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Bankstown Catholic Collegians Junior Rugby League Club and Bankstown City Junior Rugby League Club merged at the end of the 1997 to become Bankstown Juniors for the 1998 season nickname Cougars adopted for the 1999 season and the club renamed to Bankstown Bulls ith the name remaining in place today. However the origins of Rugby League in Bankstown dates back to the years prior to the formations of Canterbury-Bankstown District Junior Rugby League (CBDJRL) and the Canterbury-Bankstown “Berries” District Rugby League Football Club..

If you can assist with more information on the club’s history and origins particularly in the days of Bankstown De La Salle, Bankstown Central, Bankstown City, Bankstown Collegians and Bankstown Cougars the club would like to hear from you. Please email archives@bankstownbulls.com with any information.

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THE EARLY YEARS, BIRTH OF THE CBDJRL & BANKSTOWN UNITED (1908-1960)

The origins of Rugby League in the Bankstown area can be traced back to just before 1920 with the birth of Bankstown United, who prior to the formation of the Canterbury-Bankstown District Junior Rugby League (CBDJRL) took part in the St George District Competition.

Junior matches received reasonable publicity in local Canterbury-Bankstown papers even before the formation of the Junior League. Below are some excerpts from a match report in ‘The Torch’ in 1920. The heading said simply: FOOTBALL -Bankstown United F.C. V Arncliffe Rainbows.

​“Bankstown United were again unlucky in the draw for grounds last Saturday as they had to journey to Arncliffe to play the Rainbows. The game was very fast and even in the first half and after a long tussle Arncliffe, by a nice piece of work, managed to score their first try…

“From the kick-out Bankstown livened up, and from (sic) centre J. Russell picked up, and with a nice run, sidestepping four of the opposition, scored for Bankstown…

​“In the second half both teams were confident, and the Bankstown forwards played a splendid game… the Rainbow’s pace began to tell and playing a brilliant game they wore down the defence of the town, which had been good to watch. Vic Meinrath, F. Blake and E. Miller played a fine game, and were the pick of the town… the opposing wing men were too fast, and it was this that caused the scores to be 23-3 at fulltime.”

The writer of the article, displaying his obvious impatience, added: “The second row of the pack should not forget the half wants to handle the ball occasionally.” And… “R. Munnery caught the ref’s eye on several occasions last Saturday. Don’t be overanxious, Snow.”

The report underlined the obvious interest in the game in the Canterbury-Bankstown area at the time.

Yet it took until 1921 before any positive steps were made to form Canterbury’s own junior league competitions. A small band of men, headed by Frank Miller – later to become a major force in the district club’s attempts to reach Sydney grade status – and Tom Johns, met to decide Rugby League’s future in the area.

Miller and Johns, and a number of other officials, including the first junior league president, Jack Cruickshank, set about gathering support. The interest in forming an organised junior league competition was surprisingly intense. At no time did officials believe they had started something they could not finish.

And so, after this inaugural meeting in a hall above ‘The Ideal Milk Bar’ in Beamish Street – opposite the Campsie Railway Station – Canterbury-Bankstown Junior League began, officially.

​For the inaugural year, 1922, seven clubs were formed, from which 18 teams played in A and B and C-grade competition. Those clubs (and their colours) were: Bankstown (green and gold); Belmore (black and white); Campsie Ionas (royal blue); Earlwood (cerise and sky blue); Hurlstone Park Fernleigh (royal blue and white); Lakemba (red and green) and Punchbowl (sky blue).

The first prominent Rugby League player to come from Bankstown was George Mason who played three seasons for Western Suburbs between 1927–1929. His final year as a player was 1936 at the newly admitted Canterbury-Bankstown side playing in 12 matches. Mason coached Canterbury-Bankstown for one season in 1937.

The game remained highly popular into the late 1920s and early 1930s with the main source of discontent being the “poaching” of young players by neighbouring district clubs. It was not improper for those clubs to take the juniors of Canterbury-Bankstown as for players like Bankstown United’s George Mason it was their only chance at the time for a grade career. But it began to anger Canterbury-Bankstown officials who saw the need for their own district club.

In 1930, club officials met to discuss the future of the Canterbury area. It was deemed then – unofficially – by NSWRL officials that the area was not ready for elevation. Yet in 1931, the club won the President’s Cup for the first time, a reminder to the league, at least, that the junior strength of the area could not be denied.

