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Joshua Fauid Wavell SHS v Matraville SHS
Joshua Fauid Wavell SHS v Matraville SHS
GIO SCHOOLBOYS CUP (not the official logo, just a foto of the big screen) gio schoolboys trophy
 
PREVIEW: South QUEENSLAND SCHOOLBOY CUP QUARTER FINALS
Story & Photo By : QRL Media

Eight schools converge at Wynnum’s BMD Kougari Oval on Wednesday for the GIO National Schoolboy Cup South Queensland quarter finals.

Ipswich (3) v Morayfield (7) 1.30pm

Third-placed Ipswich open the day when they take on Morayfield State High. Morayfield qualified via the Gee Cup by defeating St Marys and Harristown the following week.

Corey Horsburgh, Mitchell McPaul, Hayden Evans and Michael have represented the Sunshine Coast schoolboys side for state titles this year, with Horsburgh and McPaul earning start with Redcliffe Dolphins in the Colts competition.

“The boys have really bought into the concept of team football and working together to achieve a good result… we have the belief that if play to our potential we can match it with anyone.,” coach Dmitri Faolua said.

The Morayfield side is made predominantly from students within their catchment area.

Palm Beach Currumbin (4) v St Peter Claver College (8) 2.45pm

Skippered by Sean Garner at lock, Palm Beach Currumbin enter this match with a very mobile pack led by Queensland schoolboy reps Jack Peacock (prop) and Brent Woolf (hooker).

While PBC’s strength is up front, coach Geoff Bagnall said his side has some exciting and powerful backs, in particular centre pairing Shay Compain and Malachi Morgan.

“Both players are capable of busting defence on opposing teams edges,” he said. “Our halves pairing Nathan Kocass and Dylan McLaren steer our team around the park and also trouble teams with crafty attack.”

Their opponents St Peter Claver College progressed through the Level 2 Gee Shield competition by beating Redcliffe and Murgon.

The side has a number of Ipswich Jets Cyril Connell and Mal Meninga representatives.

“We are under no illusions about the challenge that we face against Palm Beach Currumbin who have been at the top of Schoolboy Rugby League in Qld for a very long time,” coach Todd Riggs said.

“Our aim against Palm Beach is to compete for the full 60 minutes and see how long we can match motors with them.”

Wavell (2) v Coombabah (5) 4.00pm

Wavell State High School finished second in the Broncos Langer Trophy, only dropping one game to eventual pool leaders Keebra.

The again loom as one of the heavy weight sides in this competition.

They take on an understrength Coombabah side, who have ten players under 16 this weekend.

Coach Rod Pryor said six players had suffered fractures.

"We'll give it our best shot, we won't be able to match Wavell for size but we'll throw the ball around a bit and see how we go," he said. "We've got nothing to lose, so that's the mindset we're going in with." Pryor said Luke Mastroianni, Konrad Edwards and Vito Sula-Fiasoi were key players for his side.

Keebra Park (1) v Marsden (6) 5.15pm

A young Marsden outfit face the big challenge of taking on the might of first-placed Keebra.

The two teams have met once this season, with Keebra earning a 12-point win. Marsden coach Kev Stephensen said he was proud of his school’s efforts to date.

“For a team half made up of 16 year olds playing against bigger boys who are 17 and 18 years old, they have done an amazing job just to be competitive,” he said. “We have played well in patches throughout the season… our fullback Corey Allan has been a standout all year and he has just kept getting better every game.”

Keebra earned top seeding with top spot in the Broncos Langer Trophy.

After beating Marsden 28-16, they toppled Coombabah 54-16 before narrowly beating Wavell 18-10.

Nine Keebra Boys were successful in gaining spots in the South Coast Under 18 squad earlier this year.
Erina Heights Public School 2015 NSWRL All SChools U12A Champions with Brad Fitler
Erina Heights Public School 2015 NSWRL All SChools U12A Champions with Brad Fitler
NSWRL ALL SCHOOLS PRIMARY ALL SCHOOLS CARNIVAL RESULTS

Congratulations to all the teams who competed in the 71st NSWRL All Schools Carnival.

Holy Family Public School, St Therese Mascot, Kurnell Public School, Christian Brothers Lewisham, Blairmont Public School and Erina Heights Public School have been crowned New South Wales Rugby League All Schools champions after the first day of competition in Western Sydney today.

More than 1500 children and 100 primary schools travelled from all parts of the state – from Kingscliff and Kyogle, to Tamworth, Gerringong and Port Macquarie – for the biggest day of the 71st NSWRL All Schools Carnival.

Nothing could stop Holy Family Public School (under-9s), St Therese Mascot (under-10s Div A), Kurnell Public School (under-10s Div B), Christian Brothers Lewisham (under-11s), Blairmont Public School (under-12s Div A) and Erina Heights Public School (under-12s Div B) though, presented their champions medals by NSWRL legend Brad Fittler at a busy St Marys Leagues Stadium this afternoon following a jam-packed day that saw action played across five separate fields.

Tomorrow’s All Schools (Secondary) Carnival action sees high-school students from across the state take the field, before the Elite and Girls sides compete for titles on Wednesday.

Among the next generation of rugby league talent at this year’s All Schools Carnival are Matt Arthur, the son of Parramatta Eels coach Brad Arthur, and Wendell Sailor’s sons, Tristan Sailor and Jackson Watson.

A summary of daily results is available here, with a video-highlights package here.

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Here are the winners across all six primary school age groups:
Under 9s Under 10s Div A
Holy Family Public School 22 - 12 Curl Curl North Public School
St Therese Mascot 24 - 18 St Paul the Apostle, Winston Hills
Under 10s Div B Under 11s
Kurnell Public School 30 - 0 St Andrew’s Public School
Christian Brothers Lewisham 22 - 18 Bateau Bay Public School
Under 12s Div A Under 12s Div B
Blairmont Public School 12 - 6 St Agnes Port Macquarie
Erina Heights Public School 16 - 12 Denman Public School
Aquinas College Menai 2014 NSWRL All Schools u15 Champions (Photo : g reader / OurFootyTeam.com)
Aquinas College Menai 2014 NSWRL All Schools u15 Champions (Photo : g reader / OurFootyTeam.com)
This amazing team from Aquinas College Menai have won the NSWRL all Schools 7 years in a row
Aquinas College Season 2015 So FAR

CCC Cup competition
Victorious in Gala day held at Norford park (3 games, including close win against Holy Spirit Lakemba in final qualifier) – Kieran Wyld, Dean Tatsis, Matt Azar best players

Round of 16 game vs St.Pauls Kempsey – Won 40 – 0 up in Kempsey (Matt Azar MOM, Brodey Castle good)

Gio SCHOOLBOY Trophy

Began with Sharks’ Knockout victory winning 5 games.

Close final against De la Salle Cronulla coming from 8-0 down with 6 minutes remaining.( Reece Burns Player of tournament)

Defeated Georges River College, Oatley 32-6 and Strathfield South High School 38-6 (Dean Tatsis, Josh Bradstock, Dylan Xerri best players)

Defeated Northern Beaches College, Freshwater – 32-10. (Bailey Lang mom)

Defeated St.Francis Xavier, Hamilton 18-14. Came from 14-6 down with ten minutes remaining. (Dean Tatsis mom, Blayke Brailey, Josh Bradstock, James Roumanos played well

Defeated Patrcian Brothers, Fairfield 40-20 in GIO trophy city Final.

Were down 16-0 after 13 minutes.
Josh Bradstock – GIO most trusted player, Dean Tatsis outstanding. Bailey Lang, Kieran Wyld, Matt Azar big games.

Whilst we have some outstanding individual players the real strength of the Aquinas College football side is the way that we perform as a team.

Time and time again the boys have shown resilience and determination to simply find a way to win.

There is great belief amongst the playing group and a drive to be the best Aquinas Rugby League team in History.

Coach: Charlie McGee
Trainer : Peter Burke
Curtis Scott accepting his 2015 Sharks Junior Rep Player of the Year award from Sharks NRL player & former Endeavour Shipmate Nu Brown (Photo : Steve Montgomery / ourfootyteam.com)
Curtis Scott accepting his 2015 Sharks Junior Rep Player of the Year award from Sharks NRL player & former Endeavour Shipmate Nu Brown (Photo : Steve Montgomery / ourfootyteam.com)
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CELEBRATING SUCCESS | Junior Rep presentation

Successful in claiming not only the Matthews Cup and SG Ball titles but also National Championships in the under-16's and under 18's, the Sharks 2015 junior rep teams were celebrated and congratulated at the annual Junior Representative Presentation event at Sharkies tonight.

Awards were handed out, speeches made and those most closely associated with the teams praised for their tireless efforts, with players, parents, coaches and staff joining together on a night to recognise the outstanding feats of the Sharks junior rep teams.

Not only did the Sharks claim their first-ever SG Ball crown, but to do so during a season in which the under-16 Matthews Sharks also took out the prestigious NSWRL title, was a first for Cronulla and an accomplishment achieved by very few other clubs.

Added to that both teams, despite injuries to some key players after bruising Grand Finals the week prior, went on to beat the Townsville Stingers in the two age groups to claim the National Championships.

While a difficult task to single out individuals after what were team efforts in winning both titles, the coaches did manage to name who they thought were their best players throughout the respective campaigns.

This year coaches and staff also came up with a ‘try of the year' and a ‘tackle of the year' for the two teams, in addition to the major awards.

Awards were presented by coaches Glenn Brailey and Dave Howlett, Sharks Elite Coaching Development Manager John Morris, NRL Head Coach Shane Flanagan and NRL squad members Anthony Tupou, Jacob Gagan and Fa'amanu Brown.

SG Ball Captain and centre Curtis Scott was a worthy winner of the major award, the 2015 Junior Rep Player of the Year, in addition to his SG Ball best player award.

During what has been an outstanding year for the local junior, Scott has also represented NSW in the Origin under-18's and was recently selected in the Australian Schoolboys side.

Other major award winners on the night were Daniel Vasquez (SG Ball – Coaches Award), Semisi Kioa (Matthews - Coaches) and Fine Kula (Matthews Player of the Year).

Sharks Group CEO Lyall Gorman also spoke, while Club Chairman Damien Keogh was a part of the crowd on the night.

All players also took home their actual playing jerseys, an embroidered Coaches Jacket and a glossy 96-page Yearbook documenting their journey through the 2015 season.

Following were the award winners from tonight's presentation event
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SHARKS 2015 JUNIOR REP PLAYER OF THE YEAR
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HAROLD MATTHEWS CUP SG BALL CUP
Coaches Award – Semisi Kioa
Player of the Year – Fine Kula
Coaches Award – Daniel Vasquez
Player of the Year – Curtis Scott
MATTHEWS CUP TACKLE OF THE YEAR SG BALL TACKLE OF THE YEAR
Luke Metcalf v Wests Semi Final Cameron Scott v Souths Grand Final
MATTHEWS CUP TRY OF THE YEAR SG BALL TRY OF THE YEAR
Lachlan Smith v Wests Semi Final Will Kennedy v Newcastle, Round 4
2015 REP PLAYERS
Lachlan Smith
Jaeman Salmon
Luke Metcalf
Dylan Smith
Curtis Scott
Daniel Vasquez
Billy Magoulias
Brock Ilett
QUEENSLAND UNDER 18'S
Cronulla Sharks junior Reps stats
Keenan Yorston
AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLBOYS 15 YRS MERIT TEAM AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLBOYS 18YRS TO PLAY NZ
Isaac Longmuir
Bronson Xerri
Curtis Scott
Blayke Brailey
Daniel Vasquez
NSW CCC Under 15s NSW CCC Under 18s
Isaac Longmuir Kyle Flanagan
Blayke Brailey
Cameron Scott
Daniel Vasquez
Kai Broadhurst
Bronson Xerri
Will Kennedy
Curtis Scott
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Photo - courtesy Steve Montgomery/ourfootyteam.com - Curtis Scott accepting his 2015 Sharks Junior Rep Player of the Year award
NSWCHS celebrate winning the 2015 Australian Schoolboys Championships (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
NSWCHS celebrate winning the 2015 Australian Schoolboys Championships (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
24 - 18 nswcccNSW
CCC
TRIES : Joshua Carr, Tre Williams, Adam Keighran, Liam Cassidy, Scott Drinkwater
GOALS : Reuben Garrick 2
TRIES : Dylan O'Connor, Kyle Flanagan, Ben Cassell
GOALS : Nathan Cleary 3
NSWCHS TAKE NATIONAL OUT CROWN
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NSWCHS are the 2015 Australian Schoolboys Champions after a great game of schoolboys footy to defeat fellow New South Welshmen the NSWCCC in today Championhip Final at the Collegians Sports Complex.

MORE SOON + PLENTY OF GREAT FOTOS + AUSSIE SCHOOLBOYS TEAM

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NSWCHS v NSWCCC
| 1st HALF | 2nd HALF |

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2015 Australian Schoolboys
2015

AUSTRALIAN

SCHOOLBOYS
TEAM
1 NSWCIS Ryan PAPENHUYZEN Oak Hill College, Castle Hill
2 QLD Tyronne ROBERTS-DAVIS Keebra Park State High School, Gold Coast – Qld
3 NSWCHS Curtis SCOTT Endeavour Sports High, Caringbah
4 NSWCHS Reuben GARRICK Kiama High School, Kiama
5 NSWCHS Tre WILLIAMS Karabar High School, Queanbeyan
6 NSWCCC Nathan CLEARY St Dominics College, Kingswood
7 NSWCIS Scott DRINKWATER Terrigal High School, Terrigal
8 NSWCHS Jye CHALLENOR Westfields Sports High School, Fairfield
9 NSWCCC Blayke BRAILEY Aquinas Catholic College, Menai
10 NSWCCC Jayden BUTTERFIELD All Saints College St Mary Campus, Maitland
11 NSWCIS Cameron MURRAY Newington College, Stanmore
12 NSWCHS Adam KEIGHRAN Endeavour Sports High, Caringbah
13 QLD Reuben COTTER Sarina State High, Sarina
       
14 QLD David FAUID Wavell State High, Brisbane
15 NSWCIS Ray STONE Wollondilly Anglican College, Wollondilly
16 NSWCHS Bayley FAULL Terrigal High School, Terrigal
17 NSWCCC Daniel VASQUEZ St Patrick College, Sutherland
STAFF
Coach Brian Battese NSWCCC
       
Team Manager Kort Goodman QLD
Trainer Peter Burke NSWCCC
Physiotherapist Ben Heidenreich  
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QUEENSLAND AND WA RETAIN U15 CHAMPIONSHIPS

15 YEARS MERIT TEAM POOL A
1 QLD M 1 Dejzha Pene Wavell State High School
2 NSWCHS 1 Tyrell Mayfield Randwick Boys High School
3 NSWCHS 4 Bronson Xerri Endeavour Sports High School
4 QLD M 3 Jack Paterson Wavell State High School
5 NSWCIS 1 Albert Hopoate St Augustine's College, Brookvale
6 QLD M 6 Cory Paix St Marys College Toowoomba
7 QLD M 7 Tanah Boyd Keebra Park State High School
8 QLD M 10 Geordie Brand Keebra Park State High School
9 NSWCCC 9 Isaac Longmuir De La Salle College, Caringbah
10 NSWCHS 20 Stefano Utoikumanu Westfields Sports High School
11 QLD M 11 David Fifita Keebra Park State High School
12 NSWCHS 10 Lindsay Smith Westfields Sports High School
13 NSWCHS 11 Shawn Blore The Hills Sports High School
 
15 YEARS MERIT TEAM POOL B
1 WA 1 Jaylen Tuapola Aranmore Catholic College
2 WA 16 Leevai Sutton Halls Head Community College
3 Victoria 3 Antonio Sanele Wallan Secondary College
4 NT 4 Ramone Lewin O'Loughlin Catholic College, Darwin
5 SA 20 Tane Western Aberfoyle Park High
6 SA 7 James Du Preez Adelaide High School
7 Victoria 7 Tangata Teroi Thomastown Secondary College
8 Victoria 10 Redford Tiatia Hallam Senior College
9 WA 9 Jackson Topine Ellenbrook Secondary College
10 WA 10 Tyler Nicholson Rockingham Senior High School
11 Victoria 11 Shalom Oofou Wallan Secondary College
12 WA 17 Tomas Reid Sacred Heart College, Sorrento
13 WA 13 Trent Manihera-Paul Thornlie Senior High School
 
Australian Schoolboys u15s
CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
Qld Maroon 30 - 10 NSWCHS
JOHN ALLEN TROPHY
VICTORIA 10 - 16 Western AUSTRALIA
NSWCHS u15s are into this years Australian Schoolboys Championship Final after a close win over NSWCCC (Photo : n broadhurst / OurFootyTeam.com)
NSWCHS u15s are into this years Australian Schoolboys Championship Final after a close win over NSWCCC (Photo : n broadhurst / OurFootyTeam.com)
AUSTRALIAN u15 SCHOOLBOY CHAMPS - DAY 5 RESULTS
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After 5 days of fantastic schoolboy rugby league, we are down to the finals of the Australian u15s Schoolboys Championships, shotz to all players, we are sure its been a mad experience & heaps of fun.

