|JUNIOR KIWI'S AMAZING COMEBACK
JUNIOR KIWIS 36 JUNIOR KANGAROOS 20
The Junior Kiwis conjured up an astonishing six tries-to-none second half form reversal to rampage to a 36-20 win over the Junior Kangaroos at Rotorua's International Stadium last night.
After an uninspiring first half performance, the home side was 0-20 down having lost the first of the two internationals 16-24 in Wellington last week.
A series-levelling victory seemed extremely remote as the two teams went to the break.
But, after stemming the flow of points in the opening 12 minutes of the second stanza, the match took a dramatic turn inspired by a fantastic chase by captain Martin Taupau to run down try-bound Australian fullback Dane Gagai.
It almost defied belief that Taupau could give the fleet-footed Gagai a big start and still haul him down. While he conceded a penalty for carrying on with the tackle, his feat still lifted his troops.
The effect of it was evidenced by a stinging assault which netted the Junior Kiwis six converted tries and 36 points in the space of 22 minutes, most of the tries the result of some dazzling football.
Powerhouse second rower Lama Tasi ignited the first by making a break through the middle of the field. Soon after Shaun Johnson ran on the last tackle, flung the ball out in a tackle and Tasi was there in support to sweep up the ball and score.
Within 11 minutes the Junior Kiwis had three more tries from centre Drury Low, hooker Nafe Seluini and, deservedly, Taupau. With Johnson converting the lot, the home side had incredibly charged into a 24-20 lead.
They were far from finished.
Warriors team-mates Sebastine Ikahihifo, Sam Lousi and Siuatonga Likiliki combined for the latter to score and then came an outrageous display of skill from another Vodafone Junior Warrior Carlos Tuimavave.
Ikahihifo broke through and off loaded only the ball went to ground. Somehow Tuimavave, though, snared it with a one-handed pick-up without breaking stride and crossed to take the Junior Kiwis to a 36-20 lead, holding on to win by that margin to square the series.
At International Stadium, Rotorua
Junior Kiwis 36 (Lama Tasi, Drury Low, Nafe Seluini, Martin Taupau, Siuatonga LikilikiCarlos Tuimavave tries; Shaun Johnson 6 conversions).
Junior Kangaroos 20 (Michael Oldfield, Josh Jackson, Dane Gagai, Justin O'Neill tries; Cameron King 2 conversions).
Halftime: 20-0 Junior Kiwis.
Referee: Shane Rehm (New Zealand).
Junior Kiwis: Glen Fisiiahi; Bill Tupou, Siuatonga Likiliki, Drury Low, Kane Morgan; Carlos Tuimavave, Shaun Johnson; Mark Ioane, Matthew McIlwrick, Martin Taupau (c); Sam Mataora, Lama Tasi; Sebastine Ikahihifo. Interchange: Nafe Seluini, Sam Lousi, Isaac Maliota, Paki Afu.
Coach: David Kidwell.
Junior Kangaroos: Dane Gagai; Michael Oldfield, Justin O'Neill, Ben Jones (c), Nathan Massey; Corey Norman, Sam Williams; James Cunningham, Cameron King, Tariq Sims; Mark Nicholls, Josh Jackson; Gerard Beale. Interchange: Dominic Walsh, Mark Appleton, Mark Appleton, Kyle O'Donnell.
Coach: David Hamilton.
|Star... Jay Gallagher (centre) was the standout player over the two days for Glen Innes.
Glen Innes High School once again proved that their Gifted and Talented Rugby League Program (GATRL) is paying dividends with the school putting in a strong performance against the Gold Coast’s Coomababah High School in their annual inter-school clash last week.
Although the GATRL Celtic Colts failed to win a game they were certainly not disgraced in any match. They constantly took on the bigger and more experienced Coomababah outfit.
Year 10 student Jay Gallagher was a beacon of light for Glen Innes. He was justly named the Colt’s player of the carnival after playing a starring role in the under 15’s and 16’s matches.
The young back rower continued on his success this season, proving a real handful for Coomababah in both matches.
The carnival kicked off on Thursday evening, when the Glen Innes opens side took on the Coomababah under 17’s.
The Colts struck first blood when they crossed in the opening two minutes. But the visitors dominated the remainder of the first half, scoring 20 unanswered points to jump out to a 20-4 lead.
It looked as if the bigger Coomababah outfit would run over the top of Glen in the second half, but in a great show of courage the Colts stood up and started a second half comeback.
But, it wasn’t to be, the Colts won the second half but still could not quiet claw their way back into the match.
When referee Russell Meehan blew the final whistle, Coomababah were on top 28-14.
Glen Innes coach Richard Taylor said he was delighted with his sides effort.
“There were patches where Glen had the ascendancy, but we just made some crucial mistakes at times,” Taylor said.
He said that he thought centre Craig Browne was his best.
“We were down 20-4 at half time but we came back and won the second half, which showed a lot of character,” Taylor said.
“Craig Browne was named man of the match for Glen Innes.”
The carnival continued into Friday morning, which begun with the Glen Innes under 13’s and 14’s taking on the Coomababah under 13’s.
The Colts played the first half with a their under 13’s side on the field and played the second half with a mixture of both under 13’s and 14’s.
In what was possibly the highlight of the carnival for Glen Innes, the under 13’s Colts won the first half 22-6.
“Their under 13’s won the state title, so it was a pretty special effort by Glen,” Taylor said.
The second half was a much different story, with Coomababah putting in a much stronger performance. They stole the match from Glen Innes in the dying seconds. The end score was 26-22.
The Colts standout under 13’s player was Mitchell Cook and Josh Wood in the under 14’s.
The third match of the carnival was between the Glen Innes under 15’s and Coomababah’s under 14’s.
Glen jumped out to an 8-nil lead, but failed to capitalise on the early points and were eventually beaten 28-12.
“We started well,” Taylor said.
Glen’s man of the match and undoubtedly the best player for either side was Gallagher. He carried the ball forward throughout the match and worked tiressly in defence.
The final match of the carnival was between the Glen Innes under 16’s and Coomababah’s under 15’s.
The games were played in thirds and Coomababah had a fresh side for each period.
Coomababah ran out winner 44-4, with Browne scoring a late try to get Glen on the score sheet.
Taylor said overall the carnival was a raging success.
“We’ve had a lot of positive feedback,” he said.
He said that the feel of the community is that the gap in rugby league skill levels between Glen Innes and Coomababah had been greatly reduced.
“The community should be very proud.”
TITANS U18 & U16 TRAIN-ON SQUADS ANNOUNCED
The Jetstar Gold Coast Titans have selected an Under-18s train-on squad for the pre-season as part of preparations for the 2011 Mal Meninga Cup.
Coach of the Titans Mal Meninga Cup side, Jamie O’Connor said he was excited to see what the Northern Rivers and Gold Coast district provided in trials at the Station Reserve in Robina over the weekend.
“We really struggled to cull the squad to 40 players as there was such outstanding talent on show, including a couple of younger blokes who were in the Titans 16’s last year, It just shows how much they are advancing.”
“The boys will really need to step it up this year; most of them have been in the system for a couple of years now so they know what is expected.”
“Now it’s really time to up the anti in all their training, not only in the gym but on the field as well, it will be a tougher and more physical 12 months for them this year.” Said O’Connor.
The talent was spread across the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers with a handful from south of the border, including five teammates from the undefeated Grafton side and the Titans first set of twins.
The 40 man Squad will continue to train together until Christmas before the coaching staff will be forced into another nail biter of selecting a smaller squad.
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|Adrian Lynch earned selection in the under-16 Comets squad following the weekend’s trials. (Photo :
THE future of rugby league in Central Queensland looks promising after the region’s top young players turned out on the weekend.
THE future of rugby league in Central Queensland looks promising after the region’s top young players turned out on the weekend.
Following the Central Comets under-16 and under-18 trials held at Rockhampton’s Victoria Park on Saturday afternoon, a squad of 25 players has been named to contest the Cyril Connell and Mal Meninga Cups in 2011.
Central Comets under-18s coach Jason Green, in his first year at the club, was impressed with the talent on show.
“Overall, the standard of the trials were at a reasonable level considering the time of the year,” he said. “I’m pretty happy with the squad.”
Under-16 Comets coach Stephen Parle was equally impressed.
“We always knew we had some special players here,” Parle said.
Through his involvement with rugby league in Rockhampton Parle was familiar with a lot of the local players on show, but it was the trialists from Gladstone and Central Highlands he was particularly excited about.
“I thought Adam Kelly trialled really well,” Parle said of five-eighth Kelly, who hails from the Central Highlands.
“He looked the footballer. I just thought, ‘He’ll be a big asset to this side’.”
St Brendan’s College’s Cooper Bambling, who partnered with Kelly in the halves, also impressed, as expected.
A late starter at the trials, Bayden Brown, while playing out of place at first, showed his worth.
Brown started on the wing, but was quickly moved into the forwards and immediately caught the eye of Parle.
“He made a real impression,” Parle said.
“He had some good off-loads and took the ball up strongly.”
Despite the occasional dropped ball, on a sweltering hot day, under-18s coach Jason Green said it was understandable considering teams were selected on the day and only had limited time to prepare before taking the field.
The Cathedral College’s Jeremy Lynch was one player that caught the eye of Green in the under-18s.
“I saw him play this year for Gracemere, but in the trials he really impressed,” Green said.
Luke Guinane, Dan Clark, Corey Oates and Connor Broadhurst are among a handful of 2010 under-16 Comets players graduating to the under-18 squad.
Next season, Green’s involvement with the Comets will not be limited to the under-18s, with the Queensland under-18s coach joining Comets Queensland Cup coach Wayne Barnett after being appointed assistant coach for 2011.
Both squads get together for an orientation day next weekend before starting their 2011 campaign on Monday, November 8.
Daniel Bartlett, Daniel Bertucci, Connor Broadhurst, Liam Buck, Alex Choyce, Dan Clark, Angus Dorante, Dion Geesu, Justice Grace, George Grant, Luke Guinane, Tama Heka, Fletcher Jarrett, Thorne Johnson, Jeremiah Lynch, Jack Madden, Anthony Mataele, Corey Oates, Benjahmin Overton, Grant Rodgers, Jeff Russell, Todd Russell, Andrew Shipway, Jordan Wheeler, Brady Williams.
Jack Anderson, Josh Ballard, Cooper Bambling, Dean Bates, Gerald Bindoraho, Yaamba Bowie, Sheldon Bobbert, Bayden Brown, Daniel Collins, Liam Doolan, Jarrod Earle, Mark Johnstone, Adam Kelly, Adrian Lynch, Zac Mulholland, Riley Norris, Duncan Paiaaua, Liam Pickersgill, Harry Pondekas, Cody Poole, Dan Russell, Will Swain, Connor Tilney, Malik Waterton, Jarrod Wayman.
IGGY PARK TEAM HOLDS THEIR OWN
|ON THE ROAD ... Ignatius Park College sent their talented rugby league team to Sydney
IGNATIUS Park got a glimpse of their possible starting XIII for 2011 when they took on some of Sydney's classiest schoolboy rugby league teams.
The Ignatius Park boys recently played games against Lewisham College and Penrith's St Dominic's College, and despite conceding a few kilos to their southern rivals, the Iggy Park team never shied away from a contest.
A squad of 25 players from the school's under-16 development team flew to Sydney and opened their campaign against Lewisham, a school with links to 2010 NRL champions St George Illawarra.
Playing at Kogarah's Oke Jubilee stadium, the Dragons' spiritual home, Ignatius Park slugged it out with a rugged Lewisham outfit to grind out a 24-18 win, thanks to a late Brandon Pryor try.
In their second game of the trip, the Iggy boys came up against Penrith rugby league nursery St Dominic's College.
The 2003 Arrive Alive Cup champions got off to a flying start, leading 10-0, before Ignatius Park gained a stronger foothold in the second half.
Ignatius Park, playing a team with some 17-year-old players in its ranks, dominated the latter stages of the game and pushed the former national champions all the way before the fulltime siren sounded.
St Dominic's held on for a 20-18 win, but Ignatius Park coach David Elliot said the four-day trip to Sydney had served its purpose.
"It exposed our players to a high level of competition and the different cultures that Sydney has to offer," he said.
"Playing at Oke Jubilee was a great experience for the boys as well, the Australian team happened to be training when we arrived, so that was a bit of a buzz.
"Just seeing players of that calibre up close makes you realise how skilled and athletic they really are, it was one of the highlights of the trip. The boys were also able to experience the Opera House, Sydney Harbour and Bondi Beach, which was great as a lot of the boys had never travelled to Sydney."
The trip wraps up Ignatius Park's rugby league calendar for the year, which included a Queensland quarter-final appearance in the national rugby league youth competition and a runner-up finish in the Confraternity Shield carnival.
|GOOD SHEPHERD COLLEGE HAS BRAGGING RIGHTS
GOOD Shepherd College has claimed bragging rights at this year's Interschool Rugby League challenge overcoming Spinifex Junior campus in a gripping final.
Each team had scored a win in the three-game series, with the winner of the final to be crowned the champions.
It was Spinifex who took control in the early stages through the leadership of halfback Josh Dolan.
Dolan scored a number of tries and dished a few of to teammates, but was one of the standouts on the day.
He was well supported by Strickland Teakura at lock, who worked tirelessly in both defence and attack.
Good Shepherd trailed 20-10 in the latter stages of the game, with Spinifex looking the dominant team.
But to their credit, Good Shepard never gave in.
They were able to find the line in the dying minutes not only once, but twice, as the momentum shifted dramatically.
Brodie Dzendolet scored the final try out wide in the dying seconds to tie the game.
If the difficult sideline conversion could be converted, Good Shepherd would snatch an unlikely victory.
The conversion sailed wide and when the final whistle blew, the game was locked at 20-20.
With experienced referee Lindsay Luck officiating, he looked for guidance from the teachers.
Much to the vocal crowd of parents and teacher's delight it was decided that the game would be decided by golden point.
The momentum had shifted and Good Shepherd were able to score a try to end the thrilling encounter at 24-20.
