The NSW Police Rugby League representative campaign showcased at
Suncorp stadium Brisbane on Wednesday the 15th July, 2009. The game was played as a curtain raiser to the State of Origin, game three. The meticulously selected NSW Police Team played their traditional annual contest against the Queensland Police side. NSW under the guidance of head coach Superintendent Craig Sheridan and new assistant, Bruce Tape, were striving to defend their three year unbeaten record against their interstate rivals.
NSW went into camp in Brisbane on Saturday the 11th and trained at the nearby ‘Easts tigers’ home ground, Langlands park. On Monday the squad travelled to Currumbin Beach where they participated in a beach session, had a swim and team dinner, and went to the Gold Coast Titans verses Parramatta Eels NRL game at the exciting Skilled Stadium.
The pre match dinner was held in Brisbane with the NSW Residents team. Special guest and rugby league legend Tommy Raudonikis dined with the team before imparting some of his funny career stories, and presented the game jerseys to the team. Assistant Commissioner Allan Clarke, was also on hand and provided the players with an inspirational speech. The squad found the presence of such a high ranking officer a refreshing in giving his time to support ‘his’ men about to do battle against their Queensland counterparts.
The game itself was a torrid and high class encounter with both teams flaunting many ex NRL players. Queensland, after taking an early lead, sustained constant attacking raids from NSW led by Dylan Manger, Arthur Little and Ben Smith. Despite a courageous effort, NSW lost the trophy 14-4 but will revenge the loss this year. The following day NSW played a selected Police team from the affiliated states at the Queensland Police Academy. NSW accounted for their rivals 46-6, and demonstrated a passionate display of courage and fast open rugby league.
The playing squad of Rod Morris, Luke Jay, Ryan Briggs,Dylan Manga(C), Corey Kinsela, Ben Smith, Wade Mogg, Arthur Little, Beaudie Cullen, Peter Mortimer, Dylan Colman, Brett Thomas, Liam Watson, Gavin Pearce, Peter Butler, David Cox, Michael Carl, Ryan Good, Tom Magann and Matt Lehman represented the NSW Police with distinction on and off the field.
The NSW Police Rugby League would like to thank all those involved for their professional attitude and commitment. A special thanks also goes to major sponsors, ‘Betchoice’, ‘Skins’, ‘Byron Bay Beverages’ and ‘Gatorade’.