Friday's big game at St. Marys Stadium is the National u15 Schoolboys Championship which will see Queensland Maroon get it on with the NSWCHS boiz, a strong & improving Victoria take on WA in the John Allen Trophy

GOOD LUCK TO ALL TEAMS !!
2015 TASSELL TROPHY CLUB CHALLENGE

CAIRNS FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

Under 14’s Carnival will be held at Vico Oval, Irene St Mooroobool, Cairns on the weekend of 26th& 27th September 2015. (Middle weekend of QLD School Holidays)

Join us for a fantastic weekend of Rugby League action.

JOIN US IN THE TROPICS FOR YOUR END OF SEASON TRIP

Nomination form, Carnival Rules and other information are on the website – www.kangaroos.net.au go to Roos Juniors

For further information contact
Carnival Convenors: Robbie Moore Ph. 0437 662 950 Email : r.moore@qrl.com.au
Alby Anderson Ph. 0448 812 005 Email: aanderson@nrl.com.au
Carnival Secretary: Robert McDougall Ph. 0407 740 003 Email tasselltrophychallenge@gmail.com
The Ipswich State High School firsts rugby league team prepares for its final round Super Six match against Keebra Park High. David Nielsen
The Ipswich State High School firsts rugby league team prepares for its final round Super Six match against Keebra Park High. David Nielsen
LONG TERM VISION COMES SOONER THAN EXPECTED

WHEN Lee Addison took over as Ipswich State High School director of rugby league three years ago, this was his vision.

To have his team playing off for the mantle of best schoolboys team in Queensland.

But Addison knows the work is far from over, with Keebra Park High presenting an Uluru sized speed hump blocking the path to the title of Queensland's best schoolboy rugby league team.

A win for Keebra Park in the final round of the Super Six competition at Southport on Wednesday will secure the number one ranking, while Ipswich has to win by an unlikely 26 points to claim it.

"This is our acid test to see how far we have come as a team, as a group and as an Academy," Addison said.

"Two years ago this week, our first grade were preparing for a CISSSA fixture at Karalee Tornadoes' ground.

"I remember joking with the staff about us one day playing against Keebra.

"At that time it seemed years away.

"It's arrived earlier than expected."
Dennis Allen on the attack for Dubbo during yesterday's Astley Cup match in Orange. (Photo: STEVE GOSCH)
Dennis Allen on the attack for Dubbo during yesterday's Astley Cup match in Orange. (Photo: STEVE GOSCH)
DUBBO SENIOR COLLEGE 48 - 6 ORANGE HIGH SCHOOL
   
DUBBO DOMINATE ASTLEY CUP LEAGUE TIE

A DOGGED first-half defensive display from Orange High School wasn't enough to stop the rampaging Dubbo Senior College rugby league side, the visitors recording a thumping 48-6 Astley Cup victory at Wade Park on Friday.

Opening the final day of the second tie of the 2015 Astley Cup, Dubbo bagged the game's opening try through nippy centre Dennis Allen and for the most part threatened every time they touched the ball.

But, as they did in a memorable 30-28 victory over Bathurst High a week earlier, the Orange scramble defence was first class, with one Charlie Bubb cover tackle on a flying Connor Sing with the line wide open bringing the tiny but raucous Orange High School barmy army contingent to its feet.

It was never going to be enough though.

Big, strong and with speed out wide, Sing soon muscled his way over for his side's second try at the 27-minute mark before Allen bagged his second two minutes later, the boot of Dane Cox nailing both conversions to take the score out to 16-0.

On the stroke of half-time, Hamish Astill put Phillip Combridge over for Dubbo's fourth try of the morning, Cox again making no mistake in adding the extras to bump the visitors out to a 22-0 lead at the break.

Dubbo then went on to score six more second half tries, while Orange's only points came on the back of a successful penalty goal attempt from halfback Hayd'n Baragry at with 55-minute mark with the score a 36-0 and a late, consolation try to arguably the home side's best, Charlie Bubb.

The 42-point flogging was obviously not the result OHS coach Anthony Wharton was banking on, but he believes with a youthful side at his disposal the future is bright.

"It is a relatively young team, we're going to lose a couple of the year 12s but we'll regroup next year," Wharton said.

"I think, to be honest, we played our grand final last week against Bathurst and just couldn't back it up.

"Dubbo were very solid today and played in the spirit of the game and had a good unit."

For the hosts, Bubb and his backrow partner Hugh Taylor were impressive, as was lock Luke Stunden and prop Blake O'Neill.

Dubbo's list of impressive performers was long, but none stood taller than Allen.

"We've had a lot of late changes today and brought in a bloke, Dennis Allen. He played in the centres and I thought he was outstanding for us," Dubbo coach Craig May said.

"Orange came to play, and I thought their defence in that first 20 minutes was strong, and they were committed to their school.

"We were patient, and in the end we got the rewards for our patience."

DUBBO SENIOR COLLEGE 48 def ORANGE HIGH SCHOOL 6
DUBBO COLLEGE LOSE ASTLEY CUP TIE
Story & Photo By : Dubbo's Daily LIBERAL

ORANGE High School has overcome an early scare to keep its Astley Cup hopes alive with a 490-310 win over Dubbo College on Friday.

After entering day two with a 112-point deficit, the black and red army from Dubbo marched back into contention courtesy of a 48-6 win in the rugby league.

But the points gained from that win were quickly lost again courtesy of a hefty 18-0 loss in the girls hockey, a result which all but ended Dubbo's chances of a comeback.

The honours were shared over the final two sports but in the end Orange enjoyed a 180-point victory, which has them back in contention after they were beaten by Bathurst High in the first round of the annual competition.

The question of who will hoist the trophy aloft will come down to next week's tie in Dubbo, with a Bathurst win ensuring them of the title.

A win to Dubbo however, will probably put the trophy in the hands of the defending champions from the colour city.
England u15s rugby leagueEngland Youth
professional club &
community club in brackets
Callum McClelland (Castleford Tigers, Lock Lane)
Robbie Storey (Hull FC, West Hull)
Jack Brown (Hull FC, East Hull)
Callum Tranmer (Hull FC, West Hull)
Adam Rooks (Hull KR, East Hull)
Kiedan Hartley (Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds)
Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos, Newsome Panthers)
Paul Nash (St Helens, Blackbrook Royals)
Matthew Ashcroft (St Helens, Chorley Panthers)
Joshua Pinder (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Shaw Cross Sharks)
Joseph Summers (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Dewsbury Celtic)
Matthew Heritage (Warrington Wolves, Woolston Rovers)
Tyler Lancaster (Warrington Wolves, Kells)
Andrew Bulman (Warrington Wolves, Wath Brow)
Joe Edge (Widnes Vikings, Widnes Moorfield)
Jordan Parr (Wigan Warriors, Rochdale Mayfield)
Joseph Shorrocks (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)
Samuel Storey (Wigan Warriors, East Leeds)
Nathan Wilde (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Judes)
Callum Green (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Judes)
ENGLAND YOUTH PLAYERS SELECTED FOR WALES TEST
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England Youth coach Shane Eccles has selected 20 of the country’s brightest under-15s to play Wales at Taff Wells on Saturday August 22 (1.00pm).

The 20-man squad will get together on Saturday July 25 for a training session before going into camp in Cardiff on Wednesday August 19 ahead of their game against Wales.

Nine Super League clubs are represented in England’s Under-15s squad, which features five players from Wigan Warriors, three from Warrington Wolves, three from Hull FC, two each from Leeds Rhinos and St Helens, and one each from Widnes Vikings, Castleford Tigers and Hull Kingston Rovers

England Youth coach Shane Eccles said: “At the beginning of the year I picked an Under-16 squad who trained well together and performed against a tough France side.

“At this stage in the calendar I want to see what the country’s elite under-15s have to offer and how they adapt to different training and playing environments.

“These players have been doing a great job at their clubs on and off the field and this is their opportunity to take it to the next level to show me what they can do on the international stage.”
QUEENSLAND UNDER 18'S Photo: SMP IMAGES / QRL MEDIA
QUEENSLAND UNDER 18'S Photo: SMP IMAGES / QRL MEDIA
2015 U18s - NSW v QLD
Wed June 17 @ The MCG
QLD
22 - 18
TRIES : Thomas Mikaele, Tristan Hope, Jadyn Su'a, Joshua Fauid
GOALS : Joshua Fauid 2
TRIES : Ryan Papenhuyzen, Curtis Scott, Reimis Smith
GOALS : Brock Lamb 3
1/2 TIME : 12 - 12
Man of the Match:
Joshua Fauid (Queensland)
QLD UNDER 18s CLAIM COMEBACK WIN
Story & Photo By : QRL Media

A man of the match performance from Joshua Fauid helped Queensland claim a win over NSW in their Under 18s match earlier this evening.

Fauid scored the match-winning try with nine minutes remaining in the game to seal the match in front of more than 30,000 spectators.

However, the Queensland side had to endure a nervous final few minutes as NSW pressed hard for an equaliser with NSW five-eighth Brock Lamb denied a try in the closing stages of the match due to a double movement.

In a match that was evenly matched for most of the game; things did not start well for the young Maroons, with NSW able to get out to a 12-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.

Fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen was the first to cross the tryline and was followed soon after by Cronulla centre Curtis Scott putting Queensland firmly on the back foot.

However, when they got their chance close to the NSW line, a strong run from Ipswich product Thomas Mikaele got Queensland on the scoreboard.

They chased hard for the rest of the half and were finally rewarded when Toowoomba hooker Tristan Hope was able to break through at the stroke of halftime to draw scores level 12-12.

As they were in the first half, the NSW side were again the first to score in the half with Reimis Smith picking up a spilled ball at the back to put his side back in the lead.

It was a deft kick into the in-goal by Fauid six minutes later that earned a goal line drop out for Queensland and forward Jaydn Su’A was able to convert the opportunity when a charging run at the line saw him plant the ball.

In a moment of drama, Fauid’s conversion attempt hit the post and left Queensland trailing 18-16 with time seemingly running out.

While disappointed to miss the equally kick, the Norths Devils half did not drop his head and remained involved and alert to all chances.

With the line beckoning, but NSW’s defence holding on; Queensland keep the ball alive with some ‘hot potato’ passing at the line before Fauid spotted a hole to run in and score the match-winner.

Some well positioned high kicks caused Queensland some headaches in the final stages of the match as they had all game – but their defence was good enough to claim the win in front of the Melbourne crowd.

QUEENSLAND (Thomas Mikaele, Tristan Hope, Jaydn Su’A, Joshua Fauid tries; Joshua Fauid 3 goals) def NSW (Ryan Papenhuyzen, Curtis Scott, Reimis Smith tries; Brock Lamb 3 goals) at the MCG

Man of the Match: Joshua Fauid (Queensland)
KEEBRA FLICK THE SWITCH

With chants of I..P..P…Y……I…P…P…Y, the much anticipated Keebra Park versus Ipswich SHS under 14 game began…… However it was Keebra who were H..A..P…P..Y when they came away with a much needed confidence boosting win.

The Keebra 14’s have produced a mixed bag of results over the past month, much of it due to a lack of self- belief and a few lapses of concentration that have seen score-lines blow out and results go against them.

Once again this week the boys took the field with a somewhat depleted side but managed to complete their first four sets that laid a platform for two quick fire tries.

This flurry of scoring seemed to unsettle the Ippy boys and although they are a very capable side they never managed to get their heads back in the game.

It was a pleasing win for Keebra as they faced off against former students who now wear the Blue and Purple of Ipswich.

Some solid defence by William, TJ, Eli and Roma was complemented by some hard metres gained by Keenan, Noah and Bryson.

The centres and wings were in safe hands with Phoenix, Jordan, Dre and Luffy proving hard to beat. The forwards were directed well by Lennox with Keoni and Raven steering the boys in the attacking zone while Wallace and Logan provided interchange options.

Next week is a bye for the 14’s and then its knockouts.

In other news good luck to the 9 boys contesting the Under 15 National Championships and lets all get down to Southport Tigers next Wednesday as the Open A side take to the field against the Ipswich SHS Opens.
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Players from St Peter Claver and Redbank Plains scramble for the ball during this week's Gee Shield match. (Photo : Inga Williams)
ST PETER CLAVER EMERGES ON TOP

WITH Ipswich State High School proving itself in the state's elite schoolboys competition, St Peter Claver College has proven it remains the best of the rest in Ipswich.

SPCC firsts beat Redbank Plains State High firsts 32-12 at Redbank Plains on Wednesday to end the home team's prospects of a Gee Shield semi-final appearance.

With two losses from four games, Redbank Plains are out of the running, leaving SPCC and undefeated Toowoomba school team St Mary's as the probable semi-finalists from their pool.

"We were pretty poor in Opens but our year 10s were okay," Redbank Plains rugby league co-ordinator and firsts coach Michael Armstrong said.

Redbank Plains won the grade 10, De Vere Shield clash 30-24.

However that is little consolation for the firsts, whose season is over after just the four games of the Gee Shield.

"It's definitely disappointing but the distance we've travelled is positive," Armstrong said.

"Things we've put in place, not necessarily on the field, but in terms of bys taking responsibility, has been good.

"Our year 10 team is going well so hopefully next year we can go a bit further."

It was SPCC's first game in the competition, following two forfeits.

But you would not have known it to see the way they started the match.

SPCC led 26-0 at half-time, by which point the match was as good as over.

"They just blew us away early," Armstrong said. "I think we only completed one set in the first half.

"It took us way too long to get into the contest."

Redbank Plains paid the price for letting external maters affect them rather than sticking to the game plan.

"One guy took a big hit early and a few of our guys thought it should have been a penalty for a shoulder charge," Armstrong said.

"It knocked our confidence a bit and we didn't recover.

"If you're giving them that much footy they're going to punish you."

One Redbank Plains player who played up to expectations and has exceeded them this season is been lock Michael Eldridge.

"He's a workhorse who just doesn't stop," Armstrong said.

"He'll tackle and tackle and tackle."

The two schools' second grade sides also played each other in the CISSSA Tornadoes Cup competition, with SPCC winning 14-10.

Meanwhile, Ipswich State High has made it three from four in Queensland's premier schoolboys competition, the Super 6 to move into second spot on the table.

