NRL players are adults – let’s start treating them like it

This article was first written and published for The Roar

On Monday, North Queensland Cowboys player Scott Bolton appeared in Waverley Local Court for touching a woman on her upper thigh at a bar in Bondi last May.

Initially, Bolton faced a charge of assault with an act of indecency, but after negotiations, he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of common assault.

What does the women’s game look like in 2019?

This article was first written and published by The Roar.

When I reflect on the 2018 rugby league season, there are a couple of highlights that immediately spring to mind.

The New South Wales Blues men’s team winning the State of Origin series for the first time since 2014.

The emergence of the next crop of rugby league superstars including Kalyn Ponga, Victor Radley and Jamayne Isaako.

A Cowboy named JT

This article was first written by Kate Cornish and published by the North Queensland Cowboys

Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting – Napoleon Hill

It’s happening, there is no stopping it now, the wheels of time are in motion.

We are well and truly in the countdown for JT’s final game, the final battle he will face with his troops, the final time we will watch JT command the football field with his freakish brilliance.

#TimesUp NRL – we need to make a stand

This article was first written and published for The Roar.

It was a cold Saturday afternoon in Sydney, and with clouds swirling overhead I found myself at the home ground of the Helensburgh Tigers rugby league team for a fundraiser for a little man named Slater.

The Helensburgh community had gathered to raise money for Slater, a toddler who tragically lost his mother six months ago as a result of domestic violence. While his mother was killed in one room, Slater lay in the next room, blissfully unaware of how much his life had changed in an instant.

In a week during which the NRL has continued to make headlines for all the wrong reasons, it reinforced that senseless acts of violence seem to be all around us and that as a game it’s now time to do more, because what we’re doing at the moment isn’t working well enough.

Key WBBL match-ups happening in Hobart

This article was first written and published for The Roar.

This weekend is the third of the WBBL Opening Weekend carnivals and will see most teams headed south to Blundstone Arena in Hobart for their next two matches in the competition.

With each team now having played three matches, the ladder is looking a little different to how many fans predicted it would. The Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder, Melbourne Stars and Adelaide Strikers round out the top four, whilst the Perth Scorchers (who many predicted would feature in the final) are sitting at the bottom with just one win.

Let’s cut the NRL some slack

This article was written by Natalie Akle. 

Yet again the media has persecuted an elite list of players during this year’s rugby league season, maintaining the stereotypical stigma of Australian NRL players.

As the news tabloids shift their attention to the next drama, we are all left wondering how will Greg Inglis bounce back after his alleged drink-driving charges? Will Sam Burgess be forgiven for his alleged sexting incident? Will the Bulldogs lose another sponsor after the Mad Monday coverage?

Why I signed up for Ocsober

A couple of months ago at a function I had the pleasure of meeting Kellie Sloane who is the CEO of Life Education. Plenty of you will be familiar with the work of Life Education. I most strongly associate the organisation with visits from ‘Healthy Harold’ during primary school and the subsequent education around making positive decisions not just about my own health, but also to help influence positive decision making amongst the people around me in relation to their own health.

The Koori Knockout 2018: A deadly weekend of rugby league

This article was written by Jocelyn Airth.

He plays the ball, 15 metres from the line.

They close in. Numbers build out wide. They’re set to score.

But at the last second, a defending back reads the pass, steals an intercept and sprints 80 metres to cross on the right.

A textbook Josh Addo-Carr try… scored by Kiani Duckett in the U12’s Koori Knockout grand final.

New era begins for Jillaroos and Kiwi Ferns

This article was first written for NRL.com.

When it comes to rugby league, there really is no off-season.

With the NRL and NRLW competitions completed, this weekend international rugby league will be in the spotlight with the Kangaroos set to take on the Kiwis and the Jillaroos playing the Kiwi Ferns this Saturday in New Zealand.

Being inclusive is more than just a catchphrase

This article was first written and published for NRL.com

Sport is one of the most powerful forces on Earth – it has the capacity to bring people together in a way that almost nothing else can.

It’s been a remarkable year for the NRL. When I reflect on 2018 season I was reminded at almost every point of the season the NRL family is for everyone and one where everyone is welcome.