a historic day for the Philippines National Rugby League (PNRL), with the first game of Rugby League 9s being played at the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP), Merchant Marine Academy at Kamaya Pt., Mariveles, Bataan that Morning; between 19 MAAP graduates calling themselves the Alumni Warriors and 40 current cadets known as the Philippine Warriors in the local Rugby competition.
When PNRL media officer Michael Holt interviewed his fellow PNRL board member Cobi De Leon who has been working since February to put together the Alumni Warriors graduate team, about their first taste of Rugby League his response was:
Cobi de Leon: “almost same for me, with less complicated rules compare to union and got to be more quicker with league, speed is the key I think. I think it will fit more to Pinoys than union.”
For the record the match ended in a draw with 2 tries each.
That afternoon the Merchant Marines from MAAP travelled from Mariveles to Subic to coach 36 company trainees of Wärtsilä Subic Inc. a fully-owned subsidiary of Wärtsilä Corporation, a Finnish engineering company, the game of Rugby League. Coincidently this day is almost exactly 2 years from the day that Coach Rick Hartley and his MAAP Rugby players introduced the Wärtsilä trainees to Rugby Union on April 17, 2010!
Coach Rick Hartley the PNRL International Development Officer went to the Philippines in 1996 to set up a Marine Engineering business and teach at MAAP. He introduced Rugby Union to the cadets there in 2002 and Wärtsilä in 2010. He was the Philippines National Rugby Union 7s Head Coach between 2006 – 2009 with his highlight being the winning of a Silver medal for the Philippines at the 24th South East Asian Games at Nakron Ratchasima, Thailand, on December 11, 2007. On January 11, 2012 he became one of the founding board members of the PNRL.
On the prior weekend of April 7, PNRL Head Coach Clayton Watene and his assistant Mark De Ubago were watching current PNRL Internationals Rez Phillips and Steven Bernstrom play for their respective clubs in the Queensland Cup competition in Brisbane and were pleased with their performances. With Andrew Everingham scoring 8 tries in just 5 games in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition for South Sydney, so holding the record for most tries scored by a debutant in his first couple of games and Matt Srama and Kevin Gordon also playing well for the Gold Coast with the later player scoring 2 tries to date, the future of the Philippines National Rugby League is looking good.
First Aid Officers(FAO) Wanted
We are taking applications for the following positions:
1 x League Safe Qualified Official
1 x First Aid Officer
Both require blue cards to work with minors etc, you must be available to come on tour from the 16 - 29 October 2012. The team will assemble in Sydney prior to departure for Thailand and then onto the Philippines.
PNRL Training (NSW)
Where: Cabramatta Rugby League Club
When: Saturday 14th April 2012.
All Current and new players welcome,
All Enquiries please direct to Assist. Coach Mark De Ubago - 0407 461 168.
Andrew Everingham sparkles in the NRL...........
Since his debut in the NRL, Andrew has now become a household name not only at Souths but in all the NRL Community.
It proves persistance is a virtue and if you want something bad enough you cant stop trying.
Over the past weeks several news reports had hit the papers here they are so far.
More importantly is the last Paragraph in the SMH April 13, Read and you will see..
Ben Saunders, rises to Hooking Challenge.......
TRY on DEBUT
Congratulations to Andrew Everingham on 1st his debut and secondly his first NRL try after just 72 seconds.
Matt Srama in the Philippines
Source: The Sunday Mail (Qld)
FOR the 40-odd children in this Philippines orphanage, the experience was probably just a nice distraction from the hardships they have endured since their parents abandoned them.
But for young Gold Coast hooker Matt Srama, speaking to disadvantaged kids in Manila was the most humbling and rewarding experience of his life.
The 21-year-old, earmarked by Queensland captain Cameron Smith as a future Origin player, is one of many NRL players who used their off season breaks to give back.
However, Srama's version of giving back is unusual.
The son of a Filipino mother and Polish father has long held a passion for establishing a Philippines rugby league team.
Last year, before he played an NRL match, the Forest Lake resident booked a ticket to Manila and asked the Titans if he could take equipment with him to hand out to league clubs.
However, his experience in the Philippines capital developed into something far more important.
Srama spent several days working with orphans and street kids who had no idea what league was but still asked for his autograph.
"It was the best experience of my life," Srama said. "It humbled me.
"It made me appreciate everything I have. They had such bright smiles on their faces.
"These are kids who have been abandoned. Their parents have just left them on the street or they had parents that abused them.
"That was the biggest shock, how full of life they were. It was incredible that they were so happy despite what they had been through.
"It really made me think about how lucky I am."
Humble Srama did not ask for his story to be told. His older brother Paul dobbed him in, knowing Matt would never consider his work noteworthy.
"Matty has always been the sort of kid to give back. He would do it regardless of whether he was an NRL player," Paul said.
Srama had visited the Philippines before, but was still shocked at how poor sections of Manila were. It is far removed from the Gold Coast.
"These orphans were sleeping in a tiny cubicle with a single bed, sleeping a few kids on it," he said.
"The Philippines is a pretty poor place and a lot of these kids aren't used to having a proper meal to eat. Hopefully I raised their spirits a bit by giving them a few footys they can kick around.
"I gave one of the kids the Titans jersey I played in when I won man of the match last season."
Srama now holds even greater hope of entering a Philippines league team in the World Cup, after the children he worked with adapted to the game quickly.
"They had never seen an oval ball before. It's all soccer there," Srama said. "We had a quick run through of the rules and 30 minutes later we were playing a proper game of league. It was amazing how quickly they picked it up.
"They were just so happy to meet someone different and get some balls they could throw around."
This story also in the Rugby League Week, March 21st Issue.
Next Training Run
The NSW contingent of the PNRL Caraboas have announce their next training date.
