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Bulldogs v Roosters: Rooster Mitchell Pearce flicks a pass away. Photograph: Phil HillyardMITCHELL PEARCE INJURED
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Roosters halfback and genuine good bloke Michell Pearce injured his back in last night Monday night footy game against the rampaging Sonny Bill Williams and the Origin starless Bulldogs

PHOTO : Bulldogs v Roosters: Rooster Mitchell Pearce flicks a pass away. Photograph: Phil Hillyard

Mitchell Pearce played well in the Premier League (Photos : ourfooty Media )
Mitchell Pearce played well in the Premier League (Photos : ourfooty Media )
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Mitchell Pearce was the little general in the Newton Jet side which thrashed the Cronulla Sharks Premier League side at Shark Park last on Saturday Night.

Mitchell was very commanding on the field, directing his troops to plug holes, cover players and his little kicks are out of this world.

Twice in the first half the Jets scored tries from Mitchell Pearce's kicks, the first a spot on grubber kick that the Jet winger was able to pick up and the second was a beautiful 30 meter kick to the right wing where the footy was marked in mid air and the Jets crashed over the Sharks line for a great team try.

Mitchell Pearces' kicking game is deadly, this kick resulted in a try to the Jets winger (Photo : ourfooty media )
Mitchell Pearces' kicking game is deadly, this kick resulted in a try to the Jets winger (Photo : ourfooty media )

After stringing together a series of encouraging performances in recent weeks the Sharks Premier League came crashing back to earth when they slumped to a 38-8 loss to the Newtown Jets at Toyota Park on Saturday night.

The Sharks never managed to get into the contest, with the Jets building on their 10-0 half time deficit to run out comfortable winners.

Two tries, both from Mitchell Pierce kicks, saw the Jets go to half time with a handy advantage and things hardly improved for the Sharks in the second stanza.

Jets winger Shaun Kenny Dowell scored the first of two tries after getting on the outside of his opposite number, before then capitalising on another blunder down the left hand side from Sharks winger Tu’u Maori and the match was as good as over for the Sharks at 20-0 behind.

Cronulla SharksCronulla Sharks 8 - 38 Newtown JetsNewtown Jets
TRIES : Bryson Goodwin, Josh Hannay TRIES : Shaun Kenny Dowell 2, Iosia Soliola, Rory Kostjasyn, Troy Savage, Micky Paea, Willie Brown
GOALS : Shaun Foley 5

Two more tries to the Jets saw the score blow out to 32-0, before Bryson Goodwin slid over wide out to post the Sharks first score of the night. He failed to convert, however the Sharks were on the board at 32-4.

A further try to the Jets and a four-pointer to Josh Hannay for the Sharks as the full time siren was sounding, saw the final score finish up at 38-8 in favour of the Jets.
Youngster Mitchell Pearce is the Roosters' last halfback. / The Daily Telegraph
Youngster Mitchell Pearce is the Roosters' last halfback. / The Daily Telegraph Mitchell Pearce plays against the Sharks for the Jets (Ani ourfooty Media )
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TEENAGER Mitchell Pearce last night vowed to defy the pressure of being the Roosters' last-standing halfback.

Barely old enough to drive, the 18-year-old has been asked to steer the Roosters' attack for the remainder of the season.

The son of Tigers great Wayne Pearce is now the only recognised No. 7 at Bondi following the double departure of fellow halves Josh Lewis and Jamie Soward in the past fortnight.

Despite the fact Pearce will make just his eighth NRL appearance this weekend, the Roosters yesterday ruled out signing a back-up No. 7 this season.

Coach Chris Anderson is adamant Pearce can lead the foundation club away from the bottom of the ladder in its 100th season.

"We see him as our future halfback and there's a lot of experience around him now," Anderson said.

"Well stick with him.

"He's a good, tough kid. He's certainly not daunted."

After training at half ahead of tomorrow's crunch game against Newcastle in Gosford, Pearce last night steeled himself for a steep rise in responsibility.

"Opes (Anderson) and I have had a bit of a chat about a couple of things and now it's up to me to prove myself," he said.

"I suppose if I thought about it too much, I would feel more pressure.

"The only pressure comes from myself really."

Despite having the crucial halfback role lumped on his tender shoulders, Pearce felt more weight prior to his highly publicised first NRL trial in February.

"It was probably worse before the season started, during the trials," he said. "I didn't have the respect . . . I was an unknown.

