MATTO MARCH ON IN UNI SHIELD
|Matraville score against Patrician Bro's last week in the ARL Schoolboys Cup (Photo : ourfootymedia)
An vastly understrength Matraville SHS took on Bass High School side at Bass High School on Friday in the NSWCHS University Shield.
Matraville who couldn't field an Uni Shield side last week against Endeavour due to trials, sent in their Under 16's to do battle against Bass.
Bass High School have done well over the last couple years and must be keen on next season already.
Matraville who were missing 8 of their top line players played a great game of footy to take away the points. MATRAVILLE SHS 32 - 24 BASS HS
BATHURST BOW OUT OF TOUGH UNIVERSITY SHIELD MATCH
|DEFEATED: Bathurst High captain Doug Hewitt and his team bowed out of the University Shield competition on Thursday. They were beaten by Tamworth’s Farrer Agricultural College. Photo: PHILL MURRAY
BATHURST High’s strong run through the University Shield high school rugby league competition finally came to an end on Thursday in Tamworth.
The Bathurst team met their match in the form of rugby league nursery Farrer Agricultural College who took out their semi-final 26-14 in tough conditions.
It was a tough encounter but the home side well and truly deserved their victory, leading for virtually the entire game and closing out Bathurst High’s aspirations with full-time in sight, putting the game to bed with the final try of the game after a spirited Bathurst fightback.
“They were an extremely well-drilled side, they came out and really hit us hard early,” said Bathurst High skipper and half Doug Hewitt.
“They had us covered pretty well in the first half, they had a good breeze behind them and they were well on top but in the second we managed to fight back and score a couple of quick tries.
“For a while it looked like we might be able to do the job and win but they scored the last try to seal it. Really I thought we played pretty well but they were certainly stronger than us on the day and deserved to win.”
The Bathurst High forward pack did their best to get a foothold against their strong opponents, led by second-rower Blake Seager and the front-row pairing of Jason Roach and Brodie Cheshire.
Despite their efforts the Farrer defence starved the Bathurst backs of any room and opportunities, a problem they have not had to deal with regularly in an impressive 2010 season.
“I know a few of the boys who play for Farrer and they’ve told me how hard they train together and the work they put in,” Hewitt said.
“We don’t really get the opportunity to train together like they do. We all play locally so we’ve always got club footy commitments and just haven’t been able to put in the work that we’d have liked.”
Most of the Bathurst High starting side will be in action for Bathurst Panthers in next weekend’s Group 10 under 18s grand final.
“We’ve got this weekend to freshen up now, we have played a hell of a lot of footy this year so the break comes at a good time, and then we’ll get back into it next week,” Hewitt concluded.
The loss to Farrer ended a strong year for the side.
Their semi-final appearance in this competition was naturally a highlight, but undoubtedly for many of the players 2010 will be remembered as the year they played a major role in breaking the school’s Astley Cup drought that stretched back over 20 years.
The majority of the side have been playing together throughout the age divisions and will prove hard for coach Des Crawford to replace next season.
FARRER BOOKS FINAL FLING IN SHIELD
|Farrer prop Toby Key clutches the pill on the way to the try line in the wet in yesterday's University Shield semi final win over Bathurst High. Photo: Barry Smith
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FARRER Memorial Agricultural High School is on its way to another University Shield final after burying Bathurst High in the slop at Simpson Oval in yesterday’s semi-final.
The local side won 26-14 to progress to the state final and, against a bigger side in wet and windy conditions, it took every ounce of effort from Farrer.
“They were a big side,” Farrer co-coach Steve Cavanagh said.
“We had to work very hard to dominate them in the first half but we did that.
“We made a couple of errors and they took advantage of that.
“They never moved the ball right down the field but we made some mistakes – kicked out on the full and didn’t find touch from a penalty and they took advantage every time.”
Farrer had a few early chances and Jack Broughton eventually crashed over for an early lead.
Toby Key did likewise on the other side of the field to make it 10-nil before Bathurst crossed out wide through Jack Seijka.
But when Farrer skipper Ryan Pooley found space out wide and fended off the only defender in his way to score, Farrer was up 16-4 at half-time.
That blew out to 20-4 in the second half when Jake Stevens broke into the back-field and stepped the fullback to cross.
Bathurst had most of the possession in the latter stages and, when prop Brady Cheshire planted the ball on the line from close range, the lead was cut to 20-8.
Joh Mathers had been one of Farrer’s best and he supported a Broughton break to push the lead out to 26-8.
Bathurst backrower Blake Seager barged over late in the game but it was too little too late and Farrer was through to the decider.
“This side has worked very hard,” Cavanagh said.
“That’s what people don’t realise.
“They have three one and a half hour training sessions every week and they’re in the gym at six o’clock three times every week.
“I’ve never worked with a side that has deserved to make a final more than this side and that’s a big statement.
“And they’re a team that has great cohesion.”
Pooley was players’ player but Cavanagh said he couldn’t split any of his players after such an effort.
“If I had to single anyone out it would be Ryan Pooley.
“He had an outstanding game at fullback.
“They had the bigger side and the conditions were to their advantage.
“We’ve got some speed but we couldn’t use it.”
Farrer will now await its opponent.
It could even be Inverell High but it has to play the winner of Chifley College and Eaglevale in the other semi-final first.
The final is on September 14.
BATHURST HIGH TO MEET FAMOUS LEAGUE NURSERY
|STAND OUT: Bathurst High captain Doug Hewitt was one of the best when his team defeated Tumut High 46-14 and will be looking to have another big game today. Photo: PHILL MURRAY
THEIR opponents are from the school responsible for producing Canberra Raiders players Alan Tongue and Tom Learoyd-Lars as well as former Melbourne Storm hooker Richard Swain, but Bathurst High will be aiming to defeat Farrer Memorial Agricultural College to gain a place in the University Shield final.
The schools will go head-to-head in Tamworth this afternoon and both fancy their chances of progressing to the final to be played next month.
The form for Bathurst couldn’t be much better after they beat Tumut High 46-14 in the quarter final a fortnight ago but Bathurst coach Des Crawford admits that Farrer is another step up. “We are expecting a really tough clash,” he said. “Farrer are a quality league school and they have had some good results in the University Shield.
“They have made the top four so they have to be a strong team. Our form has been pretty good too. In terms of school footy we had two good wins in Astley Cup and another strong performance against Tumut.”
Also working in Bathurst’s favour is that all of their players have been getting regular weekend football and there are some combinations that are familiar.
“Basically our forward pack is the same as the [Bathurst] Panthers under 18s and the majority of the backs are as well,” Crawford said. “The others are from the Panthers under 16s team and three are from the St Pat’s 18s side. It means that there are a lot of combinations there and even though we haven’t been able to train as a team lately because of the rain, it hasn’t affected us too much.
“The players have been playing on weekends and we will use a fairly similar game plan to the one that the Panthers use on the weekends, with some small variations.
“With the semi-finals going on [in Group 10], it’s probably better for the players that we haven’t been training as well.”
Crawford expects the battle of the forwards to have a big influence on the outcome.
“We know they have some quality outside backs and their front row are good too but we will play to our forwards, that’s the area we can win it,” he said.
“I’ll be looking for our backrowers Jack Siejka and Blake Seager to have big games and [hooker] Luke Carpenter doesn’t get the raps he deserves. In the backs Doug Hewitt and Andrew Mendes will have important roles to play.
“We are down a couple of players. One of our centres is out and one of our reserve forwards but otherwise we have everyone.”
Rather than having one big day with almost 12 hours of travelling, the team decided to leave yesterday afternoon.
“[Leaving yesterday] gives us time before kick off so the guys can prepare for the match,” Crawford said. “I want to thank Peter Siejka for helping us with the trip and accommodation.”
The University Shield semi-final between Bathurst High and Farrer Agricultural College gets underway at 2pm today in Tamworth.
FARRER CONFIDENT DESPITE LOSS OF HOOKER
|FARRER M Ag HS
FARRER Memorial Agricultural High School might be missing dynamic hooker Cameron Rodgers for today’s University Shield semi-final against Bathurst High on its home John Simpson Oval but it has plenty of reasons to be confident against a dangerous foe.
