Tamaraws News

Message from PNRL Vice-President



Sat 22 October, 2016




My name is Paul Sheedy the proud Vice President of the PNRL and former Melbourne Storm player.


At about this time 3 years ago I was in the Philippines to represent the country of my proud heritage in the 2nd Asian Cup. It was a special moment for me being able to move around the local Filipino people of Olongapo and San Narciso and even more special when I played my part in winning for our country the Asian Cup trophy on home soil. Coming out of retirement in 2013 for the tour in the Philippines, I knew bringing the Greatest Game of all to the Philippines was what I wanted to achieve.


On the weekend of October 15-16 when I was surrounded by Filipino and Papua New Guinean Rugby League pioneers playing the first ever tournament in the country organised by the PNRL the Erick Paul Estepa Elefante Cup. I can honestly share that this is my biggest accomplishment in my entire footy career.


Between July to September to establish the Greatest Game of All in the Philippines we asked for the support of the world wide Rugby League community with our Sponsor a local player drive.


The inaugural Rugby League tournament in the Philippines would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors. So on behalf of the PNRL I would like to thank the first group of tournament sponsors:


Bernstrom’s Strength & Conditioning, Becc Burgmann,

Rhys Campbell, Brian Dela Cruz, Benjie de Ubago, Patrick Dixon,

Erick Elefante, Michael Godfrey, Eddie Haas/Raychelle Sullings, Mark Holmes,

Michael Holt, James Lochhead, Reynaldo Nery, Brad Newman, Glenn Power,

Louis Resurreccion, Luke Srama and George Stratigos.


Our inaugural tournament in the Philippines is spread out over 4 months to cater for our players study commitments with the vast majority of players being University students. With current assignment and exam commitments in the middle of our Rugby League season.


So we are again asking for the support of the World Wide Rugby League community to keep on sponsoring our local players so they can keep the momentum we started on October 14.


On the footy field of Bicol University, Legazpi City I saw a lot of local Filipino talent on display and we put some names down that really impressed us. With some showing natural ability and size, that with more experience they would be able to play local A Grade back in Australia. So we would like to continue to see them progress.


So I would like you all to consider sponsoring a local player in the Philippines for $100AUD.


This money will assist the PNRL with field hire, First Aid support, transport, food, water, accommodation for players travelling from one side of Luzon to the other. May I remind you Manila is on the West coast & Albay on the East coast of Luzon, that's at least a 26 hour round trip to play a game of Footy!


For those sponsoring a player you will:


• Have a local player produce a video to acknowledge and thank you which we will post on our Facebook page!

So if you want to see "The Greatest Game of All" maintain its momentum in the Philippines make contact with us on membership@pnrl.com.au for information on how to sponsor a player for $100AUD.


Maraming Salamat Po


Paul Sheedy

PNRL Vice President







Congratulations to our Junior Tamaraws



Sat 22 October, 2016



Congratulations to our Junior Tamaraws who over the past fortnight have shown there tenacious pinoy spirit in contesting the Harmony Cup and Latino 9s and doing the Philippines proud with their determination and games manship.


With junior teams there is also special Thank youse reserved for all the parents and volunteers.


And a big thank you goes to PNRL development officer Jason "Big Red" Carter and his staff for all their commitment and sacrifices in giving these young men their first taste of representing the Philippines because none of this would of been possible without their outstanding effort







Philippines National Rugby League kicks off in Typhoon conditions



Tue 18 October, 2016



On the eve of the first Rugby League competition in the Philippines. Typhoon Karen hit landfall with Legazpi City so therefore Bicol University and the Albay Sports Complex directly in its path!


But with 51 Rugby League pioneers riding on a bus for 13hours to get from Manila to Legazpi City, not even Typhoon Karen could stop them from playing. With Isaac Kepu the UB Toro Team Manager saying on Saturday afternoon the 15th of October “Is better if we can still have one game today because we dont know it might be the same tomorrow.”


With a lull in the typhoon later on that afternoon and permission to play being granted from local Government officials. “The Greatest Game of All” got under way at the Bicol University, Albay Sports Complex.


A short Facebook report from Paul Sheedy the Philippines National Rugby League (PNRL) Vice President and Manila Storm guest player noted “We got 1 and a half games completed today with the Manila Storm beating the UB Toros 6-0 and the Central Luzon Crusaders up 6-0 over Albay when inclement weather stopped play. The second half will be played tomorrow along with the remaining 2 matches.”


By scoring the first try in the tournament Michael Tome Jnr of the Manila Storm will go down in PNRL/PTRL Rugby League history as the inaugural Erick Paul Estepa Elefante Cup tournament’s first try scorer and Benny Noki as the first player to convert a try!


On the evening of the second day of the tournament Vice President Paul Sheedy posted on the PNRL Facebook message board “Awesome day today the typhoon cleared and it was a typical humid Philippines day. The second match from yesterday was concluded with the Central Luzon overpowering the Albay Vulcans with a great power running game and offloading that was too much for a predominately Filipino team. Try scorers were #10,7,13 conversions #3 and #4.


Our first match today was a ripper between the local Albay Vulcans up against the favourites UB Toros in what was an exciting match with the Vulcans coming from behind to upset the much fancied Toros 10-4. Aggressive defence and outstanding ball movement was a highlight of this often at times brutal clash. It was an extremely courageous effort by the Vulcans who had to back up from the mornings conclusion of their first game and had the local crowd in raptures.