Ipswich beat Marsden State High 20-4 on Wednesday to set up a top of the table clash against unbeaten Keebra Park High in a fortnight.
Regional champions: Sarah Redfern High School's rugby league side (pictured) have won the Sydney South West regional final for the NSW Combined High School’s University Shield for the second time in a row. The side was coached by Shane Sultana (centre). Picture: Jeff de Pasquale.
Sarah Redfern High School's rugby league side (pictured) have won the Sydney South West regional final for the NSW Combined High School's University Shield for the second time in a row. The side was coached by Shane Sultana (centre). Picture: Jeff de Pasquale.
SARAH REDFERN HIGH SCHOOL'S DOUBLE DELIGHT IN NSWCHS UNIVERSITY SHIELD

Sarah Redfern High School students recently triumphed 44-4 over Ingleburn High School in the Sydney South West regional final of the the NSW Combined High School’s University Shield at Liverpool Catholic Club Sport Complex, Prestons.

The Sarah Redfern rugby league side have developed a winning habit as this is the second consecutive year the school has won the regional final.

The school’s rugby league co-ordinator Shane Sultana said the competition was a great chance for the players to experience elite levels of competition and quality teams from across the state.

‘‘The game was a played in a tough spirit by both schools with Sarah Redfern maintaining control through possession,’’ he said.

‘‘[There was] outstanding performances by Justice Utatao, Tim Crawford, Raka Poaru and captained by Caine Warby.’’

‘‘This a great reward for a young group of players and we are hoping that they will have an opportunity to receive a trial from NRL clubs as a reward for the efforts.’’

Sultana also expressed his delight that his young squad was able to reproduce the feats of the school’s more experienced squad that won the regional final last year.

Sarah Redfern’s regional winning squad is one of 20 teams that have qualified for the knockout phase of the competition.

The team will now face the winner of the round one match played between the regional winners of the Hunter and South Coast region winners that will be contested on June 26.

Round two of the competition is expected to be played on July 24.

Squad List: Lincoln Kosena, Matofa Alofia (Vice Captain), Pua Moera, Caine Warby (Captain), Kara Oeurn, Nephi Medland, Anitone Namalauula, Lyndnell Nio, Matafa Alofia, Victor Fretton, Samuel Kimi Ioane, Kepa Rawhiti, Justice Utatao, Bailey Joyce, Raka Poaru, Tim Crawford, Austine Selesele, Maurice Salei, Markus Seiuli, Terance Silao, Michael Chan Check, Blake Leaver, Coach — Shane Sultana.
 
Endeavour Fullback William Kennedy wins the " gio Most Trusted Player" award in the gio Schoolboy Cup match v Illawarra SHS at Shark Park (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
gio Most Trusted Player Will Kennedy talks to nrl.com'a Nathan Beuman after the game (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
gio Most Trusted Player Will Kennedy talks to nrl.com'a Nathan Beuman after the game (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
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ENDEAVOUR v ILLAWARRA

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gio SCHOOLBOY CUP MATCH REPORT - ENDEAVOUR v ILLAWARRA

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Endeavour Sports High have started their GIO Cup title defence in style, handing Illawarra Sports High a hefty 38-10 loss at Remondis Stadium.

While Endeavour outscored their opponents eight tries to two, the scoreboard was not a true indication of how well Illawarra played, with home side scoring 28 of their 38 points in the first and last five minutes of the match.

Despite a lack of field position and an 8-3 penalty count stacked against them last Monday, Endeavour showed their class at times, breaking tackles at will in the first half, while both centres, Lachlan Hughes and Curtis Scott, bagged themselves a hat trick each.

Endeavour were firing from the opening whistle, with fullback and GIO Most Trusted player, William Kennedy, making a break with his sides first touch of the after, before putting Lachlan Hughes in for a try two tackles later.

Adam Keighran was unable to convert from 15 metres in from touch, leaving the score at 4-0 after just three minutes.

The home side were in again two minutes later, when Curtis Scott used his pace off the scrum to get around the defender and score untouched in the corner.

This time Keighran was able to convert from out wide, extending Endeavours lead out to 10-0 with eight minutes gone.

Illawarra managed to get one back in the 10th minute, when a Zaan Weatherall bomb forced an error at the back, before Kyle Hardie dived on the loose ball to draw his side to within four points following Weatherall’s conversion.

Just when it felt as though Illawarra was starting to build some pressure on Endeavour, Curtis Scott, the only remaining player from last year’s grand final, scored two more tries in three minutes to give the home side a 20-4 lead after 16 minutes.

A string of penalties had Endeavour on the back foot, before Illawarra’s right centre James Jagot took advantage of poor marker defence to score his sides second four pointer, and send the visitors into the sheds down 20-10.

While Illawarra Sports head coach, Brett Kelly, would have been happy to only be down by 10 points at half time, a try less than two minutes into the second half to William Kennedy certainly would have had his blood boiling.

For the next 20 minutes, poor discipline and loose carries allowed Illawarra to camp down in the Endeavour red zone, but poor last tackle options and strong goal line defence saw Illawarra leave empty handed.

A try to Reece Robson and a double to Lachlan Hughes in the final five minutes rounded out a sizable, all be it hard fought, 38-10 victory for last years champions.

Endeavour have two remaining pool matches against Erindale College and All Saints Maitland, which are both away from Remondis Stadium, while Illawarra will have to travel to Canberra for an opportunity to advance to the knockout stage of the competition.
Endeavour & Illawarra SHS gio Schoolboy Cup teams after the match at Shark Park (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
Endeavour & Illawarra SHS gio Schoolboy Cup teams after the match at Shark Park (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
ENDEAVOUR SHAKEY IN CUP OPENER
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Endeavour Sports High School have started their 2015 gio Schoolboy Cup Champions title with a 38 - 10 win over Illawarra SHS at Shark Park today

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Western Rams coach Bernard Wilson has highlighted Dubbo's Kane McDermott as one of his key players in the lead-up to today's match against the Bidgee Bulls. Photo: CHERYL BURKE
WESTERN RAMS UNDER-16S PRIMED TO TAKE ON THE BIDGEE BULLS

WHEN coaching a representative team which covers a large area the biggest challenge is preparation and getting players from a number of different clubs to gel on and off the field.

The Western Rams have battled that issue for years but under-16s coach Bernard Wilson feels his side is more than ready for this weekend's Country Championships after a number of sessions together.

"I think if you want to be a chance then you need to make sacrifices and we've done that by training every week and that's meant travelling but the parents have been great and got to Manildra each week," Dubbo-based Wilson said.

"The application has been terrific and they're a great bunch of players."

While pleased with his side's lead up for today's clash with the Bidgee Bulls at Muswellbrook, Wilson is well aware how difficult the match will be against who he believes is the favourite to take out the Country Championships.

"Every game is tough, there's no doubt about that," he said.

"We respect that and they're the leading side at the moment, talent wise, but we're confident in the ability of our boys and we're there to win."

Wilson said a lot of the selection in his Rams team came down to the defensive ability of players, something he said will be vital to his side's chances tomorrow.

He highlighted South Dubbo hooker Kane McDermott as a key player while McDermott's club teammates Jai Merritt, Jake Davis, Kaidyn Hopkins and Clayton Couley are also in the team, along with St Johns' Bayden Searle.

"I think defensively across the board," Wilson replied when asked the strengths of his tram.

"The kids are tough enough to keep turning up and they're a good group defensively.

"If we can defend hard then our attack will roll off that, we've got to stay consistent and patient."

In terms of other key players, Wilson highlighted Bathurst St Pat's five-eighth Adam Fearnley as the team's dominant half while Parkes-based lock Darby Medlyn is another who Wilson said is important to the style of game he wants to play.

The Rams take on Bidgee at Muswellbrook's at Olympic Park at 10.25am today, following on from the earlier under-18s game.

WESTERN RAMS UNDER-16s: 1. Moung Dut (Orange CYMS), 2. Ethan Kennedy (Orange CYM), 3. Craig Tarr (Orange CYMS), 4. Jai Doolan (Cowra), 5. Aiden Kilburn (Bathurst St Pats), 6. Adam Fearnley (Bathurst St Pats), 7. Jai Merritt (South Dubbo), 8. Bradley Gaut (Red Bend), 9. Kane McDermott (South Dubbo), 10. Aydon Howland (Lithgow Storm), 11. Jack Davis (St Johns, Dubbo), 12. Kaidyn Hopkins (South Dubbo), 13. Darby Medlyn (Parkes Marist). Interchange: 14. Bayden Searle (St Johns, Dubbo), 15. Clayton Couley (South Dubbo), 16. Brodie King (Condobolin), 17. Charles Bible (Narromine), 18. Luke Gale (Gilgandra).
Ipswich State High is back in Super Six title contention following an upset win over last year's state champions Palm Beach Currumbin. David Nielsen
Ipswich State High is back in Super Six title contention following an upset win over last year's state champions Palm Beach Currumbin. David Nielsen
IPSWICH STATE HIGH TOPPLES STATE CHAMPS
Story & Photo By : jay buchan The Queensland Times

IN POSSIBLY the biggest win for an Ipswich school, the Ipswich State High's open firsts rugby league side has stormed back into Queensland Super Six title contention.

Ipswich upset defending state champions Palm Beach Currumbin 10-4 at Purga with a massive defensive effort.

The win puts Ipswich second on the ladder following a win and a loss in the opening two rounds.

The win followed coach Lee Addison's bold call to blood four newcomers to the team, following its 22-4 last round loss to Wavell High.

Wavell High had drawn with Palm Beach Currumbin earlier so Ipswich appeared vulnerable, with Jessie Zampech (wing), Kea Pere (wing), Monson Lang Sui (prop) and Bailey Payne (hooker) making their debuts at this level

"In my head I was asking, 'Has this team got the mental fortitude to fight back from defeat and grind one out?'" Addison said of his doubts before the match.

The question was answered as Ipswich scored a try in each half, both from dummy half scoots, to PBC's lone first half four-pointer.

Ipswich's try scorers were centre Kiko Manu and Kalani Ili, with Ili and his second row partner Raiden Fonoti drawing praise from their coach.

It was a match that highlighted the Ipswich team's defensive improvement, as PBC did not knock a ball on all match.

The visitors completed 86 percent of sets, compared to Ipswich's 59 percent.

But now he has the defence to repel the best in the state, Addison knows he has something valuable to build on.

"Our attack will come in good time," Addison said.

Ipswich hosts Marsden State High at Purga on Wednesday in round four of the Super Six competition.
nswccc 2015 rep teams selectednswccc 2015 rep teams selectedNSWCCC SELECT STATE REP TEAMS

After another very successful NSW CCC State Trails at St. Marys Stadium last week, NSWCCC Selectors have selected the 2015 NSWCCC u15 & u18s Rep teams to battle in the Australian Schoolboy Championships
NSWCCC UNDER 15s
Ayden Pittman-Lyon Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown
Benjamin Stevanovic Holy Cross College Ryde
Brock Gardner St Paul's High School Booragul
Cliff Leaaetoa Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown
Egan Butcher Marcellin College Randwick
Ethan Mokoia Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown
Harris Georgopoulos De La Salle College Caringbah
Isaac Longmur De La Salle College Caringbah
Jock Madden St Joseph's High School Aberdeen
John-Paul Nohra Parramatta Marist High Westmead
Joshua Boumelhem Holy Cross College Ryde
Luke Puru Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown
Mark Tepu-Smith All Saints Catholic Boys College Liverpool
Mathew Feagai St Francis De Sales Regional College Leeton
Matthew Nicholson Red Bend Catholic College Forbes
Reginald Alofipo Holy Cross College Ryde
Spencer Felise Leniu Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown
Tyran Ott All Saints College, St Peter's Campus Maitland
Zachary Cini St Dominic's College Kingswood
NSWCCC UNDER 18s
Antonio Mataele Soni Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown
Bailey Kai Shiach-Wise MacKillop Catholic College Warnervale
Ben Cassell Marist College Kogarah Bexley
Benjamin Thomas St Edward's College Gosford
Blayke Brailey Aquinas College Menai
Brodie Jones All Saints College, St Mary's Campus Maitland
Cameron Scott St Patrick's College Sutherland
Daniel Vasquez St Patrick's College Sutherland
Dylan O'Connor Champagnat Catholic College Maroubra
Jack Cogger MacKillop Catholic College Warnervale
James Tasipale Maronite College of the Holy Family Harris Park
Jayden Butterfield All Saints College, St Mary's Campus Maitland
Kurtis Dark St Clare's High School Taree
Kyle Flanagan De La Salle College Cronulla
Maxwell King All Saints College, St Mary's Campus Maitland
Nat Butcher Marcellin College Randwick
Nathan Cleary St Dominic's College Kingswood
Navaetangi Stefano Soni Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown
Raymond Maroun Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown
Vinnie Tikeri Patrician Brothers' College Fairfield
 
KEEBRA PARK SWING THE SWORD IN SUPER SIX

As the mists rose from the dewy grounds, a hundred loyal warriors disembarked their carriages and strode steadily into enemy territory. They were ready to do battle. The Northern enemy held the high ground but the Coast dwellers had been here before and knew that with a steady hand and by holding firm they would emerge victorious.

While it may sound like a scene from Game of Thrones, it was in fact the Wavell Homecoming round of the Broncos Super Six and with pride and a spot at the top of the table on the line it would make Game of Thrones look like little less than the episode in Neighbours when Json Donovan argued with Craig McCloughlin over who had stolen his pencil sharpener.

Keebra came into the game as favourites having disposed of Coombabah and Marsden while Wavell wore the tag of the ones to beat having shown well as the Met North team at the recent QSSRL Sate carnival at Arana Hills.

However before the main game there was the much anticipate clash of the juniors across the 13, 14, 15 age groups and the Open B game where a glimpse of the future of both “Programs” would be there for all to see.

Game one and two saw Keebra somewhat ambushed with the younger boys unfamiliar with the big crowds, big band and carnival atmosphere that is “Homecoming”. The 13s went down 18-10 and in quick succession the 14’s followed them on the wrong end of a 32-4 scoreline.

These boys will be better for the experience and come back bigger and stronger as always.

In the Open B game there were some ferocious early collisions and when the game settled down it was Keebra on top and this is where they stayed until with a final second try and conversion, Wavell managed to draw the game and save face in front of a growing parochial crowd.

The Keebra 15’s were always going to be difficult to beat with 9 Qld players and Wavell were considered the best chance so this game was probably as much anticipated as the Opens game.

An arm wrestle ensued and no side really managed to gain momentum with mistakes and poor last tackle options seeming to be the flavour of the day.

As the game progresses however Keebra did manage to create more opportunities through consistent completion of sets and ran out well deserved winners with an 18 point margin.

Keebra Park State High school
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In the Open division Wavell and Keebra would have to be the two most consistent teams over the past 5 years with Keebra managing to execute when it counted and Wavell often failing to capitalise on opportunities.

Going into this game Keebra were down three of their key players but the attitude has always been that there are no excuses with plenty of depth and opportunity presenting itself to the boys who got the call up.

The game kicked off and sustained pressure lead to a half time score line where Keebra were rarely not in control and a 12 nil half time score.

Wavell did put a few attacking sets together early in the second half but a try to Keebra at the midway point put the kybosh on any Wavell hopes of a comeback and the final 18-10 result was a fair reflection of a game that to some extent was spoiled by slippery conditions.

As hoards dispersed and the Coast dwellers returned to their own lands they were content and the mission had been completed. It was said there were celebrations in Westeros like never seen before.

On a more serious note it must be said that the entire Wavell school were fantastic hosts, and it was a privilege to be involved with such a well run and attended event.

In other news Palm Beach Currumbin went down to Ipswich SHS 10-6 and batteries last longer if you turn your lights off.

More news to follow including a rep wrap where we will interview the 11 boys who made the under 15 and 18 Qld sides.
Townsville STINGERS 2015 National U 18 Club Championships TeamPhoto (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeam.com)
Townsville STINGERS 2015 National U 18 Club Championships TeamPhoto (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeam.com)
QUEENSLAND UNDER 18 TEAM
Story BY : QRL Media

Queensland Rugby League has today announced the State Under 18 team to play New South Wales at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday, June 17.

The Queensland squad assembles in Melbourne next Thursday to prepare for the annual representative match.

