FARRER ROMP SETS UP CHANCE FOR SHIELD REDEMPTION
|Farrer fullback Hayden Loughrey changes direction in another impressive burst during yesterday's 68-6 Uni Shield semi- final victory over Belmore Boys High. (Photo: Barry Smith)
|University Shield Semi Final action Belmore Boys HS v Farrer M Ag. HS (Photo: Barry Smith)
|University Shield Semi Final action Belmore Boys HS v Farrer M Ag. HS (Photo: Barry Smith)
FARRER Memorial Agricultural High School earned a shot at University Shield redemption with a landslide 68-6 win over Belmore Boys High School in yesterday’s University Shield semi-final at Farrer’s John Simpson Oval.
A 12-try jaunt against the Sydney side might have cracked 70 points had stand-in skipper Brad Johnston not missed converting his own try after the fulltime bell.
The big prop laughed off his conversion attempt while praising his teammates.
“It was good fun,” he said of leading the side out onto Simpson Oval.
“The boys played well, full of enthusiasm.
“But we might have to work on our ball control.”
Yesterday’s win earned the Chris Oxford-coached side a University Shield final berth at Kogarah Oval on Wednesday, September 10.
“We lost in extra time last year,” the Farrer coach recalled.
He was delighted with the win but mindful of some handling errors throughout.
“We could have held the ball a bit more,” he said.
“We really couldn’t hold it to save our lives at times.”
“While we turned it over too much, I was happy with the intensity, the attitude and the commitment to contact.
“Brad (Johnston) was fantastic.
“I thought Jack Ticehurst and Tye Barry did well coming off the bench too.”
Charlie Altus, James Fisk, Cory Manicaros, Josh Bermingham and Hayden Loughrey all stood out at various stages.
Manicaros’s early cut-out pass started Farrer on its way, finding tall winger Matt Thompson flying down the eastern sideline to score early on.
Thompson added a second try, the first of three for the day, not long after and also produced some sweet conversions, four from the sideline.
He kicked nine from 10 attempts to finish with 30 points while Ticehurst converted a try he helped set up for chunky winger Cameron Howard.
And Thompson might have the goalkicking duties from now on, with injured skipper Tom Say – who will be right to play in the Uni Shield Final – declaring “he can keep it”, after the game.
FARRER 68 (Matt Thompson 3, Trent Eather 2, Cameron Howard 2, Angus McTavish, Zac Faulkner, Matt Merrick, Cory Manicaros, Brad Johnston tries, Thompson 9, Jack Ticehurst gls) d BELMORE BOYS HIGH 6.
FARRER SKIPPER UNDER CLOUD FOR UNI SHIELD SEMI
| Farrer Captain Tom SAY talks to Lars Roy from NRL Media after the gio Schoolboy Cup Quarter Final (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.Com)
|CHECK OUT THE ACTION
ENDEAVOUR SHS v FARRER M Ag HS
1st HALF | 2nd HALF
FARRER Memorial Agricultural High School will have a much different looking side for Friday morning’s University Shield semi-final with Belmore Boys High School at Farrer’s John Simpson Oval.
The Chris Oxford-coached side was knocked out of the Schoolboy Cup by Endeavour Sports High in Sydney last week, beaten 50-nil.
Many of the Farrer side also play for the North Tamworth Under 18 side in the Group 4 competition and they also experienced a loss on the weekend, beaten 10 - 6 by the Gunnedah Bulldogs in their final-round Group 4 match at Gunnedah’s Kitchener Park.
“We’ll have a much different side for the Uni Shield semi,” Oxford said this week.
The main worry centres on skipper Tom Say.
“He copped a knock and a bit of concussion over at Gunnedah,” Oxford said.
“We’ll monitor him this week to ensure he has no ill-effects.”
Say is an integral player in the side, helping steer the side from halfback with young five-eighth Josh Bermingham and hooker Cory Manicaros.
Saturday’s North Tamworth Under 18 loss to Gunnedah meant the Bears, last year’s junior premiers, will play West Lions in this Sunday’s minor semi while Narrabri and Gunnedah will play in the major semi a week later.
The Farrer connection also stretches further, with former Farrer schoolboys, Callum Hayne and Zac Russ, leading the Group 4 first grade tryscoring list.
Hayne, who played Country Under 19s this year, leads the way with 20 touchdowns from Russ (18) and tall Bear centre Brad Marshall (17).
Marshall sits third with West Lions flyer Dylan Lake and Narrabri Blue Michael Skillicorn, who have also crossed for 17 tries this season.
Lake and Skillicorn match up in Sunday’s first grade semi final at Scully Park, the Blues coming off a 66 - 26 training run win over Oxley Diggers and the Lions losing 48-40 to Wee Waa at Wee Waa on Sunday.
|TAMWORTH PUBLIC'S RUN ENDS
TAMWORTH Public School (TPS) came within a try of booking a spot in the State Rugby League Knockout final yesterday as King St Public, Singleton ground out a 6-nil victory at Scully Park.
The two games prior to this, TPS had come up with the goods in the last minute and, despite desperate attempts, couldn’t do it this time as the Hunter school dominated possession and territory.
There will be some sore bodies at TPS tomorrow after they almost tackled themselves to a standstill, keeping the Singleton school at bay the entire first half to go into the sheds scoreless.
Second-rower Alex Hawkins would have made well over 30 tackles in the match.
It was a very close score for what was a one-sided game.
TPS coach Kevin Squires said that at least 80 percent of the game was played in their own 22.
The Hunter side was literally camped on the TPS line, but stuck in a stalemate.
The home side tackled, scrambled and dragged the opposition over the sideline all game as King St failed to break the line until the back end of the second half.
A ball was spread wide and found the hands of electric fullback Cooper Mayton who weaved before drawing and passing to put winger Oscar Roberts over for the only try of the game.
Mayton was one of the stand-outs, constantly dangerous with the ball in hand and very quick on his feet.
Tamworth’s usual passing and running game was shut down by a well-drilled side.
King St’s line speed and defensive structure was excellent, with TPS unable to make the advantage line and constantly on the back foot.
“Our defence was outstanding,” Squires said.
“They were very good and we only let them in once.”
TPS was missing star attacking centre Blair Maloney, who had been one of the stand-outs in its charge for the title, along with James Marshman, Vanda Erich and Jack Chegwyn.
Tamworth Public’s Zac Follington fires one out to the backs at Scully Park yesterday. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 270814GOB03
Tamworth Public’s Zac Follington fires one out to the backs at Scully Park yesterday. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 270814GOB03
The semi-final equals the furthest TPS has been in the competition, getting to the same stage five years ago.
King St will go on to play in the final at Kogarah Oval on September 9.
It was a big week of sport for the Tamworth school and for some of the boys who play across all teams.
On Tuesday night the TPS rugby side beat St Nick’s in the Friday Night Rugby final, before an extra-time loss to Hillvue in the State Touch Knockout on Tuesday.
TPS touch side found itself down 4-2 at halftime against a very fast and handy side.
Once again, the players pulled together and used that scrambling defence to keep Hillvue out all half, whilst scoring two of their own.
“It was a great second-half effort to level the scores,” Squires said.
The game went to golden point extra-time drop-off, with a player dropping off each side every two minutes.
The two sides were evenly matched until the numbers dropped to four a side.
Hillvue found some room and slid through a gap to score a try and go through to the next round against Nemingha Public.
Teacher Lisa Kenniff said it was a very exciting game.
“It was so close. We are all very proud of the boys,” Kenniff said.
Unfortunately for the school the girls won’t join them in the next round after going down to Tamworth South 5-2.
TPS will now drop ball for bat as the State Cricket Knockout gets underway again today.
HARD WORK & MATESHIP REWARDED WITH SUCCESS
|North Sydney BROTHERS u19's celebrates a great season with a Grand Final win
The North Sydney Brothers U19's side won the North Sydney/ Manly combined Grand Final against Avalon
The boys played in the Joint North Sydney/ Manly competition to win the U19's Minor Premiership.
They played 2nd placed Avalon in the Grand Final at North Sydney Oval on Sunday 24th August.
The victorious North Sydney Brothers team won 22 to 8 over Avalon.
It was a great result for the boys as they were the dominant team all year.
MACLEAN HANDED A LEAGUE LESSON IN QUARTER FINAL
|OUTMUSCLED: Lionel Johnson was one of Maclean High's best against the might of Sarah Redfern High School in the University Shield quarter-final at Maclean Showground. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan
MACLEAN High School was taught a lesson in league by Sarah Redfern College in yesterday's University Shield quarter-final.
Sarah Redfern carried a distinct advantage in sheer size and strength alone.
But the side's structure and determination to continually hit the ball at speed was equally as impressive - hardly a surprise given a large portion of the squad is contracted to Wests Tigers.
A quality rarely seen in the Clarence Valley, Maclean High coach Nathan White said it was a valuable experience for his boys despite the 74-0 scoreline.
"It's a shame for the crowd our boys couldn't get on the scoreboard," White said. "But looking ahead to next year it's a good experience for these boys. Most are in Year 10 or 11 and only about five in Year 12."
