Gold Coast Titans
The Gold Coast Titans are a professional rugby league football club, based on the Gold Coast, Australia. The club competes in the National Rugby League premiership, Australia's elite rugby league competition, it is the newest of the sixteen clubs in the league, having commenced its inaugural season on 18 March 2007. Since 2008, the Titans have played their home games at Cbus Super Stadium in Queensland; the Titans are the second top-level rugby league club to have been based on the Gold Coast, the first being the ill-fated Gold Coast-Tweed Giants / Gold Coast Seagulls / Gold Coast Chargers, which existed from 1988 to 1998. The beginnings of a Gold Coast team's bid to return to the National Rugby League began when the Australian Rugby League decided to remove the financially successful Gold Coast Chargers from the National Rugby League at the end of the 1998 Season; the ARL wanted to have a second major team based in Brisbane and believed the best way to achieve this was by removing the Gold Coast team from the competition.
The attempt to launch a second Brisbane team failed and in 1999, Michael Searle, former Gold Coast Chargers player and Managing Director of International Sports Australia, formed a Gold Coast Bid Team. The team included former Chargers boss Paul Broughton and was labelled as "The Gold Coast Consortium" by the media; the board was active in lobbying the NRL to both expand the competition and consider the Gold Coast’s bid for inclusion. It was successful in organising pre-season NRL trial matches to be hosted on the Gold Coast and with average attendances of over 16,000, peak attendances topping 20,000, the popularity of rugby league on the Coast was clear. I believe rugby league should be looking to expand; the Gold Coast area is growing at a phenomenal rate. There are 89 rugby league teams in Gold Coast primary schools and 59 teams in Gold Coast high schools representing about 2,300 young players. That's just schoolboys. If the catchment area includes the region from South Brisbane to Byron Bay in northern NSW it covers a rugby league heartland starving for recognition.
These areas would only blossom more if the young players had a senior team in the NRL competition to which they could aspire. South-east Queensland needs another NRL team and for a whole host of reasons. In August 2004, the NRL rejected Michael Searle's bid for re-adding a Gold Coast team; however during an episode of Nine Network's The NRL Footy Show, the "Gold Coast Consortium" announced their team name and jersey to the public from the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. The team was to be named the Gold Coast Dolphins, with the team colours to be white and orange. While the Dolphins moniker was popular among many, the heavyweight Brisbane Queensland Cup side the Redcliffe Dolphins saw it as a threat for any prospect of entering the NRL they had, as a result threatened severe legal action if the Gold Coast used the Dolphins name. Midway through that year the National Rugby League announced that after viewing submissions from the Gold Coast Dolphins, the Central Coast Bears and the Wellington Orcas, there would not be a 16th team included in the 2006 NRL competition.
Reasons given to the Gold Coast was the National Rugby Leagues concern over the quality and capacity of their homeground, Carrara Stadium, an oval and only seats 16,000. Although their bid was knocked back, the consortium continued to push in 2005 for a Gold Coast NRL team, changing the entry year to 2007; the Gold Coast received a massive boost when the Queensland Government announced they would spend A$100 million on a new, 25,000-seat rectangular stadium in Robina for the Gold Coast should they be accepted into the 2007 competition. The stadium would not be completed until early 2008 yet the promise of a new first-class facility was enough for the NRL to accept the Gold Coasts bid and on 27 May 2005, NRL CEO David Gallop announced that the Gold Coast franchise would be the 16th team in the 2007 NRL season. In the time since the Gold Coast was admitted, the Titans completed a vigorous recruitment drive, they announced the signing of Sydney Roosters assistant coach John Cartwright as the Titans first head-coach and signed contracts with established players such as Dally M Medal winner Preston Campbell, Queensland & Australian representative Scott Prince, New South Wales & Australian representative Luke Bailey and enticing former league player Mat Rogers back from rugby union.
In February 2007, the Titans played their historic first game in a trial against the previous season's Minor-Premiers and Grand Finalists Melbourne Storm the newest club in the League. They were beaten in the club's first hit-out but over the following weeks, Cartwright fielded his full strength team in two other pre-season trials, winning 22–10 over the Parramatta Eels for the club's first victory; the following week in the team first played in front of their home fans on the Gold Coast, they ran out 28–6 winners over the Penrith Panthers. Although trial matches, the signs were positive for the Titans' debut season to come; the Titans played their first official match in Round 1 of the 2007 NRL season against the St George Illawarra Dragons. Their first game was moved from their home ground, Carrara Stadium, to Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane due to the huge demand of fans eager to see the new Gold Coast outfit in action, on 18 March 2007, in front of over 42,000 people they made their debut. Gold Coast performed admirably but after falling 14 points behind in the second half 20–6 they couldn't manage a full comeback losing a tight match 20–18.
