Year: 2015

2016 ISC Preseason Squad Announced

The Absolute Enterprises Mackay Cutters Head Coach David Simpson has today named his 2016 Intrust Super Cup Preseason Squad. Preseason training begins Monday, November 9th at Stadium Mackay. Please note that this squad is not finalised so stay tuned for further updates.

Full squad details below…


Vale Greg Sutherland

It is with great sadness that the Absolute Enterprises Mackay Cutters reflect on the passing of Greg Sutherland.

The name of Greg Sutherland is synonymous with the game of Rugby League in Mackay. He was at the absolute forefront of the successful application for the Mackay Cutters to enter the Intrust Super Cup and served as the Club’s inaugural Chairman.

Through his employment at Skills Training Mackay he has been a major sponsor of the Cutters since their inception and served as Naming Rights Sponsor for the first six years of the Clubs participation in the Intrust Super Cup including the 2013 Intrust Super Cup premiership. The Skills Training Mackay link was deeper again as many past and present players found employment with and through his association with the company.

He was also instrumental in the building of Stadium Mackay which serves as the Mackay Cutters home ground and the field carries his name in honour of the work and commitment Greg displayed in achieving this wonderful accomplishment for the Mackay community.

Greg served as Chairman of the Mackay & District Rugby League from 1996 – 2008 and continued his involvement in the game locally as President of the Norths Devils RLFC. He was a former Chairman of the Northern Division of the Queensland Rugby League and also served as a Director of the Queensland Rugby League. During his lifetime Greg was awarded Life Membership from both the Mackay & District Rugby League and the Northern Division of the QRL.

He was a strong supporter of indigenous rugby league and was an advocate of the women’s game and attended the Mackay Cutters Girls Academy trials as recently as Saturday morning.

Greg had a genuine love for the game and improving it in any way he could. Even with his health issues over the past few years he could be seen at the Cutters home games supporting the team from the Skills Training Mackay box at Stadium Mackay.

He will be missed greatly and our deepest condolences go out to the Sutherland family and the entire rugby league community.

Mal Meninga Squad Announced

Selections for the 2016 Mackay Cutters Mal Meninga Cup squad have now been completed.
Congratulations to the players listed below who have been selected to represent Mackay in the state competition.

Tom Edwards (Wests)
Connor Hunt (Magpies)
Jayden VeaVea (Souths)
Connor Geisler (Magpies)
Thomas Williams (Brothers)
Jacob Schill (Souths)
Joshua Morton (Brothers)
Luke Schulte (Sarina)
Jackson Brooks (Whitsunday)
Justin Beazley (Brothers)
Thomas Quinn (Brothers)
Thomas Gaviglio (Brothers)
Blake Faull (Whitsunday)
Corey Lund (Moranbah)
Hayden Wakefield (Wests)
Tom Wright
Corey Rees (Capras)
Jackson Stevens
Ryan Schill (Souths)
Jaewon Yasserie (Souths)
Damon Carter (Wests)
Jye Anderson (Sarina)
Hayden Pace (Magpies)
Brendan White (Souths)
Isaiah Tass (Norths)
Reece Thornton (Wests)
Liam Meng (Brothers)
Matt DiPrima (Whitsunday)
Kai O’Donnell (Whitsunday)
Connor McKenzie (Norths)
Anthony Draper (Wests)
Cobey Zarb (Wests)
Ryan Molloy (Souths)
John Mulherin (Brothers)
Joshua Curti (Souths)

Head Coach: Jon Byrnes
Assistant Coach: Craig Monahan
Manager: Andrew Gercken
FAO: Kevin Bathe

Administration Officer & Facilities Manager Wanted

Mackay Cutters are seeking to employ an Administration Officer and a Facilities Manager to be based at Stadium Mackay.

Administration Officer

The position objective is to perform clerical & administrative duties in support of directors, management and other offices associated with Casey Avenue Stadium Ltd. Including progressive marketing of the facility and events, manage website and social media applications.

The successful applicant must be able to develop sound knowledge and understanding of rugby league and sporting event procedures.

The applicant must have the following personal attributes:

  • Confident and self motivated
  • Proactive and dynamic approach
  • Cheerful and dynamic disposition
  • A commitment to treat all colleagues and clients with equal respect
  • Willing to be flexible and undertake different duties as required

To apply please submit a cover letter and your resume to Closing date for applications is 16:00 on 30/9/2015. All applications received after this date will be recorded as expression of interests.


