|LATEST JUNIOR FOOTY
|UNDER 16 TIGERS SUFFER FROM DEPLETED BENCH
Canowindra Tigers U16s travelled to Parkes to play the U16 Spacemen in hot conditions last Saturday.
With 3 players out and no bench players (until some U14s arrived hot and weary from playing in West Wyalong) the Tigers prepared themselves for a hard game.
Parkes kicked off and with Canowindra dropping the ball went on and opened the scoring.
The next ten minutes saw both teams battling hard for field position. On the last tackle halfback Dan Middleton put up a bomb and fullback Nick Willson leaped high, caught it and scored. Poor ball control from Canowindra gave Parkes field advantage and they scored off a kick, to take the lead again.
Hard running from Lock -Kain Earsman and Centre - Mick Clyburn put the boys in good field position.
Taking advantage of this Dan Middleton dummied and sliced through from 30 metres out getting tackled just short of the line.
From there Nick Willson went to dummy half and dived over for try number two. Dylan Beer converted and the scores were locked at 10 all. Parkes then kicked a penalty goal to go into half time leading 12-10.
Early in the second half poor ball control from the Tigers in their own half let the boys down, with the Spacemen scoring 2 tries.
Then the Tigers fired up in defence resulting in Parkes dropping the ball. In the next set Second Rower Dylan Beer scooted down the blind side scored and then converted his own try.
Parkes scored again, but the Tigers didn’t give up working hard in defence and forcing Parkes to make a mistake, from which Jayden Brown scooted down the blindside and scored. The Tigers were still in it with a chance with the score 28-22 to Parkes, however the Spaceman stole the game with another try for a final score of 34-22.
The boys played with great attitude and commitment, but once again poor ball control let them down. Notable mentions must go to back rowers Kain Earsman, Simon Whatman and Dylan Beer who made the bulk of the tackles for the team and ran hard all game. Mick Clyburn had his best game of the year, with good runs out wide and solid defence.
Special thanks to the U14 players Alex Willson, Josh Trayhurn and Tim Middleton for backing up again and supporting the U16s.
If the boys improve their ball control a win is just around the corner
FRASER BOYS IN LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
|Young talent time: Brad Davies was a member of the under 18 team. PHOTO : Alistair Brightman
NINE Fraser Coast junior rugby league players are proving hard to stop while they are on representative duty.
A strong contingent from the region helped keep Central Division unbeaten after two rounds in the Queensland Rugby League Cyril Connell and Mal Meninga cups.
A week after beating the Mackay Cutters in both under 16 and 18 games in Rockhampton, Central did just the same against the Central Comets in Toowoomba.
The under 16 team, which included Jayk Rangihaeata (Burrum Miners), Matt Milzewski (Rovers), Owain Davies (Rovers) and Tom Ryan (Hervey Bay Seagulls) in its line-up, won a thriller 34-32.
Maryborough’s Gary Brown is the coach of the under 16.
The under 18 team made it a clean sweep after winning its showdown 16-10.
Daniel Gillen (Wallaroos), Robbie O’Donnell (Hervey Bay Seagulls), Adriaan Meiring (Burrum Miners), Brad Davis (Wallaroos) and Chris Ahon (Hervey Bay Seagulls) were in the team.
Meiring, who scored two tries last week, scored another in this win.
O’Donnell kicked two goals.
Maryborough’s John Bignell, the Queensland Rugby League Region co-ordinator, said the Fraser Coast contingent had again performed really well.
“Serious consideration should be given to the inclusion of some of these players in Queensland teams as the form they showed in this competition has been outstanding,” Bignell, who travelled with the teams, said.
“You can also be sure their performances will have not gone unnoticed by State League team personnel and talent scouts who were present at both games.
“The players showed plenty of determination to make the most of the opportunity to play at the highest level available and to remain undefeated in their inaugural Central representative careers.”
“I can tell you that these players are united and are looking forward to repeat opportunities in the future.
“The performance of the teams augurs well for the future of this new Division – it’s exciting times for sure,” he said.
DRESSED AND READY FOR ACTION
|READY TO POUNCE: Bay Tigers Junior Rugby League Players wearing their new uniforms for their first competition match on Saturday : Back row left to right: George Sheather, Ryan Hall, Josh Sullivan, Cameron Hall and at front: Ben Carmody, William Bruce, Kym Freeman, Max Whitter, Tyson Keft and Jaryn Doran.
The Batemans Bay Tigers cubs and juniors will for the first time ever share the same markings as the senior players.
For more local news and photos grab a copy of the Bay Post or Moruya Examiner.
The club, due to sponsorship support, has decked out all 15 teams, from juniors, third grade to first grade in the same uniforms.
The Bay Junior Tigers club president Dick Freeman said that the presentation of the players is part of a new direction for the club.
“The focus is on participation, fun and enjoyment,” he said.
The strategy is working so far, with 70 new players this season.
The junior players have been in training for the past five weeks.
“There have been hundreds of kids running around the field which is a good sight to see,” Freeman said.
He said that it’s important for the boys fitness and social skills.
Bay Tigers publicity officer Danny Whitter would love to see some victories on the field.
“A couple of wins along the way won’t be missed,” he said.
The teams first competition games will be held this Saturday at various away locations.
The results will be published in next Wednesday’s sports scoreboard page of the Bay Post/Moruya Examiner.
Freeman would like to thank club treasurer Jeff Cox for designing the uniform strip.
MIGHTY TOBY MAKES DEBUT IN RED, WHITE AND TRUE BLUE
|Emotional debut: Toby Jordan, 6, played his first rugby league match for Camden Rams a feat his parents are proud of. Picture: Mike Sea
CAMDEN Rams Rugby League Club recently helped the Jordan family from Camden Park realise a dream they thought was unimaginable.
Proud mother Lynda and husband Jeff were beaming when their son Toby, who is autistic, took to the field to play his first rugby league game for the Rams' under-7s.
Toby, a Mater Dei School pupil, relished the chance to pull on the tricolour jersey against Picton in a trial game.
With tears welling up in her eyes as Toby ran on to the paddock, Mrs Jordan knew it was a milestone for the family.
``It was such an emotional time,'' she said.
``Unlike most families, we never really thought it possible that Toby would be able to participate in team sports, we just wanted to get by day by day.
``However, as we have learnt over the years, never say never.
``You have to take on difficult challenges and give them a go.''
Mrs Jordan praised the Rams club, the coach and manager of the under-7s team, the under-7s players and their families.
Making the difficult decision to allow Toby to play the game he loves, Mrs Jordan was apprehensive at first, but now realises the family made the right decision.
``Some autistic children don't get much physical activity from sports because they're not very good at it, but we've grown a little tougher and thought we'd give it a go,'' she said.
``Last year we just took a few little leaps and bounds into the world and Toby is loving it.
``He is making new friends, benefiting from the physical activity and generally just having fun with his footy like any other little boy.
``He loves it and wants to go to training every day, that's what it's all about, Toby having fun.
``No family could ask for more than this.''
Toby's teammates were wonderful. ``They were great, a really friendly bunch of kids,'' Mrs Jordan said.
``He had a ball, he didn't want to come off the field.
``He was so excited.''
STUDENTS ARE LIVING THE DREAM
|Promising juniors: These are just some of Westfields Sports High School's Harold Matthews representatives. Picture: Wesley Lonergan
WESTFIELDS Sports High School boasts 19 players in the Harold Matthews under-16 competition, but how many of these will go on to play in the National Rugby League competition?
``You would be doing well if you had two or three players from a Harold Matthews team go on to play NRL,'' said Parramatta Eels SG Ball and Westfields Sports coach Greg Boulous.
``Half a dozen have the potential, but there is more to being a footballer than just playing football.''
So why do Westfields Sports High School students go on to be NRL players?
``We try to teach the small things like the grip, the carry, tackle technique,'' Boulous said.
``But there is all those little things off the field, like getting to training on time and wearing the right gear, which clubs consider [as] important at a young age.''
| RABBITOHS BOUNCE REDS
The Cash Converters WA Reds ended their road trips for 2010 with another loss, going down to South Sydney 36 to 10.
The loss has given the Reds an unenviable five for zero record on the road in their first season in the SG Ball competition.
They came out in the first half and held the game well with a 10 to 6 score line and with the greater possession they definitely looked the better side.
It was a completely different story in the second half though as they seem to have left their commitment in the dressing room. The defense was lack lustre and the intensity went out of the game.
Hooker Tom Lidden scored the first try for the Reds in the first half with Adam Quinlan converting, while winger Jared Young scored a consolation try late in the second half.
Best players were Lidden, Pat Murphy and Jesse Prasad.
They have a chance to redeem their record with their two final games being at home over the next two weeks starting with this Saturday’s game against Illawarra at Ken Allen Field in Fremantle.
NOTHING TO SEPARATE THE JETS AND THE MAGPIES.
|Winsor Wolves v Cronulla Sharks NSW CUP action from Henson Park (Photo : ourfootymedia)
The two NSW Cup double-header promotions held at Henson Park in recent weeks have seen some remarkably similar outcomes. Two weeks ago both games ended in one-point winning margins, while on Saturday at Henson both of the NSW Cup fixtures ended in draws.
Cronulla-Sutherland and Windsor drew 22-all in the curtain-raiser and in the main game it was honours even between Newtown and Western Suburbs with an 18-all draw.
Wests had the better of most of the first forty minutes in Saturday’s first leg of this year’s Tom Raudonikis Cup series.
The Magpies had scored two unconverted tries to lead 8-0 after twenty minutes, and the Jets appeared to be mired in what was a rather dour brand of football. Newtown’s supporters came to life when the Jets’ speed machine centre Kane Linnett scored two tries late in the first half.
Skipper and backrower Jason wells figured strongly in Linnett’s first try while fullback Luke Towers and winger Chris Tuatara-Morrison were prominent in the lead-up play for the second, enabling Newtown to lead 12-8 at halftime.
The second half was another war of attrition with the Jets conceding another unconverted try to Wests soon after the halftime break.
Linnett’s pace and crafty angle running made all the difference as he hared in for his third try with just fifteen minutes remaining. Newtown again showed a worrying inability to lock down a win in the game’s latter stages, as handling errors and a crucial penalty gave the Magpies the territorial platform to draw level at 18-all three minutes from fulltime.
The Jets had sufficient time left to regroup for one failed field goal attempt.
Coach Greg Matterson admitted his concern with the Jets’ lack of nous and discipline when most needed in the game’s critical final moments.
The players had reverted to unimaginative one-man hit-ups in the first half, rather than employing the creative ball play that had brought such good results against North Sydney.
Newtown’s standout man of the match
was centre Kane Linnett, probably the form player of the early rounds of the NSW Cup competition. Second-rower and captain Jason Wells had his best game of the three competition rounds played so far, and he received strong support from Jason Baitieri, Khalid Deeb and Keith Peters.
The Newtown Jets face a genuine danger game against the Shellharbour Dragons next Saturday (3rd April) at Henson Park. The Dragons (St George-Illawarra’s official feeder team) are in winning form and had an excellent record against the Jets last year.
There are junior representative curtain-raisers starting at 12 noon on Saturday, and the Jets-Dragons NSW Cup match gets underway at 3pm.
MATER DEI CLAIMS BACK-TO-BACK HARDY SHIELDS
|TWICE AS NICE: Mater Dei Catholic College celebrates winning the Hardy Shield for the second year in a row last night at Equex Centre. Mater Dei overcame Wagga High by 20 points in the Grand Final.
MATER Dei Catholic College has retained the prestigious Hardy Shield with a dominant win over Wagga High last night (Thursday) .
Mater Dei managed to brush off a slow start to the grand final at Equex Centre to run out victorious by 20 points.
The win makes it two consecutive Hardy Shield premierships for the team, who beat a similar Wagga High outfit in last year's grand final.
Mater Dei coach Anthony Hood was delighted with how the team performed last night.
"Yeah they played really well, I was happy," said Hood.
"We held out Wagga High in the first half with our defence, and went to half-time pretty confident.
"Wagga High just hammered our line but the boys held them out well."
“We had been working on our line defence during the week.
“Our second half was good, we completed our sets and were just patient in our attack and that paid off.
“James Blanchard had some solid running, he played really well.
“You can’t fault any of the players, they all did a great job, and represented Mater Dei well.”
Hood said he will be back next year as coach, aiming to complete his Hardy Shield hat-trick.
Both Mater Dei and Wagga High were switched on from the word go last night, with the teams holding out each other’s relentless attack.
Mater Dei five-eighth Harrison Collins eventually got the better of the Wagga High defence after numerous attempts at the line, to take a 4-0 lead five minutes before half time.
Wagga High then sent the ball dead off the kick-off, resulting in a try three minutes later to level the scores leading into the break.
The second half saw Mater Dei step-up in attack, and score four unanswered tries to storm home with the win.
A disallowed try to Wagga High captain Kyle Philpot, and a late converted try from Mater Dei centre Dan Maskill drove the final bullet into Wagga High’s second consecutive grand-final loss.
“Yep I thought we played well,” said Mater Dei captain Todd Tenison.
