JUNIOR REPS SEASON TO KICK-OFF
|PHOTO CAPTION: Cronulla Sharks SG Ball captain Kyle Flanagan and coach Dave Howlett sporting the captain/ coach armbands that have been introduced this year to be worn in all NSWRL competitions as part of a game-wide "Respect" campaign. A number of protocols and procedures have been introduced to ensure players and coaches preserve a strong relationship with referees, as well as respecting their opponents, all officials and spectators.
|2016 SG Ball Draw
2016 Harold Matthews Draw
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Harold Matthews and SG Ball reigning premiers Cronulla Sharks will be out to create history when they begin their respective title defences tomorrow (Saturday, 13 February) for the start of the NSWRL Junior Representative season.
Cronulla, who claimed a double dose of premiership glory last season, will look to become the only team to win back-to-back titles in both the under-16s and 18s competitions.
“The NSWRL Junior Representative competitions are the breeding grounds for elite Rugby League in this state and will again showcase the best talents in NSW,” NSWRL CEO David Trodden said. WILL NEED TO GET DAVE TO APPROVE.
Two of the most fierce rivals in Rugby League will lock horns in the opening round of both age groups, when the Sydney Roosters play host to South Sydney at Henson Park tomorrow (Saturday, 13 February).
The Sharks’ title defences will be put to the test in the opening month of the season, with both teams having to wait until Round 4 to play their first home game.
In the under-16s, Balmain will be looking to extract revenge for their preliminary final loss to Parramatta last year when they square off against the Eels at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday, 20 February.
In another semi-final rematch, Western Suburbs will also be out to square the ledger when they play home to Cronulla at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on 20 February.
In Round 3 of the SG Ball, Cronulla will look to continue their edge over Penrith, who they bundled out of last year's preliminary final 12-0, when they meet in Windsor on 27 February.
On the other side of Sydney at Redfern Oval, last year's best offensive and defensive team in the Under-18s, Balmain, will try to make amends for their 12-6 semi final loss to the Rabbitohs.
At Brookvale Oval on 5 March, Manly and South Sydney will meet in a rematch of last year's preliminary final.
| SHARKS AIM FOR DOUBLE DOUBLE
The Cronulla Sharks begin their path of emulating their 2015 success this weekend when the 2016 NSWRL Junior Representative season kicks off.
Not only did the Sharks take out the Harold Matthews and SG Ball Premierships last year, but they also won both State Championships over the winners of the Queensland Junior Representative competitions.
Kyle Flanagan – son of Sharks NRL head coach Shane Flanagan – played a pivotal role in capturing the SG Ball title last season, and has been appointed captain of the side for the year ahead.
“ was a good experience,” Flanagan told NSWRL.com.au.
“I learnt a lot from the older boys who [taught] me a lot of things. It’s the same coaching staff and trainers, and with the Harold Matt’s coming up we’ve got a good group of boys.
“Hopefully we can do the same again this year.”
The Sharks SG Ball team begin proceedings in Perth this weekend as they take on the West Coast Pirates at Curtin University.
The Harold Matthews team, led by Kai Broadhurst, only have to travel to Kirkham Oval to take on the South West Sydney Academy of Sport team.
Flanagan admits the pre-season has been long, and cannot wait to rip in this weekend for the first time since capturing the State Championship over Townsville.
“The trial games always get you excited for [the season] and we’ve got some good boys coming through, so [I’m] looking forward to Round 1 in Perth,” Flanagan said.
Nine rounds of Rugby League showcased by possible future NRL superstars will be played out until the finals series begin on 16 April.
The Grand Finals will be played on 7 May while the winners of the respective competitions will battle it out with their Queensland counterparts for the State Championship on 14 May.
TIGER'S COACH PUMPED ABOUT PROSPECTS AGAINST KNIGHTS
|The GNA Tigers (back from left) Zac Butler, Tom Baker, Morgan Amidy, James Bradley, Brock Matthews, Manny Sithole, Jack Cameron (front from left) Will McAuliffe, Alec Cocking, Ian Carter, Jacob Haynes, Jayden Slater, Ryan Ingram, Kc Edmonds. Photo: Geoff O Neill
GREATER Northern Academy Tiger coach Matt Kenny is upbeat about his squad's first hit-out against the Newcastle Knights Under 17 development squad at Kurri Kurri Sportsground on Saturday.
Kenny is "looking forward" to the trial after an impressive final training session at Tamworth's Jack Woolaston Oval last Saturday.
"They really started to click," Kenny said.
"They've come together very well.
"We had a very good training session where we worked hard on the middle third did a lot of good ruck work.
"I'm looking forward to players like Will McAuliffe and James Bradley in the halves.
"They are big-time players.
"And Manny Sithole out wide too with Tom Baker as well.
"Also Jayden Slater at fullback he's very much a big part of this team.
"But I am real happy with the way they have trained and I'm excited about this weekend as well as building for the big one at Narrabeen, the Academy Challenge."
While the Knights Under 17 development squad game looms large, the February 27/28 Academy Challenge will pit the Tigers, and the younger GNA Cubs, against the other six academies from across the State.
The teams will play two games each day, 14 minutes each way shortened matches to finalise the 2015-2016 GNA program.
