The Group 6 2015 season is fast approaching and interesting to see some former Magpies players still having a crack in the comp. It continues a long legacy the Wests Magpies leave on the group when they have retired from the magpies or the wests tigers in the NRL. Back in the 90s we saw the likes of Andrew Willis, Damien Kennedy, Cameron Blair, Mitch Newton, Mark Brabek, Willie Newton etc who went onto play many more years in the group 6 competition and to this day we are still seeing the transition.
The Appin Dogs are pleased to announce the signing of Bryce Gibbs for the 2015 season.
Gibbs recently retired from the Cronulla Sharks and formerly played for the West Tigers.
The big forward played 197 NRL and four City v Country Origin games throughout his 12-year career.
His experience will go a long way to help with the development of the Appin Dogs, who only entered the Group 6 first grade competition in 2014.
Gibbs's signing was met with approval by Appin president Robert Dreis.
"Bryce was renowned for his defence and his line speed, which will be an asset in the Group 6 comp and the Appin Dogs," he said.
"We are also hoping to help Bryce get over the line a few more times to add to his four tries he managed to score in the NRL."
Gibbs also joins other former Wests Magpies now at Appin in Stuart Flanagan & Bart Marsters.
Campbelltown City Kangaroos RLFC has announced the signing of Drew Dalton as their 1st Grade Coach for season 2015.
Dalton was the ‘Roos captain-coach throughout 2011-13, with the club making the finals in all 3 grades during 2013. Dalton remarked, “the playing group was definitely on the rise at the end of 2013. I needed a break from coaching and after the year off, I return refreshed to the task of getting the ‘Roos back up to the standards we were achieving in 2013”.
Kangaroos’ Chairman Brian Brown congratulated Dalton on his return to the Club. “Drew did a great job 2011-13 to build a football club and team from scratch that was competitive in a tough League. He’s clearly the best credentialed coach residing in the Campbelltown- Liverpool area, and with a highly supportive, positive and motivated Board ready to back him and support the players, things are looking up”.
A former Wests Magpies and Parramatta Eels NSW Cup premiership winner, Dalton is still undecided about whether or not to play in 2015. “I’ll start training and see how the body is. If there’s a young bloke who can do a better job, I won’t stand in his way. I’m happy to coach and get the best out of the boys who play for us. Our off- field is important too. New players coming to the club will feel a part of a big family. The Kangaroos will be again a Rugby League community in every sense of the phrase”.
Dalton’s appointment marks the culmination of a number of changes for the City club, with a new Board taking control of the business and administration of the Club. Brown commented that, “we now have a Board with a wide and diverse skill set, business owners, a Solicitor, an Accountant, Rugby League people with the club’s best interests at heart. A lot of good people have returned to the club already”.
A full-time employee with the NRL, Dalton pointed out that City’s players will have the benefit of up-to-date NRL coaching methods, with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment. “It’s not 1976 anymore. There are smarter and better ways to train and coach Rugby League now. Our players will benefit from that approach”.
THE Moss Vale Dragons Rugby League Football Club is pleased to announce its 2015 coaching staff.
Both the senior and junior clubs are delighted about the appointment of former Western Suburbs, Illawarra, Country Firsts and Seconds and Group 6 representative player Robbie Payne as the Dragons' head coach for next season.
The club is still interviewing applicants for the reserve grade position and expects to make an announcement in the coming weeks.
However, the Dragons are extremely pleased to appoint club stalwarts Paul Maloney as coach and John Clarke as his assistant in the under 18s.
The club hopes to assemble the 2015 player roster around a foundation of locals and the junior club players coming through.
The Dragons are calling on any interested players to make contact with the club or turn up to pre-season training, which will start at 6.45pm at Community Oval on December 2.
Camden secured former magpies front rower Ray Cashmere this year who happened to win the group 6 player of the year and reports say he may be going around for another season.
Mittagong will be weakened by the loss of the Borg Brothers to Camden and Rob Payne to Moss Vale but they have moved on and announced their coaching staff for 2015.
1st grade - Mark Thomas
Reseve grade - Corey Shepherd
Undar 18s - Cameron Arlington
Oakdale are building for a return to first grade with the announcement of Mark DeUbago as head coach and evergreen Shane Obrien as the reserve grade coach
The oaks srlfc are still without a coach but have signed brayden Goulding to the club. brayden comes across from the Asquith magpies plus have kept the brassington brothers as well
Narellan have signed on Shane McEnemy as coach , no word yet out of the Picton & Thirlmere bunkers as yet