Rugby League

In Partnership with the Melbourne Storm the Academy aims to foster and grow the Rugby League talent, knowledge and skills of the students at Manor Lakes P-12 College. The newly agreed partnership means students in the Rugby League Academy will have access to elite level coaching, female specific training sessions run by NRL Victoria coaches and opportunities for students to engage in aspirational career talks from development officers and high profile players. 


The academy provides students with the opportunity to compete in NRL game development competitions including as a minimum: 


·       U12’s Billy Slater Shield

·       U14’s Cameron Smith Shield

·       U16’s Cameron Munster Shield

·       U18’s NRL schoolboy trophy

·       Melbourne Storm cup

·       Additional female academy galas

·       U16’s Harmony Cup


Students in the Rugby League Academy will be provided with the opportunity to complete a minimum of one of the following qualifications:

·       Modified Games Coaching

·       Foundation one referees course

·       CPR Course

·       Level one sports trainers course

·       League safe certification 


Rugby League coaching staff:


Joe Diamond is our Rugby League coaching director. He is a well experienced player and coach who is currently in charge of the Werribee Bears under 15’s team. Joe has spent many years being involved in the sport from grass roots through to the professional level.  Joe is passionate about developing young men and women to become well-rounded members of the wider Rugby League community.


Bonnie-Rae Duncan is our pathway manager. She has been involved in Rugby League stemming back to her childhood in country New South Whales. Her passion for the sport has now led her into her 10th year of being a sports trainer and team manager across a number of NRL Victoria clubs. She is now an active committee member at the Sunshine Cowboys.    


  Current Rugby League academy times:

Monday 3:10pm- 4:10pm

Wednesday 7:25am-8:25am

Friday 3:10pm- 4:10pm


For further information or questions about the Rugby League Academy please contact Joe Diamond or Bonnie-Rae Duncan at the College.