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Hunter Sports High School

Hunter Sports High School

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Rugby League


Coaching Staff:

Tony Gleeson: Head Coach & Coordinator

  • Head Coach NSW Knights Cup
  • High Performance Coach


Matt Lantry

  • Head Coach Maitland Rugby League


Craig Martine

  • HSHS Teacher
  • Senior Club Coach


Adam Trypas: Head of Strength & Conditioning


Rebecca Young: Girls Coach

  • Level 1 Club Coach
  • CRL Newcastle/North Newcastle Coach
  • Australian Jillaroos, Prime Minister's 13 and NSW State of Origin Player
  • Indigenous Allstars Captain 


Matt Kennedy: Girls Coordinator

  • HSHS PDHPE Teacher
  • 42 games with Newcastle Knights 

Outstanding Achievements:

  • Buckley Shield Champions 2001 & 2005; Runners Up 2004, 2007, 2009-2011 & 2016; Semi Finalists 2006 & 2015
  • University Shield Champions 2006; Runners Up 2001 & 2007; Semi Finalists 2000, 2008 & 2016
  • U13s State Knockout Finalists 2014
  • U14s State Cup Champions 2012
  • U15s State Knockout Champions 2006-2008; Finalists in 2015
  • U16s State Knockout Champions 2000; Finalists 2014 & 2015
  • Buettner Shield Champions 2010; Semi Finalists in 2016
  • GIO Schoolboys Cup Semi Finalists in 2016
  • 58 State Representatives to date
  • 18 Australian Schoolboys Representatives to date
  • 19 First Grade NRL Players to date


Kade Snowden - Newcastle Knights NRL Player

"Participating in the Rugby League Sports Academy provided me with great opportunities to improve my skills and compete at a regional, state and national level whilst completing my HSC. The coaches and staff were fully supportive and encouraged my development over a six-year period."

How do I apply?

To be part of this academy prospective students need to apply online on this website. Students must participate in regular football competitions, undertake a trial, and provide supporting documentation as detailed in the online application form. Note that students may be in any year, and acceptance and ongoing placement in the academy is based on continued academic effort, acceptable attendance levels and an excellent behaviour record.

Students are supported by a school environment which caters for the academic and welfare needs of the talented athlete, allowing them to gain a quality education whilst still pursuing their sporting dreams.