Former Queensland State of Origin winger Chris Walker, who had bee
The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks are an Australian professional rugby league team based in Cronulla, in the Sutherland Shire, Southern Sydney, New South Wales. They compete in Australasia's premier rugby league competition; the Sharks, as they are known, were admitted to the New South Wales Rugby League premiership, predecessor of the Australian Rugby League and the current National Rugby League competition, in January 1967. The club competed in every premiership season since and, during the Super League war, joined the rebel competition before continuing on in the re-united NRL Premiership; the Sharks have been in competition for 50 years, appearing in four grand finals, winning their first premiership in 2016 after defeating the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium. In 1967 the New South Wales Rugby Football League added two new clubs to the competition, Cronulla-Sutherland and Penrith, the first to join the competition since Parramatta and Manly were admitted 20 years earlier in 1947. Cronulla debuted in 1967 wearing a sky blue jersey adorned with a white V and red numbers on the back, at the club home ground of Sutherland Oval, under the captaincy of multiple premiership-winner Monty Porter and the coaching of Ken Kearney.
Cronulla earned immediate recognition when they beat Eastern Suburbs at the Sydney Sports Ground in their first match. They had only two more wins, against Norths and Parramatta, finished last on the competition table. In mid-1968 the club moved permanently to Endeavour Field at Woolooware, became the only club in Sydney to own their own ground, their first match there was against Parramatta and the Cronulla Sharks won 10–7. Cronulla made their first grand final in 1973 against Manly Warringah losing 10-7. Cronulla met the Sea Eagles again in the 1978 grand final, leading 7–2 well into the second half, before Manly came back and brought the scoreboard to 7-11, it took a late penalty goal from Steve Rogers to level scores at 11-all by full-time. The replay saw the Sharks opportunity pass by as they fielded a much-weakened team due to further injuries being shut-out by Manly 16–0. Cronulla were without suspended stars Greg Pierce and Dane Sorensen in both games, while hooker John McMartin, fullback Mick Mullane and Barry Andrews were all injured for the replay.
Cronulla suffered major financial trouble in 1983, with the NSWRL appointing an administrator and providing a loan. Western Suburbs and Newtown, both in a similar predicament, were refused a loan, with Newtown being forced out of the competition. Cronulla made the final of the mid-week KB Cup, but lost again to Manly, 26–6. In 1985, Cronulla was buoyed by the arrival of'super coach' Jack Gibson, who had coached Easts and Parramatta to premierships. Gibson left the club in good shape in 1987, with the promise fulfilled in 1988 when Cronulla won the minor premiership, led by veteran second-rower Gavin Miller, named Dally M Player of the Year, Rothmans Medal winning halfback, Barry Russell. However, Russell dislocated his shoulder two weeks before the finals, missed the semi-final where Cronulla went down to Canterbury, he was rushed back in for the final against Balmain, but he was hampered by the injury, Cronulla were bundled out. A bright spot for the Sharks, was the selection in the Australian team of Miller, young centres and Mark McGaw.
In 1989, Cronulla sneaked into the finals after thrashing Illawarra 46–14 in the final round, followed by a memorable 38–14 victory over the Brisbane Broncos in the play-off for fifth position. However, they could not repeat the performance in their semi-final against eventual premiers Canberra, in what was their third game in seven days. Gavin Miller was rewarded for another great year with both the Dally M Player of the Year award and the Rothmans Medal. Cronulla again dropped into a period of poor form and financial trouble in 1990, but the appointment as coach of rugby league Immortal, Arthur Beetson, in 1992 helped turn the on-field problems around, he helped develop a batch of promising players, including five-eighth Mitch Healey, fullback David Peachey, winger Richie Barnett, prop Adam Ritson, hooker Aaron Raper, son of another Immortal, Johnny Raper. However, Cronulla were forced into receivership in 1993. Beetson was replaced as coach in 1994 by John Lang, a former Australian hooker, coach of the Brisbane Easts team.
