Year: 2016

Westfund First to Kick Off Change the Game

THE MACKAY CUTTERS today announce they have the first official partner for their new Change the Game community partnership.  Westfund will become a ‘defender ‘ of the mental health and suicide awareness initiative.

In October the Mackay Cutters announced their new principal sponsor as QCCS who would share its sponsorship with the Mackay Regional Suicide Prevention Network in a campaign called Change the Game.

The Cutters are calling on the Mackay community to get behind them in raising the awareness about the issue of mental health and suicide prevention, an issue that has touched the club first hand both on and off the field.  The team will wear the MRSPN logo across their hearts next season in a first for rugby league in Australia.

Westfund regional manager Corrina Cotter was pleased to be kicking off Change the Game and was excited about extending their sponsorship with the Mackay Cutters in 2017.

“Westfund Health Insurance is pleased to announce the renewal of our sponsorship of the Mackay Cutters and our involvement in the ‘Change the Game’ programme. We look forward to building on an already successful relationship as well as to bolster community awareness around health issues that affect people in our regional areas,” Ms Cotter said.

“As a community we need to support people, encourage them to seek help though the most difficult times and to start talking about mental health openly. We see this partnership as a perfect fit to our organisation.”

Mackay Cutters CEO Troy Rovelli says he has been overwhelmed with the support people have shown towards Change the Game and welcomes both businesses and the local community alike to make a contribution no matter how big or small.

“We are delighted to have the Westfund team on board with Change the Game.  We need the rest of the Mackay community to now come together and really put their money where their heart is and help our club raise $30,000 so we can help continue to raise awareness about the issue of mental health and suicide prevention both on and off the field during 2017,” Mr Rovelli said.

“All you have to do to show your support is make a financial contribution to Change the Game.  Everyone who contributes $20 and over will be rewarded with tickets to the Cutters first home game of the season as part of the Intrust Super Cup and more importantly  the  knowledge that they are doing something positive about suicide prevention in our region.

“We have many incentives for larger business contributions also.  Now everyone can be a part of the Mackay Cutters family.”

QCCS Mackay Cutters will kick off their season in March 2017.  For more information about the Change the Game initiative or to make a contribution go to or visit the Change the Game Facebook page (


Hynes a Perfect Fit for QCCS Mackay Cutters

The QCCS Mackay Cutters are pleased to announce the signing of Nicho Hynes for the 2017 season.

Hynes comes to the Cutters from the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles NYC team and also featured in Manly’s U20 grand final side in 2015.

Coach Steve Sheppard says “It is a fantastic boost for the Club to sign someone of Nicho’s calibre. I’ve had a keen eye on Nicho for quite some time and thrilled to have him as part of our team. He’s a bigger 5/8 but possesses a great all-round skill set.  Nicho also came highly recommended by former Mackay Cutters Coach, Anthony Seibold”

Executive Officer Troy Rovelli also commented “From all reports Nicho is not only a good footballer but he is a fantastic person and we couldn’t be happier.”

Nicho arrives in Mackay tomorrow and will start part time employment with the NRL in the near future.

For further info contact Troy Rovelli at  or  0406 381 391

Cutters Sign Lona Kaifoto for 2017

The QCCS Mackay Cutters are pleased to announce the signing of Lona Kaifoto for the 2017 season.

Lona comes to the Mackay Cutters from the Townsville Blackhawks. Lona hails from Bowen and played half a season with the Whitsunday Brahmans in 2013.  He also has represented the NQ Marlins and Queensland Rangers in 2015

Coach Steve Sheppard said “I’ve coached Lona in the past and know what he brings. Lona is an extremely tough footballer who possesses exceptional leadership skills.  It’s attributes like this that I believe are essential to the success of the Mackay Cutters and we are extremely lucky to have him on board.”

Executive Officer Troy Rovelli also commented “I tried to get Lona to Mackay a few years back when I worked with him in the NQ Marlins. I’m wrapped the coach Sheppard has finally got his signature.”

Lona is a qualified plumber and has already started work with local Plumbing business Mark Maunder Plumbing.

For further information contact Troy Rovelli at  or 0406 381 391

Annual General Meeting

We are pleased to advise our Annual General Meeting has been set down for 21 November, 2016 at 4pm.  The AGM will be held at BB Print Stadium, 2 Casey Avenue, Mackay.  All are welcome to join.



THE MACKAY CUTTERS have today announced the new principal sponsor of their Cutters Academy as MRC Australia.


The principal sponsorship deal will begin in 2017 and will also see the MRC team as major sponsors of the Cutters Mal Meninga, U18 and U20 rugby league teams.


MRC Australia, another locally owned and operated business to join the Cutters team, is one of Australia’s leading radiator and oil cooling specialists.  Managing Director Scott Thorburn said his company prides itself on giving back to the local community.


