From the QRL News Desk - November 13

McGrath honoured for services to league


by Gold Coast Titans



Gold Coast District Junior Rugby League president Peter McGrath has been recognised for his longstanding contribution to junior rugby league on the Gold Coast by being awarded the Daphne Pirie Spirit of Sport Award.

A medal struck in honour of the Coast's first lady of sport for some of the 'unsung heroes' of the Gold Coast sporting scene, McGrath was named as one of the inaugural winners of the award.

The recipients were recognised for their selfless work behind the scenes of a number of local sporting clubs as volunteers and administrators and for their dedication to development of sport in the city.


Indigenous Womens team coaching roles available


by RLOC



The Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council is seeking expressions of interest for the 2014 Womens Indigenous Team Coaching Staff. The positions are for the 2014 campaign and are voluntary.


They are seeking:


Head Coach: Minimum Level 2 Senior Coaching accreditation

Assistant Coach: Minimum Level 1 Senior Coaching accreditation

Team Manager: Minimum 3 years managing an Open side.

Head Trainer: Minimum Level 2 FAO and 3 years experience with Open Team

Trainer: Minimum Level 1 FAO and League safe certified.


If you would like to submit your resume, forward to icouncil@nrl.com.au.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait people are encouraged to apply.

Positions Close: November 22, 2013


Granville relishes early start with Brisbane Broncos


Wynnum Manly Media



Seagull Jake Granville recently re-signed with the Brisbane Broncos, inking a one year deal. The hooker shunned interest from the Cowboys to remain at Red Hill and stay loyal to the club that gave him his NRL debut earlier this year. While Andrew McCullough is the Broncos current first choice hooker, with Peter Wallaces departure to Penrith, has opened the door for Granville to claim an interchange role.

Granville said he had been readying himself for the demands of an NRL pre-season with some road work and bouts in the surf.

It is going to be a long pre-season, but a good one. I have been for a few runs trying to stay fit and been doing a bit of surfing.

I am just focusing on training hard first and taking it from there, I just have to do the hard work and see where it ends up, he said.

It is good to know what is coming and to work off last year. I just have to put a good eight weeks or so to Christmas and take it from there.


Pierce ready to shoulder intensity of NRL chance


By Guy Williams The Morning Bulletin



Sam Pierce believed two shoulder reconstructions in three years had derailed his pursuit of not only an NRL berth, but also of ever playing rugby league again.

Today, the towering Rockhampton Leagues Club Capras prop joins the Brisbane Broncos for his first session ahead of the 2014 NRL season.

On a recommendation from Capras coach Jason Hetherington, Pierce will train full-time with the Broncos up until the Christmas break - providing him an opportunity he thought would never exist.

Still only 21, Pierce has six weeks ahead of him under the watch of Broncos head coach and Rockhampton product Anthony Griffin to press his claims to continue training after the break.

Currently back in training, Griffin said he was looking forward to working with the Capras' Intrust Super Cup prop, who joins the squad on a recommendation from Hetherington.

After recently renewing their feeder club arrangement with the Capras, Griffin said he was looking forward to working with the club once again.

We're excited about doing a new deal with the Capras and renewing our association with the club," Griffin said.

We see them as a really valuable partner to the Broncos.


Srama receives a City of Ipswich sports award


via the Queensland Times



In his role as the director of football operations at Swifts in the Ipswich Rugby League; Paul Srama has held the club turn their fortunes around.

His hard work of the field was recognised on Friday night (November 8) at the QT City of Ipswich Sports Awards; with Srama being named the Sports Administrator of the Year.

The main prize was won by star tennis player Ashleigh Barty; who has represented Australia in the Hopman Cup, reached the doubles finals partnering Casey Dellacqua at three of the four majors and saw her world singles ranking rise to 129.