Good Shepherd coach Chris Robertson deservedly named Brodie Dzendolet as the man of the match.
"Brodie was devastating in both attack and defence, other standout players included George Rasova and Will Purkis," he said.
"Congratulations to all players."
JUNIOR KANGAROOS KICK OFF TOUR WITH A WIN IN WELLINGTON
|Junior Kangaroo's Skipper Ben Jones (with blue shirt) watches his mates from MATRAVILLE SHS boyz play PATRICIAN Bro's in rnd 3 of the ARL Schoolboys Cup (Photo : ourfootymedia)
|TRIES : Siuatonga Likiliki, Shaun Johnson, Drury Low
GOALS : Shaun Johnson 2
|TRIES : Dane Gagai 2, Michael Oldfield, Justin O’Neill, Cameron King
GOALS : Cameron King 2
||Ben Jones (c)
|Martin Taupau (c)
The ARL Junior Kangaroos have tonight won their opening tour match against the Junior Kiwis at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, running out 24-16 winners.
With this fixture having been off the calendar for a number of years and the Kiwis having had the best of the matches that were played prior to that, a new generation of Kangaroo put their hand up this evening and restored some pride in the Junior Kangaroo jersey.
It was a fierce opening exchange to the match with both sets of forwards trading blows early on until it appeared that Broncos young gun, Dane Gagai had opened the scoring for the Aussies in the 8th minute only for the video referee to deny the Australian.
And then despite dominating in most facets of the match for the first 20 minutes it was the home side who struck the first blow on the scoreboard courtesy of a trademark Siuatonga Likiliki try.
But the first real blow of the night for either side came in the 25th minute when the Kiwis Sea Eagles centre, Dean Whare had to leave the game with what looked like a serious leg injury, and this effectively left the Kiwis a man down for the remainder of the contest.
Then in the 31st minute Gagai was able to score the try he had been denied earlier when he chimed onto a perfect ball by Raiders playmaker, Sam Williams, and with the conversion successful it was 6-6 heading towards halftime.
And just when it appeared that would be our score line at the main break the Kiwis received a welcomed penalty and from the ensuing set a sweeping backline movement created a three on one overlap out wide but the final pass intended for Bill Tupou was snatched out of the air by Michael Oldfield who then ran 95m the other way to hand the Aussies a well deserved 10-6 lead at halftime.
The first try in the second half was always going to be vital and it appeared to go to Australia courtesy of a Justin O’Neill try, but once again the video referee was called upon by Henry Perenara and like the first time the Aussies were denied as it was ruled to have been held up.
But O’Neill didn’t have to wait long to redeem himself as just some four minutes later he struggled through several tacklers close to the line and managed to ground the ball right on the chalk.
The next 15 minutes or so presented few opportunities to either team but then in the 63rd minute Drury Low accepted a gift four pointer out wide courtesy of a pin point Shaun Johnson kick and with just 14 minutes to play we had a grandstand finish with the Aussies clinging on to a 14-10 lead.
However tries in the next ten minutes to Gagai and the Dragons, Cameron King ensured it would indeed be the Kangaroos that would be singing the team song in the dressing rooms after the match.
Junior Kangaroos coach, David Hamilton was full of praise for his young team.
“To come over here to their house, in front of their fans on a limited preparation and get this result speaks volumes of the players in this team,” Hamilton said.
“Our boys were just sensational tonight, they just kept turning up in defence and maintained their belief even when things weren’t going our way.
“These guys are the future of our great game and blokes like James Cunningham (Manly Sea Eagles), Josh Jackson (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs) and Dane Gagai (Brisbane Broncos) have bright futures based on their respective performances tonight.
“And while the boys have done themselves and the jersey proud, our job is only half done… We have one more game next Saturday and our attentions will turn to that now.”
The Junior Kangaroos will attempt to win the series 2-0 next Saturday afternoon when they face the Junior Kiwis at Rotorua.
JUNIOR KANGAROOS 24 (Dane Gagai 2, Michael Oldfield, Justin O’Neill, Cameron King tries; Cameron King 2 goals) def. JUNIOR KIWIS 16 (Siuatonga Likiliki, Shaun Johnson, Drury Low tries; Shaun Johnson 2 goals)
OBE GEIA CHALLENGE RETURNS, BIGGER & BETTER!
|Obe GEIA with some of the kids from the OBE GEIA CHALLENGE
Over 200 junior rugby league players, teachers and parents will join forces with the community of Palm Island this Friday for the second annual Obe Geia Challenge, the Cowboys’ junior rugby league carnival that is committed to bringing communities together.
Program details: Obe Geia Challenge (http://www.cowboys.com.au/default.aspx?s=obe-geia-challenge)
This year’s event will see ten teams competing for the title, with the mainland sides travelling by ferry from Townsville for the all-day carnival at the Palm Island senior rugby league grounds.
The visitors will be welcomed by the Palm Island community at an official welcoming ceremony, with participants to enjoy morning tea and a Kup-Murri lunch to showcase traditional island fare.
With support from the NRL All Stars community program and the Department of Communities - Sport and Recreation Services, as well as event partners PCYC Palm Island, QRL, ARL, Education Qld, Catholic Education and Palm Island Council, this junior rugby league competition has been developed and coordinated with teams of 15 players aged 10-12 years.
The participating teams represent the following schools: Heatley State School, The Marian School, Rasmussen State School, Kelso State School, St Michael's Catholic School, Good Shepherd Catholic Community School, Vincent State School, Bwgcolman Community School, Magnetic Island State School and St Joseph's Catholic School - The Strand.
The draw is made up of 15-minute games played under the ARL Safeplay Code from 10.30am until the final at 2pm, followed by presentations and the ferry trip back to Townsville.
With a focus on fun, fitness, participation and harmony, the event has grown from six teams in 2009, and Community Relations Manager Fiona Pelling is thrilled with the response.
“We’re delighted to again have the support of the Townsville school communities, the community of Palm Island and our event partners to hold the Obe Geia Challenge for our second year,” Ms Pelling said.
“From the feedback we’ve received, last year’s event was an extremely positive experience for everyone involved and we’re seeing more parents and spectators interested in coming along, some of whom will be visiting Palm for the first time.
“Our goal is certainly to host a successful annual rugby league carnival, but also to continue to build the relationships between the communities and reinforce the healthy lifestyle messages that the Cowboys community programs are built on.”
TRIP OF A LIFETIME - YOUNG GUNS READY TO
|Charly Runciman makes a break for CYMS first grade against Cobar during the Group 11 season.
|Macquarie Raiders Jackson Merritt takes on a number of Wellington defenders in the under-18s Group 11 grand-final.
|Charly Runciman passes the footy against the Great Britian Community Lions last year at Shark Park (Photo : ourfootymedia)
They’ve been part of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) under-18s rugby league development program for the past two years and it’s now time for Charly Runciman and Jackson Merritt to put into action everything they have learned, when they take on a number of international sides during their tour of France and England.
AIS coach Col Matthews said the trip would really test the boys as to how they handle playing a high level of football.
“There’s a lot of responsibility on them for these 23 days,” he said.
“They are not with mum and dad, under no supervision and this is something that can make or break them.
“Runciman has plenty of skills and he is has also got a lot of speed and you can’t beat that.
“Merritt is a work horse. He has got a bit bigger and we will be playing him a bit wider than where he’s used to playing in the middle, because the French boys he’ll be coming up against are a bit bigger.
“I think this year we are a lot stronger overall ... I’m confident of good results.”
The side will fly into Paris on November 12 and make their way north to Villers-Bretonneux, the Australian war memorial for those soldiers killed during World War I.
From there we will make our way down to Toulouse on November 16 to take on two French teams - the under-18s and under-20s.
They’ll then cross the English Channel to Manchester, where they’ll spend a week with three games against Huddersfield, the British Amateur Rugby League Association and Warrington Wolves. Before they head home on December 5 the boys will also fit in some sight seeing in London.
Both Merritt and Runciman are contracted with St George Illawarra Dragons as external players, with Merritt moving to Wollongong to finish his schooling and further his commitment.
He’ll certainly be missed in the Macquarie Raiders camp, playing a key role in the under-18s premiership. His Raiders coach Greg Edwards believes he has the potential to go far.
“You see a lot of kids that don’t make it, but I think he will as he is a hard worker and has the attitude that makes him willing to learn,” he said.
“He has matured so much this year ... he’s always the first one to training and has been our best footballer consistency wise.
“He had a few runs in first grade and handled that well well and to do that at 17 is a big step.”
For CYMS’ fullback Runciman, his first trip overseas is a highly anticipated one.
Apart from seeing the world he’s eager to gain as much experience as possible.
“I’m starting to get pretty keen, it should be a pretty exciting trip,” he said.
“I’ve been doing a little extra work at training, going to the gym and one of the CYMS first graders Luke Jenkins has been helping me out with my training.
“We are playing against some of the top international players in our age group, so it’ll tough.
“We’ve learnt a lot of skills being with the AIS, we had a wrestling coach, worked on our sprinting and strength so it has all helped a lot.
“ I had a few runs in first grade this year and by the end of the season I was pretty happy with the way I was playing.”
|GLEN INNES HIGH V COOMABABAH HIGH
Although the rugby league season has finished for most, the members Glen Innes High School's Gifted and Talented Rugby League Program (GATRL) are gearing up for one of the biggest matches on their calendar. The annual inter-school clash between Glen Innes High School and Coomababah High School from the Gold Coast begins tonight and Glen Innes is hoping for strong results.
The Queenslanders present a tough opposition.
They are one of the top ranked rugby league high schools in their state and are ranked in the top five in most age-groups.
Former Glen Innes Magpie and Glen Innes High School student Rodney Pryor is the rugby league co-ordinator at Coomababah and he was one of the main instigators in organising the annual event.
Coomababah will bring four sides to Glen Innes, with players ranging from ages 13 through 17.
The general concept is that each Coomababah side plays the Glen Innes side the year above their division.
It is believed that in their top 17 Coomababah has up to eight players moving on to NRL clubs next year.
GATRL co-ordinator Richard Taylor is encouraging the Glen Innes community to come and get behind the local boys.
"It's a really good chance for the community to come and watch some high quality rugby league," Taylor said.
The matches commence tonight with the Glen Innes opens side taking on Coomababah's under 17's at Mead Park.
Games will recommence tomorrow morning at 9:30 at the high school, with the Glen Innes under 14's taking on the Coomababah under 13's.
Following that the Glen Innes under 15's will face off against the Coomababah under 14's.
The final match will be between the Glen Innes under 16's and the Coomababah under 15's.
A presentation and barbecue will follow this, the players will have the opportunity to listen to advice and receive tips on the football from St George Illawarra Dragon and NSW representative Beau Scott.
"There is a really positive atmosphere in the school with all people involved looking forward to the event," Taylor said. LEARN MORE ABOUT COOMABABAH HIGH RUGBY LEAGUE
CYMS' TOP MEN OF 2010
|force to be reckoned with: Jordan Hay makes a charge for CYMS first grade against Nyngan during the 2010 Group 11 season.
|Jordan Hay in action for NSWCHS in the U18 Championship Final against the Qld Boyz (Photo : ourfootymedia)
CYMS under-18s prop Jordan Hay will leave the club in high regard after picking up a number of awards at the annual gala presentation night held at Dubbo RSL on Friday night.
The 18 year-old has finished his involvement with the Fishies for a two-year contract with St George Illawarra.
Currently studying the HSC Hay will move to Wollongong in mid-November.
On Friday night he was named the Boy Tipping 2010 best player of the season, along with CYMS old boys and under-18s best and fairest.
“It was a great night and it was a privilege to receive those awards,” he said.
“There are so many talented players in the club and to pick up the best player of the season was something I really didn’t expect, it’s a big achievement.”
Hay said he will take away some fond memories of his time playing in the green and white.
“Coming from Gilgandra it was all very new to me when I first started playing and it has been great to meet so many great people,” he said.
“I will miss them, they are a great bunch of people.
“But I am excited to give it a shot (at St George) and see what I can make of it, my main aim is to get some more experience in my footy by playing at a higher level.
“I guess I am also a bit nervous, I will pretty much start pre-season training straight away when I move down to Wollongong in mid-November.”
Of course there were a number of other CYMS players who were well recognised for their efforts on the field this season, first grade veteran hooker Luke Jenkins showed he’s still got it, he was named CYMS old boys and first grade best and fairest.
Reserve grade centre Matt Webster was also a star of the night as the recipient of four awards, CYMS old boys and reserve grade best and fairest, CYMS old boys Robert Thompson player of the year and best reserve grade back award.
With CYMS reserve grade taking out the 2010 premiership it was only fitting that halfback Chris McGee took out the Gerard Yeo Memorial Trophy for best player of the final series.
Dubbo CYMS 2010 season awards
CYMS Old boys best and fairest awards:
Under-18s: Jordan Hay
Reserve grade: Matt Webster
First grade: Luke Jenkins
Robert Thompson trophy for player of the year: Matt Webster
Best forward: Myles Johnson
Best back: Charlie Runciman
Best and fairest: Jordan Hay
Player with most potential: Tom Alchin
Clubman of the year: Brad Freeth
Junior encouragement award: Lyndon Gale
Reserve grade awards:
Best and fairest: Matt Webster
Best back: Matt Webster
Best forward: Joe Snare
Most improved: Chris Jones
Clubman of the year: Simon Thornsteinsen
First grade awards:
Best tackler: Jarryd Ritchie
Best Back: Matt Naden
Best and Fairest: Luke Jenkins
Most Improved: Tim Galvin
Don ‘Froggy’ Fraser Courage Award: Jarryd Ritchie
Most first grade games played by a first year under-18s graduate or current under-18s player: Nick Evans
Boy Tipping Player of the 2010 Season: Jordan Hay
Gerard Yeo Memorial Trophy: Chris McGhee
Dan O’Sullivan Clubman of the Year: Norman and Barry O’Neill
2010 Club Appreciation awards: Mick Wilson, Bev Winters, Tom Nelson, Rodd Dunn, Georgia Dunn, Carol Walkom.
|REDCLIFFE ANNOUNCE 2011 CC AND MM COACHES
THE Redcliffe Dolphins have announced their coaching teams for next season’s Mal Meninga Cup and Cyril Connell Cup campaigns.