“With over 180 boys and girls participating in this year’s MRC Australia Cutters Academy program, our new partnership will ensure a development pathway for our stars of the future,” he said.


“This is a great opportunity to assist the Cutters moving forward and to help develop the abundance of young talent that we have in this region.”


Mackay Cutters CEO Troy Rovelli said it is extremely pleasing that another locally owned business has put their hand up to join the Cutters exclusive and loyal group of sponsors.


“Scott and the MRC Australia team have been supporters of the Cutters and various other local sporting teams in the Mackay region for a number of years.


“We are all excited that MRC Australia has joined our team and will share in our vision of providing junior development pathways for the Mackay rugby league community.”

2017 Junior Representative Teams Announced

The Mackay Cutters are excited to announce the Junior Representative squads for the 2017 Season. The format of the QRL Junior reps has been revamped for the 2017 season with the introduction of the U20s age group, the U16’s age group formally known as the Cyril Connell cup has been removed from the state wide program. The new program will consist of an U18’s Mal Meninga Cup and QRL U20s teams from the Mackay Cutters with the competition length and structure remaining the same.  The change in age brackets is based on a whole of game approach driven by the NRL to prepare for the disbanding of the current NYC format in 2018, in favour of a state wide based junior competition. This will create a clear pathway for local talent to progress through the rugby league ranks without the need to move away from familiar surroundings and support systems.

The Following players and Coaches have been selected to represent the Mackay Cutters in the revamped state wide competition.  The players will be required to attend a meet and greet with the remaining ISC players on the 12/11/2016 at 11am BB Print Stadium.

QRL U20s Mackay Cutters

Ashten Windsor, Blake Faull, Brandon Withers, Brendan White, Connor Geisler, Connor Hunt, Daniel Boyd, Darcy Head, David Kay, Eliki Taufahema, George Prior, Harry Black, Jacob Schill, Jake Thornton, Jared Maguire, Jayden Batchelor, Jayden O’Shannessy, Jayden Vea Vea, John O’Brien, Joshua Morton, Kai O’Donnell, Kellen Jenner, Luke Campbell, Luke Schulte, Shaun Edwards, Tom Edwards.


Coach – Grant Rovelli

Assistant Coach – David Roberts

Assistant Coach – Tom Heggie

Manager – Scott McSherry


Mal Meninga Cup U18s Mackay Cutters

Aiden Beard, Anthony Draper, Ben Cornish, Blake Paskins, Brody Wilson, Buster Shoesmith, Caleb Sinn, Connor Morton, Damon Carter, Edwin Forster, Garrett Smith, Hayden Pace, Henry Head, Isaiah Tass, Jack Anderson, Jack Johnson, Jackson Stevens, Jaewon Yasserie, James Lister, Jovan Pienaar, Leery Parter, Liam Meng, Liam Murphy, Luke Borghardt, Luke Pearce, Mason Thorpe, Mathew Borg, Mathew Vessey, Michael Bell, Quintel Wailu, Ryan Molloy, Ryan Schill, Shaun Dalton, Taylor Lamb, Tom Irelands, Will Lansbury.


Coach – Scott Thorburn

Assistant Coach- John Mulherin

Assistant Coach – Shane Mau

Manager – Laurie Shepherd

New sponsor for Cutters team

Courtesy of the Daily Mercury

THE Mackay Cutters new sponsor is contracting company QCCS.

In a first for Rugby League in Australia, QCCS will share its sponsorship with Mackay Regional Suicide Prevention Network in order to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention.

QCCS managing director Mr Craig Bogaarts said his company is proud to take on the coveted role of naming rights sponsor for the Cutters and take advantage of such a meaningful community partnership.

“The Mackay Cutters have experienced a difficult season in 2016, but after lengthy conversations with club’s management, I am confident that the club is going to go from strength to strength in coming seasons and QCCS like the Mackay Cutters is a resilient company and together we are a great fit,” Mr Bogaarts said.

“The strong link that is being forged between the QCCS Mackay Cutters and Mackay Region Suicide Prevention Network (MRSPN) is such an important one for our community and I knew our company had to be a part of it.”

The principal sponsorship deal will begin in 2017 and the team will not only feature the QCCS logo on their jerseys they will also wear the Mackay Regional Suicide Prevention Network logo across their hearts.

QCCS Mackay Cutters CEO Troy Rovelli said the club is delighted that a local business has put their hand up to support not only the Cutters but also the Mackay Regional Suicide Prevention Network (MRSPN).

“Craig and QCCS team have been supporters of the Cutters and various other local sporting teams in the Mackay region for a number of years and are extremely proactive about the prevention and intervention of mental health issues,” Mr Rovelli said.

