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VOLUME 27 ISSUE 19 $5.00 (INC GST) Saturday August 24 & Sunday August 25, 2013

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QUALIFYING FINALS NICK BATGER, EASTWOOD. - Feature Page 9

PHIL MATHERS, EASTS.

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ARU’S $25 MILLION PLANS FOR RUGBY DEVELOPMENT CENTRE AT TG MILLNER FIELDS Pages 1 & 3

COLTS SEMI - FINALS (Page 21) RUGBY NEWS 90th BIRTHDAY YEAR


AUSTRALIAN RUGBY TO BENEFIT FROM FUNDING FOR WORLD-CLASS DEVELOPMENT OF TG MILLNER FIELDS by Jim Davis

Artists impression

It was a major announcement last weekend when the Australian Rugby Union released the news of funding to develop a world-class training facility and community sporting hub at TG Millner Fields (the home of Eastwood Rugby Club), following a $20 million funding commitment from the Federal Coalition and the NSW State Government. The facility is to be known as ‘Australian Rugby Development Centre’ and will see the 16 acre TG Millner Fields transformed into a high performance sport centre and training facility for Australia’s national Rugby teams including the Qantas Wallabies and will act as the Olympic base for Australia’s Men’s and Women’s Sevens teams . It will also feature the Ella Brothers Indigenous Education Centre, which will enable the ARU Published by: Eric Spilsted Publishing PO Box 848, Lane Cove NSW 2066 Publisher/Editor: Jim Davis T: 9427 8879 | M: 0411 242 535 jim.davis@rugbynews.org

and Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team (LMRDT) to connect more young indigenous men and women with training and scholarship opportunities. What does it mean for Eastwood Rugby Club, its members, supporters and players? The arrangement will secure the future of the Eastwood Rugby Club. Without specific figures, you can do some back of the envelope maths to realise it is worth millions to the Eastwood RFC through Vimiera Recreation Grounds Ltd (the owner of complex), the Company set up many years ago by the club as the controlling body. There is an adjacent block of similar size that has some 40 houses on it. That will give you some idea (continued on page 3) of its value.

Photography: Paul Seiser 0412 168 959 paul@seiserphotography.com www.seiserphotography.com Stats Assistance: Steve Johnson

Features Writer: Terry Smith 0416 101 137 sybillas@bigpond.com Artwork: Jodie Holmes.

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I understand the existing licensed club, player change rooms, gym and office will be demolished and the new world-class facilities built in the area between the lower main field and the top playing fields. Eastwood RFC will have new facilities replacing the existing ones mentioned. The onsite childcare centre will remain, and all facilities of the Australian Rugby Development Centre will be available for use by other sports and community groups. It is likely there will be separate access entrances, one for the Australian Rugby Development Centre and one for the Eastwood Rugby Club. Unknown to many, is that there is already an access road to the side of the bottom car park which used to be used as an entrance years ago. The bottom field will be the main playing field, the top playing fields retained and the TG Millner grounds will be maintained by the ARU.

Artists impression

Wales Government has committed an additional $10 million. The Australian Rugby Union would provide $5 million towards the project. In an interview with Rugby News earlier this week Australian Rugby Union CEO, Bill Pulver said, “The ARU is very excited about owning, for the first time, a truly world-class training facility. It will be an enormous boost to assisting our elite players. There is fine tuning to be done in areas such as accommodation for men and women’s Sevens players and visiting teams but at this time we are looking at accommodation for 30 to 50 people.”

In answer to the question as to when would construction start, Bill Pulver replied “If the Coalition wins the election and we have received confirmation of the pledge, we have already got some initial drawings done, then literally within a couple of weeks we would involve all the key stakeholders to make sure all the design plans are The Australian Rugby Development Centre will exactly what is required and meet the budgetary feature an indoor pool, gym, IT and analysis centre, expectations. Then we would be aiming to get altitude training room and onsite accommodation. things going as quickly as possible.” It will also act as a base for visiting school, regional Eastwood Rugby would see TG Millner Fields and international teams. secured as rugby grounds, have a home forever, 3 The Federal Coalition has pledged to provide $10 be financially secure and have available state of million in funding towards the project if elected at the art training and medical facilities. the upcoming Federal Election and the New South 3


SYDNEY PREMIER RUGBY GRAND FINALS Concord Oval – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013. The Shute Shield Grand Final will be broadcast live and exclusive on ABC TV.

First Grade - Shute Shield – 3.10pm Second Grade – Colin Caird Shield – 12.50pm Third Grade – Henderson Shield – 11.00am Fourth Grade – Henderson Cup – 9.15am PLEASE NOTE. Discounted Tickets are available on-line through: www.nswrugby.com.au Concord Oval Corporate box enquiries to: events@nswrugby.com.au


BARFLYBUZZ by Terry Smith

Mark Bakewell, coach of the Easts Beasties, has been recruited by the All Black coach Steve Hansen to be his assistant in a Barbarians team to play at Twickenham on November 30. Prior to this Mark will continue in his role as assistant coach of Tonga for international games against Canada, France and Wales as a follow up to qualifying for the 2015 World Cup in which the All Blacks and Argentina are in their pool. The big chap is building an awesome CV. He had a hand in Tonga scoring an upset victory over Scotland and has coached at Brive and Beziers in France and Bath in England. In West Harbour’s advertisement in Rugby News for coaches in 2014, they are not seeking one for first grade. Obviously Matt Briggs is getting another year and deserves it after the huge lift he has brought to the Pirates. Chris Malone (Sydney University), Phil Blake (Manly), Mark Bakewell (Easts), Wade Kelly (Randwick), Scott Fava (Norths) already have been appointed and John Manenti (Eastwood) and Cam Blades (Southern Districts) obviously will be back. What is the point in flogging players four days a week in August in preparation for the 2014 season as the Melbourne Rebels are doing? Manly coach Phil Blake, who knows about such things, says: “Our players from the Rebels get here on Thursday night with their legs like concrete. That sort of stuff at this stage is a waste of time.” Talking of Blake, his simple plan to put heaps of extra pressure on Southern Districts last Saturday was to shun penalty kicks for goal from even the easiest position and take a tap. With Souths leading 6-0, Manly took a quick tap and there was winger Richard Hooper sweeping in for the first of his team’s five tries to two in a 31-21 victory. Not once did the Marlins take a shot at goal apart from try conversions. Fancy Scott Sio getting a run-on chance with the Wallabies on Saturday night. It wasn’t all that long ago he was a ballboy for Norths when his dad David,5 a famous Samoan international, was playing in the first grade side as a rumbustious prop. The Auckland Blues have shown they have more