University Shield quarterfinal - Maclean HS v Sarah Redfern HS: Sarah Redfern High School defeated Maclean High School 74 - 0 in the quarter final of the 2014 University Shield NSW CHS Open Rugby League knockout.
After leading 30 - 0 at half-time, Sarah Redfern started throwing the ball around late and proved they had skills and not just muscle.
Lock forward Tre Sio was one of the visitors' best and chimed in with a late cameo, scoring the last five tries.
While the home side was disappointed, they never stopped trying, and the likes of Lionel Johnson, halfback Zac Clarke-Nagle and Dominic Perriott could be proud of their efforts.
A highlight for Maclean was a Jacob Cameron-Clarke 40-20 early in the second half.
League grand final between Maclean HS and Sth Grafton HS at 7.30pm this Wednesday at McKittrick Park.
GIO S’BOYS CUP QUARTER FINAL 2
| Tyrell FUIMAONO of Patrician Brothers runs looking for support in the GIO SBC 9's Grand Final (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
PATRICIAN BROTHERS V ERINDALE
Patrician Brothers Blacktown will take on Erindale College in the second GIO Schoolboys Cup quarterfinal, at Sportingbet Stadium, Tuesday 19 August.
This match will follow Endeavour Sports High and Farrer MAHS which is scheduled to kick off at 11am.
The last time Patrician Brothers and Erindale met were in the pool stages with Patrician Brothers coming out convincing 28-0 victors at Kippax Oval.
Erindale head coach, Matt Adams, said they have learnt a great deal from that loss and have taken the time to re-evaluate areas in their game.
“It’s probably an advantage getting to play them [Patrician Brothers] again,” said Adams.
“Ball security was an issue in the first game, so hopefully we can address that this game.”
The main focus for Adams building from the group stages however, is the importance of starting out strong.
“We’ve had to come from behind in a lot of games,” said Adams.
“We’re keen to getting off to a good start and hopefully score a few tries early, which will put them in a position they haven’t been in.”
Patrician Brothers head coach, Greg Beacroft, is expecting a much improved Erindale side, which will feature the return of a number of key players that did not play in that loss.
“They [Erindale College] have good players all over the field,” said Beacroft.
“They’re the improvers in the competition who are playing with a lot of confidence. They’re going to be hard to beat.”
Despite a staggered football calendar, that has seen most of Patrician Brothers play against each other in various rep teams, Beacroft believes finals footy will help galvanize the team.
“I think when it comes down to the finals, it’s all about desire and opportunity and doing the one percenters,” said Beacroft.
“We’re excited by the opportunity to play. There are a few boys carrying niggling injuries at this time of year, but we’re all looking forward to the challenge.”
For that very reason, Adams is not ruling out the possibility of late team changes but is expecting all of Patrician Brothers’ key men to step up.
“They [Patrician Brothers] are strong all over the paddock, but particularly their front rowers’ ability to create second phase play is a threat,” said Adams.
“It’s important that we do our best to win the ruck. If they get a roll on it’ll be tough to handle.
If Erindale are to do so, captain Kalani Going, and front rower Leon Tupuola need to be at their very best.
A Canberra Raiders junior representative, Tupuola was the ‘GIO Most Trusted Player’ against Westfields last game, scoring a second half double in a thrilling come from behind victory.
| Palm Beach Currumbin SHS V The Hills SHS
Tuesday the 19th of August will see Kougari Oval in Wynnum Manly play host to two GIO Schoolboy Cup Quarter Final matches.
Wavell State High School will come up against Matraville Sports High School. While Palm Beach Currumbin Sports High School meet The Hills Sports High School.
Palm Beach Currumbin Sports High School who have performed very well so far in the GIO Schoolboy Cup competition will be out to stop the undefeated The Hills Sports High School.
Palm Beach Currumbin Coach, Geoff Bagnall has been extremely impressed with the way that his school has performed this season.
“I have been delighted with how the boys have played this year and now we are looking to continue that good form into the knock out stages.” Said Bagnall.
Bagnall also believes that the battle up the middle between the forwards will be key on the day as both sides try to best one another.
“I think it’s going to come down to a battle between the forwards. If our forwards can get on top early we can take the game away from them. We have a good pack and they know the job that they have to do.
If all goes to plan in the middle we can get the ball to some of our outside backs who know how to get the ball over the line.” Said Bagnall.
Palm Beach Currumbin are a loaded with talent, it’s hard to pin point who will be the key for the side.
“Our captain Keegan Hipgrave has made the Australian Schoolboys side, twins Dylan and Daymeric Pelo are always dangerous and our halves Jed Cartwright and Jack Cook are class.” Said Bagnall.
The Hills Sports High School head into this match undefeated in the GIO Schoolboy Cup competition but know they will have to be at their best on Tuesday.
The Hills Sports High School Coach, Scott Jones has been happy with the way his side has performed but believes there is improvement to be made.
“It looks great that we have gone through undefeated but I feel like we haven’t hit our peak yet. We haven’t seen much of Palm Beach but we know that we’ll have to be at our best to get the win.” Said Jones.
The trip up to Queensland to play allows the boys to gain a great experience and memory from the GIO Schoolboy Cup competition.
“Its great a opportunity for the boys to have and its something that should live long in the memory. Especially if we come away with a positive result.” Said Jones
The Hills also boast a very talented young side, with a great mix of size and speed across the park.
“Our fullback Daniel Brown has been unreal for us this season. Halfback Jake Toby is always looking dangerous in attack and second rower Sean Walpole was man of the match in our last game and will be looking for a big game again.” Said Jones
The winner of this match will advance to the GIO Schoolboy Cup Semi Finals, which are to be played during the last week of August.
GIO CUP RESULTS: X-POOL FINALS
|QLD gio Schoolboy Cup Semi Final action St Brendans v Wavell
|58 - 6
|TRIES : Michael Molo 2, Patrick Akauola, Alexandre Albert, Blake Blomley, David Fauid, Kalemb Hart, Riley Leota, Keenan Yorston
GOALS : Jack Miers 6, Logan Spaander 3
|TRIES : Maia Raihe
GOALS : Jarmaine Willett
|2:00 PM Tuesday 12 Aug @ BMD Koograi Oval
|4 - 22
|TRIES : Jai Wisley
|TRIES : Daymeric Pelo 2, Jack Cook, Keegan Hipgrave
GOALS : Samuel Ross
|3:30 PM Tuesday 12 Aug @ BMD Koograi Oval
THE Queensland Cross Pool Finals of the GIO Cup were played earlier at BMD Kougari this week with Wavell State High and Palm Beach Currumbin winning through to the National Quarter Finals on Tuesday next week.
Read the match wraps from the Queensland games below:
Wavell State High v St Brendan’s Yeppoon
WAVELL State High School have continued their impressive run in the 2014 GIO Schoolboy Cup with a dominant display against St Brendan’s Yeppoon, defeating the visitors 58-6 at Kougari Oval, Wynnum.
Wavell started well and were first on the board when a quick play the ball from prop Riley Leota allowed quick ball movement to Michael Molo who forced his way over to score. The next 10 minutes were an arm wrestle, with both sides looking to assert their authority on the match. It was not until the 18th minute that winger Blake Blomley crossed for Wavell’s second.
Down 12-0, St Brendan’s hit back three minutes later when centre Maia Raihe took an interception 40m the other way to score, with Jarmaine Willet adding the extras. Wavell scored once more just before halftime, when Logan Spaander put Molo into space before the prop was taken down just short of the line. A quick play the ball allowed Wavell to spread the ball wide for Keenan Yorston to score.
The 16-6 halftime score gave St Brendan’s the opportunity for a comeback, however when Yorston crossed for his second and Riley Leota went in shortly after, Wavell’s lead had blown out to 22 points with only five minutes played in the second half.
And the tries kept coming for Wavell, with back rower Alex Albert joining in on the action diving over to score from a sweep play on the last. Molo ran off a Joshua Fauid short pass to score under the posts for his second, while Blake Blomley, Kalemb Hart and Patrick Akauola all added their names to the scorer’s column. Wavell’s Joshua Fauid was voted GIO’s Most Trusted Player.
WAVELL STATE HIGH SCHOOL 58 (Michael Molo 2, Patrick Akauola, Alexandre Albert, Blake Blomley, David Fauid, Kalemb Hart, Riley Leota, Keenan Yorston tries; Jack Miers 6, Logan Spaander 3 goals) def St BRENDAN’S COLLEGE 6 (Maia Raihe try; Jarmaine Willett goal) at BMD Kougari Oval, Wynnum.
Man of the Match: Joshua Fauid, Wavell State High School
KIRWAN STATE HIGH v PALM BEACH CURRUMBIN STATE HIGH
THE second game of the day saw two Queensland rugby league school heavyweights compete in what was expected to be an enthralling encounter. READ ON & LEARN MORE
11am - Endeavour Sports High v Farrer MAHS
1pm - Patrician Brothers Blacktown v Erindale College
2pm – Wavell State High School v Matraville Sports High School
The winners of the Quarter Finals will progress through to the NRL GIO Schoolboy Cup Semi Finals which will be played on Tuesday, August 26 and Wednesday, August 27 at venues to be confirmed.