“Jimmy (James Blanchard), Jayden (Stanton), Dan Maskill and Caleb Vearing played well.”
Wagga High captain Kyle Philpot said the team was disappointed with the loss.
“It was just stupid little mistakes that let us down,” said Philpot.
“(Sam) Davey, (Chris) Kelly and (Brad) Crawford were probably our standouts.”
Mater Dei will be back next year looking for their third straight Hardy Shield title, but will have to do it without nine of this year’s players according to captain Tenison.
Philpot was awarded the Rick Keast player of the series trophy after the match, and Mater Dei’s James Blanchard won the GTES man of the match for his two tries.
| "CLASSY KEEBRA IN GODD TRIAL FORM"
Keebra Park's talented Year 9 A team continued there strong form last Friday evening, showing again that they will be give a strong showing in 2010.
After some good trial form against arch rivals Palm Beach, the boys travelled to Runaway Bay to face Coombabah, who had some promising new recruits. Keebra Park ran out eventual winners, 20 - 4 in a gruelling physical encounter that featured tough defence, powerful line breaks and scintillating speed.
Keebra Park posted the first try through clever hole running from powerful backrower Max Taamaletoa. Coombabah showed they had improved on their performance of last season with some committed, solid defence upfront and by half time had evened the match at 4 - 4.
The second half was a different story with Keebra Park's forward pack laying the platform for success. Incisive hit-ups and successful offloads from George Fai and a try from J.J. Collins enabled a margin to Keebra.
The speedy backline did the rest with clever, quick hands and scorching acceleration. Outside backs Riva Pati and Troy Simpson showed their class and speed, each taking a turn to score sensational runaway tries out wide, putting the game well beyond the reach of the home team."
|COLLEGES’ RIVALRY TO REIGNITE ON FOOTBALL FIELD
The second annual Soden-Pay Cup for rugby league between St John’s College and Dubbo College South Campus will be played on Tuesday at St John’s College Oval.
Last year teachers Craig May (South) and Greg McIntosh (SJC) organised the first Soden-Pay Cup with South Campus clear winners of the under-13s, 14s and 15s.
Wednesday the games will only be played in 13s and 14s.
The first game will kick off at 3.45pm and the 14s about 4.30pm.
The cup is named after Mark Soden, who represented Dubbo South High as an Australian Schoolboy in 1986.
He then went onto make a successful career with North Sydney and was a regular hooker in their first grade side with the likes of Jason Taylor, Gary Larson, Billy Moore and Greg Florimo.
Dean Pay, a student of St John’s was named in the Australian under-15s in 1984. He also went on to to play for Canterbury and Parramatta, NSW and Australia. He is the current Melbourne Storm under-20s coach.
Both schools have a proud and rich history of rugby league.
St John’s celebrated 40 years of rugby league in 2009 and named a team of former students that included NRL stars such as Andrew Ryan, Dean Pay and Steve Linnane, and Group 11 standouts Bernard Wilson, Justin Yeo and Shane Madden.
If South named a side it would no doubt include Mark Soden, David Peachey, Billy Noke and 90s schoolboy star Robbie Beazley.
In 1991 the Gary Brown coached South High Opens won the prestigious University Shield.
In more recent years the rivalry between St John’s and South is exemplified by the Western all schools Andrew Ryan Cup results, which South won in 2006 and 2008 whilst St John’s were victors in 2007 and 2009.
In 2010 the respective coaches Graham Black and Doug North (South) and Andy Haycock and Shane Alderdice (St John’s)will have their sides primed to do well today, but they are also looking to fine tune their squads before Buckley Shield (CHS) and Cochrane Cup (CCC) commitments start in earnest.
|TITANS JUNIORS MAKE IT A CLEAN SWEEP
The Jetstar Gold Coast Titans have scored wins in all four grades for the second consecutive week, with the club’s junior representative sides also continuing their good form at the weekend.
After the Jetstar Titans’ NRL and NYC (Under-20s) sides scored victories against Souths in Sydney on Friday night, the Titans’ Under-16s and Under-18s made it a clean sweep for the club with wins in their respective Cyril Connell and Mal Meninga Cup competition matches.
The Titans’ Under-18s and Under-16s scored wins over the Gold Coast Vikings sides in the local derby at Burleigh.
In the Cyril Connell Cup, the Under-16s scored a hard-fought 30-26 victory while in the Mal Meninga Cup, the Under-18s registered a comfortable 50-16 win.
With both sides drawing from the local junior representative talent and both sides enjoying successful seasons thus far, the local derby was always going to be an intriguing encounter and one that the Gold Coast rugby league community had eagerly awaited.
The Under-16s was a thrilling encounter with both teams aware of the opposition’s strengths and it was the patience and discipline of the Titans that eventually saw them take out the game 30-26 on the back of some determined defence and mature decision making with the ball in hand.
"We are a well drilled football team and when we play to our strengths and minimise our mistakes we are hard to beat," said Coach Aaron Zimmerle.
“The Vikings forced some errors but our patience and defence got us through in the end.’’
In the Mal Meninga Cup, the Jamie O'Connor-coached Under-18s had an easier 50-16 victory but the coach thought that there was still room for improvement from his talented squad.
"We were a little disjointed today at times with a few of the boys missing training due to their South Coast school sports duties so it was good to get the result,’’ he said.
"We are a good quality side but will be capable of even more as our cohesion improves.’’
Next week sees the Titans junior representatives up against a very strong Souths Logan Magpies outfit who sit on equal points with the Titans in second place on the competition ladder and will be a real gauge of how the teams are travelling as the finals approach.
The Under-16s game kicks off at Tugun at 12.00 noon with the Under-18s game to follow at 1.15pm.
CYRIL CONNEL CUP
TITANS 30 VIKINGS 26
GOLD COAST BLUE 30 (Kane Elgey, Sam Harrold, Filo Laula, Dean Scrimgeour, Sam Burgess tries; Zac Walsh 5 goals) def GOLD COAST GREEN 26 (Corey Gerhardt, Brendan Elliot, Jake Sylvester, Jerome Hughes, Lloyd Perret tries; Ashley Taylor 3 goals) at Burleigh Seniors.
MAL MENINGA CUP
GOLD COAST BLUE 50 (Isaiah Marsh 2, Corey McGrady 2, Japeth Vaoa 2, Aryton Sandbrook, Matt Beddow, Sam Short tries; Corey McGrady 5, Jackson Springer 2 goals) def GOLD COAST GREEN 16 (Kurtis Rowe 2, Tim Cassidy tries; Jarrod Cole 2 goals) at Burleigh Seniors. LEARN MORE
TITANS 50 VIKINGS 16
CELTIC COLTS THRASHING FIRST OUTING
|Unleash... Tim Grob shows great skills. Photo: Ben Lonergan
Glen Innes High School kicked off their School Boy Cup campaign in stunning fashion on Tuesday running away with the game against McIntyre High School 70 points to nil.
Sporting their brand new GATRL (Gifted and Talented Rugby League) guernseys, the Glen Innes Celtic Colts never gave the McIntyre side a chance to get in the game, scoring with nearly every possession.
Glen Innes Coach Richard Taylor said he was very pleased with his sides performance.
“We kept to our structure and game plan and made very few errors,” he said.
Man of the Match went to 16-year-old front row forward Sam Schiffmann, who proved very hard to bring down and made many barging runs up the centre of the field. Two points went to five eighth Tim Grob and one point went to young halfback Jay Smith Webster.
For some of the players on the Glen Innes side it was their first hit out in opens football and Taylor said he would like to congratulate those players.
“For their first game Louis Chapman-Burgess and Brock Green went really well.”
Glen Innes have two more games in the round robin section of the School Boy Cup, the first is against Inverell High in Inverell tomorrow at 1pm.
“We will have to play as well as we did on Tuesday, but we will also have to handle the pressure they put back on us,” Taylor said.
“The winner of our pool normally goes on to play Farrer seconds.”
| SHARKS HOST STEELERS & ROOSTERS
The was plenty of footy at Toyota Stadium today as the Cronulla Sharks played their Academy Under 15's & Under 17's in 3 x 25 minute games and the advertised NSWRL Junior Rep's matches.
The academy games were great to watch, both clubs brought plenty of players to give a run.
Sharks Academy Co ordinator, Mr. Alan Wilson said " the development games were not about results, it's about the performance of the individuals, it gave a lot of local juniors the opportunity to showcase their talents on Toyota Stadium"
Plenty more soon & heaps of great action photo's of the 4 games
Sharks 8 - 20 Roosters
SHARKS 20 - 20 Roosters
HAROLD MATTHEWS CUP
SHARKS 6 - 44 STEELERS
SG BALL CUP
SHARKS 50 - 1- STEELERS
|MAGPIES FIRM AS FLAG FAVOURITES
The Western Suburbs Magpies have formed as favourites to take out the SG Ball Cup competition by smashing the Parramatta Eels 32-14 at Hillier Oval this morning.
Wests scored 6 tries to 3 and they thoroughly deserved their win and now remain at the top of the competition.
The Magpies forwards dominated from the outset and if there is a better pack of forwards running around in the competition then I haven't seen them. Hats off to the whole pack which were well led by Australian Schoolboys prop Matthew Groat. He was ably supported by the rest of the marauding pack which included Sam Atuau, Tim Sloman, Tunui Joseph, Jessie Sue and Inno Inosesio.
Parramatta could not put the big Magpie forwards on the deck in the second half and they continually off loaded the football to support players. As brave as the Eels effort was they were outclassed in the forward battle today and they don't appear to have a forward who can breach the defensive line other than replacement prop Junior Paulo.
Out the back Wests five eight Matthew Brasington had a sound kicking game and kept the Eels under pressure by having to run the ball from their 20 metre line.
I can't see the Eels making the final this year. They don't have the aggression or forward dominance in the big games to allow their backs the forward momentum they require.
Too often Parramatta's attack was limited to dummy half scoots in the second half. Instead of sending the ball wide where their strength is they got sucked into a forward battle they were never going to win. For the Eels fullback Chris Ulugia, half Jason Seage and hooker Dean Blackman showed some spark on occasions.
In the Harold Matthews the Eels nearly suffered their first defeat of the season to the Magpies. They took old PK's tip and ran into spaces not faces but just came up short 26-28.
The Magpies really took the fight to Parramatta who led 14-10 at half time. After the break the Eels shot out to a 28-10 lead and they were really on fire in that period.
After that the Magpies scored three tries in a row to take the score to 28-26 at full time. Only time beat the Magpies because if the game went any longer Wests would have won. They finished with plenty of running while the Eels seemed to run out of puff in the oppressive heat conditions at Hillier Oval. Best for the Maggies were props Bucky Smapati and Josh Cullen while second rower Daniel Alterio was always on the go.
Out in the backs I thought five eight James Ryan had a good game while winger Daniel Tavae added to his 5 tries this season with another today.
For Parramatta prop Pauli Pauli was great in the first half while second rower Kelepi Tanginoa and lock Chad McGill had big games.
I think other team are now working out the Eels. Last week Manly exposed the Parramatta defence out wide and Wests certainly exposed it today.
A great days football was enjoyed by all out in the golden west today.
MATER DEI SEALS LATE VICTORY IN HARDY SHIELD
|Mater Dei's James Blanchard is pulled up short of the try line during their 26-12 win over Mount Austin High.
TWO late tries allowed Mater Dei to seal a win in last night's Hardy Shield semi-final at Equex Centre and secure them a grand final berth.
The team managed to overcome a fierce Mount Austin attack in the final stages of the match to come out victorious.
Mater Dei coach Anthony Hood said he was delighted with how the team played.
"Yeah, very happy," he said.
"Our first-half completion rate was solid, but then we started to drop off towards the end of the first half.
"I was a bit disappointed with the end of our first half, but then we started well again in the second half.
"Our number six, Harrison Collins, was good with controlled kicks, as well as our number 11, James Blanchard."
Mater Dei was able to open the scoring ten minutes in, when Blanchard crossed on the back of some weak defence.
Impressive Mount Austin halfback Anthony Hackett then capitalised on an overlap on the wing to give the team a 6-4 lead at the break.
Just three minutes into the second half, Mater Dei winger Will Ryan went over in the corner.
Mount Austin then answered two minutes later with five-eighth Will Homer scoring a converted try to take the lead again.
Reigning premier Mater Dei then scored three unanswered tries, including two in the dying stages of the match to seal the win.
Mater Dei will now be looking to defend its title next Thursday night, when it takes on Wagga High in the grand final.
"We are looking forward to next week's match," said Hood.
"It will be the big rematch from last year, when we drew with Wagga High five-all in the third round.
"I think we will just be looking to complete our sets for the full half.
"We need to work on keeping our enthusiasm up and not drop balls."
The grand final will be played at 7.30pm next Thursday night at Equex Centre, while the other four teams will play off to decide next year's Hardy Shield draws.
|CAN WESTS MATTYS CUP TAME THE PARRA BEAST?
It’s the Parramatta Eels (1st) v Western Suburbs Magpies (6th) as our feature match this week.