The Dolphins recruitment and development manager Brian Henschell made the announcement today and said he was looking forward to seeing the teams perform.
“Steve Peoples will return next season as the coach of the Cyril Connell Cup team,” Henschell said.
“In 2010, Steve was exposed to this level of coaching and did a great job and this was reflected in his team’s solid, consistent performances.
“Based on that alone, this has given me confidence that he can repeat that again next year.
“Scott Tronc has been appointed coach of the Mal Meninga Cup team.
“Scott - with his continued association with the Intrust Super Cup team in 2011 - will be able to nurture the future of these players.
“Scott has a lot of experience with playing at a high level (Broncos and State of Origin), as well as success coaching.”
Redcliffe Dolphins 2011 coaching staff
MAL MENINGA CUP:
Scott Tronc – Coach
Craig Shaw – Assistant Coach
Paul Murray – Assistant Coach
CYRIL CONNELL CUP:
Steve Peoples – Coach
Peter Tonkin – Assistant Coach
Steve Grant – Assistant Coach
SCHOOLBOY’S SQUAD ANNOUNCED FOR UK TOUR
|Last years Australian Schoolboys after the 2nd Test v GBCL (Photo : ourfootymedia)
The Australian Schoolboys will arrive next month and face an intriguing five-game tour against some of the best junior talent the UK has to offer.
The tourists are scheduled to land on Saturday November 20 –just three days before their opening encounter against Wales U18s at Blackwood on Wednesday November 23 – and if previous tours are anything to go by fans in the UK could be treated to seeing some potential NRL and international stars of the future.
“The Australian Schoolboys have a tremendous reputation and consistently provide many players who go on to reach the very pinnacle of our game,” said Andy Harland, RFL National Development Manager.
“It’s always a great event when they come over to these shores and I’d urge all fans of the game to try and get themselves along to one of the games.”
“From a community game perspective it’s a great honour for us to be able to face such a famous side and I know that whoever gains selection for the Community Lions sides will be desperate to test themselves against such strong opposition.”
After facing Wales U18s, then taking on both the England and Great Britain Community Lions sides the tourists will close their UK commitments with a two-game test series against the England Academy.
The tests – which will be held in Barrow and Castleford – are sure to keenly fought contests and over the years many players from both sides have gone on to gain full international honours for their countries.
“The test series is going to be a great advert for Rugby League and it is more than likely that players from both sides could be facing each other in the full national sides in the coming years,” said BJ Mather, the RFL’s Head of Player Development.
“The last Schoolboys touring party contained players such as Israel Falou, David Taylor and Chris Lawrence and we all know how their careers have continued to progress.”
“From an England perspective players such as Sam Burgess, Kyle Eastmond and Sean O’Loughlin have come through the Academy system so by coming to see these games you really are seeing the stars of the future.”
AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLBOYS SQUAD LEARN MORE
|PEARCE TAKES HOME THE JACK GIBSON MEDAL
Mitchell Pearce has taken out the Jack Gibson Medal for the second time at the Sydney Roosters Jack Gibson Medal Presentation.
The award, for the Player of the Year, was presented to Pearce by John Gibson, son of the late Jack Gibson.
Pearce beat out other nominees, Todd Carney and Nate Myles, to take home the award for the Tricolours.
Braith Anasta won the James Matthews Award for Clubman of the Year, recognising the work he has done both on and off the field, guiding the team and his fellow senior players. His leadership was a critical factor in this year’s success and this recognition follows on from his Dally M Captain of the Year award.
Anasta also took home the inaugural Steggles Play of the Year award, voted for by Roosters Members, for the 80th minute field goal in the first week of the finals. It was a moment that defined the Roosters season and started the run into the Grand Final.
Anthony Cherrington was the recipient of the inaugural Roosters Reach Out Community Award for the extensive work he has done with the Roosters Reach Out program. This involved travel to Ipswich as part of the Junior League commitments and numerous hours spent in and around the Eastern Suburbs. Cherrington was also the Club’s NRL One Community Ken Stephens Medallist nominee this year.
|Henare Wells in action for the Roosters in this years SG Ball Grand Final @ St. Mary's Stadium (Photo : ourfootymedia)
|Henare Wells in action for the Qld Schoolboys in the ASSRL U18 Final against NSWCHS (Photo : ourfootymedia)
Other winners on the night were Brad Murray, who was the NYC Player of the Year, Henare Wells, who won the Junior Representative Player of the Year and Todd Carney, who won the Members Player of the Year Award.
The night was attended by over 300 people and was a fitting celebration to the end of a successful season.
SEASON 2010 REVIEW AND ACHIEVEMENTS:
New Attitude New Beginning
NRL Grand Finalists
Toyota Cup Finalists (first time)
SG Ball Premiers
Dally M Player of the Year – Todd Carney
Dally M Coach of the Year – Brian Smith
Dally M Captain of the Year – Braith Anasta
Dally M Provan Summons Medal – Todd Carney
Toyota Cup Team of the Year – Brad Murray
RLPA Education and Welfare Manager of the Year – Brian Sinclair
ANZAC Day Test:
New Zealand – Frank Paul Nuuausala
– Sam Perrett
– Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
Australia – Todd Carney
– Nate Myles
New Zealand – Shaun Kenny-Dowall
– Frank-Paul Nuuausala
– Sam Perrett
– Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
STATE OF ORIGIN:
Queensland – Nate Myles
New South Wales – Mitchell Pearce
CITY ORIGIN – Anthony Minichiello
COUNTRY ORIGIN – Todd Carney
JUNIOR KANGAROOS – Ben Jones
AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLBOYS – Tau Tau Moga
– Henare Wells
NEW SOUTH WALES U/18’s – Jacob Miller
– Cheyse Blair
Steggles Sydney Roosters Charity Nest $409,000
Establishment of the Sydney Roosters Hall of Fame
6,042 members (first time we have ever broken the 6,000 mark)
HONESTY - RESPECT - SELF CONTROL - PRIDE IN THE ROOSTERS JERSEY
SCHOOLBOYS TOUR DATES CONFIRMED
|The Australian Schoolboys - soon to battle the old enemy in England (Photo : ourfootymedia)
The tour dates for this years Australian Schoolboys tour of the Uk have been confirmed with the first game against Wales on Tuesday 23 rd November.
The Australian Schoolboys also play games against the England Community Lions, the Great Britain Community Lions and finally two test matches against the awesome England Academy sides which are full of super league players.
The AIS team is also touring France & the Uk at about the same time, ourfootyteam will be covering both tours again this year with player interviews, message boards, action photo's, match reports and of course all the fun on tour with the boyz.
| LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SCHOOLBOYS TOUR | LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AIS TOUR |
|WESTERN SUBURBS MAGPIES TRIALS
The Western Suburbs Magpies are conducting open/invitational trials to fill a small number of positions in the 2011 squad for the NSW State Cup. Trial date: Saturday October 23th Venue: Mt Annan Junior Rugby League Club, Jack Nash Reserve. Kick off 11.00am
Wests Magpies coaching staff will run their eye over the participating players in order to unearth any talent that might have been missed during local recruitment or talent from outside the Western Suburbs keen for an opportunity.
Wests Magpies State Cup Coach
PO Box 642 Liverpool NSW 1870.
The Wests Magpies provide opportunities for the large numbers of young players seeking to challenge themselves at the highest level of the game. Wests Magpies provide a direct pathway to the Wests Tigers
Applications to trial close 22nd October, 2010 and must be received at the Wests Magpies head office by that date.
MORETON DOWNS ARL QUEENSLAND CHAMPIONS
|Morton Bay Public School celebrate winning the ARL Development Shield in Rockhampton
Moreton Downs State School have once again proved that they are the most dominant force in Queensland Primary School Rugby League by winning the ARL Statewide Development Cup last week in Rockhampton.
After winning more Brisbane Metropolitan finals than any other school over the last ten years, Moreton Downs dominated the Development Cup series this year winning many games without a number of star players.
It showed what a great team they are.
Even in the grand final they played without their Queensland representative player and lost their most attacking forward in the first 5 minutes through injury.
They can be extremely proud of their efforts all season as winning this competition was their main goal for the year and they achieved it.
In the final they played Frenchville State School on their home ground.
Moreton Downs dominated the first half going into halftime with an 18 nil lead. With such a strong team the game was always in their grasp and they ran out eventual winners 24 -10 after a late try to Frenchville.
I am sure that we will be seeing some of these players in more elite company in the future. Chris Lowe coach
JUNIOR CEDARS AND PALESTINIANS PRODUCE A THRILLER
|JUNIOR CEDARS AND PALESTINIANS PRODUCE A THRILLER
|JUNIOR CEDARS AND PALESTINIANS PRODUCE A THRILLER
The 2010 MENA (Middle East North Africa) Championship match opener between the under16s Lebanon Junior Cedars and a Palestinian XIII produced a historic clash, great game and excellent experience for those taking part.
The Junior Cedars selection process included inviting players from the Lebanese schools systems in all regions across the country who then participated in LRLF train-on sessions held in Tripoli.
The selected Palestinian XIII players came from a range of Palestinian schools with the Jalile School supplying the bulk of the side. This process was certainly intense and players had to work extremely hard to be recognized purely because of the over whelming numbers available.
The Junior Cedars came out expertly primed and scored three fine team tries in the opening 25 minutes. The first came from a slick backline movement that finished with Hilal Kaddoumi crossing in the corner.
Thomas Zachario missed a difficult conversion from the sideline. Kaddoumi, the Junior Cedars captain, ended up claiming a superb hat trick and for one of his touchdowns, he showed great strength and skill to carry three Palestinian players over the line.
With Super League Harlequins RL assistant coach Latham Tawhai scouting the game from the sidelines for the future stars, the talented natural leader did himself no harm with a personal tally of 14 points, Tawhai was impressed with his skill level and commented, “This kid sure can play the game”.
The Junior Cedars applied pressure and dominated possession for most of the opening forty minutes and scored a crucial try just before half time that took them to the dressing room with momentum and a well-earned 18–0 advantage.
The second half started in the same hard and fast manner and the Junior Cedars scored another three good individual tries by Elie Chedrawi and Elie Khoury with a double.
They came through quick ball movement and support play, to stretch the score on the hour to 28–0, which was how it ended .
Cedars’ Nayef Abi Said, on his international coaching debut, was thrilled with the win. “The boys showed they are a strong united side considering the short time we had to prepare for the game,” he commented. “I am so proud of them all.
ohamad Dennawi and Amer Khazna were great in defence, captain courageous Hilal played with an injured shoulder, as did stand off Hussam Kalouch. Special mention should go to Bachar Abbas our fullback and hooker Thomas Zachario who were both on debut and Mike Sarraf and Elie Chedrawi played very well.
I would like to thank Sami Assaf for all his help as our voluntary trainer, Latham Tawhai our Cedars coach and Jad Hachem for their contribution to our last training session”.
The Palestinian team could have easily given up the chase but with their renowned spirit, kept running and tacking until the final whistle.
Their coach Ahmad el Masri played a vital role in supporting the team during the game and throughout their preparation and is to be commended for his support and guidance throughout the past weeks. Ahmad said, “ We are not professional but will do our best to fix the small mistakes that led to our loss today.
I would like to thank the LRLF for all the support shown to the team and for putting this game on.”
LRLF Director of Development Faysal Jaber who oversaw the encounter, noted, “In all honestly the score line is not what I am looking at here. Both teams were winners today and the biggest conqueror is the game itself.
The continued development of our game in Lebanon is the score that counts. Both sides played with passion and a very strong team ethic which laid the foundation for a fantastic game. It was a magnificent spectacle and played at a fast and sometimes furious pace.
It was a fantastic effort from all players and particular mention must go to the both head coaches Ahmad el Masri and Nayef Abi Said.”
He continued, “Their attention to detail and ability to bring the teams together as quickly as they did, was tremendous.
Overall, the game was a great advertisement for rugby league and highlighted the importance that the coaching and development programs play in providing an insight and a pathway to a future in the sport. Part of that development are the games officials so I want to congratulate and thank Jad Esseily, Hassan Merouwe, and Nader Mgheit for playing their part.”
JUNIOR CEDARS 28 (H. Kaddoumi 3, E. Khoury 2, E. Chedrawi, tries; T. Zachario 1 from 4, H. Kaddoumi 1 from 2 goals) beat PALESTINIAN XIII 0 at Tripoli Olympic Stadium.
Referee; J. Esseily, Touch Judges; H. Merouwe and N. Mgheit, 4th Official; F. Jaber.
JUNIOR CEDARS: Bachar Abbas, Mazen Hanna, Elie Chedrawi, Mike Sarraf, Khaled Darwich, Houssam Kalouch, Hilal Kaddoumi (C), Nahed Moussa, Thomas Zachario, Mahmoud Houaigi, AbdelMalek Swedi, Mahmoud Dennewi, Amer Khazna. Subs: Elie Khoury, Mario Haddad, Bachir Abes, Moustafa Nassour.
PALESTINIAN XIII: K. Khalil, I. Seaedi, M. Farj, M. Hamad, M. Raya, A. Minawi, A. Mordaa, H. Mordaa, M. Moaty, M. Ezdahmad, Khalid, I. Najami, H. Shendi. Subs: S. Soury, M. Rdini, K. Balkis, S. Nada.
KEEN CULLEN EUROPE BOUND
BRISBANE Broncos-bound youngster Cameron Cullen appears destined to fulfill his dream of playing in the National Rugby League (NRL) one day, but first he will join the nation’s most talented juniors as they embark on a grueling tour of Europe to face many of the world’s best underage players.
“It’s something I’ve always aimed for since representative footy started when I was about 15, so it was a good
achievement to make the Australian side,” Cullen says.