3.30pm - Palm Beach Currumbin v The Hills Sports High School
COUNTRY CUP FINALS DAY AT DUBBO
|MacKillop Catholic College 2014 Country Cup OPEN Champions
Caltex Park in Dubbo saw the finals of the 2014 CRL Country Cup and Small Schools competitions conclude on Wednesday.
The competition saw some 400 schools playing in the Under 13’s, Under 15’s and Opens section of the Country Cup and the Under 13’s and Under 16’s section of the Small Schools competition.
In the Opens competition which was also a semi final of the GIO Schoolboy Trophy competition, saw MacKillop Catholic College from Warnervale playing in their first Country Cup Final come up against Hallam Senior College from Victoria.
It was the first time a Victorian school has been part of the CRL Country Cup and for Hallam to make the final in their debut year was a great achievement from all involved.
The start of the game saw Hallam Senior College start with a bang running in two early tries with hooker James Brooks crashing over from close range and then Tokorima Metua crossing for a try 2mins later after some great lead up work from five-eight Zac Patch and back-row partner Angelo Leaupepe to take a 10-0 lead after only 10mins and it looked like the team from Victoria were going to amass a big score-line against their Country opponents.
However MacKillop Catholic College opened their scoring in the 15th minute through their lock and Most Trusted Player Adam Keighran brushing off the defence to race 20m to score.
MacKillop were in again only 3 minutes later with dummy half Joshua Doyle supporting on the inside off a line break from centre Bailey Shiach-Wise which gave MacKillop a 12-10 lead.
The momentum started to swing towards MacKillop and it looked like the 12 hour bus trip for the Melbourne team was starting to take its toll and with three minutes before half time MacKillop were in again through centre Kye Martin from a break by lock Adam Keighran.
MacKillop were leading 18-10 at halftime and opened the scoring 7minutes into the second half with Kye Martin grabbing his second try.
Hallam were not giving up with second rower Angelo Leaupepe scoring a well deserved try and putting his team back in the game with eighteen minutes remaining.
With thirteen minutes remaining MacKillop were able to extend their lead through winger Jacob Murray and it was going to be hard for Hallam Senior College to claw their way back from a 28-16 deficit.
The last ten minutes saw Hallam through everything they had left in the tank at MacKillop but the boys from Warnervale were able to hold on and win 28-16.
This game will be replayed on Fox Sports this Saturday 9th August on Fox Sports 1 at 6:30am.
MacKillop Catholic College will now travel to Sydney to take on the City winners St Dominic’s College in the GIO Schoolboy Trophy Final
The Under 13’s Country Cup final started the day with Red Bend Catholic College from Forbes, coming away winners over Camden Haven High School, by 30 points to 20.
Red Bend started well and lead 12 points to nil early before Camden Haven hit back. At half time Red Bend were in a commanding position of 24 to 10.
In the 2nd half Camden Haven got the score back to 24 to 18 before another try to Red Bend saw the score at 30 to 18. Camden Haven scored last to bring the score to 30 to 20.
Red Bend fullback Ben Glasheen was a judged the Player of the Final.
RED BEND CATHOLIC COLLEGE FORBES 30 (Ben Glasheen, Dan O’Brien, Tom Aveyard, Vincent Reilly, Raymond Towney tries, Raymond Towney 5 goals) def CAMDEN HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL 20 (Jackson Brannigan, Kaine Café, Charlie Murray, Ryan Long tries, Jackson Brannigan, Ronan Bailey, Ryan Long goals)
In the Under 15’s contest, Kildare Catholic College, Wagga Wagga defeated St. Pius X, Adamstown by 20 points to 12. Kildare lead by 10 points to nil at halftime, before St Pius came back to lead 12 to 10.
Kildare were then able to score twice to wrestle back the lead and come away with a victory by 20 to 12. Kildare’s captain Max Burey was the Player of the final.
KILDARE CATHOLIC COLLEGE, WAGGA WAGGA 20 (Ned Sainsbury, Cooper Smith, Bowie Foster, Tyson Williams tries, Cooper Smith 2 goals) def St. PIUS X, ADAMSTOWN 12 (Max Cates, Jasper Darcy-Shaw tries, Connor Mulhearn 2 goals)
In the Under 13’s Small Schools Competition, in what was a cracking game of Rugby League saw Sacred Heart Central School from Cootamundra defeat Nyngan High School by 22 to 18.
Both sides gave everything they had and after Nyngan lead 8 to 6 at half time, Sacred Heart game back to take the title.
Sacred Heart’s Sam Sheahan was judged Player of the Final.
SACRED HEART CENTRAL SCHOOL, Cootamundra 22 (Sam Sheahan 2, Dylan Stuart, Alex Wiggans tries, Sam Sheahan 3 goals) def NYNGAN HIGH SCHOOL 18 (Cale Dunn 2, Caleb Cook, Harry Blake tries, Harry Blake goal)
In the final game of the Murrurmburrah High School defeated Oberon High School in a golden point thriller in the Under 16’s Small Schools final.
Oberon High were on top early and lead by 22 to 6 at half time, before Murrumburrah hit back and scored with 2 minutes to go level the scores at 22 all at full time.
A penalty to Murrumburrah in golden point saw half back Dylan Arabin step forward and claim victory for the school. Arabin was later named Player of the Final.
MURRUMBURRAH HIGH SCHOOL 24 (Dylan Arabin 2, Jake Arabin, Billy Manwaring tries, Dylan Arabin 4 goals) def OBERON HIGH SCHOOL 22 (Josh Rivett 2, Jayden Fagg 2 tries Josh Rivett 3 goals)
Another highlight for the day was the young referees who are part of the CRLRA’s Development Squads, who refereed the finals.
Congratulations to Billy Greatbach (Group 10), Shannon Shepardson (Group 16), Lincoln Blissett (Group 3), Patrick Allen (Group 11) and Daniel Thornton (Group 11) on your appointments to the finals. Also congratulations to the Barwon Darling’s Cody Simmons and Zak Falkiner from Group 4, who ran lines on the day.
MORE SHIRE SUCCESS AT ALL SCHOOLS
On the back of a successful day where three Sutherland Shire primary schools won NSWRL All Schools championships, De La Salle College have taken out the under 15's title with a convincing victory in the final.
Fielding a team with seven players currently in the Sharks Academy system, the De La Salle boys beat Bass Hill Sports High 16-0 in the final played at St Mary's Stadium, backing up four pool wins and a semi-final victory over St Paul's Greystanes earlier in the day.
Lachlan Smith with two tries and Jaemon Salmon kicking two conversions and a couple of penalty goals were the De La Salle scorers in the final.
As the day progressed the De La Salle side stamped themselves as contenders, with wins over Kingswood High (16-6), St Joseph's Lochinvar (16-0), Pagewood College (14-4) and St Pius Adamstown (18-0) setting them up for a semi-final match up with the highly rated St Paul's from the Parramatta district.
A solid defensive display saw them get the better of St Paul's by 12-6, before the dominant win over Bass Hill in the final.
In addition to Smith and Salmon, the other young players currently in the Sharks Academy system included Jackson Stewart, Tom Caughlan and Conor McDonald as well as under 14's Isaac Longmuir and Max Wiseman.
In the other age divisions Aquinas College represented Sutherland Shire schools in the 13's and 16's, while De La Salle competed in the under 14's.
While competitive, none of the three progressed past the pool stage of the competition.
In the 16's reigning age group champions Aquinas relinquished their title after a win and two losses from their three pool games.
The NSWRL All Schools carnival brought together 70 secondary schools and over 1,200 participants, with the Elite Sports Schools competing today on the third and final day of the event.