The game will be played at Campbelltown Stadium and the weather prediction is for a fine and sunny 32 degrees day out west on Saturday. This may favour the Wests side as the big Eels team may not like the heat. We will see.
Saturday’s blockbuster game provides the Magpies with a great opportunity to put their credentials forward as a genuine threat to the premiership this season.
They have won four out of their five games but those wins were against teams not in the eight at present. They have beaten Canberra, Western Sydney, St George and the Canterbury Bulldogs.
This is their second hit out against a team in the top eight and what a challenge this presents for the boys out west. Two weeks ago they lost their only game so far this season 44-16 at home to Manly.
Parramatta beat Manly last week 48-10. Oh dear I can hear readers saying. How the hell can they beat this Eels juggernaut?
Wests should get some tips off Manly centre Latrell Schaumkel on how to beat the Eels. He achieved what two teams this season have failed to do against Parramatta and that’s score tries.
He bagged two of them in fact in a great display of hitting the hole and speed. Spaces not faces boys! Schaumkel found holes in the Parramatta defence out wide by simply running into the gaps.
If you run straight into the Eels defence you will get smashed by the big Eels forwards. Spread the ball a bit wider and it’s a different story. Just look at young Latrell’s efforts last week for Manly.
If I were Wests I would not be engaging their forwards in a toe to toe battle with the behemoths from Parramatta but instead attempt to move the ball around and in the process tiring them out and exposing weaknesses in their defensive line.
Easier said than done I suppose but the Magpies have shown plenty of try scoring potential in their three quarter line. Centres Tylan Tanuvasa and Daniel Tavae have scored eight tries between them this season so they have shown they have the strike power.
Their second rower Daniel Alterio has also impressed this year. He needs to hit the Eels on the edges and add to his impressive list of four tries this year.
The raw stats show Wests have scored 23 tries in five games this year while Parramatta has scored 41 tries in four games (bye round 4). The Eels are averaging just over 10 tries a game.
This presents a great challenge to the Magpies but one they are capable of achieving if they play the right game. The Eels to win.
Saturday 20 March 2010 HILLIER OVAL - Matthews Cup kicks off @ 9:30 AM & The SG BALL Kicks off @ 11:00 AM
WESTERN SUBURBS MAGPIES
1.Fuluasou Kamuta 2. Dylan Noble 3. Josh King 4. Tylan Tanuvasa 5. Daniel Tavae 6. James Ryan 7. Billy Kitt © 8. Bucky Smapati 9. Jye Douglas 10. Josh Cullen 11. Alex Tette 12. Daniel Alterio (vc) 13. Luke Bonnell 14. Saxon Sell 15. Josh Seupule 16. Ulajasi Moala 17. Rhys Norman 18. Antonio Inzitari 19. Lachlan Yule 20. Hayden Patterson 21. Trent Woodland 22. Armani Tofaeono 23. Kyle Adams 24. James Kovac 25. John Stevens COACH: Scott Hartas
1. Corey Makelim 2. Jeremy King 3. Carlos Lopa 4. Danny Fualalo 5. Ben Fiso 6.Robbie Kamoto 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Frazer Masinamua © 9. Zach Clay 10. Pauli Pauli 11. Kalausa Leha 12. Kelepi Tanginoa 13. Chad McGill 14. Kaysa Pritchard 15. Jordan Latham 16. Lomio Mafi 17. Jordie Hedges 18. Nathan Rumsby 19. Tepai Moeroa 20. Jack Delaney 21. Nathan Galatoulas 22. Christian Kagiassis 23. Tepai Tepu-Smith COACH: CHRIS BRADBURY
BEST NEEDED TO BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOUNGSTERS
|Lake Cargelligo utility Jaden Clarke taking part in the Dragons coaching clinic yesterday in Dubbo. Already this year Jayden has represented NSW Indigenous Under-16s against Queensland.
St George Illawarra Dragons recruitment officer Brian Keegan believes the best coaching staff is needed to bring out the best in rugby league’s talented young players.
Keegan, a long-time friend of former St George and Kangaroo prop Craig Young - who is currently director of the club’s high performance unit - was in Dubbo yesterday with junior coaches Ben Haran and Dave Ballard.
At Apex Oval they put a group of talented young local players through a series of skills that they hope will ultimately make them better players and maybe even good enough to earn a contract with the great club.
Already four of the young players - Jordan Hay (Dubbo CYMS and Gilgandra), Charlie Runciman (CYMS), Jackson Merritt (Macquarie Raiders) and Jacob Neil from Nyngan - are under contract to the Dragons but will continue to finish their schooling at home before going to the next step.
“There is a wealth of talent available and while we study the way they play the game, it ultimately gets down to the way they are coached,” Keegan said.
“I came here for the academy games that were played before the NRL trial recently and identified most of these boys and that’s why we invited them here today, where our coaches could have a look for themselves.
“The boys aged 14 and up are the ones we are looking at and we will then encourage them to stay and finish school. Their education is so important.
“Just look at what Max Ray has done.
“He’s been with us for some time, finished his HSC with exceptional results last year and is now going well into his first season in the Toyota Cup.
“There are six or seven boys who played in Toyota Cup last Friday night with Max who came through this process. It’s working well.”
Two of the most enthusiastic boys yesterday were Dylan Hately and Jayden Clarke from Lake Cargelligo, who are part of the Far West Academy.
They were driven more than three hours to Dubbo for the clinic.
|HIGH SCHOOL'S FIRST LEAGUE HIT OUT
The first results of Glen Innes High School’s new rugby league program will be on show tomorrow when the open’s team takes on Macintyre High School in the first round of the Schoolboys Cup (formerly Arrive Alive Cup).
Kicking off at the school at 1pm the new GATRL (Gifted and talented rugby league) guernsey’s will be unveiled for the first time.
GATRL Co-founder Ben Creighton said he was expecting a large crowd to turn up to watch the match. He said over the past few weeks the side had been working on new training strategies more in line with National Rugby League (NRL) clubs. Mr Creighton said it was the first time the side was playing together under the new program and it would be interesting to see the result.
“We have high expectations of this team,” he said. “It is a young side we only have three year 12 players but we expect that they will go a long way.”
Mr Creighton reccomended spectators kept an eye on the skillful half back five eight combination of Jay Smith-Webster and Tim Grob who will direct play around the field.
Meanwhile the Glen Innes Magpies A grade side had their first hit out during a trial match against the Tenterfield Tigers in Tenterfield on Friday night.
More than 30 senior players turned up for the match. Playing in wet weather the Magpies took control of the game early and never looked threatened. The Magpies easily won the match by six tries 26-20 but could have taken the game by alot more, allowing coaches to try out a number of players and positions.
|BATTLE OF THE WEST
Story & Photo 's By : 'PK' &
PARRA V WESTS
This weekend’s games in the Harold Matthews and SG Ball between rugby league powerhouse the Parramatta Eels and premiership wannabes the Western Suburbs Magpies shapes up as a genuine battle of the west.
What a game the SG Ball Cup fixture will be as the first placed Magpies battle to keep the second placed Eels from taking over as leader of the competition.
Parramatta have chosen a strong line-up to take on the Maggies after resting players over the last few weeks while providing their fringe selection players an opportunity to shine in the best under 18 rugby league competition in the world.
Whether this has been a good strategy only time will tell. I don’t believe resting players in a nine game competition leads itself to developing combinations and team work with players. The competition is too short for that.
Back this week for Parramatta are winger Jacob Gagen, fullback Chris Ulugia and Jason Wehbe returns to his best position at five eight after having a quite game by his standards at fullback against Manly last weekend.
Wests have also selected a strong squad but they will be without big Willie Skelton the 145 kilogram monster forward. He will be missed in the fiery forward exchanges.
The Maggies smashed St George last week 54-0 with centre Theo Leato in fine form notching three tries. They remain the only undefeated team in the competition.
Parramatta wants to win badly. If they succeed they will probably leap frog Wests on percentages and lead the competition and that means the club will lead both the SG Ball Cup and the Harold Matthews Cup competitions.
I think the Eels will have an advantage in the halves where the Hills Sports High School duo of Jason Seage and Jason Wehbe have been playing great football.
Last week against Manly the game was an arm wrestle until Seage turned the game for the Eels when he scored two tries in five minutes late in the first half. He used his blistering pace to leave Manly defenders in his wake in his second try. He has scored four tries in five games.
His partner in the halves Jason Wehbe is the competition’s leading point scorer with six tries and twenty five goals to his credit. This boy knows how to stiff out a try.
Wests halves Mitchell Brasington and David Atuau are fine players but they don’t possess the same strike power that the Parramatta pair has.
No doubt Magpies coach Derek McVey will have Brasington hoisting his favourite spiral bombs directed towards the Parramatta back three Ulugia and wingers Gagen and Stefano Takafa.
They will need to be strong in this area otherwise Wests will use this as a catalyst to put great pressure on the Eels team.
If Wests have an advantage I think it could be in the forwards where they have belted and out bustled opposition teams this year including the Canterbury Bulldogs.
They are well led by Matthew Groat, last years Australian Schoolboy prop and he is well supported by his fellow forward marauders including Tunui Joseph and Ino Inosesio who have been in great form.
If the Eels want to win this game they have to match the Wests rampaging forward pack. Their back row of Joseph Ualesi, Matthew Eisenhuth and Luke Fishburn are all work horses who will tackle to the cows come home.
In the front row there is no Jarod Azar who must be injured. They have selected props Josh Neale and Michael Inskip who have been tradesman like so far this season. Their form will have a major bearing on how this game fares.
If Parramatta can hold Wests in the forwards I think their superior backs will have too much razzle dazzle for the Magpies. The Eels by six.
KICK OFF 1.30 pm - MATCHES PLAYED AT HILLIER OVAL - not Campbelltown Stadium
1. Chris Ulugia 2. Stefano Takafa 3. Vai Toutai 4. Trent Jennings 5. Jacob Gagan 6. Jason Whebe 7. Jason Seage 8. MIchael Inskip 9. Troy Errington 10. Josh Neale 11. Joseph Ualesi 12. Matthew Eisenhuth 13. Luke Fishburn © 14. Dean Blackman 16. Cameron Picker 17. Josh Batelibasi 18. James Tuitahi 19. Sione Hehepoto 20. Junior Paulo 21. Jake Lewis 23. Zacc Douglas COACH: Greg Boulous
WESTERN SUBURBS MAGPIES
1. David Nofoaluma 2. Sevao Stowers 3. Ed Murphy 4. Theo Leato 5. James Tedesco 6. Mitchell Brasington 7. David Atuau 8. Matt Groat © 9. Sam Atuau 10. Tim Sloman 11. Tunui Joseph 12. Jessie Sue 13. Inno Inosesio 14. Sebastion Sell 16. Zane Ioane 18. Shane Lalogafua 19. Zac Blackshaw 20. Crete Waka 21. Peter Brown 22. Jordan Tuiavaii 23. Pale Tanumalev 24. Keanu Rogers 25. Ngamanu Winitana 26. Thomas Sauvao COACH: Derek McVey
WILLIAM HOPOATE, SON OF JOHN HOPOATE, IN FRAME TO REPLACE BRETT STEWART
|Two generations ... former NRL star John Hopoate with son William. Picture: Brett Costello Source: The Daily Telegraph
HE IS the son of a serial rugby league offender, but teenager William Hopoate might just be Manly's saviour.
Hopoate, 17, is looming as a fullback replacement for Brett Stewart, the former Test player who was yesterday ruled out for five months with yet another knee injury.
Stewart will have surgery next week on his torn medial meniscus and damaged fibrocartilage.
He will not return until at least round 20 - the second successive year the star fullback has missed virtually the entire season.
While it is terrible news for Stewart, it could be the chance young Hopoate has been waiting for.
The Daily Telegraph understands that while the teenager will be overlooked for this Sunday's match against the Eels at Parramatta Stadium, he will be considered in coming weeks.
Proud father John, the former Manly and Test winger, said he was sure his son would handle the step up to first grade.
"I think he [William] can handle it," Hopoate Sr said.
"When he was playing SG Ball people were saying he was too young for the under-20s but he stepped up and did well.
"Now he's being talked about for first grade and people might think he's not ready but maybe he should get a go."
With winger David Williams also out for eight weeks (collarbone) and George Rose missing this weekend through suspension, TAB Sportsbet has pushed Manly from $13 out to $23 to win the premiership.
Stewart, who suffered the injury tackling Wests Tigers winger Lote Tuqiri on Monday night, will have surgery next week, his recovery to take three months, his rehabilitation to take a further two months.
He sustained the identical injury last year but to a different knee.
Manly coach Des Hasler must now find a new fullback - with young Hopoate in the frame.
Hasler said he has three options this season at fullback.
"Hopoate is waiting in the wings," Hasler said. "We have to look at the options. Michael Robertson did a great job last year as did Ben Farrar.
"Michael and Ben have the edge over Will in experience but that's not to say he won't get a shot through the year.
"He will be ready to take up the challenge."