money than common sense in paying a reputed $500,000 a season to sign Benji Marshall, according to New Zealand Rugby News. Instead they should have used the cash to shore up several problem areas in the forwards. “Marshall has been in decline with the Wests Tigers,” declared NZ Rugby News. “He has the defensive skills of a turnstile and lacks a bit of oomph in his long kicking.” Spotted at Manly Oval last Saturday were former Australian captain Steve Williams and wife Rosalie watching James, one of their three sons, playing in the back-row in third grade for the Marlins. The remarkable George Smith has one year left of his contract with Suntory in Japan and there is talk of him staying longer. Fancy the University of Canberra Brumbies winning the World Club Sevens title in London, beating Auckland 17-14 in the final. Playing with six men, they tipped out Moscow via golden point in the quarters and Buenos Aires 26-7 in a semi-final. Henry Speight was voted Player of the Tournament on the strength of some dazzling tries. Get a rugby club from a sybaritic suburb like Manly boasting Wallabies galore, toss the suntoasted characters found at the Steyne hotel and Manly surf club into the mix and you have the subject for a rollicking book. With the help of a host of old players and officials, Sean Rout has undertaken the task of putting together a history of the Marlins. He is desperate for some pictures from between World Wars 1 and 2. Can you help? His number is 0415 477 577. Perhaps you’re wondering what happens if the scores are level at fulltime in one of this weekend’s Shute Shield qualifying finals. If things are still tied after ten minutes each way of extra time, the team that finished highest goes through. Representatives of Sydney and NSW met the bigwigs of Australian rugby on Tuesday to discuss the future of club rugby as we know it. Chris Roche, the old Wallaby flanker, was down from Brisbane for the meeting, too.

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Was the Wallabies lineup too young and inexperienced to take on the All Blacks? by Jim Webster Eighty-eight points. Yes, 88. That’s the mountainous number of points scored against the Wallabies in the final Test against the British & Irish Lions and then against them by the All Blacks last Saturday night. That constitutes ten tries, eight penalties and seven conversions and those numbers should have every rugby supporter in this country asking just where we are headed and what the hell can be done about it? For starters, we’ve slipped down the world rankings to No 4 behind England. As I filed out of ANZ Stadium last Saturday among thousands of hurt, angry and disillusioned fans, their heads bowed in sorrow at the 47-29 loss, one fellow nearby kept bellowing “bring back Robbie Deans… bring back Robbie Deans…” I won’t support that notion, but it has certainly poured an avalanche of mud over the new Ewen McKenzie era before it has hardly begun. Most of us swallowed hard when winger Ben Smith scooted over in the corner after only three minutes. Surely this won’t set the tone for the whole match, we told ourselves. But it had and from there the All Blacks went on their six-try rampage. I sometimes wonder what the dickens they eat/drink over the ditch that makes their rugby players as energetic, determined and committed as those All Blacks. They just had so much more aggression in the mauls and around the paddock than our fellows. More than anything else, the disappointment came in our backline performances and vital match-ups: despite the long trek for his try, Will Genia was outgunned by Aaron Smith; Matt Toomua did a good, if not excellent, job on his Test debut; Christian Leali’ifano must execute quicker clearing kicks (he cost us a try); James O’Connor now knows not to abandon his wing; Jesse Mogg needed much more experience before being thrown into this; and Israel Folau appeared isolated and very lonely. There were some positive performances from 7 No 7 Michael Hooper, who really stood out, Rob Simmons, Stephen Moore and James Slipper worked hard and centre Adam Ashley-Cooper played with the commitment we’ve come to expect.

Interestingly, the player voted best on the field was All Blacks flyhalf Aaron Cruden, who scored one of their six tries and slotted three penalties and three goals…yet he’s only the injured Dan Carter’s understudy! Basically, the lineup chosen by McKenzie was perhaps, in reflection, too young and inexperienced for such an encounter and it will be interesting to note the changes he has made for tonight’s return fixture in Wellington. Genia remains confident about the Wallabies’ prospects of fighting back. “I don’t feel deflated. There’s a lot of confidence in the fact we scored 29 points. We had a heavy emphasis on attack during the week because we wanted to reinvent and refresh a few things.” So much more time this week was going to be spent on defence. Before moving on, I’m hoping you were like me and couldn’t really see the advancements made by the new scrum laws, which now put pressure on the team with the feed to have to scrummage to win the ball. McKenzie says he understands the rationale behind the change and where it was headed, but that didn’t prevent those continuing stoppages on Saturday night. The newest members of the Wallaby Hall of Fame are the late Charlie Eastes & “Wild Bill” Cerutti and the selectors couldn’t have chosen better. I didn’t know Cerutti, who had Italian parentage, as he played 21 Tests in the frontrow from 1928-37 and later was manager of the 1949 Wallabies to New Zealand, the first team to bring home the Bledisloe Cup from a series played there. But I’ve since heard lots about him and he may very well have been the toughest front-rower we’ve ever had. I did know Eastes, a robust winger who played six Tests between 1946-49, was manager of the Wallabies to South Africa in 1969 and later president of the NSWRU for four years. He wouldn’t mind me saying that at NSWRU meetings you never sat in the front-row because when Charlie got overly excited he used to splutter and you needed an umbrella. He was such a jovial person he would always laugh when reminded about this. 7


2013 TOP POINTS SCORER - Southern Districts flyhalf Rohan Saifoloi with 242.

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2013 TOP TRY SCORER – Sydney Uni winger Greg Jeloudev. Five tries last week shot him to the top with 20.

COLTS QUALIFYING FINAL: Warringah winger Seb Wileman scores for the Rats in their nail-biting 32-27 win over Eastwood.


AN INJURY FREE SEASON HAS SEEN THE EASTWOOD WINGER REACH NEW HEIGHTS

NICK BATGER Injuries and rugby go hand in hand but spare a thought for Eastwood winger Nick Batger, who has had more than his fair share of disappointments over the last seven years since joining Eastwood straight from school. In that time he has suffered a broken foot, a dislocated wrist, a torn finger tendon and a broken thumb, limiting his appearances in 1st Grade to a mere 20-30 games. However, 2013 has seen a clean bill of health and a significant acceleration in performance as a result. “This is the first year I’ve had injury free since I was about 15 and my major goal was to play every competition game so it’s a bit of an achievement for me,” he says smiling. “When you do play every week, you grow in confidence, the combinations start to stick and you figure out the best positions to put yourself in to try and get across the line and it’s worked well for me this year.” The 25-year-old finished joint-third on the Shute Shield try-scorers list after the regular season with 15, not only providing Eastwood with some significant firepower but also allowing him to claim bragging rights over elder brother – and former Waratah – Ben. The two brothers are close. They live together, work together (they run a fitness company called 2BrothersFitness) and train together and are naturally competitive but respectful of each other’s abilities. When they join forces on the pitch, it can spell havoc for the opposition. "As brothers go, I'm yet to see two closer siblings than Nick and Ben,” observes Woodies head coach John Manenti. “They have a great understanding of each other’s game and link really well together”. “After a breakthrough season last year, Nick has proven himself to be one of the most consistent performers, not just for Eastwood, but in the Shute Shield. With strength and conditioning as the basis of his improvement, he has shown what hard work can do when mixed in with raw talent.” Having missed out on Eastwood’s Premiership in 2011, Nick now has his eyes set on being part of a repeat performance this season. “Once we get on a roll, we’re hard to stop. We’re not a team of rock stars but everyone knows their job and on our day, we can knock over anyone.” - by Paul Cook Photo: www.seiserphotography.com