"Since I've had a few games there's a bit more confidence and less pressure than back then."

Pearce suffered a setback, however, when he was dropped to reserve grade last weekend.

In his absence, Soward stepped in – providing kick assists for both tries in the Roosters' golden-point 13-12 win over Cronulla.

Soward's performance threw 11th-hour doubt on his impending release to St George Illawarra, and even Pearce admitted to being in the dark.

"I didn't have a clue what the club were going to do with Jamie," he said.

"I only found out (he had gone to St George Illawarra) when the other boys told me on Monday night."

Initially disappointed about his axing to Premier League after the team's 26-2 loss to Melbourne, Pearce returns this week with a view to not have to make the drop again this season.

"It was pretty tough. I probably didn't have my best game and although the side defended well, our attack was a bit ordinary," he said.

In light of Soward's performance last week, Anderson described the timing of the 22-year-old's exit as "unfortunate".
Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce with another deadly accurate pass
Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce with another deadly accurate pass
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How many people can say they spent the day before their 18th birthday getting bashed up by the best footy team on the planet?

Sydney Roosters half back Mitchell Pearce can because last Friday night the Roosters played the Premiers at Aussies stadium and the next day Mitchell turned 18. Happy Birthday Mitch'.

The Roosters have gotten ahead of the pack by signing young Mitchell for 3 more years at the famous 100 year old club.

"It's a really big coupe for the club" said Sean Miller, the Roosters media manager, "we are really happy Mitchell has agreed to stay with the club, the signing of Pearce is a continuation of the Club’s youth policy having recently re-signed utility backs Mitchell Aubusson and Shaun Kenny-Dowall."

Mitchell Pearce resigns with the Rossters ( assrl photo's : ourfooty media)We were lucky enough to speak with Mitchell on Thursday night to ask him what it means to him to have extended his contact by 3 years?

"It's pretty good hey, we have a pretty good team and the club has a great future"

So now your contract is out of the way, did they give you enough to buy a Ferrari? "Nah, nothing like that mate"

Happy Birthday for the other day Mitchell, what did ya get? "Thanks mate, Not much really, i got stuff off my sisters and stuff, we are having a party in a few weeks, that will be big."

"We went to Randwick races on my Birthday, now that I'm 18 I can have a bet (I only learned how to fill in a TAB ticket on Saturday)" -Yeah right Mitch', what at the races, - that's what ya call 'on the job training' - good one.

Sydney City Roosters 100TH YEAR FAN DAY
Sunday, April 22, 2007, 11:00AM
Location: Henson Park
The Sydney Roosters want to celebrate our 100th season with you at a Fan Day at Henson Park on Sunday 22 April from 11am to 1pm.

The Fan Day will be a celebration of the 100 years of History of the Roosters and will include the Newtown Jets, historically linked to the Roosters through their first Rugby League game and their continuing relationship through the current Premier League competition.

Mitchell PearceThe highlight of the day will be a reenactment of the inaugural Roosters game against the Newtown Jets, with a touch football game between the greats of both teams.

The Roosters players will be in attendance and running skills clinics and signing autographs.

Join in the carnival atmosphere with jumping castles, fairy floss and many other activities at the Roosters 100th Season fan day!
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and his capers on tour with the Aussie schoolboys with Poms throwin' rabbit punches, cheatin' ref's & more

Last time we spoke Mitchell we were talking about a race between you and Anthony Minichiello, so have you had the race and who is the fastest? "heh, that's right, nah we haven't got it on for a race, but he (Mini) is pretty quick though"

So now that your a successful professional footy player, what are you driving? "heh, I've still my old Hyundai, I think I will get a new car soon"

All your mates from last years Schoolboys tour are playing footy all over the place, what about Israel, "Yeah, he is awesome, what is it, 7 tries so far this year. Chrissy Sandow is rippin' 'em up up there for Tweed Heads, hows Obe (Geia) goin'?"

