ENGLAND YOUTH COMPLETE FRENCH DOUBLE
|England Under 16s after their win over the French u16s
|2016 England Under 16s rugby league team
Story & Photo's By : ENGLAND RL
England Rugby League’s Youth side are celebrating a historic double today after picking up two wins on their tour of France this week.
Friday night brought up a 28-16 win at SM Pia’s Daniel Ambert Stadium, before the under 16 outfit ensured they would be returning home unbeaten after securing a 28-20 triumph in the second test at the same venue on Tuesday night.
The first test saw England recover from a ten-point half-time deficit to seal the win, with France starting on top as home winger Samirdine Youssouf scored within minutes of kick off.
England did hit the front shortly after as Andrew Bullman raced over, halfback Harry Smith adding the extras, but France launched a firm response. Thibault Franck racked up a brace, with Arthur Mourgue converting both tries for a 16-6 interval lead.
However, the visitors struck back soon after the restart as second rower Joe Summers crashed over on 45 minutes, before Cameron Scott’s try and Smith’s third goal from three attempts saw England edge ahead once more.
That was a lead they never relinquished, with late tries from centre Robbie Storey and substitute Josh Pinder, plus one more Smith goal, adding extra gloss to the scoreline.
That set the scene for an intriguing second test four days later, where France, once again, got off to a strong start.
Thibault Osuna got an early four-pointer for the home side, converted by Mourgue to make it 6-0.
That soon became 6-6 as Herbie Farnworth got over for England three minutes later, Callum Green with the goal, but France scored two unanswered tries before the break to hand themselves an eight-point advantage just after the half hour mark.
With the young tourists on the ropes, Cameron Scott notched his second try from as many games to hand the visitors a lifeline, making it 14-10 at half time.
England would need to dig deep for another second-half fightback to maintain their 100 per cent record, but they got off to a perfect start in the second period as Scott notched his third of the series within a minute of kick off.
Smith got the goal to put England 16-14 up ahead of Sean Croston’s unconverted score on 50 minutes.
At 20-14 up, Wigan Warriors product Smith opted for a penalty goal soon after to produce a two-score lead.
That proved crucial as the hosts launched a quick response, Mourgue scoring on 65 minutes, Osuna with the goal, to make it 20-22 going into the final 15 minutes.
With France looking to go ahead once more, Herbie Farnworth struck inside a minute of Mourgue’s effort to stretch England’s lead to six points.
Under pressure, Smith kicked a stunning touchline conversion to make it 28-20, a lead which Danny Wilson’s men held until the final whistle.
England Youth squad
1. Jordan Parr (Wigan Warriors)
2. Sean Croston (St Helens)
3. Cameron Scott (Bradford Bulls)
4. Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos)
5. Herbie Farnworth (Newton Storm ARLFC)
6. Callum Green (Wigan Warriors)
7. Callum McLelland (Castleford Tigers)
8. Jack Brown (City of Hull Academy)
9. Paul Nash (St Helens)
10. Matthew Ashcroft(St Helens)
11. Joe Shorrocks (Wigan Warriors)
12. Joe Summers (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats)
13. Callum Tramner (City of Hull Academy)
14. Harry Smith (Wigan Warriors)
15. Loui McConnell (Leeds Rhinos)
16. Sam Storey (Wigan Warriors)
17. Adam Rooks (City of Hull Academy)
SHARKS u20s DESTROY STORM IN 2nd HALF TRY-NADO
|Cronulla Sutherland SHARKS u20s Holden Cup after their fantastic win in Rnd 4 (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeam.com)
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SHARKS v STORM
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Only the faithful can survive on the field of battle, on their knee's down at the half time break 6 - 34, the local boiz dazzelled the opposition and thrilled the crowd with a dominate display piling on 46 points in the second half in an amazing game of rugby league
SHARKS JUNIOR REPS MARCH ON DISPITE HICCUP
|Cronulla - Sutherland Harold Matthews Cup team remain undefeated & have won 6 of the 7 games with a draw (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeqam.com)
|MATTYS CUP ACTION
SHARKS v TIGERS
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|SG BALL CUP ACTION
SHARKS v TIGERS
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SHARKS SMASH MANLY TO STAY IN FINALS RACE
The Matthews Cup Sharks have survived a spirited challenge from a talented Sea Eagles outfit to record their fifth win of the season to remain undefeated and towards the top of the competition table.