Manly co-skipper Jamie Lyon added: "He [Hopoate] is a great prospect, he has a big future and is a great kid.
"If he gets a shot this weekend, it will be a good thing."
Manly players were in shock yesterday when told of Stewart's injury.
"Brett is a massive loss - you can't deny that," said hooker Matt Ballin. "It would be silly to try and cover that up.
"But we have to go on without him and do the best we can. It doesn't get much tougher than Parramatta at Parramatta Stadium."
|STOCKLAND SIGNS AS COWBOYS ADOPT-A-SCHOOL SPONSOR
The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Adopt-a-School program kicks off its ninth season this week with the announcement of Stockland as the flagship community program’s naming rights sponsor.
The program sponsorship is one element of Stockland’s re-signing as a Major Sponsor of the Cowboys, on a two-year deal that will extend their support of the club and status as exclusive shopping centre partner.
Stockland’s involvement with the established Adopt-a-School program, which will see ‘adopted’ Cowboys visit classrooms across North Queensland in 2010, will promote their commitment to improving the lives of North Queenslanders and reinforce the program’s focus of ‘Eat Well, Stay Well, Play Well’.
With 43 schools participating in Adopt-a-School this season, Stockland and the Cowboys are working together to introduce a number of exciting initiatives to the program, including a Stockland Team Player Award, to be presented at each school’s weekly assembly as a reward for student achievement.
Stockland Townsville Centre Manager Patrina Bowtell sees the partnership as a great opportunity to encourage participation, learning and achievement by primary school students, using the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys as role models.
“Stockland has been a major supporter of the Cowboys for more than 10 years, and we are delighted to be associated with the Adopt-a-School program for the next two years and help the kids of North Queensland meet their idols and take away the healthy living message,” Patrina Bowtell says.
Stockland is also the developer behind the largest masterplanned community ever delivered in the region, and North Shore Project Director Ben Simpson says that with the opening of the community’s first school next year, the Adopt-a-School program was a great fit.
“North Shore will be welcoming its first students to St Clare’s in the first semester of 2011, with the school eventually providing places from prep to year 12,” Ben Simpson says.
“We have plans for more schools and higher learning facilities so it’s great to be associated with the Adopt-a-School program and we look forward to having Cowboys visit our students.”
The Northern Beaches Leisure Centre located at North Shore is the official aquatic facility of the Cowboys.
North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Executive Director Peter Parr is also confident of the fit between Stockland and Adopt-a-School.
“The Cowboys community programs are well-developed and targeted to ensure maximum benefit for the areas of our community that most require it, and we believe that the Adopt-a-School program is one of the most important in our region,” Peter Parr says.
“The signing of Stockland as naming rights sponsor is a fantastic reinforcement of the program’s credibility and we look forward to seeing the results of our partnership.”
MATER DEI TOASTS HARDY SHIELD WIN
|TOUGH DEFENCE: Mount Austin High School’s Ryan Billingham cops the brunt of strong Mater Dei Catholic College defence in last night’s Hardy Shield match at Equex. Mater Dei built the 30-16 win on their defence and a pinpoint kicking game. Picture: Addison Hamilton
Mater Dei Catholic College has stamped its authority on the 2010 Hardy Shield with a commanding 30-16 victory over Mount Austin High School.
In a re-match of last year's final Mater Dei last night came out on top against their fierce rival thanks to a dominant first half.
Down 16-nil at half-time Mount Austin struggled to break past halfway due to tight defence from Mater Dei.
Two late tries and a promising performance from fullback Luke Gladman were the only positives for Mount Austin.
Following a tense start, Mater Dei lock Jordan Shepherd stormed over the line to open the scoring for a six-nil lead, thanks to a Harrison Collins conversion.
Collins' kicking was a real feature of the Mater Dei game with precision, attacking passes to the corners keeping Mount Austin on the back foot.
Mater Dei coach Anthony Hood said set completion and goal-line defence was something the team was working hard on.
"We completed nine of 11 sets in the first half and combined with Harrison's kicking it allows us to keep teams pinned in their own half," he said.
Mount Austin opened the scoring in the second half to breathe new life into the game thanks to substitute Nick Salcole.
The try came after Mater Dei dropped the ball from the kick-off and then gave away a penalty, allowing Mount Austin to take advantage of consecutive sets.
However, that is where the joy stopped for last year's runners-up as Mater Dei ran in three tries to end the contest.
Daniel Maskill replied straight away as Mount Austin dropped the resulting kick-off before Shepherd and Collins ran in their second tries on the night.
The match was played in good spirits, the only blemish coming in the last five minutes when a Mater Dei player was accidentally spear tackled.
Mount Austin never gave up the game and some late fireworks from the exciting Gladman and Anthony Hackett improved the scoreline.
Hood said it was an excellent performance for a team's first game.
"They've gelled very well from the start, which is pleasing ... everyone got their hands on the ball and the crowd support was excellent," he said.
Mater Dei will now take on Kildare Catholic College on Monday at 7.30pm while Mount Austin will play The Riverina Anglican College.
|KOORINGAL HIGH KICK OFF COMP BY DOWNING TRAC
Kooringal High School have started the Hardy Shield competition in the best way possible with a win over The Riverina Anglican College (TRAC).
In a tight match, the two teams traded tries until the end with Kooringal doing enough to secure the win 22-16 at Equex, last night.
TRAC had a chance to win in the dying stages after Kooringal kicked out on the full from a kick-off but couldn't breach the tryline.
Kooringal thought they'd secured victory when Vaughan Winnel scored a try in the last five minutes but TRAC were not done.
Andrew Madden scored to reduce the margin to six points but after a missed conversion TRAC were not able to challenge.
Kooringal's Macauley O'Malley scored two tries as five-eighth in a brilliant individual game while Lewie Bolton scored two for TRAC.
Halfback Aaron Wynne kicked two conversions for Kooringal as did TRAC fullback Shaun Kenaley.
The match was tight and physical throughout with each try coming after good lead-up work from the forwards.
Following the confidence-boosting win Kooringal will now face fellow round-two winners Wagga High School on Monday, while TRAC have the unenviable task of playing Mount Austin High School, who will look to rebound from a heavy defeat against Mater Dei.
|WAGGA HIGH STUN KILDARE WINNING 26-4
WAGGA High School has kicked off their 2010 Hardy Shield campaign with an impressive 22-point thrashing of Kildare Catholic College last night.
It was a comprehensive victory for Wagga High, who scored two tries in the opening five minutes, led 16-nil at half-time and ran away to win 26 points to four.
After finishing third last year Wagga High looks ready to challenge heavyweights Mater Dei Catholic College and Mount Austin High School.
Fullback Kyle Philpott and centre Jesse Menz were everywhere for the winners, the pair putting on an impressive display and finishing with three tries between them.
Chris Kelly slotted three conversions to complete the win for Wagga High, who will now take on Kooringal High School on Monday.
The second half was a tighter contest but was marred by a number of dropped passes and stoppages.
Not a lot went right for Kildare last night - following a poor first half the team staged a spirited revival but could not withstand the class of Wagga High.
Brad Went scored the only try for Kildare on an otherwise miserable night.
It doesn't get any easier next week with Mater Dei Catholic College waiting in the next round.
4 SPOTS LEFT IN UNDER-18 REP SQUAD
|Exciting Bellingen forward Vaughan Babbini has been included in the Group 2 under-18 squad.
GROUP 2 rugby league selectors have announced an initial 14-man representative squad after under-18 selection trials at Macksville’s Allen Gillett Oval yesterday.
Rep season co-ordinator Greg White said the final four members of the squad would be chosen after next weekend’s opening round of official club trials.
“A couple of positions in the backline are hotly contested and the coach and selectors decided to have another look at the possible candidates next weekend,” he said.
“They’ve decided to check the form of seven young blokes in particular and I hope the weather clears so they have the best chance of impressing next Saturday and Sunday in their home matches.
“The selectors will share themselves around so they all are seen under match conditions.”
Burly lock forward Kristian Kelly has been named in the initial squad and is the sole survivor of the Oxley Pioneers team coached by Peter Barrett which reached the grand final of the 2009 Country Rugby League championships.
And both graduates of last year’s Group 2 team, Vaughan Babbini and Tyler Doolan, are back in the selection and will play important roles at the Oxley round robin against Groups 3 and 4 in Tamworth on March 27.
Coach Peter Barrett had plenty of praise when he met with his latest bunch of rookies, after their names were read out.
“Take it from me your NRL career starts from this moment,” he said.
“Be aware of your responsibilities and you’ll be amazed how easy things start to become and how much fun you’re going to have.”
The team will gather for a fitness check and training run at Macksville next Wednesday at 5.45pm.
WOOLGOOLGA: Marshall Wall, Kayden Gleeson, Mitch Dockrey, Steve Goodwin.
ORARA VALLEY: John Graham, Ben Law.
SAWTELL: Chris Dickenson.
BELLINGER VALLEY: Vaughan Babbini.
NAMBUCCA HEADS: Pat Sneesby, Jayden Austen.
MACKSVILLE: Tyler Doolan.
MACLEAY VALLEY: Linc Callaghan, Ryan Nottley.PORT MACQUARIE: Kristian Kelly.
NEW SOUTH WALES COMBINED CATHOLIC COLLEGES RUGBY LEAGUE
PRESIDENTS SELECTIONS :
15 Years: 1989, 2001, 2002, 2006
18 Years: 1981, 1982, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2005
All correspondence to: The Secretary, NSWCCC Rugby League, c/o Clancy Catholic College, Carmichael Drive, West Hoxton NSW 2171
NSWCCC Rugby League is affiliated with the Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League Council, Australian & NSW Rugby Leagues
Dear Students and Parents
In 2010 New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges Rugby League is implementing a new initiative as part of our State Selection Trials. An extra team, known as the President’s Team, will participate in our selection trials.
The President’s team will provide an additional opportunity for students who do not gain selection in their association/diocesan team to participate in our State Selection Trials.
This may include students who:
• do not participate and are not selected due to illness/injury
• perform poorly in their association/diocesan trials due to injury/fatigue from a heavy playing schedule
• miss selection due to the strength of their association
• enroll in a Catholic school after their association/diocese team has been selected.
There will be a President’s Team for both 15’s and 18’s years age groups. For the 15’s team players must be born in 1995 or 1996 and for the 18’s team players must be born in 1994, 1993 or 1992.
The coaching staff for each team is as follows:
18’s PRESIDENT’S TEAM COACH: MR TIM WHITE (Holy Cross College Ryde) Tel 9808 1033 Fax 9809 7207 Manager: Mr Leon Robinson (St Paul’s College Kempsey) Trainer: Mr Michael Fisher (St Mary’s Cathedral College Sydney)
15’s PRESIDENT’S TEAM COACH: MR LEE ADDISON (St Gregory’s College Campbelltown) Telephone 02 4629 4222 Fax 02 4628 1594 Manager: Mr Michael O’Beirne (La Salle College Bankstown)
Trainer: To be appointed
To be eligible for inclusion in either President’s Team students must:
1. Have participated in their association selection trial/s, or have been exempt from trialing by their Association Convenor, eg due to injury, and not been selected in their association team. (Please note that this is not a separate pathway and that entry to this team is only open to players who have not been selected in their association team. The exception to this is a student who has enrolled in a Catholic school after the selection trial/s.)
2. Complete and fax the attached nomination form before 3.00pm Friday 7th May to the relevant coach. Due to geographical and time constraints, the selection process will be subjective and by invitation from the selection panel.
Students from all Catholic high schools in NSW are eligible for selection and the selection of each President’s Team cannot take place until all associations have completed their selection process. Please refer to the attached Selection Policy for further information.
All students will be informed of the outcome of their nomination by Wednesday 12th May and the team will be placed on our website. Students who gain selection must agree to:
1. Pay the team levy of $100.00 to the Team Manager by Monday 17th May. The levy includes playing strip (jersey, shorts and socks), polo shirt, strapping, first aid etc and post game recovery (hydration/nutrition).
If payment is not received by Monday 17th May NSWCCC Rugby League may invite another student into the team to ensure a squad of twenty players attends the selection trials. Cheques to be made out to NSWCCC Rugby League and send to team managers school, att to their name..
2. Attend training on Thursday 20th May at 2.00pm at St Mary’s. (This is consistent with the preparation for Northern Country and Southern Country teams.)
For any initial enquiries please contact the Team Coach.
3. Abide by the attached Code of Behaviour and ARL policies.
4. Accept a position in their association team if a position in that team becomes available prior to the commencement of the selection trials.
NSWCCC Rugby League Sub Committee LEARN MORE ABOUT NSWCCC FOOTY
DEFENCE GETS COMETS WIN
|The Comets’ Sam Madden makes sure this Pride player is not going anywhere.
Comets Meninga Cup coach Steve Parle put Saturday’s gutsy victory over Northern Pride down to a great defensive effort by his under-18 players.
The Comets were on the back foot from the outset after giving away two soft tries early in the match.
Parle said his young team was trying to play too much football, which resulted in losing the ball in the in-goal for the first and giving up an intercept for the second try.