After assembling at Canberra’s Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) next month, the Aussies will head off to England where they will come up against a highly fancied England Academy side of professional juniors, before playing the French and Welsh junior teams.
Cullen is expecting the English sides to provide the biggest test, but simply can’t wait for the five-week tour to
“Just the whole experience will be great. Going over to places like England and France with a group of boys to play for Australia is going to be awesome.”
The Year 12 Palm Beach Currumbin State High School student was selected for Australia after an impressive
showing at July’s National Under 18 Championships at Burleigh Heads, where he captained the Queensland team to a
second place finish behind New South Wales Combined High Schools.
“We were always the underdogs, as we’re all younger than the New South Wales teams, but we had a good feel
going into it and had high expectations,” the 17-year-old says.
“Our preparation was good coming into the final but we just didn’t turn up on the day; we were just a bit flat and
they got over us.”
Upon his return from Europe, Cullen is hopeful of securing a spot with the Broncos National Youth Cup (NYC) team to compete in next year’s Toyota Cup Competition, and having begun development work at Brisbane since he was 14, it appears a spot on the NYC side is well within reach.
|JUNIORS' BOARD REVEALS GOALS
IN the first of an exclusive series of interviews with prominent figures in the game, QRL.com.au chats with QRL Juniors’ Board chairman Geoff Orman who runs the rule over the 2010 season and outlines future plans.
Q: What kind of a year has 2010 been for junior rugby league in Queensland?
“It has been a good year for junior rugby league overall. Numbers have been up across nearly all regions. It has also been pleasing to note that at the State Junior Carnival this year, we saw players from as far west as Mount Isa and from the islands off north Queensland participate, and the other regions such as South West had players from the far areas such as Cunnamulla participating.
This year was the first year that we have run an education program at the State Carnival for players in all age groups (Under 13, Under 14 and Under 16).
This program covered a variety of subjects including expectations of players, drugs, misuse of electronic devices and social media such as Facebook. It was well received by the players and officials. We also ran a Pathways to the Future Forum for all attending officials.
This was tremendous; the input and enthusiasm shown by all who attended was a credit to them and I am sure that there will be some information that will come out of that forum which will be used in the future changes for the game.”
Q: What has the QRL Juniors’ Board got planned for 2011?
“2011 will be big year for the juniors. The State Carnival will be run in Ipswich and we will continue the education program there as well. The board is also looking at ways of increasing the participation rate amongst our country players, from providing them with opportunities to play more football and some form of representative football.
The cultural exchanges (City v Country and Emerald Challenge) will continue and we are possibly looking at changing this into a carnival situation. However, this needs to be further discussed by the board and also a little more research done into the logistics and its feasibility.”
Q: Are there any more junior programs planned? Or will there be an extension of current ones?
“The education program that has been developed by ARL Development will continue to run at our carnivals next year and it will be fine-tuned to include a few new subjects. This I believe has been an outstanding success and gives the State Championships a new dimension.
This year also saw Cameron Smith nominated as our ambassador for junior league within Queensland which we see as a very positive step. He is a great ambassador for the game and knows what grassroots foot ball is all about.
This year he wrote letters to all the players involved in the State Carnival congratulating them on making their respective teams and also mentioned the requirements to abide by the Codes of Conduct.
We will continue this and we hope that we can use Cameron’s profile further in 2011 – hopefully with an appearance at our carnival. We are also keen to commence a mentoring program for ‘new’ selectors, which we feel is something that needs to be addressed.
This year for the first time we had four selectors instead of the usual three at the carnival and it worked well. The feedback from all was that the process was worthwhile and the learning that came from that was of a benefit to all. We hope to formalise this in the coming 2011 season.
This year, there were also trials run in both Queensland and NSW in relation to weight for age football and limited interchange. Both programs are currently being evaluated and we are looking at extending these next year and with a view to hopefully seeing them implemented by competitions across the board in 2012 and beyond.”
Q: How were the participation numbers this year for juniors? What do we have planned to combat the threat posed by other football codes and maintain rugby league’s standing as the winter sport of choice?
“As I previously stated, our numbers increased this year again and they have been on the increase at the junior level since 2003.
We believe this will continue even though AFL now has a franchise on the Gold Coast. We will continue to grow simply because people love to play our game; however it is essential that we continually re-evaluate our game and look at ways of increasing player enjoyment and participation.
We will continue to promote what has worked well for us and that is a good promotional sign on campaign, working with clubs to try and assist their volunteers – this is particularly good on the Gold Coast and Ipswich.
Assisting the volunteers and decreasing their workload is extremely important in keeping our game at the front because as we grow, we need more people to do various tasks and for people to come forward and give up their time.
We need to have procedures in place that allow them to be appreciated, have a reduced workload and provide opportunities to participate in things such as representative programs, education forums and the like.
We will also continue to promote the Code of Conduct and act strongly against those who seek to breach the code. We will also continue to look at ways of increasing our participation rate for country players and promoting games such as League 11s in places where people cannot get a full team to play.”
Q: The Greater Brisbane Junior Rugby League started an Under 16s girls competition this year and the Sunshine Coast has had a competition for a few years. Cairns and Bundaberg have school-based competitions. Are there any plans to extend girls competitions across the state?
A: “Women’s Rugby League is seen by the QRL Juniors’ Board as very important. We have a representative on the QRL Women’s Board and we are encouraging the Leagues to commence women’s competitions in all ages where possible.
It should also be pointed out there is a place for women in our game as administrators, coaches and referees. Queensland has very good up and coming referees and we as an organisation should encourage this.”
Q: How successful has the introduction of the Intro League (Under 6) competitions been? Will these competitions be expanded?
“The Under 6s has been great for our game. It has proven to very strong in the South East corner and some provincial areas.
There are no proposals in front of our Board at this point in time to extend the season and we believe that as it is an introduction to the game, the season should remain as is.
There is plenty of scope for Leagues to run some carnival days for the Under 6s during the season to promote the game and to give the kids that extra little bit.
The game was designed so that kids could have a short season, have fun and learn the game, and from the feedback we have received, this is how it should remain.”
QRL Juniors’ Board
Chairman - Geoff Orman
Operations/Executive Officer - Grant Noyce
Central Division Chairman - Glynn Rees
SEQ Chairman - Dan Moran
Northern Chairman - Bert Petersen
Manager Education and Development - David Bannister
Independent - Mark Hohn - businessman - former Origin player
Independent - Murray Stanton - member of QSSRL Board - member Maroochydore Juniors
|STINGERS GO DOWN TO YOUNG BRONCOS
Under 15 Broncos claim 2010 honours with 44-6 win
THEY tried hard right up to the final siren, but the Stingers Under 15s were no match for a polished Brisbane Broncos scholarship holders outfit last night.
The Stingers made too many handling errors and were unable to shut down the attacking prowess of the opposition in the game played at West Arana Hills home ground Kev McKell Oval in front of a large crowd.
The Broncos took the match 44-6 and they were on the board within the first few minutes of the game, with their big but mobile backrow able to cut through the Stingers defence.
Harry Pondekas was particularly destructive for the visiting side and scored a hat-trick of tries.
The Stingers were stunned in the opening exchanges and were down by 20 points after only 20 minutes – but they were able to regroup just before half-time to score some points of their own through a try from Andrew Mills.
Bradley Cherry added the extras to see the teams go into halftime 26-6, but that was to be the last time the Stingers got on the board.
The Stingers made it harder for the Broncos in the second half, but they were still able to find the line at regular intervals to take the game away from the Stingers.
However, many GBJRL players were able to show flashes of what got them selected in the team, including Cherry who was always on the go in attack with his passing and Rinsma Saueha and Codey Kennedy who came in to take the ball up with some strong runs, while Andrew Hoggart didn’t stop trying in defence.
While the defence improved somewhat in the second half, it was the ball handling that was the real killer for the Stingers.
Passes that would have found their player in some space just didn’t stick, while the bounce of the ball also didn’t go their way.
The three days in camp before the game really showed in the play of the Broncos who were clinical in the win, despite dropping off their intensity at the closing stages of the game.
Saueha threatened to add to the Stingers scoreline before the full time siren when he made a bust down the right-hand side line, but the Broncos defence scrambled to pull him down and the Stingers were unable to break the opposition line.
The game was played in the right spirit and despite the disappointing result for the home side, much of the crowd was happy to see the players in action.
Brisbane Broncos Under 15s 44 (Harry Pondekas 3, Keith Gadd 2, Jonah Placid, Dan Collins, Ashley Taylor tries; Ashley Taylor 6, Keith Gadd goals) defeated the Under 15 Stingers 6 (Andrew Mills try; Bradley Cherry goal) at Kev McKell Oval
IN VERY WET CONDITIONS THE BRONCOS 16'S BEAT TITANS 36-20.
|COCHRANE CUP GRAND FINAL 2010
St Joseph’s Aberdeen completed a memorable season by convincingly winning the Under 14 schoolboy’s championship Grand Final at Cessnock Sports Ground against St John’s Dubbo. The Hunter boys jumped straight to the front and were never seriously threatened, winning 30 - 14.
In its 18th season, the state wide competition is open to all Catholic and Independent country schools and city based teams that do not play in a regular schoolboy competitions. Tournament founder Mr Bob Cochrane was on hand to present the winner’s trophy.
During the presentations, Mr Cochrane praised the skills of both teams and commended the boys on the spirit in which the match was played. He also produced a solo performance of the Dubbo’s schools war cry much to the merriment of both teams.
Outstanding prospect Ryan Holman started the scoring for “Joey’s” diving over after some good lead up work by five eighth Riley Ayre. Ayre’s conversion was unsuccessful.
St John’s soon levelled with barnstorming winger Kurtis Crisante crashing over the top of four defenders to touch down out wide.
Aberdeen controlled possession well for the rest of the stanza, going to half time with a 14 – 4 lead.
The second half was a tight affair early on with both teams throwing everything they had at each other. Holman broke the arm wrestle with a clever left foot step fooling the opposition and seeing him cross for his second, Ayre’s converted from in front. John’s hit back immediately through a brilliant solo effort from five eighth Nick Harvey who left defenders in his wake while dancing down the right touchline.
It appeared as though a comeback from the Dubbo boys was on the cards, but man of the match Holman crossed again to seal the match. A fine try to winger Malcolm Kendall in the dying stages finished the scoring.
Aberdeen was well served by halfback Jack Le Brocq, fullback Jake Hourn and hard running back rower Jayson Hovi. St John’s man of the match was Nick Harvey who was well supported by diminutive fullback Nick Duffy and rugged prop Hewitt Haycock.
Both schools are to be commended for the spirit in which the match was played.
St Joseph’s 30 (Ryan Holman 3, Jake Hourn, Malcolm Kendall, Isaac Richardson Tries, Riley Ayre 3 goals), defeated St John’s 14 (Kurtis Cristante, Nick Harvey, Jesse Dunlop tries, Hamish Gordan goal).
|2010 INDEPENDENT AND CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL CHALLENGE GRAND FINAL
A fine commitment to defence and a never say die attitude saw Christian Brother’s Lewisham crowned as the champion Catholic Rugby League school in the state after overcoming a tenacious St Joseph’s Taree by 12 points to 6 at Cessnock Sports Ground.
It was a fantastic result for the school that gave themselves little chance of making the Grand Final, let alone defeating the highly respected and five times former champions from Taree.
In an exciting opening to the match, Taree peppered Lewisham’s try line continuously with aggressive running from forwards Finn Dempsey and Isaac Worboys and an astute kicking game from halfback Liam O’Neill. Superb scrambling defence from the boys in blue repelled several scoring opportunities. Winger Richard Ibrahim’s one on one tackling was brilliant.
With scores locked nil all at the break, it was clear that these two fine football teams played with contrasting styles; the big Joseph’s forwards laid a platform for some fantastic individual talent in the back line, against a much smaller Christian Brother’s slick passing game, and “in your face” defence.
A furious opening to the second half saw Temora’s pacey five eighth Blake Jeffries steam on to a deft pass and cross wide out. Lock Kurtis Dark converted to give the country boys a 6 – 0 lead.
Handling errors soon proved costly for St Joseph’s, with tiny centre Daniel Carmody darting over the try line from dummy half on the sixth tackle. He converted his own try to lock the scores at six all.
With only two minutes remaining in the match, Carmody became the hero for Christian Brothers after receiving a nifty pass from Ben Breen. His 30 metre solo effort was to prove the difference between the teams. Issac Brydon converted, giving the city kids a 12 – 6 victory.
Principal Mark Woodbuiry was ecstatic after the game and extolled his team’s defensive effort. “We never really gave ourselves much of a chance in this game. I am extremely proud of the effort these boys have put in. Our defence has won us this competition”.
St Joseph’s were gallant in defeat and best served by power forward and man of the match Kurtis Dark, centre Bayley Weaver and hooker Lachlan Cross. Carmody stole the show for Lewisham, but was ably supported by Joseph Chakty and Luke Hodge
YOUNG ACHIEVERS START TOUR WITH A WIN
The NSW Young Achievers have started their three game tour of Papua New Guinea with an impressive 30-4 win over a Central Districts selective side in front of 10,000 fans in Port Moresby on Sunday.
The Young Achievers were far too good for the locals with halfback Angus Dorante and impressive back-rower Jaden Clark the pick for the tourists.
The Achievers opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a try Daniel Pumpa in the corner which was coolly converted by Dorante from the sidelines sending the packed house wild.
Another try MaCauley Dawson gave the visitors a hard fought 10-0 lead at half time.
The second half saw the Young Achievers pull away from the Central Division side with consecutive tries to Jules Grant, Lewis Clark, Jaden Clark and Louis Harlow taking the score to 30-0 before the local side got one on the board late in the game.
For photos from the game and the Young Achievers opposed session with the PM's XIII click on the photo galleries under the related items tab.
NSW Young Achievers 30 (Daniel Pumpa, MacCauley Dawson, Jules Grant, Lewis Harlow, Jaden Clark, Louis Harlow tries; Angus Dorante 2, Dylan Hateley goals) def. Central Division 4
|KEEBRA SAY GOODBYE AUSTRALIA AND TALOFA LAVA SAMOA
A very long season has come to an end and its time to relax. Thursday will see a squad of twenty players heading to Samoa via Wellington for a much anticipated tour and cultural exchange visit.