He (Obe Geia) is playing with the Nth QLD Young Guns, he is actually the fastest bloke in the Cowboys squad. "yeah, he is quick too"

Chris Sandow scored his 1st try for Tweed Heads on the weekend. "Yeah Chrissy's a freak"

Good luck this year Mitchell, and we all can't wait for you blokes go and win that elusive 1,000 th game, & we all hope that you score that winning try. "thanks mate, no worries"
Mitchell PEARCE runs the ball for Australia
Mitchell Pearce get tackled during the ASSRL Vs GB Community Lions game
Mitchell Pearce on his 2nd ASSRL Squad in 2006
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Mitchell Pearce is tackled by the BARLA Academy team on the 2006 Schoolboys tour (Photo : ourfooty media '06)
TRY TIME !!  ( Exclusive OFT Photo :OFT /  - Maurice JONES )
That's the way to win, score points  ( Exclusive OFT Photo :OFT /  - Maurice JONES )
Mitchell Pearce scores a try in the 1st Test Vs England 2006
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the Aussies celebrate Mitch's try in the 1st Test.
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Ourfooty Media interview with Sydney Roosters newest Champ - Mitchell Pearce 06/02/07 @ 8:30pm 'ish
ourfooty team MITCHELL PEARCE
Thank you Mitchell Pearce for giving your time to talk with us tonight, it's really great talking to you again and like everyone in Australia, we all wish you heaps of success in the future, and hopefully a bit of good luck along the way as well mate.
Congratulations on being chosen as the 2006 ASSRL MOST Valuable Player, What did you win ?

I got a really nice trophy, the NRL and ARL donated the Trophies to us on the tour, so thanks to the NRL and the ARL too.

it's actually a very big honour when you think that all my mates in the team are all special and very good footballers

So you got to Captain Australia, wow, what that like, leading the team into battle?

yeah it was unreal, it was a big honour & it was made better because we won the tests.

none of us will every forget, beating England in England. It doesn't get better than that.

What are some of the things you remember about last years Australian Schoolboys tour Mitchell? all the boys that we went away with, they are all my great mates now and probably will be for all my life, I saw the eifle tower, the footy was the best part and beating the poms after the last couple years were they won was great
What was the coldest footy ground you played at? the 2 test match was freezing mate,
What else happened, was there any good fights, or accidential spear tackling of Englishmen?

1st test was pretty clean, then the 2nd test they were different, they came out and were right into us from the start with Dog Punches, verbal abuse and dirty tackles.

The ref was a massive cheat, he would put us back 10 & them 5, so they were quickly in our faces and if we argued he would penalise us.

and just quietly the boys gave it back with interest, but we won the series after that game so it made the win even better

On your days off, what did you get up too Mitchell ?

we had lots of time off, but we trained most mornings, then the boys just went out shopping and site seeing or the movies.

We all bought Sony PSP's in Wales had had a mad time linking them together to play games.

Poker was popular.

What did you think of the Viking Mesuem ? I can't remember, was that the castle in France, nah, it's in England, then I don't remember
Back to last years Australian 18 Championships in Pt. MacQuarie, Joe Paulo & Liam Foram were also in your successful CCC Team. You played some hot footy, what make the CCC side so good?

yeah we had a pretty good side, chrissy lawrence at fullback, Liam (Foran) & Aiden (Tolman) up in the forwards, we got to play a few trails so we played togeher a bit. it was a good team.

I think the CCC squads will do well again this year

Is it better to play with the Qld boys, or do you like playing against Queensland ? it's always good playing against them, but its even better playing with them, people like Luke Capewell, Crissy Sandow, Israel (Folau) they have some great players who do freaky stuff.
In the Australian Champ's, you scored 2 tries in the grand Final Mitchell, what can you tell us about the tries and the game ? yeah the 1st try was a good one, I ran about 60 mts & stepped Luke Capewell (which is always good and in my REEBOKS too) in the mud to score, the 2nd one was from about 6 meters. it was a great game but very disappionting result because we lost.
Did you have a good Christmas, what did you do ?

it was good, I got back (to australia) the day before, I had a bit of jet lag and I think I slept until about 2:30 in the arvo.

we had Aunties and Uncles and family and we had a BBQ, it was good

You must still be in pretty good nick fitness wise, how have you found training with the Sydney Roosters ? IT'S BEEN AWESOME, it has been intence, we just had a 4 day camp at Coff's Harbour, it was great to get to know the boys even better
What are the boys in your new team like, have you played with any of them before ? I haven't played with any of the older senior blokes, I 've played with about half in Premier League and know some coming up from Flegg.
Can you catch Minichiello? Dunno, I haven't tried yet, but I will tomorrow and send you a text
Do you have any brothers or sisters? 2 sisters, I 'm the malcolm in the middle
Who is the most famous person you have ever met?

