Indigenous pride fuels Rebecca’s All Star fire

This article was first written for NRL.com.

Rebecca Young is a proud Worimi woman.

The Worimi people are Indigenous Australians whose territory lies in the eastern Port Stephens and Great Lakes regions of New South Wales.

Rebecca’s family are native title holders and are traditional owners of the land in the Port Stephens area. Her family are from this area and have been able to prove traditional connection with the land before white contact.

From an early age, Rebecca remembers being given a role in her community to fulfil. As she has grown, these roles have grown and continued to change. In her current role as an Aboriginal sites officer she works in the archaeological space with the aim of protecting Aboriginal sites.

Stand De Belin down until his case is resolved

This article was written and published for The Roar

On Tuesday, St George Illawarra Dragons player Jack de Belin left Wollongong Local Court having pled not guilty to charges of aggravated sexual assault.

There have been some very serious allegations being levelled at De Belin, including that he repeatedly raped a 19-year-old woman while his mate Callan Sinclair (who is also accused) watched on. The details surrounding these allegations are very challenging to read – at one point it is alleged that De Belin asked Sinclair to join him in having non-consensual intercourse with the woman, inviting him to ‘come on, have a go’.

Why rugby league still has so much to celebrate

This article was first written for NRL.com

If you have found yourself travelling through Atlanta, Georgia over the last couple of weeks, you may have been lucky enough to have seen the NRL’s new ad campaign in the form of four billboards displayed across the city.

The new campaign is a cheeky jibe at the United States and the NFL, where the winners of the Super Bowl each year are crowned “World Champions of Football”. The billboard features Boyd Cordner, Latrell Mitchell and James Tedesco and claims that the Sydney Roosters are the ‘World Champions of Football’.

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

This article was first written and published for The Roar.

I have loved rugby league since I was eight years old. Back then I was a slightly awkward, chubby, smiling child who would hold hands with my dad who would take me to Parramatta Stadium to cheer on my team, the Parramatta Eels.

Clinton Schifcofske was the first player I ever fell in love with (and, to be fair, along with my dad, was probably one of the driving forces behind me picking the blue and gold in the first place).

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?