Mr Gould, Mr Hart and Polynesian student support officer, Tahana Burgess will be leading the intrepid adventurers as they embark on a trip that for many will be the first time they have left Australia.
The tour party plan to give a little bit of assistance to the locals at a grassroots level through running a series of coaching clinics and donating some equipment that was lost in the recent tsunamis.
The trip has been funded by the students own efforts and Mr Goulds drive and after many raffles and bbqs we are all set to head off.
So Nofa Lalo and hold onto your hats .....there will be a few updates throughout the tour.............to those left behind...."Dont hate...Congratulate" Mmmmmm Pork Buns
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SPONTANEITY WINS THE DAY FOR HILLS SPORTS HIGH
While speculative offloads, short chip chases, early kicks and midfield bombs are quite rightly considered coach killers at the elite level of rugby league, these tactics paid dividends for Hills Sports High as they triumphed over Keebra Park at Suncorp stadium to take out the ARL Schoolboys Cup.
Keebra started well and early pressure lead to a try to powerful prop Moseses Fotuaika and saw the Gold Coasters notch up a quickfire 6 -0 lead. Hills looked shocked and knew they were in for a game and it was probably Keebra's early dominance that was their undoing.
A few pushed passes rather than set completion gave the lions share of possession to Hills and rather than adding to their momentum, Keebra saw themselves fall behind after two tries to classy Australian Fullback Gerard McCullum.
Half time score.12-6.
The second half saw Hills come out looking very tired and Keebra quickly capitalised with Moseses over again. It was during this period that the game was won/lost with Keebra making some poor decisions while an exhausted Hills managed to spoil and scramble to thwart their opposition.
Standout Toyota Cup player, Jacob Loko added to Keebra's woes with a strong run seeing him carry four defenders over the line and put the score at 18-10.
With four minutes to go Keebra threw caution to the wind and some expansive length of the field play lead to Kurtis Rowe crossing out wide decreasing the margin to 4 points.
Opting not to take the conversion due to time running out, Keebra recieved the ball from the kick off and once more embarked on a length of the field try scoring mission that fell short after an in goal grubber kick was diffused by fullback McCullum.
The siren sounded and what had been a very entertaining game of football came to an end with the Hills doing enough to secure their first Cup victory.
As a school Keebra Park would like to thank Hills and their coaching staff for a great encounter and a game deserving of a Grand Final. Well done to all the teams who took part and heres looking to next years competition when we will all be better for the experience and back to contest for the Cup again.
While it was obviously a dissapointment to our boys at Keebra it was an effort they can be proud of with wins over much higher credentialed teams during the early rounds and a young side that will see 9 of the team putting themselves into the mix for selection next year................by the way ...beach training starts first week back.....so thats an 8km run follwed by soft sand running plus beach fitness ...so lay of the cakes in the holidays....no rest for the wicked.... Darren Hart
|SHARKS HOST GROUP 10 & BURLEIGH BEARS
On a wonderful Saturday at Cronulla's Toyota Stadium the Cronulla Sharks Hosted both Group 10 Under 14, 15 and under 16's and also the visiting Burliegh Bears Under 13's from Queendland's Gold Coast.
All four visiting team enjoyed playing on the world famous 'Shark Park' which Toyota Stadium one of the best footy stadiums in the NRL.
The Queensland boys from the Burleigh Head footy club played some good footy in the under 13's game, the Shark Dev side were up to the task and played some good footy too.
In a game that was played in fantastic spirit by young fella's loving the opportunity to play on such a great footy ground.
U13's - SHARKS 12 - 12 BURLIEGH BEARS (QLD)
U14's - SHARKS 28 - 8 GROUP 10
U15's - SHARKS 20 - 18 GROUP 10
U16's - SHARKS 36 - 16 GROUP 10
THE HILLS SHS WIN ARL SCHOOLBOYS CUP
|The Hills SHS celebrate winning their 1st ARL Schoolboys Cup (Photo : ourfootymedia)
Jason Wehbe Hold up the 2010 ARL Schoolboys Cup (Photo : ourfootymedia)
The Final of the ARL Schoolboy Cup was contested at Suncorp Stadium this afternoon between Keebra Park State High and The Hills Sports High School.
Played in front of thousands of family and friends in the grandstands, the match lived up to its final's billing with just the four points separating the two teams come full-time.
With a big home ground advantage it was expected by some quarters that Keebra Park would be the side to hold aloft the ARL Schoolboy Cup, but in somewhat of an upset it was The Hills Sports High who proved too good on the day.
After leading 12-6 at the main break the Hills were able to extend their lead further to hold an 18-10 advantage late in the match and despite a consolation try to Keebra in the dying moments it was the Hills lead by the eventual Peter Sterling Medal Winner in Gerard McCallum that were able to hold on.
The ARL and all of its affiliates would like to congratulate not only The Hills Sports High and Keebra Park State High on a wonderful final, but also all of the sides that contested either the Schoolboy Cup or the Schoolboy Trophy in 2010.
Both competitions have proved hugely successful and we look forward to an even bigger and better 2011.
PARENTS CREATE GREAT ATMOSPHERE @ SHARK PARK
There were four really good games of secondary schoolboy rugby league at Cronulla's Toyota Stadium yesterday which included two Elite High School Grand Finals.
Hunter Sports High School have enjoyed recent success from trip down the Freeway to Sydney and took on locals Endeavour SHS in the under 13's Michael Buettner Shield Grand Final.
Hunter SHS controled the game with enough options to score 4 converted tries and restrict Endeavour SHS to only one try that was also converted.
Congratulations to Hunter SHS on a terrific season of under 15's schoolboys footy. Hunter SHS 24 - 6 Endeavour SHS.
The second Grand Final was the Chase Stanley Cup.
The Chase Stanley Cup came about a couple of years ago when the Sports High Schools decided they needed their own under 15's competition, at the time they didn't have one, Chase Stanley was a student at Endeavour SHS at that time, and Chase made his NRL debut and earned the Honour of playing for the New Zealand KIWI'S while still at school.
Now we have the Chase Stanley Cup, and Chase made the trip to Shark Park to present his Cup to the boyz from his old school Endeavour SHS.
Endeavour made a late comeback and got home in the last minute to level the scores at 16 - ALL.
With only 30 or 40 seconds remaining, Alfred Sefo was the Endeavour kicker who took his time running down the clock to take is kick and was smiling his head off with his team mates with the Westfields SHS fans screaming "hurry up".
From in front it was hard to miss and Endeavour win the Chase Stanley Cup for 2010 by 2 points. Endeavour SHS 18 - 16 Westfields SHS. yeiHaaa.
With four games on, there were lots of keen parents happy to cheer on their schools footy teams, and most of the Endeavour SHS seniors who dressed up were there to add to the Grand Final atmosphere and all the players seemed to enjoy themselves with all games played fast, tough and fair.
SELECTORS PICK YOUNG KANGAROO'S SQUAD
|2010 YOUNG KANGAROO'S
||Gold Coast Titans
||Manly Sea Eagles
||Manly Sea Eagles
||Manly Sea Eagles
||Nth Queensland Cowboys
||Nth Queensland Cowboys
||Nth Queensland Cowboys
||Nth Queensland Cowboys
||St George Illawarra Dragons
||St George Illawarra Dragons
The ARL have announced a squad of 23 players for the 2010 Young Kangaroo's who will tour New Zealand in late October
The tour is to take place with the 1st Test against the Kiwi Juniors on the 23rd of October in Windy Wellington and the 2nd Test kicks off on the 30 th October in Rotarua
LEILUA DOESN'T REGRET SNUBBING BENNETT
|Joey LEILUA with his 'Best on Ground' trophy from the 1st Test Australian Schoolboys v Great Britian Community Lions last year at Canberra Stadium (Photo : ourfootymedia)
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NZPA - It was a calculated risk and not without its repercussions, but Joseph "BJ" Leilua's brave decision to turn down National Rugby League (NRL) coaching legend Wayne Bennett appears to be an astute career move.
The 18-year-old St George Illawarra junior incurred the wrath of Bennett and the Dragons management when he turned down an opportunity to stay at the premiership favourites in August last year.
When he was summoned to Bennett's office to discuss his future, the Sydney Roosters already had a first grade deal on the table and with the Dragons replete with second rowers and centres - even before Mark Gasnier returned from French rugby - Leilua opted for the accelerated pathway available across town at Bondi instead of plugging away in the under-20s Toyota Cup.
Thirteen months later the former Australian schoolboys' representative, who has now pledged allegiance to Kiwis, finds himself in a position he could not have envisaged had he stayed put.
A constant in the Roosters match-day squad since he debuted against the Gold Coast Titans in May, Leilua can now start to visualise a premiership grand final climax to his rookie season.
And if that scenario unfolds on October 3 he would have played a pivotal role in the transformation of last season's bottom-placed club.
Equally at home in the back row or centre, Leilua starts Friday night's semifinal with the Titans in Brisbane on the wing for Phil Graham after he was ruled out with a torn pectoral muscle.
Leilua's place on the bench has been taken by utility Ben Jones; prop Lopini Paea also joins an extended five-man interchange.
"It's rotten luck for Phil," said Roosters coach Brian Smith before confirming Leilua's promotion.
"BJ's the walk up there. He's played a lot of good games for us this year.
"He's only a young fella but he did a great job on the weekend."
Leilua replaced Graham 29 minutes into the Roosters' 34-12 elimination of the Penrith Panthers at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday and impressed Smith by making a smooth transition to an unfamiliar role.
"He's never let us down at any stage this year, he's been a bit of a find for us."
Although born and raised in the St George catchment area Leilua had a Roosters connection through a relative, former Kiwis centre Sia Soliola.
But leaving his local club was not easy, particularly when he had to front Bennett.
"It was a rough night, that night. We had a meeting - me, him (Bennett) and (recruitment manager) Craig Young, talking about them wanting me to sign," Leilua recalled.
"I told them I was going to be signing with the Roosters. It was heaps hard. It was scary, man. I just told him I needed to go, I needed something new, something fresh."
The Dragons did not take Leilua's rejection well and banished him from training with the NRL and Toyota Cup squads last year. His preparation for first grade instead amounted to schoolboy footy for Endeavour Sports High.
"They brushed me, I was really angry," said Leilua, who hardly harbours a grudge now.
He credits Smith, another long-standing NRL coach, with developing his game to first grade standard.
"He's had a good impact on me," he said.
"I never had confidence in myself - he told me 'Man, you can do it, you've just got to use your skill and your footwork'."
|TALENTED STUDENTS SCORE TROPHYS AT SCHOOL CARNIVAL
ILLABO Public School students scooped up a number of trophies at the small school carnival recently.
Toby Hamilton received the senior boy championship trophy, Skye Churchill won the junior girl championship trophy, Miriam Hopkins took out the juvenile girl championship trophy, while the competitors’ trophy was awarded to Jack Passlow.
Collectively, the students won the marching, relay, ball games and point score trophies.
|ARL SCHOOLBOYS CUP 'GRAND FINAL ' KEY MATCH-UP'S
What an event, Suncorp Stadium, Friday Football and the two best Schoolboys Rugby League sides in the world will be battling for football supremacy.
Keebra Park are Queenslands best footy school and have been for a couple years now, Keebra are very well coached by Mr. Greg Lenton and his staff, Keebra Park are a formidable side when the big forwards get a roll on.
The Hills Sports High School in Sydney have fought and battled their way into the Inaugral ARL Schoolboys Cup defeating all comers including an excellent team victory again the Mighty Matraville Sports High School at CUA Stadium a couple weeks ago.
The Hills SHS are definately the in form side in NSW at the moment and Keebra Park are the defending Champions. So we are all expecting a cracker of a game on Friday.
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CHIFLEY COLLEGE – FIRST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.
In an historic ARL Trophy Final Chifley College defeated Eaglevale High School 18 - 14 at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday September 17.
Both schools had met in the University Shield with Eaglevale winning in fine style. The ARL Final would be a different story.
Chifley arrived with a committed attitude of not taking defeat as an option. In the opening minutes captain Michal Compton lead the onslaught and created two tries for Dylan Ariu and TekinnaVeiola to lead his team 8-0.
Eaglevale replied with two quick tries and looked to blow the game open with a 10-8 lead.
Just on half time only a desperate tackle from James Bartley kept Chifley in the game. The second half saw Eaglevale increase the led to six points, with goal kicking at a premium.
With eight minutes to go Eaglevale looked home, but the heavy workload of University Shield games was starting to take its toll.
A cheap try to Chifley by Compton and the last five minutes took the result into the balance. With a controversial repeat set two minutes from time Dylan Ariu from a set move fooled the Eaglevale defence and grabbed the title for the boys from Penrith. Paul Tua added the extras for an 18-14 win.
Both schools from the CHS organisation should be proud of the outstanding advertisement for schoolboy rugby league.
Eaglevale’strophys will come in the not too distant future as their program continues to grow with the support of West Tigers.
Chifley have been building to this historic day since 2002 and the ongoing support of Penrith Panthers and St Marys Rugby League Club will only see their program continue to dominate schoolboy rugby league in western Sydney.
WHY HILLS WILL WIN ARL SCHOOLBOYS CUP
|The Hills SHS & 2010 Australian Schoolboys Fullback Gerald McCallum in full flight last week against Matraville at CUA Stadium (Photo : ourfootymedia)
|Probable Hills team for final:
1 Gerard McCallum
2 Jordan Horo
3 Jacob Loko
4 Sam Ahofono
5 Tony Satini
6 Jason Wehbe
7 Jason Seage
8 Alan Fepuleai
9 Brendan Heather
10 Paul Tuigamala
11 Diamond Charlie
12 Ethan Mafi
13 Jordan Petera
14 William Skelton
15 Jason Havea
16 Sean McGuinness
17 Johnny Pati
Muhammad Ali once said “Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.”