|RESULTS FOR 2014 NSWRL ALL SCHOOLS
Elite UNDER 16
Patrician Brothers Blacktown (Penrith) 10 - 0 St Gregory’s College (Western Suburbs)
Endeavour SHS (Cronulla) 6 - 0 Matraville SHS (South Sydney)
Westfields SHS (Parramatta) 18 - 0 Farrer MHAS (Group 4)
Patrician Brothers Blacktown (Penrith) 6 - 6 Hunter SHS (Newcastle)
The Hills SHS (Parramatta) 12 - 0 Endeavour SHS (Cronulla)
Illawarra SHS (Illawarra) 6 - 4 defeated Farrer MHAS (Group 4)
Hunter SHS (Newcastle) 12 - 6 defeated St Gregory’s College (Western Suburbs)
The Hills SHS (Parramatta) 19 - 0 defeated Matraville SHS (South Sydney)
Westfields SHS (Parramatta) 20 - 0 defeated Illawarra SHS (Illawarra)
Westfields SHS (Parramatta) 6 - 0 defeated Farrer MHAS (Group 4)
Hunter SHS (Newcastle) 18 - 0 defeated Endeavour SHS (Cronulla)
The Hills SHS (Parramatta) 22 - 0 defeated St Gregory’s College (Western Suburbs)
Patrician Brothers Blacktown (Penrith) 28 - 0 Illawarra SHS (Illawarra)
Hunter SHS (Newcastle) 14 - 4 defeated Westfields SHS (Parramatta)
The Hills SHS (Parramatta) 10 - 10 Patrician Brothers Blacktown (Penrith)
Patrician Brothers Blacktown (Penrith) 12 - 6 Hunter SHS (Newcastle)
|RESULTS FOR 2014 NSWRL ALL SCHOOLS
Elite UNDER 15
Patrician Brothers Blacktown #1 (Penrith) 12 - 0 The Hills SHS (Parramatta)
Hunter SHS (Newcastle) 10 - 6 Patrician Brothers Blacktown #2 (Penrith)
Endeavour SHS (Cronulla) 10 - 0 St Gregory’s College (Western Suburbs)
Westfields SHS (Parramatta) 13 - 0 Illawarra SHS (Illawarra)
Patrician Brothers Blacktown #1 (Penrith) 12 - 0 Hunter SHS (Newcastle)
The Hills SHS (Parramatta) 18 - 0 Patrician Brothers Blacktown #2 (Penrith)
St Gregory’s College (Western Suburbs) 13 - 0 Illawarra SHS (Illawarra)
Westfields SHS (Parramatta) 26 - 0 Endeavour SHS (Cronulla)
Patrician Brothers Blacktown #1 (Penrith) 13 - 0 Patrician Brothers Blacktown #2 (Penrith)
The Hills SHS (Parramatta) 12 - 0 Hunter SHS (Newcastle)
St Gregory’s College (Western Suburbs) 10 - 10 Westfields SHS (Parramatta)
Endeavour SHS (Cronulla) 13 - 0 Illawarra SHS (Illawarra)
Patrician Brothers Blacktown #1 (Penrith) 13 - 6 Endeavour SHS (Cronulla)
Westfields SHS (Parramatta) 8 - 0 The Hills SHS (Parramatta)
Westfields SHS (Parramatta) 10 - 4 Patrician Brothers Blacktown #1 (Penrith)
|RESULTS FOR NSWRL ALL SCHOOLS
Elite UNDER 14
Patrician Brothers Blacktown (Penrith) 4 - 4 The Hills SHS (Parramatta)
St Gregory’s College (Western Suburbs) 10 - 6 Matraville SHS (South Sydney)
Westfields SHS (Parramatta) 22 - 8 Hunter SHS (Newcastle)
Patrician Brothers Blacktown (Penrith) 4 - 4 Endeavour SHS (Cronulla)
St Gregory’s College (Western Suburbs) 26 - 4 Illawarra SHS (Illawarra)
Farrer MHAS (Group 4) 22 - 0 Hunter SHS (Newcastle)
The Hills SHS (Parramatta) 6 - 4 Endeavour SHS (Cronulla)
Matraville SHS (South Sydney) 26 - 0 Illawarra SHS (Illawarra)
Westfields SHS (Parramatta) 28 - 0 Farrer MHAS (Group 4)
Qualifying Final 1
Westfields SHS (Parramatta) 18 - 4 Hunter SHS (Newcastle)
Matraville SHS (South Sydney) 14 - 0 Patrician Brothers Blacktown (Penrith)
Endeavour SHS (Cronulla) 14 - 0 St Gregory’s College (Western Suburbs)
The Hills SHS (Parramatta) 16 - 0 Farrer MHAS (Group 4)
Semi Final 1
Westfields SHS (Parramatta) 10 - 0 Matraville SHS (South Sydney)
The Hills SHS (Parramatta) 10 - 0 Endeavour SHS (Cronulla)
Westfields SHS (Parramatta) 10 - 0 The Hills SHS (Parramatta)
|RESULTS FOR 2014 NSWRL ALL SCHOOLS
ELITE UNDER 13
Westfields SHS (Parramatta) 32 - 0 St Gregory’s College (Western Suburbs)
Illawarra SHS (Illawarra) 18 - 0 Endeavour SHS (Cronulla)
Hunter SHS (Newcastle) 5 - 4 Patrician Brothers Blacktown #1 (Penrith)
The Hills SHS (Parramatta) 16 - 0 Patrician Brothers Blacktown #2 (Penrith)
Westfields SHS (Parramatta) 24 - 0 Illawarra SHS (Illawarra)
Endeavour SHS (Cronulla) 6 - 0 St Gregory’s College (Western Suburbs) Patrician Brothers Blacktown #2 (Penrith) 22 - 1 Patrician Brothers Blacktown #1 (Penrith)
Hunter SHS (Newcastle) 6 - 0 The Hills SHS (Parramatta)
Westfields SHS (Parramatta) 16 - 4 Endeavour SHS (Cronulla)
St Gregory’s College (Western Suburbs) 8 - 4 Illawarra SHS (Illawarra)
Patrician Brothers Blacktown #1 (Penrith) 26 - 2 The Hills SHS (Parramatta)
Hunter SHS (Newcastle) 5 - 4 Patrician Brothers Blacktown #2 (Penrith)
Patrician Brothers Blacktown #1 (Penrith) 18 - 6 Westfields SHS (Parramatta)
Hunter SHS (Newcastle) 4 - 0 Endeavour SHS (Cronulla)
Patrician Brothers Blacktown #1 (Penrith) 24 - 0 Hunter SHS (Newcastle)
RESULTS FOR 2014 NSWRL ALL SCHOOLS
Penrith 8 - 8 Canterbury
Parramatta 4 - 4 Western Suburbs
Balmain 13 - 0 Cronulla
Illawarra 22 - 0 Central Coast
Penrith 10 - 0 Act
Western Suburbs 16 - 4 Newcastle
Illawarra 6 - 0 Western Suburbs
Canterbury 22 - 0 Balmain
Penrith 4 - 0 Balmain
Illawarra 18 - 6 Parramatta
Act 36 - 0 Cronulla
Newcastle 14 - 8 Central Coast
Western Suburbs 16 - 4 Newcastle
Parramatta 16 - 4 Central Coast
Canterbury 16 - 10 Act
Penrith 30 - 0 Cronulla
Act 16 - 0 Balmain
Illawarra 18 - 4 Newcastle
Canterbury 22 - 4 Cronulla
Western Suburbs 18 - 10 Central Coast
Canterbury 14 - 10 Illawarra
|RESULTS FOR 2014 NSWRL ALL SCHOOLS SECONDARY
McCarthy Catholic College (Penrith) (7) defeated Merrylands HS (Parramatta) (6)
Ashcroft HS (Western Suburbs) (4) defeated St Paul’s College (Manly) (0)
Aquinas College Menai (Cronulla) (12) defeated Penshurst Marist (Wildcard) (6)
Corpus Christi Oak Flats (Illawarra) (12) defeated Wadalba Community College (Central Coast) (0)
Georges River College (St George) (6) drew with Terra Sancta College (Wildcard) (6)
St Joseph’s Lochinvar (Newcastle) (18) defeated St Dominic’s College (Wildcard) (0)
Kiama HS (Shoalhaven) (12) defeated St Mary’s Cathedral College (Sydney Roosters) (0)
Merrylands HS (Parramatta) (16) defeated Granville South (Canterbury) (4)
Ashcroft HS (Western Suburbs) (6) drew with Penshurst Marist (Wildcard) (6)
St Paul’s College (Manly) (18) defeated Aquinas College Menai (Cronulla) (6)
Wadalba Community College (Central Coast) (16) defeated Georges River College (St George) (0)
Terra Sancta College (Wildcard) (8) defeated Corpus Christi Oak Flats (Illawarra) (4)
St Joseph’s Lochinvar (Newcastle) (13) defeated Kiama HS (Shoalhaven) (10)
St Dominic’s College (Wildcard) (16) defeated St Mary’s Cathedral College (Sydney Roosters) (4)
Granville South (Canterbury) (8) defeated McCarthy Catholic College (Penrith) (0)
Ashcroft HS (Western Suburbs) (28) defeated Aquinas College Menai (Cronulla) (2)
St Paul’s College (Manly) (12) defeated Penshurst Marist (Wildcard) (4)
Terra Sancta College (Wildcard) (12) defeated Wadalba Community College (Central Coast) (6)
Corpus Christi Oak Flats (Illawarra) (8) defeated Georges River College (St George) (0)
St Joseph’s Lochinvar (Newcastle) (24) defeated St Mary’s Cathedral College (Sydney Roosters) (0)
Kiama HS (Shoalhaven) (10) defeated St Dominic’s College (Wildcard) (8)SEMI
Ashcroft HS (Western Suburbs) (16) defeated Merrylands HS (Parramatta) (6)
St Joseph’s Lochinvar (Newcastle) (30) defeated Terra Sancta College (Wildcard) (0)
St Joseph’s Lochinvar (Newcastle) 12 - 4 Ashcroft HS (Western Suburbs)
|RESULTS FOR 2014 NSWRL ALL SCHOOLS SECONDARY
St Paul’s Greystanes (Parramatta) (20) defeated Leumeah HS (Wildcard) (4)
St Dominic’s College (Wildcard) (10) defeated Leumeah HS (Wildcard) (0)
St Paul’s Greystanes (Parramatta) (16) defeated Quakers Hill HS (Penrith) (0)
Barrenjoey HS (Manly) (6) defeated Ingleburn HS (Western Suburbs) (0)
