The Info List - Mackay Cutters

The Mackay Cutters RLFC are a semi-professional rugby league football club founded in 2007 based in Mackay, Queensland. They, along with the Northern Pride, will be one of two expansion teams for the 2008 season of the Queensland
Cup. Their home ground will be at the Mackay & District Junior Rugby League grounds in Mackay. The Labor government also made a pre-election promise to upgrade the stadium at the JRL grounds to the tune of $8 million.[1] The Cutters act as a feeder club to the North Queensland
Cowboys, who play in the National Rugby League. The new club have no ties to the Mackay Sea Eagles, Mackay's Foley Shield representative side, which competed in the 1996 and 1997 Queensland Cup
Queensland Cup


1 Timeline

1.1 2008-2009 1.2 2010 1.3 2011 1.4 2012 1.5 2013 1.6 2014 1.7 2015

2 2012 Squad 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Timeline[edit] 2008-2009[edit] The Cutters made their debut in 2008 and finished in the bottom half of the ladder. In 2009 the Cutters came last on points difference.

2008 player of the year: Kerrod Toby Players player of the year: Daniel Flynn Most improved local player: Dean Tass Clubperson of the year: Kay Peel 2009 player of the year: Jardine Bobongie Sponsors player of the year: Jardine Bobongie Rookie of the year: Darren Griffiths Clubperson of the year: Tony Gambie

2010[edit] The Cutters missed out on the finals in 2008 and 2009 before Paul Bramley arrived on the scene to get them one game shy of the 2010 grand final. The cutters had been one of the clubs 'flying under the radar' all season. They finished the normal season at sixth place and defeated minor premiers Sunshine Coast in week one of the finals and ended up making it to week 3 of the finals when they were defeated by Norths Devils
Norths Devils
in the Preliminary final.

2010 player of the year: Liam Macdonald Sponsors' player of the year: Neil Budworth Rookie of the year: Tyson Martin Club Person of the year: Carolyn Craig

2011[edit] In 2011 it was announced Paul Bramley was announced from his contract and signed with Burleigh. The cutters signed the best possible replacement, Anthony Seibold a former Brisbane Broncos player, ESL club Crusaders assistant coach, South Wales scorpions coach and Wales assistant test coach. The Cutters finished a disappointing 11th in 2011 after an injury havok season where the squad used 43 players. The Cutters also made a major coup by signing former Warriors and Cowboys half Grant Rovelli
Grant Rovelli
who had 95 NRL games to his name. He was a star player for the QLD Residents match played in 2011.

2011 player of the year: Lewis Balcomb Sponsors player of the year: Jardine Bobongie Rookie of the year: Bureta Faraima Clubperson of the year: Tony Gambie

2012[edit] Anthony Seibold has already begun work on the 2012 season signing big name players David Milne from the Canberra Raiders, Rohan Ahern
Rohan Ahern
from the Brisbane Bronocs, Jason Schrinack from the Wests Tigers, Andrew Gay from the Wales 4 nations squad and Michael Thomas from the Raiders. They also signed former Toyota Cup players Aidan Day from the Northern Pride, Matt Minto
Matt Minto
from Easts, Dean Webster from North Sydney and Chris Gesch from Central Comets. Dean Tass and Kelvin Nielson are the players they have signed from Mackay teams (Souths and Wests). Anthony Seibold has signed 11 players and only lost 4 for 2012. Seibold wants depth in the squad for 2012. They also signed (in the mid season of 2011) talented youngster Bureta Farama who scored 21 tries in less games for Mackay club Wests after moving up from Brisbane. Farama was named Cutters rookie of the year after scoring more tries than more games played in 2011. In early 2012 foundation and most capped player Chris Giumelli decided to retire from rugby league. Notable signings 2012: David Milne (Raiders) Rohan Ahern
Rohan Ahern
(Broncos) Jason Schirnack
Jason Schirnack
(Tigers) Dylan Smith (Cowboys) Michael Thomas (Raiders) Lee Williams (English Super League) Andrew Gay (English Super League) Dean Webster (North Sydney Bears) Aidan Day (Northern Pride) Chris Gesch (Central Comets) Matt Minto
Matt Minto
(Easts Tigers) The Cutters again missed the finals and finished 8th in 2012 before Siebold moved on to Coach the Melbourne Storm's NYC team.