As the curtain-raiser to Game II of the Holden State of Origin series, the interstate clash provides an exciting opportunity for some of the country’s best young talent to showcase their skills on a major stage.

Anthony Seibold returns as coach of the Queensland team, with the majority of players selected out of this year’s Mal Meninga Cup.
QUEENSLAND U18's
1 Gehamat Shibasaki Townsville Stingers
2 Enari Tuala Townsville Stingers
3 Keenan Yorston Cronulla Sharks
4 Bacho Salam Townsville Stingers
5 Bernard Lewis Sydney Roosters
6 Mitchell Dunn Townsville Stingers
7 Joshua Fauid Norths Devils
8 Keegan Hipgrave Wynnum Manly Seagulls
9 Reuben Cotter Mackay Cutters
10 Keanu Dawson Gold Coast Green
11 Jaydn Sua Souths Logan Magpies
12 Michael Molo Norths Devils
13 Lachlan Lanskey Norths Devils
     
14 Tristan Hope Toowoomba Clydesdales
15 Thomas Mikaele Ipswich Jets
16 Keenan Palasia Wynnum Manly Seagulls
17 Cameron Torpy Easts Tigers
18 Brodie Croft Easts Tigers
     
Anthony Seibold Coach
 
Cronulla Sharks Academy u15s v Canterbury - Bankstown BULLDOGS Team Photo (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyMedia)
Cronulla Sharks Academy u15s v Canterbury - Bankstown BULLDOGS Team Photoearlier this year (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyMedia)
SHARKS WINTER ACADEMY SQUADS ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to the following players who have been selected for the 2015 Sharks Academy Training Squads (SATS) – Winter Development - in under15’s and under 17’s.

All selected players are asked to report for induction and training on Wednesday, June 3, at 4.30pm at the Sharks Academy Training Facility at Cronulla High School (Induction to take place inside the Cronulla Caringbah JRLFC clubhouse).

All program information and training apparel will be given out at induction.

Please note that players not selected during this initial period can potentially still be called into the squad at any time during the program and we encourage all players not included in this initial squad to continue to train and play strongly for their respective junior league clubs.

For all enquiries regarding these squads please contact Vinh Tran via email at vtran@sharks.com.au

Under 13’s and 14’s were announced late last week and begin their Winter Academy program later today.
Sharks Winter Academy 15's

Sharks Winter Academy 17's
Adam Mortlock
Aden Perry
Andrew Thompson
Bailey Cantrill
Ben Bosilkovski
Blake Barbuto
Bronson Xerri
Caleb De La Vega
Charlie Davis
Cooper Devine
Cooper Sly
Declan Casey
Ethan Wikeepa
George Sukanaivalu
Isaac Longmuir
Jackson Devine
Jake Kearns
Jonaiah Lualua
Kai Broadhurst
Khalil Rahme
Liam Tonkin
Logan Kepu
Matt Frith
Max Batty
Max Wiseman
Riley Hollis
Riley Pickering
Thomas Gair
William Swann

Amo Lualua
Caleb Wardman
Chris Tupou
Dean Tatsis
Donavan Briggs
Dylan Smith
Dylan Xerri
Ethan Whetu
Fine Kula
Isaac Lumelume
Jaeman Salmon
James Roumanos
Jay Shearman
Josh Cocks
Lachlan Smith
Luke Chivers
Luke Metcalf
Matt Day
Monty Raper
Pita Toamotu
Reece Burns
Semisi Kioa
Soakimi Tuitavuki
Thomas Declauzel
Wil Matthews
UNDER 16's - STATE of ORIGIN, GAME 1. NSW BLUES v QLD MAROONS. Played at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, 27 May 2015. Photo: Murray Wilkinson (SMP Images).
UNDER 16's - STATE of ORIGIN, GAME 1. NSW BLUES v QLD MAROONS. Played at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, 27 May 2015. Photo: Murray Wilkinson (SMP Images).
VICTORY FOR QUEENSLAND UNDER 16
Story by : QRL Media

THE Queensland Under 16 side posted back-to-back wins over NSW with a scrappy, but hard-fought 10-6 victory earlier Wednesday night.

Before this match, Queensland had never won in Sydney, and after the first few minutes – that seemed liked it would remain the case – as nerves contributed to a number of Queensland errors.

The visitors also conceded the first try, with Blues centre Campbell Graham crashing over for the game’s first points.

However, handling errors plagued both sides and good work up the middle was lost due to dropped balls close to the line and out wide, just when it looked like a break would be made.

Queensland fullback Travis Turnbull was strong all night and was rewarded for his efforts with a try mid-way through the first half to draw scores level 6-6.

It was the first time the junior Maroons had a real opportunity inside the Blues half and they grabbed it, with Turnbull showing good strength to twist and place the ball down.

The rest of the half continued to be an end-to-end, but scrappy affair and the two sides went into the halftime break still locked at 6-6.

The second half started with a flourish with Queensland nearly breaking the deadlock early with a strong run over the line, but they were held up.

That sort of defence is not normally a feature of matches in this age group – but both sides showed great commitment in forcing their opposition back – which in turn contributed to the high number of errors that defined the match.

While both sides were guilty, it was NSW who would pay the ultimate price, with Townsville's Nathan Barrett finally able to cross after Queensland received repeated sets at the NSW line.

They was good lead-up work from his team with Barrett running onto a short ball and into a gap to post the match-winning try.

Blue winger Ethan Parry was busy for his side making a number of runs – but it was not enough to prevent Queensland from posting two wins in a row.

Queensland 10 (Travis Turnbull, Nathan Barrett tries; Travis Turnbull goal) def NSW (Campbell Graham try; Luke Medcalf goal) at ANZ Stadium

Under 16 Man of the Match: Dray Ngatuere-Wroe (Queensland)
Queensland Players Player: Jayden Bishop

TEAM LISTS

Queensland: 1. Travis Turnbull 2. Tom Kenny 3. Reihana Marsh 4. Clayton Mack 5. Thane Kellermeyer 6. Max Dowd 7. Dray Ngatuere-Wroe 8. Thomas Flegler 9. Tyson Smoothy 10. Tazmon McRobbie 11. Darius Farmer 12. Brandon Russell 13. Jayden Bishop 14. Braydon Trindall 15. Lochlyn Sheldon 16. Ben Thomas 17. Nathan Barrett 18. David Fifita
Coach: Kurt Richards
MATRAVILLE SPORTS HOLD ON AGAINST NEWCOMERS HALLAM SECONDARY COLLEGE

2015 GIO Schoolboys Cup - Game 2

Matraville Sports High School 34 - 28 Hallam Senior College

Despite scoring three tries in the final 12 minutes of the match, Hallam Senior College have fallen just short of stunning Matraville Sports High in their maiden GIO Cup game, going down 34-28 at Erskineville Oval.

It was Matraville halfback and GIO Most Trusted player, Rangi Paoa Boyce, who proved the difference, with the South Sydney Rabbitohs SG Ball player ripping the Hallam defence to shreds on his way to scoring a first half hat trick.

Hallam were impressive in their first game in the competition, with the front row pairing of John Sauni and Eddy Tuilotolava regularly breaking tackles to get their side back into the game in the dying stages.

It was the visitors who opened the scoring, when hooker Jake Johan threw a dummy close to the line, catching out some lazy marker defence to get Hallam off to a dream start.

From just to the right of the uprights, John Sauni added the extras to give Hallam a 6-0 lead after just seven minutes.

Their lead was short lived however, with a penalty 20 metres out gifting Matraville Sports their first real attacking opportunity of the game, before front rower Emre Guler managed to spin his way through the Hallam defence to score under the posts.

From directly in front, fullback Mawene Hiroti converted to lock the scores back up a six a piece after ten minutes.

From there, Matraville Sports halfback, Rangi Paoa Boyce, took over, torching the Hallam defence on his way to scoring three tries in less than ten minutes to kick the home side out to a 22-6 lead in the blink of an eye.

Off back to back penalties, Hallam managed to snag a converted try just before half-time, when Sauni continued his dominance up the middle, shrugging off four defenders to slam the ball down over the line and peg the margin back to just ten points heading the sheds.

It was Matraville who came out after the break switched on, with tries to Heiwari Smith, Dean Kelly and Jalen Reweti in the opening 12 minutes giving Matraville a 34-12 lead, and setting up what looked to be an easy victory.

Hallam would not lie down however, showing the toughness that earned them a place in the GIO Cup, with Tokorima Metua, Eddy Tuilotolava and Zachary Patch each scoring in the space of eight minutes to make it 34-28 with five to go.

Despite their best efforts, the school from Victoria fell just short of a historic win, sending a message to the rest of the competition that they are no easy beats.

“It’s actually the first time we have played together,” said Hallam Senior College captain, Jake Johan.

“For a first clash, I think we did really well. It can only get better from here.”

Despite picking up a win, GIO Most Trusted player, Rangi Paoa Boyce, knows there is room for improve for Matraville.

“I think we started well, but we could have finished better,” said Boyce.

“All in all, I think we played pretty well.

“We need to play the full (60) minutes. We needed to finish better in that game.”
Cronulla Sharks 2015 National U18 Club Champions Team Photo (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeam.com)
Cronulla Sharks 2015 National U18 Club Champions Team Photo (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeam.com)
Cameron Scott scores the winning try for the Sharks in the National u18 Club Final (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeam.com)
Cameron Scott scores the winning try for the Sharks in the National u18 Club Final (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeam.com)
NATIONAL CLUB CHAMPS action photo'sNATIONAL CLUB CHAMPS
U16s SHARKS v STINGERS
U18s SHARKS v STINGERS
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HAROLD MATTHEW'S CUP – NATIONAL U 18s CLUBS CHAMPIONSHIPS MATCH REPORT

Story By : Rob Willis - Sharks Media Manager
Photo's By : steve monty / ourfooty media

SHARKS SG BALL CLAIM NATIONAL TITLE

A one-handed Curtis Scott off-load for a Cameron Scott try with less than two minutes left on the clock has given the SG Ball Sharks a dramatic 18-16 win over the Townsville Stingers at Belmore Sports Ground.

In a match to decide the under-18's National Champions, the Sharks fell behind with five minutes remaining, only for the last gasp try to save the day and add to the 16's title won by their Matthews Cup counterparts earlier that afternoon.

While the Scott's (no relation) were the heroes, an outstanding tackle from hooker Blayke Brailey, dislodging the ball from his Stingers opponent, provided the field position for the Sharks final score.

The victory capped off a brilliant ending to the season for the Sharks who had to win their last three games just to make the SG Ball play-offs before going on their unbeaten run through the finals series.

The match started well for the Sharks when Curtis Scott showed good strength to beat a handful of tacklers before scoring wide out.

Jack Williams, his head swathed in bandages after suffering a head cut earlier in the match, was off-target with his conversion attempt however the Sharks led 4-0.

In what was a physical defensive struggle for most of the first half points were hard to come by and it was the Stingers who were next to score, a try five minutes from the break giving them a 6-4 advantage.

A penalty goal by Townsville made it 8-4, a lead they would take to half time.

The second period began in near perfect fashion for the Sharks when they retrieved the ball from the kick off, before Billy Magoulias crossed just a couple of tackles later to level the scores only one minute into the half.

Shortly after big Stingers prop Mitchell Dunn crashed over to give his team back the lead at 12-8 and again the Sharks would be forced to come from behind.

As was the case in the first half both teams lifted their defensive intensity and it took until 15 minutes from time before the next points were scored and it would be the Sharks to regain the ascendency, Cam Scott running onto a Kyle Flanagan pass to again level the scores.

From close range this time Williams was on target and the Sharks had their noses in front at 14-12 with time ticking.

What followed however was a frantic final 10 minutes with first Townsville going back in front by 16-14, before the Scott partnership broke the hearts of the Queenslanders with their slick skills and resulting try in the dying moments.

The win was an outstanding achievement for a Sharks side that found itself floundering in 12th position mid-season due in part to a lengthy injury toll.

As with the Matthews Sharks the win was built on an overall team performance, but there were a few stars for the Cronulla side on the day.

While the Scott's were dangerous throughout, props Daniel Vasquez and Brock Illet deserve praise for their wholehearted efforts in the middle of the field, with Magoulias again the rock in the forward pack around which a lot of the Sharks attack was built.

Five eighth Flanagan also turned in a tidy performance for the Sharks, with his well-timed passes and clever kicking game continually putting his side on the front foot.

With the SG Ball under-18's season now coming to an end a number of Sharks will make the step up to the club's NYC squad, with a number of others still eligible to go around again in the Ball competition in 2016.

Under 18's National Championship Final

Cronulla Sharks 18 (Cameron Scott 2, Curtis Scott, B Magoulias tries; J Williams goal) bt Townsville Stingers 16 (Mitchell Dunn, Brayden Dee, Marshall Hudson tries; Marshall Hudson 2 goals)
Cronulla Sharks 2015 National U 16 Club Champions Team Photo (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeam.com)
Cronulla Sharks 2015 National U 16 Club Champions Team Photo (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeam.com)
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U16s SHARKS v STINGERS
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HAROLD MATTHEW'S CUP – NATIONAL U 16s CLUBS CHAMPIONSHIPS MATCH REPORT

SHARKS MATTS CUP 2015 NATIONAL CHAMPS

Despite a few anxious moments towards the finish, the Matthews Cup Sharks have held on to claim a 26-20 win over the Townsville Stingers in the under-16's National Championship match.

The young Sharks were dominant for close to 50 minutes of the match, building up a 26-0 advantage, before a Townsville comeback fell just short as the Cronulla side hung on to secure a memorable victory.

With the Sharks well on top a bizarre moment tipped the momentum in their opponents favour, when a Stingers kickoff bounced fortuitously off the cross bar of the goal posts and after a scramble for the ball into the hands of a Townsville player who touched down adjacent to the posts.

From there it was all Townsville however the Sharks had done more than enough in the first 50 minutes of the contest to score a well-deserved victory.

For coach Glenn Brailey and his team the win capped off a magnificent season, one which culminated in them winning the Matthews Cup title before getting the better of the Stingers in the National final.

Neither side was able to trouble the scorers for the first 10 minutes of the match but it would be the Sharks to strike first, a bulldozing charge from prop Monty Raper seeing the Bosco junior crash over next to the posts.

The kick at goal was dragged left and waved away but the Sharks had the early lead at 4-0.

It didn't take long for the Sharks to add to their lead and it came from the same combination that terrorized the Eels in the Ball final a week earlier.

A passing move down the right found Jaemon Salmon, who put centre Bronso Xerri away, before Luke Metcalf backing up on the inside would dash away to score.

Metcalf converted his own try and the Sharks led 10-0.

The two teams then became locked into something of an arm wrestle and it appeared only 10-point would separate them at the break, but they didn't count on a strong Fine Kula try on the stroke of half time, with the Sharks going up 16-0.

Coming out with their confidence high the Sharks were first on the board again in the second period, Julian Spanos crossing wide out after a skillful exchange of passes and at 20-0 the Cronulla boys were riding high.

Metcalf then scored a second with around 14 minutes remaining off a clever inside ball from Salmon and it seemed as if it was game over at 26-0 Sharks.

But to their credit the Townsville boys didn't give up.

The first try may have been a lucky one after the goal post rebound but from there they chanced their arm, threw the ball around and worked their way back into the match.

The final try to the Stingers came with under two minutes left on the clock and while the coach may have been nervous watching on, the young Sharks held their nerve and defended the final period of the match to register the win.

The win to the Sharks was all the more meritorious considering their main attacking strike weapon Semisi Kioa missed the game after injuring his ankle in the SG Ball Grand Final against the Eels.

Again the Sharks had a number of strong performers on the day, the skill and toughness of Salmon on the edge proved a handful for the Stingers, while Raper in the middle had perhaps his best game of the 2015 Matthews Cup season.

