Hull Schools to take on Mackay

There will be some very special visitors to the City of Hull this month as Archbishop Sentamu Academy continue their partnership with Mackay High School in Australia.

Students from Mackay High in Queensland will fly to England in late September to face two select Hull and East Riding Schools teams in a two match test series.

Students from Archbishop Sentamu Academy will then return the favour in June next year when they will travel Down Under to play three fixtures and visit Sydney, Mackay and Brisbane.

The partnership was forged by the hard work of Tony Elvin in 2010 and has been continued by ASA Head of Rugby Peter Grayburn who wanted to give as many young lads as possible from across Hull and the East Riding the chance to play against an Australian school’s side. Peter said he wanted to “continue Tony’s hard work in setting up the partnership” and this is a great way of continuing on from Tony’s earlier work. It will certainly be a fantastic opportunity for the young lads selected from across the region to test themselves against their

The partnership principally involves the unique Archbishop Rugby Scholarship programme and those lucky enough to be selected to be a part of it have a unique opportunity to travel Down Under next year to play the return leg of this test series. Archie have to be commended for setting up such a unique event itself and if you want to find out more please email Mr Grayburn at

Everyone involved in the English side of the partnership would like to welcome the Mackay players and staff to the City of Culture for this historic event.

We hope this can be the start of a fruitful global partnership between Hull and the Mackay region in Queensland. We hope you enjoy your time in the region and here’s to two cracking games of the greatest game on earth, Rugby League.

It’s fair to say the Hull and East Riding side could be up against some NRL stars of the future and that will be a brilliant experience for them. State of Origin star Dane Gagai was born in Mackay as was Ben Barba, Brett Seymour and Josh Hoffman while Gagai’s fellow Origin representative Daly Cherry Evans played for the Mackay Cutters as did new Hull FC signing Bureta Faraimo so there is clearly a rich Rugby League heritage in the region.

The Mackay players will each be housed by ASA Scholarship students during their stay in England which is great to see and this will help to strengthen the ties of the partnership and form friendships on opposite sides of the globe. Partnerships like this can only be a good thing and hopefully this test series is just the start of things to come.

In a bid to give as many lads as possible from across the region the chance to play against the Australians a two day open trial was held and it received a magnificent response. Over 70 kids turned up to try and force their way into one of the select teams to play in the first test at Craven Park. No fewer than 17 schools are represented across the two Hull and East Riding school’s teams and that emphasises Mr Grayburn’s vision to include as many kids from as many schools as possible in the partnership.

One of the schools represented is Rise Academy who have very kindly sponsored the event. The head at the Academy Sue Yardley explained why the academy wanted to sponsor the event,

“Rise Academy is proud to sponsor the Australian School’s Rugby League Tour.  Many of our students are supporters and players of both of the rugby league teams in Hull.  Participation in sport is a great way for young people to stay motivated, keep healthy and learn how to work as a team. These are many of the qualities that Rise Academy strives to instil in our students.”.

Mr Grayburn would like to thank Rise Academy for their generosity towards this venture and would like to extend thanks to Hull KR and Bishop Burton College for allowing their facilities to be used as the two venues for the matches.

If anyone else is interested in sponsoring the event or supporting the ASA tour down under please email

Details of the matches are as follows and we would encourage as many of our readers as possible to attend and support the event.

The squads selected for the two tests are as follows and we wish each and every player the best of luck, rip it up lads!


Hull & East Riding Schools Game 1: Jack Cone, (Cottingham High) Billy South, (Winifred  Holtby), Finn O’Brien (South Holderness), Matthew Smith (Kelvin Hall), Jack Wallis (Archbishop Sentamu), Brandon Sargeson (Sirius West), Jack Cochran (Winifred Holtby), Aiden Hodgson (St Patrick’s), Charlie Cavanagh (Winifred Holtby), Tom Whur (Winifred Holtby), Connor Campbell (Andrew Marvell), Lewis Sellers (Kelvin Hall), Zack Monkman (Andrew Marvell), Asa Mellors (Rise Academy), Joe Kennedy (Sirius West), Harvey Bell (St Mary’s College), Aristedes Cunha (Sirius North), Harry Trulson (Beverley Grammar), Max Rogers (South Holderness), Tyler Holmes (Andrew Marvell)

Hull & East Riding Schools Game 2: Will Tate (St Mary’s College), James Driver (St Mary’s College), Josh Gray (Winifred Holtby), Jamie Hoggarth (The Marvell College), Jude Ferreira (Hull Collegiate), Sam Bailey (Hull Trinity), Kai Tyson (Malet Lambert), Joe Goodwin (The Marvell College), Marley Carroll (Hessle High), Will Wallis (Hull Collegiate), Morgan Cutsforth (Malet Lambert), Toby Vine (Hessle High), Joe Aitchinson (Sirius West), Liam Betts (Malet Lambert), Jay Lennon (Malet Lambert), Conner Matthews (Sirius West), Brad Fox (St Mary’s), Kai Ruiz (Winifred Holtby), Brandon Richards (Sirius North)

Hull & East Riding Schools Coaching Staff:  Team Manager – James Abbott – ArchbIshop Sentamu, Head Coach – Pete Grayburn – Archbishop Sentamu, Assistant Coach – James Finch – Rise Academy, Assistant Coach – Rachel Gay – Sirius West, Assistant Coach – James Mobbs – Hull KR Trust, Assistant Coach – Lee Hall – Hull FC Trust

Mackay State High School Squad: Jedd Abbott, Daniel Austin, Shane Badger, Lachlan Bell, Raydan Burns, Cody Carroll, Carn Connell, Thomas Dearden, Reece Del Simone, Earle Faram, Phoenix Heke, Cody Hilton, Hemi Hoffman, Jack Hoffmann, Zachary Hokins, Kyle Hussie, Jake Jones, Daniel Kelly, Connor McDermott, Matt McGowan, Lachlan Ovenden, Teokotai Packer, Harley Proctor, Rihari Ririnui, Jayden Rodwell, Mitchell Ruhle, Joshua Smith

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