The Hills Sports High School has had a championship victory in 2010 as their vision for a number of years now. It is the culmination of shrewd recruitment, intense training and coaching and instilling a belief in the players they are the best.
Vision 2010 started years ago when the school recruited Jason Wehbe from Parramatta Marist, Jacob Loko from Westfields, Jason Seage from North Sydney and Jason Havea from New Zealand. There are others but you understand what I’m getting at.
The coach Mark Horo has had many of the boys since they were 14 years old. Horo has coached them, been their best friend, been their worst enemy if they stepped out of line and mentored them. They would walk over hot coals and run through brick walls for the coach such is the respect they have for him.
“One day you will win the Arrive Alive Cup if you keep working hard”, he kept telling his players over the years. Next week will see.
The Hills Sports High School has been a specialist sports high school since only 2003. They have already produced two NRL players in Taniela Lasalo (Eels) and the Panthers Wade Graham.
This year their rugby union team won the prestigious Waratah Shield involving over 200 NSW government and private schools. Many of those players are in the rugby league team. In the final they defeated St Augustine’s College Brookvale, a team that was considered one of the best rugby sides in Australia and had been undefeated for two years.
There is a belief that this is their year and no team; repeat no team; especially from Queensland, is going to take that away from them.
Adding a touch of spice to this game is that Keebra defeated Hills earlier in the year in the final of the Australian Schoolboys Rugby 7’s tournament held in Sydney. Hills have been seething since then, champing at the bit to get revenge in a game they thought they would win.
Hills are blessed with size, pace and skill. Up front they have big boppas like “Big Willy” Skelton. At 2.08m and 143 kg the genetic freak is a scary proposition for opposition defences. Prop Alan Fepuleai is 110kg and very mobile. Other props Paul Tuigamala and Jason Havea are 115 kgs and absolute brutes to deal with on the football field.
These blokes smash their opposition with relentless, ruthless big hits in defence that taxes the energy of opposition teams. They run with fearless determination and with their pure size it is a difficult assignment to put them on the deck.
Out in the backs they are all class and speed. Just look at these representative names; Wehbe, Seage, Loko, Ahofono, Satini, Horo and McCallum. Most are SG Ball and Toyota Cup players.
Keebra will be a mighty opposition for the Hills boys but if Hills get a good percentage of possession I think they will have too much power and pace for the boys from the sunny Gold Coast.
Look for Wehbe and Seage to play a wide game utilising the likes of Jacob Loko and Sam Ahofono but just when the Keebra defence is tiring they will use the inside pass to fullback McCallum and lock Jordan Petera to expose holes in the QLD defence.
This was an area I thought Illawarra Sports High exposed the tiring Keebra defence in their semi final last week.
Keebra are a good team but they have not faced anyone like the brutes from Sydney’s West. The Hills Sports High School will bring pride to our state of NSW with a win by 10 points.
CHIFLEY COLLEGE WIN ARL SCHOOLBOYS TROPHY
Chifley left it until the last minute to secure their 1st National Schoolboys Trophy after an excellent game of schoolboys rugby league against Eaglevale HS at the SFS.
In a great game of schoolboys rugby league both schools held the lead but just could not put the other side away.
Eaglevale looked home with only a couple minutes to go when never give up Chifley spread the ball in a desperate attemp to get to the line found space for skipper Michael Compton who dived over in the corner to give his school a Championship winning lead.
EAGLE VALE HIGH SCHOOL 12
CHIFLEY COLLEGE 14
TRIES : Dylan Ariu 2, Tekina Vailea, Michael Compton
GOALS : Paul Tuia
TRIES : Jhy Karan, Myles , Tunui Joseph
GOALS : Jhy Karan
MORE SOON !!
MASCOT CLEAN UP IN COCA COLA CUP
Congratulation to the Mascot footy club who on a fine Sydney Saturday afternoon won the prestigious U 13's Coca Cola Cup in front of plenty of screaming parents at the Sydney Footy Stadium.
Mascot were just too big, too fast for the West Woollongong boyz on the day.
MUSWELLBROOK'S STATE CHAMPIONS
|(back) Kim Watts (manager), Geoff Connor, Neil Parker, Phil Beverstock, Kel McKay (League Safe), Jeff Drayton (coach), (middle) Nathan Connor, Sheldon Harris, Bryce Beverstock, Brad Collett, Will Picton, Joel barner, Jeremy Gibbs, Joaby Stevens, (front) Bailey Taylor, Jason McKay, James Drayton, Jake Harman, Jake Parker (captain), Jason Kennedy, Reinhard Lategan, Jordan Riley and Wade McKenzie. (PHOTO : ourfootymedia)
Muswellbrook Public School won its first ever state title in rugby league on Tuesday.
The team took on South Wagga Wagga Public School at Shark Park and there was never any sign of nerves as the team denied their opposition any points throughout the entire match.
It was an exciting experience that the players took in their stride with three converted tries giving them an 18-0 victory.
The win is the first state title for any Muswellbrook school in 57 years and was no easy task with 600 teams entered at the beginning of the competition.
Team coach Jeff Drayton said it was an icredible achievement by the players to perform so well in such a high pressure situation.
“I’m not sure if it has sunk in for them yet but it will be a day they’ll long remember,” he said.
“Muswellbrook is so football mad it is unbelievable that it has been so long but hopefully it won’t be another 57 years until we win another.”
Mr Drayton named Brad Collett and team captain Jake Hardy as the standout players in both the grand final and the competition as a whole.
He said an added bonus was getting to brush shoulders with Cronulla Sharks players.
“They were lucky enough to have the Sharks training on the day and a few of the players came to talk to them and wish them luck.”
In honour of the achievement Muswellbrook Shire Council is organising a civic ceremony with a date yet to be decided.
CYMS PROP NAMED TOP UNDER-18 PLAYER
|Dubbo CYMS prop Jordan Hay (right) receives the Dubbo RSL Club Under-18 Player of the Year award from club president Tom Gray. Also in the photograph is Matt Toole who was player of the grand final.
Dubbo CYMS under-18s prop Jordan Hay will leave for Wollongong in the off-season after joining a long list of talented juniors to take out Group 11s under-18 player of the year award on Sunday.
While his team wasn’t in contention for the title on the last day of the season, 18-year-old Hay accepted the award with great dignity just minutes after cross-town rivals Dubbo Macquarie took out the premiership.
Hay will join St George-Illawarra next season in an attempt to make a career out of rugby league and will join last year’s winner Max Ray, himself a front-rower, at the club.
There will be some familiar faces down there for me which will be good, Hay said.
Max is down there and Charly Runciman is also with the Dragons but he will stay in Dubbo next year to finish school.
It’s exciting. I’ve enjoyed my time with CYMS and
they have been great to me and given me the opportunity to get picked up by St George.
While he was disappointed not to be playing in the decider, Hay admitted it had been a big season for him.
But he added he would have loved to be playing in the grand finals as captain of CYMS under-18s.
It was disappointing not to make it to the grand final but we did a good job this year, he said.
We started off pretty slow but at the end of the year we were playing good footy and were a bit unlucky not to make it.
I’ve played a lot of rep footy this year as well so the off-season will be good but it would have been nice to leave CYMS with a grand final.
Hay, a Year 12 student at Gilgandra High School, capped off his great club season with selection in the New South Wales Combined High Schools team for the Australian Championships, and Country 18s for the annual clash against Queensland.
Unfortunately both games were on about the same time with Hay electing to play in the CHS carnival.
|LEICHHARDT WANDERERS UNDER 16s FINISH IN STYLE
Leichhardt Wanderers under 16s division 1 side completed an underfeated season during the Grand Final held at famous Leichhardt Oval winning 38-14 over Dundas Shamrocks.
This is the second year the mighty Wanderers have gone throught the season underfeated and won the competition.
The same happened in 2009 underfeated premiers that year also.
In 2011 the 100th year of the Leichhardt Wanderers this side will try to complete the "Three Peat" by winning the Under 17s division 1 title
FARRER GIVES MASTER CLASS IN SMASHING UNI SHIELD TRIUMPH
|Farrer M. Ag High School celebrate winning the NSWCHS University Shield with their fans at Cronulla's Shark Park (Photo : ourfootymedia)
|Farrer M. Ag High School celebrate winning their 3rd NSWCHS University Shield, this one @ Cronulla's Shark Park (Photo : ourfootymedia)
|FARRER M. Ag
|52 - 6
|TRIES : Matt Brady, Matt Allwood, Toby Key, Joe Mathers, Jack Broughton, John Brady, Angus Groves, Jack Pawsey, Ryan Pooley
GOALS : Matt Brady 7, Pooley
|Man of the Match
(Farrer M. Ag HS)
|Player of the Tournament
(Farrer M. Ag HS)
|OTHER NSWCHS GRAND FINAL RESULTS
|UNI SHIELD (SHS) Endeavour 14 - 28 Bass
UNI SHIELD (CHS) Farrer 52 - 6 EagleVale
BUCKELY SHIELD (SHS)
Hunter 20 - 22 Westfields
(16 all @ full time + 10 each way)
BUCKELY SHIELD (CHS)
Bass 18 - 8 Brisbane Waters
CLASSIC SHIELD (Primary Schools)
South Wagga PS 0 - 18 Muswellbrook PS
FARRER Memorial Agricultural High School’s third University Shield win was extracted with clinical precision at Cronulla’s Toyota Stadium yesterday.
The comprehensive 52-6 hiding of Sydney’s Eagle Vale High School was built on mistake-free football even though it was played in pouring rain.
“We knew that if they got a roll-on with their size and offloading ability, that we would really do it hard,” co-coach Steve Cavanagh said after the game.
“In the first half we were clinical.
“Someone said we didn’t make a single error which is amazing for any side, let alone in a final.
“In the second half they had a lot more ball and we had to do a lot of defence.
“But we were up to that too.
“The things that formed the basis for our success saw us through in the end.”
Farrer started on fire, with Matt Brady sliding over out wide for the first try before centre Matt Allwood crashed over down the same right-hand side.
It was 16-nil when prop and man of the match Toby Key charged onto a neat pass to score and 22-nil when Joh Mathers did likewise in similar fashion.
Farrer led 28-nil at the break after Jack Broughton followed Mathers’ effort with a try from the very next set of six and the green and golds went to the sheds buoyant.
The second half was tougher, with Eagle Vale threatening the Farrer line time and time again, only to be turned away.
The line finally broke and Shane Lalofagau scored for the Sydney side.
But normal service was resumed when John Brady finished off an Allwood break to make it 34-6, after Matt Brady landed possibly his best conversion out of the seven he booted in the game.
Further tries to Jack Pawsey and a diving effort from Angus Groves down the left-hand side pushed the lead out further and the final try was left to captain Ryan Pooley who raced 40m to seal a massive win before he and injured co-captain Cameron Rodgers lifted the trophy.
“It’s a huge day,” Cavanagh said.
“You have to remember these Eagle Vale players, a lot of them are Wests Tigers juniors and a lot are in sports programs.
“They’re used to having NRL support structures.
“So it’s a credit to our kids to dominate a side like that the way we did.
“Dane Pennell has to take a lot of credit because he’s the one in the gym with them every morning at 6 o’clock.
“Gus (co-coach Gus Comi), Dane and I work very well together.”
“It’s a very cohesive coaching unit.”
Key was rapt to be named man of the match and five-eighth Kyle Eather was player of the competition.
“Kyle Eather (left) has been a mainstay for us all year,” Cavanagh said.
“He’s an outstanding, dedicated footballer.
“And Toby Key (right) has gone from strength to strength.
“He ended up the most dominant front-rower on the field today and that was his aim so it was good to see him recognised for his effort.”
It was Farrer’s third and biggest win in the Uni Shield after success in 2003 and 2008.
FARRER 52 (Matt Brady, Matt Allwood, Toby Key, Joe Mathers, Jack Broughton, John Brady, Angus Groves, Jack Pawsey, Ryan Pooley tries, Matt Brady 7, Pooley gls) d EAGLE VALE 6 (Shane Lalogafau try, Jhi Karam gl) Man of the Match - Toby Key (F), Player of the Tournament - Kyle Eather (F).
NSW CHS & CRONULLA SHARKS HOST SCHOOLBOYS BEST
Today we get see some of the best young schoolboy rugby league players in NSW coming together for the Finals of the NSWCHS Classic, Buckley and University Shields.
Shark PArk is the venue and the action, kick off early at 9:15 with the Classic Shield grand Final between NSW's best two Primary Schools.
Next are both the Buckley Shield Grand Final for both Sports & Comprehensive High Schools followed by the 2 Uni Shields with the match of the day is a full strength & hungry Endeavour Sports v's new comers Bass High School, all 5 games will be played with heaps of spirit and heaps of enthuisiam
Good luck to all involved, go hear boys (FULL RESULTS & HEAPS OF GR8 ACTION FOTO'S WED ARVO)
FARRER'S BID BUILT ON SWEAT AND TOIL
|Farrer centre Joh Mathers almost breaks through the Bathurst defence in the Uni Shield semi-final. Photo: Grant Robertson
FARRER Memorial Agricultural High School chases its third University Shield title in Sydney today and there may never have been a side in green and gold that deserves to win more, according to co-coach and school principal Steve Cavanagh.
The side faces Eagle Vale High School from Sydney’s south west in the decider at Cronulla’s Toyota Park this afternoon and the local boys are primed for a big game.
Eagle Vale knocked Inverell High School out of the competition last week and Farrer is aware of what it must do.
“We know what we’re up against,” Cavanagh said.
“I know it’s a fashionable thing to say but they have done very well, Eagle Vale, and they are a very big, strong Polynesian-based team.
“If we give them an inch we’ll be in trouble.
“Our intensity and discipline has to be the best it’s been all year.”
Farrer has won the old trophy twice, in 2003 and 2008.
This year’s side is arguably light on stars compared to those previous teams but Cavanagh reckons this squad’s work ethic and mateship makes it even more deserving of success.
“In the 35 years I’ve been involved in coaching I’ve never coached a team that deserves to win more than this one,” Cavanagh said.
