NSW Physical Disability Rugby League
NSWPDRL Association is affiliated with NSWRL and is the trading name of Physical Disability Rugby League Australia (the Association).
Its mission is - To provide children and adults with a physical disability the opportunity to participate in a fun, inclusive sport and be a part of the Rugby League family.
At present it is a 5-team competition (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Wests Tigers, Newton Jets, Sydney Roosters and Manly Sea Eagles) with its home ground at Cabramatta Rugby League Club.
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WHO CAN PLAY?
Children, women and men who never thought they could!
The rules and competition are true to the game. But have been modified to cater for those with a passion for rugby league and with a physical disability that affects their strength, speed or coordination - to safely play the game they love.
The most common disabilities of participants include conditions such as cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury (ABI) and stroke but other physical disabilities qualify as well. Eight of the 10 impairment classes in the Paralympic Movement are eligible to play in PDRLA: impaired muscle power, athetosis, impaired passive range of movement, hypertonia, limb deficiency, ataxia, leg length difference and short stature.
Note: These impairments should be directly related to the condition and not due to secondary deconditioning due to an inactive lifestyle or usual wear and tear of aging.
Through the support of sponsors, NRL, Clubs and NSWRL and efforts of dedicated volunteers the competition is expanding from its beginnings in 2010 to a future beyond the current five NRL clubs. NSWPDRL have already represented their country in Australia in 2018 and in the future, with the world-wide expansion of PDRL, they expect to represent Australia overseas.
How to Join NSWPDRL
If you wish to join our current competition - email firstname.lastname@example.org - and request to start the process by completing the medical assessment form.
Most Successful Club: South Sydney Rabbitohs and Manly Sea Eagles (two premierships each)
|2012||Northern Sydney Pirates (now Manly Sea Eagles)||Southern Sydney Cavaliers (now South Sydney Rabbitohs)|
|2013||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Manly Sea Eagles|
|2014||Sydney Roosters||Newtown Jets|
|2015||Manly Sea Eagles||Newtown Jets|
|2016||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Manly Sea Eagles|
|2017||Newtown Jets||Manly Sea Eagles|
NSWPDRLA Player of the Year
|2012||Kyle Schaberg||Southern Sydney Cavaliers||6|
|Josh Nohra||Southern Sydney Cavaliers||6|
|2013||Dylan Jobson||Manly Sea Eagles||25|
|2014||Che Fornusek||Newtown Jets||17|
|2015||George Tonna||South Sydney Rabbitohs||16|
|2016||Kyle Schaberg||Manly Sea Eagles||10|
|2017||Marco Spennati||Sydney Roosters||9|
KARI Heritage Shield Records
The KARI Heritage Shield has been held annually since 2014 and is competed by the Indigenous Combined Nations and NSWPDRLA All Stars side. In the four matches to date, the All Stars remain undefeated having most recently drawn with the Indigenous Combined Nations.
2014 KARI Heritage Shield
All Stars 28 def Indigenous Combined Nations 16
All Stars Man of the Match: Nick Riches
Indigenous Combined Nations Man of the Match: Kyle Schaberg
2015 KARI Heritage Shield
All Stars 10 def Indigenous Combined Nations 8
All Stars Man of the Match: Mitch Gleeson
Indigenous Combined Nations Man of the Match: Tristan Gibbs
2016 KARI Heritage Shield
All Stars 22 def Indigenous Combined Nations 16
All Stars Man of the Match: Marco Spennati
Indigenous Combined Nations Man of the Match: Jim Doolan
2017 KARI Heritage Shield
All Stars 20 drew with Indigenous Combined Nations 20
All Stars Man of the Match: Rylee Lowe
Indigenous Combined Nations Man of the Match: Brad Hardman
NSWPDRLA Country v City
Since 2014, the NSWPDRLA has also annually held a Country v City clash in regional NSW as a curtain-raiser for the NRL's now-discontinued Country-City fixture. City is undefeated, having won the first three matches and most recently drawn with Country in Mudgee.
2014 NSWPDRLA Country v City
Apex Oval, Dubbo
City 14 def Country 4
City Man of the Match: Billy Bussell
Country Man of the Match: David Grech
2015 NSWPDRLA Country v City
McDonald Park, Wagga Wagga
City 28 def Country 12
Man of the Match: Johnathan Day (Country)
2016 NSWPDRLA Country v City
Shillington Park, Tamworth
City 16 def Country 12
Man of the Match: Mitch Gleeson (Country)
2017 NSWPDRLA Country v City
Glen Willow Sports Complex, Mudgee
City 12 def Country 12
Man of the Match: Bow Lennon (City)
List of 50-Game Players
|Player Name||Registered Team||Games Played||Years Played|
|Kyle Schaberg||Manly Sea Eagles||63||2012-2016|
|Dylan Jobson||Manly Sea Eagles||55||2012-2016|
|Geoff Clarke||Manly Sea Eagles||53||2012-2016|
|Jono Smith||South Sydney Rabbitohs||60||2012-2016|
|Nick Riches||South Sydney Rabbitohs||52||2012-2016|
|George Tonna||South Sydney Rabbitohs||55||2012-2016|
|Bill Bussell||Sydney Roosters||52||2012-2016|
|Che Fornusek||Newtown Jets||56||2012-2016|
|Eddie Sharp||Newtown Jets||56||2012-2016|
|Marco Spennati||Sydney Roosters||53||2012-2017|