Baitieri-McMartin Charity Cup

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)

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Playing Statistics:


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)

About: 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.


Playing Statistics:


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

About: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.



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