The under-16 Sharks, who have a draw to go with their five victories, proved too good in the second half for the Manly side in claiming a 28-10 win
While the final scoreline may have indicated a comfortable win, it was anything but that as the Sharks were made to work hard for the two competition points.
In a physical first half the Sharks squandered a handful of opportunities and it was Manly who would post the only points, a try to centre Max Lehmanm converted by halfback Harry Wilson making it 6-0 to the Sea Eagles after the opening 30-minutes.
The Sharks however returned after the break with a renewed enthusiasm, with front rowers Franklin Pele and Redford Tiatia running hard and putting their team on the front foot.
From their the skill players took advantage, hooker Isaac Longmuir diving over from dummy half for the Sharks first points.
The conversion attempt from Kai Broadhurst bounced off the upright but the Sharks had a spring in their step at 6-4 down.
A Pele charge from close range resulted in the Sharks second try, before a 30-metre solo effort from Angus Ernst resulted in the third try for the young Cronulla side.
Broadhurst booted both goals and the Sharks had kicked away at 16-6 in front.
Manly responded with eight minutes to go to make it 16-10 but from their the Sharks wouldn't be denied, a second to Ernst after the halfback was Johnny-on-the-spot after a kick rebound, before Broadhurst crashed over on the stroke of full time for his teams fifth try.
It was a win which was hard-earned for the Sharks but in a match of high intensity was a performance that should give them a shot of confidence moving into the business end of the season.
The Sharks move to 11 points, one behind leaders Parramatta who also had a victory today to remain on top of the points table.
The Sharks are at home again next weekend when they play the Balmain Tigers at Southern Cross Group Stadium.
Angus Ernst 2, Kai Broadhurst, Isaac Longmuir, Franklin Pele tries, Broadhurst 4 goals
Max Lehmann, Tom Latu tries, Harry Wilson goal
After weathering an early storm the SG Ball Sharks have gone on with the job in the second half to run away with a 46-6 win over the Manly Sea Eagles.
The Sharks scored through Jaemon Salmon off their first set of six but for the next 20-odd minutes of the contest the Manly side provided some stern resistance, with the teams locked at 6-points all after 23 minutes of the match.
It took a clever backline movement to break the deadlock, winger Isaac Lumelume crossing wide out, Kyle Flanagan converting from touch, giving the Sharks some breathing space at 12-6 in front.
Jackson Ferris, the SG Ball's leading try-scorer then showed his impressive speed and footwork to score the first of his two tries on the day to make it 16-6, before the Flanagan kick at goal extended the margin to 12.
Manly would scramble in defense to hold the Sharks at bay for the remaining eight minutes of the half but the home team could smell blood despite not adding to their advantage before the break.
After returning from the sheds the Sharks would lift a gear and prove far too good for the visiting Sea Eagles, five more tries running up the score and leaving the Cronulla team well placed with just three rounds remaining.
The Sharks move to 10 points from five wins and one loss and sit in second place, trailing only the competition-leading Illawarra Steelers.
Both Cronulla teams are at home again next weekend when they host the Balmain Tigers.
Jackson Ferris 2, Jaemon Salmon 2, Isaac Lumelume, Chris Tupou, Luke Metcalf, Dean Tatsis tries, Kyle Flanagan 7 goals
Ben Benjamin try, Luke Polselli goal
MATCH REPORT | Jnr Reps Round 5
|Cronulla Sharks Harold Matthews Cup Rnd 5 v Bears Sharks TeamPhoto (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeam.com)
|Cronulla Sharks SG Ball Cup Rnd 5 v Bears Sharks TeamPhoto (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeam.com)
|FRIDAY 6:00 PM @ Shark Park
|70 - 6
|TRIES : Bromson Xerri 4, Cameron O'Connor 3, Declan Casey, Angus Ernst, Isaac Longmuir, Redford Tiatis, Saint Sakai,
GOALS : Kai Broadhurst 11
|TRIES : Jimmy Hawkins
GOALS : Samual Stratis
| Friday 11 th Mar 2016 @ SHARK PARK, 7:45 PM
|58 - 6
|TRIES : Jackson Ferris 4, Luke Metcalf, Jaeman Salmon 2, Luke Jurd, Lachlan Smith
GOALS : Kyle Flanagan 9
|TRIES : Samual Dolores
GOALS : Ayden Carling
|MATTYS CUP ACTION PHOTO'S
SHARKS v BEARS
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|SG BALL ACTION PHOTO'S SHARKS v BEARS
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The Sharks Junior Rep teams have maintained the rage and almost assured their participation in the competition finals with emphatic wins in their round five matches against the North Sydney Bears on Friday night.