De La Salle Caringbah (Cronulla) (16) defeated Kingswood HS (Wildcard) (6)
Edmund Rice College (Illawarra) (12) drew with Leumeah HS (Wildcard) (12)
St Pius Adamstown (Wildcard) (12) defeated Champagnat College Pagewood (South Sydney) (6)
Bass Hill (12) defeated St Edward’s Gosford (Central Coast) (4)
De La Salle Caringbah (Cronulla) (16) defeated St Joseph’s Lochinvar (Newcastle) (0)
St Dominic’s College (Wildcard) (24) defeated Quakers Hill HS (Penrith) (4)
BWSC - Umina (Wildcard) (26) defeated Barrenjoey HS (Manly) (0)
Champagnat College Pagewood (South Sydney) (24) defeated Kingswood HS (Wildcard) (10)
Ingleburn HS (Western Suburbs) (18) defeated St Edward’s Gosford (Central Coast) (8)
St Joseph’s Lochinvar (Newcastle) (12) defeated St Pius Adamstown (Wildcard) (4)
St Paul’s Greystanes (Parramatta) (20) defeated Edmund Rice College (Illawarra) (6)
De La Salle Caringbah (Cronulla) (14) defeated Champagnat College Pagewood (South Sydney) (4)
Bass Hill (14) defeated BWSC - Umina (Wildcard) (6)
Leumeah HS (Wildcard) (10) defeated Quakers Hill HS (Penrith) (0)
St Dominic’s College (Wildcard) (24) defeated Edmund Rice College (Illawarra) (0)
Barrenjoey HS (Manly) (16) defeated St Edward’s Gosford (Central Coast) (0)
BWSC - Umina (Wildcard) (26) defeated Ingleburn HS (Western Suburbs) (4)
St Joseph’s Lochinvar (Newcastle) (36) defeated Kingswood HS (Wildcard) (0)
De La Salle Caringbah (Cronulla) (18) defeated St Pius Adamstown (Wildcard) (0)
Bass Hill won by forfeit Barrenjoey HS (Manly)
Edmund Rice College (Illawarra) (8) defeated Quakers Hill HS (Penrith) (6)
BWSC - Umina (Wildcard) (34) defeated St Edward’s Gosford (Central Coast) (0)
St Joseph’s Lochinvar (Newcastle) (22) defeated Champagnat College Pagewood (South Sydney) (4)
St Paul’s Greystanes (Parramatta) (14) defeated St Dominic’s College (Wildcard) (10)
St Pius Adamstown (Wildcard) (22) defeated Kingswood HS (Wildcard) (4)
Bass Hill (8) defeated Ingleburn HS (Western Suburbs) (0)SEMI
De La Salle Caringbah (Cronulla) (12) defeated St Paul’s Greystanes (Parramatta) (6)
Bass Hill (26) defeated BWSC - Umina (Wildcard) (6)
De La Salle Caringbah (Cronulla) 16 - 0 Bass Hill
|RESULTS FOR 2014 NSWRL ALL SCHOOLS SECONDARY
Picton HS (Group 6) (4) defeated Fairfield Patrician Brothers (Parramatta) (0)
Rooty Hill HS (Penrith) (24) defeated NBSC – Balgowlah Boys Manly (4)
John Therry Catholic HS (Western Suburbs) (24) defeated Georges River College (St George) (6)
Holy Cross College Balmain (24) defeated St Mary’s Cathedral College (Sydney Roosters) (6)
Belmore Boys HS (Canterbury) (6) defeated Albion Park HS (Illawarra) (0)
St Dominic’s College (Wildcard) (8) defeated Champagnat College Pagewood (South Sydney) (6)
St Joseph’s Lochinvar (Newcastle) (6) defeated De La Salle Caringbah (Cronulla) (4)
St Edward’s Gosford (Central Coast) (26) defeated St John’s Nowra (Shoalhaven) (0)
Picton HS (Group 6) (16) defeated NBSC – Balgowlah Boys Manly (6)
Fairfield Patrician Brothers (Parramatta) (8) defeated Rooty Hill HS (Penrith) (0)
Holy Cross College Balmain (28) defeated Georges River College (St George) (6)
John Therry Catholic HS (Western Suburbs) (10) defeated St Mary’s Cathedral College (Sydney Roosters) (0)
Champagnat College Pagewood (South Sydney) (10) defeated Belmore Boys HS (Canterbury) (0)
St Dominic’s College (Wildcard) (22) defeated Albion Park HS (Illawarra) (0)
St Joseph’s Lochinvar (Newcastle) (12) defeated St Edward’s Gosford (Central Coast) (0)
De La Salle Caringbah (Cronulla) (26) defeated St John’s Nowra (Shoalhaven) (0)
Rooty Hill HS (Penrith) (16) defeated Picton HS (Group 6) (0)
Fairfield Patrician Brothers (Parramatta) (24) defeated NBSC – Balgowlah Boys Manly (8)
Georges River College (St George) (18) drew with St Mary’s Cathedral College (Sydney Roosters) (18)
Holy Cross College Balmain (12) defeated John Therry Catholic HS (Western Suburbs) (0)
St Dominic’s College (Wildcard) (26) defeated Belmore Boys HS (Canterbury) (0)
Champagnat College Pagewood (South Sydney) (14) defeated Albion Park HS (Illawarra) (0)
St Joseph’s Lochinvar (Newcastle) (14) defeated St John’s Nowra (Shoalhaven) (10)
St Edward’s Gosford (Central Coast) (22) defeated De La Salle Caringbah (Cronulla) (4)
Holy Cross College Balmain (6) defeated Rooty Hill HS (Penrith) (4)
St Dominic’s College (Wildcard) (16) defeated St Joseph’s Lochinvar (Newcastle) (10)
St Dominic’s College (Wildcard) 14 - 10 Holy Cross College Balmain
|RESULTS FOR 2014 NSWRL ALL SCHOOLS SECONDARY
Eagle Vale HS (Western Suburbs) (24) defeated Rooty Hill HS (Wildcard) (0)
Fairfield Patrician Brothers (Parramatta) (14) defeated Picnic Point HS (Canterbury) (10)
Kingsgrove HS (St George) (6) defeated Chifley College Bidwell (Penrith) (0)
Aquinas College Menai (Cronulla) (14) defeated NBSC – Balgowlah Boys (Manly) (0)
St Edward Gosford (Central Coast) (12) defeated Holy Cross College (Balmain) (0)
St Dominic’s College (Wildcard) (28) defeated Edmund Rice College (Illawarra) (4)
Champagnat College Pagewood (South Sydney) (14) defeated St Joseph’s Lochinvar (Newcastle) (4)
BWSC - Umina (Wildcard) (10) defeated Bomaderry HS (Shoalhaven) (0)
Eagle Vale HS (Western Suburbs) (12) defeated Fairfield Patrician Brothers (Parramatta) (6)
Rooty Hill HS (Wildcard) (8) drew with Picnic Point HS (Canterbury) (8)
Kingsgrove HS (St George) (12) defeated Aquinas College Menai (Cronulla) (6)
NBSC – Balgowlah Boys (Manly) (8) defeated Chifley College Bidwell (Penrith) (6)
Holy Cross College (Balmain) (24) defeated St Dominic’s College (Wildcard) (0)
St Edward Gosford (Central Coast) (26) defeated Edmund Rice College (Illawarra) (0)
Champagnat College Pagewood (South Sydney) (12) defeated Bomaderry HS (Shoalhaven) (8)
BWSC - Umina (Wildcard) (14) defeated St Joseph’s Lochinvar (Newcastle) (6)
Eagle Vale HS (Western Suburbs) (20) defeated Picnic Point HS (Canterbury) (0)
Fairfield Patrician Brothers (Parramatta) (12) defeated Rooty Hill HS (Wildcard) (8)
Kingsgrove HS (St George) (14) defeated NBSC – Balgowlah Boys (Manly) (6)
Aquinas College Menai (Cronulla) (16) defeated Chifley College Bidwell (Penrith) (0)
Holy Cross College (Balmain) (12) defeated Edmund Rice College (Illawarra) (4)
St Dominic’s College (Wildcard) (16) defeated St Edward Gosford (Central Coast) (0)
BWSC - Umina (Wildcard) (14) defeated Champagnat College Pagewood (South Sydney) (0)
St Joseph’s Lochinvar (Newcastle) (10) defeated Bomaderry HS (Shoalhaven) (4)
Eagle Vale HS (Western Suburbs) (22) defeated Kingsgrove HS (St George) (0)
St Dominic’s College (Wildcard) (16) defeated BWSC - Umina (Wildcard) (0)
St Dominic’s College (Wildcard) 8 - 2 Eagle Vale HS (Western Suburbs)
| CRONULLA SHARKS JUNIOR REP TRIAL NOMINATIONS
The Sharks are calling for nominations from players who wish to trial for the 2015 Cronulla Sharks Matthews Cup and SG Ball Junior Representative Teams.
The trials will be held on Thursday, September 11 for Harold Matthews (U16s) and on – Saturday, September 13 for SG Ball (U18s).
Players interested in trialling need to fill in and return the nomination form which is available by clicking the link below.
Nominations close Friday 29th August 2014 and the trial is by invite only. Sending in a nomination form does not guarantee a spot in the trial, with those players who are successful in gaining a place in the trial to be contacted and given further information with respect to times, venue and what is required.
