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What happened at the summit?

The Lower Clarence Magpie Rugby League Club (NRRRL) hosted a  summit in Yamba on the 18th February 2017 to have a conversation with other clubs about the state of their game.

The SUMMIT was sponsored by NSW Sport & Recreation and supported by MP Chris Gulaptis, the CRL, NSW RL, Northern Regional Rugby League (NRRRL) and our two other Clarence River clubs, the Grafton Ghosts and South Grafton Rebels.

The summit ambassador was former NRL and International rugby league coach Brian Smith while the summit convenor was Clarence Valley community advocate, Debrah Novak.

Keynote speakers were 2016 Young Australians of the Year Lucas Patchett (Orange Sky Laundry).

Summit facilitator was Moira McDade from 'The Generation Business'.

Five layers of rugby league admin attended the summit along with a number of clubs and community members and stakeholders.

Many NSW bush clubs have gone into recess over the past few years while others continue to struggle to find either players or finances to run their sport.

The aim of the summit was to create an opportunity for bush clubs to come face to face to discuss and find common ground to enable their sport to be fit for the future.

Prior to the summit we are asked everyone associated with grassroots rugby league to fill out our survey form so we had something to work with on the day.

We have now collated all the information and ideas so this data will form the foundation documents for a bigger discussion about the future of grassroots rugby league in NSW.

If you would like a copy of the FREE professionally prepared report please contact us.

This report is an ideal document for you to site for grant applications.


Debrah Novak M:0402 404 606

E: [email protected]

Click on the link and read and listen to an ABC North Coast report about the summit here







The Lower Clarence Magpie Rugby League Club is over 100 years old and was formed in 1915.

The club has three teams that play in the NRRRL competition and a junior club, The Clarence Coast Junior Magpies in Group 1.

Our club has consistently been a nursery for many NRL players and coaches including Brian Smith (Eels, Roosters, Knights), Nathan Brown (Dragons) and Geoff Carr (former NRL CEO).

Luke Douglas (Titans), Daine Laurie (Panthers), Cecil Heron (BARLA Tour), Tony Priddle (Dragons), Birrigan Young (Sea Eagles), Nathan Tutt (Sea Eagles), James King (Lloyd McDermott Tour), Shane Essex (Tigers), Daniel Wagon (Eels), Brendan Randall (Dragons), Greg Leeney (Illawarrs Steelers), Troy Gillet (Gold Coast), Daniel Randall (Roosters), Kane Douglas (Waratahs), Paul Plummer (Ilawarra Steelers), Darrin Heron (Panthers), Trevor Gorman (Ryde Eastman), Steve Brailsford (Gold Coast), Raymond Laurie (Tigers), Steve Laurie (Bears), Mark Laurie (Gold Coast), Chimpy Bush (Australia).

Previously the club has won many NRRRL awards as well as NRL One Community Awards.

In 2001 the club piloted a three-year male youth mentor project called ‘The Magpie Pilot Project’- Black & White Looking After Their Young, using rugby league to teach life skills.

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