Macarthur men shine at major Indigenous rugby league tournament

Can you imagine lining up on a football field against rugby league star Greg Inglis?

One Macarthur player has gone one step better – he scored a try against the South Sydney Rabbitohs captain.

Macquarie Fields resident Jamin Williams lined up for the Combined Countries team at the NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Tournament in Dubbo earlier this month.

Combined Countries incorporated the best Indigenous players from across south-west Sydney, including Macarthur.

Combined Countries faced Inglis’s Wall Street Warriors on the opening day of the tournament.

Ronald Jones, who was Combined Countries’ playing-coach, said Williams scored an electric try during his team’s 22-6 win over the Warriors.

“Jamin turned Greg Inglis inside out to score a great try down the touch line,” Jones said.

“It was a great try and provided a boost to our team.”

Former Minto junior Jones said he was honoured to line up against Inglis.

“Our boys were in awe of Greg,” Jones said.

“It was an honour to play against him and there was a huge crowd to watch that game.”

Combined Countries reached the semi-finals phase with three wins before being knocked out by eventual winner Newcastle All Blacks.

Jones said he was impressed with his side’s effort at the tournament.

“Our biggest strength was our defence,” he said.

Jones said Macarthur was strongly represented in the Combined Countries team.

“About 80 per cent of the team came from Macarthur,” he said.

“The whole team gelled well together and our group has played together for about five years.”

The Combined Countries under-17s side also competed at the knockout tournament.

The side finished with one win and one loss to miss out on the semi-finals.

Jones said the under-17s team featured plenty of young Macarthur talent.

“A lot of the boys came from Campbelltown,” he said.

Combined Countries are seeking sponsorship help ahead of next year’s NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Tournament.

For more details, call Ronald Jones on 0418 850 728.