Both the Matthews Cup and SG Ball Sharks blew their opposition off the park with powerhouse first half displays, before going on with the job in the second period to record their fourth wins in five matches this season.
The Under-16 Matthews Cup Sharks won 70-6, while the SG Ball boys were also far too good in running out 58-6 victors in the second match of the night.
The Matthews Cup Sharks remain unbeaten, with a draw against the Panthers on their 2016 record, while the Under-18 Ball Sharks have just one loss so far.
In the Under-16's match the Sharks got off to an impressive start and by the half time break were up 46-0 over a Bears side that struggled to keep pace.
To their credit the North Sydney boys came out after half time showing more resolve, with their efforts rewarded with the first try of the half.
From there however the Sharks regained control and went on to record a big win, Bronson Xerri and Cameron O'Connor combining for seven tries down the right hand side of the Shark attack.
O'Connor now has 13 tries in five matches this season, with the local product benefitting from the service being provided by his inside men, Xerri and team captain Kai Broadhurst amongst them.
The SG Ball match followed a similar theme, with the Sharks all over their opponents in the first 35-minutes in racking up a 46-0 half time lead.
Again Norths rallied to an extent to limit the damage in the second half, with the Sharks cruising to a 58-6 win, fullback Jackson Ferris crossing the stripe four-times.
The Sharks are at home again in round six when they take on the Manly Sea Eagles in matches to be played next Saturday afternoon.
Cronulla 70 (Bronson Xerri 4, Cameron O'Connor 3, Declan Casey, Angus Ernst, Isaac Longmuir, Saint Sakai, R Tiatis tries; Kai Broadhurst 11 goals)
Norths 6 (J Hawkins try; S Stratis goal)
Cronulla 58 (Jackson Ferris 4, Luke Metcalf 2, Jaemon Salmon 2, Luke Jurd, Lachlan Smith tries; Kyle Flanagan 9 goals)
Norths 6 (S Dolores try; A Carling goal)
YOUNG SHARKS TESTED IN ROUND 3
Story By : Sharks Media
Photo's By : steve montgomery /
After impressive beginnings for both Sharks Junior rep teams it was always likely to be a more difficult assignment against the Panthers on their home patch and that's the way it turned out to be in matches played at the Windsor Sporting Complex on Saturday.
Opposed to the perennial competition heavyweights in the Panthers, both Sharks teams battled bravely but in the end run had just a draw and a loss to show for their efforts, with the Matthews Sharks finishing 28-all with the Penrith team, while the Under-18 SG Ball side suffered a 28-18 loss.
While the two teams would have left Sydney's western outskirts disappointed with the results, the Sharks, who are defending champions in both age groups, still sit near the top of the respective competition ladders and have plenty to look forward to in the weeks ahead.
In the Matthews Cup the young Sharks were on the back foot, going to the half time break behind by 18-10.
The signs however were good early in the second period, three unanswered Sharks tries taking them out to what should have been a commanding 28-18 advantage.
The home side fought back in the closing minutes, a late try seeing the teams locked at 28 and sharing one competition point each.
The Sharks scored six tries to five on the day but could only land two conversions, with goal kicking keeping the Panthers in the contest.
In the SG Ball it was a similar story, with the Sharks going to half time behind by 12 at 16-6.
Like their under-16 club mates the Sharks never gave away the challenge, matching the Panthers 12 points in the second period, but the damage had been done in the opening stanza, with the Penrith side making it three wins from as many starts with a 28-18 victory.
After three weeks on the road the Sharks now return to the familiar surroundings of Shark Park where they are set to host the Central Coast in round four matches.