2012 player of the year: Grant Rovelli Sponsors player of the year: Grant Rovelli Most consistent performer: Jardine Bobongie Rookie of the year: Tyson Andrews Clubperson of the year: Kerri Proctor

2013[edit] In 2013 the Cutters hired a new Coach in Kim Williams. Some key signings were announced including Joel Clinton, but the squad remained largely unchanged from the previous season. Despite losing Clinton to injury mid-season and the death of young-gun Alex Elisala
Alex Elisala
the Cutters defied all of the critics. Under Williams' guidance they had an outstanding season, finishing 2nd on the ladder before going on to beat the Easts Tigers in an epic Grand Final 27-20 to hand Mackay their maiden ISC Premiership. Man of the Match was Anthony Mitchell. Mackay Cutters 27 (Bureta Fairamo 2, Michael Morgan, David Milne, Anthony Mitchell tries. Liam Taylor, Matt Minto, David Milne goals. Matt Minto
Matt Minto
field goal) def Easts 20. The squad in the Grand Final was 1. Liam Taylor 2. Bureta Fairamo 3. Michael Morgan 4. Kalifa Faifai Loa 5. David Milne 6. Dan Murphy 7. Matt Minto
Matt Minto
8. Tyson Andrews
Tyson Andrews
9. Anthony Mitchell 10. Sam Hoare 11. Dean Webster 12. Chris Gesch 13. Jardine Bobongie (c) 14. (Retired in memory of Alex Elisala) 15. Jason Schirnack
Jason Schirnack
16. Karl Davies 17. Jason Taumalolo 18. Kelvin Nielsen Staff: Coach - Kim Williams Assistant Coaches: Chad Buckby and Mick Baker Strength & Conditioning: Mitch Cook & Jim Wilson Manager: Tony Gambie 1st Aid: Kerri Proctor Massage Therapist: Danny Stuart 2013 Finish: Premiers (14 wins, 13 losses, 1 draw)

2013 player of the year: Tyson Andrews Sponsors player of the year: Jardine Bobongie Players player of the year: Bureta Faraimo Rookie of the year: Karl Davies Clubperson of the year: Chris Fraser

2014[edit] THE strong performances of two key players during their premiership winning season means the Mackay Cutters will farewell both Tyson Andrews and Matt Minto
Matt Minto
next year, with the duo having signed NRL contracts for the 2014 season. Minto joined the Newcastle Knights, while forward Andrews joined with 2013 grand finalists the Manly Sea Eagles. The Cutters also lost skipper Jardine Bobongie who added experience to the local league competition when he plays for Wests Tigers. The 2013 premiers gained Tyson Martin as a full-time player, with the former NQ Cowboys contracted player choosing to continue his football with the club he has spent a lot of time with thanks to the feeder arrangement. Other new faces to the squad included Dan Beasely (Norths Devils), Josh Benjamin (CQ Capras) and Rohan Ahern
Rohan Ahern
who was recruited to the Cutters in 2012 before his season was cut short during the pre-season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. Mackay Cutters: Gains: Ryan Kinleyside (Souths Mackay), Luke Vaccaneo (Souths Mackay), *Tyson Martin (NQ Cowboys), Rohan Ahern
Rohan Ahern
(injury), Dan Beasley (Norths Devils) Mitchell Day (Queanbeyan Blues), Hayden Crockett (Canberra Raiders), Josh Benjamin (CQ Capras), Doug Hewitt (Penrith Panthers NYC), Brent Warr (Easts Tigers) Losses: David Milne (retired), Tyson Andrews
Tyson Andrews
(Manly Sea Eagles), Michael Comerford (retired), Matt Minto
Matt Minto
(Newcastle Knights), Jardine Bobongie (Mackay Wests Tigers), Luke Young (Mackay Wests Tigers)