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|PATCHY FARRER ADVANCES IN UNI SHIELD
FARRER kept their University Shield hopes alive with a 38-24 win over South Grafton High in Grafton yesterday.
Coach Chris Oxford was pleased with the win but wasn’t impressed with some aspects of the side’s play.
Blake Withers came off the bench to replace the injured Zac Faulkner in the front row and shone, crashing over for two tries.
Discipline around the ruck let the side down, with South Grafton scoring points on the back of repeat sets.
“We did a lot of defending when we should have been attacking,” Oxford said.
“We put together some very fluid plays in the backs when we had the ball.
“But everyone was off defensively.”
South Grafton had very crafty halves who tested the line a lot.
Fullback Hayden Loughrey was playing quite deep defensively and the home side took full advantage.
The home side put several short kicks in behind the line that tested Farrer’s scramble.
“They were very good on their feet and the short kicks tested us,” Oxford said.
“We should have adjusted but didn’t.”
While Withers and fellow prop Brad Johnston were solid in the middle, the side did miss the energy and commitment of injured lock Angus McTavish.
“Angus makes 40 tackles an hour and this game went for 70 minutes,” Oxford said.
“He has so much enthusiasm and chat that we did notice he wasn’t there.”
A big positive to come out of the game was the effort of the younger players and fringe players.
“I had six Year 10 players in the squad,” Oxford said.
“They really stepped up and I got to give them a lot of minutes.”
While Withers was the stand-out, Brad Fisk also had a big game at second row, and Marcus Hayne impressed with his attack on the wing.
Harrison Buhler had a good presence in the middle and Cameron Howard proved he has a good finish with a winger’s try.
Farrer is now through to the final eight and, after winning the shield every second year for the past six years, is due for another.
Its next opponent for both the University Shield and the GIO Cup will be known sometime next week.
TRIAL WITH THE RAIDERS FOR THE 2015 SEASON
|The Canberra Raiders score against the cronulla Sharks during a trial game earlier this year (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
Nominations are now open to trial with the Canberra Raiders for the 2015 season.
The Canberra Raiders pride themselves on producing the best young talent in the NRL, with the likes of Terry Campese, Paul Vaughan and Jarrod Croker all coming through the Raiders junior system.
If you would like to trial for the under 16’s (Harold Matthew’s), under 18’s (SG Ball) or under 20’s (Holden Cup) teams then please fill in the attached form and return it via the methods below.
The information can also be found HERE
Forms should be addressed to :
Raiders Recruitment & High Performance Manager David Hamilton.
Email: email@example.com Fax: 02 6253 3546
Post: PO Box 3315, Belconnen BC, ACT 2617
Applications close Wednesday 17th September
LOCAL TRIALS - Northbourne Oval, Elouera St Braddon
Under 16s - Wed 24th Sept from 4:00pm
Under 18s - Mon 22nd Sept from 4.30pm
OPEN TRIALS - Raiders HQ, Eade St Bruce
UNDER 16s - Sat 27th Sept from 7.45am
UNDER 18s - Sat 27th Sept from 9.30am
UNDER 20s - Sat 27th Sept from 11.30am
Players selected from the local trial, may be required to trial again on Saturday 27th September.
Please not a ‘NO REGISTRATION – NO TRIAL’ policy will be in place
|HOLY CROSS WIN Br JOHN RAYNOR TROPHY Holy Cross Catholic College, Ryde today won the final of the MCC Opens Comp - Holy Cross defeated Randwick 18 - 16 and were awarded the Br John Raynor trophy for most outstanding rugby league school in the MCC after winning the 13s, 14s and first grade competitions. Holy Cross now will concentrate on the NSWCCC CUP with Patties, All Saints, Doms, St. Gregs and the rest of the NSWCCC family.
|KEEBRA PARK REP WRAP With the Representative season drawing to a close Keebra Park are proud to announce the following boys who have gained selection in the Qld and Australian teams across various age groups.
|ERINDALE THRU TO FINALS
Erindale College are thru to the Finals of this years gio Schoolboy Cup after defeat Westfields SHS at Cabramatta today after trailing 10 - 6 at the break.
Westfields SHS 18 - 24 Eridnale College
FARRER INTO FINAL EIGHT OF ELITE COMPETITION
|Farrer winger Matt Thompson (second from right) is swamped by his teammates (from left) Cameron Howard, Josh Bermingham, Tom Say and Tye Barry after scoring a brilliant first-half intercept try yesterday. (Photo: Gareth Gardner)
|26 - 10
|| St. GREGORYS COLLEGE
|TRIES : Tye Barry 2, Hayden Loughrey, Matt Thompson, Zac Faulkner
GOALS : Tom Say 3
|TRIES : Toa Mata’Fa, Jayden Siewkiewicz
GOALS : Toa Mata’Fa
|GIO SCHOOLBOY CUP LOCKER LOOM
FARRER Memorial Agricultural High School might have started with an error but the side regrouped, realigned and repelled St Gregory’s Campbelltown to register a 26-10 win and earn a quarter-final berth in the GIO Schoolboy Cup at Farrer’s John Simpson Oval yesterday.
Talented young fullback Hayden Loughrey and tall winger Matt Thompson combined to spill St Greg’s first kick from their own half to place the home side under early pressure.
However, the Chris Oxford-coached Farrer side overcame that early fumble to repel the opening raids from their Sydney opponents and posted the first two tries of the game.
Inspirational prop Zac Faulkner, just back from a tour of Queensland with the NSW Country Under 18s, crashed over early and then Thompson made up for his early error to snatch an intercept and race 60m to score for a 12-nil lead.
St Greg’s fought back though, scoring twice in a matter of minutes as they marched up the paddock after some more Farrer errors.
Trailing 12-10, the visitors made one error they regretted, allowing young five-eighth Josh Bermingham to scoop up the ball and send centre Tye Barry across for the first of his two tries.
Behind 16-10 at halftime , St Greg’s went close to scoring from the first set of six in the second half but the scrambling Farrer defence kept the visitors at bay.
Farrer could have easily added a couple more tries too early in the second half when second-rower Matt Merrick was ruled to have made a double movement in scoring and then winger Cameron Howard was pulled back from a forward pass fired to him by Bermingham.
They weren’t denied however when a Bermingham bomb was dropped by tall St Greg’s fullback Toa Mata’Fa.
Loughrey swooped to race over and score.
Barry’s second try came from another Bermingham chip kick that rolled past Mata’Fa for the centre to pounce.
Just to emphasise the tremendous, defensive desperation, Farrer scrambled in defence to stop big St Greg’s centre Jesse Jackson from scoring after the bell.
“We defended really well,” Oxford said.
“We won that game on the back of our defence.
“Coming into the game we’d allowed 10 points a game and to allow just 10 again was outstanding.
“I’m proud of the effort.
“We scrambled well.
“ We had a good start, got a couple of lucky turnovers and an intercept and had a good wind at our backs in the second half.”
Props Faulkner and Brad Johnston led the way for Farrer, halves Bermingham and skipper Tom Say also played strongly and steered the side well, with 15-year-old Loughrey a spark at the back.
Backrowers Merrick, Jack Ticehurst and Ryan Horton were also strong, hooker Corey Manicaros controlled the ruck well but red-headed lock, Angus McTavish, was probably Farrer’s best.
He won plaudits from his coach and skipper for his heavy workload in attack and defence, the small number 13 bringing down his bigger St Greg’s opponents with regularity and zest.
Farrer plays its GIO Schoolboy quarter-final in mid-August but goes to Grafton next week to play South Grafton High in the University Shield.
FARRER 26 (Tye Barry 2, Hayden Loughrey, Matt Thompson, Zac Faulkner tries, Tom Say 3gls) d ST GREGS 10 (Toa Mata’Fa, Jayden Siewkiewicz tries, Mata’Fa gl).
|IT'S DO OR DIE FOR FARRER IN CUP
FARRER’S biggest home game of the season will kick off at 11am today as the school hosts St Gregory’s Campbelltown in a do or die final pool game of the GIO Schoolboys’ Cup.
The winner will go through to the finals along with Hills Sports High from a pool of four, with the loser left to focus on next year.
In his first year at the helm of Farrer’s First XIII, coach Chris Oxford is confident the boys can get a win if they play to their potential.
Farrer kicked off its campaign with a devastating last- minute loss to Hills Sports, following a 6-all draw this time last year between the two schools.
“It was a good, tough game,” Oxford said.
“We were up 10 - 8 with 30 seconds to go and they crashed over.”
The second game against Illawarra High was in gale force winds a week later during the violent Sydney storms.
“One of their kick-offs went about eight metres forward and then over the kicker’s head, bounced on the 30 metre line and went dead,” Oxford said.
“It was amazing and we got a penalty on halfway.”
The boys opted to run into the wind in the first half and rely on their fitness in the second.
It worked a treat as they turned a 10 - 6 halftime lead into a 27 - 6 victory.
15-year-old fullback Hayden Lockrey was man of the match in that game, and Oxford is hoping he can carry that form into today.
Fellow Year 10 student Josh Birmingham is playing five-eighth and will direct the attack alongside captain and halfback Tom Say.
