The best New South Wales Rugby League junior talent will converge on western Sydney this Sunday, June 7 to compete for the title of state champions across six age groups in the second instalment of the Save Our Sons Immortals Challenge.
The Save Our Sons Immortals Challenge sees winning teams from under-9s to under-14s divisions across NSW compete for trophies named after the best players in the game’s history. More than 70 teams and almost 2000 players are expected to participate in the competition across 11 fields at Whalan Reserve, The Kingsway and St Marys Leagues Stadium.
Staged by the NSWRL in partnership with the NRL and CRL, teams will compete in a round-robin format for Immortals Challenge trophies, with pool winners progressing to the semi-finals. Teams will compete for the Andrew Johns Trophy (under-9s), the Graeme Langlands Trophy (under-10s), the Clive Churchill Trophy (under-11s), the Bob Fulton Trophy (under-12s), the Reg Gasnier Trophy (under-13s) and the Johnny Raper Trophy (under-14s). Grand finals will take place at St Marys Leagues Stadium.
NSWRL General Manager – Football, Barrie-Jon Mather, said the event is a celebration of the state’s best junior rugby league teams and individuals, as well as an opportunity to help promote a worthy cause.
“This event brings together outstanding Junior Rugby League talent from all over New South Wales and I congratulate all the players, coaches and officials who have been selected to represent their respective Districts in 2015,” Mather said.
“This year, the NSWRL has partnered with Save Our Sons, a children’s charity committed to raising desperately needed funding and awareness to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). DMD is a severe muscle-wasting condition that affects 1 in 3500 children, 99 per cent of children affected are boys. Once diagnosed, most children are confined to wheelchair by age 12 and do not live past their early twenties. DMD currently has no cure.
“I wish all those involved in the Save Our Sons Immortals Challenge 2015, a successful and highly memorable experience. To all players, parents and spectators, a special reminder that the Code of Conduct will be enforced at all grounds. Please support your team in a positive manner and good luck to all teams involved.”
The NSWRL is thankful for the support and significant contributions of Blacktown City Council, St Marys Leagues Club and the Rooty Hill Dragons.
2015 IMMORTALS CHALLENGE
WHAT: Champion under-age teams from across NSW compete for Immortals trophies
WHEN: Sunday, July 7, 2015, from 9am
WHERE: Whalan Reserve, The Kingsway St Marys and St Marys Leagues Stadium