Facilities Manager

The position objective is to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of Stadium Mackay, general maintenance and presentation of the property, buildings, infrastructure and grounds.

The successful applicant must be able to:

  • Develop sound knowledge and understanding of rugby league and sporting event procedures.
  • Ability to read and understand technical site/building drawings
  • Ability to analyse problems and determine an appropriate course of action

The applicant must have the following personal attributes:

  • Confident and self motivated
  • Proactive and dynamic approach
  • Cheerful and dynamic disposition
  • A commitment to treat all colleagues and clients with equal respect
  • Willing to be flexible and undertake different duties as required

To apply please submit a cover letter and your resume to Closing date for applications is 16:00 on 30/9/2015. All applications received after this date will be recorded as expression of interests.

Cyril Connell Squad Named

Selections for the 2016 Mackay Cutters Cyril Connell Cup squad have now been completed.
Congratulations to the players listed below who have been selected to represent Mackay in the state competition.

The squad will be travelling to Rockhampton on Saturday September 19 for a trial against the CQ Capras Cyril Connell Squad.
Mackay State High School players are excused from this trial.
All squad members are to attend a short training session on Saturday September 12 from 9am – 10.30am at the Mackay Junior Rugby League Grounds.

If you are unable to attend, please phone Paul Hudson on 0450 737 130

2016 Mackay Cutters Under 16 Cyril Connell Cup Squad
Aiden Beard – Brothers
Anthony Taylor – Proserpine
Ben Cornish – Proserpine
Caleb Hall – Norths
Caleb Sinn – Wanderers
Cameron Dobie – Souths
Cooper Zulkarnian – Magpies
Edwin Foster – Magpies
Ethan Walsh – Wanderers
Garrett Smith – Norths
Hayden Brownsey – Magpies
Hayden Swain – Souths
Henry Head – Sarina
Jack Anderson – Norths
Jack Johnson – Wanderers
Jake Harrison – Proserpine
Jake Jones – Wanderers
James Lister – Norths
Jesse Kearton – Souths
Joel Bower – Wests
Korban Lawson – Norths
Lachlan Bell – Wests
Mason Thorpe – Magpies
Michael Bell – Moranbah
Michael Hazard – Magpies
Nick Williams – Wanderers
Phoenix Heke – Magpies
Rhett Wood – Moranbah
Sam Morrison – Wests
Shaun Dalton – Brothers
Shaun Smith – Wests
Tom Deardon – Brothers
Tom Irelands – Norths
Tom Wilson – Wanderers
Tyler Haynes – Magpies

Head Coach – Scott Thorburn
Assistant Coach – Shane Mau
Manager – Paul Hudson
First Aid Officer – Sharon Barnard


2016 Cutters Academy Squad Announced

Selections for the Mackay Cutters’ Academy Program for ages 13-15 have now been completed. Congratulations to the players listed below who have been chosen to participate in this pathway for local players. This is a great achievement and a reward for your excellent performances in season 2015.

An induction day will be held on Saturday, September 12 at the Mackay Junior Rugby League Grounds from 10.30am-12.00pm. All academy members are to attend (no training will be held on this day) with a sausage sizzle lunch included.

If you are unable to attend please contact Scott via email:

2016 Absolute Enterprises Mackay Cutters Academy Squad (full):
Arthur Miller-Stephen, Bailey Wessler, Ben Dando, Bevan Rickard, Blake Kynaston, Brady Whitestyles, Brodie Little, Brynn Du Rand, Callum Stevens, Callum Street, Cameron Levitz, Carn Connell, Cameron Levitz, Clancy Bowen, Cody Carroll, Cody Nielson, Cody Smith, Coen Wilson, Connor Mckinlay, Cooper Dunn, Cooper Winks, Dan Austin, Daniel Kelly, Dawson Harch, Deacon Sinnott, Declan Laird, Dominic Mifsud, Earle Faram, Ethan Coco, Ethan Roberts, Ethan Sweet, Fletcher Clarke, Henri Stocks, Henry Vella, Hugh Lanser, Ilami Buli, Jack Hoffmann, Jack Patroni, Jackson Westecott, Jacob Scott, Jake Kearton, James Bassett, James Nugent, Jamie Galea, Jarez Bickey, Jarred Vella. Jaxn Sign, Jayden Suner, Jaziah Davis, Jessie Parker, Jett Hinchliffe, Jonty Russell, Josh Dearden, Josh Kenny, Josh Smith, Kahlani Mooney, Kai Jackson, Keenan Flynn, Kyle Hussie, Luke Goode, Luke Webley, Mason Clifford, Matt Mcgowan, Noah Cookson, Paul Bryan, Quinn Anderson, Rayden Burns, Reece Neil, Reville Macphee, Riley Scanlon, Ronin Hassall, Ryan Morris, Ryan Whalen, Samuel Jeffcoat, Seth Mcgilvray, Shameus Edwards, Stephen Mackenzie, Tait Poli, Tate Brodel, Taylor Schofield, Teokotai Packer, Tygah Wilson, Toby Thorburn, Tom James, Tyler North, Vincent Gauci, William Bella, William Gunning, Zac Starr.

Academy Staff:
Coaching coordinator: Scott Thorburn
Head coaches: Jason Lester, John Mulherin, Steve Dearden
Assistants & Trainers: Brett Mulherin, Kerry Polglase, Nathan Doyle, Duane Morris, Morne Du Rand, Gavin Vella





Country Week 2015

Courtesy QRL Media

The QRL’s Get in the Game Country Week round will take place in Round 23 (August 15-16).

This year the round will support the Royal Flying Doctor Service with a percentage of the gate takings going to support this organisation.

Stay tuned to this page for more information about Country Week 2015:

QRL announce 2015 Country Week venues

Queensland Rugby League has confirmed the Country Week locations for Round 23 of the Intrust Super Cup.

Now a permanent fixture on the QRL calendar thanks to the support of the Queensland Government, ‘Get in the Game’ Country Week provides a unique opportunity for our teams to engage with local rugby league clubs and regional communities.

This year’s matches will be held in Dalby, Blackall, Bundaberg, Charters Towers, Innisfail and Stanthorpe on the weekend of August 15-16.

Minister for Sport and Racing, Bill Byrne, encouraged regional fans to embrace the occasion.

“The Queensland Government has committed $100,000 over two years for Country Week, which forms part of the Get in the Game initiative aimed to support grassroots sport and recreation,” Minister Byrne said.

“Regional Queensland is the heartland of rugby league and promoting opportunities for our regions to showcase their communities to the rest of the State is so important.

“Events such as Country Week also encourages our kids to get active, while also having fun.”

Get in the Game involves four funding programs that provide clubs with better resources, equipment and facilities as well as giving children who might not otherwise be able to afford it, the opportunity to play sport.

Further details, including kick off times and an outline of community activities in each area, will be announced by Minister Byrne and the QRL in coming weeks.

‘Get in the Game’ Country Week 2015:

Saturday, Aug 15: Townsville Blackhawks v Ipswich Jets – Charters Towers at 5pm
Saturday, Aug 15: CQ Capras v Tweed Heads Seagulls – Bundaberg at 6.30pm
Saturday, Aug 15: Norths Devils v Mackay Cutters – Dalby at 7pm
Saturday, Aug 15: Easts Tigers v Souths Logan Magpies – Blackall at 7pm
Sunday, Aug 16: Redcliffe Dolphins v Northern Pride – Innisfail at 2pm
*Sunday, Aug 16: Sunshine Coast Falcons v Burleigh Bears – Stanthorpe 1.40pm
Sunday, Aug 16: PNG Hunters: Wynnum Manly Seagulls, Port Moresby, PNG at 2.30pm

* Live coverage on Channel 9/NBN/Win from 1.30pm

Cutters deliver biggest winning margin in the clubs’ history

Courtesy Daily Mercury

RUGBY LEAGUE: Mackay Cutters not only won on Saturday night – they delivered the biggest winning margin in the clubs’ eight-year history.

Their 46-4 annihilation of the Burleigh Bears trumped their previous 36-point victory over the Sunshine Coast Falcons earlier this year.

Coach Kim Williams said his teams’ scoring started after five minutes, and stayed at a constant rhythm throughout.

“We don’t normally start well, but we started this one very well,” Williams said. “We had a couple of really good team tries in the first half.

“They all followed the game plan and built a lot of pressure.”