Lang brought Paul Green, down from Brisbane with him. A golden age for the club had begun, signalled by the two lower grade teams winning their competitions. During John Lang's coaching period, from 1994 to 2001, Cronulla made the semi-finals every year except for 1994 and 1998; the club had a glamorous image and attracted record crowds, with a corresponding financial improvement. In 1995, Cronulla were one of the first clubs to join the Super League competition, which kicked off after protracted legal battles and much bitterness, in 1997; the club was motivated by a dissatisfaction with the perceived favouritism of the NSWRL administration towards other clubs, a still-risky financial situation. They reached the inaugural – and only – grand final of the ten-team Super League competition, only to lose to a vastly superior Brisbane side 26–8 in Brisbane; the game was notable for being the only grand final to be played outside Sydney. The club rejoined the reunited National Rugby League competition in 1998.
Arguably the Sharks' best season was in 1999, when they again won the minor premiership and the J. J. Giltinan Shield in convincing fashion; the Sharks accounted for the Brisbane Broncos in the quarter-final, led 8–0 in the grand final qualifier against the St George Illawarra Dragons before losing 8–24. In 1999, the Cronulla-Suth
Aquinas College, Perth
Aquinas College is a Catholic independent and boarding school for boys at Salter Point, Western Australia. Its sister school is Santa Maria Ladies College in Attadale, which they meet and interact with often. Aquinas opened in 1938 when boarders and day students from Christian Brothers College moved to the new campus at Salter Point; the history of Aquinas begins with CBC Perth, founded in 1894 in the centre of Perth. Aquinas was the beneficiary of CBC Perth history and achievements for the period 1894–1937; the campus at Aquinas was built on elevated land, part of the 62-hectare site at Salter Point. The site includes a large area of bushland on the Mount Henry Peninsula with over two kilometres of water frontage on the Canning River. Aquinas College accepts day students from Years 4 to 12 and boarding as well as day students from Years 7 to 12. Aquinas has years K – 2 and will add Year 3 in 2018. School fees range from $5,937 for a Kindergarten day student to $46,404 for a Year 12 international boarding student.
The campus includes expansive sporting grounds, boarding facilities for 210 students. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia Junior School Heads Association of Australia Public Schools Association The Christian Brothers opened Christian Brothers College, on 31 January 1894. CBC Perth was built on the corner of St Georges Victoria Avenue in Perth; the college was commonly called CBC Terrace. CBC Perth was the first Christian Brothers school as well as the second oldest high school and the second oldest boarding school in Western Australia; the Brothers were invited to the colony by Bishop Matthew Gibney who knew of the work of the Brothers in Ireland, in the eastern colonies of Australia. At first, CBC Perth was a day school. However, due to the rapid population growth in Western Australia during the gold rush, the Christian Brothers were pressured to allow boarders to live in makeshift conditions at the college; the first boarding students were enrolled in June 1896.
Accommodation at the site was limited and overcrowded. In 1917, Brother Paul Nunan, headmaster of the college, set-about acquiring a larger property away from the city center in order to reside the whole school on a much larger campus. At first, the brothers entered into negotiations for the purchase of 8 hectares at Point Heathcote on the Swan River; the negotiations fell through and in 1928 the brothers purchased 95 hectares on the Canning River, just east of the Riverton Bridge, they named the property Clune Park. The following year the Great Depression started and plans to develop this site were shelved. In 1936, at the instigation of Br. Paul Keaney, the superior of nearby Clontarf Orphanage, 62.4 hectares were purchased from the Manning family at Mount Henry Peninsula on the Canning River at a cost of £9,925. In April 1937, builders Snooks and Sons tendered to build the college at a cost of ₤21,350. Earlier that year, the work of clearing the grounds and preparing the site was taken up vigorously with squads of boys from the old college playing a major role.