“This commitment is 100% reflective of the core values and fabric of the QCCS Cutters and supports the fundamentals of our new Change the Game initiative we are implementing in 2017.”

Mr Rovelli said that Change the Game is a community based initiative which allows locals to become part of the QCCS Mackay Cutters family and help the club tackle mental health head on.

“We need the community now to come together and really put their money where their heart is and help our club raise $30,000 so we can help continue to raise awareness about the issue of mental health and suicide prevention both on and off the field during 2017,” Mr Rovelli said.

“All you have to do is show your support and make a financial donation to Change the Game via the Mackay Cutters Facebook page. Everyone who donates will be rewarded with home game tickets and the knowledge that they are doing something positive about suicide prevention in our region.”

Mr Bogaarts hopes that his company’s sponsorship, the MRSPN logo over every player’s heart and the community Change the Game initiative will help encourage our whole community to start talking about mental health openly.

“Mental health and suicide is a very emotional subject and the people being impacted come from all walks of life. As a community we must develop tools to support people to build the resilience to survive through the most difficult times,” Mr Bogaarts said.

QCCS Mackay Cutters will kick off their season in March 2017.

2017 Academy Squads Announced

Congratulations to all the boys and girls invited to participate in the 2017 Mackay Cutters Academy program. Sessions will commence in late January 2017. All session details will be sent out via email in the coming months.

2017 Coaching Staff

Under 13 Boys – Nathan Doyle & Duane Morris
Under 14 Girls – Steve Nelson
Under 14 Boys – Steve Deardon & Brett Mulherin
Under 15 Boys – John Mulherin & Shane Mau
Under 16 Girls – Scott Johnson
Under 16 Boys – David Stevens & Dave Roberts

All invited players are to complete the personal details form located on the Cutters and MJRL website and return to by September 30, 2016. I will also have hard copies with me Grand final day. Receipt of this document will act as the player’s acceptance to participate in the 2017 Academy program.

Download a copy of the personal details form here:

As always, any assistance in regards to sponsorship of our program is most welcome and certainly appreciated, so please contact either myself, Scott Thorburn on 0409 240 177 or Troy Rovelli on 0406 381 391 to discuss opportunities.

Enjoy your break and I look forward to catching up again in January when our 2017 Academy program officially commences.

Scott Thorburn
Mackay Cutters Academy Coordinator


Amber Visco
Destinee Whirisky
Jaydin Coleman-Bradshaw
Reville MacPhee
Andrew Borg
Devyn Austin
Jaziah Davis
Rhys Neale
Arthur Miller-Stephen
Dominic Mifsud
Jenco Criesel
Riely Reece
Ataliah Love
Dylan Bulgarelli
Jesse Parkes
Riley Scanlon
Azmin Brice
Dylan Womal
Jett Hinchliffe
Ronin Hassall
Baden Robinson
Earle Faram
Jimmy Butlin
Ryan McCowan
Bailey Jeffs
Ella Heke
Joel Leckie
Ryan Morris
Bailey Wessler
Emily Bella
Josh Dearden
Ryan Whalen
Baily Short
Emma Manzelmann
Joshua Smith
Samara Mathers
Ben Pula-Fatu
Esther Unite
Kahlani Mooney
Sarah Ingledew
Benjamin Dando
Ethan Ashford
Kai Jackson
Scott Thompson
Bevan Rickard
Ethan Cocco
Kaiya Barba
Seth McGilvray
Blake Hiscox
Ethan Hoffman
Kalea Petterwood
Shameus Edwards
Blake Kynaston
Ethan Roberts
Kasey Jeffrey
Shaun Moller
Boyd Corkill
Ethan Sweet
Keenan Flynn
Shyquarna Santo
Brady Hazledine
Eve Doull
Keyra Smith
Sidney Connor
Brady Whitestyles
Fabiollia Lourie
Kirsten Sutherland
Stephen Mackenzie
Bray Tait
Fetau Unite
Kortney Deguara
Tait Poli
Braydon Johns
Fletcher Clarke
Kya Mills
Taliis Conway
Brodie Little
Harrisson Dekes
Kyle Hussie
Tamieka Little
Brynn Du Rand
Hayden Pullen
Lahni Edwards
Tamika Brecknell
Caeley Lowe
Henri Stocks
Libby Surha
Tanner Quattromani
Caitlyn Brownsey
Henry Vella
Lily Woods
Tate Brodel
Caitlyn Ebner
Hudson Camilleri
Lotus Carretta
Taya Hutchinson
Caleb Bradford
Hugh Lanser
Lucy Bradford
Tayla Mittelstodt
Callum Stevens
Ilami Buli
Luke Goode
Taylor Schofield
Callum Street
India MacPhee
Lydia Corkill
Teokotai Packer
Calvin Brown
Jack Hoffmann
Mason Clifford
Thalia Strohfeld
Cameron Levitz
Jack McSherry
Mason Simpson
Thanin Crofts
Cameron Wegner
Jack Patroni
Matt McGowan
Toby Stekker
Carn Connell
Jackson Westecott
Max Kelly
Toby Thorburn
Casey Manzelmann
Jacob Osborne
Mckenzie Novesel
Tom Dearden
Chloe White
Jacob Richel
Melody Tass
Tom James
Coby Arthur
Jacob Scott
Mitch White
Trayvarn Wallabh
Cody Carroll
Jake Kearton
Mitchell Barron
Tygah Ness-Wilson
Cody Nielsen
James Anderson
Namon Miller
Tyler Kerr
Connor Malone
James Bassett
Nazareth Blanco
Tyler North
Connor McKinlay
James Fairbairn
Nilly Mooney
Tyler-Jade Deck
Cooper Ringwood
James McGowan
Noah Cookson
Tyrese Parter
Cooper Winks
James Nugent
Page Brodel
Vanique Malayta
Courtney Fing
Jamie Galea
Patrick Vella
Vincent Gauci
Dane Galletlly
Jarez Bickey
Paul Bryan
William Bella
Daniel Austin
Jarred Vella
Phoenix Heke
Zac Springer
Daniel Kelly
Jasmine Peters
Qynn Andersen
Zak Starr
Dawson Harch
Jaxn Sign
Rayden Burns
Zi Lyne
Declan Laird
Jayden Suner
Rease Casey



