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REAL NRL SEASON REVIEW: Future looks bright for Butcher Boys



  • Coach: Adam Bettridge
  • 2023 finish: 9th
  • Wins: 5
  • Losses: 9
  • Draws: 2
Representative fullback Cameron Anderson tried hard during the club’s tough season. Photo: Rod Thompson

Summary: What can you say about Central Newcastle? Following a stellar 2022 and a berth in the play-offs, the Butcher Boys were expected to be among the frontrunners again in the Denton Engineering Cup. However, the wheels fell off, much to everyone’s surprise. Plus, the loss of about nine regular first-graders didn’t help their cause either.

Central Newcastle playmaker Steven Dengate enjoyed the step up to first grade in 2023. Photo: Rod Thompson

Even with the extremely talented Cameron Anderson leading the team at fullback, Central Newcastle never moved out of second gear. And, their placing on the ladder did not match the cattle on the paddock under coach Phil Williams. Despite that, the Butcher Boys still knocked over eventual semi-finalists The Entrance twice (8-4 and 24-18) and drew with Cessnock (26-all). So, there was definitely something there among the playing group. With representative mentor Adam Bettridge taking over the reins, expect to see a better showing from Central Newcastle in 2024.

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