Those reasons number 19, said coach Steve Cavanagh of a game that kicks off at 2pm.
“We are still missing Cameron but everyone else is fit and should be firing on all cylinders.
“They are all fit and have been training very well in the mud and the slush.
“We had a very good session on Monday. We’re expecting big things from all the boys.
“At this stage of the season we expect all the boys to perform and play mistake- free football.”
Mistakes at this level are costly, Cavanagh said.
He hopes his side can limit the mistakes and capitalise on any Bathurst make.
And Bathurst present a challenging opponent, Cavanagh said.
“We know they are fairly big across the park, know they have a very good half back and a very good back row and that’s not underestimating their other players.
“We know their hooker had a huge game the last time they played and we’ve heard impressive things about their centre.”
Farrer has its key men too although Cavanagh is hoping all 19 can produce their best.
Captain and fullback Ryan Pooley spearheads the side and has been in outstanding form.
“His last three games have been very, very good,” Cavanagh said.
“He’s run into a purple patch of form.
“His leadership has been a bonus.
“He’s also a great caller in defence and is a very good defender himself. Everyone has confidence in him.”
Big prop Toby Key also leads the Farrer pack and will be out to continue a fine season laying a platform up front.
|RESULTS FOR CANTERBURY MINI GRAND FINALS
7D3 20 St Johns v 22 Milperra Colts
7D2 32 Moorebank v 30 St Christophers
7D1 14 Berala Bears v 18 Tigers
8D3 20 Revesby Heights v 18 Milperra Colts
8D2 12 Sports v 16 Dragons
8D1 28 Sports v 0 St Johns
FUTURE COWBOYS STAR MAKES BIG IMPRESSION
|Up-and-coming Cowboy Jason Taumalolo
IT was the tap on the shoulder that would announce the first sighting of a future Cowboys star and also create club history.
When 110kg teenager Jason Taumalolo was told he would be doing his warm-up with first grade on Saturday - and not with the under-20s - he became the youngest player to ever pull on the jersey in the club's 16 year history.
The 17-year-old Kirwan High student - who played for his school just last week - has already been earmarked for a big career in North Queensland in the future.
But his elevation was fastracked when things became complicated in Clint Amos' household.
The utility was due to play on the bench in the absence of several injured and suspended forwards, but was forced to withdraw late when his partner Hannah went into labour with the couple's first child.
That meant coach Neil Henry had to turn to the youngster who beat former club legend Josh Hannay by almost a year.
And when the tap came one word summed up how Taumalolo felt.
"Nervous," he said.
"I was just trying to get rid of all the nerves. I was pretty excited for it.
"Just before I ran out to warm up with the boys in the under-20s Neil came over and gave me the tap on the shoulder to play up in first grade.
"I didn't really expect it. It was a surprise."
When Taumalolo took to the field in the 65th minute, he was put right to work and faced a daunting sight - a charging Jamal Idris bearing down on him.
"I was thinking of running away from him," he laughed.
"I didn't really want to tackle him but I pretty much had no other option, I had to make the tackle.
"It's pretty much the highest feeling I've had so far in my whole career.
"It's sitting up there pretty high.
It may be a while before Taumalolo is sighted in first grade again, but expect to see plenty of him when he eventually comes into grade on a more permanent basis.
He comes highly rated and is locked up at the club for the next two seasons.
He wants to stay longer than that, though, and coach Neil Henry definitely wants to see him forge a long career at the Cowboys.
"He's an outstanding young player coming through the ranks so I was very happy with his little cameo appearance tonight," he said.
"He's come along in leaps and bounds as far as his footy with the NYC team, he's very young for that as well.
"He's certainly a great talent, he's a big kid.
"We wouldn't put him in there if we didn't think physically he couldn't handle it.
"He's certainly strong enough."
CLOSE CALLS PROVE COSTLY FOR COLLEGE SIDE
|Dubbo College prop James McKinnon pushes through in the side’s win against Yanco in the University Shield open rugby league. Dubbo were knocked out of the competition in the quarter final at No.1 oval on Wednesday night going down to Eagle Vale High.
The effort was there but luck wasn’t - with three tries disallowed Dubbo College were unable to conquer Eagle Vale High in the University Shield open rugby league quarter final on Wednesday night.
With a side made up of last year’s NSW all schools under-16s champions, Eagle Vale came out too strong for Dubbo College, defeating them 22-16.
In the seventh minute Eagle Vale shifted the ball left and fullback Pele Teofilo scored in the corner and with Jhy Karam converting they had the lead 6-0.
Sending the ball to the right, Shane Lakangogoa crashed over and after another conversion by Karam they were 12-0 up.
A nice ball out to centre Corey Cox produced the first points for the home side, unfortunately missing his own conversion.
With the ball back in their hands Eagle Vale’s five eighth, Karam send the ball flying downfield with a deep kick, which came off the side of his boot. It was then collected by their centre Vai Toutai who extended the gap further to 18-4.
Dubbo started the second half well and in the 53rd minute Cox received the ball from short range to claim the four points.
They continued to attack and looked to be in reach of the match only to have their third try of the match not go their way
Eagle Vale once again kicked the ball downfield, scoring a try to put it at 22-10.
Dubbo didn’t give up coming up with the final points of the game with a leftside ball to replacement winger Blaze Fuller.
Cox converted to narrow the gap to just four, and the full time whistle was called as Dubbo managed to desperately reach the line, only to have it held up.
|REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS ANNOUNCE 2011 CC AND MM COACHES
THE Redcliffe Dolphins have announced their coaching teams for next season’s Mal Meninga Cup and Cyril Connell Cup campaigns.
The Dolphins recruitment and development manager Brian Henschell made the announcement today and said he was looking forward to seeing the teams perform.
“Steve Peoples will return next season as the coach of the Cyril Connell Cup team,” Henschell said.
“In 2010, Steve was exposed to this level of coaching and did a great job and this was reflected in his team’s solid, consistent performances.
“Based on that alone, this has given me confidence that he can repeat that again next year.
“Scott Tronc has been appointed coach of the Mal Meninga Cup team.
“Scott - with his continued association with the Intrust Super Cup team in 2011 - will be able to nurture the future of these players.
“Scott has a lot of experience with playing at a high level (Broncos and State of Origin), as well as success coaching.”
Redcliffe Dolphins 2011 coaching staff
MAL MENINGA CUP:
Scott Tronc – Coach
Craig Shaw – Assistant Coach
Paul Murray – Assistant Coach
CYRIL CONNELL CUP:
Steve Peoples – Coach
Peter Tonkin – Assistant Coach
Steve Grant – Assistant Coach
|EAGLE VALE TEAM STORMS INTO NATIONAL SCHOOLBOYS TROPHY OPEN BOYS' RUGBY LEAGUE SEMI-FINALS
EAGLE Vale High School’s open boys’ rugby league team is soaring after qualifying for the semi-finals of an Australia-wide competition.
The boys thrashed Melbourne-based Hallem College 50-12 in a quarter-final of the National Schoolboys Trophy, the second tier of what was previously the Arrive Alive Cup.
Hallem College is a feeder school for the Melbourne Storm and includes 12 representatives from the NRL club’s S.G. Ball Cup team.
GALLERY: National Schoolboys League - Eagle Vale High VS Hallem College
Team coach Phil Saunders said everyone at the school was proud of the boys’ efforts.
“They now play De La Salle College from the Cronulla district in the semi-final in two weeks, hopefully in a Channel 9-covered game,” he said.
“The team also travels to Dubbo on Wednesday and Thursday to play against Dubbo senior college in the NSW quarter-final of the University Shield competition.
“We are very proud of the efforts this group of the boys has put into rugby league for the past six years. All 17 players performed to the best of their ability on Friday and we are looking forward to the Dubbo trip this week.”
On Friday, Eagle Vale took a commanding 18-0 lead in the first half with tries to Peli Teofilo, Amos Foagali and Vai Toutai.
All three were successfully converted from the sideline by Jhy Karam.
Hallem College then scored two quick tries to claw the score back to 18-12 at half-time.
In the second half, the boys followed the game plan and moved the ball wide a lot more to open up their attacking game.