no, no one really, just footballers, I met andrew johns when I was about 9, now I know freddie fitler, he is pretty famous isn't he.

no-one else, just footballers

Will you get to play 1st grade this year? I hope so, thats definately my goal. I hope to get a game sometime
Will you get a run during the trials? yeah, I 'll play in at least one of our trial games, but I don't know how he (coach chris anderson) is going to do it yet.
Have you been watching the cricket? no, it's a bit slow for me at times, I like to watch tennis, they get the ball to really hum
How do you get to training these days? I drive now, I used to have to catch the train to footy training
What sort of car do you own? a hyundai
What sort of car do you want to own SUBARU WRX
What a your favourite footy boots? REEBOK - REEBOK Ok I 'll say it again REEBOK!
In case you missed Richard and TK's Interview with Australian Schoolboys Captain and good bloke Mitchell Pearce.
Click on the 'Big Sports Breakfast Logo to download the interview. its an .mp3
Mitchell PEARCe (on right) warms up with his Australian Schoolboy team mates before the 2nd Test vs French National Juniors 20/12/06 - ( Exculsive OFT Photo : pierre grenet Photography [France])Mitchell Pearce is a student from MARIST COLLEGE in Sydney's North Shore, he played for NSW Combined Catholic Colleges in this years Australian National Under 18 Championships at Port MacQuarie and had a blinder too.

This is Mitchell's second year in the Australian Schoolboys Squad and he was part of last years Tests against the Junior KIWI 'S

In 2007 Mitch is playing with the Roosters and will be aiming to get a few games in the top side during the season

Aussie Captain Mitchell PEARCE 1st Test Vs  France Aussies Attack ( Exculsive OFT Photo : pierre grenet Photography [France])

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Mitchell Pearce and Ratu Peni Tagive keep their eyes on the game while having a rest. still there, it's all good (Photo : ourfooty media '06)
The French boys attack the Aussie line in the 1st test
TRY Time, Aussie Skipper Mitchell Pearce scores  for Australia ( Photo : OFT/ RLphotos - Maurice JONES )
wots going on here, looks like the French half is finding out what the old Balmain how-ya-goin' is right in the middle of a Test Match
See the Queenslander lining for a bit of Sam Backo. good on ya kev' & Nathan (Photo : ourfooty media '06)
Pretty handy at finding the try line too is young Mr. Pearce
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Mitchell Pearce Nth Sydney Bears 2005Queensland 17s in Dazzling Win
IT WAS spectacular and controversial and in the long run the good guys won. Queensland raised its first victory over New South Wales this year with a 42-16 win in the Under 17s prelude to Origin II.

In one of the most eye-catching curtain-raisers in recent Origin times, Queensland responded from a 16-14 halftime deficit to storm home in front of a rabid hometown crowd.

......... The visiting Blues moved ahead 10-4 when skipper Mitchell Pearce plucked an intercept and ran almost 100m untouched... Learn More

Mitchell PEARCE runs the ball for Australia
  oh yeah, Mitchell's old man was a pretty good football player too, he is a successful coach and here some info on the old Champ
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Rising star ... Mitchell Pearce trains with the Roosters yesterday and (inset) aged four with proud dad Wayne. / The Daily TelegraphTHAT'S MY BOY

AUSTRALIAN and Balmain legend Wayne Pearce last night spoke of his pride at having son Mitchell named to make his NRL debut.

Sydney Roosters will be aiming to tie 17-year-old Mitchell Pearce to a long-term contract after he was rushed yesterday into the side to play North Queensland at Dairy Farmers Stadium tomorrow night.

Nominated halfback Josh Lewis (toe) withdrew, prompting coach Chris Anderson to bench Mitch Aubusson and shift Braith Anasta back to five-eighth from lock.

Former Australia captain Wayne Pearce has been reluctant to discuss Mitchell's obvious ability for fear of placing undue pressure on him.

But Wayne told The Daily Telegraph: "I'm very proud.

"I am happy for Mitchell because of the amount of work he has put in.

"He's a good player.

"Mitchell has worked hard for the opportunity. He thoroughly deserves it."

Test forward Anthony Tupou drops back from the second row to lock while former Bulldog Nate Myles comes into the run-on side in the back row.

Roosters CEO Brian Canavan said negotiations with Pearce, who is off contract at the end of this season, had opened two weeks ago.