Fullback Dylan Smith and skipper Lachlan Smith showed why they have been chosen in the NSW 16's Pathways team and hooker Tamati McCausland did a power of defensive work in the middle of the field.

UNDER 16'S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

Cronulla Sharks 26 (Luke Metcalf 2, Monty Raper, Fine Kula, Julian Spanos tries; Luke Metcalf 3 goals) bt Townsville Stingers 20 (Nathan Barrett, Celeb Souter, McKenzie Baker, Ethan James tries; Tom McCagh 2 goals)

 
The QLD & NSW STATE u16 & u18 Champions - The Townsville STINGERS and the Cronulla Sutherland SHARKS will battle for Australian Rugby League Supremacy on Saturday
The QLD & NSW STATE u16 & u18 Champions - The Townsville STINGERS and the Cronulla Sutherland SHARKS will battle for Australian Rugby League Supremacy on Saturday
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IT'S TIME TO TEST TO SEE WHO'S THE BEST OF THE REST
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In what could be argued as the two biggest games of rugby league on the planet so far this year, the National Australian U16 & U18 Clubs Championships take place this Saturday (16 May) at the Belmore Sports Stadium, amazingly between the Townsville Stingers and the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks in both Club Championship Games.

The Red Hot Cronulla Sharks are fresh from convincing wins in their respective Grand Finals on Saturday while the Townsville boiz have had a week off as their Queensland State Championships were last week and no doubt will be ready come Saturday.

The National U16 Clubs Championship kicks off at 11:00 am at Belmore followed by the National u18 Club Championship games, then we will see who is the best Club in Australia in the junior rugby league.

So if you want to watch the some of the best junior rugby league players in Australia when the Queensland Champions take on the might of the NSW Champions, get down to Belmore Sports Stadium before the 11:00 AM Kick Off

11:00 AM - National u16 Club Championship - Townsville STINGERS v Cronulla Sutherland SHARKS

1:00 PM -National u18 Club Championship - Townsville STINGERS v Cronulla Sutherland SHARKS
QLD SECONDARY SCHOOLS 15 YEARS TEAMS
Story By : QRL Media

Yesterday was the final day of the Queensland Secondary Schools Under 15 State Championships held at Roma.

The Under 15 Queensland Maroon and Queensland White teams were announced during the presentations held after the final was played between South Coast and Capricornia.
QUEENSLAND UNDER 15 MAROON QUEENSLAND UNDER 15 WHITE
1. Liam GRANT Capricornia – The Cathedral College
2. Sebastian WINTERS-CHANGE South Coast – Keebra Park SHS
3. Jack PATERSON Met North – Wavell SHS
4. Jonathan SIOFELE Jnr South Coast – Keebra Park
5. Ioane SELULU South Coast – Keebra Park
6. Cory PAIX Darling Downs – St Marys College
7. Tanah BOYD South Coast – Keebra Park
8. Gerrett SMITH Capricornia – Mackay SHS
9. Mason THORPE Capricornia – Mackay SHS
10. Geordie BRAND South Coast – Keebra Park SHS
11. David FAFITA South Coast – Keebra Park SHS
12. Iizaya ITI South Coast – Coombabah SHS
13. Thomas GILBERT Met North – Gregory Tce
14. Lazeryth SU'A South Coast – Keebra Park
15. David BUTLER South Coast – Coombnabnah SHS
16. Billy MOZER South Coast – Keebra Park SHS
17. Ethan BULLEMOOR Capricornia – The Cathedral College
18. Dejzha PENE Met North – Wavell SHS
19. Tino FAASUAMALEAUI Wide Bay – James Nash SHS
20. Jarett SUBLOO Peninsula – Good Counsel College
1. Hunter BROUGH Sunshine Coast – Maroochydore SHS
2. Jared CHAMBERS Met East – Brisbane SHS
3. Tom FARR Capricornia – The Cathedral College
4. Aidan BEARD Capricornia – Mercy College Mackay
5. Carl Junior JACKSON Met North – Wavell SHS
6. Thomas IRELANDES Capricornia – Mackay SHS
7. Julian KNAPP South Coast – Coombabah SHS
8. Aaron NELSON Sunshine Coast – Tullawong SHS
9. Lachlan POSTLE Northern – Kirwan SHS
10. Reno GERRARD South Coast – Palm Beach Currumbin SHS
11. Ryan SAUER Met West – Brisbane Boys College
12. Declan MALLIA Capricornia – Tannum Sands
13. Tommy WOLF Met West – Ipswich SHS
14. Harry LEERENDVELDT Capricornia – The Cathedral College
15. Phransis SULA-SIAOSI South Coast – Coombabah SHS
16. Tyler ZIESEMER Sunshine Coast – St Teresas College
17. Eli DIONYSUIS Peninsula – Redlynch SC
18. Bailey TAU TAU Met North - St Joseph's Nudgee College
19. Jacson LOTT Northern – Kirwan SHS
20. McKenzie BAKER Northern – Ignatius Park College

FINAL STANDINGS

1st South Coast Winners
2nd Capricornia
3rd Met North
4th Darling Downs
5th Met West
6th Sunshine Coast
7th Northern
8th Peninsula
9th Met East
10th Wide Bay
11th North West
12th South West

FINAL

South Coast 30 d Capricornia 4
Man of the Match
South Coast - Tanah BOYD
Capricornia – Mason THORPE

Playoff 3 v 4
Met North 34 d Darling Downs 10
Man of the Match
Met North – Dejzha PENE
Darling Downs – Cody Byrne

Play Off 5 v 6
Met West 48 d Sunshine Coast 14

Man of the Match
Met West – Isaak McLEAN
Darling Downs – Kyle GORE

Play Off 7 v 8
Northern 24 d Peninsula 22

Man of the Match
Northern – Hayden SALTNER
Peninsula – Treavor McGINNESS

Consolation Cup
Wide Bay 24 d South West 0

Man of the Match
Wide Bay – Christopher GIBBS
South West – Kade TENNYSON

Met West 52 d North West 0

Man of the Match
Met West – Connor McLEOD
North West – Louis HUTCHINSON
ENGLAND ACADEMY TO PLAY FRANCE IN CARCASSONE

England Academy will travel to France on Monday to begin preparations for their match against France Under-18s at the Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne next Saturday (May 16, 4.00pm).

The cream of Super League’s teenage talent will be based at a training camp in the historic city of Carcassonne ahead of England Academy coach Andy Kelly’s first match in charge.

“Matches like this give me and the England staff a chance to see how the players adapt to different training and playing environments,” said Kelly.

“All of the squad can’t wait to get on that plane on Monday and get stuck into training in preparation for the game against France next Saturday.”

“We’ve got some extremely talented players in this group. I’m excited to see what they can do out there when they come up against what will be a strong and passionate French side in front of a home crowd.”

England Academy squad (professional and community clubs in brackets):

Aaron Smith (St Helens, Blackbrook Royals)
Joe Wardill (Hull KR, Beverley Braves)
Bradley Walker (Widnes Vikings, Askam)
Callum Lancaster (Hull FC, East Hull)
Chris Smith (Hull KR, East Hull)
Frederick Bailey (St Helens, Shevington Sharks)
Harry Tyson Wilson (Hull FC, West Hull)
Harvey Livett (Warrington Wolves, Rylands Sharks)
Jack Higginson (Wigan Warriors, Mayfield)
Jack Wells (Wigan Warriors, Folly Lane)
Jake Moore (Wigan Warriors, Wath Brow Hornets)
Jake Spedding (St Helens, Blackbrook Royals)
Jordan Crowther (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Westgate Wolves)
Jordan Lilley (Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley)
Josh Ganson (Wigan Warriors, Blackbrook Royals)
Kyle Shelford (Wigan Warriros, Shevington Sharks)
Liam Johnson (Huddersfield Giants, Newsome Panthers)
Macauley Davies (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Judes)
Matty English (Huddersfield Giants, Stanley Rangers)
Max Jowitt (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Stanley Rangers)
Morgan Knowles (St Helens, Barrow Island)
Lewis Heckford (Wigan Warriors, Stanley Rangers)
Sam Hallas (Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley)
Ipswich State High firsts performed a miraculous escape to beat Coombabah State High in the opening round of the Super 6 competition. (Photo : David Nielsen)
Ipswich State High firsts performed a miraculous escape to beat Coombabah State High in the opening round of the Super 6 competition. (Photo : David Nielsen)
Ipswich State High's grade 10 side went down 42-6 against the Coombabah State High grade 10 team. (Photo : David Nielsen)
Ipswich State High's grade 10 side went down 42-6 against the Coombabah State High grade 10 team. (Photo : David Nielsen)
OTHER RESULTS
BRONCOS RESULTS

Keebra 26 - 18 Marsden
PBC 10 - 10 Wavell
Ipswich SHS 26 - 24 Coombabah
MIRACLE ESCAPE FOR IPSWICH HIGH AT SUPER 6
Story By : Jay Buchan Queensland Times

IPSWICH High staged one of the greatest escape acts you are ever likely to see in a game of rugby league to mark the start of their 2015 Super 6 campaign.

Ipswich trialled Coombabah State High firsts 20-0 at half-time in their clash at North Ipswich.

With only two minutes remaining and trailing 20-18 it looked like game over for Ipswich as Coombabah put a kick into the Ipswich in goal and piled through in defence.

Ipswich centre Kiko Manu fielded the kick with defenders bearing down on him and had nowhere to go.

Somehow Manu managed to off-load in the tackle to winger Chol Chol, who just made it into the field of play.

Ipswich completed its set with a good kick and they were able to pin Coombabah deep on the first tackle.

With only seconds remaining the Coombabah dummy half scooted out only to run into Ipswich prop Kalani Ili.

Ili stripped the ball of the Coombabah player and dropped over the tryline to win the match for his team, 24-20.

It was Ili's second try of the game, with Ipswich coach Lee Addison describing him as "brilliant".

"I think I was in a state of shock," Addison said after watching his team get out of jail.

Ipswich paid the price for being too pumped up to start the match.

But by the second half they were playing footy, completing sets and reeling Coombabah in.

It keeps Ipswich alive in the Super Six competition to determine the best Queensland Schoolboys side.

"It was one of those first halves when you think, 'Are we going to get any luck?'" Addison said.

"They were very mobile and kept off-loading.

"But we only conceded one line break all game.

"In the sheds before the game our boys were climbing the walls.

"They were probably too worked up."

That was reflected in a first half completion rate of 34 percent, which lifted to 92 percent in the second half after they had calmed down and listened to Addison's half-time instructions.

"They were trying to overplay their hand," he said.

"But Coombabah were the best coached schoolboy side I've faced.

"Our players just needed to play with their heads, not their hearts."

Addison gave big wraps to second rower A J Raeli and halfback Joel Hughes for their performances.

The Super Six competition has a bye this week.
Cronulla Sharks 2015 Grand Final WINNING SG Ball Cup Team Photo (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeam.com)
Cronulla Sharks 2015 Grand Final WINNING SG Ball Cup Team Photo (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeam.com)
Cronulla Sharks Harold Matthews & SG Ball Cup Grand Final winning teams (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
Cronulla Sharks Harold Matthews & SG Ball Cup Grand Final winning teams (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeam.com)
PLENTY of GREAT ACTION PHOTO'S Tomoz
HAROLD MATTHEWS CUP GRAND FINAL ACTION
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SG BALL CUP GRAND FINAL ACTION
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TOWNSVILLE STINGERS ARE NEXT
SHARKS SG BALL MAKE IT A DOUBLE
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In capping off a remarkable day for the club's junior rep program, the SG Ball Sharks have scored a 24-16 win over Souths in the Grand Final.

After coming from eighth place after the home and away rounds, the Sharks certainly found some form in the finals series, with their win in the Grand Final the first victory in the NSWRL under-18's competition in the history of the Cronulla club.

With the win coming on the back of the Matthews Cup victory earlier in the day, the Sharks certainly had plenty to celebrate following the two outstanding triumphs.

The first 10 minutes of the Grand Final went by without much incident but it would be the Sharks to first register points, with a try coming in almost an identical fashion to one from their win against the Panthers the week prior.

Sweeping the ball to the left fullback Will Kennedy dummied, then turned on the speed, slicing through a gap before running 20 metres to score.

Jack Williams wasn't able to add the extras however the Sharks had their noses in front early at 4-0.

They didn't have to wait long to add to their advantage, this time the try came down their attacking right when skipper Curtis Scott proved too strong for the cover.

Williams was on target with his second kick of the afternoon and the Sharks now led 10-0.

Things got even better for the Sharks from there, a Billy Magoulias try from close range, followed by a fourth four-pointer, this time scored by centre Keenan Yorston after some enterprising lead-up play and despite the conversions again drifting wide, the Cronulla side led 18-0.

Souths were able to give themselves some hope going into the break when their captain Siosifa Talakai crashed over however the Sharks would take a handy 12-point lead to half time.

Errors and a mounting penalty count against them had the Sharks under plenty of pressure for long periods in the second half and again as was the case in their preliminary final victory over the Panthers, the defense stood firm.

In fact it took 20 minutes before either side could trouble the scorers and it would be the Sharks who would cross with what was potentially the match-sealing try, winger Josh Tuilagi running over a number of defenders to get the ball down adjacent to the posts.

Williams was able to add the extras and the Sharks would certainly have liked their chances at 24-6 in front with a tick over 16 minutes remaining.

Souths however continued to fight and were rewarded for their efforts when lock Cameron Murray went over and it wasn't quite the right time to start celebrating yet at 24-12 with eight to go.

Things would become even a little more tense in the coaching box when the Rabbitohs crossed for their third try but time would run out on their challenge as the young Sharks claimed a famous victory.

The Sharks win was built on a combination of perseverance and an excellent defensive commitment over the last three weeks of the season then the four finals matches.

The Sharks in fact won their last seven games to claim the Ball title.

Sharks prop Daniel Vasquez was named the official man-of-the-match for his wholehearted efforts in the middle of the field, but he had plenty of willing helpers on the afternoon.

Lock Billy Magoulias showed his class and experience with a polished performance, while Vasquez' front row partner Brock Illet refused to take a backward step.

As he has been since switching to fullback mid season, Kennedy was a constant threat, with centres Scott and Yorston solid out wide.

As with their Matthews Cup counterparts the Ball Sharks now play for a National Championship next weekend when they take on the Townsville Stingers at Belmore Sports Ground.

SHARKS 24
Curtis Scott, Will Kennedy, Keenan Yorston, Billy Magoulias Josh Tuilagi tries, Jack Williams 2 goals
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SOUTHS 16
Cronulla Sharks 2015 Grand Final WINNING Harold Matthews Cup Team Photo (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeam.com)
Cronulla Sharks 2015 Grand Final WINNING Harold Matthews Cup Team Photo (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeam.com)
Cronulla Sharks Harold Matthews Cup Captain Lachlan SMITH hold up the 2015 HAROLD MATTHEWS CUP (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeam.com)
Cronulla Sharks Harold Matthews Cup Captain Lachlan SMITH hold up the 2015 HAROLD MATTHEWS CUP (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeam.com)
HAROLD MATTHEWS CUP GRAND FINAL ACTION
Parramatta Eels Junior reps Cronulla Sharks Junior reps Parramatta EELS
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SG BALL CUP GRAND FINAL ACTION
Cronulla Sharks Junior reps South Sydney Rabbitohs matthews cup Junior reps South Sydney RABBITOH'S
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TOWNSVILLE STINGERS ARE NEXT
SHARKS MATTS CROWNED CHAMPS!!
Story By : Rob Willis Sharks Media Manager
Photo's By : steve monty / ourfooty media

In delivering an outstanding performance on the big day, the Matthews Cup Sharks have beaten the Parramatta Eels to claim their first NSWRL 16's premiership since 2001.

The young Sharks turned in a brilliant all round display, their defensive effort frustrating their rivals, while as has been the case all the way through the finals series, they did more than enough with ball in hand to record a 30-16 triumph.