Captain Tunui Maurangi led by example and put in a strong performances. NSW centre representative Vai Toutai (three tries), Jhy Karam, Shannon Henry and Shane Lalanofoa were also standouts.
“I would like to thank the staff and students of the school for supporting the boys and also the staff at Wests League Club for supporting the team,” Saunders added.
|CANBERRA RAIDERS U16, U18 & U20 TRIALS
Local Trials – Seiffert Oval
Under 16s - Wednesday 22nd September assemble at 5:00pm to trial at 6:00pm
Under 18s - Monday 20th September assemble at 5:30pm to trial at 6:15pm
Open Trials (Local & Regional Players) – Raiders HQ
Under 16s - Saturday 25th September assemble at 8:00am to trial at 9:00am
Under 18s - Saturday 25th September assemble at 10:00am to trial at 11:00am
Under 20s - Saturday 25th September assemble 11:00am trial at 12:30pm The
Canberra Raiders invite interested players wishing to trial for the 2011 Season to complete the below form and return to Raiders HQ by no later than Tuesday, 14th September 2010
|TWIN PLAYS SCHOOLBOY MATCH
WHEN a schoolboy rugby league player from a Coffs Coast high school was ruled out of his team for a big match he found a ready replacement waiting on the sideline.
His identical twin brother, who was not a student at the school, agreed to take his place and it wasn’t until after the game had finished and his school had won 28-18 in a physical contest that the audacious substitution was discovered.
The incident took place in Coffs Harbour on June 10 during a round of the CRL Schoolboy Trophy, formerly the Arrive Alive Cup.
Greater North Coast Regional Coaching and Development Manager, Graham Boland, believed it was the first time he had come across such an incident in his long career.
“I’m not saying it hasn’t happened before but I was gobsmacked when I first found out what occurred,” he said.
“When you’re organising these activities you don’t expect the kids will swap identities, right under our noses. They even signed the sheets under the false name and I hate to think what could have happened if something had gone wrong.”
It’s believed the regular school coach was unavailable on the day and the parent of another student filled in for the match, which meant it was some time before the swap was detected.
Boland admitted he felt ‘irate’ when first briefed on the incident.
“Once the school realised what had happened, they immediately informed us of the circumstances and forfeited their place in the competition,” he said.
“I feel sorry for them as they didn’t set out to deceive and are just as much the victims as we are.”
The principal of the school involved was asked to comment but advised that privacy regulations forced him to decline.
However, it’s understood that the incident has been addressed within the school system.
At least three players from the match, including the twin brothers, are team-mates in a Group 2 under-18 side but chief administrator Jim Anderson said because the incident had happened at school, his hands were tied from taking further action.
“If anything like a player substitution happened in our jurisdiction and it was proved, we’d take a very dim view,” he said.
“I can promise all those involved would not be seen around rugby league grounds for a very long time.”
COLLEGE JUNIORS OUT-MUSCLED IN SHIELD
|Dubbo College’s Daine Cox tests out the defence.
Sheer size and strength were the keys for Eagle Vale High as they knocked Dubbo College South Campus out of the Buckley Shield under-14s school rugby league competition at No.1 Oval last night.
Eagle Vale defeated the home side 36-12 in an entertaining clash played in front of a vocal crowd.
Comprising of a number of talented players in various NRL development squads, Eagle Vale got the better of the early arm wrestle to establish a 14-4 lead at half-time, despite being held scoreless in the opening 10 minutes of the 25-minutes each way contest.
Hard-running second-rower James Jackson, who is linked with the Western Suburbs club, scored two of his three tries in the opening stanza as the Sydney school got on top.
Jackson was the standout on the park as each of his tries came despite the attention of multiple defenders.
The second half started with Eagle Vale scoring three quick tries to blow the score out to 30-4, however South Campus fought hard, scoring late tries through Travis Giddings-Dennis and Kenneth Knight to leave the final score 36-12.
Knight’s try was impressive, coming in the dying minute off a short kick-off.
The five-eighth re-gathered the kick-off before stepping multiple defenders to cross in the corner.
South Campus coach Nathan Jones was proud of his players at full time, despite the result not going his team’s way.
“To make it to the sixth round of the competition is a great achievement but in the end they were just too big and we battled to contain them,” he said.
“Our boys tried hard and I can ask for no more than that.
“They are a good bunch of kids and we weren’t disgraced by any means against a very good team.”
South Campus won their way through to last night’s match by winning matches against Narromine (36-16), Gilgandra (66-0), Nyngan (42-0), Forbes (26-16) and Leeton (42-16).
The same schools were scheduled to meet in the Buckley Shield opens division as well last night.
ST JOHN’S LOOK TO SEMI-FINALS
|Marshall Sing on the attack for South Dubbo Juniors. Sing will play five-eighth for St John’s College in their Cochrane Shield clash with Clancy College at Bathurst tomorrow.
St John’s College will be out to earn a berth in the semi-finals of the statewide Cochrane Cup competition when they travel to Bathurst tomorrow to face Clancy College.
The Cochrane Cup is the Catholic Schools’ equivalent of the public schools’ Buckley Shield competition for under-14s and pits some of the best junior rugby league talent in the state against each other.
Coach Andy Haycock has the team ready to go after leading them through the early stages of the competition with wins against James Sheahan College, St Stanislaus College, Red Bend College and Wagga Wagga’s Mater Dei College.
Tomorrow they will travel to Bathurst to meet Clancy College, which is based in the Liverpool district of Sydney.
Haycock said that although he doesn’t know much about Clancy College, he will not be taking them lightly.
“All we really know is that they won their round 16 match by 46-0,” he said.
While Haycock has done a good job getting the squad through the early rounds of the competition, he has had some help from a couple of local league identities.
“Experienced coaches Wayne Sing and Warwick Rapley have been assisting me in getting the side prepared,” he said.
“We don’t know much about the opposition on Thursday but what I do know is that we have a well-balanced side with plenty of quality players on the bench.”
Tomorrow’s match will be played at the neutral venue of the St Pats Sporting Complex at Bathurst with the match scheduled to kick off at 12.30pm
ST JOHN’S COLLEGE:
1. Nick Duffy, 2. Kurtis Crisante, 3. Jesse Dunlop, 4. Nick Harvey (c), 5. Blake Smith, 6. Marshall Sing, 7. Harry Kempston, 8. Dan Kilpatrick, 9. Joe Stageman, 10. Hewett Haycock, 11. Mitch Dunlop, 12. Tim Carolan, 13. Bailey Jenkins. Reserves: Jarrod Taunton, Billy O’Connor, Hamish Gordon, Sam McDermott, Pat Brandon, Louis Anderson, Max Shearman.
GOLDEN MOMENT FOR THORNTON TEAM
|TOUGH: Rutherford Public School’s Cody Waters struggles through the Thornton pack yesterday. Picture by STUART SCOTT
Thornton Public School waited until golden point extra time to snatch the Pickers Cup from the grasp of Rutherford last week.
The two teams were locked at 4-all after 40 minutes of dire rugby league played in soggy conditions at Ashtonfield Oval.
But a minute into extra time Thornton broke the deadlock with a try that sunk Rutherford Public School’s chances.
Thornton and Rutherford had come through three pool matches and a semi-final each against Beresfield, Woodberry, Tarro, Ashtonfield, East Maitland and Telarah public schools.
Australian Rugby League development officer Kacey Drummond said Thornton were over the moon with their win.
“The kids loved it,” she said.
“But then again I think a lot of the kids just enjoyed being in the rain and playing in the mud.
“This was the third time we tried to run it because of poor weather and we were lucky to finally get it on.”
Maitland Pickers secretary Brian Woods and Newcastle Knights prop Joel Edwards were on hand to present the winning team with a shield and the runners-up with a plaque, while all the players who played in the grand final received medals.
Thornton will now compete in the Jarrod Mullen Cup against the winning teams from competitions in the Upper Hunter, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.
|COOMBABAH DOWN AT THE LAST HURDLE AS KEEBRA ROMP HOME.
The under 14s competition for the Michael Hancock Cup was a bit of a two horse race this year with both Keebra and Coombabah galloping out of the starting gate and off to great starts in the early rounds of the competition.
Tonights Grand final saw the two teams saddle up once more and they put on a great show for the huge crowd gathered at Runaway Bay.