Then, on June 26, 1934, at a public meeting at Campsie Dispensary Hall, it was resolved that “this public meeting of Rugby League supporters consider the time opportune for the formation of a District Grade Club in the Canterbury Bankstown Municipality”. The resolution was carried unanimously and this time the feeling of optimism was strong. How long could the NSWRL deny these persistent officials?

​After a series of meetings with adjoining clubs and a special committee of the NSWRL, the Canterbury-Bankstown officials were advised on September 25, 1934 that they had been successful. They would be part of the NSWRL premiership in 1935.

The newly formed club had to borrow five pound from the junior league to pay it affiliation fee with the NSWRL. But such items were minor hiccups along the road to determining a first grade team of sufficient standard to bring honour to the club.

With Canterbury-Bankstown now part of the NSWRL First Grade Premiership local clubs such as Bankstown United continued to grow from strength to strength.

The first premiership for Bankstown United came in 1937 with the club winning 19 premierships with with 18 of those in A, B or C Grade competitions. Bankstown United did win the first ever G/Grade (Under 14’s) premiership in 1958.

Bankstown United won their final premiership (A/Grade) in 1963. Bankstown United began to cease as a Junior Rugby League club in the 1960’s with the rise of Bankstown De La Salle (formed 1961) and Bankstown Sports (formed 1962) who in their early years were based at Memorial Oval before to moving out to the Crest.

Bankstown United played in the NSWRL Second Division competition when it was really strong in the 1960’s prior to the entries of Penrith and Cronulla-Sutherland into the NSWRL First Grade Premiership.

At this stage there’s no link between Bankstown United with either Bankstown De La Salle, Bankstown Oasis and/or Bankstown Sports. But the years of Bankstown United set the standard for the rise and popularity of Rugby League in the heart of Bankstown.

BANKSTOWN DE LA SALLE & BANKSTOWN CATHOLIC COLLEGIANS (1961-1997)

The origins of the current Bankstown Bulls we see today was born in 1961 when Bankstown De La Salle was formed fielding 4 teams in their debut CBDJRL season. It was common back in the 1960’s for schools to form club teams to play on weekends.

Bankstown De La Salle who wore a green jersey with white bands trained out at the DLS school sporting fields (near Bankstown TAFE). De La Salle won 16 premierships with their first title coming in 1963 winning the L/Grade (Under 9) premiership and its final premiership came in 1980 with the E/Grade (Under 16) winning the title. The success of the E/Grade side was evident with an incredible 7 players selected in the Bulldogs SG Ball team.

Following the 1980 season De La Salle withdrew from fielding weekend teams in the CBDJRL. Peter Wagstaff who was involved with DLS and the Bulldogs junior coaching system founded the Bankstown Catholic Collegians as a separate club to the school with three teams taking part in the first season including the 1980 DLS premiership-winning E/Grade side along with B/Grade (open age) and D/Grade (u17). For the 1981-82 seasons Collegians adopted the South Sydney Rabbitohs “minties” style jumper which they used during the early 1980’s.

Collegians would be based at Memorial Cricket Oval, Bankstown

Collegians received a massive boost in profile and team numbers for the 1982 season with a breakaway of teams coming across from Milperra Colts which included the successful 1981 Milperra undefeated G/Grade premiership winning side. That team provided Collegians with their first premiership when they defeated Punchbowl 25-0 in the F/Grade (Super 15) Grand Final under the coaching of Wayne Dewberry and captaincy of Mark Vella.

For the 1983 season Collegians went back to a jersey design that was very similar to DLS that was green with two white bands.

Collegians would change colours in 1984 to sky blue, black and white and the jersey was basically an exact replica of the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks jersey of the time and remained their colours and jersey design until their final season in 1987.

In 1986, Bankstown Collegians won the International Club Championship and the following year in 1987 achieved the impressive double of winning the A/Grade and B/Grade premierships.

Long serving Collegians officials Peter Wagstaff and Stan O’Dowd received Life Membership of the Canterbury-Bankstown District Junior Rugby League for their outstanding service to the game across many levels.

All up Collegians won 10 premierships with their final success coming in 1997 winning the Under 18 grand final defeating Chipping Norton 30-16. Much of this Collegians side would be part of the merged clubs first premiership success in 1998.

Bankstown Collegians 1983 I/Grade

Wagstaff Family Bankstown Collegians

Bankstown Collegians last premiership & Bankstown Cougars first premiership

BANKSTOWN CENTRAL & BANKSTOWN CITY (1968-1997)

In 1968 a new club entered the CBDJRL known as Bankstown Oasis (backed by the Oasis Hotel in Bankstown) with the colours being white jumper with red and black band around the centre. If fielding teams from schools was a common it was even more common that teams and clubs originated from pubs/hotels as was the case with the formation of Bankstown Oasis.

