• Round 4 at the Stadium

    Election day! A time to cast your vote and enjoy a democracy dog! Well, this Saturday it’s time to vote 1 Polecats, as we serve up two tantalising matches at Kellyville Park, as Macquarie Uni Warriors take our seconds side, with firsts up against Sydney Uni Lions.

    First Grade and the Polecats will be looking to build on their round 2 form after a convincing win against UTS and while the Polecats round 3 was washed out, the side will be looking to wash away the taste of their 52 to nil loss against Sydney Uni last year. With Sydney Uni on the hunt to get back in the winner’s circle after a 10 loss to Ryde Eastwood at Kellyville in round 2.

    “It’s been an interrupted fortnight. The boys will just be happy to get out and play some footy.

    Our depth gets another test with several players out again. I think the squad is up for the challenge.” Head coach Dan Jackson  

    2nd Grade and the high-flying Polecats who are undefeated and averaging 34 points a game will be looking to continue their form when they take on Mac Uni and after beating them 40 to nil in Round 1, the Polecats know the Warriors second coming will be a different story! The Warriors on the other hand will be looking to build on their 20 to 28 loss against UTS in round 2.

    After a Round 3 washout the Polecats return to the Stadium, where the big cats will play in first grade while the seconds will be hunting the warriors for an unbeaten start to the season. So after you have had your democracy dog head down to the Stadium and enjoy some great footy and more BBQ action at the Poleteen, but if you are stuck in an election booth, you can still keep up to date with live updates, at www.polecats.com.au/live proudly brought to you this week by Ants Pants Pest Control.

    Match Day Details

    First Grade: TAFE NSW Polecats v Sydney University Lions
    Time: 3:00pm
    Last time they meet: Polecats 0 – Sydney Uni 52 at Sydney Uni Main Field – Season 2021, Round 6

    Second Grade: TAFE NSW Polecats v Macquarie University Warriors
    Time: 1:30pm
    Last time they meet: Polecats 40 – Mac Uni 0 at Kellyville – Round 1

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    Rivalry Round

    Rivals we all have them, from Tom and Jerry to Parramatta and Penrith, rivalries are everywhere. But when it comes to the Metro League clubs there is none bigger than, the Polecats and UTS!

    And for the last 30 years the Polecats and UTS Roosters, ummm sorry Jets, wait that’s not it, ooooh the Tigers, noooooo it’s Wanderers! Talk about pick and stick! We have had one of the great rivalries in Metro(Tertiary League) history and today at Kellyville it’s set to reunite when our Silvers sides clash for part one of the Keith Western cup, in Super Saturday action at Parramatta’s Centre of Excellence!

    1st Grade and with the Polecats playing out a draw in round against Asquith, the side will be looking to get that first win of the season and while completion of only 55% last week, Coach Jackson knows we have to be a lot better against our bitter rivals! While UTS on the other will be desperate to get their first competition points after losing to the ferrets last round.

    “UTS always seem to find a little bit extra against the Polecats. Both clubs are no longer the big fish in a small pond. You know when we come together there’s going to be fireworks.” Coach Dan Jackson.

    2nd Grade and after dissecting Mac Uni with a clinical 40 points to nil win last week the side will be looking to continue their form that sees them leading the Bronze table. But with a varsity improved Carlingford Cougars who drew last week against UTS, Dingo’s men better be cautious of the lying in wait cougars.

    So if you thought 2 great Polecats matches weren’t enough, let’s chuck in another match and have Sydney Uni take on Ryde Eastwood Hawks and have a EPIC day at Kellyville!

    Match Day Details

    First Grade: TAFE NSW Polecats v UTS Wanderers
    Time: 3:30pm
    Last time they meet: Polecats 30 – UTS 10 Warrina street Park – Season 2021, Round 1

    First Grade: Sydney University v Ryde Eastwood Hawks
    Time: 1:45pm

    Second Grade: TAFE NSW Polecats v Carlingford Cougars
    Time: 12:30pm
    Last time they meet: Polecats 12 – Cougars 0 at Sir Thomas Mitchell Reserve – Season 2021, Round 7

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  • Retro Round Review

    The TAFE NSW Polecats have kick of the season with 1 draw and a win, down at Kellyville over the weekend.

    It was back to their old stomping grounds field 4 for the Polecats when our first grade side took on Asquith in Round 1 in front of a large crowd. Having never beaten Asquith in a regular comp game, the Polecats started strong matching up the field with several unsuccessful attacking raids. Asquith then turned defence into attack to score their first converted try of the match in the 8th minute.

