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REAL NRL: It’s shaping up to be a very big season


Newcastle Rugby League (Real NRL) will welcome a new general manager and first grade team to the fold in 2023.

But, there’s still a familiar element among the ranks.

The Denton Engineering Group has extended its commitment to officials as the naming rights holder for the senior competition for another two seasons, until the end of 2024.

This year, the Real NRL moves into an 11-team format, following the addition of Port Stephens outfit Northern Hawks to join the likes of premiers Maitland Pickers, Central Newcastle Butcher Boys, Cessnock Goannas, Kurri Kurri Bulldogs, Lakes United Seagulls, Macquarie Scorpions, South Newcastle Lions, The Entrance Tigers, Western Suburbs Rosellas and Wyong Roos in the main draw.

“It’s shaping up to be a very big season for us,” Newcastle Rugby League GM Adam Devcich said.

“So, we are really excited to be partnering with the Denton Engineering Group again.

“They are a great local, family company, supporting terrific local footy.

“The Denton Engineering weekly podcast, with Peter Jolly, will also be a fantastic way for supporters to stay engaged with our competition during the week.”

Other initiatives include a “live” audio call on Facebook of one match each week, as well as a round-up from different club training sessions with player and coach interviews.

An engineering firm based at Thornton, owned by the husband and wife team of Ian and Michelle Denton, the company first linked up with Newcastle Rugby League in 2018.

They then secured the first grade naming rights in 2021.

“We’re extremely happy to be a part of another two years of the Real NRL and the continuation of the Denton Engineering Cup,” principal Ian Denton said.

“Good luck to everyone this season.”

Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League

Denton Engineering Cup round one

Saturday 24 March

  • Cessnock Goannas v South Newcastle Lions (Baddeley Park)
  • Kurri Kurri Bulldogs v Maitland Pickers (Kurri Kurri Sportsground)
  • Wyong Roos v Macquarie Scorpions (Morry Breen Oval)

Sunday 25 March

  • Central Newcastle Butcher Boys v The Entrance Tigers (St John Oval)
  • Northern Hawks v Western Suburbs Rosellas (Tomaree Sportsground)
  • Bye: Lakes United Seagulls

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