Rugby League

Fred Yanz and Son


Fred Yanz senior played first grade for Wests 1922-28 while one of his sons, (all of which also attended the School), also Fred, also played first grade for Wests, 1944-48. Fred Senior’s grandsons also attended the School. his other son, John, was a teacher at the school from 1974 until [to be checked – please leave comment or use the contact form if you can help.]

Denis Fitzgerald

Denis Fitzgerald – Eels in the 1970s and later Parramatta Rugby League Club CEO for many years. The days of cigarette advertising. For more see Wikipedia.

Graeme Atkins (1974)


A Parramatta junior made his first grade debut as a replacement fullback for Phil Mann in the fifth place play-off against Wests in 1975. While five-eighth was his favoured position, it was as a darting winger that Atkins played the majority of his first grade career. Atkins was a reserve for centre John Moran in the final minutes of the 1976 grand final but his great form the following year cemented a first grade place on the wing. He played in both the Eels’ grand final appearances in 1977 and was a try-scorer in the club’s maiden grand final win in 1981. Cut from the club prior to the start of the 1983 season, he returned to the Eels after two years with Easts. He retired in 1987. See Wikipedia.

Find the former coach of the Parramatta Eels (and St. Helen’s) 


Also a former teacher at Parramatta Marist High – Peter Bowd

Ljubo (Lew) Zivanovic (1976)

Lew Zivanovic (born in Penrith, New South Wales) is an Australian former rugby league player for the Penrith Panthers in the New South Wales Rugby Leaguecompetition. He primarily played in the second row but could also played at lock-forward and prop.


Zivanovic, who played 116 games for the Panthers between 1979-1986, is a passionate supporter of the club and has previously been involved with its charitable venture, Panthers on the Prowl.

A Wentworthville junior, Zivanovic was a tireless worker in both attack and defence in his seven years at the Penrith club, often topping the tackling tables for his side. He retired after the 1986 season because of outside work commitments.


Amco Cup & Shield 1977 Program Page 1 –
Thanks to Mark Attwood (School Captain 1977) for dropping in this program from the 1977 AMCO cup final against Ashcroft High. Some familiar names on the draw on page 2 of the program.


Amco Cup & Shield 1977 Program Page 2

Recognise this Parramatta and Souths Rugby League Player?

Nathan Cayless (1995) 


Find out more about Nathan HERE

Chris Warren – Player & Sports Commentator (1988)

Chris Warren (born 1 September 1970) is an Australian television presenter/producer and former professional rugby league footballer. He is the son of Australian Sports Commentator Ray Warren, best known as the “voice” of Rugby League.

He was brought up in Sydney attending Marist Brothers Parramatta where he gained his Higher School Certificate and later became a Bachelor of Commerce, with a major in marketing.

Playing career
Warren played seven seasons in the NSWRL and ARL after making his debut for Western Suburbs Magpies in 1990. He was a Parramatta junior and played in their winning SG Ball side of 1986. Was also captain of NSW CCC at under 15 and Open age but missed out on making the Australia Schoolboys side in 1988. He was a foundation member of the Western Reds squad in 1995, but never made an appearance in first grade for the club. He retired from playing in 1997 and joined Tennis West as their Marketing Manager before heading to the UK in 1998.

Read more about Chris’s media career HERE

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