The 2022 Parramatta Eels Junior Rugby League season was finally wrapped up following Tuesday’s official presentation night. Held at Oatlands House, the event recognised some of the outstanding achievements of the Parramatta District Junior Rugby League Clubs.
Over the last two years, TCT has profiled the fine community work of the clubs that participate in the PDJRL. It’s been a learning experience for us, one where we’ve also found out about the significant investment in junior rugby league made by Parramatta Leagues Club. Essentially, their generosity assists in greatly reducing the cost of playing footy for every club and every junior player in the district.
Two years ago Trivett Subaru came on board as a supporter of the Parramatta Junior Rugby League. Eels fans have probably become familiar with Trivett Subaru’s involvement via their popular raffle to win a Subaru Impreza, with tickets sold at Eels home games. During 2022, that raffle raised over $40K for the junior clubs.
Special recognition was also given to Matt Brady for his work over the past 8 years. Matt is transitioning from working as the Pathways and Participation Manager into another executive role within Eels pathways.
Forty and I attended the event and are pleased to list the following award winners:
Appreciation of Service – Wayne Smith
Coach of the Year – Sam Rutherford, Hills District Bulls
Volunteer of the Year – Mathew Picone, Marconi Mustangs
Secretary of the Year – Jen Ramzan, Guildford Owls
Modified Football Incentive Shield – Hills District Bulls
Junior Incentive Shield – Hills District Bulls
Phil Carey Memorial Award (Player of The Year) – Sam Tuivaiti (Wenty Magpies)
Referee of The Year – Olivia Lawne
Club of the Year – Hills District Bulls
Club Championship – Hills District Bulls
It was obviously a massive night for Hills District Bulls, certainly one that was richly deserved. As Mick Gremmo noted, volunteers in junior clubs don’t put in all of their time to win awards or to produce the next NRL player. They do it to help make each young boy or girl a better person.
We extend our congratulations to all of the award winners, and our thanks to each and every one of the clubs for the important work they do with young people in their communities.