The following year Bankstown Oasis changed its name to Bankstown Central. The 1970 season saw Bankstown Central change its colours to be red and black stripes (which is what we now see on the Super 15 jersey).

Central’s first premiership came in 1977 taking out the M/Grade (Under 8) grand final. Central’s inaugural premiership-winning coach Tom Tasker who for much of that time was also Central’s club secretary. The Tom Tasker Encouragement Award was introduced in 1997 and is now awarded to an Under 13’s player who is yet to win a major club award.

All up the club would win 5 premierships with the final premiership coming in 1983. For much of that time Bankstown Central trained out of Punchbowl School on Rossmore Ave.

Bankstown Bowling Rugby League Club was formed in 1982 and were given the green and gold colours in preference to the maroon and while colours. Bankstown Bowling Club won the A/Grade premiership and took part in the 1983 season before being involved in the merger between Bankstown Central and Bankstown Soccer Club’s.

In late 1983 Warwick Shakespeare, Secretary of Bankstown Central District Rugby League Club Limited and John Potter, Secretary/Manager of Bankstown Soccer Club Limited met on several occasions in company with Jack Byron and discussed the amalgamation of the two clubs. The two committees agreed to the amalgamation and the Bankstown Bowling Club A/Grade joined the Bankstown Football Club family.

The amalgamation went ahead creating the new Bankstown Football Club Limited hosting the Bankstown City Junior Rugby League Football Club and the Bankstown City Soccer Club. The colours for the Rugby League team was to be green and gold (same as the original Bankstown United) and fielded four teams in its opening season in A, B, F (U16) and M (U8) age groups. Soccer was played on a Saturday and Rugby League on Sunday at Rusa Park, which was renamed Bankstown Football Centre (now called Ruse Park). This arrangement was short lived and Soccer withdrew. The ground was used for Rugby League on Saturday’s and Sunday’s and has been the case ever since.

Rugby League was first played at Ruse Park on Sunday 1st April 1984. Ruse Park was originally a farm owned by the Rusa Family who donated the land to council where it was first known as Bankstown Soccer Ground and following the concept of Bankstown City became Bankstown Football Centre. The outside areas including the train track area became known as Ruse Parklands and the venue is now known as Ruse Park.

Bankstown City won it’s first premiership in 1984 M/Grade (Under 8) under the coaching of Peter Byrnes and captaincy of Maniel Byrnes.

In 1995 former Bulldogs first grade player Mark Bird coached the Bankstown City C/Grade team to a premiership. The efforts of Mark Bird saw him win the CBDJRL Coach of the Year – an honour later achieved by Chris Haddad (2000) and Stan Hetaraka (2019). Mark Bird in 2019 was made a Life Member of the CBDJRL following a life time of service at all levels with the Junior League notably at Bankstown Sports.

Bankstown City would win 5 premierships in total with the final premiership coming in 1997 under the coaching of John Potter.

Click HERE to read more about Bankstown City’s history thanks to John Potter Snr & Johnny Potter Jnr.

THE MERGER & BANKSTOWN COUGARS (1998-2003)

With both Bankstown City and Bankstown Catholic Collegians based less than 500m apart from each other, both clubs struggling to field consistent team numbers, City struggling in the 1990’s following the club house twice being burnt down and Cricket’s greater demands for use of Memorial Oval made it more difficult for Collegians. It came the time for both clubs to think logically about becoming one club that represented the heart of Bankstown.

It was agreed by the committee’s and members of both clubs to become Bankstown Juniors for the 1998 season. Ray Farah would be the inaugural Secretary of the club and colours agreed too would be red, black and white and the jersey would be similar to that of the North Sydney Bears 1990’s design. The ABN number and constitution of the Bankstown Catholic Collegians would be transferred over into the new club, which remained in place until 2018.

The home ground would be City’s home ground Bankstown Football Centre, which was based inside the Ruse Parklands – now known simply as Ruse Park.

In it’s first season as a joint venture in 1998, the club fielded 9 sides in 1998 and took out the under 19’s title defeating St Johns 16-4 with Craig McLeod as coach and Elie Georges as captain. Such was the success of the Collegians and City merger that Ray Farah took out the CBDJRL Club Secretary of the Year. The Bulls Mini/Mod Junior Player of the Year award is known as the Ray Farah Junior Player of the Year.