In 1937, CBC Perth began to splinter. Boarders and some day boys started moving to the fast developing Aquinas College campus at Salter Point. In 1937, the PSA committee agreed to transfer PSA membership and records of CBC Perth to Aquinas. Although CBC Perth continued as a day school until 1961, Aquinas inherited the college colours red and black, as well as the college honour boards and history for the period 1894–1937; the inheritance was due to the driving efforts of Brother C. P. Foley, headmaster of CBC Perth and the founding headmaster of Aquinas. Brother Foley was steadfast Aquinas; the brothers obeyed and in the ensuring schism the heritage of CBC Perth was removed. CBC Perth was no longer a member of the PSA; the colours of CBC Perth became blue, light blue, green, the college raised new honour boards from 1938 onwards. In 1962 CBC Perth moved to the new campus at Trinity College by the Swan River on the East Perth foreshore; the Aquinas College foundation stone was laid on 11 July 1937, the school opened in February 1938 with 160 boarders and 55 day pupils.
Brother C. P. Foley was the first headmaster; the Catholic Archbishop of Perth, Most Reverend Redmond Prendiville, addressed the headmaster and students on 19 November 1938: "With the proud traditions of St Georges Terrace to sustain it, with the additional advantages of new quarters and ideal surroundings, I have no doubt that Aquinas College will achieve still greater results in the moral and intellectual training of good Catholics and good citizens". The Edmund Rice Administration wing was built in 1937; the main wing was brick in the late tradition of Federation Romanesque architecture, similar in style to CBC Perth. In its early years, the college extensively used wood framed and galvanized iron clad buildings for both dormitories and classrooms in order to cope with the growing number of pupils. In 1951, the college's premier oval, overlooked by the Edmund Rice Administration wing was named Memorial Oval to commemorate Aquinians who lost their lives at war. A scoreboard was constructed on the oval and is named after Brother C. P. Foley the first headmaster of Aquinas.
The first major classroom block was built in 1955, named the'Murphy Wing' in honour of Brother V. I. Murphy, headmaster of the college from 1951 to 1956; the construction of the McKenna wing, named after Brother V. C. McKenna, the deputy headmaster of the college from 1963 to 1966 was completed in 1962, soon followe
Aidan Guerra is a professional rugby league footballer who plays as a second-row and lock for the Newcastle Knights in the NRL. A Queensland State of Origin and Italian representative, he played for the Sydney Roosters, with whom he won the 2013 NRL Premiership. Guerra was born in Cairns, Australia, he is of Italian descent. He attended Ignatius Park College in Townsville and played his junior rugby league with Townsville Brothers. Guerra was signed with NRL club the Melbourne Storm, but never featured in the first grade squad being sidelined through injuries; the club banned him from appearing in any grade after he signed with the Roosters for the next season. Guerra did not play. In round 1 of the season, Guerra made his NRL debut for the Sydney Roosters, against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium, scoring a try off the interchange bench in the Roosters 36-10 win. Guerra played for New South Wales residents against the Queensland residents team, scoring a try in the 28-20 win. Guerra finished his debut year with 3 tries from 9 matches.
Guerra played in 14 matches and scored 6 tries for the Roosters in 2011. He was announced as a member of the Italian side that competed in 2013 World Cup qualifying, but again did not feature. Guerra played in 19 scored 5 tries for the Roosters in the 2012 NRL season. In the 2013 NRL Grand Final, Guerra played at second-row and scored a try in the Roosters 26-18 victory over the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. Guerra played in 22 scored 6 tries in the Roosters successful 2013 NRL season. In the post season, Guerra made his international debut playing for Italy in the 2013 World Cup, he played all 3 matches at centre and scored 2 tries against Wales in Italy’s 32-16 win at Millennium Stadium. In May, Guerra was named as the only change to the Queensland team for game 1 of the 2014 State of Origin series in place of the injured Sam Thaiday, he made his debut in the Maroons 8-12 loss at Suncorp Stadium. Guerra started at second-row in game 2, as the Maroons lost again, 4-6. In game 3, at Suncorp Stadium, Guerra scored.
Guerra finished off the Roosters season with 23 matches from 6 tries. On 14 October, Guerra was selected in the Australian Kangaroos 24-man squad for the 2014 Four Nations, he made his Australian debut and played his only match in the tournament in the 30-12 loss against New Zealand off the interchange bench at Suncorp Stadium. On 23 December, Guerra extended his contract with the Roosters to the end of the 2017 season. Guerra retained his State of Origin spot in the second-row for all 3 matches in 2015, scoring a try in the 3rd match. In round 20, against the Wests Tigers, he played his 100th NRL career match in the 33-8 win at the Sydney Football Stadium. Guerra scored. Despite playing in all 3 State of Origin matches, Guerra was moved to the bench by the Roosters, dropped to reserve grade in the season, he said. But I felt that I deserved to be dropped and it was up to me if I got that reprieve to make the most of it and show I deserved to be out there, it has been hard. I have been trying to put my finger on it for 24 rounds.