Northern Pride was not shown such generosity again in the match.
“After that we kept them scoreless,” Parle said.
“When players get fatigued normally defence is the first thing that drops away.
“In the second half I felt we were pretty comfortable,” he said.
“I was pretty happy with the way it went after that.”
By the interval the Comets had clawed their way back into the contest to trail 6-8 and in the second half got over the top of the spirited Pride team.
Parle said both teams were guilty of dropping too much ball. He put that down to the humid conditions at Browne Park making the ball slippery.
In the end tries from fullback Brett Rediex, Denzel Mooney and Jack Madden, plus a goal by David Munns, got the Comets home.
“The good thing was we have no injuries, apart from a few bumps and bruises,” Parle said.
The list of players he felt excelled produced few surprises.
Before the match Parle said he wanted big performances from hooker Luke Crumblin and lock Daniel Bertucci.
He was not disappointed with what he received from either player.
Second rower Simon Gregory also stood tall with a great display.
On the wing Denzel Mooney displayed a lot of courage and capped off a good showing with a second-half try.
“Denzel broke his leg in the first game last season and that was his first game back,” Parle said.
The coach is aware that the clash with Townsville next week will provide an even bigger test for his team.
Next week’s opponent, Townsville Stingers, made it two wins from two matches with an emphatic home win over the Mackay Cutters, by 46-10, at the weekend.
|KNOCKOUT LOOKS TO BE SET FOR SUCCESS
The future of a knockout junior rugby league competition in Dubbo looks set after a successful initiation carnival at Apex Oval yesterday.
About 78 games were played from the Under-10s through to the 16s with teams from Dubbo-based sides: South Dubbo, St John’s, Eastridge, PCYC and Warren as well as out of towners Orange Bloomfield, Orange CYMS, and Forbes Red Bend College.
The competitive strength of junior rugby league in Dubbo was extremely evident with PCYC coming away winners in the under-10s, South Dubbo in the under-14s and Eastridge in the 16s. In the under-11s and 13s Orange Bloomfield took the title and Warren showed their dominance in the under-12s.
The under-16s title was highly contested with some close games but Dubbo Junior Rugby League President Neil Millgate said winners Eastridge were the favourites. Millgate spoke with Forbes and Orange officials yesterday about plans for a triangle knockout series between the three towns to be established from next year.
“We are going to get together and make a draft plan of the triangle series,” he said.
“It was a very successful day and we had some good feedback.
“The mixture today saw most of the Dubbo teams play against out of town teams which was great to see.”
It is hoped the triangle competition will be up and running by next year.
|CENTRAL WEST REACH TRIPLE FIGURES IN TRIAL
SIXTY minutes, 102 points, 11 different try scorers.
It was hardly the tough encounter against stiff opposition that the Central West under 20s were looking for on Saturday at Bathurst’s KC Laird Field as they capped off their Country Championships preparations with a dominant 102-0 victory over Penrith Emus.
The hosts scored at more than a point a minute as they completely dominated their rivals, flying Bulldogs winger Ryan McCarthy certainly enjoying the outing as he finished with a hat-trick of tries for the match.
At the completion of the first 20-minute third it was clear Central West were headed for a commanding victory as they ran in five tries. By the end of the second period the score had blown out to 57-0 even with positional changes being made.
Still, Central West co-coach Matt McRobert was pleased with how his players kept their focus, intensity and structure for all but the dying minutes as they look towards this Saturday’s Country Championships opener against New England.
“We got not a hell of a lot out of that to be quiet honest, it’s a bit disappointing, although that is strange to say when you win 102-0,” McRobert said.
“It was good there was no dip in performance even though we changed combinations pretty much constantly. The boys did exactly what was asked of them, they took instruction well and they finished strongly.
“I am very pleased with that aspect of it, certainly their application and their attitude was first class.”
With players looking to pushing their claims for a place in the starting 15 for the clash with New England, the focus amongst the Central West squad was evident from the start.
The first try came through quick hands and the sheer speed of McCarthy, but the second five-pointer the hosts laid on was a fine example of the work between backs and forwards.
Sucking in the Penrith defence as they strung together five phases, the ball was then spread out to the waiting backs and it was fullback Bryce Williams who capitalised as he stepped his way through.
While not getting his name on the scoreboard, Canowindra’s Ron Lawrence shone at loosehead prop, his ability to bust the Penrith line setting up the next two tries as Central West skipped out to a 19-0 lead at the first break.
Penrith enjoyed their first attacking football in the second period when Central West put their opening kick-off out on the full, but the hosts soon forced a turnover and were straight back on the attack.
Coaches McRobert and Brian Roberson took the opportunity to make changes and many of those who had started on the bench seized their chance, Dakota Brown, Luke Wilson and Daniel Lamb all getting their name on the scoresheet as Central West surged to a 59-0 lead.
The final period saw Central West run in seven more tries, Bathurst’s Alex Grant’s effort impressing as he scored following a kick-off while it was Grenfell’s Lachlan Martens who brought up the century when he crossed after the siren.
“We are looking to do the simple things really well, execute when we get the chance and not dwell on mistakes if we make them, but to instead concentrate on the next thing,” McRobert said.
“At this stage we are pretty happy with the way we are playing.
“Certainly some guys we were worried about stepped up today. Some of the guys who we had originally pictured on the bench were just outstanding today and amongst our best, it will make selecting the starting side very difficult, but it’s a wonderful problem to have.”
CENTRAL WEST UNDER 20s 102 (Ryan McCarthy 3, Dakota Brown 2, Luke Wilson 2, Bryce Williams 2, Duncan Young, Geoff Westcott, Daniel Lamb, Kalepo Lepou-Fiapito, Alex Grant, Sammee Hutchins, Lachlan Martens tries; Will Oldham 6, Duncan Young 4, Luke Wilson conversions) defeated PENRITH EMUS 0
ROUND 5 SG BALL CUP PREVIEW
|Penani Manumaeealii in action against the Melbourne Storm in Melbourne last week (Photo : ourfootymedia)
|Joel Tubbs on the burst against the Melbourne Storm in Melbourne last week (Photo : ourfootymedia)
The Western Suburbs Magpies remain the only undefeated team in this year’s SG Ball Cup.
This was after the shock losses by previously undefeated teams Penrith and the Melbourne Storm to Souths and Cronulla respectively.
Wests play St George this week and despite St George recording their first win of the season against Western Sydney last week I can’t see them getting over the competition front runners who will be looking for some good form before their big match with Parramatta the following week.
Fullback David Nofoaluma was on fire against Manly last week after he crossed for three four-pointers. St George would be wise not to kick to him.
There are some great matches on the agenda this week including Parramatta and Manly, South Sydney up against the Roosters but I think Penrith (4th) against Newcastle (6th) should be our feature match.
The Sydney Roosters play Souths at Henson Park. They bounced back last week and defeated the Raiders away after losing a close one to the Storm a week earlier.
While Souths did a great job last week in beating the Panthers I think the Roosters are a different kettle of fish to overcome. With big Tai Tuivasa on the rampage in recent weeks I think the Roosters will have too much for the Adrian Ha'angana led Souths team.
Parramatta has named a bizarre team for their clash with Manly to be played at Leichhardt Oval. They have named normal five eight Jason Wehbe at fullback, normal winger Stefano Takafa will play centre in place of Jacob Gagen who is benched while Bathurst product Cameron Picker is elevated into Wehbe’s spot at five eight.
First choice players Chris Ulugia, Trent Jennings and Jarod Azar are all named in an extended bench. Can someone tell us what’s happening down there?
Meanwhile I think the Eels should get the money here against a winless Manly team.
Leichhardt will feature five clubs on Saturday with Balmain, Melbourne Storm and South West Sydney Academy also playing. A great day of entertainment for sure!
The Bulldogs fly over to WA to play the Reds in what should be a regulation win for the boys from Bankstown. The Reds are glad to be back home after being on the road for three weeks.
This week sees the inclusion of imports Marco Muscatello, Tom Fry, a Cronulla junior, Jesse Prasad and North Beach junior Nicholas Laurie. The side also welcomes the return of Central Bulldogs pair Josh Pedersen, returning from injury and Greg Ranga who missed a week due to university commitments.
Coach Andrew Korn sees this as a fantastic opportunity for his side. "We are at home playing the reigning premiers, it’s a great test."
"Our players have a lot to prove, there are nine West Australians playing in front of a home crowd and four eastern states players who have made the move to Perth after being cut from the Bulldogs last year".
Cronulla will play North Sydney at Toyota Park and I really can’t see the Bears being competitive against last week’s conquerors of the Melbourne Storm.
I rate the surfie boys highly and with the likes of Joel Tubbs (pictured), Luke Pickerd, DJ Lokeni Purcell, Penani Manumalealii (pictured) and Sam Clune all on fire at present it will be a difficult task for the Bears.
Balmain is at home to the Storm and despite winning their past two games against Illawarra and the Central Coast I can’t pick them over the power of the Storm.
Their experiment of playing normal hooker Ben Saunders at half back was a success with the Parramatta discard notching two tries. He is there again this Saturday so it will ensure the Tigers are competitive.
With the home town support and a big crowd expected with the other clubs in attendance I think the Tigers will push the Storm all the way.
Central Coast is at home to Western Sydney. Both clubs need a win to keep their hopes alive. I keep tipping the Academy but I’m sick of them making old PK look silly. Should I tip them again?
They have made a number of changes to their team with the most interesting being the selection of Jordan Petera at half back. Petera is an outside back normally at either fullback or centre.
OK boys I’m tipping you again this week – BUT don’t let me down!
Illawarra host the Canberra Raiders at Win Stadium and the ninth placed Raiders will need to win this one to keep pace with the front runners. Raiders by 25.
PENRITH PANTHERS vs NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Saturday 13 March 2010 CUA Stadium Penrith
Newcastle makes the trek down the F3 all the way to CUA Stadium to play the Panthers. Can Penrith bounce back after their shock loss to the mighty Rabbitohs last week?
I’m really looking forward to the clash of the centres; Penrith’s Tevita Feiloakitau Fetuani and Ryan Wilson v Chanel Mata’utia and Dale Clacherty from the Knights.
This clash could decide the ultimate winner in what is going to be an immensely competitive match.
I also like the look of the Penrith winger Tony Santini. He is big and fast and if the Panthers can work this bloke into the game it will be to their benefit.
Watch out for the lightening fast scoots out of dummy half from the aptly named Knights hooker Chris Knight. He strikes like a death adder when defences are tired or not concentrating.
I think the Panthers will bounce back after last weeks surprising loss to Souths. Their forwards will pave the way for Santini, Feiloakitau Fetuani, Wilson and half Harry Siejka to work their magic.
Panthers by 10.
1. Nick Mataia 2. Keti Nanai 3. Tevita Feiloakitau Fetuani 4. Ryan Wilson 5. Tony Satini 6. Sean Pickup 7. Harry Siejka 8. Johnathan Taefu 9. Blake South 10. Darcy Hogan 11. Vapunia Tia-Kilifi 12. Sam Hollis 13. Tom Eisenhuth 14. Corey Carl 15. Kaisa Matavao 16. Kyle Burkhardt 17. Robert Mate 18. Regan Verney 19. Michael Pio 20. Jacob brenner 21. Jake Butler-Flemming 22. Joshua Leslie 23. Michael Compton 24. Dilan Curtis COACH: Brad Liggans
1. Eddie Price 2. Tyrone Dodd 3. Chanel Mata’utia 4. Dale Clacherty 5. Pat Mata'utia 6. Api Pewhairangi 7. Adam Clydsdale 8. Zac Kosiek 9. Chris Knight 10. Tye Alchin 11. Royce Geoffery 12. Ben Roose 13. Nathan Cooper 14. Jeremy Ma’a 15. Jase Durston-Graham 16. Dale Vaerstrappen 17. Nathan Cooper 18. Dale Vanstrappen 19. David Longhurst 20. Luifia Fonua 21. Edan Price COACH: Phil Williams
FIVE SELECTED IN GROUP SQUAD
|Under 18s players to gain selection included (back row) Brodie Hodges, Blake Baxter (front), Matt Park and Tim Coombs.
Forbes Rugby League Club under 18s have dominated the Group 11 squad announced last weekend with five players gaining selection.
With a talented young group of players to choose from selectors had a somewhat difficult task in naming their representative squad.
Teams from across the region converged on Dubbo’s Apex Oval for the selection and a chance to gain a spot in the side.
Forbes players to gain selection were winger Tim Coombs, five eight Tim Baxter, hooker Brody Hodges, prop Mathew Park and second rower Troy Hodges.
Group 11 will play against Group 10 and Castlereagh Cup squads in Blayney on March 20 before the Western Rams squad is announced to contest the Country Championships to be played at Muswellbrook.
Group 11 coach and selector Neil Millgate was joined by Geoff Acheson from Forbes, Cobar’s Dave Powell, Greg McIntosh and Paul Loxley (Dubbo) in naming the team.
“The standard was good,” Millgate said.
“It took us until the second last game to pick a side.