“We have only let in 16 points in two games so our defence has been good,” Oxford said.
“We were disappointed to only score 10 points in the first game so have been doing a lot of work on our attack.”
Oxford said that too many players were trying to direct the attack in previous matches.
“It was causing some confusion and some plays got a bit lost.”
Today the halves combination of Say and Birmingham will run the attack, along with experienced hooker Corey Manicaros.
St Gregs also beat Illawarra, but only by four points, and also went down to Hills Sports by a try.
“I think it is quite evenly matched,” Oxford said.
“They are a very honest side that works hard.”
It is Farrer’s first home match in the Cup and Oxford hopes the boys react to the home crowd well.
“I am going in reasonably confident,” he said.
“Whoever turns up on the day will go to the finals.”
|CENTRAL COAST CENTURIONS REP TEAM TRIALS
Central Coast Centurions
2015 U/16 Harold Matthews & U/18 SG Ball Trials
Venue : Morry Breen Oval, Kanwal
Date : Saturday 27th September 2014
Time : U/16 Harold Matthews commence at 10am
U/18 SG Ball commences at 1.30pm
Register Now! Click here to download a Player Request to Trial & Registration Form
Registrations Close : September 10th 2014
| BRIGHT FUTURE PREDICTED FOR KIRWAN LEAGUE STARS
Kirwan High students Regan Grieve and Gideon Gela have selected in the Australian Schoolboys squad to tour England & France in Nov/Dec.
PROUD Aussie schoolboys Regan Grieve and Gideon Gela are hoping a successful trip to Europe will serve as the perfect launch pad for a step up to the National Rugby League.
Current NRL whiz kids Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers) and Luke Walker (Souths) were selected for the same side just two years ago and Kirwan coach Dave Ackers is confident his young charges can emulate their feats and impress at the top level in the not-too-distant future.
“Both players are contracted with the Cowboys for next year and there is a long history of Aussie schoolboys players making that step up to the NRL,” he said.
“Regan has been with the Cowboys since he was 14 and Gideon was also spotted pretty young and while they still have a lot of work to do there is a definite connection between the schoolboys side and NRL teams.”
A golden opportunity awaits for the Kirwan High students and they will look to further their game overseas when they undertake a six-week tour of France and the United Kingdom with the national team in November.
Their selection is another glowing endorsement of Kirwan’s rugby league program, with the state school the top ranked school in Queensland and the breeding ground of NRL stars Sam Thaiday, Jacob Lillyman and Jason Taumalolo.
Both players ran out for the under-18 Maroons earlier this year and were also key contributors for Queensland at the recent national schoolboys’ championships in Darwin, with Gela impressing as an outside back and Grieve in the second row.
“It’s always an honour to put on the Queensland jersey and it was disappointing not to get the results we were after at nationals,” Grieve said.
“They announced the team after the grand final and it was just an unreal feeling to make the team and get the chance to represent the country in an overseas tour.”
Grieve hails from Mackay originally while speedy fullback Gela lives in Townsville as part of the Kirwan homestay program, with most of his family still based on the remote Darnley Island in the Torres Strait.
The boys are among four Queenslanders in the national team, who will play seven games on the end of year tour, including four tests against the England and France national teams.
It will be the first overseas trip for both the players and they will be joined by Kirwan head of sport Damon Rubhein, who is the trainer for the Queensland and Australian schoolboy sides.
“It’s once in a lifetime opportunity for these guys and outside of the football it will be a fantastic cultural experience for the team to see cities like Paris and London,” he said.
“The boys will be in camp in Canberra for five days and then we will head off with the team and get ready for our three lead-up games against Super League academy sides.’
|CLEAN SWEEP FOR QUEENSLAND
Photo: Tracey Beresford - a slice of life photography
Queensland recorded a clean sweep of victories over NSW Country in today's representative matches at Browne Park, Rockhampton.
Queensland Rangers won the open clash 34-22 over the Country Bulls to complete a hat-trick of victories for the teams wearing maroon.
Earlier in the day, Under 16 Maroon defeated NSW 22-10 and Under 18 Maroon beat NSW 28-24.
U16 MAROON 22 (Corey Allan, Liam Pakau, Duarne Dempsey, Gerome Burns tries; Jake Clifford 3 goals) def U16 NSW COUNTRY 10 (GOALS : Joe Oliver, Mathew Woolnough tries; Ethan Niszcott goal) at Browne Park, Rockhampton.
U18 MAROON 28 (Samuel Leach 3, Adrian Henley, Jeremy Skelton, Jaydn Su’a tries; Jesse Pomare-Anderson 2 goals) def U18 NSW COUNTRY 24 (GOALS : Adam Keighran, Mitch Doring, Ryan Holman, Luke Marks tries; Adam Keighran 4 goals) at Browne Park, Rockhampton.
XXXX QUEENSLAND RANGERS 34 (Michael Parker-Walshe 2, Nathan Norford 2, Billy Walters, Paul Ivan tries; Phil Ramage 5 goals) def NSW COUNTRY BULLS 22 (GOALS : Todd Johnson 2, Michael Lett, Carlos Kohu-Martin tries; Bronx Goodwin 3 goals) Browne Park, Rockhampton.
U19 ROCKHAMPTON RUSTLERS 44 ( Brendan Brown 3, Jake Ainsworth 2, Mitchell Forrest, Tre Watson, Brady Mayne tries; Mitchell Forrest 6 goals) def U19 QUEENSLAND OUTBACK 14 (Luke Doibel, Carlin Ellis, Joseph Eisling tries; Carlin Ellis goal) at Browne Park, Rockhampton.
|2014 AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLBOYS TEAM ANNOUNCED The 2014 Australian Schholboy squad has been selected today after the Schoolboy Championships in Darwin. The 24 man squad will be touring Europe & the Uk in November & December this year ending with games against the mighty England Academy.
MATE v's MATE IN BATTLE FOR WORLD u18 SUPREMECY
|NSWCHS's Connor Tracey heading for the try line against the Queensland u18 schoolboys (Photo : HOWE PhotoGraphy)
|Connor Tracey & CHS teammate Jayden Walker will be playing against fellow Cronulla Sharks Players Ash Nesbit & Jayden Brailey in todays Final
Its mate v's mate as two NSW side battle for supremacy in today Australian Schoolboy National final in Darwin.
NSWCHS fought hard to hold of a storming Queensland in the Semi final and will need all their strengthand skills to over come a red hot NSWCCC team.
There will be some excellent battles in all positions on the field for there are Australian Schoolboy jumpers on line and a tour of France & the Uk in November as well as being Australian Schoolboy Champions.
In other games today, CAS play NSWCIS (4:00 PM) and the Queensland boiz get another opportunity against a good ACT side (5:15 PM), the final kicks off at 6:60 PM
Plenty of action photo's soon, mean while check out Rods Photos at HOWE PHOTOGRAPHY
| KNIGHTS' JUNIORS HONOURED IN STYLE
Story By : Matt Logue Newcastle KNIGHTS Media
A memorable year for the Newcastle Knights' juniors was celebrated in style at the inaugural junior presentation night at Wests in New Lambton on Wednesday evening.
Headed by the all-conquering Harold Matthews side, who won the 16s premiership and National title, the Club's juniors were recognised for a stellar season of success.
Knights SG Ball halfback Jack Cogger received the main award of the night, the prestigious Carlson Club-Andrew Johns Medal as the Club's leading 17-year-old player.
Cogger, who is currently in camp with the Combined Catholic Colleges side in preparation for the Australian Schoolboys Championships in Darwin, told a packed room via video that he was thrilled to accept the highly respect award.
"It's an honour to receive the Andrew Johns Medal," said Cogger, the son of former Wests Magpies No.7 Trevor.
"He is an icon to Newcastle and the rugby league world in general. He is one of my heroes and someone that I look up to very much.
"I'd like to firstly thank the physios, because without them I wouldn't have got back from a shoulder reconstruction before round one, then my coaches Trevor and Todd and my parents."
Cogger, who helped steer the 18s side to the second week of the finals, joins of star-studded list of past winners including Johns, Brett Kimmorley, Anthony Quinn, Kade Snowden, Owen Cragie, Jake Mamo and Sione Mata'utia.
Harold Matthews hooker Tom Starling swept the 16s awards, picking up both the Player of the Year and the Players' Player.
The Kincumber Colts junior received his Player of the Year award from his childhood idol and fellow No.9 Danny Buderus.
In other awards, Old Bar Pirates junior Kurtis Dark took home the Harold Matthews coaches award and SG Ball captain and prop Tyrone Amey won the 18s Player of the Year.
Club football manager Warren Smiles delivered an impressive speech on the night, prompting the juniors to cherish their careers and time spent with their teammates.
"There are three things that are guaranteed in sport," Smiles said.
"Success, failures and friendships.
"The success and failures will come and go, but the friendships remain.
"That’s one thing you’ll get from your time here at the Knights, friendships for life.
"You need to cherish those friendships and make sure you enjoy everything about them.
"Because when the winning is gone, you’ve got to make sure that the strength of the memories that you have will be there in the future from those friendships."