In front of a large and vocal crowd of excited fans, which included parents and friends as well as NRL skipper Paul Gallen and head coach Shane Flanagan, the Sharks led 10-6 at half time and never looked back.

The Sharks started strongly and it was man-of-the-match Jaemon Salmon who opened the scoring when he used a combination of footwork and strength to get through the line and plant the ball down.

The Eels responded to make it 6-4 but in a physical first 30 minutes the Sharks would score the only other points of the half, prop Fine Kula crashing over next to the uprights with a patented Cronulla play.

This time half back Luke Metcalf was able to add the extras to make it 10-6, a lead the Sharks would defend until the half time break.

The Sharks came out for the second period with similar purpose and enthusiasm that had given them the first half lead and it would be bustling centre Semisi Kioa scoring the first of two tries on the afternoon who added to the lead.

Metcalf was off target with his kick but the Sharks had a handy 14-6 lead early in the second half.

The Sharks defensive pressure continued to tell on the Eels and after Kioa had smashed his opposite number at one end in a legal yet brutal tackle, he would score shortly after at the other, skipping past a couple of defender to touch down wide out.

Metcalf was on target this time and the Sharks had what was a potential match winning lead at 20-6 in front but with plenty of time still to be played.

The Eels narrowed the margin with a try to make it 20-10 with 14 minutes remaining but that would be as close as they get.

The Sharks would score twice more, the first when Jack Gould slid over on the end of a backline play, the second to his inside man centre Bronson Xerri.

The Eels would score a consolation try in the final minutes but it was too little too late as the Sharks claimed an impressive victory and the Matthews Cup title.

The Sharks had too many outstanding performers to name them all, however lock and captain Lachlan Smith deserves praise for his wholehearted efforts, tackling himself into a standstill and he ably supported by his backrow partners Jay Shearman and Salmon who would later be named a worthy winner of man of the match.

In the backs fullback Dylan Smith was everywhere, Kioa his usual power of strength until injury forced him from the field, while Xerri capped off an excellent year with another top notch game in the centres.

And in an added bonus, four Sharks were selected in the NSW team to play before Origin 1, both Smith boys in Lachlan and Dylan, halfback Metcalf and backrower Salmon.

The Matthews Cup Sharks now go on to play for the under-16 National Championship against the Townsville Stingers at Belmore Sports Ground next weekend.

SHARKS 30
Semisi Kioa 2, Fine Kula, Bronson Xerri, Jack Gould, Jaemon Salmon tries, Luke Metcalf 4 goals
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PARRAMATTA 16
Curtis Scott leads his Sharkies into last weeks successful Premilimary Final against Parramatta (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeam.com)
Cronulla Sharks SG Ball Cup Skipper Curtis Scott leads his Sharkies into last weeks successful Premilimary Final against Parramatta (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
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THE JUNIOR SHARKS MARCH TO THE 2015 FINALS
SHARKS MAKE HISTORY

DON’T turn off that porch light just yet, Sharkies fans.

If your junior representative sides are any indicator, Harold Holt may yet return. Cronulla’s SG Ball and Harold Matthews teams have made their respective grand finals, and with the NRL side enjoying a youth-inspired revival, the future looks bright in the Shire.

This is the first time in their history that Cronulla have made both junior representative grand finals in the same year.

In the Harold Matthews, Jack Gould, the son of premiership-winning coach and Channel 9 commentator Phil ‘Gus’ Gould crossed the stripe to propel the black, white and blue to a 38-18 win over Canterbury. The Sharks will face minor premiers Parramatta, who walloped Balmain 38-8.

The SG Ball final will be replay of the 1981 Tooth Cup final with Cronulla taking on Souths at Leichhardt Oval. Cronulla qualified with a 12-0 shutout of Penrith, while the Rabbitohs beat Manly 14-10.

The Queensland junior representative season wrapped up last week with Townsville sweeping the Cyril Connell and Mal Meninga Cup double.

The Connell final was a thriller, with halfback Jack Nosworthy kicking a golden point field goal to beat Sunshine Coast Falcons 31-30. In the Meninga Cup the Stingers triumphed over Easts 30-24.

Meanwhile, Titans winger Kalifa Faifai Loa put aside his recent troubles by scoring two tries in Queensland Residents’ 36-32 win over the NSW Cup representative side. Melbourne-contracted half Shaun Nona and Broncos-contracted hooker Matt Parcell starred for the banana benders.
Queensland U16s TEAM ANNOUNCED
Story By : QRL Media Release
Queensland Rugby League (QRL) has today announced the Queensland Under 16 team to play New South Wales in Sydney on May 27.

The annual representative match will be played before Game 1 of the Holden State of Origin series at ANZ Stadium.

Kurt Richards returns as coach after guiding the junior Maroons to a 20-18 victory over NSW at Suncorp Stadium last year.

The Queensland side includes four players who took part in Sunday’s Cyril Connell Cup final between Townsville Stingers and Sunshine Coast Falcons.
Video:
QLD u16 COACH Richards interview and team announcement
QUEENSLAND
UNDER 16s
CLUB
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Travis Turnbull Parramatta Eels    
Tom Kenny Townsville Stingers    
Ethan O'Neill Sydney Roosters    
Clayton Mack Toowoomba Clydesdales    
Reihana Marsh Souths Logan Magpies    
Max Dowd Gold Coast White    
Dray Ngatuere-Wroe Souths Logan Magpies    
Thomas Flegler Northern Pride    
Tyson Smoothy Sunshine Coast Falcons    
Tazmon McRobbie Northern Pride    
Darius Farmer Ipswich Jets    
Brandon Russell Ipswich Jets    
Jayden Bishop Redcliffe Dolphins    
INTERCHANGE   INTERCHANGE
Braydon Trindall Sunshine Coast Falcons    
Lochlyn Sheldon Gold Coast White    
Ben Thomas Gold Coast White    
Nathan Barrett Townsville Stingers    
David Fifita Souths Logan Magpies    
         
Coach : Kurt Richards      
      * NSW U16 Team announced after the Harold Matthews Cup Grand Final on Sat
TOWNSVILLE STINGERS UNDER-16 AND UNDER-16 TEAMS SCORE THRILLING STATE GRAND FINAL WINS TO ADVANCE TO NATIONAL DECIDERS

NATIONAL glory awaits the Townsville Stingers following their epic victories in the Under-16 and Under-18 statewide junior rugby league grand finals yesterday.

Under-16 Stingers half-back Jack Nosworthy scored an extra-time field goal to send his team into the national decider, with the Stingers edging out Sunshine Coast 31-30, and a late try from centre Bacho Salem sealed Townsville’s 30-24 win over Easts Tigers in the Under-18 final.

Both teams will now spend the next fortnight preparing for the national finals to be held on May 16 at Belmore Oval, Sydney, where they will take on the winners from New South Wales’ Under-16 and Under-18 competitions, which hold their grand finals this weekend.

The Under-18 Stingers will attempt to defend the national Under-18 title they won last year, and the Under-16s enter the national stage for the first time after losing last year’s state final.

“What the boys have achieved so far this year has been nothing less than incredible,” Under-18 Stingers coach Dick Walsh said.

“But they still have another game in front of them and we’re not going to get ahead of ourselves, and we’ll work hard during the next couple of weeks.”

Nosworthy kicked his second matchwinning field goal in the space of a week, having booted the Under-16 Stingers to victory over Souths Logan in the state semi-final.

He kicked his winner four minutes into extra time after the Stingers levelled scores at 30-all thanks to a try near fulltime from hooker Enemarki Shibasaki, with Thomas McCagh calmly slotting the crucial conversion.

The decider was a tit-for-tat battle throughout, with the Stingers leading 12-10 at half-time.

Tom Kenny scored a triple for Townsville, while Jack Althaus scored his team’s other four-pointer.

“We seemed to do it the hard way and we probably didn’t play our best footy, but we found a way to win,” Under-16 Stingers coach Allan Petersen said.

“But when we got that final try I was confident the boys could close it out because that’s what they did the weekend before.”

The Under-18s scored an equally pulsating win, with Easts overcoming a 14-6 deficit in the first half to level scores at 24-all with nine minutes remaining.

Grim defence denied Easts a matchwinning try on their home turf, and it was Salem who pounced on a loose Easts ball to score the decisive points for Townsville.

Townsville winger Enari Tuala crossed for three tries, and Salem scored two.

Under-16 Cyril Connell Cup final.

TOWNSVILLE STINGERS 31 (Tom Kenny 3, Jack Althaus, Enemarki Shibasaki tries; goals Thomas McCagh, Jack Nosworthy field goal) def SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 30 (Jack Wright, Jye Johnson, Braydon Trindall, Tyson Smoothy, Steven Borg, Mateus Chankay tries; goals Tyson Smoothy 3) at Tapout Energy Stadium, Langlands Park.

Under-18 Mal Meninga Cup final.

TOWNSVILLE STINGERS 30 (Enari Tuala 3, Bacho Salam 2, Marshall Hudson tries; goals Marshall Hudson, Calam Gahan, Duarne Dempsey) def EASTS TIGERS 24 (Jake Elmore 2, Joshua Holani, Cameron Torpy tries; goals Reece Braun 4) at Tapout Energy Stadium, Langlands Park
 
TOWNSVILLE STINGERS - 2015 MAL MENINGA CUP CHAMPIONS (PHOTO: SCOTT DAVIS - SMP IMAGES/QRL MEDIA)
TOWNSVILLE STINGERS - 2015 MAL MENINGA CUP CHAMPIONS (PHOTO: SCOTT DAVIS - SMP IMAGES/QRL MEDIA)
TOWNSVILLE STINGERS 30 - 24 EASTS
TIGERS
TRIES : Enari Tuala 3, Bacho Salam 2, Marshall Hudson
GOALS : Marshall Hudson, Calam Gahan, Duarne Dempsey
TRIES : (Jake Elmore 2, Joshua Holani, Cameron Torpy
GOALS : Reece Braun 4
Man of the Match :
Mitchell Dunne (Townsville Stingers)
 
TERRIFIC TOWNSVILLE LIFT MENINGA CUP
Story By : Matt Crowhurst QRL Media
Photo By : SMP IMAGES.COM/QRL Media

The future of Queensland rugby league is clearly in good hands, if today’s Mal Meninga Cup final is an indication. Under the watchful eyes of the man himself, the Townsville Stingers won an enthralling match 30-24 over the Easts Tigers.

The two teams went toe-to-toe with the lead changing hands frequently as both teams searched for the game-winning moment. In the end, it was a try to Stingers inside the final two minutes that proved the difference.

During the week, Tigers coach Andrew Barr had prophesised that this would be a game won in the middle and so it proved on the day. Whilst it was the outside backs that scored eight of the 10 tries scored on the day it was the the forward battle that decided this result.

The Stingers forwards were just a little too quick for the Tigers pack.

Their short passing game was quick and crisp and Faron Morris, co-captain Rhein Frank and Ben Cocciolone took advantage of the great service from Calam Gahan to make plenty of metres and often had the Tigers on the back foot.

The Stingers opened the scoring in the sixth minute through Enari Tuala, who scored the first of his three tries.

A lovely run-around play between prop Morris and five-eighth Mitchell Dunn ensured the Stingers would have an overlap on the right hand and a player with Tuala’s pace was always going to be near unstoppable with even the smallest amount of time and space. The conversion attempt missed and the Stingers had an early 4-0 lead.

The Tigers struck back exactly 10 minutes later after some lovely lead up work by captain Ryan Cameron (who was one of the Tigers best on the day) and Daniel Brownbill saw Cameron Torpy carry three defenders over the line.

Reece Braun slotted the conversion and the game had its first lead change as the Tigers took the lead 6-4.

At the 20 minute mark the Stingers put on a very similar play to the one that had led to their first try and got exactly the same result, Tuala over in the right corner and the lead had changed again, with the Stingers back in front 8-6.

As the half wore on the Stingers were starting to gain a measure of dominance as they had more time in possession and continued to batter the Tigers pack. With eight minutes to go in the half, the Stingers finally turned the dominance into points.

They took the ball to the far left edge of Tapout Energy Stadium before a series of quick, long passes gave Bacho Salam a saloon passage to the try line. Duarne Dempsey got the Stingers first conversion of the game and they were out to a 14-6 lead.

Not to be outdone, the Tigers showed that they could muster just as sparkling a backline play as a Brodie Croft cut out pass saw Joshua Holani in for the try. Braun converted and the two teams went to the sheds with the score at 14-12 to the Stingers.

The Tigers opened the second half all energy and attack which was starting to spark. With seven minutes gone, Jake Elmore burst though the defence to score and with the conversion from the ever reliable Braun gave the Tigers an 18-14 lead.

Before anyone had had a chance to retake their seats, the Stingers had gone 100m, Marshall Hudson had scored to lock it up at 18-18.

With 14 minutes remaining in the game, key Tigers forward Riley Leota was stung in a tackle that seemed to unsettle his team-mates and two minutes later Hudson, with a lovely inside ball, gave Salam a clear run to the line. Calam Gahan converted and the Stingers had regained the lead 24-18.

The see-sawing game continued with four minutes to go as a lovely interplay between Cameron and Braun saw Holani in for another try which Braun converted to tie the scores up at 24-24.

And so we come to the final minute, when one Tigers dropped ball opened the door for the ever present Tuala to swoop on the loose ball and score the game winning try.

This was a high quality affair that both teams deserved to win, neither team left anything in the tank and everybody involved can be immensely proud of their efforts.

In the end the Stingers were more professional in the crucial moments and finished slightly stronger to take out a well-deserved win.

TOWNSVILLE STINGERS 30 (Enari Tuala 3, Bacho Salam 2, Marshall Hudson tries; Marshall Hudson, Calam Gahan, Duarne Dempsey goals) def EASTS TIGERS 24 (Jake Elmore 2, Joshua Holani, Cameron Torpy tries; Reece Braun 4 goals) at Tapout Energy Stadium, Langlands Park.

Man of the Match: Mitchell Dunne (Townsville Stingers)
Townsvile STINGERS 2015 Cyril Connell Cup Champions (Photo : QRL)
Townsvile STINGERS 2015 Cyril Connell Cup Champions (Photo : QRL)
TOWNSVILLE STINGERS 31 - 30 SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS
TRIES : Tom Kenny 3, Jack Althaus, Enemarki Shibasaki
GOALS : Thomas McCagh 5
F/GOAL : Jack Nosworthy
TRIES : (Jack Wright, Jye Johnson, Braydon Trindall, Tyson Smoothy, Steven Borg, Mateus Chankay
GOALS : Tyson Smoothy 3
Tapout Energy Stadium, Langlands Park
GRAND FINAL WON in Extra Time.
STINGERS STEAL SHOW IN GRAND FINAL

The boot of Jack Nosworthy was all that could separate the Townsville Stingers and Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Cyril Connell Cup state final today, with his extra time field goal earning the North Queensland team a 31-30 victory.

It was the second week in a row a field goal from the halfback had earned his side a win – last week it was in his team’s semi-final over the Souths Logan Magpies, while this time it was in the big one.

It was a great end to the season for the Stingers who remain undefeated in the Cyril Connell Cup.

In the final moments of the game, the Falcons were in front by a converted try it was the Stingers hooker Enemarki Shibasaki who ensured his team still had a chance with a try in final minutes to put the game into extra time.

This final had it all extra time excitement, electrifying defence, one-on-one strips and strong runs from both teams, but it was the Stingers who stole the show.

Leading by two points at halftime, the Stingers were only a nose in front and the crowd at Langlands Park knew they had an electrifying second half in store.

The Stingers defeated the Falcons in the final round of the regular season by a close margin, and there was not much between these two teams.

This final was a battle between the best and the scoring margin between the two teams remained within six-points at its widest.