“It was a pretty even competition but because it was their first games of the season there were a lot of mistakes,” Millgate added.
Running the competition in a round robin style for the second year in a row Millgate said the carnival was once again a success.
“It is a good concept and it worked well again,” he said.
“There was only one or two tries scored in some games proving it was a tough competition.”
Millgate said the Forbes side was one of the standouts of the day as indicated by their selections.
“They had a good side on the weekend so I’d say they’ll have a good side through the year,” he said.
Although Millgate is yet to get hold of the Group 10 squad he was confident they would be strong.
He does however have confidence in his own squad.
“We have a very good forward pack, they are all workers,” he said.
“We also have a quick back line, but I’m not sure what the other teams will have.”
While Cobar had only one player come down for the trial, Nyngan was also absent which is a concern for Group 11 secretary Bob Walsh.
He did however predict Forbes to be strong in under-18s this season.
Meanwhile, Wellington officials were disappointed that only Corey Stanley was named on the interchange bench.
Group 11’s first training session will be held this evening from 6.30pm at Apex Oval, followed by another session this Sunday.
GROUP 11 UNDER-18S: 1 Jyie Chapman (Macquarie), 2 Tim Coombs (Forbes), 3 Jack Shaw (Parkes), 4 Eric Fernando (Macquarie), 5 Ray Ebsworth (Cobar), 6 Blake Baxter (Forbes), 7 Matthew Toole (Maquarie), 8 Jordan Hay (CYMS), 9 Brody Hodges (Forbes), 10 Mathew Park (Forbes), 11 Matt Langby (Macquarie), 12 Troy Hodges (Forbes), 13 Sam Coster (Parkes).
Interchange: 14 Corey Stanley (Wellington), 15 Miles Johnson (CYMS), 16 Blake Richardson (Narromine), 17 Jackson Merritt (Macquarie). Coach: Neil Millgate (Dubbo).
JUNIOR LEAGUE KICKS OFF
|Wait's almost over: Western Suburbs Junior Rugby League boasts 4000 registered players. Picture: Jonathan Ng
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THE rugby league season is back. The combined Wests/Group6 Rugby senior grades preseason competition began last weekend with the finals in first-, second-, third- and the two under 18s- grade competitions played this Sunday at Victoria Park, in Picton.
The senior-grades' competition starts on Saturday, March20 and Sunday, March21.
Western Suburbs Junior Rugby League executive officer Julie Luke said last year was the first time the senior's competitions were played in the combined format from under18s upwards with Group6.
Liverpool district teams in the senior grade competitions are: All Saints Liverpool, Hinchinbrook Hornets, Ingleburn RSL, Macquarie Fields and Liverpool Catholic Club.
The junior age competitions from under6s to under16s start Saturday, April24.
``Registrations are progressing very well with the juniors and a lot of interest is being generated for the combined competition in the senior age grades,'' Luke said.
``This season we have 16 affiliated clubs and hope to have up to more than 4000 registered players. We're looking forward to the new season.''
|MEMORIAL JUNIOR LEAGUE TOURNAMENT
THE Greg Inglis inaugural Paul Davis-Welsh Memorial Junior Rugby League tournament will be staged on the Easter Long weekend.
The tournament is open to all junior rugby league teams and will be played at the Verge St fields.
Paul was a talented footballer who was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident last November.
Good Friday, April 2, will be a coaching and development day.
Teams and 11 years and under and 13 years and under will play challenge matches.
The competition will start on Saturday, April 3 and run until Monday, April 5. The comp will include age groupS 15 years and under, 16 years and under and 17 years and under.
The event tournament is strictly drug and alcholol free and is hosted by the Paul Davis-Welsh Memorial Foundation Inc in partnership with Kempsey Dragons JRLFC.
For further information about the tournament contact Paul Davis on 0458 778 246 or Phillip Hall on 0400 478 795; or email dunghuttibroncos @ yahoo.com.au or visit www.dunghuttibroncosleaguenet.com.au
BATHURST HIGH SCHOOL TAKES HONOURS AT REGIONAL CARNIVAL
|Corey Cox leads the Dubbo College side into attack during yesterday’s under-18 opens schoolboy trophy at Apex Oval.
Bathurst High School will go on to represent the western region in schoolboy rugby league after emerging victors in the under-18 opens schoolboy trophy at Apex Oval yesterday.
Previously known as the Arrive Alive Cup, the round-robin style competition also included sides from Dubbo College, Forbes Redbend College, Cowra High School and St Stanislaus Bathurst.
Despite each school bringing some strong players to the competition, Bathurst proved too good for the opposition, coming out undefeated in all three of their games.
Country Rugby League Development Officer Wade Judd said while there were some tight games, the final result was expected.
“The Bathurst High team is made up of most of the Group 10 under-16 side,” he said.
“So they have played together for a while now.”
Judd said the overall standard of football was Outstanding.
“Despite the end result there was some pretty evenly matched footy,” he said.
With a young side on board Dubbo College were in the competition, winning two of their three games, alongside St Stanislaus College.
“One of the Dubbo games against Redbend was called off because it was a dead rubber, but Dubbo was winning,” Judd said.
Last years winners St Stanislaus once again put
in an impressive performance.
If they were to win against Bathurst High, the competition would have seen three teams winning two games each.
“Stannies are always outstanding in defence,” Judd said.
“But unfortunately being a rugby union school they lack some of the league skills and probably don’t have a full understanding of all the rules.”
Cowra High Schools campaign was cut short, with the side having to withdraw from the competition after their first game due to a lack of player numbers because of injuries.
It is not yet known who the Bathurst boys will take on in their representative match, because the western region under-18 school boys trophy is played earlier in the season than it is in other regions.
SCHOOL IN LEAGUE WITH COMMUNITY
|MOUNTAIN Creek High School takes the old “you are a product of your environment” saying seriously.
Mountain Creek High School coach Nathan McGuire is overseeing the unique school program to make students better people and not follow in the footsteps of league bad boys. Brett Wortman
SUNSHINE COAST DAILY
In an age where rugby league players, and professional sportsmen and women in general, make headlines for all the wrong reasons, the school has followed the lead of professional sporting clubs by making community service an integral part of its league education program.
At a school where league is a subject, players from Years 8 to 12 will for the first time this year have to complete a community service component to get a pass mark from teachers.
That will involve taking part in two events, Clean Up Australia Day tomorrow and the Mooloolaba Triathlon later this month, where players will work in the baggage area.
The community service comes on top of the established skills and curriculum components of the program.
Year 11 and 12 players have also been asked to donate blood. Nathan McGuire, who coaches the Year 12 first team and the Year 8 side, is the man behind the program.
He was given the idea by his dad Danny, the Wide Bay Rugby League president. He said it was designed to create better players and better people.
“The players are encouraged to do more (community work) in their own time and think about the community that they live in and not be self-centred,” Mr McGuire said.
“He (his father) wants, like us, players to evolve as complete individuals, not just the rugby league side of things.”
Another facet of the program is social responsibility, which targets Year 12 players, teaching them how to act sensibly in a social setting.
Responsible alcohol consumption is the cornerstone of that laudable schooling endeavour.
Alexandra Headland Rotary Club is also involved with the program in a bid to get the players even more involved in the community.
Year 12 first team players Nathan Perez and Brett Doherty said the program had lots of merit.. LEARN MORE ABOUT MOUNTAIN CREEK SHS RUGBY LEAGUE
WEIGHT DIVISIONS NOT NEEDED FOR JUNIOR FOOTY: MILLGATE
|Jaden Wilson takes up the ball for St John's against Macquarie in the 2009 Under-11s Junior Rugby League grand final at Apex Oval.
The introduction of weight divisions in Dubbo’s junior rugby league competition is not necessary according to Dubbo and District Junior Rugby League President Neil Millgate.
Recently the National Rugby League have been examining the possibility of reintroducing weight divisions for junior rugby league players in order to make the game safer. Next month the NSW Rugby league will add a weight restricted division to some under-12 competitions in Sydney.
Millgate said unlike clubs in Sydney, having a number of larger players in junior sides was not an issue out here and therefore there are no plans to replace age divisions with weight divisions.
“I think it is a lot more focused at the islander kids as they are generally big kids in that culture,” he said.
“Out here in the bush we don’t come across it as much.
“While we might have one kid in a team we don’t have four or five kids like they would down in say Penrith.”
Millgate expressed his concern with putting kids into divisions based on their weight when they were so young.
“The problem is you might be a big kid but you’re only 12 years old and you’re having to go up against 14-year-old boys,” he said.
“It is a big jump because they are really only big softies at that age.”
St John’s Junior Rugby League Senior Vice President John Walkom said there are already many precautionary measures in place to protect smaller players.
“There’s a safe play code we play the game under,” he said.
“There’s the surrender rule, no shoulder charges and tackles have to be from the arm pits down.
“We endeavour to implement this code on a weekly basis.”
He agrees that weight divisions do not need to be introduced to local competitions, but does see why it may be necessary to bring into some areas.
“If it is an issue then they need to try and make the game fairer for their region”, he said.
“There is always going to be a psychological factor that comes into it, when you have a big 13-year-old playing a little 13-year-old and then we you have a big 13-year-old playing children of the same weight that might be older there is going to be a maturity difference.
“So it’s a bit like you’re dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t.”
FOOTY MAKES A HOT RETURN
|RAIDER TRAP: Moruya-Tuross Sharks player James Desaxe in action for the Group 16 under 16 side against the Canberra Raiders at Mackay Park on Sunday.
Sunday was hot enough for doing anything in Batemans Bay and Moruya, so spare a thought for the footballers who took to Mackay Park for the Country Rugby League Academy Development Gala Day.
The Melbourne Storm under 18 and under 16 teams, Canberra Raiders under 16 team, Southern Division White and Blue under 18 teams, the Far South Coast under 18 team and the Group 16 under 16 team all produced football of a standard that would have been entertaining in any conditions, let alone in the stifling heat of Sunday.
“It was a very successful day, even though it was so bloody hot,” Batemans Bay Tigers committee member and Group 7 director David Hayward said.
“The refs were knackered at the end of the day.”
The Moruya-Tuross Sharks had James Desaxe, Bodie Larden, Zac Haberland, Joel Pietsch, Rhys Kennedy and Dylan Johnston in the Group 16 side, while the Batemans Bay Tigers had Jarred Wood-Johnston and former player Dylan Cummins in the Southern Division sides.
(These sides consisted of Group 6 and 7 under 18 players).
Desaxe, whose team played matches against the Melbourne and Canberra under 16s, said it was the most challenging football he had ever played.
“It was hard in the heat, and because it was the first game of the year, but it was a good experience to find out what it’s like playing against those guys,” he said.
Desaxe found out how heart-breaking football can be when the Storm scored a 100m try in the last 10 seconds to deny his team victory in their first match.
“We were about to score and we dropped it, and they scored at the other end,” he said.
The team lost its second match, against Canberra, 12-4.
“We were all buggered,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Moruya Sharks senior club has scored a massive coup by securing the speaking services of legendary St George-Illawarra Dragons coach Wayne Bennett for a fundraising night at Moruya Golf Club on March 20.
It all started with a conversation between Bennett and Ack Weyman, Moruya rugby league stalwart and father of Dragons prop Michael.
“Wayne asked me how local rugby league was going in Moruya, and said if I ever wanted him to come down for a fund-raiser, he would,” Weyman said.
“He was going to do it last year, but he didn’t get the chance, but now he has donated his services.”
For more information on the night and to book tickets, call Ack Weyman on 0428 743 106.
“It’s a great opportunity, so the more we get there the better.”
This function will follow a trial game between the Sharks and ACT side Woden Valley Rams at Ack Weyman Oval.
The Batemans Bay Tigers season opening will be delayed due to the withdrawal of the Robertson club from Group 7, which has necessitated a redrawing of the competition.
Their first match will be against Milton-Ulladulla on April 11.
BUCKLEY & UNI SHIELD KICK OFF TOMZ
|The Hills SHS 2009 University Shield Champions at Shark Park (Photo : ourfootymedia)
The Hills Sports High Buckley Shield campaign starts in earnest this wednesday at Richie Benaud Oval North Parramatta against Hunter Sports High.
Last years runners up are bouyed by the fact that almost half the team are backing up again and last years final loss has given them a strong desire to go one better.
With a solid foundation of Penrith and Parramatta development squad players and the guidance of Head coach Mark Horo and team coach Scott Jones the team aims to go one better this year.
ENDEAVOUR KICKOFF SEASON
Endeavour SHS also kick off their Buckley & Uni Shield campaign with a home game against the powerful Westfields SHS sides.
SEVEN DUBBO PLAYERS IN GROUP 11 UNDER-18S
|Michael Toomey sets up his support players as he turns out for Dubbo CYMS against Narromine in the Group 11 under-18s selection trials held at Apex Oval on Saturday.
Dubbo clubs Macquarie and CYMS have provided seven players for the Group 11 under-18s squad announced on the weekend.
With a talented young group of players to choose from selectors had a difficult task in naming their representative squad.
Teams from across the region converged on Dubbo’s Apex Oval for the selection and a chance to gain a spot in the side.