Some games have been good, but too many haven't." Guerra finished the season with 4 tries for the Roosters. Guerra played off the bench in the first State of Origin game of the series. After the shock defeat, Guerra was one of many players to be axed from the Maroons squad for fresher blood for Game 2. On 15 June, it was announced that Guerra signed a 3-year contract with the Newcastle Knights starting in 2018. In Round 23 against the Melbourne Storm, Guerra played his 150th NRL match in the 16-13 loss at AAMI Park. Guerra finished his last year with the Sydney Roosters with 5 tries. At the end of the season, he was named in the training squad for Italy for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup but ruled himself out. In round 1 of the 2018 season, Guerra made his debut for the Knights in their 19-18 golden point extra-time win over the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. In Round 2 against the Canberra Raiders, Guerra scored his first club try for the Knights in the 30-28 win at Canberra Stadium. Newcastle Knights profile
Patrick Kaufusi is a Tongan international rugby league footballer who plays as a prop for the Melbourne Storm in the NRL. He played for the North Queensland Cowboys. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Kaufusi is of Tongan descent and moved to Queensland, Australia at a young age, playing his junior rugby league for the Bundaberg Brothers, before being signed by the North Queensland Cowboys. From 2012 to 2014, Kaufusi played for the North Queensland Cowboys' NYC team. On 20 April 2013, he played for the Queensland Under-20s team against the New South Wales Under-20s team. On 3 October 2013, he re-signed with the Cowboys on a 3-year contract. In September 2014, Kaufusi was named in the Junior Kangaroos train-on squad. In 2015, he moved on to the Cowboys' Queensland Cup team, Northern Pride RLFC. In Round 16 of the 2015 NRL season, Kaufusi made his NRL debut for the Cowboys against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. In Round 7 of the 2016 NRL season, Kaufusi played his second NRL game, coming off the bench in the Cowboys' 44-18 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
On 7 May, he made his international debut for Tonga against Samoa in the 2016 Polynesian Cup. Kaufusi played 12 games for the Cowboys in 2016, coming off the interchange bench in all 12. Kaufusi started the 2017 NRL season coming off the bench for the Cowboys. After starting prop and co-captain Matthew Scott tore his ACL in Round 2, Kaufusi moved into the starting line-up for the first time. In Round 3, he started a 30-8 loss to the Manly Sea Eagles. On 6 May, he represented Tonga in the 2017 Pacific Test against Fiji, he broke his foot in the fixture. On 1 September, Melbourne Storm head coach Craig Bellamy confirmed that Kaufusi would join the club in 2018. Round 16, Kaufusi made his Melbourne Storm debut against Roosters at the Adelaide Oval. Patrick becomes the third Kaufusi to play for the Melbourne Storm, after his brothers Antonio and Felise. Kaufusi is the younger brother of former Australian and Queensland representative Antonio Kaufusi and current Melbourne Storm player Felise Kaufusi.
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Michael Morgan (rugby league, born 1991)
Michael Morgan is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who captains and plays as a halfback, five-eighth and fullback for the North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL. Morgan is a Queensland State of Origin, Australia international and Prime Minister's XIII representative and was a member of the Cowboys' 2015 NRL premiership and 2016 World Club Challenge winning sides. Born and raised in Townsville, Morgan played his junior rugby league for the Townsville Brothers club before joining the North Queensland Cowboys under-20s squad in 2009. In the same year, whilst attending Ignatius Park College, he represented the Queensland Schoolboys under-18s side and was selected for the Australian Schoolboys side. In round 9, Morgan made his NRL debut at age 18 for the North Queensland Cowboys against the Sydney Roosters, filling in at halfback for the Cowboys' captain Johnathan Thurston in the Cowboys 32-14 win at the Sydney Football Stadium. On 30 November, Morgan re-signed with the Cowboys for three years.
