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2021 SG Ball and Matts


Didn't see a 2021 thread yet.

The draws for the SG Ball, Matts, Johns & Daley Cups, plus Tarsha Gale, have been released today.

Interesting to note in SG Ball that the Pirates are not competing. Hopefully this isn't the end of their participation and/or development. Maybe they'll contest Flegg?


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Interesting to note in SG Ball that the Pirates are not competing. Hopefully this isn't the end of their participation and/or development. Maybe they'll contest Flegg?
If they're not contesting SG Ball because of COVID, why would they contest Flegg? :joy:

They'll be back in 2022 assuming COVID is sorted mostly


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Harold Matthews Cup 2021: The young stars already on a path to being NRL stars

From NRL Schoolboy Cup stars to rugby union prodigies, these are the kids to watch in this year’s Harold Matthews (under 17s) Cup.

Jocelyn Airth

A big bopper from the Illawarra Steelers, an electrifying cross-code fullback from Cronulla, a 16-year-old Penrith hooker who is already training with the NRL squad and a Canterbury half with composure beyond his years.

These are just some of the best youngsters on a path to NRL stardom about to do battle in the coveted Harold Matthews Cup (Under 17s) competition which kicks off on Saturday.

Iverson Matai (Canterbury Bulldogs)

A halfback whose performances for Endeavour Sports High School earned him a spot in last year’s NSW NRL Schoolboy Cup Team of the Year .For a 16-year-old, Matai shows great composure under pressure and makes things happen. The Bulldogs believe Matai is well on track to progress right through the ranks.

Siteni Taukamo (Cronulla Sharks)

Goal-kicking fullback with exceptional speed and match awareness. The Sharks beat multiple NRL clubs and interest from rugby union to sign Taukamo until the 2024 season. Attends rugby union powerhouse Newington College and last year trained with the First XV squad as a 15-year-old. Selected in the 2019 Australian Schoolboy merit team and the 2019 NSW Waratahs U15 Gen Blue Program. Taukamo might miss round one with an injury, but Cronulla expect the No.1 to be ready for round two.

Isaiya Katoa (Penrith Panthers)

The 16-year-old brother of Bulldogs hooker Sione Katoa. An exceptionally versatile player who has been training with the Panthers’ NRL squad one day per week this year. Starred for NSWCCC in the 2019 Australian Secondary School 15 Years National Championships and led Patrician Brothers Blacktown to take out last year’s NSW NRL Schoolboy Cup. Katoa will play both Harold Matts for Penrith and rugby union for Barker College this season. As a result, the teenager might only end up playing a handful of games for the Panthers. Regardless, the club is tracking the halfback and “born leader” as a player for the future.

Jesse McLean (Penrith Panthers)

Another Panther who will be juggling rugby league and union in 2021. Newington College student Jesse McLean also spent time around Penrith’s NRL squad this summer. An old head on young shoulders, the 16-year-old is known for his strong communication and power on the field. A capable fullback and centre, the Panthers are keen to keep McLean around.

Michael Abdow (Sydney Roosters)

Named player of the Tournament in the 2019 Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League Championship (15 Years). The second rower will skipper the Chooks’ Harold Matts side. A local kid who the Roosters are determined to keep in their system.

JC Ngarima (Illawarra Steelers)

A big bopper who is quickly working out how to use his impressive size. Steelers coaches estimate that the teenager is already 180cm tall and weighs over 100kg. Ngarima signed a four-year contract with the Dragons after a stellar 2019 season with the Canberra Raiders’ Harold Matts side. That same year, he was part of the NSWCCC team that took out the Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League Championships. Illawarra expect the edge back rower to add serious impact.

Solomone Saukuru (Western Suburbs Magpies)

A massive body with exceptional agility and skill. You’ll usually find him in the front row, but last year the 16-year-old had impressive stints at fullback, wing and centre for Westfields Sports High School. Already, Saukuru has exceptional balance. He’s worked out how to take contact - and not let it stop him.

Saxon Pryke (Parramatta Eels)

The words “relentless” and “tough” spring to mind. A Rouse Hill junior who has missed out - only just - over the last two years. But Pryke wasn’t phased. The youngster has worked so hard that Parramatta had no choice but to bring him into their Harold Matts side. So far, the club has been impressed by the back rower’s energy and willingness to do whatever he is asked.

Tony Sukkar (Balmain Tigers)

Local backrower who runs similar lines to retired Tiger Chris Lawrence. He’s different in size and shape to Lawrence, but the Tigers coaches believe there’s a touch of “Rowdy” about this kid. Will co-captain Balmain’s Harold Matts side. On the field, Sukkar has a large presence, attracts a lot of attention and leads from the front. Off the field, he’s a quiet and humble character.