Penrith 28 (H Bonanno, A Pittman-Lyon, S Blore, E Mokoia, B Middlebrooke tries; D White 4 goals) drew Cronulla 28 (Bronson Xerri 2, J Lualua, R Pickering, F Pele, K Broadhurst tries; Broadhurst 2 goals)
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Penrith 28 (S O'Sullivan 2, J Tago, J Abbott, V Williams-Liolevave tries; O'Sullivan 3 goals) def Cronulla 18 (Isaac Lumelume, Jaemon Salmon, Luke Kisaloff tries; Kyle Flanagan 3 goals)
SHARKS ATTACK IN THE WEST
Showing no ill effects from their excursion to Perth the previous week, the SG Ball Sharks have continued on their winning ways with a dominating 66-4 win over the Wests Magpies.
The Sharks were well in control but lacking in concentration and discipline as they went to half time 18-0 in front but in an impressive attacking display put their opponents to the sword in the second period in running away with the result.
After a 74-12 win in week one over the West Coast Pirates in Perth the under-18 Sharks have begun the 2016 defense of their state and national titles in the best possible manner.
The match began in perfect fashion for the Sharks when Kyle Flanagan sliced through with his teams first possession of the football and when the young half back converted his own try it was 6-0 Sharks.
Two Blayke Brailey tries, both from dummy half had the Sharks up 18-0, but the visiting Cronulla side failed to capitalize on numerous opportunities in the remainder of the first half.
After a few stern words of wisdom from coach Dave Howlett at the break it was a much more focused Sharks side after the break and the Magpies had no answer to the flowing ball movement of the young Cronulla team.
Brailey added two more tries to make his tally four for the match, with six other Sharks putting their name in the score sheet in the second 30 minutes of the match.
Flanagan, backing up his effort of 12 goals from 13 last weekend was perfect with the boot, kicking 11 goals from as many attempts.
Like their Matthews Cup counterpart the Sharks have racked up an impressive pints total in two weeks however their assignment is set to become more difficult when they face the Penrith Panthers in a match to be played in Windsor next Saturday.
CRONULLA SHARKS - 66
TRIES: Blayke Brailey 4, Isaac Lumelume, Luke Metcalf, Kyle Flanagan, Fine Kula, Jaemon Salmon, Luke Kisaloff, Jackson Ferris |
GOALS Flanagan (11/11)
Def. WESTS MAGPIES - 4
TRY: Daniel Muir
MATCH REPORT | Matthews Cup
Story By : Rob Willis Sharks Media Manager
Photo's By : steve montgomery /
In building on their big win in week one, the Matthews Cup Sharks have scored a convincing victory over the Wests Magpies at Campbelltown Stadium.
Coming on the back of an 82-0 victory over SWSAS in round one, the Sharks scored eight tries to one in a 44-4 triumph.
After going to the break ahead by 26-4, the second half was littered with errors but it was the Sharks who would go on with the job, tries to lock Andrew Thompson, Declan Casey and Cameron O'Connor rounding out the win.
The try to O'Connor, coming on the back of a Bronson Xerri line-break, was his fourth of the match, taking his tally to an amazing ten tries in just two games.
O'Connor scored six tries in the Matthews Cup Sharks 82-0 win the week prior.
Also in try-scoring form for the Sharks is centre Declan Casey who backed up his hat trick from round one with another two four-pointers in the win over Wests.
While pleased with the margin of victory coach Glenn Brailey would have been disappointed with his teams execution in the second half, meaning the young Sharks still have some improvement in them despite two big wins at their only two starts.
The Sharks will sit on top of the Matthews Cup table with a for-and-against of 126-4 from their two games played.
They play the Penrith Panthers in Windsor next weekend.
CRONULLA SHARKS - 44
DEF. WESTS MAGPIES 4
TRIES: Cameron O'Connor 4, Declan Casey 2, Angus Ernst, Andrew Thompson
GOALS: Kai Broadhurst 6
The Cronulla Sharks Harold Matthews Cup squad have began their HMC & National Title defence today by thrashing the SWSAS in round 1 at Kirkham Field.
Harold Matthews Cup
CRONULLA SHARKS 82 d SWSAS 0
TRIES : C O'Connor 6, D Casey 3, G Sukanaivalu, A Mortlock, A Thomson, F Pele, J Lualua
GOALS : K Broadhurst 13 K Broadhurst 13
More soon - The SG Ball will be looking for a rare win in Perth, Up Up the Boiz
The Sharks SG Ball side have had a bit of a voodoo over in Perth, loosing the past few games in the WA Capital.