Playing their first grand final, the Falcons put up a strong fight and battled right to end and even produced the Man of the Match in prop forward Carlos Swasbrook-Murray, but they were not strong enough for the Stingers.

A try to Falcons Jack Wright seemed to have sealed victory for the Falcons who were leading 30-24 with only minutes left on the board.

With strong attack and good field position, this game was far from over and late try to the Stingers hooker Shibasaki in the corner sent the game into extra time.

Earlier in the match, Stingers captain Jack Althaus put the first points on the board and led the team well by gaining strong metres and producing great defence.

TOWNSVILLE STINGERS 31 (Tom Kenny 3, Jack Althaus, Enemarki Shibasaki tries; Thomas McCagh 5 goals; Jack Nosworthy field goal) def SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 30 (Jack Wright, Jye Johnson, Braydon Trindall, Tyson Smoothy, Steven Borg, Mateus Chankay tries; Tyson Smoothy 3 goals) at Tapout Energy Stadium, Langlands Park in Extra Time.
Cronulla Sutherland SHARKS Harold Matthews Cup Preliminary Final WINNING team photo (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTeam.com)
Cronulla Sutherland SHARKS Harold Matthews Cup Preliminary Final WINNING team photo (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
PLENTY of GREAT FOTO'S 2MOZ
Up Up Cronulla
1: 30 PM @ St. Marys Stadium
Canterbury BulldogsCANTERBURY
BULLDOGS
18 - 38 Cronulla Sharks CRONULLA
SHARKS
TRIES : John Ryan, Jacob Winterstein, Evander Swann
GOALS : Brendan Wakeham 3
TRIES : Fine Kula, Jaemon Salmon 2, Luke Metcalf, Jack Gould, Semisi Kioa
GOALS : Luke Metcalf 5
Referee : Patrick Mackey Touchies : James Gould & Ryan Walters
MATTS CUP SHARKS INTO THE GRAND FINAL
Story By : Rob Willis Sharks Media Manager
Photo's By : steve monty / ourfooty media

In a brilliant display of attacking football despite slippery and soggy conditions at St Mary's Leagues Stadium, the Sharks Matthews Cup team has qualified for the Grand Final with a convincing 38-18 victory over the Bulldogs.

The young Sharks jumped out to a 26 to 12 half time advantage and despite a few anxious moments proved far too good for their opponents as they went on to set up a match up with the Parramatta Eels in the competition decider.

The Sharks were on the front foot early when centre Semisi Kioa crashed over wide out, with his try followed up by a equally impressive charge from prop Fine Kula who crossed shortly after.

Luke Metcalf converted the second of the two tries and the Sharks led 10-0.

A mistake from the kickoff however gifted the Bulldogs the football and field position and they were good enough to capitalise, with prop Evander Swann running into a gap from close the Sharks posts.

The try was converted and the Sharks lead had been narrowed to 10-6 after 15 minutes of the match had gone.

From there the under-16 Sharks applied the pressure, with Kula proving too strong in going over for a second, before backrower Jaemon Salmon used good footwork to extend the lead, making it 20-6 with 10 minutes of the first half remaining... READ MORE
Cronulla Sutherland SHARKS SG Ball Cup Preliminary Final WINNING team photo (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
Cronulla Sutherland SHARKS SG Ball Cup Preliminary Final WINNING team photo (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
PLENTY of GREAT FOTO'S 2MOZ
3:00 PM @ St Marys Stadium
Penrith Panthers PENRITH
PANTHERS

0 - 12

Cronulla Sharks CRONULLA
SHARKS
TRIES :
GOALS :
TRIES : Will Kennedy, Jaiden Brown
GOALS : Jack Willaims 2
Referee :
BALL SHARKS BOUNCE THE PANTHERS

ourfooty media
In an outstanding defensive display the SG Ball Sharks have qualified for the Grand Final with a gutsy 12-0 win over the Panthers

In sloppy conditions as rain fell throughout the match, the SG Ball Sharks have turned in a committed defensive performance in beating the Penrith Panthers 12-0 to qualify for the Grand Final.

The Sharks repelled numerous attacking raids from their opponents and did just enough with the football to cross for two tries as they set up a Grand Final match up with South Sydney next weekend.

With forward Daniel Vasquez, Billy Magoulias and Brock Illet laying the platform in the middle, the backs more than did their job in shutting down the Panthers out wide as they continually frustrated their opponents with stifling defense.

Points were at a premium so when fullback Will Kennedy dummied and sliced through before running 20 metres to score in the 12th minute, while only 6-0 up after the Jack Williams conversion it was a handy lead in the conditions.

For the remainder of the first half both sides had their chances but neither would be able to trouble the scoreboard operator before the break as the teams went to half time with the Sharks a converted try in front.... READ MORE

SERBIAN U18s WIN AGAINST BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA JUNIORS

Full back Vladimir Milutinovic was the star of the show, contributing 20 points from two tries and a perfect six goals, as Serbia’s U18s beat Bosnia and Herzegovina’s juniors 36-6 away in Vitez.

The game was played at the NT Rijeka Stadium, as a part of City of Vitez annual celebrations.

Milutinovic claimed the first two touchdowns and, by half time, Serbia had doubled their lead to 24-0 with tries by stand off Branko Carapic and Denis Bajrami.

Mihailo Ilic’s score in the 45th minute settled the outcome, Djordje Stosic crossing soon after for the visitors.

Bosnia Herzegovina’s consolation try came from prop Mateo Sola, Peter Praštalo converting.

Serbia coach Admir Hadzic was satisfied with performance of his boys. “Both teams have to be pleased with the game,” he said. “Getting a win is really nice, but also we had a very nice welcome here in Vitez. I want to congratulate both team’s efforts. I expect that these meetings would be more frequent because it is good for this kids to have this derby.”

His counterpart from Bosnia, Dado Vrebac, was equally impressed with the occasion. “A big thanks to all our juniors who gave their best and left their hearts on the pitch today against a very good Serbian side,” he commented. “The winner should be congratulated heartily, they were the better side and it’s up to us work harder in the future.

“We have room for improvement, with more joint practices we can become even more competitive. I am proud that the players gave their best. This is just the beginning and with work and commitment together, we will be a very good team in the future.”

The match was officiated by RLEF elite referee’s squad member Radoslav Novakovic from Serbia.
Sam Elliot win the 2015 Mat Rogers Medal
Sam Elliot win the 2015 Mat Rogers Medal
SAM ELLIOT WINS MAT ROGERS MEDAL

Gold Coast White (Mal Meninga Cup) prop Sam Elliot has won the 2015 Mat Rogers Medal.

The Mat Rogers Medal is awarded to the Best and Fairest player in the Gold Coast Cyril Connell/Mal Meninga Cup system each year.

The Gold Coast fields two teams (White and Green) in both the Cyril Connell (u/16) and Mal Meninga (u/18) Cup competitions every year. Awards for all teams are listed below.

Congratulations to all the winners, especially Sam for taking out the Mat Rogers Medal!
Mat Rogers Medal : Sam Elliot (GC White MM Cup)
Gold Coast White Cyril Connell Cup Gold Coast White Mal Meninga Cup
Best and Fairest : Lochlyn Sheldon
Most Improved : Ben Thomas
Coach Award : Brock Hamill
Best and Fairest : Sam Elliot
Most Improved : Thomas Plater
Coach Award : Jack Peacock
Gold Coast Green Cyril Connell Cup Gold Coast Green Mal Meninga Cup
Best and Fairest : Luke Mastroianni
Most Improved : Bayley Desmond
Coach Award : Taine Tuaupiki
Best and Fairest : Brent Woolf
Most Improved : Tom Landers
Coach Award : Jai Whitbread
 
OVER 600 DUTCH CHILDREN GET A TASTE OF RUGBY LEAGUE

The Netherlands Rugby League Bond hosted an afternoon of games at the Kongingsdag Sport Festival, where over 1400 children from the surrounding areas worked around a carousel of different well known Dutch sports.

Over 600 enjoyed a 20 minute rugby league coaching session led by NRLB head coach Kane Krlic and three other qualified colleagues, who and were supported by four students from Landsede, the local college.

The children played a series of mini games to teach them the core skills of the sport.

Netherlands Rugby League Bond Development Officer, Jason Bruygoms, said, “We would like to thank Mathijs van Faassen and the Harderwijk local government for inviting us to the day.

“It’s been fantastic to see so many children playing rugby league. The feedback we received from the players, parents and teachers has been overwhelming. We hope this is the start to something special and we are excited and committed to continue our development in Harderwijk.”

He added, “Kane has been delivering sessions in the local school and keeps mentioning to the Bond about the potential rugby league has in Harderwijk and this proves his point.”

Mathijs van Faassen Combination Function Officer for Gemeente Harderwijk commented, “It was great to have the Netherlands Rugby League Bond down for the afternoon, their support and guidance was a massive benefit.

“It’s a new sport for this area and it was pleasing to see just how much the children enjoyed it. We want to support the NRLB as much as possible in their development of rugby league in Harderwijk.”
Cronulla - Sutherland Sharks Elimination Final SG Ball Cup TeamPhoto (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
Cronulla - Sutherland Sharks Elimination Final SG Ball Cup TeamPhoto (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
11:30 AM @ PEPPER STADIUM, Penrith
PARRAMATTA
EELS
24 - 25 CRONULLA
SHARKS
Cronulla Sharks Elimination Final Harold Matthews Cup TeamPhoto (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
Cronulla Sharks Elimination Final Harold Matthews Cup TeamPhoto (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
2:30 PM @ CAMPBELLTOWN STADIUM
CRONULLA
SHARKS
34 - 18 MANLY
SEAEAGLES
PLENTY OF GR8 ACTION PHOTO'S SOON or TOMOZ
NEXT WEEKS SEMI FINALS
@ Campbelltown Stadium
Mattys Cup 12:30 PM KickOff
Wests Magpies v Sharks
SG Ball 2:00 PM KickOff
Canberra Raiders v Sharks
SHARKS JUNIORS WIN BOTH ELIMINATION FINALS
ourfooty media
SG BALL - Elimination Final

Parramatta Eels sg ballParramatta EELS 24 - 25 Cronulla SHARKS Cronulla juniors

The Cronulla Sutherland Sharks Harold Matthews & SG Ball Cup sides are now through to the next round of the NSWRL Junior Reps Finals Series after both teams won their Elimination Finals today.

The Sharks SG Ball side kicked off the day out at Penrith Stadium taking on a red hot Parramatta Eels side.

The Cronulla boiz played like serious contenders in this Elimination Final dominating the game and scoreboard at the half.

The Eels hit first when Anthony Layoun crossed in the corner for the first of his 3 tries, it was only a few plays later when Brock Ilett ran through the Parra line to race away & score under the posts, Jack Williams converted the Shire Boiz were in front of the Elimination Final.

It only took a couple sets due to some strong Parra defence, but then big Billy Magoulias recieved the ball from about 15 out and simpily out muscled the Eels to push his way over for his 1st try of the finals

Sharks Skipper Curtis Scott finished an excellent first half by the Cronulla boiz scoring to give the Sharks a half time lead of 10 - 24

The 2nd half the Eels hit back hard from the outset, controlling the ball and their own sets and were rewarded with 14 unanswered points to level the scores leaving an very intence 10 minutes.

The ball went to very part of the field as both team scrambled to get close enough to pot a field goal, the Eels got there first, but missed. Cronulla regained the footy and charged home and with a minute on the clock, 5/8 Kyle Flanagan stepped a couple defenders and calmly booted the Field Goal to give the Sharks a sweet win over the Parramatta Eels.

HAROLD MATTHEWS CUP - 2015 Elimination Final

Manly SeaEagles SG BallManly SEAEAGLES 18 - 34 Cronulla SHARKS Cronulla juniors

 

Sharks Matty's Cup run onto Redfern Oval in Rnd 9 (Photo's : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
Sharks Matty's Cup run onto Redfern Oval in Rnd 9 (Photo's : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
FINALS WEEK 1
Cronulla Sharks Harold Matthews Cup CRONULLA
SHARKS
v Manly Seaeagles Harold Matthews Cup MANLY
SEAEAGLES
TRIES :
GOALS :
TRIES :
GOALS :
HAROLD MATTHEWS Cup – DOWN BUT NOT OUT
ourfooty media

Despite going down by 20-10 in their last round match against Souths the Matthews Cup Sharks have still qualified for the competition finals.

With injuries in a few key positions disrupting their preparation and throwing out the combinations built up in recent weeks, the Sharks were below their best as they failed to recover from a 14-0 half time deficit in the match played at Redfern Oval.

After what would have been a half time rev-up from coach Glenn Brailey the Sharks showed signs of improvement in the early stages of the second period and when Fine Kula crashed over for their first points, converted by half back Luke Metcalf, at 14-6 behind it was anyone's game.

Unfortunately for the Sharks an error from the ensuing kick off gifted Souths field position and when rangy centre Campbell Graham crossed shortly after the margin was back out to 14 with the Rabbits up 20-6.

Leading the way for the Sharks Kula proved too strong in going over for his second, but that would be as close as the visitors would get as the young Souths side defended grimly to ensure their place in the top eight.

For the Sharks the loss means they slip out of the top four and therefore lose their second chance in the finals series and in finishing fifth have set up a likely matchup with the Manly Sea Eagles.

The Sharks finishing position and finals opponent will be confirmed once all results from the weekend matches are complete.

The Matthews Sharks wound up on 11 competition points from their nine matches, made up of four wins, three losses, a draw and a bye.

SHARKS 10
Fine Kula 2 tries, Luke Metcalf goal
lost to
SOUTHS 20

Photo - Steve Montgomery/ourfootyteam.com
Sharks SG Ball run onto Redfern Oval in Rnd 9 Last week (Photo's : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
Sharks SG Ball run onto Redfern Oval in Rnd 9 Last week (Photo's : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
FINALS WEEK 1
Sat 8 April 11:30 AM @ Penrith Stadium
Parramatta Eels SG Ball Cup 2015PARRAMATTA
EELS
v Cronulla Sharks SG Ball Cup CRONULLA
SHARKS
TRIES :
GOALS :
TRIES :
GOALS :
SG BALL – SHARKS SNEAK IN
ourfooty media
In perhaps their most physical performance of the 2015 SG Ball season the Sharks have beaten Souths 20-8 to extend their season by sneaking into the top eight.

Needing a win to give themselves any chance, the Sharks slipped behind 2-0 early but after that early penalty goal never trailed again in the match.

A well worked back line move saw stand-in fullback Will Kennedy put winger Josh Tuilagi over wide out and when Jack Williams converted the Sharks led 6-2.

With the momentum well and truly in their favour the under-18 Sharks would score twice more in the opening half, the first by Billy Magoulias, the second when Jesse Savage crashed through and dashed 25 metres in a blockbusting charge.

Williams managed to kick one out of the two conversion attempts and the Sharks led 16-2 at half time.

With both sides lifting the defensive intensity in the second period points were at a premium, however when Williams dived over from dummy half to make it 20-6, the result was virtually out of reach for the Rabbitohs.

The home team gave themselves hope when half back Kurtis Preece dashed past some tired defense, but that would be as close as they would get as the Sharks held on for a much-needed win.

The Sharks had a number of quality performers on the day, with Tuilagi very involved from the left wing, Magoulias and Daniel Vasquez strong in the middle of the field and Kennedy enterprising in the fullback role.

Five eighth Jaiden Brown also played well against his former club in his first match back after a lengthy stint on the sideline after breaking his jaw in round one.

The Sharks finals opponent and finishing position will be confirmed tomorrow when all round nine matches are complete however they can't be knocked of eighth place with their opponent likely to be either Parramatta or Newcastle, two teams they have played already during the 2015 season.

The Sharks website will publish the finals opponent, venue and kick off time once it becomes available.