Charlie Guymer (Parramatta Eels)

Will captain the Eels’ Harold Matts side. Played five-eighth last year but is settling nicely into the centres. A country kid from Temora who currently boards at St Gregory’s College, Campbeltown. Shone for St Gregs in last year’s NRL Schoolboy Cup and his exceptional attitude off the field earned him a nomination for the NRL Schoolboy Cup Academic High Performers.

Nicholas Tsougranis (St George Illawarra Dragons)

Local junior from Arncliffe Scots who has taken his footy to another level this pre-season. Runs hard, tackles hard. Leads the way with fitness, attitude and the first to volunteer for extras. Has developed his passing and kicking game over the last 12 months. Tsougranis will vice-captain the Dragons’ Harold Matts side.

Kit Laulili’i (Western Suburbs Magpies)

A Liverpool junior who attends rugby league juggernaut Westfields Sports High School. Teachers gave Wests a good wrap on Laulili’i. Since arriving at the club, he’s wasted no time in establishing himself as a leader. Exceptionally mature for a 16-year-old, can hold a conversation with anyone, gives more than a “yeah” or a “nah.” Wests are expecting big things from him.


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SG Ball: The young stars on the brink of breaking into the NRL
You can expect to see these SG Ball standouts in the NRL sooner rather than later, Jocelyn Airth profiles the next generation of rugby league stars.

Jocelyn Airth

From sprint champions and Australian cricketers, to Queenslanders and Schoolboy Cup stars — these are the SG Ball players to watch in 2021.


Talented at both league and union, tore it up for Waverley College’s victorious CAS side in 2020. Joined the Roosters system when he was 15 and is developing into a strong centre who can find the line.


Classy playmaker from Kincumber. One of the first kids to filter through the Chooks’ Central Coast pathway. Scored a brilliant intercept try for St Edward’s College against Farrer MAHS in the dying seconds of NRL Schoolboy Cup eliminator last year.


Sprint star who has been training with Canberra’s NRL side. Savage won the 100m at Queensland’s Junior Athletics Championships last year with a time of 10.95 seconds – Josh Addo-Carr clocked at 10.6sec at the same age. Was electric at fullback and wing for Queensland’s under-16s. Canberra lured Savage from the Titans and they’re excited about his future.


Skilful forward from Gundagai. Has a strong constitution and great maturity for his age. Turned down multiple clubs in favour of Canberra and spent his summer training with the NRL squad.


One of Queensland’s most promising teens. Was stuck behind Titan Toby Sexton, but had a breakout Schoolboy Cup season for Palm Beach Currumbin. His dominance at five-eighth saw him selected in Queensland’s team of the year and the Sharks were on the hunt for a playmaker.


A talented hooker, lock and … opening batsman. While playing for Penrith, has also played cricket for Australia and NSW. So far, the 18-year-old has managed to juggle both sports — but he’ll have to pick one soon. On the footy field, Smith is “bulldog,” plays with tenacity and has a great left boot.


A 17-year-old front-rower who has been perfecting his craft with the Bunnies NRL side. Immediately impressed club legend John Sutton, who is helping coach both SG Ball and first grade in 2021. Played SG Ball alongside Joseph Suaalii. Souths beat rugby union and NRL rivals to lock down his signature.


Local junior from Campbelltown who will captain Wests in 2021. Has progressed from five-eighth into lock this season and is able to make great decisions under pressure. Shone for Westfields Sports High in last year’s NSW NRL Schoolboy Cup.


Another local junior who is a natural athlete. Determined to become an NRL player. On top of Wests training, Kirk does his own training with sprint coach Roger Fabri. The winger is always keen for extras and is even disciplined with nutrition — down to the gram. Coaches expect Kirk to be rewarded for his effort.


Parker is a no-nonsense front rower from Corindi Beach. One of the most consistent kids Parramatta has ever seen — his best training session and his worst are almost identical. Brazel is similar. The back-rower from Moree always turns up and gets it done.


Aggressive back-rower who trained with the Tigers NRL squad over the pre-season. Coaches are excited to watch him apply everything he learnt from James Tamou and Russell Packer over the summer. Starred for NSW’s under-16s in 2019 and was a standout for Holy Cross in the NRL Schoolboy Cup.


An old school type of front-rower. Solid kid who offers a strong work rate and skillset. Played SG Ball for the Raiders last year, but moved down the coast to attend university. Great pick up for the Steelers.


Fijian lock who is climbing the ranks at St George. Has a high football IQ and plays well above his weight. Runs great lines and turns up in defence. Played well for Westfields Sports High in last year’s NRL Schoolboy Cup.


Zippy hooker who has spent his summer training with Canterbury’s Jersey Flegg side. Selected in the 2018 NSW under-16 squad. Will be his third year playing SG Ball.


A strong outside back with good feet. A handful to tackle. Made the 2018 NSW under-16s pathways squad. Preparing for his third year in SG Ball.