Club legend Danny Buderus echoed Smiles' sentiments; adamant the Knights are in good hands with a vast array of talented juniors coming through the ranks.
“I know this award night has be thinking, ‘well the future of the club is certainly bright," Buderus grins.
"I have no doubt that a lot of these kids will go on and represent our great club.
"Back when I played, the pathway probably wasn't as clear, but a lot of these kids are here now for a reason and hopefully they can make the transition into first grade.
"These kids have been our shining light this year, so congratulations to them all and the coaching staff.
"Premiers and national champs in the Harold Matts and the SG Ball also had a great season. That's something we'll never lose, because we'll always have a great junior nursery up here.
"Better kids make better Knights and that's a bit of a theme that we are driving. The package these guys need to have off the field is nearly as important as on the field and we are very well served with these kids coming through."
Junior Presentation night award winners :
Harold Matthews strength and endurance : Pasami Saulo
SG Ball strength and endurance : Jake McNamara & Jack Cogger
Harold Matthews Speed and Agility : Kynan Blasczak
SG Ball Speed and Agility : Jack Mackin
Harold Matthews coaches award : Kurtis Dark
SG Ball coaches award : Jack Cogger
Excalibur Club Award Players’ Player
Harold Matthews : Tom Starling
SG Ball : Faitotoa Faitotoa
Player of the Year :
Harold Matthews : Tom Starling
SG Ball : Tyrone Amey
Brian Carlson Award and Andrew Johns Medal : Jack Cogger
STRONG SHOWING FROM YOUNG SHARKS
|The Sharks Academy teams
The Sharks Academy teams in the under 13's 14's and 17's age groups performed strongly at Gala Days held by the Bulldogs and Knights yesterday.
The 13's and 14's Sharks were in action at East Hills, playing against the likes of the Bulldogs, Sea Eagles, Panthers, Eels and Illawarra Steelers, while the 17's headed north to Newcastle where they came up against Manly, Illawarra, the Knights and the Central Coast.
At East Hills the 13's and 14's were impressive throughout the day with both beating the Bulldogs then the Steelers in their opening two matches.
The 13's then progressed to a semi final, where they again proved too good for a second Bulldogs outfit, before taking on the Panthers in the Gala Day final.
The youngest Sharks squad eventually went down in the final by four tries to nil to the Penrith side however their overall performance has Sharks officials and coaching staff excited about the future prospects of this age group.
In the 14's, after two strong wins a narrow three tries to two loss to Manly was a slight hiccup, however following their opening two matches the Sharks still managed to progress to the competition final.
In an entertaining and keenly contested the match the Sharks were edged out by two tries to one by a much bigger and physically imposing Eels line up, but again the signs were extremely positive from all involved in the under 14's squad.
Up in Newcastle the 17's began their day with a two tries all draw with Manly, before playing some enterprising football in a three-one win over the hosts the Newcastle Knights.
In there next match they stepped up another gear in dominating the Illawarra 17's to the tune of six tries to one in what was there most impressive performance on the day.
Down on troops with a number of niggling injuries keeping some players sidelined, the 17's Sharks were brave in their last match in going down by five tries to four to the Central Coast.
Overall it was an outstanding exercise for all concerned, with the young Sharks enjoying the day and certain to be better for the experience.
|Gala Day Results
|East Hills – Under 13's
||East Hills – Under 14's
||Newcastle – Under 17's
|Sharks 3 (tries) beat Bulldogs 1 (try)
Sharks 4 beat Illawarra 1
Sharks 3 beat Bulldogs Blue 1
Final – Sharks 0 lost to Panthers 4
|Sharks 3 (tries) beat Bulldogs 0
Sharks 3 beat Illawarra 1
Sharks 2 lost to Manly 3
Final – Sharks 1 lost to Eels 2
|Sharks 2 (tries) drew Manly 2 (tries)
Sharks 3 beat Knights 1
Sharks 6 beat Illawarra 1
Sharks 4 lost to Central Coast 5
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TROPHY HEADING WAY OUT WEST
|WA co-captains Christian Smith (left) and Rakheem Tuuta Edwards (right) hold the John Allen Troph aloft yesterday.
WESTERN Australia celebrated a 22-14 victory in yesterday’s John Allen Trophy.
The Ian Prout-coached side led 22-4 at halftime after tries to Zan Pomare-Tutagalevao, Jacob Thomas, Rakheem Tuuta-Edwards and Nika Morehu but had to weather some stiff Northern Territory pressure in the second half before co-captains Christian Smith and Rakheem Tuuta-Edwards could host the John Allen Trophy aloft at Scully Park.
The Top-Enders added tries through five-eighth Leslie Marony’s brilliant 60m effort from a scrum and then Ramone Lewin’s late try from a fumbled bomb.
Christian Smith, Connor Sattler, elusive fullback Wirihana Huriwai, Rakheem Tuuta-Edwards and Dylan Hutchins spearheaded the win.
“We just want to thank everyone for a wicked tournament,” Smith told spectators while making his victory speech. “We’d like to thank our coaching staff for putting it all together. It’s been a great eight or nine weeks.”
Head coach Ian Prout said the 10-week preparation was now well worth it.
“It’s great when it all comes to fruition like this and makes the hard work worth it.
“I was proud of the boys.
“They had to absorb a lot of pressure in the second half.
“They did crack us a few times but that was more to do with them being tired, it’s been a long week.”
He said “good solid defence” in the second half helped repel the NT surge.
They saved two tries with good scrambling defence to hold up attackers over the line.
Rakheem Tuutu-Edwards was then named the most valuable player of the Pool B Affiliated Schools as well as being named WA’s most valuable player for the tournament.
NSW CHS skipper and hooker, Luke Huth, was named most valuable player in the Pool A Championship despite his side missing the final and winning its playoff against ACT yesterday.
Northern Territory had plenty of stars too with centres Layland Dawson and William Nugraha both strong runners, five-eighth Marony a talented ball runner.
Marony was also named his state’s most valuable player for the
In earlier games NSW CHS had a 50-6 win over ACT and NSW CCC beat NSW CIS 40-16.
ENDEAVOUR SPORTS TO STRONG FOR ALL SAINTS MAITLAND
Story By : Nathan Beuman
Photo's By : steve monty
Endeavour Sports have opened their 2014 GIO Schoolboys Cup campaign with a bang, trouncing the visiting All Saints Maitland 38-6 in a dominant display at Remondis Stadium.
Despite All Saints having much of the ball in the opening exchanges, the lose of Dominic Fiorenza to the sin bin early on in the piece, and a hat trick to Endeavour centre John Olive made the task for Maitland to great to overcome.
“Losing (Dominic Fiorenza) just before half time definitely made it a bit harder,” said All Saints Maitland captain Joseph Morris.
“They snuck in a few more tries, but it just comes down to completion work… We just gave them too much ball down their end.”
Having weathered an attacking onslaught by Maitland in the opening ten minutes of the game, Endeavour were able to capitalise off the back of a penalty, when John Olive put Billy Lennon away for the opening points of the game.
From the left touchline, Jamayne Isaako was unable to add the extras, leaving the score at 4-0 after 13 minutes.
When Fiorenza was sent to the sin bin midway through the first half, things started to unravel for All Saints, with Endeavour exploiting the man advantage to run in two tries in ten minutes to lay the platform for a dominant win at home.
John Olive started the tirade in the 17th minute, scoring directly from a scrum ten metres out from the All Saints line to put the score at 8-0 following Isaako’s missed conversion.
Endeavour were in again just three minutes later, when fullback Ryan Cummins sliced straight up the middle, before passing it off to a trailing Rhys Davies, with the halfback scampering away for the try.
Isaako converted from directly in front, kicking the ball on top of the southern grandstand to extend Endeavour’s lead to 14-0 after 21 minutes.
The home side managed to get in one more blow before the break, when Olive made a break after the siren, running away to score under the posts to give Endeavour a commanding 20-0 half time lead.
“It was just based around the whole team really, laying the platform, making it easier for us outside backs to score,” said the GIO Most Trusted Player John Olive.
As if the prospect of coming back from 20 points down wasn’t tough enough, All Saints lost five-eight Callen Edwards to a shoulder injury just three minutes in to the second half.
Three tries in the space of 12 minutes to Endeavour’s John Olive, Luciano Leilua and Jamayne Isaako had the home side up 32-0 with just under a quarter of an hour remaining.
All Saints managed to bag a late consolation try when Maitland captain Joseph Morris shifted the ball right, finding fullback Thomas Rinkin, who dived over to being the score back to 32-6 following Morris’s conversion.
The flurry of tries to Endeavour outside backs continued just before full time, when winger Curtis Scott scored on the overlap out on the right hand flank, securing a 38-6 win for his side.
While the result wasn’t the way he would have liked his team to close out their season, All Saints Maitland captain Joseph Morris was pleased with how his side performed in their inaugural season in the GIO Cup.
“It was a positive season. We have come close in two of our three games, we won one of them and the first (against Matraville Sports High), we got done on the bell,” said Morris.
Hopefully the boys can get up for next season as well.”
While Maitland’s GIO Cup season may have come to an end for 2014, Endeavour Sports have clashes with Holy Cross College and Matraville Sports High scheduled for the start of next term.