After playing their first season purely as Bankstown with no nickname it was decided by the Committee to adopt the Cougars nickname.

Chris Haddad won the CBDJRL Coach of the Year in 2000, served as the Club’s President in 2003 and held committee roles during the Cougars era. Chris and many members of his extended family would give the club excellent service throughout the years to come including two relatives that would later serve on the Bulls Executive Committee.

In 2002 the Bankstown Cougars were joint winners of the International Club Championship. It was just the second time the club or any of its previous affiliates won a major championship award following Collegians winning the same award in 1986.

The Mata’Utia brothers – Peter, Pat, Chanel and Sione – all started their Junior League careers with Bankstown Cougars prior to the family moving up to Raymond Terrace in 2003. All four would go on to play NRL, play for Samoa and in Sione’s case represent Australia in 2014 becoming one of the youngest ever Internationals in the history of the Kangaroos.

Bankstown Cougars Jersey 2000

Bankstown Cougars Banner at Ruse Park

SYDNEY BULLS PARTNERSHIP & BECOMING THE BANKSTOWN BULLS (2004-2008)

At around the same time the Cougars were making a success at Junior League level including winning some A/Grade premierships a new “points system” was introduced by the NSWRL to their second tier competitions such as competition now known as the Ron Massey Cup. Part of the points system allowed generous exemptions for players from their junior club.

The Sydney Bulls at the time were the most dominant side in the second tier NSWRL competition but had no official junior partner.

Sydney Bulls CEO Ray Dib and Bankstown Cougars Secretary Lindsay Roach agreed on the partnership. Part of the partnership would be renaming the Cougars to Bulls 2004. To quote the Secretary’s Report in the 2004 Yearbook, “2004 was another challenging year for the Bankstown Bulls as we changed our name and Colors and strove to create a new identity.” The jersey was white with red & black down the side edges and black shorts.

Success didn’t happen overnight for the Bulls with a slight drop in players, some matches being moved to Potts Park and financial overheads the club had to deal with.

The club reached some financial trouble in late 2006 and thanks to a very generous sponsorship from Michael Rodrigues and Odyssey Plumbing Solutions the Bulls junior club was able to order a new set of jerseys for the 2007 season which was a prominent black and red design that’s not dissimilar to the design the club uses today.

The partnership with the Sydney Bulls officially came to a close in 2008.

Despite the club being in some financial trouble, the club was showing signs of recovery and a new era for the club was about to begin in 2009.

2007 Under 13/R Premiers

BIRTH OF THE SUPER 15’s & RISE OF THE BULLS (2009-2017)

Even though the partnership ended the Sydney Bulls following the 2008 season the club decided to keep the Bulls nickname and a new blueprint was formed for the club in 2009.

Many of the junior teams would have new sets of jersey for the 2009 season but the biggest change in 2009 came with the concept of the Super 15’s.

Having one team rewarded with a trip away wasn’t a new concept in our clubs previous history. As part of the constitution of Bankstown Catholic Collegians Club the H/Grade team (Under 13) would have a trip away that was partly sponsored by the club and mostly done by fundraising. Some members involved with the Bulls would have been aware of this and an idea was put forward prior to the 2009 season and have a trip away for one team.

It was voted on by the 2009 Bulls Committee and Members that it would be the Under 15’s and they would become the Super 15’s. Ironically the first premiership won by Collegians in 1982 was F/Grade (Under 15) and the only time any Bankstown Bulls affiliated club has won a title in the Super 15’s age group. The Super 15’s would wear a different jersey design to the rest of the club with the red and black strips used by Bankstown Central throughout the 1970’s until the end of 1983. The Super 15 concept in recent seasons has grown from strength to strength and is now a real jewel in the clubs crown.

One member of the 2009 Super 15’s was Ryan Matterson who joined the Bulls from another club. Matterson would play three years at the Bulls and his rise to NRL status now sees the Super 15 player of the year presented with the Ryan Matterson Award.

With Belmore Sports Ground out of action for Grand Finals the Junior League moved the Grand Finals to different venues with Ruse Park successfully hosting the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Mini Grand Final days.

The 2009 season saw the Bulls starting to become a feared presence off the field after a few years of struggle before that. The club began an aggressive recruitment strategy to build strong Division 1 teams and wasn’t scared to bring across teams lock and stock from other clubs and districts.