SYDNEY PREMIER RUGBY

MATCH PREVIEWS

by Terry Smith

Crunch time. The qualifying-finals of the Shute Shield play-offs kick off with minor premiers Eastwood playing Southern Districts at Millner Field (A) and West Harbour tackling Randwick at Concord (B) in the Saturday games. On Sunday, Eastern Suburbs are opposed to Northern Suburbs at Chatswood (C) and Sydney University clash with Manly (D) in what promises to be a titanic clash at Manly Oval. The ABC TV cameras will skip Eastwood v Souths to cover Wests v Randwick and back up on Sunday to do Manly v University. Next weekend the loser of A gets a second chance against the winner of B and the winner of C tackles the loser of D. The respective winners of A and D get a week off to freshen up. To help shrug off a 78-0 hammering at the hands of Sydney University, Randwick sought to bring former Wallaby Stephen Hoiles out of a two year retirement to play but the Sydney Rugby Union ruled that playing in reserve grade last Saturday wasn’t enough for him to qualify. The matter then went to the Appeals Tribunal.

WEST HARBOUR V RANDWICK At Concord Oval Previous match: Wests 28-26 Coach Matt Briggs claims the team to take the field at Concord is the strongest West Harbour has fielded all season. In a revamped pack, Vaughan Lomax (“One of the best scrummagers in Sydney,” says Briggs) is back at prop, skipper Tom Games moves into the second-row and Matt Coles and Vaka Manu, whose uncle Daniel was a famous Wallaby, are the new flankers. The dashing Henry Seavula is back to partner Rory Sidey in the centre, with Alofa Alofa returning to the wing. New faces in the Randwick team after a 78-0 blitzing by Sydney University are James Helliwell at half, Nate Paila at flanker, Rennie Lautolo on the wing and Marc Koteczky at fullback. On Randwick’s 78-0 loss, Briggs says: “As I saw it, Randwick showed courage and toughness against red hot opposition. It’ll be a tough one.” Tip: West Harbour 10

West Harbour centre Henry Seavula could come off the bench after a few weeks out with injury.

EASTWOOD V SOUTHERN DISTRICTS At Millner Field Previous match: Souths 18-16 Minor premiers Eastwood are unchanged and Southern Districts boosted by the return of fullback Ben Volavola, who had a week off to give his nose broken on the NSW Barbarians trip to Argentina extra time to recover. Apart from wanting to contribute to the Woodies bid for a grand final spot, Benn Robinson, deposed as Australia’s loose-head prop against the All Blacks, will be out to stress to Australian coach Ewen


McKenzie that he still has plenty to offer. Against Warringah last Saturday, he scored a good try after he shot through a hole and sprinted 20 metres to the line. Souths have a big, big pack and the ability to score a try, evidenced by their 72 five-pointers being bettered only by Sydney University’s 107, Eastwood’s 106 and Manly’s 85. Winger Alex Gibbon’s 16 tries puts him second in the tryscorers to University’s Greg Jeloudev, whose 10 in the last three games took him to 20. There should be plenty of points as Rohan Saifoloi, the Souths flyhalf, tops the Shute Shield point-scorers with 242, with Ben Batger, the Eastwood fullback, second with 195. “Eastwood can be massively dangerous when they attack from out wide,” says Souths coach Cam Blades, who thinks that any of

the teams that finished in the top four can make the grand final. Watch for Souths hooker and captain Steve Fualau to charge for the try-line like a runaway bus going downhill. Tip: Eastwood

EASTERN SUBURBS V NORTHERN SUBURBS At Chatswood Oval Previous match: Norths 27-14 Some idea of the power of Eastern Suburbs up front can be gained from Andrew Shaw, who has been in form at No 8, making way for Waratah Tala Gray, while big Richard Stanford is on the bench to allow another Waratah Mitch Chapman to play in the second-row. Flanker Ryan Hodson is another Easts forward who is playing with lots of oomph. Norths coach Scott Fava knows the Beasties will use their big forwards to gain momentum as they did to win the second half 43-7 in a 55-33 victory over Gordon to clinch sixth spot on the table. Norths have given the No 10 jumper to Liam Windon and picked Corey Brown, who played on the wing for the Western Force against the British and Irish Lions, to take his place at fullback. “I see Norths as a very organised team,” says Easts coach Mark Bakewell. “Very orthodox with exact patterns and relying on 8,9,10 very much. We have to break up that pattern.” Tip: Easts

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY V MANLY At Manly Oval Previous match: Sydney University 35-23 If the sun shines, the season’s biggest club crowd will pack Manly Oval to cheer on the Marlins against the defending premiers in a game that will be marked by fire and brimstone up front. Not surprisingly, Manly have stuck to the side that scored five tries to two in disposing of Southern Districts 31-21, while evidence of the awesome depth of talent in University’s mix of Wallaby and Super Rugby talent is Wallaby Dave Dennis joining forces with giant Waratah Will Skelton in the second-row where the Manly pair Cadeyrn Neville and Ed Gower won’t be backing off. 11

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NEXT WEEK’S

GAMES SEMI FINALS SATURDAY AUGUST 31, SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1 Matches and Day for all grades will be allocated after the Qualifying Finals are completed on Sunday August 25.

Manly’s BJ Hartmann retains his spot at fullback.

of 48, 95 and 78, to total 221 points to 13 in the last three matches, with wing flier Greg Jeloudev sweeping in for ten of the 35 tries.

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Manly coach Phil Blake sums up: “They’re obviously the benchmark.”

Saturday August 31 – Coogee Oval Sunday September 1 – Coogee Oval

Tip: University

TIPSTERS PANEL Sean Maloney Fox Sports

Dilip Kumar Former ARU Chairman

Gordon Bray TEN Rugby Commentator

Terry Smith Sports Journo

Jim Webster Rugby Journo

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Southern Districts held their Bledisloe Cup lunch last Thursday at The Ivy in the city. The organization and slick running of the event was first class. Pictured L to R: ABC TV’s Stephanie Brantz (another charismatic, polished performance as MC), Chris ‘Buddha’ Handy and Murray Mexted. Buddha and Murray were hilarious….and interesting. Well done Souths.

