Bears History

From Seniors History Pages

The North Tamworth Bears Rugby League Club was formed in 1911, just 3 years after the formation of Rugby League in NSW.

Formed from the "defection" of the North Tamworth Rugby Union team the North Tamworth Rugby League Club played the first game of League in Tamworth at No 1 Oval on 22nd of July 1911, giving birth to the Club and the game in this region. 

The Bears have had a chequered history which has involved 3 distinct periods- the Rebel/Originals era 1911-1935, the Tri Colour era 1947-1955 and the North Tamworth Bears era 1964-current. 

The Club has played in 30 First Grade Grand Finals and have successfully won more than half of them.

In 1965/67 the club established its own ground and facilities on the former Police Paddock on the Manilla Road.  The facility was titled Jack Woolaston Oval in 1985 in honour of club stalwart and former founding President.

In 2011 the Bears celebrated their 100th year anniversary and in 2013 the 50th Anniversary of the Bears era, 1963 - 2013.

In 2014 the Bears will comprise of three teams - U18's, Reserve Grade and First Grade, and we welcome aboard a Ladies League Tag side for the first time.


The North Tamworth Bears Junior RLFC are a non-profit Junior Rugby League Club in Tamworth NSW.  We provide opportunities for kids from 5 years old to 16 years old to play the greatest game of all.

We are the ONLY club in the Tamworth region which fields teams from Under 6 through to Under 16. In addition we also have strong links and established pathways with our senior club The North Tamworth Bears providing opportunity for our players to move into senior Rugby League after the age of 16.

We also offer opportunities for our junior players to move into coaching and refereeing roles as they get into the older age groups.

We are a strong family club and our ethos is all about participation and fair play. Rugby League is a great opportunity to build strong connections and community links through healthy competition and above all - through the kids having fun.

If you are interested in either signing up your son/ daughter or volunteering as a Coach, League safe, FAO or Ground manager then please get in contact with us through this page and welcome aboard!


Games are usually played on Saturdays at Tamworth Minor League, Cnr Ebsworth St & Plain St TAMWORTH.  For more information on our Juniors go to our teams page.