But the reigning u18 Club World Champions have also started their 2016 Champaign is dramatic style smashing the WA Pirates by 64 points,
Full Time Score
WA PIRATES 12 - 76 CRONULLA SHARKS
TRIES : S Kioa, L Metcalf 3, I Lumelume, D Xerri, C Tupou, K Flanagan, B Brailey, J Salmon, L Kisaloff
GOALS : Kyle Flanagan 12
|CHASE STANLEY CUP & MICHAEL BUETTNER SHIELD KICK OFF
The NSWCHS Sports High School's Chase Stanley Cup (u15s) & Michael Buetther Shield (u13s) competitions kicked off today at Cabramatta Sports.
Again well organised by hosts Westfield SHS, with fellow Sports High Schools Endeavour & Illawarra, the boiz battled the extreem heat and provided 6 games of skillfull schoolboys footy played with terrific sportmanship by all schools...
Westfields SHS dominated the day, winning all of their 4 games, amassing 128 points and leaking only 1 converted try.
More Soon & plenty of Great Action Photo's
|SCHOOL FOOTY IS BACK
The great news is kids all over Australia are starting their school footy season.
Today Endeavour SHS hosted Ashcroft HS in 2 games of footy on the FIELD of DREAMS, the mighty under 14s played a trial and it was also round 1 of the NSW CHS St Marys Cup. Endeavour won both games comfortably, more soon and heaps of action Photo's
ENDEAVOUR SHS v ASHCROFT HS ACTION PHOTO'S
| UNDER 14s | St MARYS CUP |
JUNIOR REPS SEASON TO KICK-OFF
|PHOTO CAPTION: Cronulla Sharks SG Ball captain Kyle Flanagan and coach Dave Howlett sporting the captain/ coach armbands that have been introduced this year to be worn in all NSWRL competitions as part of a game-wide "Respect" campaign. A number of protocols and procedures have been introduced to ensure players and coaches preserve a strong relationship with referees, as well as respecting their opponents, all officials and spectators.
|2016 SG Ball Draw
2016 Harold Matthews Draw
Story By : NSWRL MEDIA
Harold Matthews and SG Ball reigning premiers Cronulla Sharks will be out to create history when they begin their respective title defences tomorrow (Saturday, 13 February) for the start of the NSWRL Junior Representative season.
Cronulla, who claimed a double dose of premiership glory last season, will look to become the only team to win back-to-back titles in both the under-16s and 18s competitions.
“The NSWRL Junior Representative competitions are the breeding grounds for elite Rugby League in this state and will again showcase the best talents in NSW,” NSWRL CEO David Trodden said. WILL NEED TO GET DAVE TO APPROVE.
Two of the most fierce rivals in Rugby League will lock horns in the opening round of both age groups, when the Sydney Roosters play host to South Sydney at Henson Park tomorrow (Saturday, 13 February).
The Sharks’ title defences will be put to the test in the opening month of the season, with both teams having to wait until Round 4 to play their first home game.
In the under-16s, Balmain will be looking to extract revenge for their preliminary final loss to Parramatta last year when they square off against the Eels at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday, 20 February.
In another semi-final rematch, Western Suburbs will also be out to square the ledger when they play home to Cronulla at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on 20 February.
In Round 3 of the SG Ball, Cronulla will look to continue their edge over Penrith, who they bundled out of last year's preliminary final 12-0, when they meet in Windsor on 27 February.
On the other side of Sydney at Redfern Oval, last year's best offensive and defensive team in the Under-18s, Balmain, will try to make amends for their 12-6 semi final loss to the Rabbitohs.
At Brookvale Oval on 5 March, Manly and South Sydney will meet in a rematch of last year's preliminary final.
| SHARKS AIM FOR DOUBLE DOUBLE
The Cronulla Sharks begin their path of emulating their 2015 success this weekend when the 2016 NSWRL Junior Representative season kicks off.
Not only did the Sharks take out the Harold Matthews and SG Ball Premierships last year, but they also won both State Championships over the winners of the Queensland Junior Representative competitions.
Kyle Flanagan – son of Sharks NRL head coach Shane Flanagan – played a pivotal role in capturing the SG Ball title last season, and has been appointed captain of the side for the year ahead.
“ was a good experience,” Flanagan told NSWRL.com.au.
“I learnt a lot from the older boys who [taught] me a lot of things. It’s the same coaching staff and trainers, and with the Harold Matt’s coming up we’ve got a good group of boys.