"We haven't put anything down on paper but we'd be looking at a minimum of two years," said Canavan. "How he goes on Saturday night doesn't make any difference to where we're coming from."

Anderson said Pearce and Lewis were likely to duel for the No. 7 shirt all year. He ruled out using them both together in the halves.

He said Mitchell Pearce was "very strong, committed, a good defender".

"He's very competitive, he's got a really good passing game, he's not afraid to get in and really mix it with the first graders," said Anderson.

"He'll develop into a really good player."

Anderson wouldn't rule out Anasta's shift back to pivot being permanent.

"I put Braith to five-eighth to give (Pearce) some experience around him," Anderson said. "We'll see how it works. We're still tinkering with the team. I probably won't have my best team until we get to round four or round five.

"It's all about taking the pressure off (Anasta) and letting him be himself. Whether he's got 13 or six won't bother him too much."

North Queensland coach Graham Murray said he had heard rumours of Pearce's involvement before the changes were announced.

He added he also wouldn't be surprised to see Country Origin star Amos Roberts, back from a knee injury, make the trip to Townsville this morning and play some of tomorrows game at Five/Eight

Mitchell Pearce in action (Photo's & ani ourfooty media)MITCHELL PEARCE TALKS ABOUT SLY DOG PUNCHES, BEATING THE POMS & SONY PSPS

07/02 ONE of the questions we wanted to ask young Rooster player and 2006 Australian Schoolboy's co-captain was, is he faster than his team mate Anthony Minichiello?

"I dunno, I haven't tried, heh but I will today, I'll definitely find out if he is faster, I'll see if I can race him at training."

"Then I'll text you this afternoon with the result." (who do u reckon will win, the young keen rookie or the veteran Aussie Fullback? Let us Know here) They're both pretty quick

We were also talking to Mitchell about last year's undefeated Schoolboy's Tour of England.

"We trained almost every day but we had heaps of time off so we all bought Sony PSP's and played games and a bit of poker."

"Playing footy and the test matches were the best part of the tour.

"It's such a great honour playing for your country, it's some thing I'll never forget."

"The first test against the England Academy side was a good game. The first test was pretty clean, then the second test they were different.

They came out and were right into us from the start with dog punches, verbal abuse and dirty tackles." "The ref was a massive cheat, he would put us back 10 & them nearly 5, so they were quickly in our faces and if we argued he would penalise us". Learn More in our Exclusive Interview with Mitchell. [Also hear Mitchell's interview with the the 2KY Big Sports Breakfast boys Richard Freedman & T for Terry Kennedy.]
Mitchell Pearce running for the Australian Schoolboys against BARLA U19's dec 06 (Photo : ourfooty media / TO DEBUT AGAINST TIGERS

13/02 BOOM teenager Mitchell Pearce will make his first- grade debut for the Sydney Roosters this weekend - against his famous father's former team the Tigers.

The Daily Telegraph has learned 17-year-old Pearce will play halfback for the Roosters in Saturday night's inaugural Foundation Cup match against Wests Tigers at Aussie Stadium.

It will be the first rugby league game held in Sydney this season.

And it will be the ultimate irony for the Pearce family, with young Mitchell up against the Tigers on debut.

Wayne Pearce is a Balmain Tigers legend, having played 192 top-grade matches between 1980 and 1990 as a back-rower.

Mitchell Pearce, having just returned from captaining the Australian Schoolboys through Great Britain, will team up at the scrum-base with another rookie, Mitch Aubusson.. Learn More
Mitchell Pearce - Australian Schoolboys most valuable playerSCHOOLBOYS SKIPPER BEST BY HALF
18/01 THE Roosters are poised to revive one of the great names in rugby league with teen sensation Mitchell Pearce yesterday labelled the best halfback at the club by the legendary Arthur Beetson.

While the Roosters have gone to great lengths to keep the hot young prospect out of the media spotlight, Beetson has declared the 18-year-old son of Balmain great Wayne "Junior" Pearce ready to wear the No. 7 this season.

"He is the pick of the young halves (at the Roosters)," Beetson said.

"Mitchell is a real tough kid who just needs a bit of coaching. He is tough enough to handle it (first grade) and strong enough physically."

Judged the best player on the Australian Schoolboys' all-conquering tour of Europe last month, Pearce is locked in a four-way battle for a scrumbase position with the enigmatic Jamie Soward, incumbent half Josh Lewis and emerging talent Mitchell Aubusson.. Learn More
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