Lead by Jayden Stanley, Keebra went into half time with a 16-10 lead and a spirtited come back by Coombabah saw the scores level at 16-16 with ten minutes to go.
This set the stage for a thrilling finale and a riveting gallop down the final furlong.
A final stanza build up saw Keebra regain the lead and rather than look over their shoulder.....they pressed home there advantage with further sustained attacks on the Coombabah goaline.
This late pressure thwarted any chance of an equaliser for the boys in various shades of blue and it was Keebra who crossed the line victorious and worthy recipients of this years trophy.
Well done all the boys and especially man of the match .....Max........its now time for a short spell before training down the beach commences in term 4. - LEARN MORE ABOUT KEEBRA PARK RUGBY LEAGUE
BATHURST HIGH INTO SEMIS
|HAT-TRICK: Jack Siejka played an integral role in Bathurst High's 46-14 win over Tumut, scoring three tries. Photo: PHILL MURRAY
|BATHURST HIGH SCHOOL
||46 - 14
|| TUMUT HIGH SCHOOL
|TRIES : Jack Siejka 3, Katon Crawford 2, Blake Seager, Tom Loader, Ricky Arriola
GOALS : Andrew Mendes 6, Mike Ingwerson
BATHURST High School is through to the semi-finals of the statewide University Shield competition after defeating Tumut 46-14 in their clash at Carrington Park yesterday.
While it was a comfortable victory for Bathurst in the end, they had a contest on their hands in the first half and it wasn’t until early in the second stanza that the tries began to flow.
With Carrington Park feeling the effects of the rain of the past couple of days, both teams found it a challenge to keep hold of the ball.
Tumut dived over for the first try after just four minutes, but Bathurst High quickly got an opportunity of their own when the visitors knocked-on from the kick-off.
Blake Seager punished the mistake as he scored and Andrew Mendes’ conversion locked the scores at 6-all.
Tumut had a try disallowed in the 18th minute for a shepherd and once more the mistake was punished.
Bathurst High skipper Doug Hewitt and Riccie Arriola combined to run almost the full length of the field before Jack Siejka went over.
In front of a big Bathurst High crowd, the home side proved it was getting the ascendancy with both Luke Carpenter and Blake Lawson making damaging runs up field. Even though neither led to tries it was a sign of things to come as they went to half-time leading 12-6.
The Bathurst High players were already riding on a wave of confidence and they boosted their chances of coming away with a win as they struck soon after the resumption.
It took only three minutes for them to extend their lead with Tom Loader diving over. A fourth try followed soon afterwards through Siejka to make the score 24-6 and when Katon Crawford, Siejka and Arriola went over in quick succession, it killed off any slim chance of the visitors launching a comeback.
Tumut finally found their second wind with just minutes remaining to get the score back to 40-10, but by this time it was well and truly game over. The sides each scored once more to bring up the final score of 46-14.
Bathurst High coach Des Crawford said even though his team didn’t start as well as they had hoped to, he was impressed with the way they were able to grind down their opponents.
“We knew we needed to start strong, which we didn’t do, but after they scored their first try we picked up our game and got one of our own,” he said.
At half-time the coach said his team needed to work on their ball control and he was pleased that they were able to achieve that.
“We spoke about controlling the ball and sticking to the basic skills and getting them right to get the points we needed,” Crawford said.
Bathurst don’t yet know who their semi-final opponent will be or where they will play, but the game is expected to take place in two weeks’ time.
TIGERS LET PAUL SIRONEN'S CUB OFF LEASH
|Curtis Sironen tries to get away from Parramatta's Jason Seage in rnd 8 of the SG Ball (Photo : ourfootymedia)
HE MAY not have his famous dad's raw power and brute strength but young Curtis Sironen looks headed to the top.
Curtis, who only turned 17 a fortnight ago, made his under-20s Toyota Cup starting debut in Wests Tigers' 44-24 win over Penrith at Campbelltown yesterday.
A five-eighth, Curtin looks a top-line prospect who yesterday made Paul one very proud dad. "He went well - I am very proud," said Sironen Sr, who represented Balmain, NSW and Australia.
"I am really pleased for him. He played 15 to 20 minutes last week but this was his first starting game.
"I thought he handled himself very well."
Sironen said he did not want to push young Curtis.
"I give him a few words of advice from time to time but he is finding his own way," Sironen said. "He is certainly doing all the right things at this stage of his career."
KEEBRA SAY "WHAT RED WALL" ?
|Mr.Greg LENTON, Keebra Park's successful coach watches last years Arrive alive Cup Grand Final (Photo : ourfootymedia)
Keebra Park down Palm Beach Currumbin and are now through to QLD final in the National Schoolboys Cup.
Keebra Park SHS have succesfully defended their South Qld Champions tag with a solid win over Gold Coast heavyweights Palm Beach Curumbin.
In front of a large crowd at Suncorp Stadium, Keebra were too strong for a nippy PBC outfit who never really gained enough momentum to cause Keebra much trouble.
Half time saw the score at 16-6 too Keebra and a tense first five minutes of the second half saw PBC narrow the margin to 16-12. While the game was there for the taking during this period, it was a ten minute blitz lead mainly by tremendous line breaks by Henare Wells that saw Keebra skip away to a 28-12 lead.
PBC rallied and scored a late consolation try but a try to James Dunley gave Keebra a two try buffer and the 34-18 final score was a fair reflection of the nights events.
Keebra now go on to play the winner of the North Qld final in defence of their National Championship win in 2010. Pictures are on the way.
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ARL SCHOOLBOYS CUP LOCKER ROOM (AaC)
|STEVE RENOUF CUP SEMI FINAL
The Steve Renouf Cup Semi Final between Coombabah and Wavell began with a shock try conceded by Coombabah early on in the game.
As the team got down to business Aaron Ulai and David Pritchard established the standard for Coombabah for the rest of the game. The score see-sawed throughout the first half as Wavell were a much improved team from our previous meeting. They were well coached, big and challenged us with some very good play.
Strong performances from Albert Tanoai , Sebastian Kolio and Bryaden Barratt in the first half helped us to a half time score of 16-14 to Wavell.
The second half saw the real battle take place as both teams fought for a finals berth. Coombabah stepped up to shut Wavell out in the second half with a respectable defensive effort.
Coombabah crossed the line twice grapping two converted tries to come out winners 26-16 in a evenly contested semi final.
Players of Note: Brayden Barratt. Oliver Bridgeman Sebastian Kolio David Pritchard Albert Tanoai, Johnathon Tau and Aaron Ulai.
|Action from this years Riverina Schoolboys Carnival at the weekend. Picture: Oscar Colman.
WELL over 4000 people turned out for an action-packed day of junior rugby league at the 68th annual Riverina Schoolboys Football Carnival.
Players, coaches, officials, volunteers and parents packed into Junee’s sporting hub on Saturday to watch dozens of games as some of the best junior players took to the field.
Hailing the event as a great success, event secretary Lola Cummins said the event went well.
“All the kids seemed to have a great time, which is what the carnival is about.”
“We had a couple of hiccups, but we managed to work around them,” she said.
One hundred and forty eight teams took part in the day, displaying some of the best junior rugby league talent from as far away as Hay and Queanbeyan.
Along with the success came some failure, with four teams disqualified from the carnival.
Mrs Cummins said one team was disqualified for breaching the code of conduct, while three teams breached the rules and conditions of the carnival, a minor offence.
One team also pulled out at the last minute due to player shortages.
Regardless of the hiccups, 37 teams took home pennants as reminders of the day, including the Junee under 14s, who were the only division winning team from Junee.
Coached by Diesel’s first grade player Sione Tongia and Brodie Guthrie, the side played the Wagga Magpies in its first game.
Despite losing 10-6, it was an excellent game, with Jason Eisenhauer scoring a try and Liam Sweeney neatly converting.
Junee then played Albury and won in stunning form, 10-0.
Jason Eisenhauer once again put the points on the board, converted by Liam Sweeney, before Harrison Cowled scored the second unconverted try.
With the Wagga Magpies disqualifed, the Junee under 14s took home the pennant and are already looking forward to next year’s competition with renewed enthusiasm.