    The Polecats didn’t take long to reply, with second rower Alfred Iva crashing over in the 15th minute and with their tails up the Polecats continue to attack with winger Shane Matthews finding the line 9 minutes later, after Shane Miller slotted the conversion, the Polecats were up 10 points to 6. The remainder of the half both sides continued to push each other to the brink, but no one could find that crushing blow and score remained unchanged at the break, with the Polecats going in up 10 points to 6.

    After the break both sides got back into the grind, but it was Asquith to wield the first blow in the 42nd minute with their second converted try to once again take the lead over the Polecats. Down by 2 points the Polecats continued to press and when Shane Matthews crossed for his second in the 55th minute, the Polecats were once again up by 4 points after another successful conversion from Shane Miller. 6 minutes later Asquith equalled the score back to 16 all, with their third try of the day and had a chance to take the lead but after their first unsuccessful conversion, the scores remained locked. With the clock ticking down both sides threw everything at each other, but could not be spilt after the final siren, finishing up 16 all.

    055Shane Matthews scoring his second try of the day!

    Polecats coach Dan Jackson “16 all draw against a tough team we went in expecting a grind and we got that for the whole 70 minutes.”
    In the 2nd Grade match against Macquarie University, the Polecats lost their captain Scott Brown in the 1st minute, but that didn’t deter the Polecats who went into overload with the side racking up 14 points in as many minutes with Polecats winger Matt Vandervalk claiming a double along with Darren Sunderland also sneaking ove and 1 conversion from Corey Pierce. In front the side didn’t stop there with the Polecats putting another 16 points before the break with tries from Canaan Te Whare, Russell Murtha and Nick Gorst and Corey Pierce and Darren Sunderland both adding a conversion to their tallies.

    In the second half the Polecats continued their dominance, not just in attack but also in defence with the boys added another 10 points with tries to Tommy Sarangaya and Beau Sanchez along with a conversion from Raymond Alo. Even with the match well and truly over the Polecats continued to defend strong with the side not letting a point scored, finally taking the match 40 points to 0  

    055Russell Murtha on the hunt!

    “A solid first up win for the boys, the coaching staff set out a game plan & the boys played to it. Hopefully our skipper Scott Brown is back on deck soon after a nasty finger injury.” Polecats Second grade coach Damien Riddle

    Next week the Polecats return to their normal field when the take on the old foes UTS in first grade and Carlingford Cougars in seconds.

    For more photos from the day, head to 2022 gallery page at www.polecats.com.au/sideline/photo-gallery/2022-gallery/ 

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    Retro Round 1

    Its finally here Round 1! Yay, we can’t believe it either! But its real and what a cracking day we have down at Kellyville today as first grade take on Asquith Magpies for the second week in a row and to celebrate the return of second grade, we have decided to play on spiritual home ground, no not ACU Oakhill (That place is gone!) but a field that was the home of the Polecats for over 15 years, “Its back to field 4!”

    Field 4, holds a special place in the Polecats memories, an automatic 10 metre on penalties which was introduced after with lost so many ball boys chasing the balls into the creek, playing frogger across Memorial avenue to retrieve a ball that sailed over the fence on conversions, peeling players off the fence because they chased a kick too hard into the back corner, the fog that would roll in during training and the matches so many great matches!

    While we could reminisce for hours, but today is about the footy and with the new look Polecats first grade side taking on Asquith, its going to be a tough and physical match again and while the Polecats got the chocolates last week in the trial and in the Nines pool match they have never beaten the Magpies in a regular comp round. The Mapgies will be looking to pickup where they left off last year before Covid stopped the season, as they were leading the Metro League comp and for them not us, they are hoping to capture that same spirit and cause a boil over at Kellyville.

    Polecats coach Dan Jackson “A lot of club debuts this week boys. We are all part of a new era for the Polecats. I’ve watched legacy’s been built at this club over the last 7/8 years. Let’s write the next chapter starting today!”

    It’s been 1700 days exactly since second grade last played a competition match, the 2017 NSWTSRL Second Grade Grand Final (Won’t talk about that result today, lets stay positive!) but our reggies are back and they are taking on Macquarie University, a side that has been  building in the last few years and have a had rivalry against the Polecats for over 50 years. So will our brand new reggies be able to rise for the occasion or will the Mac Uni finally find that Warrior spirit, we will find out today after 60 minutes of footy.

    So with 2 astronomical matches at our spiritual home, field 4, lets get down to the old ground and cheer on the new crop of Polecats talent as we start our new journey in the Northern Districts Conference competitions, but if you can’t make it to Kellyville today you can keep up to date with regular updates at www.polecats.com.au/live, this week proudly brought to you by the Lord of the Roof.