With the club growing at a rapid rate Bulls Secretary Anthony Rizk knew the club needed a second venue to accommodate the growth in team numbers and when Padstow Park became available following the demise of the Padstow Panthers he swooped upon the opportunity. Padstow Park was used for Sunday home matches in the 2010-2011 seasons and has since been a regular training venue.

In 2010 the club put together some strong sides including the Under 16’s team coached by Danny Safetly that won their Grand Final convincingly. The A/Grade team coached by the legendary Graham ‘Buck’ Rogers made it to the Grand Final narrowly losing to the Matt Utai led Auburn Warriors.

Also the club passed having 20 teams for the first time in 2010 and has consistently been at that 19-21 mark for every season except 2011-2012 where the club intentionally dropped to 17 teams.

In 2011, the Bulls won their first Sydney Combined Competition (SCC) when the under 17’s side coached by Danny Safetly defeated the St George Dragons 24-14.

The club had a completely new set of jerseys for the 2014 season thanks to an impressive sponsorship deal with the Barakat Family and Men In Blinds who were long-time sponsors of our club. The dominant colours would be red and black with white included – the same jersey design layout we use today.

The Bulls achieved a remarkable achievement in 2015 when both Under 19’s teams won their respective Sydney Combined Competition Grand Finals. The Under 19/1’s coached by Abdul Nabhan defeated St George Dragons in the Grand Final and later that night at Kogarah Oval the Under 19/2’s coached by Walid Abboud defeated Penshurst RSL.

Another fine achievement came in 2016 when in both the Under 12’s and Under 14’s when the Bulls upset St Johns and Bankstown Sports in their respective Division 1 Grand Finals to put a big dent in their dominant eras. The stars for the Bulls in those Grand Finals were Paul Alamoti (U12) and Gordon Chan Kum Tong (U14).

In 2017 Marcelo Montoya would make his NRL debut for the Bulldogs and had such a breakout season winning the club’s Steve Mortimer Rookie of the Year award. Montoya played four years at the Bulls from 2011-2014 and basically went straight from the Bulls to the Bulldogs Under 20’s Holden Cup system during the 2014 season.

2015 Under 19/2 – the first & to date only side to win a Grand Final out of district

A NEW ERA, RETURN TO OUR HISTORY & CLUB EXPANSION (2018-today)

For the 2018 season the Bulls ushered in a new and different style of Executive team which did include two current Life Members and three members that have been around for the club for many years. The 2018-19 Executive team set about making many changes to the club off the field to set it up for the long-term future. This included financial planning, upgrading outdated facilities, securing grants, growing the Super 15’s concept, promoting the rise of girls football, putting together a constitution & management plan and reconnecting with the original origins of the club.

During the 2018 season the club was successful in securing a $10,000 sponsorship from First Option Bank for a new scoreboard which was unveiled in 2019. The club was also successful in receiving training and outdoor goods from Bryden’s Lawyers which also saw 7 junior players from the club enjoy a training session and dressing room tour with the NSW State of Origin team at ANZ Stadium – valued at $5,000.

2018 Bulls players with the NSW State of Origin squad

2018 Bulls players with the NSW State of Origin squad

The Super 15’s have been a special part of our club since 2009. The jersey layout has always been a replica design of the Bankstown Central jersey (1970-1983) is now referred to as the club’s heritage jersey. On top of the trip away, hoodie and sports bag the club in 2018 added official team dinners to the mix. Our 2016 Super 15/1 coach Michael Rodrigues did a special jersey presentation for his own team that season and since 2018 has been officially incorporated into the club’s calendar with our major sponsors Bankstown RSL Club. In the 2009-2011 seasons the Super 15’s did a lot work off the field for the club and this came back into play in 2018.

The club won the Senior Club Championship for the 3rd time in 2018 and first since 2002.

In 2018, Amy Tu’ifua became the first female player in the clubs history to win the Junior or Senior Player of the Year award. Following a positive rise in female participation in 2018 the club went down the path of introducing two new all-female teams in ages 13-14 and 15-16.

However, the club discovered that the Constitution hadn’t been updated with the Department of Fair Trading NSW since the one used by Bankstown Catholic Collegians in 1997 and no unofficial copies were available to the Executive as a blueprint. The Executive set out putting together a new constitution that would met the modern times, allowed Girls over the age of 12 years to play football for the club, and acknowledge our historical links with Bankstown Cougars, Bankstown Collegians, Bankstown City and Bankstown Central.