Cutters appoint 2017 coach


The Absolute Enterprises Mackay Cutters have today announced the appointment of new head coach Steve Sheppard who will start with the club on October 1 this year on a two year contract.

CEO Troy Rovelli said he was delighted that Mr Sheppard had accepted the role, given his level of experience.

“Steve is a born and bred North Queenslander and fully understands the unique position of the Cutters and what is takes to head up an organisation like ours,” Mr Rovelli said.

“It is an outstanding result to secure someone with his expertise in such a crucial role.  Steve is a grounded young family man who has an overwhelming passion for the game.  Both he and his family will be a tremendous asset to the Mackay community and a great ambassador for Rugby League in our town”

Mr Sheppard who has spent ten years in senior coaching roles, is currently assistant coach to the North Queensland Cowboys National Youth U20’s team who are placed second in the Holden Cup.

He has also been the assistant coach for the winning Qld State of Origin U18’s team for the past two years.

With an extensive background in youth and junior development, Steve Sheppard’s appointment as head coach of the Mackay Cutters provides a real boost for a club focused on success through community development.

“I’m very thankful to the board and Troy Rovelli for this opportunity. I’m looking forward to working with the club and the community to get results,” Mr Sheppard said.

“Being a North Queensland local and from just down the road, I have kept a close eye on the Cutters and can see a healthy backbone in the club.  I see this club as a leader in pathways to the Intrust Super Cup and the NRL. I can’t wait to get down to work and utilise the great set up so our fans and sponsors can reap the rewards.”

Mr Rovelli said that current interim head coach Mr Jim Wilson, would continue in this role until the end of the 2016 Intrust Super Cup season and will recommence in his former position as assistant coach for the 2017 season.

Mr Wilson commenced as interim head coach earlier this season following the resignation of coach Mr David Simpson.

Mr Rovelli said that Wilson had expressed a desire to stay in his chosen profession of teaching next year.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jim Wilson on such an outstanding job as interim head coach this season.  He is a loyal Cutters man and we are privileged to have him stay on as assistant coach in 2017.”

“We appreciate that this season has been a tough one for our supporters, and we would like to reassure our players, our sponsors and the broader community that our club is committed to returning to our best form which saw us crowned Intrust Super Cup premiers in 2013,” Mr Rovelli said.

“We have great depth of coaching knowledge and experience now in place, many of whom have been with the Cutters for a number of years.  I have absolute confidence in their coaching abilities and we look forward to making our mark on the 2017 season.”

Round 22 Team List

With just 4 games left in the Cutters 2016 season, Coach Jim Wilson has named his team to take on the Tweed Heads Seagulls in this weekends Round 22 Women in League clash.

1 Jack Creith
2 Jordan Pereira
3 Andrew Davey
4 Tautau Moga
5 Johnny Faletagoai
6 Yosepha Kepa
7 Delayne Ashby
8 Ryan Kinlyside
9 Josh Chudleigh
10 Isaac Richardson
11 Joss Boyton
12 Leonati Feiloakitau-Fetuani
13 Brenden Treston
14 Jacob Pottinger
15 Alexander Farrell
16 Dalton Phillips
17 Dylan Patteson
18 Kelvin Nielsen
Coach: Jim Wilson