2014 Finish: 9th (11 wins, 13 losses)

2014 player of the year: Zac Santo Sponsors player of the year: Daniel Beasley Players player of the year: Daniel Beasley Rookie of the year: Mitch Day Spirit of the Cutters: Chris Gesch Clubperson of the year: Ben Miles

2015[edit] IN a major coup for the Mackay Cutters, former North Queensland Cowboys, New Zealand Warriors and Salford Reds’ forward Steve Rapira has signed with the club. It will continue a rugby league career which has included 57 games in the NRL and UK Super League. Samoan Test hooker and 2013 Warriors NYC Player of the Year Michael Sio has also signed up with the club and is looking to make his mark in the Intrust Super Cup competition and boost his chances of securing an NRL contract in the near future. They will be joined by a number of promising local signings – highlighting the pathway available to players in northern Queensland. The movement between rugby league’s premier second tier competition and the United Kingdom continues, with Karl “the Lumberjack” Davies, Chris Ulugia and Dave Petersen all joining the Bradford Bulls for season 2015. Mackay Cutters Gains: Steve Rapira (Salford), Michael Sio (NZ Warriors), Sam Clune (Thirroul Butchers), Cameron Cullen (Redcliffe Dolphins), Brad Lupi (North Sydney), Rex Johnson (Souths Logan), Joss Boyton (Muswellbrook), Jordan Pereira (Willagee Bears), Corey Cox (Dubbo CYMS), Matt Hackett (Sarina), Zack Walker (Moranbah), Buchanan Rawhiti (Moranbah), Brendan Treston (Souths Mackay), Alex Farrell (Souths Mackay), Zac Radel (Wests Mackay) Losses: Dan Beasley ( Townsville
Blackhawks), Karl Davies (Bradford), Chris Ulugia (Bradford), Dave Petersen (Bradford), Dean Webster (released), James Uhatafe (released), Zac Dalton (Mackay Wests), Michael Koko (Melbourne), Josh Benjamin (Redcliffe), Dan Murphy (Sunshine Coast), Brentt Warr (Easts Tigers), Doug Hewitt (Tweed Heads Seagulls), Ross Bella (Cowboys NYC), Jason Schirnack
Jason Schirnack
(NT) Coach: Kim Williams Home Ground: Stadium Mackay 2012 Squad[edit]

Mackay Cutters

First team squad

Coaching staff

David Milne - FB Lee Williams - WG Chad Grintell - CE Michael Thomas - CE Bureta Faraimo
Bureta Faraimo
- WG Matt Minto
Matt Minto
- FE Grant Rovelli
Grant Rovelli
- HB Rohan Ahern
Rohan Ahern
- PR Neil Budworth
Neil Budworth
- HK Lewis Balcomb - PR Jason Schirnack
Jason Schirnack
- SR Dean Webster - SR Jardine Bobongie - LK

Andrew Gay Liam Taylor Luke Fatnowna Dean Tass Michael Comerford Chris Gesch Aidan Day Luke Young Andrew Ward Zac Dalton Kelvin Nielson Kailem Perkins Ross Turi

Damon Koolstra Grant Moore Dylan Smith Tyson Andrews
Tyson Andrews
Logan Sullivan Jack Clark


(c) Captain(s) (vc) Vice captain(s)

See also[edit]

Rugby league
Rugby league
portal Queensland

National Rugby League
National Rugby League
reserves affiliations


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External links[edit]

Official Mackay Cutters Site

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Blackhawks Tweed Heads Seagulls Wynnum Manly Seagulls

Previous Clubs

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Home ground

1300SMILES Stadium North Queensland
Stadium (2020-)





Important Figures

Johnathan Thurston Matt Scott Matt Bowen


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Seasons (22)

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Other competitions

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