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QUALIFYING FINAL 3.10 PM

Saturday August 24

CONCORD OVAL

Referee: Angus Gardner Assistant Referees: Michael Hogan, Charles Hartson TMO: Matt Goddard

RANDWICK

WEST HARBOUR

Myrtle Green

Red, White and Black

FAITOTOA ASA 1. NIO HALANGAHU 2. TRISTAN GOODBODY 3. GEOFFREY INGRAM 4. WILLIAM MUNRO 5. (C) SEILALA LAM 6. TOM CONNOR 7. STEPHEN HOILES 8. JAMES HELLIWELL 9. DAVID HORWITZ 10. ETHAN FORD 11. PETE SAMU 12. TIMOTHY WRIGHT 13. RENNIE LAUTOLO 14. MARC KOTECZKY 15. Coach/es: WADE KELLY

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

DAVID LOLOHEA REG DE JAGER VAUGHAN LOMAX TOM GAMES (C) CHRIS SIMONS VAKA MANU JACK CORRY MATT COLES DAVID OSOFUA JACK DEBRECZENI TITO MUA RORY SIDEY USAIA O'SULLIVAN ALOFA ALOFA SHAUN TREWEEK Coach/es: BRIGGS / LOMAX 2ND GRADE – COLIN CAIRD SHIELD: 1.15 PM

Referee: Will Houston Assistant Referees: Matt Kellahan, James Ardern

PARRAMATTA

NORTHERN SUBURBS Red and Black 1. Dan Murray 2. Scott Podmore 3. Connor Healey 4. Lewis Dwyer 5. Hugh Sinclair 6. Tim Fitzgerald 7. Timoty Crowyn 8. Sam Figg

Navy Blue and Royal Blue 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Liam Walker Jack Grant Matt Gordon Lewis Adam Lachlan Porteous Tom Redden Sam Myers Coach/es: Stokes/Seale

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

3RD GRADE – HENDERSON SHIELD: 11.40 AM

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Daniel Tully Dominic Graham Benn Vai Bill Qereqeretabua Tomu Mataika Seti Vatuvei John Poe Coach/es: Carroll/Hogan

Lui Sakaria Matt Borg Dayne Goddard Andrew Knight Aaron Wendt Seranno Carroll Daniel Tamone Koni Tuitupou

Referee: Brendon Farrar Assistant Referees: Jason Johnson, Peter Redwin

WEST HARBOUR Red, White and Black 1. Leon Latu 2. Pat Andrews 3. Rhys Sawford 4. Phil Manukeu 5. Sean Little 6. Tom Andrews 7. Daniel Midghall 8. Jack Naylor

GORDON Tartan 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Igo Fauii Sai Vakarau Graeme Kolomalu Brendan Rixon Joe Tuvitu Lucas Baxter Kiwi Kapene-Belcher Coach/es: Treweek/Hansen

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Sam Milgate Levi Vono Michael Cunneen Pierre Durand Matt Hopkins Justin Rodgie Robert Roles Adam Ashcroft

4TH GRADE – HENDERSON CUP: 10.15 AM

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Mitch Hyde Neil Smail Brandon Quinn Beau Wilson Viv Maumalanga Henry Broad Tristan Pixley Coach/es: Richard Grant

Referee: Dominic McCarthy Assistant Referees: Amy Perrett, Charles Guyatt

WEST HARBOUR

MANLY Red and Blue 1. Alberto Novak 2. Will Pasi 3. Will Taufa 4. Lachie Beattie 5. Christian James 6. Carrick May 7. Robbie Pickering 14 8. Alex Schwarz

Red, White and Black 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Will Thompson Sam Lloyd-Green Mitch Kay Pete Squires Josh Carolan Alex Franklin Joe Metuisela (C) Coach/es: Kelly/Crerar

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Pat Micallef Leveni Latu Sonny Satuala Luke Stewart Paul High Peter Woollett Benji Foliola George Doban

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Elias Sarkis Stephen James Nick Bruce Iain Taylor Tim Vulaca Jim Pike Max Watson Coach/es: Horrocks


QUALIFYING FINAL T.G. MILLNER FIELD Saturday August 24 3.00 PM

Referee: Ed Martin

Assistant Referees: Darren Bradley, Ben Wawn

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS

EASTWOOD

Red, White, Sky Blue and Black

Blue and White

DUNCAN CHUBB 1. (C) STEVE FUALAU 2. TIM METCHER 3. ANDREW LEOTA 4. SITA TIMANI 5. LOPETI TIMANI 6. JONO HAYES 7. JED HOLLOWAY 8. DEWET ROOS 9. ROHAN SAIFOLOI 10. ALEX GIBBON 11. ROB HORNE 12. APO LATUNIPULU 13. BEN CONNOLLY 14. BEN VOLAVOLA 15. Coach/es: BLADES / BARR

1. BENN ROBINSON 2. TODD PEARCE 3. MARTY PLOKSTYS 4. JARED BARRY 5. ANDREW CLYNE 6. HUGH PERRETT (C) 7. HUGH ROACH 8. LOCKY McCAFFREY 9. JAMES STANNARD 10. JIMMY HILGENDORF 11. NICK BATGER 12. MICHAEL McDOUGALL 13. CAM MITCHELL 14. TOM HILL 15. BEN BATGER Coach/es: MANENTI / WOODHOUSE 2ND GRADE – COLIN CAIRD SHIELD: 1.05 PM

Referee: Richard Goswell Assistant Referees: Tim Wills, Ben Wawn

EASTWOOD

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY Blue and Gold 1. Jeremy Tilse 2. James Willan 3. Sam Talakai 4. Tom Heslop 5. Byron Hodge 6. Tom Boidin 7. Benn Melrose (C) 8. Hugo Dessens

Blue and White 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Richard Draper Stefano Hunt Alex Rokobaro James McMahon James Dargaville Levi Dodd Stuart Dunbar Coach/es: Stumbles/Hovey/Roberts

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

3RD GRADE – HENDERSON SHIELD: 11.30 AM

Ferro Faalago Tannous Ferris Robert Lagudi James Neale Jack Warfield Chris Dan Kyle Shewan Joey Afualo

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Shanin Proctor Jai Ayoub Tim Williams Blake Sutton Jack Hammond Nathan Powyer Brad Curtis Coach/es: Nilan/Harrison

Referee: Darren Bradley Assistant Referees: James Marshall, Alex Richards

EASTWOOD Blue and White 1. Daniel Minto 2. Sam Needs 3. Sam Behan 4. Nick Johnson 5. Jackson Larkin 6. Dave Piukala 7. Tom Ellem 8. George Kent

