Nations of Origin 2018: Rugby league sevens in Raymond Terrace


After two big days of rugby league action, the winners of the 2018 PCYC Nations of Origin sevens tournament were decided in Raymond Terrace on Thursday, July 19.

The boy’s Worimi A team (coach Brooke Roach) finished first in their pool and lost in the cup elimination semi-final.

The boy’s B team (coach Chief Inspector Tony Townsend) finished fourth in their pool and made the plate elimination finals.

The girls Worimi A team (coach Sheridan Noble) finished second in their pool and were beaten in the second round of the cup elimination finals.

The girls Worimi B team (coach Paul Marquet) finished third in their pool and lost in the second round of the plate elimination semi-final.

The rugby league teams were supported by Matthew Sheals, Rodney Wade, Maddie Marquet, Kane Chester, Ngalika Barker, Chris Neal, Les Smith, Amanda Roach, Dean French and Leigh Ridgeway plus the PCYC Nations of Origin Worimi coordinator Rebecca Fleming.

2018 rugby league sevens results:

Plate Male Winner: Gumbaynggir

Plate Male Runner Up: Awabakal B

Plate Female Winner: Awabakal A

Plate Female Runner up: Wiradjuri Ochres

Trophy Male Winner: Wiradjuri South

Trophy Male Runner up: Darug West

Trophy Female Winner: Awabakal B

Trophy Female Runner up: Wonnarua Cessnock

Cup Male Winner: Darug

Cup Male Runner Winner: Yuin North

Cup Female Winner: Darkinjung - Bateau Bay

Cup Female Runner up: Eora

Other Nations of Origin results:


Hunter River High School students represented Worimi in the PCYC Nations of Origin futsal fives competition at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility on July 17.

The Worimi girls A team placed third. 


Winner: Awabakal 1

Runner up: Darkinjung


Winner: Tharawal

Runner up: Awabakal 1


Played at Newcastle Basketball Stadium on July 17.

Under 14 Boys

Winner: Biripi

Runner up: Awabakal - Lake Macquarie

Under 14 Girls

Winner: Biripi A

Runner up: Biripi B

Under 16 Boys

Winner: Birpai

Runner up: Worimi

Under 16 Girls

Winner: Birpai

Runner up: Barkindji


Staged at PCYC Port Stephens – Nelson Bay on July 18


Peter Lee: Darkinjung

Jyah Kent: Biripi

Jeremy Biles: Biripi

Ryan Barto: Darkinjung

Adam Woodger: Awabakal

Noah Chami: Darug

Nations of Origin Boxing Championship Winner: Biripi

Earlier, July 17:

Raymond Terrace is in for two action-packed days of rugby league with the start of the 2018 PCYC Nations of Origin sevens tournament on Wednesday.

Twenty-five Aboriginal nations have fielded teams in the sixth annual rugby league sevens competition, which this year is for the under-16 age group only.

Nations have the option to enter a female and male team into the rugby league competition. As the host nation, Worimi is able to enter two teams into the male and female competitions, which it has done this year.

All participating sporting teams must consist of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people with a ratio of 70:30 in the formation of the teams. This is to promote the event’s aims promoting reconciliation, education and cultural identity.

Worimi players Dean Langdon and Bree Chester at the 2018 Nations of Origin rugby sevens opening ceremony in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday morning.

Worimi players Dean Langdon and Bree Chester at the 2018 Nations of Origin rugby sevens opening ceremony in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday morning.

The rugby league action kicked off at Lakeside Sports Complex in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday morning, following an official opening ceremony.

High profile dignitaries including NSW Police Commissioner Michael Fuller, Dubbo MP and the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Troy Grant and PCYC NSW CEO Dominic Teakle each spoke at the opening ceremony.

“You are the future,” Commissioner Fuller said. “Over the next couple of years you will come through school, through your education process, into employment and you will be the future. Future police officer, future accountant, mechanic – you can be, at the end of the day, anything you want to be.

“For us, whilst it is about having fun, it is about team work, it’s also about saying ‘we are here to support you’. We want you to achieve and be the best that you can.

“My challenge to you over the next couple of days is to, one, have fun but don’t underestimate your ability to be a leader and future mentor and the impact that you can have on your community.”

Worimi elder Uncle John Ridgeway OAM did the welcome to country. 

The final games for the Wednesday competition will be played at 5pm. The action will pick up again at 8.10am on Thursday.

Finals footy will be held from about 10.40am on Thursday, which will run through until 3pm.

The first Nations of Origin boxing tournament will be held in Nelson Bay, at Port Stephens PCYC, from 5pm.