In round 14, against the Canberra Raiders, Morgan scored his first and second NRL tries in the Cowboys 16-8 win at 1300SMILES Stadium. Morgan finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 4 scoring 2 tries. On 30 November, Morgan re-signed with the Cowboys for three years to the end of the 2013 season. Morgan played in 4 matches for the Cowboys in 2011, once again filling in for Johnathan Thurston after he was ruled out for 6 weeks of the season, he spent the majority of the season in the Cowboys' NYC side, playing halfback in the Toyota Cup Grand Final against the New Zealand Warriors, lost 31-30 in extra time. In round 10, Morgan returned to first grade for the Cowboys against the Newcastle Knights. Morgan starred in the game by scoring a try and setting another up in the Cowboys 32-12 win at Hunter Stadium. From round 19 onward, Morgan cemented his halfback spot for the Cowboys after Ray Thompson suffered a shoulder injury. In week 1 of the 2012 finals series, against the Brisbane Broncos, Morgan became the first halfback in the history of the NRL/ARL/NSWRL to score a hat-trick of tries in a finals match in the Cowboys 33-16 win at 1300SMILES Stadium.
Morgan played in 13 matches and scored 4 tries in the 2012. On 9 February 2013, Morgan captained the Cowboys to a 28-24 victory over the Brisbane Broncos in a trial match, he set up another in the win. On 10 April, Morgan re-signed with the Cowboys for a further two years; that month, Morgan was given three weeks off from first grade duty after the death of best-friend and Cowboys teammate Alex Elisala. Morgan spent most the year playing with the Mackay Cutters, they won the Queensland Cup Grand Final against the Easts Tigers 27-20, with Morgan dedicating a try to Elisala. Morgan only played 9 matches and scored 2 tries in 2013. In September, Morgan admitted he had stood himself the NRL from being drained from the death of Elisala. In 2014, Morgan shifted to fullback for the Cowboys after new signing Lachlan Coote tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the club's Auckland Nines tournament. Due to his form at fullback, he was called into Queensland's State of Origin squad as 19th man for Game III of the 2014 State of Origin series.
Following an impressive season at fullback for the Cowboys, including two finals appearances, Morgan was selected on the interchange bench for the Prime Minister's XIII team which defeated Papua New Guinea 34-16 in Kokopo. Morgan spent time at lock during the game, he finished the 2014 NRL season with him playing in all of the Cowboys 26 matches and scoring a career-high 10 tries. At the end of 2014, Morgan was named the Cowboys members' player of the year and the most improved player. In January, Morgan was named in the QAS Emerging Origin squad for the third year in a row. On 27 January 2015, Morgan was named in the Cowboys 2015 NRL Auckland Nines squad. After starting the first two rounds of the season at fullback, Morgan shifted to five-eighth in round 3 against the Brisbane Broncos in the Cowboys 44-22 loss. In round 10, against the Broncos, Morgan scored a hat-trick of tries in a man of the match performance in which the Cowboys won 31-20. Following the return of Lachlan Coote from injury, Michael Morgan shifted to five eighth.
North Queensland's spine was instrumental in their success during the 2015 season, with Lachlan Coote, Jonathan Thurston and Jake Granville being named NRL.com's #1 playmaking spine for 2015. After scoring five tries in two weeks, Morgan was called into the Queensland State of Origin team for game I of the 2015 State of Origin series, after Daly Cherry-Evans was ruled out with an elbow injury. Morgan came off the interchange bench in Queensland's 11-10 victory. In Game III of the series, Morgan scored a try with just his third touch of the football and set up two others in Queensland's 52-6 obliteration of New South Wales. On 4 October 2015, Morgan was a member of the Cowboys' Grand Final winning side, starting at five-eighth in the side's 17-16 victory over the Brisbane Broncos. On the last play of the game, with the Cowboys down by four points, Morgan combined with Johnathan Thurston in-setting up a try to right winger Kyle Feldt when he ran from 20 out, drew three Broncos defenders and got away a one-handed flick pass to send the winger over for the match-tying try and sending the game into extra time.