“I’ve never seen a team that works so hard consistently, all the time.
“We train three days a week and Gus (Comi) and Dane (Pennell) have them down at the gym at six o’clock in the morning.
“And they deserve it because of how they get on with each other.
“Whenever any player is injured or off their game the others lift them up.
“I never tire of them because of their enthusiasm.
“They always give 100 per cent.
“It just comes down to whether that 100 per cent will be enough.”
KEEBRA FACE IN FORM HILLS IN CUP
|The HILLS SHS after their great win over Matto now face defending Champions, the Mighty Keebra Park (Photo : ourfootymedia)
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||MATCH UP's SOON
Keebra Park will be facing Sydney's inform school in the Grand Final of this years ARL Schoolboys Cup in a couple weeks.
The Hills Sports High School smashed recent foes Matraville Sports High School on Saturday afternoon at CUA Stadium which is the home of the Penrith Panthers.
This shapes up to be a hetic game of footy with both schools will be fielding excellent schoolboy sides for the Final, it'll be a cracker!
Looks like we are going to need Mr. Hart to write a match preview & we will try to do a Grand Final Preview in the next couple days
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EAGLE VALE HIGH SCHOOL - THE CREAM RISES TO THE TOP
|Eaglevale High School team Photo
|Eaglevale high school in action
|Eaglevale high school in action
ourfootyteam talks to successful EagleVale HS coach Phil Saunders
Eaglevale High School have shot out of the blue this year, winning their way into the Grand Finals of the 2 major schoolboys competitions in NSW.
The ARL Schoolboys Cup this year is a two tiered competition, which allows many more schools the opportunities to travel and compete against NSW's best.
Eaglevale High School are also in the NSWCHS University Shield Grand Final to be played at Shark Park next Tuesday against powerhouse school, Farrer M Ag HS
How long has the school's footy program been going Phil ?
The school's rugby league program has been running for the past 6 years, the school is situated in rugby league heart land of Sydney's west, the school has encouraged the students to excel in both their school work and on the rugby league field.
The school will be building on the schools success this year by running the VET Sports coaching course in Rugby League next year to furthur develop the students knowledge and understanding of the game. All students from the local area are encouraged to come to the school to join the program.
The boyz are going good this year, the opens team are in the top 2 schoolboys comps in NSW, how come?
This particular group of players has stuck together from year 7 and has had success in the Wests league Cup and the Wests Knockout, the boys have added some of their friends from junior reprersentative teams to join the school due to the extra support they recieve at the school, the boys are all close friends which is a major factor in the teams success
the boys success this year has allowed them to travel to Dubbo and Inverell giving the students an opportunity to travel and experience diffent cultures,
The team is made up of mostly Year 11 and Year 10 students, we will be hoping to build on the success this year and to develop the students furthur next year to cntinue on with the success
Do you have any players in the team we may have heard of before?
Representative players - Vai Toutai (Parramatta SG Ball, NSW CHS centre), Tunui Maurangi, Peter Brown & Shane lalogafau (Wests Tigers SG ball), Jhy Karam, Socrates Fomai, Peli Teofilo (Wests Development) all of the other players play for local campbelltown clubs eagle vale st andrews and campbelltown city.
Oustanding players - Vai Toutai, Shane lalogafau, tunui maurangi (captain), Jhy Karam, Socrates Fomai & peli Teofilo top try scorer - vai toutai
The school rugby league program is supported by wests Junior Development with Harvey Howard assisting with the coaching and development of the students both in mentoring them to gaining excellent academic results and also improving their rugby league skills.
Frank Pritchard from the Ppenrith Panthers came through the school and still supports the school program.
So what can you say about the boys this year Phil :
i am very proud of the work the boys have put in to get this far in both competitions, I am happy for the boys that they will get to play infront of large crowds on NRL stadiums which is something they will remember forever. i have many good players at the school hopefully the teams success can be a platform for some of the team to play in the NRL someday.
Principal says - The whole school is excited at the prospect of the boys making it so far in both competitions this year and the school is 100% behind the boys and i wish them the best of luck.
RESULTS FROM THIS YEAR
Excellent year in all age groups
Under 13's - Wests Leagues Cup Div 1 champions
Under 14's - Buckley Shield final 8 in NSW
Under 15's - Wests Leagues Cup Div 1 Grand Finalist
Under 16's - Top 4 in NSW Open Boys - Schoolboy Trophy Grand Final against Chifley college
University Shield Grand Final against Farrah
SEVEN IN A ROW FOR MAGIC PANTHERS
|SURREAL: Andrew Mendes lived out a dream on Sunday when his last-second penalty shot secured the under 18s premiership for his Panthers team. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA
IT is every young boy’s dream when they start kicking a footy.
Scores level, the siren has gone, and only they have the power to give their team victory.
Bathurst Panthers under 18s star Andrew Mendes lived that dream on Sunday during his side’s thrilling 6-4 Group 10 grand final win over the Cowra Magpies.
Mendes in fact lived it twice in some ways during one of the most evenly contested grand finals seen in the lower grades for years.
Trailing 4-0 as the siren rang out across Wade Park, a backline move ended with Panther Blake Miller crashing through in the corner to equalise the scores right on full-time.
Mendes had the toughest of tasks trying to add the extras, and while he went close the shot missed to the left and both sides headed back out for 10 minutes of golden point football.
Again the deadlock couldn’t be broken, or so it appeared before Cowra dropped the ball 30 metres from their own line at the end of the 10 minutes.
From the ensuing set, Panthers were handed a penalty giving Mendes another crack at clinching the game.
His shot sailed straight over the black dot, and prompted scenes of euphoria as Panthers completed their 14th straight win of the season, and the group of players who have played together effectively since under 10s won their seventh consecutive grand final.
“I struck the first one pretty well but it missed a little to the left, and like every kick you miss under pressure the head goes down a bit and you think you’ve cost your side the game,” Mendes said.
“Then I got another chance, and it was like what every kid dreams of when they are kicking a ball in the backyard, that you have a kick to win your team a game.
“It felt good, it sailed over the black dot and all of a sudden the boys came running from everywehere. It was pretty surreal to start off with and I didn’t really think about what I’d done but it kicked in soon after.”
Mendes has been a regular goal kicker throughout his time in the code and while he did have a kick against the same opposition in a similar situation in 2008, that was a regular season game and not a premiership decider.
Like a number of the talented team’s stars, Mendes will turn his attention to bigger things next season, which for him gets underway in just two weeks.
The 17-year-old will trial with the Cronulla Sharks which he hopes will eventually lead to a start in the NRL, but he is not setting his sights too high up just yet.
“I’ve got a trial with them in a few weeks where hopefully I go well enough to get picked for their SG Ball squad, and from there if I can impress them enough I can get taken up into the under 20s in Toyota Cup,” he explained.
CASULA HIGH WIN WESTS LEAGUE CUP IN THEIR AGE GROUP
|Winners are grinners: The victorious Casula HS under-13s third division team at Campbelltown Sports Stadium last week. Picture: Luke Fuda
|Champions: Elderslie High School celebrate their 26-10 victory over Bowral in their Wests Leagues Cup Under-13 Division 2 grand final last week. Picture: Luke Fuda
THREE Liverpool high schools were victorious in this year's Wests Leagues Cup rugby league grand finals.
And three Liverpool high schools were runners-up, giving the district six teams in the grand finals.
Casula, Miller and Hoxton Park high schools were victorious in their respective age groups in deciders played last Wednesday at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
Casula defeated neighbouring John Edmondson High School, 36-32 in golden point extra-time, in the under-13s third division game.
In the under-15s second division game, Miller were too strong for James Busby High School, 38-6.
While in the under-15s first division grand final, Hoxton Park defeated Eagle Vale, 32-16.
In the under-15s third division grand final, Elizabeth Macarthur defeated Casula, 44-20.
Wests Leagues Cup president Rod Child said the sixth annual competition for under-13s and under-15s players in first, second and third divisions was a success.
"This year's competitions went well and we'll start work soon to make the 2011 cup even bigger and better," Child said.
"And the efforts of six Liverpool district schools to make grand finals is to be commended. In fact, Liverpool schools did very well in the cup with several teams also making semi-finals."
Child said other Liverpool schools which participated in the cup were Ashcroft, Cecil Hills and Moorebank.
Child said many youngsters who played in the Wests Leagues Cup have since joined club sides in the Western Suburbs Junior Rugby League this season.
"Many of the kids have never played footy before," Child said.
"That's why we set up the first, second and third divisions' competitions in the under-13s and under-15s age groups, so the kids can find their right level and enjoying playing."
WESTS LEAGUES CUP IN ACTION
SCHOOLBOY rugby league Wests Leagues Cup grand finals were decided at Campbelltown Sports Stadium last week.
Local high schools were in most finals.
Under 13s Division 3 Casula 36 defeated John Edmonson 32.
Under 13s Division 2 Elderslie 26 defeated Bowral 10.
Under 13s Division 1 Eagle Vale 44 defeated Robert Townson 24.
Under 15s Division 3 Elizabeth Macarthur 44 defeated Casula 20.
Under 15s Division 2 Miller 38 defeated James Busby 6.
Under 15s Division 1 Hoxton Park 32 defeated Eagle Vale 16.
|SARAH REDFERN GIRLS SHINE WITH LEAGUE WIN
History makers: The Sarah Redfern High School girls' under-16 rugby league team dominate their division in the recent NSW Rugby League's All Schools Carnival. Picture: Luke Fuda
SARAH Redfern High School girls' under-16 rugby league team made history earlier this month by becoming the state champions at the NSW Rugby League's All Schools Carnival.
The Sarah Redfern girls defeated Ashcroft High School 16-0 in the grand final, to win the first ever all girls' division in the tournament's 66-year history.
About 200 schools competed in the event.
The team's coach, Shane Sultana, was impressed with the girls, who ranged in age from 13 to 16.
``I was amazed in how hard they tackle and how they put their bodies on the line,'' Sultana said.
The Sarah Redfern team were in a pool with four other teams and held each team scoreless on their way to the final at Whalan Reserve.
Sultana said some of the team's standout players were Lima Faalogo, Melissa Fatu, Karlinda Potts, Esther Mariner, Atasi Lafai and Diana Auvau.
``The team played strong right throughout the tournament and continued the momentum into the final,'' Sultana said.
``I was confident they would do really well as they were dedicated to the training sessions and picked up the skills just as quick as boys do at junior representative level.
``The most impressive part was their enthusiasm, desire to learn and be part of rugby league.''
Lima Faalogo was selected to be part of the NSWRL women's camp.
The girls will defend their title next year.
|VALIANT RUN ENDS IN EXTRA TIME
INVERELL High School were shooting for a first ever University Shield Final berth when they matched up with Sydney’s Eagle Vale High in Inverell on Tuesday.
While they lost 24-14 in extra time it was a valiant run by the Nathan Tolley-coached side.
Eagle Vale now plays Tamworth’s Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School in next Tuesday’s University Shield Final at Toyota Park. Kick- off is 2.45pm.
While beaten Inverell tried hard but made some costly errors in the second half after leading 8-nil at one stage.
It’s certainly a big week for star fullback Blake Murray.
He scored two tries Tuesday and backs up this Saturday at fullback for the Inverell Highlanders in their Central North Rugby Union first grade preliminary final against Narrabri Blue Boars.
EAGLE VALE 24 (Shane Lalogafau 2, Tunui Maurangi, John Ulugia, John Formai tries, Jhy Karam 3 ) d INVERELL HIGH 14 (Blake Murray 2 tries, Ryan Alexander 3gls).
INVERELL ONE WIN FROM HISTORY
|Blake Murray in action for the Inverell Highlanders. Today he plays fullback for Inverell High School. Photo: Barry Smith
INVERELL High School is aiming for its first appearance in a University Shield final when it hosts Eagle Vale High in the semi-final in Inverell this morning.
Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School has already booked its place in the final at Toyota Park in Sydney next Tuesday and Inverell would love to join the Tamworth side to make it an all North West decider.
“We’ve never got to this stage before,” Inverell High team manager Glenn Partridge said.
“It’d be great if we did win and get two North West sides in the final.”
Inverell has performed well locally in recent years and made the regional final in the then Arrive Alive Cup, only to lose to Farrer.
It has also made the last eight in the Uni Shield but hopes to win in front of its home crowd today and better that record.
“Last year we made the quarter-finals and had a home game against Dubbo and they beat us on the bell,” Partridge said.
“We’ll use the home ground advantage,” he said.
“It’s a long trip for Eagle Vale, at least 10 hours I’d say, so it’s a three-day trip for them here and back.
“They’re still in the (ARL Schoolboy Cup) and have to play Chifley, who they’ve just played (in the Uni Shield).”
Eagle Vale is from Sydney’s south west and beat Chifley in the quarter- finals recently.
Inverell beat South Sydney High in the quarter-final, having already beaten Glen Innes, Warialda and Grafton in the earlier rounds.
“There’s not too many stars in the side,” Partridge said.
“They’ve just played really well as a team.
“The last side we played was a bigger side but we played smarter footy.
“We’re not very big but we’ve formed a really good team.
“And Nathan Tolley has done a great job coaching them.”
The team has been largely the same throughout its run but the Inverell boys face a nervous wait to see if two of their key players will be on the park.
One of those is halfback and captain Tom Lewis.
“We’re hoping he’ll be right to play for us,” Partridge said.
“His grandfather passed away and the funeral was in Port Macquarie (yesterday), so we hope he’ll be right.
“He’s been playing well and he’s done a good job leading us.
“Our hooker, Brady Lennon, didn’t play in the final against Armidale on the weekend.
“He’s got a lung infection and we’re hoping he’ll be right.
“It would be a big loss because he’s been one of the most consistent, best players we’ve had.”
A number of the school side played for the Inverell Hawks against Armidale Rams in the Group 19 under 18s major semi-final on Sunday while others, like Blake Murray, have played for the Inverell Highlanders in union.
The team represents the whole district, with players from nearby small schools also given the chance to play with the Inverell team.
“We’ve got two players from Ashford and one from Bundarra,” Partridge said.