GREATER NORTHERN ACADEMY
Jordan Allan (Werris Creek), Max Altus (Coonamble), Morgan Amidy (Singleton), Fletcher Baker (Muswellbrook), Tom Baker (Narrabri), James Bradley (Reedy Creek), Zac Butler (Dalwood), Cody Byrne (Tamworth), Jack Cameron (Loomberah), Ian Carter (Woolooma), Lachlan Chard (Emmaville), Alec Cocking (Tamworth), Ethan Connors (Tingha), Bailey Cosgrove (Tingha), KC Edmonds (Inverell), Jed Englert (Duri), Alexander Fisher (Glen Innes), Lachlan Fry (Singleton), Max Greacen (Sandy Hollow), Alek Hall (Quirindi), James Hargrave (Uralla), Jacob Haynes (Wee Waa), Luke Howes (Gunnedah), Ryan Ingram (Tamworth), Bailey Lennox (Gunnedah), Brock Matthews (Muswellbrook), Will McAuliffe (Inverell), Steven McGrady (Inverell), Matthew Morgan (McCullys Gap), Zac Parker (Warialda), Jack Patterson (Tamworth), Thomas Pickersgill (Denman), Dylan Porter (Tamworth), Elijah Rasiga (Armidale), Koen Reiri (Tamworth), Jake Saunders (Tamworth), Emmanuel Sithole (Muswellbrook), Jayden Slater (Werris Creek), Jacob Smith (Armidale), Bailey Taylor (Muswellbrook), Caleb Taylor (Scone).
JUNIOR RUGBY LEAGUE RETENTION STUDY
|Junior Queensland footy players in action
The game is getting serious about addressing the issue of participation churn rates.
Together with the National Rugby League, the Queensland Rugby League have identified that a reduction in the game’s churn rate would provide a strong opportunity to realise organic growth within the game.
In an endorsement of the games recruitment strategies, the long-term growth in Rugby League stands at 2-3% and highlights our recruitment not only counters the almost 30% yearly churn out of the sport; but also attains a small growth percentage year on year. Ultimately though, the objective is to implement a strategy that reduces the current churn rate.
A child’s experience with their club – and in particular their coach – plays a significant role in their continued involvement in sport and long-held anecdotal evidence suggests an over-competitive team environment is detrimental to keeping kids in sport.
To create a basis on which to develop a retention strategy, the QRL undertook the task of consulting the families of 2014 registered club players who did not return to the game in 2015.
A survey was developed targeted at better understanding the reasons for players and their families making the decision not to return to Rugby League from one year to the next. Of the 7700 emails that were delivered inviting families involvement in the survey, 566 surveys were successfully completed.
The clear message delivered in the responses was the environment a coach created in their team was pivotal in participants continuing in the sport.
An overly competitive environment which focussed on winning at all costs resulted in kids leaving the game. Interestingly, a coach’s experience and knowledge, or lack thereof, were not significant contributors to the game’s churn rates.
Armed with this knowledge, the QRL and NRL are adapting the education of the games junior coaches and clubs to place a higher priority on creating an enjoyable, inclusive team environment with a number of initiatives from the surveys recommendations being implemented.
Positive change will be a gradual process but the game is committed to providing an enjoyable experience to families who choose Rugby League for their children.
A full copy of the report can be viewed here: Queensland Retention Study 2014-2015
It's not too late for junior players to sign on for season 2016! Find out how HERE
|KEEBRA PARK AIMING HIGHER IN 2016
With the school holidays well and truly over and the Christmas holidays no more than a fading memory, it's time to move away from the season of goodwill and on to the season we have all been looking forward to....THE FOOTY SEASON......
The boys have hit the paddock running and training has begun in ernest.
A combination of last years grade 11"s, some emerging grade tens from last year and a smattering of new talent will once again ensure that competition for spots is fierce.
This year the school will field 3 teams to enure that all boys get to either work their way through the ranks as they mature, or play football at a level that suits their skill and ability level.
This weekend sees a plethora of graduates in action at the Auckland Nines with no less than 11 boys taking to the field across a range of clubs.
Jai Arrow, (Broncos), Lamar Liolavave and Watson Heleta, (Tigers), Te Maire Martin, (Penrith), Jaelen Feeney (Newcastle), Isaac Liu (Roosters), Cory Norman (Parramatta), Henare Wells (NZ Warriors), Greg Eastwood (Bulldogs), and Blake Leary (Manly).
The school wishes all of theses boys the best of luck and we will be following the action closely.....
|SHARKS TAKE ON TRAVELLING RAIDERS IN JUNIOR REP TRIALS
The Canberra Raiders travelled to Cronulla with four teams on 2 buses for their trial games against defending National & State Champions, the Cronulla Sharks.
MORE SOON - Delay due to power outage for a couple hours after todays footy
|Footy is Back !! NSWRL Junior Rep Trials
Cronulla Sharks travel to play the Newcastle Knights @ Dora Creek
Game One – 12.00pm - HM Development
Game Two – 1:20pm - Harold Matthews
Game Three – 2:40pm - SG Ball Development
Game Four – 4:00pm - SG Ball
17's, HM & SGB - Bulldogs vs Wests - Saturday Kirkham Oval
Parra v Penrith HMC SG Ball
|NSW U16S INDIGENOUS SQUAD
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LEADING THE WAY: The NSW Indigenous Under-16s' squad will face Queensland in the curtain-raiser to the All Stars match in February.
The NSW Under-16s Indigenous Squad has been announced ahead of their clash with Queensland Murri as the curtain-raiser to the All Stars match at Suncorp Stadium on 13 February.
The NSW Under-16s Indigenous Squad is as follows:
14 Rylee Sines
1 Jordan Allan
2 Jack Carney
3 Blaine Gordon
4 Ethan Jacky
5 Kevin Kennedy
6 Jordan Little
7 William Lockwood
8 Winston McBride
9 Bradley Middlebrook
10 Brock Naden
11 Ayden Pittman-Lyon
12 Blake Roberts
13 Darryl Sharpley
15 Mathew Smith
16 Ky Smith
17 Brock Styles
18 Luciano Svagelli
19 Ali Taufa'ao
20 Jeramiah Trindall