Morgan finished his barnstorming 2015 NRL season for Cowboys with him playing in 23 matches and scoring 15 tries. In February, Morgan played in the Cowboys 2016 Auckland Nines squad, he was a member of the Cowboys' World Club Challenge winning side, starting at five-eighth and scoring the first try of the match in the match against Leeds Rhinos. After a great start to the season, on 6 May, Morgan was selected to make his international debut for Au
Australian Labor Party
The Australian Labor Party is a major centre-left political party in Australia. The party has been in opposition at the federal level since the 2013 election. Bill Shorten has been the party's federal parliamentary leader since 13 October 2013; the party is a federal party with branches in each territory. Labor is in government in the states of Victoria, Western Australia, in both the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory; the party competes against the Liberal/National Coalition for political office at the federal and state levels. It is the oldest political party in Australia. Labor's constitution has long stated: "The Australian Labor Party is a democratic socialist party and has the objective of the democratic socialisation of industry, production and exchange, to the extent necessary to eliminate exploitation and other anti-social features in these fields"; this "socialist objective" was introduced in 1921, but was qualified by two further objectives: "maintenance of and support for a competitive non-monopolistic private sector" and "the right to own private property".
Labor governments have not attempted the "democratic socialisation" of any industry since the 1940s, when the Chifley Government failed to nationalise the private banks, in fact have privatised several industries such as aviation and banking. Labor's current National Platform describes the party as "a modern social democratic party"; the ALP was not founded as a federal party until after the first sitting of the Australian Parliament in 1901. It is regarded as descended from labour parties founded in the various Australian colonies by the emerging labour movement in Australia, formally beginning in 1891. Labor is thus the country's oldest political party. Colonial labour parties contested seats from 1891, federal seats following Federation at the 1901 federal election; the ALP formed the world's first Labour Party government, as well as the world's first social democratic government at a national level. Labor was the first party in Australia to win a majority in either house of the Australian Parliament, at the 1910 federal election.
The Australian Labor Party at both a federal and state/colony level predates, among others, both the British Labour Party and the New Zealand Labour Party in party formation and policy implementation. Internationally, the ALP is a member of the Progressive Alliance network of social-democratic parties, having been a member of the Socialist International. In standard Australian English, the word "labour" is spelled with a ⟨u⟩. However, the political party uses the spelling "Labor", without a ⟨u⟩. There was no standardised spelling of the party's name, with "Labor" and "Labour" both in common usage. According to Ross McMullin, who wrote an official history of the Labor Party, the title page of the proceedings of Federal Conference used the spelling "Labor" in 1902, "Labour" in 1905 and 1908, "Labor" from 1912 onwards. In 1908, James Catts put forward a motion at Federal Conference that "the name of the party be the Australian Labour Party", carried by 22 votes to two. A separate motion recommending state branches to adopt the name was defeated.
There was no uniformity of party names until 1918, when Federal Conference resolved that state branches should adopt the name "Australian Labor Party" – now spelled without a ⟨u⟩. Each state branch had used a different name, due to their different origins. Despite the ALP adopting the spelling without a ⟨u⟩, it took decades for the official spelling to achieve widespread acceptance. In 1954, Labor MP Ted Johnson complained in the Parliament of Western Australia that both Hansard and the daily newspapers were still using the spelling "Labour"; as late as the 1980s, historian Finlay Crisp used the spelling "Labour" in academic works about the party. McMullin has observed that "the way the spelling of'Labor Party' was consolidated had more to do with the chap who ended up being in charge of printing the federal conference report than any other reason"; some sources have attributed the official decision to use "Labor" to King O'Malley, born in the United States and was reputedly an advocate of spelling reform.
It has been suggested that the adoption of the spelling without a ⟨u⟩ "signified one of the ALP's earliest attempts at modernisation", served the purpose of differentiating the party from the Australian labour movement as a whole and distinguishing it from other British Empire labour parties. The decision to include the word "Australian" in the party's name – rather than just "Labour Party" as in the United Kingdom – has been attributed to "the greater importance of nationalism for the founders of the colonial parties"; the Australian Labor Party has its origins in the Labour parties founded in the 1890s in the Australian colonies prior to federation. Labor tradition ascribes the founding of Queensland Labour to a meeting of striking pastoral workers under a ghost gum tree in Barcaldine, Queensland in 1891; the Balmain, New South Wales branch of the party claims to be the oldest in Australia. Labour as a parliamentary party dates from 1891 in New South Wales and South Australia, 1893 in Queensland, in the other colonies.
The first election contested by Labour candidates was the 1891 New South Wales election, when Labour candidates won 35 of 141 seats. The major parties were the Protectionist and Free Trade parties and Labour held the balance of power, it offered parliamentary support in exchange for policy concessions. The United Labor Party of