“Hopefully we can do the same again this year.”
The Sharks SG Ball team begin proceedings in Perth this weekend as they take on the West Coast Pirates at Curtin University.
The Harold Matthews team, led by Kai Broadhurst, only have to travel to Kirkham Oval to take on the South West Sydney Academy of Sport team.
Flanagan admits the pre-season has been long, and cannot wait to rip in this weekend for the first time since capturing the State Championship over Townsville.
“The trial games always get you excited for [the season] and we’ve got some good boys coming through, so [I’m] looking forward to Round 1 in Perth,” Flanagan said.
Nine rounds of Rugby League showcased by possible future NRL superstars will be played out until the finals series begin on 16 April.
The Grand Finals will be played on 7 May while the winners of the respective competitions will battle it out with their Queensland counterparts for the State Championship on 14 May.
TIGER'S COACH PUMPED ABOUT PROSPECTS AGAINST KNIGHTS
|The GNA Tigers (back from left) Zac Butler, Tom Baker, Morgan Amidy, James Bradley, Brock Matthews, Manny Sithole, Jack Cameron (front from left) Will McAuliffe, Alec Cocking, Ian Carter, Jacob Haynes, Jayden Slater, Ryan Ingram, Kc Edmonds. Photo: Geoff O Neill
GREATER Northern Academy Tiger coach Matt Kenny is upbeat about his squad's first hit-out against the Newcastle Knights Under 17 development squad at Kurri Kurri Sportsground on Saturday.
Kenny is "looking forward" to the trial after an impressive final training session at Tamworth's Jack Woolaston Oval last Saturday.
"They really started to click," Kenny said.
"They've come together very well.
"We had a very good training session where we worked hard on the middle third did a lot of good ruck work.
"I'm looking forward to players like Will McAuliffe and James Bradley in the halves.
"They are big-time players.
"And Manny Sithole out wide too with Tom Baker as well.
"Also Jayden Slater at fullback he's very much a big part of this team.
"But I am real happy with the way they have trained and I'm excited about this weekend as well as building for the big one at Narrabeen, the Academy Challenge."
While the Knights Under 17 development squad game looms large, the February 27/28 Academy Challenge will pit the Tigers, and the younger GNA Cubs, against the other six academies from across the State.
The teams will play two games each day, 14 minutes each way shortened matches to finalise the 2015-2016 GNA program.
GREATER NORTHERN ACADEMY
Jordan Allan (Werris Creek), Max Altus (Coonamble), Morgan Amidy (Singleton), Fletcher Baker (Muswellbrook), Tom Baker (Narrabri), James Bradley (Reedy Creek), Zac Butler (Dalwood), Cody Byrne (Tamworth), Jack Cameron (Loomberah), Ian Carter (Woolooma), Lachlan Chard (Emmaville), Alec Cocking (Tamworth), Ethan Connors (Tingha), Bailey Cosgrove (Tingha), KC Edmonds (Inverell), Jed Englert (Duri), Alexander Fisher (Glen Innes), Lachlan Fry (Singleton), Max Greacen (Sandy Hollow), Alek Hall (Quirindi), James Hargrave (Uralla), Jacob Haynes (Wee Waa), Luke Howes (Gunnedah), Ryan Ingram (Tamworth), Bailey Lennox (Gunnedah), Brock Matthews (Muswellbrook), Will McAuliffe (Inverell), Steven McGrady (Inverell), Matthew Morgan (McCullys Gap), Zac Parker (Warialda), Jack Patterson (Tamworth), Thomas Pickersgill (Denman), Dylan Porter (Tamworth), Elijah Rasiga (Armidale), Koen Reiri (Tamworth), Jake Saunders (Tamworth), Emmanuel Sithole (Muswellbrook), Jayden Slater (Werris Creek), Jacob Smith (Armidale), Bailey Taylor (Muswellbrook), Caleb Taylor (Scone).
JUNIOR RUGBY LEAGUE RETENTION STUDY
|Junior Queensland footy players in action
The game is getting serious about addressing the issue of participation churn rates.
Together with the National Rugby League, the Queensland Rugby League have identified that a reduction in the game’s churn rate would provide a strong opportunity to realise organic growth within the game.