RANDWICK Myrtle Green 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Max Page Ben James Alex Del Moro Dave Sutton Fili Pinono Mark Frost James Martin Coach/es: Moore / Ahearn

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

4TH GRADE – HENDERSON CUP: 10.05 AM

Alexander Epa Iosefa Thomas Weber Michael Celona Thomas Weatherall Scott Kennedy Jack Tovey Nick Coogan Junior Taavili

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Mark Bannon Daniel Fleming Peter Wright James White Thomas Hiddleston Andrew Wing Kee Ben Allard Coach/es: Brent Kelly

Referee: Nick Hannon Assistant Referees: Andrew Hackett, Alex Richards

EASTWOOD Blue and White 1. Days Siaosi 2. Luke Ferris 3. Tim Stephenson 4. Lachie Parker 5. Matt Prestipino 6. Murray Johnson 7. Dave Karamanis 8. Jordan Goddard

RANDWICK Myrtle Green 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Pat O'Connor Alex Maguire Tim McDonald Shane Collins Richard Casali Ben Coady Nathan Brecht Coach/es: Tyler/Blacker/Kirkby

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Dominic Edgtton Jarrod O'Hara Drew Ferguson Jonathon Ellis Lachlan Robertson Matthew Mackay Nicholas Kaspareck Christopher Barron

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Sam Bartlett Samuel Muller Thomas Joseph Scott Malone Allan Thompson Brock Davies Brendan Davis Coach/es: Matt Buckland

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QUALIFYING FINAL 3.10 PM

Sunday August 25

MANLY OVAL

Referee: Damien Mitchelmore (Qld) Assistant Referees: Ed Martin, Richard Goswell TMO: Peter Redwin

MANLY

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY

Red and Blue

Blue and Gold 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

DAVE PORECKI 1. PAT LEAFA 2. EDDIE AHOLELEI 3. (C) ED GOWER 4. CADEYRN NEVILLE 5. DYLAN SIGG 6. JORDY REID 7. LUKE JONES 8. MATT LUCAS 9. MARSHALL MILROY 10. JACOB WOODHOUSE 11. BRIAN SEFANAIA 12. MALIETOA HINGANO 13. RICHARD HOOPER 14. BJ HARTMANN 15. Coach/es: BLAKE / CUMMINS

LAURIE WEEKS TOLU LATU PADDY RYAN DAVID DENNIS WILLIAM SKELTON TIM DAVIDSON (C) DAVID HICKEY BEN MCCALMAN NICK PHIPPS BERNARD FOLEY GREG JELOUDEV TOM CARTER TOM ENGLISH LACHLAN MITCHELL TOM KINGSTON

Coach/es: MALONE/AVERY/PLAYFORD/VICKERMAN 2ND GRADE – COLIN CAIRD SHIELD: 1.15 PM

Referee: Michael Hogan Assistant Referees: Richard Goswell, Mark Newbury

RANDWICK

MANLY

Myrtle Green

Red and Blue 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Tyron Rota John Wunder Andrew Collins Daniel Alley Dave Shotton Harry Bergelin Mitch Daniel Andrew Davis (C)

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Adam Crerar Tom Chesters James Arnold Joe Christie Damien Reti Lui Siale Adam D'Arcy Coach/es: Brown / Wilson

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

3RD GRADE – HENDERSON SHIELD: 11.40 AM

Zeb Holmes-Baer Patrick Hodgetts Chris Baumann Bryce Speechley Lai Vatadroka Nathan Paila David Vizer David Parsons

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Harrison Boileau Cayden Matehaere Callum Fryer Alfred Paea Lepani Waqa Toese Vou Siutu Charlie Wakim Coach/es: Jayson Brewer

Referee: Matt Kellahan Assistant Referees: Darren Bradley, Alex Richards

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY

MANLY Red and Blue

Blue and Gold 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Matthew Mafi Elliot Messara Rhys Brodie Harry Marples Oliver Gresham James Nonu-Carling Josh Ellice-Flint Hugh Frazer (C)

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Jock Merriman Jack Macklin John Rudd Ben Murray Dane McCarthy Willie DuPlessis Trent Lake Coach/es: Hudd/Allardice

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

4TH GRADE – HENDERSON CUP: 10.15 AM

Tom Mooney Takashi Tokuyama John Baranyi Jack Wesson Deon Conning James Williams Vaughan Hay Brad Meaney

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Max Wood Jack Brisby Sam Brisby Anthony Bergelin (C) Harry Mountain Anthony Calavassy Cameron Pyne Coach/es: Murphy/Donkin

Referee: Amy Perrett Assistant Referees: Jason Johnson, Matt Clayton

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY

NORTHERN SUBURBS

Blue and Gold 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 16 8.

Scott Cameron (C) Tim Reid Alistair Ryan Kurt Larsen Charlie Boyce David Pohlen Michael Widdup Michael Pollastri

Red and Black 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

David Fong Cameron Mason Jack Sullivan James Swan Jack Marples Sam English Cameron Lawrence Coach/es: Cameron/Pope

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Andrew Dovgan Ash Hall Jason Phillips Will Callanan Tom Mangan Hiram Brooke Wildan Olley Oscar Doughty

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Michael Pembroke Rory Marples Sebastian Burfitt Sam Palmer PJ Cameron Tom Lee Joe Jenkins Coach/es: Crowe/Moore


QUALIFYING FINAL

Sunday August 25

CHATSWOOD OVAL

3.00 PM

Referee: James Leckie Assistant Referees: Angus Gardner, Brendon Farrar

EASTERN SUBURBS

NORTHERN SUBURBS

Red, White and Blue

Red and Black (C) NICK LAH 1. WILL WEEKS 2. CRUZE AH-NAU 3. BEN MATWIJOW 4. MICHAEL O'HEA 5. MICHAEL WELLS 6. WILL MILLER 7. AJ GILBERT 8. MICHAEL DOWSETT 9. LIAM WINDON 10. JOHN CAMERON 11. CHRIS TUATARA-MORRISON 12. BILL MEAKES 13. ELIH BAILLIE 14. COREY BROWN 15. Coach/es: FAVA / WILSON

1. SIONE KOLO 2. ALEX WALKER 3. ROB MCMICKEN 4. MITCH CHAPMAN 5. PHIL MATHERS 6. PAULIASI TAUMOEPEAU (C) 7. RYAN HODSON 8. TALALELEI GRAY 9. BRENDAN MCKIBBIN 10. HENRY HUDSON 11. DAMON ANDERSON 12. JAMES FIELD 13. ANTON LAVIN 14. ELIJAH NIKO 15. WILL FAY Coach/es: BAKEWELL / AITKEN / LIPMAN 2ND GRADE – COLIN CAIRD SHIELD: 1.05 PM