The last match of the first round of the Erick Paul Estepa Elefante Cup was played out between the Central Luzon Crusaders and the Manila Storm. Kick off was at 2pm. Played on a dry pitch both teams played with a great level of skill and the result was in the balance until the final play. Both teams could count themselves unlucky with some dubious refereeing decisions resulting in a tense hard fought 4-0 victory to the Crusaders who remained the only undefeated team.


On a footy note there is a lot of PINOY talent that we saw on display and we put some names down that really impressed us and some with natural ability and size that with more experience would be able to play local A Grade back in Australia.

That concluded the historic first round of the Philippine Tamaraw Rugby League, Erick Paul Estepa Elefante Cup. We’ve had Typhoons, Miss World contestants, black outs, bumps, bruises, heat and plenty of outstanding Rugby League on display.


We’d like to thank the bus drivers and transportation company, Mayon Hostel, Bicol University, the people of Legazpi, the master chef, Manila Storm photographer Paul Jeremiah Orcullo Rodriguez and the greater Rugby League community for your support.


Special mention must go to PNRL development officer Ric Bellen a resident of Albay who put this all together and was optimistic about the show going on even with a category 3 Typhoon bearing down on us.

Yeah we’re just over the moon with what we’ve all managed to create Erick. When I came out of retirement in 2013 for the tour here, this is what I wanted to achieve and grow. This is my biggest accomplishment in my entire footy career.”


The first round of the season was not just historic for being the first Rugby League competition of the PNRL/PTRL in the Philippines. But was also historic because the Head Coach of the first round’s unbeaten side was a Papua New Guinean (PNG) Woman by the name of Angela Tangam Kual, a second year accounting undergraduate studying at the Adventist University of the Philippines in Cavite. Angela hails from the Highlands region in the Enga province of PNG, and must be one of the first female coaches around the Rugby League world coaching a country’s number one club side!


For the record the results for the inaugural Erick Paul Estepa Elefante Cup are as follows:


Game 1 – Manila Storm 6 v UB Toros – 0

Game 2 – Central Luzon Crusaders 16 v Albay Vulcans – 0

Game 3 – Albay Vulcans 10 v UB Toros 4

Game 4 – Central Luzon Crusaders 4 v Manila Storm 0







PNRL Upcoming Fixture for 2017



Mon 10 October, 2016



The PNRL is proud to announce that the Philippine Tamaraws next upcoming fixture will be on February 4 2017 in Sydney.


The PNRL is seeking expressions of interest for the following teams below to also play on the day

Admirals XIII (Mens Open)

Womens Opens

Boys 18s

Boys 16s

To be selected to one of these teams all players must have an NRL ID number they can provide


For enquirers please contact:


Mens & 18's

Arwin Marcus

Mobile: 0420 460 269

Email: arwin.marcus@pnrl.com.au



Tammy Fletcher

Mobile: 0423 271 959

Email: tammy.fletcher@pnrl.com.au



Jason Carter

Mobile: 0414 733 376

Email: jason.carter@pnrl.com.au


We are also looking for qualified trainers and medical staff to help out with NSW based games

Please call Jason Carter or Arwin Marcus






Harmony Cup 2016



Sun 09 October, 2016




The PNRL would like to thank all involved with yesterday's Harmony Cup

We fielded both a 16s and 18s Boys side

Although the results didn't go our way we are extremely proud of the efforts by everyone and feel that the Tamaraws are going from strength to strength with the future looking bright

Special mention must go to

Jason Carter for coaching the 16s and organising the event

Glenn Power -18s coach

Philippine Tamaraws head coach Arwin Marcus and trainers Carl Denhard and Rhys Campbell who travelled from the Gold Coast to attend

Erick Elefante

Roer Jimenez

Tammy Fletcher

For running around and helping out where they could

St Clair Comets JRLFC for allowing us to use their fields for training

And of course the players who travelled from near and far to represent the Philippines.

We have some upcoming fixtures to be announced so stay tuned

Go Tamaraws!! 🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭







PNRL domestic competition kick's off



Thu 30 Jun, 2016



This October 2016 will be the inaugural year where the Philippines will have a complete Rugby League domestic competition.


From Bicol to Cavite to Manila, local players will have the chance to show what they have learnt over the course of this years training for their place within the Philippines National Rugby League side. With International fixtures around the corner everyone is pushing for a position in the top side.


This year's competition has been a work in progress for many month's now, a huge thank you to all person's involved for their contribution, to finally see Rugby League played in the Philippines has been a dream come true.


We encourage anyone that would be interested in the game to come down and show their support. These games are to be enjoyed by family, friends and anyone new to the sport. It is a game that bring's out the best in people.


For anyone looking to get involved with this years competition or International fixtures ( sponsorship or volunteering ) please get in contact with your local PNRL Development Officer or email enquiries@pnrl.com.au



Round 1 - Bicol University Grounds, Legazpi City - 15/16 October 2016

Round 2 - Manila (TBA) - 26/27 November 2016

Round 3 - Cavite State University Fields, Indang, Cavite - 7/8 January 2017

Grand Final - Bicol University Grounds, Legazpi City - 28/29 January 2017







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