Macquarie had Jyie Chapman, Eric Fernando, Matthew Toole, Matthew Langby and Jackson Merritt named in the squad, along with CYMS players Jordan Hay and Miles Johnson.
Group 11 will play against Group 10 and Castlereagh Cup squads in Blayney on March 20 before the Western Rams squad is announced to contest the Country Championships to be played at Muswellbrook.
Group 11 coach and selector Neil Millgate was joined by Cobar’s Dave Powell, Jeff Achenson from Forbes, Greg McIntosh and Paul Loxley in naming the team.
“The standard was good,” Millgate said.
“It took us until the second last game to pick a side. It was a pretty even competition but because it was their first games of the season there were a lot of mistakes.”
Running the competition in a round-robin style for the second year in a row Millgate said the carnival was once again a success.
“It is a good concept and it worked well again,” he said.
“There was only one or two tries scored in some games, proving it was a tough competition.”
A strong contingent of Forbes players were also selected in the squad and Millgate said their side was one of the standouts of the day.
“They had a good side on the weekend so I’d say they’ll have a good side through the year,” he said.
Although Millgate is yet to get hold of the Group 10 squad he was confident it would be strong.
He does however have confidence in his own squad.
“We have a very good forward pack, they are all workers,” he said.
“We also have a quick back line, but I’m not sure what the other teams will have.”
While Cobar had only one player come down for the trial, Nyngan was also absent which is a concern for Group 11 secretary Bob Walsh.
He did however predict Forbes to be strong in under-18s this season.
Meanwhile, Wellington officials were disappointed that only Corey Stanley was named on the interchange bench.
Group 11’s first training session will be held on Thursday from 6.30pm at Apex Oval, followed by another sessions this Sunday.
SHARKS BEAT STORM AT OWN GAME
|Cronulla Sharks SG Ball after their great wiin over the Storm (Photo : ourfootymedia)
|Melbourne Storm SG Ball after the Sharks game (Photo : ourfootymedia)
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The Cronulla Sharks travelled to Melbourne on Saturday morning for their round 4 clash with the undefeated Melbourne Storm team at Princes Park and beat the Storm at their own game.
From the kickoff the Storm knocked on giving the Sharks the footy and the surfie boys started to apply some pressure and from that moment had the Storm boys under the pump for the entire game.
In the 9 th minute Sharks half Sam Clune passed a short ball to a flying Luke Pickerd who successfully burrowed his way over the line, the conversion was unsuccessful, Sharks up 0 - 4.
Four minutes later the Sharks were in again when Clune passes a short ball to Tyrone Viiga who crashed over using brute strength, Sharks 0 - 10
After some intense pressure and excellent ball handling the Sharks Clune made a half break to get the ball to Brendan Sexty from an inside pass to score next to the posts, James Hasson converted, Sharks 0 - 16
A few minutes before half time last years grand finalists turned it on when Australian Schoolboys fullback Maipele Morseu got outside the Sharks defenders and threw the ball to Kirisome Auva'a who ran flat out and passed inside to the speedy Richard Kinnar who scored in the corner, unfortunately Adam Milgate missed the conversion.
Melbourne found them selves down by 12 points at half time.
** FEATURE MATCH **
|Rodney Moefaauo scores his 2nd try last week against WA REDS (Photo : ourfootymedia)
MELBOURNE STORM VS CRONULLA SHARKS
Princess Park Melbourne Saturday 6 March 11.30 am
Anyone who can score three tries against the Sydney Roosters must be a good player. The same bloke scored four tries against the Central Coast the week before. In round one he notched two against Illawarra to start his try scoring spree.
Meet the competitions leading try scorer – Melbourne Storm lock Mahe Fonua who has crossed the line nine times in three rounds of football.
If the Sharks can stop this bloke from doing what he does best then they will give themselves a chance of winning.
But the Sharks boast a formidable forward pack including in-form second rowers DJ Lokeni Purcell and Rodney Moefaauo . Both these players destroyed Souths last week. Throw in prop Joel Tubbs and you can see why I rate this team so highly.
I also rate highly their half back Penani Manumalealii who plays with Endeavour High School. He is very crafty and has a good ball game.
Former Dragon centre Luke Pickerd has found his feet at the Sharks and his damaging running game is causing headaches for opposition teams. The Australian under 15 merit team player will have to be watched closely.
Giving him good ball is representative touch player Sam Clune at five eight.
But Melbourne is a good team and with the experience gained from playing in the best under 18 competition in the world last year they are looking good.
I’m tipping a close win to the Storm at home.
LATE MAIL : Cronulla's Rodney MOEFAAUO copped 2 weeks for a spear tackle
18. Nesiasi Mataitonga 2. Zach Rasmussen 3. Daniel Moroko 4. Luke Pickerd 5. Rea Pittman 6. Sam Clune 7. Penani Manumalealii 8. Tyrone Viiga 9. Brendan Sexty 10. Joel Tubbs 11. DJ Lokeni Purcell 12. Rodney Moefaauo 13. Paul McClory 14. Michael Lichaa 15. James HAsson 16. Steve Berkeley 17. Dane ROgers 19. Ben Stratton 20. Isi Fitikefu 22. Rodney Coates
COACH: David Howlett
1. Marpelli Morseau 2. Young Tonumaipea 3. Kirisome Auva'a 4. Jai Ingram 5. Richard Kennar 6. Adam Millgate 7. Ben Hampton 8. Jarome Wilson 9. Herschel Gideon 10. Matt Constantinou 11. Mike Che-Kam 12. Tohu Harris 13. Mahe Fonua 14. Luke Waiti 15. Jake Keating 16. Jerome Henry 17. Uiti Baker 18. Eman Carlos 19. Justin Tavae 20. Cameron Hansen 21. Tala Titi 22. Ray Ertl 23. Keiran Pickles
COACH: Kim Williams
|NYNGAN TO HOST EASTER RUGBY LEAGUE CHALLENGE
The Far West community of Nyngan will again host the Nyngan Easter Rugby League Challenge in 2010 over the Easter Long Weekend, 2nd – 5th April 2010. This will be the fourth successive year the event has ran, and promises to be a great weekend of Rugby league action.
The Challenge will be contested across two divisions, Opens and 15 years boys. The 2010 line up includes Parramatta, Newcastle, Western Suburbs, Penrith, St George, CRL Far West Academy of Sport and Western Barbarians.
Event Coordinator Col Wright is pleased with how the event is shaping up for 2010.
“The event is coming along nicely. We have the teams confirmed and it is one of the strongest line ups we have had’ said Mr Wright.
“The Challenge will showcase some of the best junior talent in NSW and will provide plenty of great Rugby league action”
“It’s great to see the NRL Clubs really supporting the event, Parramatta and Newcastle are competing for the fourth time while for Wests and Penrith it will be their second and St George will enjoy the Challenge for their first time.”
The action will not only be confined to the Rugby league field. The athletes will participate in the “Golden Tusk Games” where they get to pit their bush skills against each other in a variety of activities including, damper cooking, herding sheep, milking cows and Traditional Aboriginal Games.
“Many of the athletes have never been west of the Blue Mountains and they have enjoyed participating in the “Games” and learning some new skills and I’m sure Wests will be out to defend their title.”
Straits and ITT Water and Wastewater have once again continued their sponsorship of the event.
“Straits will sponsor the Opens Boys while ITT Water and Wastewater will sponsor the 15 years boys division”
“Straits and ITT Water and Wastewater have supported the event since the beginning and their support is much appreciated. Without the support of businesses like Straits and ITT Water and Wastewater an event of this size would not be possible.”
The Parramatta Eels will be back looking to defend their titles in the Straits Open Boys and ITT Water and Wastewater 15 years divisions.
“We will be out to defend our titles this year, but we know that it will not be easy considering the other teams competing” said Gareth Holmes, Manager of Development and Elite Programs at Parramatta Eels.
“This will be the fourth time we have competed in the Challenge and we look forward to attending every year. The Nyngan community put on a great event and I know our players talk about what a great time they had for months after.”
More information regarding kick off times will be made available in the coming weeks.
MATTHEW THOMPSON – (02) 6847 3683
COL WRIGHT – 0428 419 426
|TITANS' HIGHS AND LOWS
THE Territory Titans junior teams experienced mixed fortunes to their national rugby league campaigns at Richardson Park on Saturday night.
Forced to play after the North Queensland-Gold Coast trial due to the heavy Top End conditions, the under-16 Titans outshone their under-18 counterparts.
The under-16 team opened the Cyril Connell Cup season in fine style with an impressive 20-4 win over Townsville. The Titans played great wet weather football and ran in four tries to one in a performance that pleased coach Brett Holmes.
"I was really impressed with the quality of the boys performance," Holmes said.
"We found out about 2pm that we would have to play after the NRL trial and I thought they handled it with great maturity - it was one of the best wins from an NT team I've been involved in."
Anthony Castro, Chris Smith, Ado Waianga and Jacob Rainger crossed for tries, with Waianga slotting home two goals.
The Titans best included props TJ Norris and Jarrod Herbert, Rainger and the versatile Zane Worth.
A horror injury toll saw the under-18 Titans side end with just 11 men in their 34-4 Mal Meninga Cup loss to Townsville.
The Titans performed admirably to trail 10-4 at the main break considering they had only one interchange player available after first-half injuries to Angus Jacobs (knee), Wayne Raymond (broken collarbone) and Daniel Banks (suspected broken cheekbone).
The casualty ward grew following the break as three more players including playmaker Jake Watts suffered injuries, as league heavyweights Townsville only put the icing on the cake with three tries in the final 10 minutes.
Prop Ben Tonkin was the standout performer, while Reece Dudgeon was the lone Titans tryscorer.
The Titans travel to Cairns for their next clashes against Northern Pride on March 20.
ENDEAVOUR HARD TO BEAT ON 'FIELD of DREAMS'
Endeavour SHS played Matraville Sports on Thursday morning and proved too hard to beat smashing the Matto boys 44 - 4 on the 'FIELD of DREAMS'
The young Endeavour team ran onto the field with a few more senior guys helping out to form a tunnel and cheered the under 13's on.
Matraville had their own spectators as a few parents made their way to the shire to watch the first game of the year between these 2 rugby league powerhouse schools.
Endeavour started the game with a try only after a Matto error close to the line and the Endeavour forwards barged thru' allowing cheeky hooker Trey Brown to scoot over from 1 meter out.
Despite plenty of dropped ball by both teams, the local school lead 18 - 0 at half time.
The second half was a bit better with both sides trying to control the ball better, Endeavour were quick to score again and Matraville were on the back foot.
It rained for 10 or so minutes in the second half were we saw lots of fumbles and silly dropped ball.
Coen Horwood scored a good solo try to put his school on the big Endeavour scoreboard for the 1st time.
A couple of the Endeavour scored twice, Joseph Mitreuski played well and Delane Cherrington crossed, as did Trey Brown, Billy Mogo and someone else, sorry dude, forgot to write down your name.
Both teams will inmprove through the year with both schools having excellent rugby league programs.
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|ARE THE EELS AS GOOD AS JARRYD HAYNE'S 2004 TEAM?
Parramatta supporters are comparing their Harold Matthews team with their great 2004 Matthews premiership winning team that included Jarryd Hayne, Kris and Matthew Keating, Taulima Tautai, Tim Mannah, Tony Williams and Trent Hodgkinson.
In three rounds of the Matthews Cup they lead the competition and have accumulated 176 points for and only 6 against after defeating the Bulldogs, St George and Central Coast. They have scored 33 tries averaging 11 per game.
In trial matches they smacked the Newcastle Knights and Illawarra Steelers.
Last Saturday at Morrie Breen Oval they defeated the Centurions 58-0 in an eleven try rout. This result was significant for two reasons. Firstly, the Centurions had a real dig and never gave up despite what the score line suggests. Secondly, the Eels rested five top line players.
Prop Pauli Pauli, half Mitchell Moses, lock Chad McGill, hooker Zach Clay and back rower Danny Fualolo were all rested and did not take the field. Parramatta has the bye this weekend and they next play a round five game against Manly on 13 March.
I would be concerned that these players would not have played for three weeks but head coach Chris Bradbury has these blokes tuned like racehorses. Watch out Manly!
The depth of this squad was on display against the Centurions and the replacements did a fine job. No doubt they are keeping the top squad on their toes.
Parramatta has dominated teams through the size of their big forward pack. Props Frazer Masinamua and Pauli Pauli are devastating runners of the football and they are able to slip passes to eager support players. Masinamua is the team’s leading try scorer with four touchdowns.
Second rower Kelepi Tanginoa played on the wing in last season’s Matthews team. At 110 kilograms we told readers that he was the heaviest winger in Harold Matthews history.
He has now trimmed down and the Parramatta strength and conditioning staff have done a fine job in improving his mobility and endurance. Working off the back of the hard work of Masinamua and Pauli he strikes an imposing figure as he fends and bumps off defenders at will.