2021 Men’s Representative Coaching Appointments

Origin Under 19s – Paul McGregor (coach), Mark O’Meley (assistant coach), Dave Skinner (team manager)

City Open – Brett Cook (coach), Frank Pritchard (assistant coach), Jarred Farlow (team manager)

Country Open – Beau Scott (coach), Terry Campese (assistant coach), Matt O’Brien (team manager)

City Under 18s – Brett Kimmorley (coach), Scott Kenna (assistant coach), Stuart Stanton (team manager)

Country Under 18s – Jason Kelly (coach), Kurt Hancock (assistant coach), Paul Strutt (team manager)

City Under 16s – Trent Hodkinson (coach), Adam McEwan (assistant coach), Richard Kelly (team manager)

Country Under 16s – Shaun Davison (coach), Aaron Hersh (assistant coach), Steve Simpson (team manager)

Read more: https://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2021/...list-of-nswrl-pathways-coaching-appointments/


Country Under 16s
1 - Clay Baldock (Illawarra South Coast Dragons), 2 - Aymn Hamilton (Central Coast Roosters), 3 - Tyreece Arama (Central Coast Roosters), 4 - Malakai Folau (Western Rams), 5 - Israel Taiatini (Monaro Colts), 6 - Caleb Hall (Illawarra South Coast Dragons), 7 - Mark Connors (Monaro Colts), 8 - Lane Davis (Monaro Colts), 9 - Malachi Smith (Central Coast Roosters), 10 - Jai Duncan (Illawarra South Coast Dragons), 11 - Jake Elliott (Central Coast Roosters), 12 - Jeremiah Leatigaga (Macarthur Wests Tigers), 13 - James Miller (Central Coast Roosters), 14 - Dextar Grant (Illawarra South Coast Dragons), 15 - Atticus Fotofili (Central Coast Roosters), 16 - Peter Milin (Monaro Colts), 17 - Connor Vardanega (Western Rams), 18 - Bailey Marks (Illawarra South Coast Dragons).

Country Under 18s
1 - Ben Rumble (Illawarra South Coast Dragons), 2 - Kane Rushton (Monaro Colts), 3 - Michael Whitton (Central Coast Roosters), 4 - Matthew Wheatley (Monaro Colts), 5 - Darcy Leadbitter (Western Rams), 6 - Braye Porter (Western Rams), 7 - Jessi O’Neill-Petherbridge (Central Coast Roosters), 8 - Mark Simon (Northern Tigers), 9 - Tyler Moriarty (Central Coast Roosters), 10 - Daniel Peters (Central Coast Roosters), 11 - Keegan Kenny (Monaro Colts), 12 - Brody Briggs (Central Coast Roosters), 13 - Finnley Neilsen (Western Rams), 14 - Mitchell Henderson (Northern Tigers), 15 - Ryan Couchman (Illawarra South Coast Dragons), 16 - Lachlan Mears-Crabbe (Central Coast Roosters), 17 - Luke Smith (Northern Tigers), 18 - Peter Conroy (North Coast Bulldogs).

The teams for City Under 16s and City Under 18s will be named at a later date.

See more: https://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2021/04/16/country-teams-named-for-country-city-matches/


City U16
Lachlan Araullo (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Tallyn Da Silva (Western Suburbs Magpies), Latu Fainu (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Lehi Hopoate (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Owen Hromow (Canberra Raiders), Siamani Leuluai (Canberra Raiders), Tyrese Lokeni (Parramatta Eels), Heath Mason (Western Suburbs Magpies), Jermaine McEwen (Penrith Panthers), Jesse McLean (Penrith Panthers), Tana Papu (Penrith Panthers), Roy Quiroz-Mapusua (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Ethan Roberts (Sydney Roosters), Blaize Talagi (Paramatta Eels), Mitchell Taotua (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Cooper Toy (Sydney Roosters), Sam Tuivaiti (Parramatta Eels), Zedrick Tupulua (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles). Coach: Stephen O'Dea

City U18
Michael Asomua (Canberra Raiders), Jock Brazel (Parramatta Eels), Jack Cole (Penrith Panthers), Bayley Cox (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Samuela Fainu (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Jabriel Kalache (Parramatta Eels), Myles Martin (Parramatta Eels), Justin Matamua (Western Suburbs Magpies), Davvy Moale (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Brandon Morkos (Illawarra Steelers), Larry Muagututia (Parramatta Eels), Jonah Pezet (Melbourne Storm), Ethan Sanders (Parramatta Eels), Ryley Smith (Penrith Panthers), Siteni Taukamo (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Brandon Tumeth (Balmain Tigers), Lajuan Vito (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Turoa Williams (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs). Coach: Brett Kimmorley.

See more: https://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2021/05/06/country-vs-city-squads-named-forrepresentative-weekend/