Josh Chudleigh was named Man of the Match and scored two tries, and Branden Uele scored on debut.

The Cutters’ defensive effort was just as relentless, but one tackle resulted in Buchanan Rawhiti leaving the field with a dislocated ankle.

“When you keep the opposition to just the one try, that’s pretty pleasing,” Williams said.

“But we did have a few injuries. There were no breaks, but Buchanan will probably be out the next couple of weeks.”

It was an important game to win, securing the Cutters a position in the top six.

“We’re sitting at sixth, so otherwise we would have been back in the chasing pack,” Williams said.

The team travels to Redcliffe next week, where they look to shutting down their forwards and building on the winning streak.

“I didn’t realise until (yesterday) morning it was our biggest win,” Williams said.

“We’ve won by 36 points twice before, one of them was earlier this year, we beat Sunny Coast 50-14.”

Try scorers

Ben Jones, Josh Chudleigh (two), Brendan Trestan, Jordan Pereira, Chris Gesch, Tyson Martin and Branden Uele

Liam Taylor converted the tries

Cutters Announce Head Coach

8 July 2015

The Absolute Enterprises Mackay Cutters are pleased to announce that David Simpson has accepted the role of Head Coach for Intrust Super Cup seasons 2016 and 2017.

The current Assistant Coach is excited about the opportunity that lies ahead while maintaining focus on the 2015 season where the Cutters currently sit in sixth position on the Intrust Super Cup ladder.

“I’m very much looking forward to all aspects that this role entails, not only the coaching, but the developing of young men both on and off the paddock.  If I can develop them as good young men, rugby league will be the easy part.”  Simpson said.

He added “My first goal however is to assist Kim in making sure this squad maintains its focus and direction and makes the best of the 2015 opportunity.  With the adversity they’ve faced this year – we want to make our opportunity this year the best it can be.

Simpson was raised in northern Brisbane and was an Australian Schoolboys representative before playing in the Brisbane Broncos system from 1988 – 1992.  He was also a member of the Redcliffe Dolphins coaching staff before moving to Mackay with his wife Megan to pursue an opportunity with local MDRL club Souths as Head Coach.  After a successful stint at Souths that included two A-Grade premierships Simpson took on the role of Assistant Coach with the Cutters in 2015.

Executive Officer Ross Aldridge praised the appointment.

“The appointment of David allows our Club to showcase the fact that we are who we say we are.  We promote ourselves as a pathway club, which extends beyond the playing group to both coaching staff and administration alike.  David has been a very successful Head Coach at a local Mackay level with Souths, he is the current Assistant Coach with the Cutters, and he now has an opportunity with an Intrust Super Cup club as Head Coach.“  Aldridge said.

The Cutters have a bye this weekend but return to action at Stadium Mackay on Saturday, July 18 when they host the Burliegh Bears in Round 19 of the Intrust Super Cup.

Williams Capras Bound

Absolute Enterprises Mackay Cutters Head Coach Kim Williams has today announced that he will be leaving the Club at the end of the 2015 Intrust Super Cup season.

Williams, who has been with the Cutters since October 2012 will be heading to Rockhampton at the end of this season to take up the position of Head Coach of the CQ Capras.  After three full seasons in charge, which has included the 2013 Intrust Super Cup Premiership in his maiden season with the Club, Coach Williams has decided it’s time to move on.

“After three fantastic seasons at the Cutters it is time to move on and face some new challenges. I am looking forward to the prospect of working with a young squad at the Capras and helping them improve over the next two seasons. I am even more motivated now to finish on a winning note in season 2015 with the Cutters before heading to Rockhampton to start the next chapter of my coaching career.”

Executive Officer Ross Aldridge has praised Williams’ contribution to the Club.

“In his two and a half years as Head Coach of the Absolute Enterprises Mackay Cutters Kim has set the standard in terms of his professionalism and commitment to the role.  It’s not only what Kim has brought to the role in terms of a rugby league coaching skill set, which I believe is in the top echelon of the Intrust Super Cup, but what has been even more impressive is what Kim has brought in terms of the overall development of the young men involved in the Club during his tenure.  We are undoubtedly sad to see Kim go, yet at the same time are thankful for what he has done for this Club in what will be his three years in Mackay.”

Aldridge has also confirmed that the process of finding a replacement for Williams is already underway.