Referee: Ian Smith Assistant Referees: Will Houston, Buddy Kyle

EASTERN SUBURBS Red, White and Blue 1. Sean Day 2. Nick Hensley 3. Clay Brodie 4. Ed Archibald 5. Gab Passmore 6. James Graham 7. Israel Stephens 8. Keliti Vaingalo

GORDON Tartan

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Luke Irwin Chad Isles Charlie Clifton Louie Taylor Mark Murray Scott Ferris Matt Armour Coach/es: Jeff Staunton

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

3RD GRADE – HENDERSON SHIELD: 11.30 AM

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Hamish McGilvray Will Shirvington Nick Walker Erik Moss Tom Coupland Eric Maroni Ryan Matthews Coach/es: Neil Tunnah

Aritema Ralulu Jim Handlin Jack Parfitt Mark Johnson Alex Knight Andrew Turner Cam Thorburn Mark Williams

Referee: Tim Wills Assistant Referees: Nick Hannon, David Jones-Prichard

EASTERN SUBURBS Red, White and Blue 1. Adam Fullgrabe 2. Sam Palmer 3. Rory McMullen 4. Harry Hosegood 5. Digby Colley 6. Lachlan Pigott 7. Ben Willis 8. Sam Stitcher

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Steve Shapland Jeremy Raftos Rohan Jones Jack Denning (C) Tom Mathers Warwick Percival Eddie Paea Coach/es: Rutherford

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

4TH GRADE – HENDERSON CUP: 10.05 AM

Daniel Simpson Assam Ewais Cameron Betham Michael Kauter Samuel Boggs Michael Osmond Zaxian Goode Ryan Alderman

Referee: Charles Hartson Assistant Referees: Nick Hannon, James Walker

EASTERN SUBURBS Red, White and Blue 1. Rhys Ward 2. Ed Woodgate 3. Elijah Carlin 4. Charlie Thompson 5. Conor Keane 6. Jack Harris 7. Ivan Luteru 8. Gavin Grace

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Hugh Brownhill (C) Dick Windle Naibuka Saune Sean Robertson Sam Devlin Rhys Pirie Blake Boulton Coach/es: Frawley/Dontoh

Red, White, Sky Blue and Black 9. Jake Holman 10. Nathan Dwyer 11. Amanaki Pakalani 12. David Riley 13. Denny Godinet 14. Robert Mcdowell 15. Robert James Coach/es: Byrne / Smart

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Timothy James Marcel Sampson Joseph Giardullo Hassan Saad Sam Lindsay Brendan Tynan-Davey Owen Hall Daniel Johnston

Red, White, Sky Blue and Black 9. Andrew Morris 10. Brad Rose 11. Patrick Burns 12. Jared Elasi 13. Nicholas Turner 14. Paul McCann 15. Joel Smith Coach/es: O'Brien/Brown 17


COLTS RESULTS QUALIFYING FINALS Saturday August 17 Colts 1

GRADE RESULTS ROUND 18

Sydney University Randwick Manly Northern Suburbs

103 5 40 13

Eastwood Warringah Parramatta Southern Districts

27 32 21 54

54 30 22 20

Randwick West Harbour Eastern Suburbs Parramatta

19 51 32 5

10 12 17 22

Parramatta West Harbour Randwick Manly

15 18 0 38

Colts 2 Sydney University Manly Eastwood Northern Suburbs

Colts 3

Sydney University Eastern Suburbs Northern Suburbs Eastwood

Manly Southern Districts Eastwood Warringah Parramatta Penrith West Harbour Northern Suburbs Randwick Sydney University Gordon Eastern Suburbs

Jeloudev (SU) Gibbon (SD) Batger (Ew) Holmes (Wa) Alofa (WH) Woodhouse (Ma)

20 16 15 15 13 11

P C M L H T

Taumoepeau (ES) Brown (NS) Adams (Wa) Smart (SD) Perrett (Ew) Kingston (SU)

11 11 11 10 10 10

SHUTE SHIELD TEAM TRIES Sydney Uni Eastwood Manly Souths Easts Norths

For

Ag +/–

107 105 85 72 58 62

34 46 51 56 53 58

73 59 34 16 5 4

For

West Harbour Randwick Warringah Parramatta Gordon Penrith

Ag +/–

77 78 -1 71 73 -2 70 82 -12 71 96 -25 49 100 -51 38 134 -96

SHUTE SHIELD TOP POINTS SCORERS R B H D J T C G D C

Saifoloi (SD) Batger (Ew) Hudson (ES) Harvey (Wa) Debreczeni (WH) Preston (G) Brown (NS) Jeloudev (SU) Rawaqa (Pa) Matehaere (Ra)

T 6 6 2 3 5 6 11 20 6 5

G 46 49 36 39 30 21 22 3 24 29

P 40 24 30 20 11 15 6 0 8 3

F 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0

Pts 242 200 172 156 118 117 117 106 105 92

Sydney Uni Manly Norths Eastwood Randwick Parramatta Easts West Harbour Souths Warringah Gordon Penrith*

C2 240 153 204 231 147 132 147 96 93 33 0 15

C3 124 70 118 102 72 84 102 38 16 32 0 0

TOTAL 874 733 670 639 567 486 411 386 379 317 192 0

* Penrith deducted 24 points for late forfeit in Colts 1. Club competition points

calculated thus: SS x 15, Res x 8, 3rd x 5, 4th x 4, Colts 1 x 6, Colts 2 x 3 18 are and Colts 3 x 2.

JRHS 38 10 69 0 36 26 40 24 25 18 19 48

JRHC 41 19 70 0 19 14 17 26 5 50 0 59

JRHS J R Henderson Shield JRHC J R Henderson Cup

SHUTE SHIELD ROUND 18 SCORERS Manly 31 (Harry Bergelin, Richard Hooper, Pat Leafa, Cadeyrn Neville, Dave Porecki tries; Marshal Milroy 3 cons) Southern Districts 21 (Steve Fualau, Dewet Roos tries; Rohan Saifoloi con, 3 pens) Eastwood 49 (Tom Hill 3, James Stannard 2, Benn Robinson, Ben Batger tries; Ben Batger 4 cons, pen, Tom Hill pen) Warringah 26 (Michael Adams 2, Chris Arnold, Josh Holmes tries; Dave Harvey 3 cons) Northern Suburbs 33 (Elih Baillie, Corey Brown, Jac Cameron, Bill Meakes, Will Miller tries; Corey Brown con, 2 pens) West Harbour 27 (Jack Debreczeni, David Lolohea, Tito Mua, Usaia O’Sullivan tries; Jack Debreczeni 2 cons, pen) Sydney University 78 (Greg Jeloudev 5, Tom Kingston 3, James Dargaville, Bernard Foley, Ben McCalman, Will Skelton tries; Bernard Foley 9 cons) Randwick 0 Eastern Suburbs 55 (Damon Anderson, Clay Brodie, Mitch Chapman, Will Fay, Ryan Hodson, Anton Lavin, Elijah Niko, Louie Taylor, Pauliasi Taumoepeau tries; Henry Hudson 5 cons) Gordon 33 (Gordon Broome 2, Jack Dempsey, Tom Matthews, Nick Walker tries; Thomas Coupland 4 cons) Parramatta 34 (Andrew Cox, Dominic Graham, Myles Hunkin, Charlie Leaeno, Mosese Tavola tries; Dominic Graham con, pen, Tom Woods 2 cons) Penrith 24 (Leo Burgess 2, Kampo Sione, Kerren Straker tries; Lachlan Fox con, Paula Katoa con)

