HKRL WELCOMES JASON FAIRLEIGH WITH NEW COACHING APPOINTMENT
Hong Kong Rugby League is pleased to announce our representative coach who will take charge of the Hong Kong Thunder in 2015. Jason Fairleigh has a wealth of playing and coaching experience mixed with a sincere love for the game. Jason comes from the Central Coast of NSW in Australia and from a Rugby League family with three older brothers who also played the game.
Jason has been in Hong Kong for over a decade and in the absence of Rugby League has been playing Rugby Union with the Typhoons club. Jason is excited to be taking a leading role in the future development of Rugby League in Hong Kong. He will also be supporting the HKRL Schools program drawing on his coaching and teaching experience. HKRL Chairman James Hall is enthusiastic about the appointment.
“We are delighted to have Jason on board as the Head Coach of HKRL. He comes from a strong Rugby League background and has a wealth of experience to bring. As well as getting the Thunder team in shape for their Inaugural fixture later this year Jason will help prepare the teams who are entering this year’s HKRL 9s competition on 25 April.”
The HKRL will be hosting a special Open Day on the 25th of April which will showcase many forms of the game such as touch, tag and 9s. More details of this launch event will soon be announced.
GET TO KNOW OUR THUNDER COACH: JASON TREVOR FAIRLEIGH
“Born on the Central Coast in New South Wales, Australia, I began playing mini rugby league at the age of 5 for Ourimbah Wyoming Magpies. With 3 older brothers who also played, it was no surprise to my parents that I would!
I continued to play through primary and high school and on weekends, representing the Central Coast in rep games throughout my teens.
At the age of 17, I began to play First Grade Rugby League for Ourimbah Wyoming Magpies as 5/8 in which I played over 8 years of first grade. The opportunity to trial for a few Sydney based teams was lost due to 2 significant knee injuries, both requiring surgery and forced early retirement.
This opened the door into coaching junior teams at my local club and progressed onto coaching U17’s and U18’s levels with my greatest achievements including winning Premiership titles.
In 2005, I moved to Hong Kong, which I began playing for The Typhoons, after realising rugby league was not available. Now that rugby league is here in Hong Kong I can see huge potential for our sport.”
This is a glorious day, finally the poison is out! Now we are NRL owned and can face down the AFL owned Suns.
I'm delighted! The broom has arrived! Decisive national intervention that Gough Whitlam would be proud of!
So let's look at it this way...
The financial state of the club was doomed. So the NRL take over was coming and came sooner than I expected.
Fortunately this drug bull**** happened BEFORE not AFTER our rescue by the white knights at the NRL.
Food for thought.
No relocation. No rebrand. No Searle. No phantom consortium.
We get NRL ownership. Absolute, ironclad certainty. We keep Kelly, who is a hero in my books. We keep Frizelle who is a quality chairperson. We keep Graham. The shackles are off the thousands of people who had legitimate grips against Searle
It's a pity the club had to absolutely hit the rocks financially for this to happen. And the NRL had to swoop in.
University teams, if established can provide a steady source of players for external senior teams. Easier than working with schools, where the investment needs to be widespread and across years to produce results.
University is one area we haven't given a lot of thought to, yet.
Good luck to you all the best, I think touch rugby league in schools would be the way to introduce locals to the sport
We have already had some great interest from schools here and there are a lot of Rugby League lovers who are teachers, myself included. Stay tuned.
Having been at the founding of similar initiatives I hae a few bits of advice that you are welcome to ignore.
Be bold, you have nothing to lose.
The exceptions here are be careful, not vain with finances, and keep your word.
Thank you, wise advice. We have some quality people involved and we are taking a very methodical approach. Many have a lot of experience in Rugby League.
We think we have plenty of natural advantages in Hong Kong.
Rugby League’s continued push into Asia took a significant step forward this week with the formation of the Hong Kong Rugby League.
Joining the likes of Thailand, Japan and the Philippines, the Hong KongRugby League has been established to promote the growth and interest in all forms of the code in Hong Kong.
At the inaugural Annual General Meeting held on Saturday the 6th of December 2014 the first Hong Kong Rugby League board was established.
The inaugural Hong Kong Rugby League board consists of:
Chairman: James Hall
Secretary: Ray Meli
Treasurer: Ian Molyneux
Board Member: Brad Newman
Board Member: Jason Fairleigh
Board Member: Jack Muir
Board Member: Malcolm Pratt
Board Member: Daniel Mascord
In early 2015 the HKRL board will work hard to establish Rugby League by organising a wide ranging fixture list which will include international matches with the Hong Kong Thunder as well as local representative, domestic, junior, school and touch football.
"We are very excited as a group about giving Rugby League a presence here in Hong Kong. We have put together a board of talented and most importantly enthusiastic people who can push the sport forward in Hong Kong." said inaugural HKRL Chairman James Hall.
"Our hopes for the future are high with regards to getting both adults and juniors playing Rugby League in and for this exciting country. Looking further down the road we can see Hong Kong, with it's geographical positioning, being a venue of great interest to the global Rugby League community."
"If you have any interest in playing, supporting or volunteering then please get in touch as we have some exciting plans in place for 2015."
The Hong Kong Rugby League is honoured to be the custodians of the great game in Hong Kong and will use their passion and experience to take Rugby League to great heights in Hong Kong and internationally, especially with our Asian neighbours.
Further announcements about the Hong Kong Rugby League will be made in the coming weeks.