On Saturday August 22 2015, the Norwest Polecats will take on the Cumberland Beavers for the Baitieri-McMartin Charity Cup, this will be the fourth year for the cup.The Cup recognises the contributions of former First Graders, Tas Baitieri (Canterbury) and John McMartin (Parramatta/Cronulla), to Tertiary Rugby League throughout this country, and in particular to the two competing clubs. Tas was one of the founding officials of the Cumberland Rugby League Football Club, whilst John has served the Norwest club for over 30 years, playing a significant role in stability and success of the Polecats. Both have also held positions at the State and National tertiary levels, and have been involved in each of the Tertiary Student Rugby League World Cups.
The day will be an all family affair, featuring some quality grassroots Rugby League at Ollie Webb Reserve.
The match will kick off at 3:00pm.
Previous Cup Winners
2008 – Norwest Polecats
2009 – Cumberland Beavers
2010 – Norwest Polecats
2014 – Norwest Polecats
2015 – Norwest Polecats (Match washed out)
|ABOUT THE PLAYERS|
1967 – 1975: Parramatta Eels – 160 Games (1 Replacement) – 13 Tries (39pts)
1976 – 1979: Cronulla Sharks – 92 Games – 2 Tries (6pts)
1975: New South Wales – 1 Game – 0 Tries (0pts)
A veteran of thirteen seasons, John McMartin was one of New South Wales top hookers during the 1970’s. After staring for Parramatta for 160 games (making him the 13th most capped player for the club), John moved to the shire based Sharks where he played an integral part in their 1978 campaign which saw the club make the historic drawn Grand Final.
Unfortunately for John, injury ruled him out of the replay against Manly, but he still made enough of an impression within the club to be named in the recent St George and Sutherland Shire Leader, best players over the Sharks 40 years.
After retiring from top grade football, John has contributed significantly to the Polecats club, playing, coaching and helping administer the club for the past 25 years. John has also been heavily involved in the administration and coaching of the NSW and Australian Tertiary and University sides over that time, helping a number of now current NRL players make their first representative honours.
1978 – 1980: Penrith – 5 Games (1 Replacement) – 0 Tries (0pts)
1981 – 1982: Catillon (France)
1982 – 1983: Canterbury – 45 Games – 1 Try (4pts)
1985: Penrith – 1 Game
Tas Baitieri made his first grade debut for Penrith, playing six games for the then “chocolate soldiers” between 1978 and 1981 before being picked up by the Bulldogs.
At the Bulldogs, Tas become a regular member of the first grade team as a second rower, and captained the club on nine occasions. In 1983 Tas was the only player to play every game for the Bulldogs that year, before a change of coaching staff saw him relegated to reserve grade in 1984. In 1985 Tas returned to Penrith for one season before heading over to live in France.
Tas went on to coach the French national team, and played an integral part in the rebirth of League in the nation before he became development manager for the Rugby League International Federation.
During his return to Sydney, he helped setup the Cumberland club, and has sat on the NSW and Australian Tertiary league boards.
|ABOUT THE CHARITY|
|NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION|
In partnership with the Australian community the National Breast Cancer Foundation is leading the pursuit for new knowledge in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
The purpose of the National Breast Cancer Foundation is to:
– support and promote excellent research into breast cancer
– facilitate consumer participation in all aspects of our work
– act as an advocate for breast cancer research
– provide opportunities for all Australians to contribute to breast cancer research
The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Australia’s only national not-for-profit foundation established to promote and support research into every aspect of breast cancer.
Since being established in 1994, we have funded 168 research projects and provided research equipment in every State and Territory, to a total of $44.5 million.
We offer researchers a significant, substantial source of designated funding for projects that are of the highest order and have been assessed to be meritorious under the peer review system which operates for medical and health research in Australia. Researchers whose projects meet these criteria compete for available funding.
We provide everyone in the community the opportunity to contribute dollars towards research that will help find the answers to the questions about breast cancer.
The NBCF enjoys broad support from the cancer control community. Our top researchers give their advice freely and some of Australiaâ€™s leaders in the health, business and legal professions donate their time and expertise, including members of the Board of Trustees.
Find out more about the National Breast Cancer Foundation at http://www.nbcf.org.au/