GREGOR GEORGE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

ERIC SPILSTED COLTS’ CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP C1 510 510 348 306 348 270 162 252 270 252 192 0

CCS 39 24 67 0 24 22 10 39 20 29 21 29

SS Shute Shield CCS Colin Caird Shield

SHUTE SHIELD LEADING TRY SCORERS G A N J A J

SS 31 21 49 26 34 24 27 33 0 78 33 55

Sunday August 18

Sydney Uni

1st Res 3rd 4th C1 C2 C3 Total 1125 608 410 324 510 240 124 3341

Eastwood

1170 600 350 300 306 231 102 3059

Manly

975 624 330 180 510 153 70 2842

Randwick

600 600 345 292 348 147 72 2404

Norths

645 456 155 244 348 204 118 2170

Easts

705 336 280 216 162 147 102 1948

West Harbour

840 208 300 124 252 96 38 1858

Souths

930 208 195 104 270 93 16 1816

Parramatta

540 256

85

72 270 132 84 1439

Warringah

600 248

75

84 252 33 32 1324

Gordon

300 288 175 72 192 0

0 1027

Penrith*

60 112

0

5

96

* Penrith deducted 24 points for late forfeit in Colts 1.

0

15

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2013 NSW PREMIER RUGBY COMPETITIONS SHUTE SHIELD – FIRST GRADE Eastwood Sydney Uni Manly Souths West Harbour Easts Norths Randwick Warringah Parramatta Gordon Penrith

P

W

D

L

18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

15 15 13 13 10 9 8 7 7 7 3 0

1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2 3 4 5 8 9 10 11 11 11 15 18

Bon For 16 15 11 10 16 11 11 12 12 8 8 4

764 752 579 576 519 474 430 500 517 490 363 252

W McMAHON MEMORIAL SHIELD - COLTS 1 Ag Pts 355 275 386 388 581 459 420 528 578 640 718 888

78 75 65 62 56 47 43 40 40 36 20 4

COLIN CAIRD SHIELD – SECOND GRADE Manly Sydney Uni Eastwood Randwick Norths Easts Gordon Parramatta Warringah West Harbour Souths Penrith

P

W

D L

18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

16 16 15 15 11 8 6 5 6 4 3 1

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1

2 2 3 3 7 10 12 13 11 14 13 16

Bon For 14 12 15 15 13 10 12 12 5 10 10 8

715 664 753 797 573 415 464 443 230 402 386 250

Ag Pts 319 260 287 336 429 455 617 726 600 611 537 915

78 76 75 75 57 42 36 32 31 26 26 14

J R HENDERSON SHIELD – THIRD GRADE Sydney Uni Eastwood Randwick Manly West Harbour Easts Souths Gordon Norths Parramatta Warringah Penrith

P 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

W 16 14 14 13 12 11 8 6 5 3 3 0

D 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0

L Bon For Ag Pts 1 16 919 119 82 3 12 813 170 70 4 13 624 328 69 4 12 612 237 66 6 12 549 311 60 6 10 491 247 56 10 7 363 456 39 11 9 354 626 35 12 9 478 464 31 15 5 272 773 17 15 3 191 716 15 18 1 134 1353 1

J R HENDERSON CUP – FOURTH GRADE Sydney Uni Eastwood Randwick Norths Easts Manly West Harbour Souths Penrith Warringah* Gordon* Parramatta

P

18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

W

16 16 15 13 11 9 6 5 4 5 4 3

D L 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

2 2 3 4 7 9 12 12 14 13 14 15

*Gordon deducted 4 points for late forfeit *Warringah deducted 4 points for two early forfeits

Bon For 17 11 13 7 10 9 7 4 8 5 6 6

901 589 541 396 370 393 258 260 225 164 181 228

Ag Pts

104 169 251 257 223 331 383 565 668 549 507 499

81 75 73 61 54 45 31 26 24 21 18 18

Sydney Uni Manly Norths Randwick Eastwood Parramatta Souths Warringah West Harbour Gordon Easts Penrith*

P 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

W 17 17 11 11 9 8 8 8 7 6 5 0

D 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0

L 1 1 7 7 9 9 10 9 11 12 13 18

Bon 17 17 14 14 15 11 13 8 14 8 7 1

For 979 886 611 595 523 461 549 392 519 386 359 169

Ag 254 269 421 512 499 467 504 625 578 610 552 1138

Pts 85 85 58 58 51 45 45 42 42 32 27 0

*Penrith deducted 4 points for late forfeit

SHELL TROPHY - COLTS 2 Sydney Uni Eastwood Norths Manly Randwick Easts Parramatta West Harbour Souths Warringah Penrith

P 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17

W 16 16 13 9 10 8 9 5 6 2 1

D 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0

L Bon For Ag Pts 0 14 823 150 80 1 13 545 199 77 4 16 654 277 68 7 13 521 286 51 7 9 535 463 49 7 13 441 340 49 8 8 438 346 44 12 12 409 580 32 11 7 314 531 31 15 3 212 747 11 16 1 143 920 5

BILL SIMPSON SHIELD - COLTS 3 Sydney Uni Norths Eastwood Easts Parramatta Randwick Manly West Harbour Warringah Souths

P 14 14 15 15 14 15 15 14 16 14

W D 12 0 11 0 10 1 10 0 7 1 7 0 7 0 4 0 3 0 1 0

L Bon For Ag Pts 2 10 497 149 62 3 11 463 181 59 4 9 329 218 51 5 11 324 205 51 6 9 238 246 42 8 8 310 303 36 8 7 289 246 35 10 2 191 446 19 13 5 186 413 16 13 3 143 549 8

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COLTS REPORT by Scott Killingworth

