The Annual NSW Physical Disability Rugby League Association’s (NSWPDRLA) Heritage Shield game is set to be played at the Simply Energy High Performance Centre, Redfern Oval, on Sunday 12 July as part of the South Sydney Juniors’ NAIDOC Week Round.
NSWPDRLA founder and President, George Tonna, said that Indigenous Combined Nations will go head-to-head against the All Stars in what is sure to be an uncompromising battle.
“The boys love their football just as much as the next person and despite their physical disabilities they will go out hard to win the Shield,” said George.
“Last year’s inaugural game saw the NSWPDRLA All-Stars take out the Heritage Shield winning the game 28-16.
“The Association was lucky enough to pick up a couple of ex-NRL stars to assist us on game day.
“Ron Gibbs – ex-Manly, Wests and Gold Coast player) was the Indigenous Combined Nations Coach, along with Rhys Wesser and Cliff Lyons – two Indigenous players of the past also donned the boots for the Combined Nations.”
George said that this year’s clash will have more significance as the NSWPDRLA will host the New Zealand Physical Disability Rugby League for the first time.
“Mathew Ngametua the founder of the game back in New Zealand (NZ) will lace up his boots for the second year for the Indigenous Combined Nations and will also accompany Sandra Hickey a current board member of the NZPDRL,” George said.
“Mathew and Sandra will be present to view the Game and take back new ideas on how to develop the game in New Zealand.
“The Association is hopeful of forming an international Rugby League fixture against the Australia Physical Disability Rugby League team for 2016 and for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.”
George said that the NSWPDRLA would like to acknowledge and thank Souths Cares, Macarthur Disability Services, KARI Aboriginal Resources Inc., NTS Corp and Souths Juniors for their ongoing support of the game and Association.
Anyone who would like to get involved in the NSWPDRLA competition as a player or volunteer should contact the NSWPDRLA direct:
George 0402 773 045 or 0403 997 552