In an endorsement of the games recruitment strategies, the long-term growth in Rugby League stands at 2-3% and highlights our recruitment not only counters the almost 30% yearly churn out of the sport; but also attains a small growth percentage year on year. Ultimately though, the objective is to implement a strategy that reduces the current churn rate.
A child’s experience with their club – and in particular their coach – plays a significant role in their continued involvement in sport and long-held anecdotal evidence suggests an over-competitive team environment is detrimental to keeping kids in sport.
To create a basis on which to develop a retention strategy, the QRL undertook the task of consulting the families of 2014 registered club players who did not return to the game in 2015.
A survey was developed targeted at better understanding the reasons for players and their families making the decision not to return to Rugby League from one year to the next. Of the 7700 emails that were delivered inviting families involvement in the survey, 566 surveys were successfully completed.
The clear message delivered in the responses was the environment a coach created in their team was pivotal in participants continuing in the sport.
An overly competitive environment which focussed on winning at all costs resulted in kids leaving the game. Interestingly, a coach’s experience and knowledge, or lack thereof, were not significant contributors to the game’s churn rates.
Armed with this knowledge, the QRL and NRL are adapting the education of the games junior coaches and clubs to place a higher priority on creating an enjoyable, inclusive team environment with a number of initiatives from the surveys recommendations being implemented.
Positive change will be a gradual process but the game is committed to providing an enjoyable experience to families who choose Rugby League for their children.
A full copy of the report can be viewed here: Queensland Retention Study 2014-2015
It's not too late for junior players to sign on for season 2016! Find out how HERE
|KEEBRA PARK AIMING HIGHER IN 2016
With the school holidays well and truly over and the Christmas holidays no more than a fading memory, it's time to move away from the season of goodwill and on to the season we have all been looking forward to....THE FOOTY SEASON......
The boys have hit the paddock running and training has begun in ernest.
A combination of last years grade 11"s, some emerging grade tens from last year and a smattering of new talent will once again ensure that competition for spots is fierce.
This year the school will field 3 teams to enure that all boys get to either work their way through the ranks as they mature, or play football at a level that suits their skill and ability level.
This weekend sees a plethora of graduates in action at the Auckland Nines with no less than 11 boys taking to the field across a range of clubs.
Jai Arrow, (Broncos), Lamar Liolavave and Watson Heleta, (Tigers), Te Maire Martin, (Penrith), Jaelen Feeney (Newcastle), Isaac Liu (Roosters), Cory Norman (Parramatta), Henare Wells (NZ Warriors), Greg Eastwood (Bulldogs), and Blake Leary (Manly).
The school wishes all of theses boys the best of luck and we will be following the action closely.....
|SHARKS TAKE ON TRAVELLING RAIDERS IN JUNIOR REP TRIALS
The Canberra Raiders travelled to Cronulla with four teams on 2 buses for their trial games against defending National & State Champions, the Cronulla Sharks.
MORE SOON - Delay due to power outage for a couple hours after todays footy
|Footy is Back !! NSWRL Junior Rep Trials
Cronulla Sharks travel to play the Newcastle Knights @ Dora Creek
Game One – 12.00pm - HM Development
Game Two – 1:20pm - Harold Matthews
Game Three – 2:40pm - SG Ball Development
Game Four – 4:00pm - SG Ball
17's, HM & SGB - Bulldogs vs Wests - Saturday Kirkham Oval
Parra v Penrith HMC SG Ball
|NSW U16S INDIGENOUS SQUAD
Story By : NSWRL
LEADING THE WAY: The NSW Indigenous Under-16s' squad will face Queensland in the curtain-raiser to the All Stars match in February.
The NSW Under-16s Indigenous Squad has been announced ahead of their clash with Queensland Murri as the curtain-raiser to the All Stars match at Suncorp Stadium on 13 February.
The NSW Under-16s Indigenous Squad is as follows:
14 Rylee Sines
1 Jordan Allan
2 Jack Carney
3 Blaine Gordon
4 Ethan Jacky
5 Kevin Kennedy
6 Jordan Little
7 William Lockwood
8 Winston McBride
9 Bradley Middlebrook
10 Brock Naden
11 Ayden Pittman-Lyon
12 Blake Roberts
13 Darryl Sharpley
15 Mathew Smith
16 Ky Smith
17 Brock Styles
18 Luciano Svagelli
19 Ali Taufa'ao
20 Jeramiah Trindall