SHARKS 20
Jack Williams, Josh Tuilagi, Jesse Savage, Billy Magoulias tries, Williams 2 goals
Beat
SOUTHS 8
Kurtis Preece try, Siosifa Talakai 2 goals

Mitchell Cornish leads the ACT u18 Schoolboys head out to battle in the 2011 Aussie Schoolboy Championships (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
Mitchell Cornish leads the ACT u18 Schoolboys head out to battle in the 2011 Aussie Schoolboy Championships (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
ACT SCHOOLBOYS UNDER 18s TRIALS

Date : 29th April 2015 - Venue : West Belconnen Leagues Club - Time : 4.30pm warm up, 5pm kick off

Equipment : Players will need to supply all their own playing gear except for jerseys

Eligibility : 18 and under in 2015 (born 1997 or later)

Student’s MUST be enrolled in an ACT School

Selection Process : From the open trial, 30-32 players will be selected to play in a closed trial. From there a squad of 20 will be selected with 4 shadows.

Competition : ACT Schoolboys team will be competing in the Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League 18 yrs Championships Figtree, Wollongong, NSW Sunday 5th July to Friday 10th July

Please complete nomination and consent forms and send to: Email: jayden.robinson@hotmail.com

Closing date for nominations is Wednesday 22nd April 2015
Sharks Matty's Cup run onto Redfern Oval in Rnd 9 (Photo's : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
Sharks Matty's Cup run onto Redfern Oval in Rnd 9 (Photo's : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
FINALS WEEK 1
Cronulla Sharks Harold Matthews Cup CRONULLA
SHARKS
v Manly Seaeagles Harold Matthews Cup MANLY
SEAEAGLES
TRIES :
GOALS :
TRIES :
GOALS :
SHARKS HAROLD MATTHEWS Cup – DOWN BUT NOT OUT
ourfooty media

Despite going down by 20-10 in their last round match against Souths the Matthews Cup Sharks have still qualified for the competition finals.

With injuries in a few key positions disrupting their preparation and throwing out the combinations built up in recent weeks, the Sharks were below their best as they failed to recover from a 14-0 half time deficit in the match played at Redfern Oval.

After what would have been a half time rev-up from coach Glenn Brailey the Sharks showed signs of improvement in the early stages of the second period and when Fine Kula crashed over for their first points, converted by half back Luke Metcalf, at 14-6 behind it was anyone's game.

Unfortunately for the Sharks an error from the ensuing kick off gifted Souths field position and when rangy centre Campbell Graham crossed shortly after the margin was back out to 14 with the Rabbits up 20-6.

Leading the way for the Sharks Kula proved too strong in going over for his second, but that would be as close as the visitors would get as the young Souths side defended grimly to ensure their place in the top eight.

For the Sharks the loss means they slip out of the top four and therefore lose their second chance in the finals series and in finishing fifth have set up a likely matchup with the Manly Sea Eagles.

The Sharks finishing position and finals opponent will be confirmed once all results from the weekend matches are complete.

The Matthews Sharks wound up on 11 competition points from their nine matches, made up of four wins, three losses, a draw and a bye.

The Sharks website will publish the finals opponent, venue and kick off time once it becomes available.

SHARKS 10
Fine Kula 2 tries, Luke Metcalf goal
lost to
SOUTHS 20

Photo - Steve Montgomery/ourfootyteam.com
Sharks SG Ball run onto Redfern Oval in Rnd 9 Last week (Photo's : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
Sharks SG Ball run onto Redfern Oval in Rnd 9 Last week (Photo's : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
FINALS WEEK 1
Parramatta Eels SG Ball Cup 2015PARRAMATTA
EELS
v Cronulla Sharks SG Ball Cup CRONULLA
SHARKS
TRIES :
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CRONULLA'S SG BALL – SHARKS SNEAK IN
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In perhaps their most physical performance of the 2015 SG Ball season the Sharks have beaten Souths 20-8 to extend their season by sneaking into the top eight.

Needing a win to give themselves any chance, the Sharks slipped behind 2-0 early but after that early penalty goal never trailed again in the match.

A well worked back line move saw stand-in fullback Will Kennedy put winger Josh Tuilagi over wide out and when Jack Williams converted the Sharks led 6-2.

With the momentum well and truly in their favour the under-18 Sharks would score twice more in the opening half, the first by Billy Magoulias, the second when Jesse Savage crashed through and dashed 25 metres in a blockbusting charge.

Williams managed to kick one out of the two conversion attempts and the Sharks led 16-2 at half time.

With both sides lifting the defensive intensity in the second period points were at a premium, however when Williams dived over from dummy half to make it 20-6, the result was virtually out of reach for the Rabbitohs.

The home team gave themselves hope when half back Kurtis Preece dashed past some tired defense, but that would be as close as they would get as the Sharks held on for a much-needed win.

The Sharks had a number of quality performers on the day, with Tuilagi very involved from the left wing, Magoulias and Daniel Vasquez strong in the middle of the field and Kennedy enterprising in the fullback role.

Five eighth Jaiden Brown also played well against his former club in his first match back after a lengthy stint on the sideline after breaking his jaw in round one.

The Sharks finals opponent and finishing position will be confirmed tomorrow when all round nine matches are complete however they can't be knocked of eighth place with their opponent likely to be either Parramatta or Newcastle, two teams they have played already during the 2015 season.

SHARKS 20
Jack Williams, Josh Tuilagi, Jesse Savage, Billy Magoulias tries, Williams 2 goals
Beat
SOUTHS 8
Kurtis Preece try, Siosifa Talakai 2 goals

CHAMPIONS: Kildare Catholic College celebrate their Hardy Shield grand final victory at Equex Centre on Monday night. Picture: Kieren L Tilly
CHAMPIONS: Kildare Catholic College celebrate their Hardy Shield grand final victory at Equex Centre on Monday night. Picture: Kieren L Tilly
KILDARE
Catholic College
20 - 0 WAGGA
High School
TRIES : L Gaffney 2, C Hands, D Hay
GOALS : C Hands 2
 
KOORINGAL 34 - 10 TRAC
KILDARE CATHOLIC COLLEGE CLAIM HARDY SHIELD


KILDARE PROVE A CLASS ABOVE WAGGA HIGH IN HARDY SHIELD FINAL

KILDARE Catholic College reclaimed the prestigious Hardy Shield with a 20-0 thrashing of Wagga High School in Monday night’s grand final at Equex Centre.

A first half double to centre Lachie Gaffney gave Kildare an 8-0 lead at half-time and the one-way traffic only continued after the break.

It was a polished team display from the classy Kildare team that proved too big and outmuscled their opponents in an error-riddled contest.

Kildare lock Connor MaCauley was awarded man-of-the-match after a prominent display but he was well-supported by the likes of Hands, Royce Tout and Max Burey.

MaCauley was also named player of the series.

Kildare coach Geoff McNamara was proud to get the Hardy Shield back at the school, even if it was not the cleanest of performances from his team.

“You’ve obviously got to be happy after winning 20-0 in a grand final,” he said.

“I thought our defence was outstanding again, we had a big emphasis on that.

“Full credit to Wagga High, they came out tonight and tackled their hearts out.

“I thought we were a bit disappointing in the first half, we didn’t stick to our game plan and played some dumb footy but we had a quiet word at half-time and were better after that.”

FULL-TIME

KILDARE 20 - 0 WAGGA
TRIES : L Gaffney 2, C Hands, D Hay
GOALS : C Hands 2

KOORINGAL 34 d TRAC 10.
ENDEAVOUR DOMINATE ON 'FIELD OF DREAMS'
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Endeavour SHS won all 4 games in today Michael Buettner Shield (u13s) & Chase Stanley Cup (u15s) round.

But the big news of the day is the Illawarra SHS defeated Martaville SHS in the u15s for the 1st time ever, Shotz to the ISHS 15s & staff -

More soon + plenty of gr8 Action Photo's
ENDEAVOUR
SHS
50 - 0 MATRAVILLE
SHS
ENDEAVOUR
SHS
18 - 12 MATRAVILLE
SHS
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SHS
40 - 4 ILLAWARRA
SHS
MATRAVILLE
SHS
20 - 22 ILLAWARRA
SHS
MATRAVILLE
SHS
24 - 22 ILLAWARRA
SHS
ENDEAVOUR
SHS
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SHS
Wednesday 01st April
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Wagga High School's Jonathon Lally (Picture: Kieren L Tilly)
CHARGING RUN: Wagga High School's Jonathon Lally scores despite the best efforts of TRAC's Henry Bennett in Wednesday night's semi final. (Picture: Kieren L Tilly)
KILDARE
CC
34 - 12 KOORINGAL
HS
TRIES : M Burey, C Macauley 2, C Hands, L Gaffney
GOALS : C Hands 5
TRIES : M Bennett, C Hodge
GOALS : L Carey 2
 
KILDARE CC 48 - 10 TRAC
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KILDARE, WAGGA HIGH THROUGH TO HARDY SHIELD GRAND FINAL

Commanding semi-final win proves Kildare team to beat

KILDARE Catholic College tightened its grip on the Hardy Shield with an explosive 34-12 victory over Kooringal High School in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

Kildare will meet Wagga High School in Monday night’s final after both scored easy wins in the semi-finals at Parramore Park.

Dubbed the showdown of the competition to date, Kildare proved too strong for Kooringal in a quality game of schoolboy football.

Earlier in the night, Wagga High thumped The Riverina Anglican College 48-10.

Kildare was already considered title favourite and that tag was only strengthened courtesy of a commanding performance.

Max Burey, Cameron Hands and Connor Macauley all dominated as Kildare passed its biggest test of the competition to date.

Kildare coach Geoff McNamara was very proud.

“I was very happy with them,” McNamara said.

“The biggest thing was we knew that Kooringal are a quality team...they came out all guns blazing and I was very happy with how strong we were in defence.

“The way we went into, we saw this as the first of two grand finals, the way the comp is structured and we knew they were going to be very hard to get over.”
Toby Youseff goes on the attack for Kooringal High School against Mount Austin High School in a recent Hardy Shield
PUSHING: Toby Youseff goes on the attack for Kooringal High School against Mount Austin High School in a recent Hardy Shield clash.
     
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SHIELD FINALS UNDER CONTROVERSY CLOUD

AS THE Hardy Shield reaches the business end of the series, attention should be squarely placed on the teams ready to battle for title honours.

However, the competition’s new-look format has cast a shadow over the impending finals.

As a large crowd gathered at Parramore Park for Monday night’s final competition round, the plight of sporting powerhouse Mater Dei Catholic College was the hot topic of conversation.

Spectators and fans vocally voiced their disapproval of the draw, which they believe has ‘cost’ MDCC a semi-final.

In a significant change to the running of the hallowed schoolboys’ competition, schools were divided into two pools based on previous shield results and final standings.

According to competition convener Michael Stubbs, at the centre of the controversial move is a strong show of compassion for schools that have struggled in previous years. “We have done this to try and ensure a more equal competition and try to give teams a chance to play even and fair games,” Stubbs said.

“The three teams in Pool A are probably going to be the strongest year to year. But, as with anything, you can never fully predict how a school will go.”

Despite the good intentions of conveners, one school has ‘fallen victim’ to the new system.

MDCC was relegated to Pool B of the competition alongside Kooringal High School and Mount Austin High School. The team played one win and one loss.

On the other side of the competition, reigning premier's The Riverina Anglican College lost both its Pool A round games.

Despite the results, TRAC will still progress through to a semi-final with WHS – and a chance to play either KHS or Kildare Catholic College for a place in the grand final.

"There had to be some advantage to being in the top pool, which we consider will have the strongest schools playing in it," convener Stubbs said.

"That's why TRAC will play Wagga High and the winner of pool A will meet the winner of Pool B. If Mater Dei had defeated Kooringal they would have been the team into the semi-finals."

Wednesday (5.30pm) semi-final one:
(TRAC)
L Bender, H Bennett, T Metcalf, I Moi, H Wakefield, T Byrnes, J Downes, O Bischard, M Barrie, L Parnell, W Farley, K Steward, J Muir, T Price, I Dore, S Bower, L King, M Rake, J Woods, P Amponn-Nyamekye, S Glyd
v
(WHS)
E Jackson, D Hay, R Cronin, J Lally, R Jolliffe, L Herman, C Lovell, N Hay, H Burkinshaw, P Huntley, C Leywood, I Boorer, L McBeath, M Carey, T Popple, M Harrison, M Fellows, N Trevaskis, K Harrison, C Watt

Wednesday (6.30pm) semi-final two:
(KHS) C Hodge, E O'Donnell, M Lyons, B Hickey, ASkeers, D Rose, L Carey, D Smith, M Clarke, T Hodge, M Bennett, R Spooner, T Charles, J Bailey, D Jennings, T Youseff, M Murdoch Cooke, J Nielsen, J Williams
v
(KCC) H Fitzsimmons, J Last, T Vatabuli, L Gaffney, B Caddis, M Burey, D Hay, R Tout, C Hands, W Campbell, M Duck, J Curran, C Macauley, L Joliffe, H Crouch, B Foster, J Gaynor, T Quinn, B Spencer, Z Phelps.
East Wales take on West Wales at both under 14 and under 15 level.
JUNIOR ORIGIN MATCHES TO KICK OFF BIG WELSH DERBY

Some of South Wales’ finest junior rugby league players will have a chance to impress on the big stage at Big Welsh Derby day at Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 10th May which culminates in South Wales Scorpions taking on North Wales Crusaders in a Kingstone Press League 1 encounter (kick-off 3pm).

The day’s action will now start at 9am with two big Origin matches where East Wales take on West Wales at both under 14 and under 15 level.

These matches have been the first on the road to a successful career for a number of players with people like Gil Dudson, Jamie Murphy and Rhodri Lloyd all playing in Super League after first starting in these regional encounters.

Mark Jones, Wales Rugby League’s National Development Manager said: “The Big Welsh Derby day at Cardiff Arms Park is set to be a fantastic event and now we have the under 14 and 14 Origin matches to start the day, it’s going to be even bigger.

“Over 100 youngsters trialled recently at Pencoed School and I’m sure, like many before them, we’ll see some Super League and Wales stars of the future on display.

“Wales Rugby League are placing huge importance in grassroots Rugby League over the next four years with a structured player pathway and these matches are a big part of that.”

Mike Grady, South Wales Scorpions’ head coach said: “We won at the Arms Park last year so we’re all looking forward to coming back there on Sunday 10th May to take on North Wales Crusaders.

“It’s great to see the young players also taking part in what will be a big day. I’m a firm believer in the development of juniors playing Rugby League and hopefully we’ll unearth a few stars of the future for the club and for Wales.”

Tickets for the Big Welsh Derby are available now from both www.scorpionsrl.com and www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk priced £10 for adults, £5 concessions, £2 for children aged 12-16 and £1 for primary school children. Online group booking discounts – seven tickets for the price of five in the same category – can also be bought.
Endeavour SHS u14 Buckley Shield Rnd 1 team (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTea.com)
Endeavour SHS u14 Buckley Shield Rnd 1 team (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTea.com)
Endeavour SHS Opens University Shield Rnd 1 team (Photo : steve montgomery / OurFootyTea.com)
Endeavour SHS Opens University Shield Rnd 1 team (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTea.com)
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THE SHIP SAILS INTO CHOPPY WATERS
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The Endeavour SHS Rugby League Buckley (U14s) & University Shield teams travelled to North Paramatta for Round 1 against The Hills Sports High School, The games were played at the Richie Benaud Oval.

After a good start the Buckley Shield side got the ball to Douglas Levi who crossed the line, Tom De Meio converted the forst of this 3 goals for the day, and the Ship was off and sailing.

Good solid Defence saw the Endeavour side running at and attacking The Hills line, Trevor Taufa hit a good line and smashed his way over to add more points.

It was not not long after that a good inside ball gave Steve gamu an opportunity to score, Steve did his job and the ball hit the grass and The Hills boiz were spewing.

Referee Nathan Loveday blew half time with Endeavour leading 18 nil - MORE SOON !

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