On the 10th of June 2012, ten members from the Northern Territory Police Force travelled to Sydney to take part in the annual Police Rugby League Championships held in Sydney. The members formed part of the Affiliated States and Territories Rugby League (ASTPRL) side and were competing in the Tri-Series against the Queensland and New South Wales Police sides.
Day one saw our members attend a camp at Bondi where they met the rest of the squad which comprised of members from SAPOL, VICPOL, FEDPOL and WAPOL. The NT boys were not accustomed to the cold and windy conditions and the ASTPRL side were lucky to find a ground that was open, but it was all part of the bonding experience.
After pulling off the jumpers and beanies, the boys trained hard, albeit a little cold. Although all minds were focused on the competition ahead, there was always time for the youngest in the side, Tennant Creek's Brad Maxwell, to be reminded of his junior status. He was ordered by team management to carry his baby's bottle and dummy around at all times and was fined sufficiently if he left them behind.
As part of the Tri-Series, all the boys received tickets to the State of Origin Game 2 at ANZ Stadium. The QLD and NSW Police game was meant to be the curtain raiser but had to be cancelled due to more bad weather. Although the night didn’t quite go according to plan, the boys still got to experience the cold wet Sydney weather in all its glory and witness a fantastic origin game.
Coming off the back of all the excitement of the State of Origin, the next three days of the competition saw all the competiveness, mateship, skill and determination that you would expect from the Tri-Series. In the end, the QLD team proved dominant, winning two out of three games and taking home the shied.
At the end of the comp, all the players were treated to a presentation at the St George Illawarra Dragons Club house at Kogarah. During which the Australian Police Rugby League Association named an Australian Police Rugby League Side to tour Great Britain to participate in the Police Rugby League World Cup in July 2013. Two of our very own were named in the 23 man squad - Detective Senior Constable Alex McDonald and Constable First Class David O'Riordan; Senior Constable Cam Brooker was named as a shadow reserve.
A special thank you and congratulations to all the players that committed to the series this year - Alex McDonald, Adam Donaldson (DOCS), Chris Yow (TRS), Cam Brooker (DTT), Shannon Harvey, Matt Kilgour, Sean Byrnes, Dean Jenkins (Palmerston), David O'Riordan and Brad Maxwell (Tennant Creek). The Tri-series will be held in Adelaide next year and if you are interested please contact Alex McDonald of the Drug and Organised Crime Section.
The ASTPRL side would like to thank Nippys and Crimsafe for their continued sponsorship and support. Without the financial help from the two sponsors the trip would not have been possible.
For the rugby enthusiast:
Wednesday - QLD Vs NSW - Oki Jubillee Stadium, the home ground of the NRL St George Illawarra Dragons. With a number of ex-NRL players on show, QLD won a hard fought match 20 to 8.
Thursday - ASTPRL Vs QLD - Oki Jubillee Stadium. With a number of ex-NRL players in the QLD side, the ASTPRL side knew they were going to be in for a hard fought match. The ASTPRL side started strongly however bombed an early try. The QLD boys then rallied before putting a couple of tries on the ASTPRL side. In the end the well drilled QLD side took out an exciting game 38-4. The best players for the ASTPRL side were the Territories David O'Riordan, Cam Brooker and Adam Donaldson.
Friday – ASTPRL Vs NSW. With a few injuries in the side, the boys from the ASTPRL knew it was going to be a tough contest. However, the NSW Police team were fired up after their loss to QLD and were out to prove a point. The NSW team started fast out of the blocks and put on a number of quick tries. To the credit of the ASTPRL side, they did not give in and tried hard. The ASTPRL side were competitive but eventually went down 60-12. The best players for the ASTPRL side were David O'Riordan, Matt Kilgour and Chris Yow.