Mortimer family on side at Mortimer Shield Wagga Wagga

Sydney Rooster Daniel Mortimer will join his father Peter, uncles Steve and Chris and their mother Elaine to celebrate four generations of Rugby League in the Riverina at the 2013 Mortimer Shield Grand Final in Wagga Wagga today.


The strength of junior Rugby League across the region has been on show across the last five weeks with more than 2000 primary school children taking part in the annual Mortimer Shield named in honour of the family with the Kooringal community established the Kooringal Wagga Magpies JRL Club in 1964.


Having grown up in the bush and getting my first start in Orange I am really excited about being part of Tuesdays event and seeing the next generation of players coming through, Daniel Mortimer said.


While its a competition, its still a fun event and to see such a strong mix of boys and girls showing passion for the game at such a young age will take me back to many happy memories.


From 10am today students from 12 primary schools will take to Paramore Park, Wagga Wagga to represent their own towns including Wagga Wagga, Leeton, Griffith, Cootamundra, Junee and Narrandera.


The Mortimer family will join the primary school students to cheer from the sidelines and take part in the final presentations.


Rugby League has a rich history in the Riverina and preserving that history and to continue growing the game in the region is incredibly important for our family, Steve Mortimer said.


We are honoured to have this competition named after our family and it is a wonderful way to recognise the work our mum and dad did for the game so many years ago.


Rugby League in the region is in a strong position at the moment and with increased resources from the NRL and a strong commitment to the bush our future looks very healthy.