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NSW’s Origin win proves this game is Australia’s sporting soul

Origin III was a match reminiscent of the scrappy, physical footy of the 80s and 90s. NSW's win was pure magic, and reminded us all that Origin is the true sporting soul of Australia, writes George Al-Akiki.

Rooster today, feather-duster tomorrow?

From North Queensland to Eastern Sydney, much has been made of more seasoned player signings for 2025 like Chad Townsend, but don’t undervalue their worth off the field to the future of rugby league on the field.

What constitutes bad sportsmanship?

The Bulldogs’ Reed Mahoney has come under plenty of fire this season for his loud voice and fiery antics, but the label of “bad sport” is a step too far in a game that looks to build character and overcome adversity.

Even in the bitter Bulldogs-Eels rivalry, forgiveness reigns

In the early 80s my uncle, a brash seven-year-old, came home from his cousin’s house and uttered five unforgivable words: “I like the Parramatta Eels.” Yet as Monday’s game showed, even bitter rivalries can be laid aside when honour, compassion and sportsmanship are demanded, writes George Al-Akiki.

The price of football giving NSW the blues

You only need to look to Game 1 of this year’s State of Origin series—very oddly far from sold out just a day out from the game—to see rising costs are pricing out a whole generation of potential fans.

Are Brooks and Moses the answer to our Origin prayers?

With Nathan Cleary ruled out for this year’s State of Origin series, who will new Blues coach Michael Maguire select in just over a week for Game I?

Faith keeps Tanna’s footy dreams alive

Work hours are a bit longer than your typical nine-to-five for Tanna Featherstone, but for this young athlete, there’s a lot on the [try] line at stake here.

Don’t ban the rugby league kick-off

Pressure is mounting on the NRL to ban kick-offs in the hope of stamping out dangerous head collisions. But instead of solving the problem, this decision would distort the very fabric of how the game is played.

Footy stars share faith on new Catholic podcast

Lifelong Bulldogs fans Fr Benjamin Saliba and Anthony Eltarraf explores their love of Catholicism and rugby league with their new podcast.

NSW combined sides to clash in league grand final

The Australian rugby league schoolboys and schoolgirls showcase reached its pinnacle on 7 July, delivering a day filled with exhilarating matches and outstanding performances.

Trinity wins league quarter final berth

In a highly anticipated clash within the Sydney Catholic Schools senior boys rugby league, Trinity Catholic College faced off last weekend against Christian Brothers High School Lewisham at the picturesque St Luke’s oval. The atmosphere was electric, as a perfect Winter's day set the stage for a crucial match that would determine the team progressing to the Sydney quarter finals.

St Pats on track for rugby league premiership

Round four of the Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) conference three opens rugby league competition saw St Patrick’s College Sutherland pull off an upset with a 16-14 victory against the previously undefeated Marist College Kogarah at Scarborough Park.
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