Mrs Cummins said the efforts of individuals and community organisations who contibuted to the running of the day were greatly appreciated.
TALENT ON DISPLAY AT SUCCESSFUL CARNIVAL
THE 68th Riverina Schoolboys' Rugby League Carnival has been deemed "an outstanding success" by event secretary Lola Cummins.
Cummins yesterday praised all involved in the annual tournament held on Saturday at Willow Park.
A massive 3000 players, parents, officials and onlookers swarmed to Junee to view the spectacular talent and competition on offer.
While the gate was a little down on previous years Cummins says she was overjoyed with the response the carnival generated over the one action-packed day.
"All the kids seemed to have a great time which is what the carnival is about," Ms Cummins said.
"The gate was a bit down on last year but all-in-all it was a fantastic day."
One hundred and forty eight teams turned up to compete over 37 divisions in the highly-regarded carnival and some impressive talent was displayed across the grounds.
The day was particularly special for Ms Cummins who was awarded life membership of the Riverina Schoolboys' Carnival.
RED BEND CLAIM BACK TO BACK COUNTRY CUPS
|Victorious. Red Bend College Forbes celebrate its Country Cup title.
|Red Bend College Forbes celebrate its Country Cup title.
|Red Bend College Forbes celebrate its Country Cup title.
| NSW CCC
Red Bend Catholic College Forbes has defended its Country Rugby League Cup Open Schools title defeating Maitland All Saints 16-8 in the decider at Jubilee Park Dubbo today.
Following continual heavy rain the match was moved from the city’s premier venue Apex Oval to Jubilee Park, which had turned into a mud pool following the four earlier matches on played on the surface.
And playing to the conditions it was Maitland who opened the scoring, centre Lachlan Shipard picked up the crumbs from a bomb to give the northern region winners a 4-0 advantage.
After applying continued pressure peppering Maitland’s line Red Bend finally opened its account.
Winger Cameron Clarke grounded a deft Blake Baxter grubber before Baxter calmly added the extras to hand the blues the ascendency at 6-4.
It wasn’t long before Baxter looked for his winger again this time booting the from their own 30 metre line.
Clarke outpaced the Maitland chasers, toed the ball ahead then raced another 20 metres to pounce and claim a brilliantly orchestrated try.
Red Bend went to the break with a 12-4 lead, but faced a tough period in the second stanza after Baxter was sin binned for a professional foul just before the half-time siren.
Maitland couldn’t make them pay in Baxter’s absence but eventually got themselves back in the game through a four point to Kori Barber.
At 12-8 Maitland were still alive but they were soon put to bed when Clarke chimed in to snatch his hatrick and secure back to back open titles for Red Bend Catholic College.Maitland finished the match with 12 men following a sin bin with right minutes remaining.
Clever dummy half Ethan Williams was named man of the match while winger Cameron Clarke displayed his brilliant finishing ability scoring all three tries for Red Bend.
COUNTRY CUP OPENS
Red Bend Catholic College Forbes 16 (Cameron Clarke 3 tries; Blake Baxter 2 goals) defeated Maitland All Saints 8 (Lachlan Shipard, Kori Barber tries).
Ethan Williams man of match (Red Bend)
COUNTRY CUP UNDER 15S
Holy Spirit Wollongong 38 defeated Maitland All Saints 16
Man of match Josh Simmons (Holy Spirit Wollongong)
COUNTRY CUP UNDER 13S
Brisbane Waters 32 defeated Picton High 4
Man of match Rhys Kearns (Brisbane Waters)
SMALL SCHOOLS KNOCKOUT UNDER 16S
Oberon 40 defeated Braidwood 4
Man of the match Jackson Brien (Oberon)
SMALL SCHOOLS KNOCKOUT UNDER 13S
St Anne's Temora 20 defeated St Raphael's Cowra 14
Man of match Grant Hughes (Temora)
MAGPIES JOIN EUROPEAN TOUR
|WESTERN Suburbs Magpies Matthew Groat, James Tedesco and David Nofoaluma will join a tour of Europe
WESTERN Suburbs Magpies Matthew Groat, James Tedesco and David Nofoaluma will join a tour of Europe.
They will leave for the Australian Schoolboys' Tour on November 19 to play a total of seven games in Wales, England and France and will return on December 21.
Western Suburbs Magpies' general manager Andrew Waite was not surprised by western Sydney's representation in the squad.
``You only have needed to attend one of this year's SG Ball fixtures to fully appreciate the skills these young men possess.
``Week-in and week-out the standard of football from the western Sydney clubs was only able to be matched by a select few.
``Parramatta, Penrith and Canterbury have for a long time been powerhouses in the junior ranks and at Wests we've worked hard to help the outstanding young players of our area achieve a comparable standard.
``Western Sydney is rugby league heartland and the competition to make these squads is intense.
``I am sure it [the tour] will just be a small step in what promises to be wonderful careers for these young men.''
SCHOOLBOYS CUP SCORE UPDATES
ERINDALE COLLEGE 24 (Jeremy Hodnik 2 tries, Rourke O,Sullivan, Tyson Endacott & Jack Ahearn tries & Josh Mitchell 2 goals Def ST DOMINIC’S COLLEGE 20 ( Joshua Walker 2 tries, Ben Bridekirk & Alan Nuilesa tries Robbie Mate 2 goals
ST BRENDAN'S COLLEGE 34 - ( 2 Jack Madden, Kurt Mann, Connor Broadhurst, Corey Oates & Jeff Russell tries- Jake McManus 5 Goals Defeated IGNATIUS PARK COLLEGE 16 - ( 2 Jonathon Reuben, Christian Robertson tries, Sam Foster 2 Goals.
3-June St Dominics 16 v Patrician Bros 10
17-June Erindale College 12 v Matraville 16
17-June Endeavour 4 v Illawarra 12
23-June Westfields 16 v The Hills 50
25-June Matraville 36 v St Dominics 0 Matraville v Patrician Bros
1-July Patrician Bros 40 v Erindale College 0
22-July Hunter 10 v Endeavour 30 Holy Cross v Endeavour
22-July Westfields 0 v St Gregorys 20 Bass v Westfields Bass 24 v St Gregorys 10
28 July The Hills 16 v Bass 14 St Gregorys v The Hills
30-July Erindale College 24 v St Dominics 20
SOUTH QUEENSLAND RESULTS SO FAR
Palm Beach Curr. SHS 56 - 6 St Peter Claver Coll
Coombabah SHS 22 - 28 Marsden SHS
Palm Beach Curr SHS 46 - 0 Marsden SHS
Keebra Park SHS 60 - 0 Cavendish Rd SHS
Wavell SHS 38 - 0 Kingaroy SHS
Keebra Park SHS 22 Wavell SHS 16
STH QLD FINAL
Suncorp Stadium, Friday 13 August
Palm Beach Curr SHS V Keebra Pk SHS
NORTH QUEENSLAND RESULTS SO FAR
Wed 11 Aug - 2.00pm
Friday 6 August
Kirwan SHS v Abergowrie Coll
Dairy Farmers Stadium
St Brendans Coll 34 - 16 Ignatius Park Coll
COUNTRY CUP SHOWDOWNS
|St. Mary's Captain Dale Clacherty in action for NSWCCC at the Australian Schoolboys Championships (Photo : ourfootymedia)
Two Maitland high schools are looking to perform a clean sweep of the Country Cup grand finals in Dubbo today.
Squads from All Saints College, St Mary’s and St Peter’s campuses, Maitland boarded a bus at 6am this morning for the four-and-a-half hour journey.
St Mary’s will be looking to break their Country Cup hoodoo against southern pool winners Red Bend Catholic College, Forbes.
This will be the third time the school has qualified for the final in the open division since it started in 2007.
But St Mary’s suffered defeats against Junee High School that year and Dubbo High in 2008.
The school withdrew from the competition in the quarter-finals in 2009 because of “attitude” problems.
St Mary’s sports co-ordinator Col Love said his team had a good record against the team from Forbes.
“We’ve beaten them before and we knocked them off in the rugby league nines earlier this year,” Love said.
“We didn’t have our full strength team either in those games, but in saying that we are expecting a tough game, they play a similar style of football to Farrer (Memorial Agricultural High School, Tamworth).”