“So it’s an Inverell-Ashford-Bundarra team really.
“It means that they can live in their communities but still play with us.”
The semi-final kicks off at 10am at the school today.
TALENTED TEAM HAS SIGHTS ON FINAL
|The St John’s under-14s team with coach Andy Haycock which will turn out against St John Bosco from Engadine in the Cochrane Cup at the college ovals tomorrow starting at 4pm (front) BJ OConnor, Hamish Gordon, Nick Duffy, Harry Kempston, Kurtis Crisante, Max Shearman, Pat Brandon, Nick Harvey; (back) Andy Haycock, Tim Carolan, Blake Smith, Jesse Dunlop, Mitch Dunlop, Hewett Haycock, Louis Anderson
St John’s College under-14s will play host to St John Bosco Engadine in the state semi-final of the Cochrane Cup tomorrow starting at 4pm at the college grounds.
To get into the top four the Dubbo side has defeated James Sheahan Orange; Stannies Bathurst; Redbend Forbes; Mater Dei Wagga, and Clancy College Liverpool in the quarter-final.
The talented squad has played hard and fast football throughout the games with front rower Dan Kilpatrick, five-eighth Marshal Sing, and twins Mitch and Jesse Dunlop being standouts.
One of the impressive aspects of the side is the strength of the bench. The reserves are all quality footballers and are used as impact players with effect.
The starting 13 know that their place in the side is constantly reviewed, and depending on the conditions and opposition, changes can be made and the team loses little momentum.
On the bench tomorrow will be NSW Country rugby player BJ O’Connor, PCYC front rower Jarrod Taunton, South Dubbo Raiders players Sam McDermott, Kaide Rapley, Pat Brandon and Max Shearman, and the dynamic duo from St John’s junior league Hamish Gordon and Blake Smith.
St John’s will be chasing a place in the final of the Cochrane Cup to be played on September 22 in Cessnock.
In 1999 St John’s won the coveted Cochrane Cup when it was for Country Catholic schools. In that team was current NRL Roosters forward Daniel Conn.
Since 2002 the Cochrane Cup has grown to encompass Catholic schoolboy teams from both city and country from across the State of NSW. This has been achieved with the support of the ARL Development, the Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC), Country Rugby League, Classic Wear, clubs and schools within the Catholic system.
The NSWRL Academy administers the Cochrane Cup which was initially instigated to give all Catholic high schools a chance to participate in a friendly yet competitive championship.
KEEBRA PARK SNEAK THROUGH
|Keebra Park SHS ARL Schoolboys Cup @ SunCorp Stadium (Photo : ourfootymedia)
|Illawarra SHS ARL Schoolboys Cup @ SunCorp Stadium (Photo : ourfootymedia)
|ARL SCHOOLBOYS CUP LOCKER ROOM HERE
Keebra through to final after scrappy encounter Keebra Park have progressed to their second consecutive National schoolboy rugby league championship Final after a scrappy victory against Illawarra Sports High from Sydney.
A quickfire try to prop Moseses Fotuaika opened the scoring and conversion by Cayden Matahaere saw the Keebra boys take a 6-0 lead.
An armwrestle ensued and a nasty headclash saw Illawarra loose big prop forward Mitchell Stokes, who was to play no further part in proceedings.
Connor Toia added another unconverted Keebra try that saw them take a 10 - 0 lead into the final moments of the first half.
Illawarra fired back and great probing run by Sam Clune lead to a try before the whistle that saw the halftime score at 10 - 6.
Illawarra were looking dangerous and Keebra were looking uncharacteristically flat. The second half talk seemed to refocus Keebra and soon after the restart a try came off the back of some solid defence.
Cayden Matahaere converted his own try and it was 16 - 6.
Illawarra were already down one SGBall rep in Stokes and in the process of Matahaere scoring also lost Sam Clune walking around SunCorp dazed & confused with a suspected concussion.
To their credit, Illawarra rallied again and scored to put the score at 16 - 12 with 8 minutes remaining.
Then Illawarra made a break down the left side and had a classic 3 on 2 attacking option, Illawarra drew the defenders in, the Illawarra Winger rang inside and the pass went to no one with the line open and only 10 meters away.
Keebra recieved a penalty in front of the posts with 2 minutes to go and opted to kick for the two points that ran down the clock and put Illawarra out of the competition.
This was an scrappy affair with both sides having opportunities to take the game. There is now three weeks until Keebra face off against the winner of the Matraville versus Hills encounter.
A time to regroup and refocus and what will ultimately lead to a classic final.
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BRISBANE METROPOLITAN RUGBY LEAGUE CHAMPIONS AND SEQ ARL CHAMPIONS 2010
|Moreton Downs State School win ARL CUP Metros
Once again Moreton Downs has shown that they are the best rugby league primary school in South East Queensland after obtaining their tenth championship trophy in ten years last week.
As well as winning the Brisbane Metropolitan Championship the game was also a double header for the SEQ ARL championships and after winning on Wednesday, at Suncorp, it now gives them a chance to be the best schoolboy team in the state.
They have had a fantastic season scoring well over 500 points and having only had 9 tries scored against them including the knockout metropolitan and ARL Development Cup games .
Up against Springwood Central, and after a slow start they showed true inner strength to come from 12 nil down . They played a fantastic game and always had the game in their grasp, eventually showing their fitness, strength and some clever skills to eventually end up winning 22 -12.
It was a great team game with everyone doing their job and working together.
As their coach I was extremely proud of their defence, and commitment to stick to the game plan.
Their next game is against Frenchville SS for the ARL state title. Go the green machine!
|ENDEAVOUR INTO UNI SHIELD GRAND FINAL
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Endeavour SHS are into the 2010 NSWCHS University Shield after defeating Matraville SHS at Cabramatta Sports today. Endeavour will play the winner of the Illawarra SHS v Bass HS game next week.
The Endeavour SHS Buckley Shield match was a classic game with both sides scoring after each other.
With 4 1/2 minutes to go it was 28 - ALL, then Hunter scored 3 real quick tries to blow the Buckley Shield Semi Final away & earn the right to play defending Champions Westfields SHS in the Grand Final at Shark Park on Sept 14.
The other Buckely Shield Semi Final was the opposite with the powerful Westfields SHS team racing to a 36 - 0 half time lead and then extend that lead to 52 - 0 at full time
WESTFIELDS V HUNTER in NSWCHS BUCKLEY SHIELD GRAND FINAL - @ Shark Park, Tues 14 th Sept -
UNIVERSITY SHIELD SEMI FINAL
Endeavour SHS 20 - 16 Matraville SHS
ESHS TRIES : Brett Anderson, DJ Purcell, Nesiasi Mataitonga, Dylan Strickland
MATTO TRIES : Ethan Fullick, Tyrone Phillips
GOALS : Dylan Walker
BUCKLEY SHIELD SEMI FINALS
Endeavour SHS 28 - 40 Hunter SHS
ESHS TRIES : Luciano Lailau 2, Davids Uata, Issac Thomas, Pat Kouro GOALS : Luciano Lailau 2
HUNTER TRIES :
Westfields SHS 52 - 0 Matraville SHS
WESTFIELDS TRIES : Teaupa 2, Beardmore, Toi Toi, Titmuss, Seve, Poaru, Lotoaniu
GOALS : Seve 6, Wakeman 2
MATCH REPORTS SOON
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ENDEAVOUR v MATRAVILLE
ENDEAVOUR v HUNTER
WESTFIELDS v MATRAVILLE
|MATRAVILLE SHS UNI SHIELD TEAM (Photo :ourfootymedia)
||ENDEAVOUR SHS UNI SHIELD TEAM (Photo :ourfootymedia)
|MATRAVILLE SHS BUCKLEY SHIELD TEAM (Photo :ourfootymedia)
||ENDEAVOUR SHS Buckley SHIELD TEAM (Photo :ourfootymedia)
|WESTFIELDS SHS BUCKLEY SHIELD TEAM (Photo :ourfootymedia)
||HUNTER SHS UNI SHIELD TEAM (Photo :ourfootymedia)
MACKAY WINS FIFTH SCHOOLBOY TITLE
|Mercy College’s Denzil Bowen meets strong defence from MSHS in the under-15 schoolboys’ final. Peter Holt
MACKAY State High School won its fifth Terry Hayes Shield open schoolboys title with a 24-16 win over St Patrick's College at the JRL grounds on Wednesday night
MACKAY State High School won its fifth Terry Hayes Shield open schoolboys title with a 24-16 win over St Patrick’s College at the JRL grounds on Wednesday night.
The final continued a tradition of tight clashes between Mackay’s two best schoolboys’ teams.
It’s the 11th year that the shield has been contested, with St Patrick’s winning six times and Mackay High five.
Hooker Taylor Ridland won the Alf Abdullah Blazer as man-of-the-match for Mackay High, while lock Brett Cuddihy was best for St Patrick’s.
Mackay High also won the two other division 1 finals, taking the U15 Booka Primrise Shield with an extra time defeat of Mercy College, 22-20, and the Year 8 Mick Shew Shield, with a 12-10 victory over Mercy College.
Proserpine defeated Mirani 18-4 to win the Mick Aprile Shield U15 division 2 final, and Sarina beat Mackay High 22-18 in the open division 2 decider.
Mackay High led 18-12 at half-time in the open final after scoring three tries to two, including an 80m effort by winger Shiloh Viti.
Lock Corben Duffy’s tries either side of half-time decided the issue, before St Patrick’s came back with a try by bench player Pat Gregor.
Coach Nathan Doyle said the three wins showed there was a lot of talent coming through Mackay High’s rugby league academy.
In the under-15 final Mackay High and Mercy College were locked together 20-all at full-time.
Mercy played most of the second half with 12 players after one was sent off for fighting, but Mackay High kicked a penalty in golden point time to win the match.
Centre Kyle Kennedy was man-of-the-match for Mackay High and five-eighth Scott Schulte won the award for Mercy.
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WA REDS SG BALL TRIALS
|WA REDS SG Ball after their SG Ball clash with the Sharks @ Erskinville Oval (Photo : ourfootymedia)
The WA Reds will be holding trials for our 2011 squad that will compete in the NSWRL’s under 18 SG Ball competition.
TRIAL LOCATIONS & DATES
PERTH – 16th September
BRISBANE – 18th September
SYDNEY – 19th September
Registrations to these trials are essential and can be made through clicking on the below link and completing the application form.
Application forms will be reviewed with successful applicants being informed of the full trial details by the 8th of September.
Hurry applications close on the 6th September 2010.
Successful interstate signings to the WA Reds will receive assistance will billeting, schooling, employment and relocation expenses.
Next season will be the second year the WA Reds have competed in the SG Ball competition and is part of our push to be included in the NRL competition in 2013.
For more information contact : dgreen @ warugbyleague.com.au
FROM EEL TO SEVENS HEAVEN
|Jason Seage running out for the Parra Eels in this years NSWRL SG Ball Competition (Photo : ourfootymedia)
|Jason Seage feeds the Eels deadly backline in this years SG Ball Grand Final (Photo : ourfootymedia)
Parramatta Eels SG Ball half back Jason Seage has signed a contract with the Australian Rugby Union to play sevens rugby.
Seage, 17, from The Hills Sports High School in Sydney’s west, is one of the best young half backs running around in New South Wales.
He represented Sydney Gold this year after a great season playing SG Ball for the Eels who made the grand final against the Roosters.
He and Penrith’s Harry Seijka were the leading half back try scorers in the competition with seven touchdowns each.
The cheeky half back came to rugby’s attention by playing rugby union for the school’s first XV. He went on to represent NSW Schools at the recent Australian Schoolboy Championships in Brisbane.
Seage told ourfootyteam, “I played a couple of schoolboy sevens events earlier in the year and I went pretty good. I really love sevens. It suits my running and passing game. It’s a lot of fun.”
Watching at one of those sevens events was none other than dual rugby international and former Manly Sea Eagle Michael O’Connor who is now the Australian sevens coach.
O’Connor was suitably impressed that day so when Seage was up in Brisbane with NSW Schools, O’Connor had a chat with him to see whether he was interested in changing codes.
The Parramatta Eels offered Seage a two year contract extension and there was interest from two other NRL clubs but Seage said the opportunity to travel the world and play a game he loves was irresistible. “I want to give it a red hot go”, he said.
He has been playing with the Eels since they won the Harold Matthews competition in 2008 so is he sad about leaving his beloved Eels and many of his mates? “Yes I am a bit sad to be leaving. I love the Eels and I’ve made lots of friends here.
But at the same time I’m excited about the opportunity I have. As well as playing sevens I am part of the Waratahs Academy so there is much to learn.
Seage is leaving Parramatta on good terms. “Matty Cameron our Toyota Cup coach and Daniel Anderson both told me I would be welcome back if it doesn’t work out for me.”
The international sevens tour commences in December 2010 in Dubai and then for the next six months they travel to exotic locations including George, Las Vegas, London, Edinburgh, Wellington, Adelaide and Hong Kong.
All this is good news for rugby league juniors because the sevens provide another pathway to get into elite sport.
Cronulla Sharks Toyota Cup player Brackin Karauria-Henry was signed last year by the ARU to play sevens.
In the 2009-10 season the former Endeavour Sports High School student was Australia’s top tryscorer on the international circuit with 30. He has just signed a two year deal with the Waratahs to play Super 15 next year.
We wish Jason all the best on his rugby sojourn. Just don’t forget the postcards mate!
MATTO MARCH ON IN UNI SHIELD
|Matraville score against Patrician Bro's last week in the ARL Schoolboys Cup (Photo : ourfootymedia)
An vastly understrength Matraville SHS took on Bass High School side at Bass High School on Friday in the NSWCHS University Shield.
Matraville who couldn't field an Uni Shield side last week against Endeavour due to trials, sent in their Under 16's to do battle against Bass.
Bass High School have done well over the last couple years and must be keen on next season already.
Matraville who were missing 8 of their top line players played a great game of footy to take away the points. MATRAVILLE SHS 32 - 24 BASS HS
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