    Match Day Details

    First Grade: TAFE NSW Polecats v Asquith Magpies
    Time: 3:00pm
    Last time they meet: Polecats 10 – Magpies 46 at Story Park – Season 2021, Round 4

    Second Grade: TAFE NSW Polecats v Macquarie University
    Time: 3:00pm
    Last time they meet: Polecats 42 – Mac Uni 10 at Kellyville – Season 2017, Round 9

     

     

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  • The Final Trials

    Rain, rain go away so the Polecats can play a trial today! That’s what all Polecat members have been singing all week after 4 trials and the sevens were cancelled due the weather during the preseason, and while the forecast is for rain today the ground is open and we have 2 MEGA trials at Polecats Stadium, with 1st Grade taking on Asquith Magpies and 2nd Grade up against Forestville Ferrets.

    First Grade and with so little footy before the season kicks off next week, 1st Grade Coach Dan Jackson will be eager to let his chargers loose with the last time his side took the field was when we made the Nines final over a month ago. It’s also been over a year since Polecats took Asquith on a 13 a side match and in Round 4 Season 2021, it was not a happy day with the Polecats getting 46 points score on them and the side losing 4 players with season ending injuries. Fast forward 1 year and the new look Polecats will be out to show their new coach why they belong in the first side.

    Second Grade we welcome you back after a 4 year hiatus and with coach Damien Riddle, plus a host of new players and returning players its set to be a cracking year, while reggies have not played since they lost the Grand Final in 2017 to UTS, they have been training strong and put a great effort in during the Nines. While the Polecats have never played the Ferrets, they are cousins with the polecats closely related to the ferrets you can read more at “What is a Polecat!”. So with the Reggies taking on their cousins, the side will be looking to get finely tuned before the season kicks off next week.

    With Polecat footy back at the stadium today and the season kicking off next week, lets get down there to support both grades in what going to be a cracking day.

    Match Details
    1st Grade:
    TAFE NSW Polecats v Asquith Magpies
    Time: 3:00pm   

    2nd Grade: TAFE NSW Polecats v Forestville Ferrets
    Time: 1:00pm  

    Ground: Polecats Stadium (Parramatta Centre of Excellence Field 5)

    Sides

    1st Grade:

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    Sunday Trial

    After 3 months of preseason, cancelled Sevens, cancelled training sessions and cancelled trials the TAFE NSW Polecats are final set to get on the field in a rare Sunday trial match at Ringrose Park, as a combined side take on Wentworthville Magpies A Grade in an historic first meeting.

    This will be the sides first hit out on a field since the 2021 season was cut short due to Covid last July and with the Polecats undergoing a massive rebuild with the return of Dan Jackson as first grade coach and formal Polecat player Damien Riddle taking up the reigns of second grade along with over 30 new players joining the club, its sure to make interesting watching for the 2 coaches as their new charges head around the field.

    With Wenty coached by formal Polecat Richie Ngawini and the clubs never having a head-to-head clash, its sure to be a great afternoon of trial Rugby League at Ringrose.

    So will the Polecats run rings around Wenty or will we need tissues as we all fall down (hopefully not from Covid), either way if you want to see the Polecats in action, then head to Ringrose Park Wentworthville with kick-off at 1:00pm.

    Go the Polecats!!!!

    Game Day Details
    Trial:
    Polecats v Wenty Magpies A-Grade
    Time: 1:00pm
    Ground: Ringrose Park

     

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  • Polecats Sign Josh Fraser

    The Polecats have signed the experienced Josh Fraser. The former Asquith, Blacktown Workers and Windsor backrower/centre will be joining the club for its 2022 campaign.

    “It’s a big in for us. I’ve known ‘Frase’ for a long time and having him in the squad is a huge bonus. His conditioning and will to play big minutes will be an asset to our year.” Head coach Dan Jackson

    Josh Fraser retuning the ball.

    Fraser was formerly an outside back but is comfortable in the pack as well. As the years have gone on he has slowly transitioned to the Edge backrow or lock position.

    Josh has plenty of Ron Massey Cup & Sydney Shield experience playing over 150 games in the NSW Competitions.

    The Polecats are excited to see Josh run out this season. 

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    Polecats Begin Signing Spree

    The Polecats have begun preparation for 2022 signing 3 players.

    Front Rower Aaron Kanaley re-signs to the Polecats for 2022 after an interrupted 2021.’The fridge’ returns for what could be his breakout season. After following coach Dan Jackson to Sydney Shield clubs Hills Bulls & Windsor Wolves they will reunite at the Polecats next season.

    Fridge burst onto the scene in his Rookie season for the Polecats, winning rookie of the year and playing an explosive role off the bench in the 2017 Grand Final victory over UTS.