St Mary’s beat Farrer on the buzzer last week when Shay Padberg landed a field goal for an 11-10 win.
“The win against Farrer was great for our confidence,” Love said.
“It wasn’t given to us and we really had to grind it out.”
St Peter’s will play against Holy Spirit College, Wollongong in the under-15s division of the Country Cup.
It’s the second final St Peter’s have contested, but they’ve never been victorious in the competition.
Holy Spirit will be on a high after winning the NSW All Schools Title last week in Sydney.
But St Peter’s made it through to the final after knocking off St Joseph’s Aberdeen, Tuggerah Lakes High School, Kingscliffe High School and Nambucca Heads High School before dominating Farrer at Armidale 24-4 on July 28.
St Peter’s will kick off at 12.30pm and St Mary’s will start at 2pm.
KYOGLE THROUGH TO FINAL 16 IN BUCKLEY SHIELD
|The Kyogle High School Under-14 rugby league team, which is through to the final 16 in the State knockout.
A BUNCH of Kyogle High School footballers are on the verge of conquering the State after winning through to the final 16 of the Statewide Buckley Shield.
Six months ago the players thought they were the Emus but they now know they are Brolgas and will be sticking with it after reeling off five straight victories.
Team manager Jason McKee had to correct his charges after they composed a team song on the bus home from their first win.
“They had their song made up ‘We are the Emus’,” McKee said.
“But they had to change it.
“Most of the boys are in their first year at the school and the logo on the jumper is a fairly ambiguous bird with long legs – they assumed it was an emu.”
But as long as they have reason to sing the team song, the Brolgas won’t mind which native bird gets a mention.
So far the squad of Under-14s has rolled through the competition largely unchallenged – their latest triumph a 26-18 win over Coonamble High.
McKee knows his team is now venturing into ‘David and Goliath’ territory.
“It’s a fair effort for a school of 420-odd kids to come this far,” he said. “And now it gets serious against strong football schools with player pools upwards of 1000 students.”
Next on the hit-list for Kyogle is the winner of this week’s clash between Singleton High and Strathfield High.
The result is crucial to Kyogle High, which could be forced to travel to mining country should Singleton triumph.
McKee has started to make logistical inquiries should that be the case, but it’s fingers crossed for the opposite.
“It’s a bit of a nightmare – a home game would mean everything to us,” he said.
“All I have to do is make two phone calls – one to the Kyogle Turkeys to organise the facility and one to a local referee – and I’m all organised.”
Conversely, travelling to Singleton means buses, motels, 700km on the road, a three-day round trip and no local support.
But McKee, who has the expert help of Kyogle Turkeys Under-14s coach Tony Pratt, is confident his Brolgas can perform under any circumstances.
“Most of these kids have been playing together for the Turkeys since they were Under-7s,” he said.
Regardless of how other results fall, these Brolgas are only four wins from being the best in the State.
|GIRLS RUGBY LEAGUE GALA DAY
A Gala day is being planned for Girls Rugby League.
Its the fourth year that its been running with the support of ARL Development and CRL
Teams are coming from Schools in Wagga, Griffith, Leeton, Forbes, Young and Cootamundra.
Any school can enter a team via attached flyer.
The day will allow for an introduction into Rugby League via Modified Rules.
Date: Wednesday 8th September 2010
Venue: Nicholson Park, Cootamundra
Schools are asked to nominate teams for the following. (More than one tem can be nominated)
NOMINATION FORMS HERE
DUBBO COLLEGE KEEN TO SOAR OVER EAGLE VALE
|Markers Charly Runciman (right) and Thomas Alchin will be key players for Dubbo College Senior Campus in tonight’s University Shield match at Apex Oval from 6.15pm.
|Dubbo College Senior Campus forward Thomas Alchin takes the ball up for CYMS first grade against Cobar.
Dubbo College Senior Campus’ University Shield team tonight faces Eagle Vale High School, an opponent which last year was the runner-up at the Under-16 NSW All Schools.
This year they have swept all before them including a defeat of powerful Sarah Redfern High School.
This was the first time in five years that Sarah Redfern High did not reach the statewide play- offs.
They also have made it through to the quarter-finals of the Schoolboys Cup (previously called Arrive Alive Cup) and will play the champion school from Victoria in the next two weeks.
They will bring a team big in size and who have physically tried to intimidate the sides they have played with great success. However they also possess outside backs with size and speed who have figured in the try scorers list for their team. They will present a huge challenge for the Dubbo College team.
Dubbo College come into the game after a strong 48-10 win over Riverina champions Yanco High. However injuries have not been kind with captain EJ Fernando and half Matt Toole currently on the injured list.
The forward pack will be a key to the chances of the Dubbo team with under-18 Country representative Jackson Merritt and CYMS under-18 star Tom Alchin needing to be strong for the team. Hayden Chapman, David Hoyt and James McKinnon will all need to be at their best against a team looking to dominate in the physical exchanges.
Captain Kieran Cubby-Shipp will look to lead the team with his electric attack and kicking game crucial for Dubbo. Charly Runciman and Jyie Chapman will provide important experience for the team.
Perhaps the player to watch will be Corey Cox. He has been in dominant form in all the big wins the team has had in the year with faultless goal kicking and great finishing a feature of his game. However he has been much quieter in the games the team has lost this year. This game will be a good opportunity for Cox to show his talents against quality opposition.
The match will be refereed by NSW Country’s number one whistle blower, Peak Hill’s Willy Barnes. He is sure to keep a tight rein over what promises to be an exciting clash.
The winner of the match will take on Chifley College from Sydney in an away game. Other sides left in the University Shield include Farrar Agricultural High, Heathcote High, Tumut High, Dennison College Bathurst High, Inverell High and South Sydney High.
Dubbo College: 1 Charly Runciman, 2 Luke Taylor, 3 Jyie Chapman, 4 Corey Cox, 5 Nathan Ryan, 6 to be confirmed, 7 Kieran Cubby (captain), 8 James McKinnon, 9 Jarryn Powyer, 10 David Hoyt, 11 Hayden Chapman, 12 Jackson Merritt, 13 Tom Alchin. Interchange: Jordan Boney, Dylan Coe, Leeroy Toomey, Bill Barnes, Tom Carey Edwards, Blaize Fuller, Martin Fernando, Jarryd Usher, Chris Combridge.
Eagle Vale High: 1 Pele Teofilo, 2 Amos Foagali, 3 Vai Toutai, 4 Peter Brown, 5 Shannon Henry, 6 Jhy Karam, 7 Kurt Daniels, 8 Soci Fomai, 9 Tino Faalelei, 10 Cory Mahina, 11 Shane Lalangofoa, 12 Nathan Parkinson, 13 Tunui Maurangi. Interchange: 14 Amani Tofaeono, 15 Junior Mapesone, 16 Tarek Arnout, 17 Euta Euta, 18 Aaron Manders, 19 Lale Tafa, 20 Tommy Tavae.
SHIN SPLINTS COST SHIELD
|One of Grafton High's best, Sam Lennon, busts through the Inverell defence.
THE difference in the end was just one conversion, but it was enough to knock Grafton High School out of contention for rugby league's University Shield.
Inverell High and Grafton High each scored three tries in their match yesterday, but Grafton was only able to knock one of its conversion attempts between the sticks.
Inverell managed two to move through to the next round.
Grafton coach Mick Hillery said his side never gave up trying, but the loss of playmaker Jake Frame through shin splints cost his side dearly in organisation.
“Jake didn't start the game, but sat on the sideline and got very frustrated, so we gave him a go,” he said.
“I told him not to run and just distribute the ball, but while he was there he took an intercept and instinct took over and he ran about 50 metres.
“He could hardly walk after that.”
Hillery said it was a hot day, which should have benefited his Grafton side against a team from the cooler Inverell area, but they had far too much dropped ball.
“They showed unbelievable commitment and tried hard all game, if only they had that organisation,” he said.
Little separated the sides throughout the match and the score was locked 10-all at half-time.
Try scorers for Grafton were Sam Lennon (two) and Oliver Percy (one).
Hillery said the best players for Grafton were hooker Lennon, lock Percy, second-rower Keaton Ingram and five-eighth Keiran Stewart.