Date: Saturday, 14th April 2012.
This training run is an opportunity for the current players and new players who have recently expressed an interest in representing the Philippines to come and meet one another.
National Coach Clayton Watene, will be present to run the session.
For Further inquiries contact Mark De Ubago, Assist Coach on 0407 461 168
Recent news article of the Cabra Nines by J. Pimentel
PINOYS in the NRL
PNRL would like to wish Filipin heritage player Andrew Everingham to best of luck for 2012.
Andrew who has recently signed with Souths plays centre and wing.
Andrew played in the Charity Shield on the wing, we hope that will be the first of his many 1st grade games played
Ben Saunders, Currently playing in the Wests Tigers Under 20's.
Ben plays Hooker and we hope he continues his NRL career and wish him the best for 2012.
Sam plays for the Sydney Roosters U20's , Sam plays 2nd Row and has expressed his desire to represent the Philippines in Rugby League, he has made himself available for the October test against Thailand.
Sam's Brother Steven was a member of the inaugrual team which won the Bowl Final in the Cabra Nines in 2012.
Media Releases Cabra Nines - 12th February 2012
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ABS-CBN News (Philippines) - Click for story
Department of Foreign Affairs (Philippines) - Click for story
SBS (Australia) - Click for story
Sports Enquirer (Philippines) - Click for story
Filipino Australian (Australia) - Click for Story
Rugby League International Scores (International) - Click for story
Kalatas (Australia) - Click for story
Rugby League Planet (International) - Click for story
Philippines Captain Luke Srama accepting the Bowl Trophy. Photos Courtesy of Rugby League Review
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The Philippines National Rugby League Team after winning the Bowl Final. Photo Courtesy of Rugby League Review.
BOWL WINNERS 22-18
The Philippines win their first silverware in their first outing.
With the scores locked at 18 all at full time, inspirational Captain Luke Srama scores the winning try in extra time to give the Philippines victory over Burwood RSL.
Cabra Nines 4th February 2012
Fiji 12 defeated Philippines 4
Philippines 16 drew Nuie 16.
Bowl Quarter Finals
Philippines 26 defeated Portugal 0
Philippines 22 defeated Burwood RSL 18 (Extra time)
Philippines Draw for the Cabra Nines, Pool G (Red) with Fiji Parkes and Nuie.
Game 1. 12.00pm vs Fiji Parkes
Game 2. 1.20pm vs Nuie
All side progress to Qtr Final and are ranked 1 to 21.
Qld based players of the National Team to play at the Cabra Nines dressed in full kit.
KooGa will be official uniform of the PNRL representative team for the next 3 years.
Carabaos Training Run - 22/01/2012
NSW Based Players of the Philippines National Team after training for for the Cabra Nines on the 4th February, 2012. Go to picture gallery for more pics...
During the recent PNRL board meeting with Tas Baitieri, the Rugby League International Development Manager. From Left: Rick Hartley (Maritime Academy of Asia & the Pacific, Mariveles, Bataan, Philippines – Teacher & Head Rugby Coach), Mark De Ubago (PNRL Assistant Coach), Tas Baitieri (Rugby League International Development Manager), Clayton Watene (PNRL Head Coach), Erick Elefante (PNRL Secretary), Greg Cross (PNRL Manager), Michael Holt (PNRL Media Officer)
Press Release 22/01/12
Philippine Rugby League Promotional Video - 05/01/12
Check out the current Australian based players of filipino descent competing in the greatest game of all.
There are Currently 2 players in the NRL, Matt Srama and Kevin Gordon of the Titans.
Craig Wing currently playing Rugby in Japan also played in the NRL. He also represented NSW and Australia but is of Filipino descent.
There are Currently 10 other players involved in NRL teams Development squads that we know of ranging from NSW Premier League, U20's and the Junior squads of Harold Matts, Jersey Flegg and S.G. ball.
There are also 10 players currently Playing in the Queensland Cup and NSW Bundy Cup. That we know of.....
Not to mention the players that play in local A Grade Competitions around the Australia.
If you know of someone who is Filipino or part of, let us know or in turn let them know we exist and to contact us.
We are looking for players of all ages particularly between the ages of 10 to 18 as we are looking at setting up a development squad.
The newly formed Philippines Rugby League Team will be competing in their first international event at the Cabra Nines.
The players are all of Filipino descent based in NSW and Qld, and currently play Rugby League in various competitions around the country.
We encourage the Sydney based Filipino Community to come out and cheer for your National Side.
QLD - Steven Bernstrom (Sunshine Coast Eagles)
QLD - Mark Lozano (Pine Rivers)
QLD - Rene Payne (Redland Bay)
QLD - Rez Phillips (Sth Logan Magpies)
NSW - Jason Bedford (Coogee Wombats)
NSW - Matt Bedford (Coogee Wombats)
NSW - Fred Collina (Belrose)
NSW - Ronald Pena (UTS Tigers)
NSW - Richard Goodwin (Narrabeen)
NSW - Jake Smith (Sth Newcastle)
QLD - Luke Srama (C) (McKay Cutters)
QLD - Brian West (Redcliffe)
NSW - Ned Stephenson (Two Blues)
NSW - Graem Stevens (Wenty)
NSW - Glen Power (St Clair)
NSW - Edward Smith (Canberra University)
Coach - Clayton Watene (QLD) (Nth Devils)
Assist Coach - Mark De Ubago (NSW) (Camden)
Cabra Nines - 12/12/2011
Location: Cabramatta Sportsground, Cabramatta
Off Sussex Street, Next to the Cabramatta Leagues Club.
The PNRL are seeking business partners to help promote and grow the game both here and in the Philippines.
If you want to join a proactive venture and gain a rewarding experience contact us.