The NSW Police Rugby League country Championships was held on 10 – 12 March 2015, in the beautiful Nelson Bay country setting, in laid back Port Stephens. NSWPRL President Steve McDonald and Vice President Rod Sheraton were in attendance with committee members Steve Greer, Cameron Smith and NSWPRL Coach Superintendent Craig Sheridan.

The NSW Police Rugby League country Championships was held on 10 – 12 March 2015, in the beautiful Nelson Bay country setting, in laid back Port Stephens. NSWPRL President Steve McDonald and Vice President Rod Sheraton were in attendance with committee members Steve Greer, Cameron Smith and NSWPRL Coach Superintendent Craig Sheridan.

Last year’s winners, Hunter/Hawkesbury Kangaroos played the Country South Boars in game one. Country South Boars under the direction of experienced captain coach Mick Rickets led 24 to nil at half time and proved too strong for the determined Hunter/Hawkesbury Kangaroos by defeating them 44 points to 6.

This result meant Country North had to come out strong in game two against Country South which they did. After a tough opening fifteen minutes, Country South capitalised on mistakes by Country North to enjoy a glut of possession and field possession. The Country South slick three, Mick Ricketts, Gavin Lennon and Luke Jay controlled the ruck and middle and Country South proved too strong for Country North winning by 24 points to 4.

Country South’s second win meant they were the 2015 country champions and were presented with the Rob McDonald trophy by retired NSW Police Officer Gary BUTT, a true legend of country rugby league and one of the initial founders along with Rob McDonald. Classy hooker Luke Jay won the player of the tournament (Peter Nissen trophy) on the back of his two dominant displays.

The Country North Cowboy’s backed up for game three against the Hunter Hawkesbury Kangaroos. After finding some combinations towards the end of game two, Country North began to gain control of the game following inspirational captain Scotty Swain and tireless prop forward displays by Dave Hill and Joe de Dazel.  Veteran Aaron Weatherley scored the opening two tries. Hunter Hawkesbury’s best were Benny Wrigley, Anthony Newell and Rob Ayscough. Ryan Eskersley guided the cowboys around the park and the final score was Country North Cowboys 24 Hunter Hawkesbury Kangaroos nil.

The efforts put in from all payers was nothing sort of sensational and credit goes to each and every player who participated in the tournament in arguably the toughest sport in the world. It was nice to have Assistant Commissioner Jeff LOY and former Police Country Rugby League representative in attendance and he kindly presented the Country North Cowboys with their game jerseys prior to game one.

A strong Country team has been selected to take on the best of the City Police in Bathurst on 18 May 2015.

Country team 2015:

1. James Dine
2. Liam Watson
3. Ben Nash
4. Kane Goodchild
5. Dean Woods
6. Mick Ricketts
7. Gavin Lennon
8. Brayden Sharrock
9. Luke Jay
10. Peter Mortimer
11. Ben Wellington
12. Andrew Atkins
13. Nathan Simpson
14. Aaron Weatherley
15. Ben Wrigley
16. David Hill
17. Gerry Passfield
18. Tony Leadbitter
19. Rob Ayscough
20. Jon Newton

Coaches: Anthony Vandenburgh and Mick Ricketts

Manager: Matt Carroll

Trainers: Paul Wallace and Dave Hatchwell

Well done everyone selected.

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