Although out of the University Shield for this year, Hillery said there was a lot of promise for next year.
Out of the 24 in the squad, only three were in Year 12. Most of the rest, including five from Year 10, would be available next year.
He said the achievements of Grafton High should not be understated and that if they had won yesterday they would have come up against one of the sports high schools – Endeavour or Hunter.
“The Endeavour team is already worth about $300,000 in National Rugby League contracts,” he said.
Next on the agenda for the Grafton side, many of whom play under-18s for the Ghosts on weekends, is The Daily Examiner Shield.
The scary thing for their opposition is that they expect to have four of their best players returning from injury for the opening game.
|SOUTH GIVES LEETON BUCKLEY’S CHANCE OF WINNING SHIELD
Dubbo College South Campus have produced their fifth consecutive win in the under-14s Buckley Shield smashing Leeton High 42-16 at Apex Oval yesterday.
The two sides matched up with Dubbo College taking out the Western Area B competition and Leeton High the Riverina B competitions.
With Dubbo’s win they will now advance further into the competition, with their next game likely to be against Sydney’s Eagle Vale.
With an 18-nil lead at half-time, Dubbo College South campus rugby league coach Nathan Jones said it was not all Dubbo as they allowed Leeton to hit back, but the home side were eventually too strong.
“We started well and gained a good lead for ourselves in the first 30 minutes,” he said.
“They then started to hit their straps in the second half and we allowed a few points in.
“Once we started to get into a few combinations they tired and we were able to come away with some late tries.”
Jones made special mention of halfback Dale Simpson, who put on a notable performance, scoring two tries and setting up another three.
“Phillip Combridge also had a good game, he made some good runs, including a couple that were about 40 metres and gave us some good field position,” he said.
“Max Cowley also played well, providing some big hits in defence.”
Although they managed to sneak away with a 28 points margin, Jones said there was still some areas to be fixed, if they were to be competitive against the top sides of the competition.
“We’ve had a few easy wins now but it is going to get much more difficult for us from now on,” he said.
“We need to look at summing up our defence so that we don’t leak points quickly like we did today.
“In attack I think we need to make sure we play with more cohesion, but a few of the guys haven’t played much together so it is just a matter of getting their combinations right.
“I think we are capable of making the semis if we can play to the best of our ability.”
|IGGY PARK TO PUT SETBACKS TO GOOD USE
IGNATIUS Park coach David Elliot says the memory of recent setbacks will be used to good effect as his team prepares for their assault on the national rugby league youth competition.
The Iggy Park boys play St Brendans Yeppoon in the Queensland quarter-final of the youth competition -formerly known as the Arrive Alive Cup - at Dairy Farmers Stadium in a curtain raiser to tonight's Cowboys-Broncos blockbuster.
The most prominent clash between the two schools in 2010 resulted in a narrow 28-24 win to St Brendans in the Independent Schools Confraternity Shield final. A controversial decision by the match referee to end the clash with minutes still left on the clock denied Ignatius Park an opportunity to fully capitalise on a penalty.
Elliot said the loss had served to remind his players that sticking to the basics can win matches.
"I think you've just got to do all the little things right, I've been trying to impress that it's completing sets and having good kicking games will put us in a better position to take the game," Elliot said.
"The last time we played St Brendans those parts of our game weren't at the level they were normally, so it's something we've put a fair bit of emphasis on leading into this match.
"I think we should be a lot better in those departments. I told the players not to worry about it too much but I'm sure it will be in the back of their minds that they want to beat these blokes."
Elliot said experienced run-on lock Greg Christopher had been ruled out of today's game with a broken hand and would be replaced by Year 11 player Hoani Rose.
Kirwan High play Abergowrie in the other North Queensland semi-final on Wednesday after the Abergowrie boys downed Mackay State High 28-14 in Ayr yesterday. For today's quarter final the Western gate to Dairy Farmers Stadium will open at 4.15pm for a 4.20pm kick-off.
ST BRENDAN'S 34 (Jack Madden 2, Kurt Mann, Connor Broadhurst, Corey Oates, Jeff Russell tries; Jake McManus 5 goals) d IGNATIUS PARK 16 (Jonathan Reuben 2, Luke Jeffrey tries; Sam Foster 2 goals)
SCHOOLBOYS SALIVATE AT SHIELD'S SLUSHY SURFACE
|WHOA THERE: Wagga Public School defender Ethan Willis (left) tries to wrestle down Mount Austin Public attacker Alexander Wishart at Parramore Park yesterday.
|MUDDY MARVELS (above): Junee Public School ball-carrier William McNamara (right) is caught by Tolland Public School defender Lattrell Siegwalt during a Trent Barrett Shield game at Parramore Park yesterday. Pictures: Les Smith
BOYS will always be boys - particularly when there is mud around.
Teachers from Wagga primary schools found this out when the preliminary round games of Trent Barrett Shield rugby league competition were played at Parramore Park yesterday.
As former NRL star Adam Perry said later, the luxurious slush on, and near, the junior football fields was an irresistible attraction for many of the young players.
"I think all the kids had a great time diving in the mud," Perry said.
"They loved it. I don't know what the teachers thought."
Now the CRL development manager for the Riverina, Perry said a total of 90 games of junior league and leaguetag were played yesterday to decide the Wagga teams to play in the Trent Barrett Shield regional finals at Parramore Park on September 9.
"It was a huge day," Perry said.
"There were 52 teams and they each got to play three games.
"The standard was high especially considering a lot of the kids had never played rugby league before.
"The whole idea is get more kids playing the sport and having fun."
With the leaguetag and league competitions split in three divisions each, there was a spread of successful schools.
South Wagga Public School was the most successful, winning a division in league and leaguetag.
BROTHERS LOSE SEMI THRILLER
|The Rockhampton Brothers U15 team who were narrowly defeated by Runaway Bay in the ARL Development Shield semi-final on the Gold Coast last weekend. Carissa Cross
JUST two points separated Rockhampton Brothers U15 side from a berth in the ARL Development Shield final.
Playing at the Gold Coast last weekend against Runaway Bay, the Rockhampton side came back from a halftime deficit to go down 24-22.
The Rockhampton side progressed through to the state semi-final after defeating the northern division champions in Mackay.
Brothers coach Justen Parle said the side played “exceptionally well” during the semi-final.
Playing at Runaway Bay’s home ground, Parle said the Rockhampton side were up against it from the start and slipped to a 16-6 halftime deficit.
But Parle said they managed to bring the score back to 16-all before going try for try despite losing key player Riley Norris to injury early on.
A “harsh call” against Brothers gave Runaway Bay a penalty goal and put them beyond reach of the Rockhampton side.
Parle said Brothers were unlucky not to pick up a try to win the match in the dying seconds.
In the final minute Duncan Paiaaua pulled a one-on-one strip with 30 seconds to go and was away to score the winning try, but was disallowed due to the referee saying there was two in the tackle.
Liam Doolan, Zac Cross, Nic Fordyce and Lenny Stanley crossed for the Brothers’ tries.
Parle said the Brothers were left to lament what could have been with Runaway Bay smashing Redcliffe 40-20 in the grand final.
He said their effort was even more remarkable as they hadn’t played regular competitive fixtures in several months after the completion of the Rockhampton district rugby league competition in May.
“We finished our competition and had to keep on training,” he said.
“We’ve been training twice per week for a couple of months and only played three or four matches in that time.”
The U15 team head coach said he felt the home ground advantage played into the hands of the Gold Coast side, but that things looked bright for the future.
“Bring on the CQ NRL team,” he said.
The ARL Development Shield is contested between U15 club sides across Queensland.
GRAFTON HIGH HEADS TO THE FUTURE
|Grafton High’s Jake Frame poses a threat for the Inverell University Shield side tomorrow.
Grafton High’s Jake Frame poses a threat for the Inverell University Shield side tomorrow.
THE last time Grafton High produced a star-studded rugby league side was back in 2003.
And according to boys’ open coach Mick Hillery, this year’s side is almost on par.
After disposing of Woolgoolga and Dorrigo in the early rounds of the University Shield, Grafton face off against an in-form Inverell side tomorrow at Grafton High School sporting field.