Half back Mitchell Moses is the nephew of Balmain Tigers great Ben Elias and football ability is clearly evident in the genes. Mitchell possesses a good passing game as well as a lethal side step.
Out wider fullback Corey Makelim is as safe as the Bank of England and is a prodigious counter attacker.
Winger Jeremy King has scored three tries as has his centre Carlos Lopa. In a nutshell this team has firepower all over the field.
Comparisons with the great Parramatta team of 2004 may be premature but there is no doubt there is something special about this group of players.
The Eels also won the Harold Matthews title in 2008 and many of those players are running around in their SG Ball Cup team including halves Jason Wehbe and Jason Seage, centre Trent Jennings, winger Jacob Gagen and prop Jarrod Azar.
I think the 2010 team is probably superior to that of the 2008 team in attacking flair but it remains to be seen if they have the same defensive qualities of the ’08 team.
As good as Jarryd Hayne’s 2004 team? We will see.
FOOTBALLERS CONVERGE ON DUBBO FOR UNDER-18 CARNIVAL
|Macquarie winger EJ Fernando in the thick of the action for Western Academy against Far West Academy at Apex Oval on Saturday. Fernando scored three brilliant tries and is one of the players Group 11 coach Neil Millgate will be considering.
Young Group 11 footballers from across the region will get their first taste of action this season when they converge on Dubbo’s Apex Oval for the under-18 Group 11 rugby league carnival this Saturday.
Players will be giving it their all in the hope of gaining a spot in the under-18s Group 11 side.
A Group 11 squad of 17 players will be chosen based on their performance at this weekend’s carnival and will go onto play against Group 10 in Blayney on March 20.
Coach and selector Neil Millgate will be joined by Dave Powell from Cobar, Jeff Achenson from Forbes and Paul Loxley in making the selection.
“I think they will also have a game against Group 14 and they will play in the Woodbridge Cup,” Millgate said
“It will also give them the chance to be selected for the western division squad to play in the country carnival in Mussellbrook in about a months time.”
Millgate said some Dubbo players were definitely in with a chance for selection.
“It will be close but Jordan Haye from CYMS and Matt Langby from Macquarie are blokes that I will be looking for at selection,” he said.
“Corey Stanley from Wellington and Matthew Park from Forbes also have a pretty good chance.
“All these boys performed well last year at their club level.”
Based on the success of last year’s selection process, Millgate said organisers had once again decided on a round-robin style of competition on Saturday because it allowed for all selectors to be present on the one day.
“In previous years selectors have had to travel all over the place and it has made the selection process much more difficult,” he said.
With the official 2010 rugby league season yet to kick off, Millgate said he hoped clubs and their players would be up to speed with things to ensure the selection day runs smoothly.
In 2009, the Group 11 under-18s side showed the strength of rugby league in the region with a win against Group 10, but a new year brings a new challenge according to Millgate.
“We were successful in 2009 but each year is different so it will be interesting to see what happens this year,” he said.
NORTHERN ACADEMY PLAYERS IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
|Gunnedah’s Matt Baker puts a big fend on a North Coast player on the way to one of his two tries on Saturday. Photo: Grant Robertson
WESTS Greater Northern Academy has proven the region’s rugby league nursery is one of the best in the state after it completed the summer with a clean sweep of the Tri-series against the North Coast and Northern Rivers at Jack Woolaston Oval in Tamworth on Saturday.
Of the 10 games played this summer the GNA teams won eight of them, with the Yellow (Under 18s) side not only undefeated this season but also undefeated as Under 17s last year.
The day started with easy wins over North Coast and then concluded with more hard-fought success over Northern Rivers.
“We dominated the North Coast sides, with the 17s winning 34-nil and the 18s winning 26-4,” GNA head coach Jamie McCormack said.
“Then we faced fresh Northern Rivers sides and they really gave us a challenge.
“In the 17s it was nil-all at halftime so they really tested our 17s but in the end we ran out winners 18-6.
“That was a great result for the younger guys and they’ve really peaked at the right time.
“The Northern Rivers also really stuck it to our boys and led the game at times but we ground out a tough win 18-16.
“So our graduating Under 18s have gone through two years of the academy program undefeated.”
Gunnedah’s Matt Baker was devastating with ball in hand in the first game with two tries while Jack Broughton and Heath McIlveen also led the way up front.
“Matt Baker is raw but probably one of the most talented players we’ve ever had come into the program,” McCormack said.
“We hope that he and the other Under 17 players all come back for a second year in the program because we don’t know what they’re capable of.
“They’re very good.
“Another player I’d mention is Edin Blewitt. “He was outstanding.
“Heath McIlveen and Jack Broughton really rolled their sleeves up against Northern Rivers and Ben Williams, our fullback from Moree, also played very well.”
In the older age group, Daley Boney was hard to handle and Cameron Rodgers directed play from the dummy half position.
“We’re very happy with them,” McCormack said.
“Cameron Rodgers for one and Jock McHatten and one guy who has improved probably more than anyone over the two years is Joh Mathers.
“This crop of players has been outstanding.
The program started back in October with trials and the players, staff and parents have put in a lot of hours since then.
But it’s all been worth it.
“We think our program has been a great success,” McCormack said.
“The kids are drawn to it.
“Our next group of inductees will trial in October and we’ll have another group of kids with a lot of ability that we can improve.
“It’s getting better and better every year.”
|MIXED RESULTS IN JUNIOR REP'S
South Sydney fortified their home ground of Erskniville Oval smashing the Dragons and the Sharks too good for WA visitors - Bulldogs go down to red hot Magpies.
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JUNIOR REPS ROUND 3 PREVIEW
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SG BALL CUP
Five teams remain undefeated after two rounds of the SG Ball competition. Melbourne Storm lead the pack closely followed by the Bulldogs, Penrith, Sydney Roosters and Western Suburbs.
Making up the eight are Parramatta, Canberra and Newcastle. I don’t think the eight will change much during the year although I do like the look of the ninth placed Cronulla outfit.
I think the feature match this week is between the first placed Melbourne Storm and the fourth placed Sydney Roosters.
In the other matches I’m tipping Newcastle over Manly.
The Sea Eagles have been disappointing to date and will need a dramatic form reversal to knock off the Knights in their back yard of Cessnock.
Manly need to win because their next two games don’t get any easier when they face Western Suburbs and Parramatta.
The Knights by 24 points.
The Bulldogs will find the going tough against Western Suburbs but they will get the money in a close one. Keep an eye out for Wests five eight Mitchell Brasington who will pepper the Dogs fullback Gerard McCallum with his favorite spiral bombs.
South Sydney will be too strong for the Lance Thompson coached St George team. The dragons will have to improve their ball security if they are to notch a win.
The Sharks will beat WA Reds as they have too much fire power over the paddock. I expect Cronulla will be in the top eight this season.
Parramatta should win against the Central Coast up at Morrie Breen Oval Wyong.
Penrith will continue their winning ways over the improving North Sydney Bears. Keep an eye on Bears flashy winger Bevan De Vries who knows his way to the try line.
Western Sydney will just beat Canberra who are not great travelers.
Illawarra will get the money over the Balmain Tigers who have been extremely disappointing to date.
MELBOURNE STORM VS SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Henson Park Saturday 27 February 1.30 pm
It’s last year’s runner up against the Sydney Roosters in what should be a great battle. The Storm beat Central Coast 32-16 last week while they won their round one clash against Illawarra 46-4.
The Roosters have also started their season well with two good wins over Norths and Newcastle.
I like the look of the Roosters. They are a well drilled unit and their fiery forwards like to get in the opposition’s face. Their speed off the line is exceptional and I think this aspect could trouble the Storm.
They have many players to watch out for. Look out for the big prop coming off the bench by the name of Tai Tuivasa. Remember him?
He is the bloke we christened with the nickname “human wrecking ball” last year when he was terrorising opposition Harold Matthews teams playing for the Penrith Panthers.
Unwanted by the Panthers he tried his luck at Parramatta but they didn’t want him either. Parramatta must be the only club in Sydney that don’t think you need props to win a competition.
He has found a home at the Roosters and so far he hasn’t disappointed with a two try effort against Newcastle last week.
Australian schoolboy half Jacob Miller is also back. His pairing with sneaky half Keanu Te Kiri troubled Newcastle last week. Te Kiri is very clever and quick off the mark.
Centre Asipell Fine found many holes in opposition defensive lines in the first two games. The representative rugby union player will need to be closed down.
Another representative rugby player second rower Dane Atkinson also resumed last week. He is a good player.
Watch out for the two Keebra Park boys prop Brendan Tago & fullback Honare Wells.
For Melbourne I’m excited by their Aussie Schools fullback Marpelli Morseau. His kick returns will trouble the Roosters and they need to be alert when he looks to get involved.
I rate their prop from last year Matt Constantinou who has a good work rate while their other prop Jarome Wilson will also take some stopping. The former Knight is a big boy.
Centre/winger Mahe Fonua is the competitions leading try scorer with six tries. The ACT recruit will leave defenders for dead if he is not watched closely.
I’m leaning towards the Roosters because of the home ground advantage and I think they have a bit more attacking flair across the paddock than the Storm. Roosters by 10.
1. Marpelli Morseau 2. Young Tonumaipea 3. Kirisome Auva'a 4. Jai Ingram 5. Richard Kennar 6. Adam Millgate 7. Eman Carlos 8. Jarome Wilson 9. Herschel Gideon 10. Matt Constantinou 11. Mike Che-Kam 12. Tohu Harris 13. Mahe Fonua 14. Luke Waiti 15. Jake Keating 16. Jerome Henry 17. Uiti Baker 18. Tala Titi 19. Justin Tavae 20. Cameron Hansen COACH: Kim Williams
1. Honare Wells 2. Paul Rokolati 3. Tau Tau Moga 4. Asipell Fine 5. Eddy El-Zabaidieh 6. Jacob Miller 7. Keanu Te Kiri 8. Nick Dorante 9. Jason Antonelli 10. Brendan Tago 11. Dane Atkinson 12. Daniel Arona 13. Jarryd Clarke 14. Brendan Newton 15. Tai Tuivasa 16. Adam Bennett 17. Kane Evans 18. Inoke Vunipolo 19. Dylan Strickland 20.Jared Allen 21. Jesse Hoara 23. Joseph Eneliko COACH: Adam Hartigan
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HAROLD MATTHEWS CUP
Can you believe that this weekend we will be a third of the way through the competition proper? Has it gone fast or what?
In the Harold Matthews Cup Parramatta are the trail blazers after trouncing the Bulldogs and St George in the first two rounds and in the process accumulating an impressive 116 points for and only 6 against.
Coach Chris Bradbury must be pleased with his young charges.
Following the Eels closely with two out of two wins are Western Suburbs, South Sydney, Penrith, Newcastle and Manly in that order on percentages.
I have chosen the Newcastle vs Manly game as the feature match in Harold Matthews this week.
In other games I expect Western Suburbs to be too strong for the Bulldogs.
The clash of the traditional rivals St George and South Sydney should see the Rabbitohs undefeated after three rounds.
Parramatta Eels will win well against the Central Coast.
Norths will struggle against the Panthers.
Roosters will get the money over South Western Sydney Academy.
Canberra over Western Sydney.
It will be a draw in the Illawarra and Balmain game.
FEATURE MATCH NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS VS MANLY SEA EAGLES
Cessnock Sports Ground, Saturday 27 February 3 pm
It’s 5th vs 6th with these traditional rivals with both teams notching two wins from their first two hit outs.
Manly defeated the Bulldogs last week 28-10 and in the first round defeated 28-14.
Newcastle defeated the Roosters 30-24 last week while a week earlier they beat St George 44-4.
Newcastle centre Jack Jones has notched three tries in his first two games and knows how to sniff out a try. Manly will need to watch him.
John Hopoate’s young son Jamil will play lock for the Sea Eagles and good judges rate him highly. Jamil is always looking for the ball and is solid in defence.
This match could go either way but I’m tipping a close win to the Knights with their home ground advantage at Cessnock.
1. Stephen Widders 2. Steven Turnbull 3. Daniel Hennessy 4. Jack Jones 5. Mitch Nakhoul 6. Sam Keenan 7. Jarrad Rotumah 8. Blake Chaffey 9. Jack Laing 10. Jeremy Cropper 11. Jake Lawrence 12. Mitchell Stanton 13. Brad Russell14. Kilu Pangai 15. Josh Trotter-Whitlam 16. Ryan Siulai 17. Ricky Schien 18. Ben Langdon 19. Ben Dowdle 20. Jake Turnbull COACH: Kurt Hancock
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1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Jordan Menzies 3. Sam Gerry 4. Latrell Schaumkel 5. Luke Gosling 6. Blake Lang 7. Luke Walsh (c) 8. Jake Trbojevic 9. Fabian Natoli 10. Chris Alavanos 11. Luke Bartley 12. Fabian Goodall 13. Jamil Hopoate 14. Harrison Blake 15. Vinniey Baranyi 16. Wayne Anae 17. Jackson Kelly 18. Eddie Daingata'a 19. Robert Wolfgramm 21. Joey Lussick COACH: Justin Stewart
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