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
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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
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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
Sat 12th July, 07:42PM A A
QLD Rangers V NSW Country 8
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.