    Aaron charging for the line, last season Round 2

    Kanaley is excited to take his game to the next level in 2022 and now becomes a leader amongst the group in the forward pack.

    Kohen Wright joins the Polecats after also going through 2 interrupted seasons. Wright debuted for Windsor Wolves Ron Massey cup team in 2020 round 1 in Fiji before the season was cut short. He then played out the remainder of the season with the Blacktown Spartans. Becoming a father in 2021 saw Kohen have the season off. He now looks to rekindle the love of the game at the Polecats and is looking to play a role in the Front Row. Wright is a strong ball carrier who also has a great ability to pass preline and offload.

    Kohen Wright playing for Windsor, source: Windsor Rugby League Facebook

    Jadon Newsome is an experience backrow/front rower who has won an A Grade premiership with the Windsor Wolves in 2018. After a few seasons off Jadon is motivated to become a leader at the Polecats and enjoy his footy again. Newsome has an incredible knack of getting the best out of those around him through enthusiasm and hard working traits.

    Jadon Newsome, source: Windsor Rugby League Facebook

    The Polecats look forward to continue training in preseason at Kellyville Park, let us know your going to be apart of our biggest season in years at our Polecats RL Facebook page or for direction to our field see map below.

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  • Polecats Add Experience to Coaching Staff

    The TAFE NSW Polecats are pleased to announce Damien Riddle as 2nd Grade coach for 2022.

    Joining Riddle will be Keith Weston in a dual assistant role with both 1st Grade and 2nd Grade as he transitions from playing to coaching.

    Damien comes to the club with a wealth of knowledge and experience both as a player and coach. Riddle has plenty of senior club coaching experience with the Quakers Hill Destroyers.

    Damien Riddle Playing for Quakers Hill

    “I look forward to working with Dingo. He fits into what we are trying to bring to the club. From all reports he is a clubman and that’s what we want at the Polecats, a strong sense of community and culture” said Dan Jackson.

    Keith Weston stays at the club after returning in 2020.

    Westo has had a long decorated playing career especially in the NSW Tertiary League. The former Polecat, Lewisham and UTS Tiger now makes his transition from playing to coaching.

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    Keith Weston playing against UTS Round 1 2021

    “Westo has been around footy a long time – he knows what it takes to win but more importantly he knows what good club culture and team camaraderie looks like.” Dan Jackson.

    “The committee set up a coaching panel to cast a wider net to find the perfect candidates and we believe both Damien and Keith are the perfect fit for our club moving forward. We look forward to having them on board for the journey in 2022” President Ben Carter.

    So with preseason begin 6:30 this Tuesday at Kellyville Park, let us know your going to be apart of our biggest season in years at our Polecats RL Facebook page or for direction to our field see map below.

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    Returning Home

    Today the Polecats Rugby League Club has three major announcements starting with 2 x 1st grade Premiership winner coach Dan Jackson returning for his 4th season at the club, after a 4 year hiatus.

    The Polecats will also be returning to the Parramatta Eels Centre of excellence at Kellyville for season 2022 and beyond.

    And for season 2022 the club will be reintroducing their 2nd grade side after 3 years in the wilderness.

    Unfortunately the Polecats 50th year was cut short because of the Covid health crisis in NSW and in 2022 the club will be looking forward to its first full season since 2019 when they last claimed the title.

    “Dan Jackson brings a level of professionalism to the club that is second to none, he is well liked by the players and staff and his record speaks for itself, we look forward to working again with Dan on our pursuit to claim the first ever Metro League Championship!” Polecats President Peter Lamey told polecats.com.au.

    Under Dan’s previous tenure between 2015 -17 he led the Polecats 1st Grade side to 3 Grand Finals claiming the title in 2015 and 2017, he also held representative coach positions the Tertiary League Country and Tertiary NSW sides, while in the last 3 seasons Dan has coached Sydney Shield sides for Windsor Wolves and Hills Bulls.


    Polecats President Peter Lamey and returning head coach Dan Jackson

    At last nights committee meeting Dan told the members, “I have nothing but great memories at the Polecats. It’s an exciting time to be heading back, after so many Covid interruptions these last 2 years, I’m excited to get the Polecats back where they deserve to be both on and off the field.”

    The Polecats will also be announcing exciting new sponsors and more coaching signings as the club builds to preseason.

    With Dan returning home, the Polecats returning to their home and all our 2nd grade players being able to find a home again at the Polecats, its going to be the biggest season in 51 years.

    So keep watching our website and socials for all the big announcements as we head towards the new season and lets all return home to the Polecats and turn our 51st year into 50 won year to remember!

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