“It was a very good side in 2003 but we were knocked out of the competition by Farrer,” Hillery recalls.
“We had players of the calibre of Aaron Hartmann and Ryan Farrell but against Farrer we did it tough with six players out through injury.”
Leading the Farrer side that year was current NSW and Canberra Raiders man-mountain Tom Learoyd-Lahrs.
This year’s team has a Grafton Ghosts flavour to it and boasts several players from the table-topping under-18 side.
“There are a few players from the Ghosts in the team. Jake Frame, Oliver Percy, Sam Lennon and Carlton Elliott are all performing well in the NRRRL,” Hillery said.
Hillery hinted some of his key players may start from the bench due to niggling injuries suffered at the weekend.
“Jake has a minor problem with shin-splints and Oliver has a slight sternum injury,” he said.
“I may start them on the bench and see how we are travelling. We have got a lot of good young players who can do the job.”
Frame has made a quantum leap this year for the Ghosts and the yappy number seven will play a key role against Inverell.
Like Frame, Percy has been thrown into the deep end at the Ghosts and already has several first grade games under his belt.
Add Lennon and Elliott to the mix and the local side is looking the goods to come away with a win.
North Coast and North West have been split into A and B divisions, with Farrer Agricultural High defeating Kingscliff in Pool A to advance to the final eight of the statewide knockout.
A win against Inverell will see Grafton join Farrer in the quarter-finals, with their next match to be played against the winner of Sydney East, South Coast or Hunter.
Hillery said he is hoping the game, which kicks off at noon, will attract a healthy crowd of Grafton High supporters.
“It should be a fantastic game of schoolboy rugby league,” he said.
“We are also raffling a 2010 NSW Waratah signed jumper and a 2010 St George Illawarra Dragons signed jumper.”
STOCKIES RAID CANBERRA
|CAPITAL CALL: The Goulburn Stockmen under 8 Stallions, back row: Callum Hogan, Selby Scott, Eathon Crooks, Bailey Tooth, Ravon Mouton, Thomas Hughes, Samuel Hughes. Front row: Jason McDonnell, Joey Critchlow, Joshua Condylios, Will Batten, Joseph Kelly
THE Goulburn Junior Stockmen under 8 Stallions got the thrill of their young lives as they played the Cooma under 8s as a curtain raiser for the Canberra Raiders and Cronulla Sharks at Canberra Stadium on Saturday.
All boys from both teams played well and were thrilled to play in front of a good Canberra crowd on a ‘real’ footy field.
After the game all boys were presented with t-shirts from the Raiders and joined the Raiderettes to clap both the NRL sides onto the field.
The game was played at a very fast pace with both teams committed in defence and attack.
For the full story, please see Wednesday’s Goulburn Post, available from our front office in Auburn St, or at all leading newsagencies across the Goulburn area.
TIME WITH BIG LEAGUE STARS MAKES UP FOR LOST GAMES
|Manly centre Jamie Lyon signs autographs for the St Pius X Primary School children during their visit to the Sea Eagles training session.
|Manly super sub George Rose - a Bathurst junior product - at training with the Dubbo boys.
St Pius X Primary School deputy principal Greg Cant last week shared the experience of a lifetime which a group of his students when they travelled to Sydney for the Cliff Lyons Shield. While the rugby league was washed out there were other things happening across the northern beaches for the touring party.
Last week my team of boys from St Pius X Primary in West Dubbo ventured to Sydney to play in the Cliff Lyons Shield competition at Manly, a carnival that is the northern beaches version of Dubbo’s David Peachey Shield.
Team St Pius X was made up of (parents) Craig Giffin, Peter Thornton, Darrell Wright, Louise Brennan and Scott Coggan; (teachers) Jo Taylor, Nathan Morris and Greg Cant; as well as the all important students, Jonty Busch, Bill Louie, Nick Hyde, Matt Toole, Aiden Giffin, Nick Scolari, Jones Comerford, Benny Thornton, Sam Brandon, Joel Coggan, Hugh Brennan and Zac Wright.
Unfortunately the weather in Sydney leading up to the day was anything but dry and the playing fields at Nolan Reserve were virtually under water.
The event had to be postponed, but the Dubbo boys were kept busy with numerous activities.
Year 5 and 6 had an opportunity to soak up Sydney at its best, from the ferry ride across the harbour to the activities at the Narrabeen Sports Academy.
Some may say the football was washed out thus a wasted trip, but if you were able to see the boys’ faces as they sat silently watching the Manly Sea Eagles go through their training routine it was definitely not an opportunity to let go.
The boys had time with the players with many of the NRL stars going above and beyond.
Special mention to George Rose, Jamie Lyon, Ben Farrar and Shane Rodney.
Coach Des Hasler spoke to the students about opportunities in rugby league for country kids and about the ability of his NRL players.
The St Pius X boys were then put through a training experience using the same equipment as their idols.
The Telstra Interchange created these wonderful opportunities for the boys who just love their rugby league, even more so now.
The interchange program funded all expenses on the three-day trip from beach-side accommodation to lots of delicious food.
Sven Gloor from Subnine marketing compiled the boys’ itinerary and quickly rearranged activities due to the postponement of the football. He also chaperoned the boys while in Sydney and was highly impressed with the boys’ manners and behaviour.
The teachers who accompanied the team also spoke highly of the boys; especially considering they spent the 14-hour round trip to Sydney on a bus with a broken DVD player.
There are many people who need to be thanked for a trip such as this and of course Telstra are in the for front of this thinking; Sven Gloor and the staff of Subnine did an extraordinary job; the administration staff at the Sea Eagles and of course Des Hasler and his players for throwing the door open; the accompanying parents and teachers and the students themselves.
'DEFENCE LAPSE LET US DOWN'
|Wagga High centre Mick Mattingly shows great determination to score the team's only try against Warilla High in the Buckley Shield game at Harris Park yesterday.
WAGGA High School coach Andrew Morton blamed critical defensive lapses for the Buckley Shield downfall of the school's talented rugby league team in Wagga yesterday.
Striving to secure a coveted spot in the last 16 teams of the historic statewide under 14 years league competition, Wagga High crashed 26-6 to powerful Warilla High at Harris Park.
Stung by two tries in the opening 12 minutes, Wagga High struck back with a try to centre Mick Mattingly in the 19th minute, but still trailed 18-6 at half-time.
Carrying the momentum into the second half, Warilla High reinforced its advantage by scoring two unanswered tries to leave Wagga High stranded.
Morton later paid tribute to the skill of the Warilla High spearheads, notably five-eighth Kurt Field and second-rower Jordan Fowler.
"They (Warilla High) were just too good," Morton said.
"They had several really dangerous players and they caused us a lot of grief."
Elusive ball-runners, Field and Fowler scored two tries each and were Warilla High's most potent attacking weapons.
Morton, however, made it clear Wagga High had given the suburban Wollongong school far too much latitude with the ball.
"Defence let us down," Morton lamented.
"We missed a lot of one-on-one tackles.
"That really hurt us."
Field and Fowler in particular created havoc with Wagga High's defences, often stepping past three or more opponents without a hand getting near them.
Twice in the second half Field split Wagga High wide open to score long-range tries, while Fowler bolted 45 metres for a try in the first half.
On a day when Warilla High prop Tevita Malai terrorised Wagga High with his size and strength, the hometown forwards were invariably on the back foot.
"We just couldn't get any go-forward," Morton said.
"They (Warilla High) barely missed a tackle."
The aggressive and powerhouse display of Malai was a highlight yesterday -and gave Warilla High a massive head start.
For Wagga High, centre Sharne Robinson was a standout, but five-eighth Campbell Lovell and prop James Hay were also top contributors for the losers.
Lovell set up Wagga High's lone try for Mattingly with an across-field kick and also made several lightning attacking bursts.
For Wagga High, yesterday's Buckley Shield loss came two days after the school's soccer team won a Bill Turner Cup regional final.
WARILLA HIGH 26 (K Field 2, J Fowler 2, J Brooker tries; K Field, E Sultana, J Fowler goals) d WAGGA HIGH 6 (M Mattingly try; M Mattingly goal) at Harris Park. Scrums: 5-7. Penalties: 3-5. Referee: Ben Whitby (9)
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