At the 2018 Annual General Meeting held on 29th October 2018 the members by unanimous vote decided to adopt the new constitution that was put forward under a special resolution. Life Membership as part of the adoption of the new constitution incorporates Life Memberships awarded under the former club identities that merged or re-named to become the Bankstown Bulls.

The 2018 season also saw the club register its healthiest profit despite outlaying extra financial resources into gala day and the presentation weekend and not turning over as much money from its sports dinner event. Also during 2018 the club was able to extend the partnership with Bankstown RSL Club with a massively increased deal where it was all directed back to the players through jerseys and apparel.

Unfortunately the 2019 season also began to see how outdated Ruse Park had become in its facilities and the club wasn’t allowed to use Ruse Park for a month such was the state of the playing surface. The club was successful in getting a complete playing surface and drainage upgrade in the 2019-20 off-season and despite consistent usage since that time the surface has held up really well.

The 2019 season ended up being a very successful one for the club on and off the field. The Bulls won the Mini Club Championship for the first time, won the inaugural Club’s Club of the Year as voted on a monthly 3-2-1 basis by the 11 member clubs and our Club Secretary Lawrence Karam won the Junior League Volunteer of the Year award for that season. Despite being kept away from Ruse Park for a month and having no major fundraiser the club turned over its second healthiest profit after the 2018 season and even more was outlaid on the gala day and presentation events.

2019 Mini Club Champions

Following the 2019 season, the club donated a cheque of $3,000 plus four carloads of non-perishable items to the Taree Lions Club for victims of the bushfires that hit the Taree and Manning Valley areas in November 2019.

In 2020, the club was also successful in getting Padstow Park back as a full game day and training facility. The original plan prior to the Covid-19 lockdown was for Padstow Park to host 3 rounds of matches. Padstow was the club’s full-time training base in the month of February whilst Ruse Park was receiving the surface upgrade. The 2020 year in general was turned upside down due to the outbreak of Covid-19 that played havoc with just about everything in everyone’s lives including the staging of football matches.

Despite the difficult year with the Covid-19 lockdown and a very restricted season the club still made a staggering off-field profit in the same proportions as 2018-2019 seasons. The financial stability off the field has allowed club to invest in new projects such as the Western Sydney Rugby League Academy, upgrading the home dressing rooms and building a special girls facility. The club outlaid $4,000 in Development Application’s (DA’s) of the Ruse Park facility in the plan to put forward applications for upgrades to the amenities.

The home dressing rooms was supported by a $20,000 grant courtesy of NSW Member for Bankstown Tania Mihailuk MP and the club invested upwards of $25,000 from its own resources that it had saved up in the previous three seasons. The club has recently been successful in getting a $10,000 grant from Federal Member for Blaxland The Hon. Jason Clare MP to turn the old run down toilets into a girls change room such has been the clubs commitment in recent years to expanding our Girls programme.

Upgraded Ruse Park Dressing Room & 2021 Under 9 Squad

Upgraded Ruse Park Dressing Room & 2021 Under 9 Squad

Since the City/Collegians merger there have been 9 Cougars/Bulls juniors have progressed to the NRL ranks – Heka Nanai, Peter Mata’utia, Daniel Tupou, Harlan Alaalatoa, Chanel Mata’utia, Sione Mata’utia, Pat Mata’utia, Ryan Matterson and Marcelo Montoya – and probably more played first grade from our previous Bankstown entities including current General Manager for Junior Pathways Barry Ward. Five players have achieved Test status outside of World Cup being Peter Mata’utia (Samoa), Daniel Tupou (Tonga & Australia), Sione Mata’utia (Australia), Pat Mata’utia (Samoa) and Marcelo Montoya (Fiji). Daniel Tupou has also represented NSW at State of Origin level.

As the club moves into the 2021 season we remember our humble beginnings as the Bankstown Bulls strives to be the most professional and friendly club giving people from all walks of life the opportunity to be part of game, the local area and make new life-long friends.

The history of our club keeps on evolving and we are very keen to keep on expanding what our club has achieved on and off the field over many years from the origins of Rugby League in the Bankstown area. The Bulls are proud to be the club that represents the heart of Bankstown 2200 and we will continue to update the club’s history section on the website when new information comes to hand about the origins of the Bulls we see today. Click on the links and video below for more about the Bulls history, archives and origins.

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If you can assist with more information on the club’s history and origins particularly in the days of Bankstown De La Salle, Bankstown Central, Bankstown City, Bankstown Collegians and Bankstown Cougars the club would like to hear from you. Please email archives@bankstownbulls.com with any information.

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