Junior Development


With the support of Woollam Constructions


The Mackay Cutters Junior Development program aims to:
• Improve the standard of Rugby League performance in Junior playing ranks.
• Provide a Rugby League education and potential pathway for young footballers in the District.
• Create links between the Mackay Junior Rugby League and the Mackay Cutters

Rugby League Performance

Under the direction of under the direction of Head Coach Kim Williams, the Mackay Cutters provide opportunities for young player 12 to 18 years old (including girls). Coaches work intensively with squads of high performing juniors from the local area.

These squads (30 players) are announced in October and commence pre-season in early November for the Under 16 and 18’s and January for the younger age groups. This includes rigorous fitness testing, on field skill development and strength and conditioning. During the preseason all junior players get the chance to train and interact with the Intrust Super Cup squad and staff at Mackay Stadium.

Our Under 16 and 18 teams get the opportunity to test themselves in the highest standard of competition in the state.  This is as part of the state-wide Cyril Connell (under 16) and Mal Meninga (under 18) Cups.  Our Under 13-16 teams and girls team prepare for the NQ Championships in the hope of earning representative honours

Career Pathways

The Mackay Cutters Junior Development allows young footballers the opportunity to stay in Mackay and continue their Rugby League education.

History tells us that Mackay is a breeding ground for great Rugby League talent and too often this talent is lost to North Queensland.  With the creation of a sustainable Junior Development Program the Mackay Cutters can work closely with junior players in clubs and schools to ensure players, coaches and teachers remain up to date with modern coaching practice.

Mackay Junior Rugby League

As junior players progress through the age group ranks Mackay Cutters staff work closely with junior clubs to ensure talent is identified.
Opportunities for coach development are also afforded to all clubs to ensure quality instruction.  In return, the Mackay Cutters are able to base all Junior Development coaching from the Junior Rugby League facilities and Mackay Stadium.