And then there were six. Sydney University and Manly have earned themselves a week off this week, after being the two highest placed winners in last week's qualifying finals. Both sides have become tear-away joint favourites all season and chances of fireworks and champagne Rugby are inevitable if these two sides should meet again. However, this week we see two exciting sudden death matchups in Souths V Norths and Warringah V Randwick. MANLY 40 V NORTHS 13 These two sides would have felt a large case of deja vu after having played just one week earlier in the final match of the regular season, where the Marlins enjoyed a resounding 54-31 victory at home. Norths became the early leaders, creeping to 8-0 after twenty minutes thanks to some careful kicking and structured phase play. This early lead eventually became unstuck when the physical traits of the Manly backrow and backline began to weave their magic. Flyhalf and captain Reece Hodge converted all of the Marlin's four first half tries, bringing the score to 28-8 at the half time whistle. Norths grabbed first points of the second half, with Manly again taking time to wake up and play to their potential. A war of attrition in the second half ensued, with kicking into no man's land seeming to be the order of the day. Manly went on to produce two second half tries and push the score out to 40-13. WARRINGAH 32 V EASTWOOD 27 Eastwood commenced the match with a very regimented and eager defence that sent the Rats going backwards for the first minute of the match. The fired up Woodies side then suffered a loss when a late lifting tackle sent one of their men to the bin two minutes in. With a one man advantage Rats’ fullback Mike Edwards made a trademark linebreak, but his crisp pass to the man outside him went to ground and the match remained scoreless ten minutes in. 20

An enterprising backline move from the resulting Eastwood scrum, revolving around blockbusting outside centre Zac Atallah moved the match from one end to the other and gave Eastwood a tremendous attacking lineout that led to their first try, thanks to a burrowing pick and go from prop David Fangaloka. Warringah winger Seb Wileman was the perennial thorn in the side of Eastwood's defence all match, making numerous tacklebusts throughout the match. His first linebreak came after a turnover won by flanker Willis Casey and put Warringah downfield into a great attacking position. The Rats capitalised via a crisp pass from flyhalf Mitch Pugh to winger Max Jones, who glided past his opposite number with nimble footwork to score in the corner and open the Warringah account for the day. After working their way back up field a minute from half time, man of the moment Seb Wileman scored right on the buzzer after cleaning up a wayward pass and fending off the oncoming defence from a standing start to score under the sticks and make it 14-5 at oranges. Eastwood scored a few minutes into the second half to get within four points, only for Warringah to push the score back out again thanks to a Mike Edwards interception just a minute later. Max Jones showed Seb that he's not the only game-breaker in the team when he ran sixty metres off a set piece from a crisp Louis Anderson pass to chip and re-gather and score in the corner, bringing the score to 24-10. Eastwood clawed points back after this but Warringah stayed a nose ahead for the remainder of the match and booked themselves a Semi-final spot this week against Randwick, who are 1-1 with the Rats in their two regular season encounters this year. OTHER MATCHES Sydney Uni 103 V Randwick 5 Southern Districts 54 V Parramatta 21 TIPS FOR THIS WEEK: Warringah, Souths Could all coaches please submit match reports to Scottkill@outlook.com


COLTS SEMI-FINALS FORSHAW RUGBY PARK 1st Grade Colts: 3.00 pm

Saturday August 24

Referee: Nathan Pearce

Assistant Referees: Jamie McGregor, Paul Worsley

NORTHERN SUBURBS

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS

Red and Black

Red, White, Sky Blue and Black

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

CAM ORR OLIVER TEKITIVITA JEROME RARU HARRISON ORR SCOTT ALLDRITT BEN RYAN BRANDON PAENGO AMOSA ALBERT HEMOPO SAM HARRIS BEN ARNOLD OLIVER CUPID- OSBORNE DAMON BROWNE MATT TEKI CYRIL SAWAKA NICHOLAS McCARTHY

MAX JONES NICHOLAS HALL LUKE BURTON CONNOR VEST DECLAN CARROLL JACK BOOKER JAKE HARDING HAYDEN BURNS CHRISTIAN CAGE JOSH KAY LACHLAN CREAGH PANASH KAMHARA GREG HEATH GEORGE HALTMEIER CHRIS SMITH

Coach/es: ARCHIBALD / HALL

Coach/es: HOLMES / RIVERS

NORTHERN SUBURBS

EASTERN SUBURBS

Red and Black

Red, White, and Blue

2nd Grade Colts: 1.25 pm 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Andrew Wadsworth Jake Kay Sam Kitchen Ben Molloy Bill Beaumont Cam Simmonds James Goldie Damien Fleming

Referee: Rob Nehme 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Harry Jenkins Joe Callaghan James Moate Jack Emery Phil Haltmeier Pierce Richards Oscar Pople Coach/es: Nolan/Johnson

Assistant Referees: Paul Worsley, Luke Rogan 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

9. Ephraim Lesa 10. Josh Arena 11. Jake Turnbull 12. Jimmy Holyman 13. Jack Unicombe 14. Aiden Woodford-Smith 15. Pat Fishburn Coach/es: Buchan Richardson

NORTHERN SUBURBS

Red and Blue

3rd Grade Colts: 12.00 noon Hugh Polkinghorne Bryn Pritchard George Donnelly Jonathon Ross Jack Davies Blake Etheridge Toby Tucker Henry Mikkelsen

Will Ratcliffe Archie King (C) Dylan Holmes Luke Brown Jack Cody Josh Moss Max Wylie Elford/Kacaimaiwai

MANLY

Red and Black

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Referee: Colm McCaughan

Tom English Nick Duckworth Josh Wilde Ed Slattery Harry Bartholomew Tomas Cleary Jack Philip Coach/es: Psaltis/Jensen

Assistant Referees: Luke Rogan, Mitch de Lorenzo 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Sosaia Soane Tim Dyer Nicolas White Adam Wilkinson (C) Mitch Beattie Rohan Hedge Liam Ryan Kiti Latu

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Coach/es:

Murray Cox Tom Crisp Soane Sime Brad Clarke Jordan Menzies Saula Serukeibau Jesse Moffat Chilton/Foketi

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COLTS SEMI-FINALS FORSHAW RUGBY PARK 1st Grade Colts: 3.00 pm

Sunday August 25

Referee: Jamie McGregor

Assistant Referees: Dominic McCarthy, Ben Wawn

RANDWICK

WARRINGAH

Myrtle Green

Green and White JACK WHEATLEY ZAC JONES PETER BARRATT RYLEY BAKER HARRISON SELBY WILLIS CASEY TIM POYNTING MICHAEL KOVACIC JAKE LOWE MITCH PUGH MAX JONES (C) HARRY MCBRYDE LOUIS ANDERSON SEB WILEMAN MIKE EDWARDS

1. PARIS COCKINOS 2. HENRY LESLIE 3. MORGAN SMITH 4. JOCK ARMSTRONG 5. JESSE HARRIS 6. TEVITA VEA 7. JACK JOHNSON 8. ROWAN McGOWAN 9. GERARD McTAGGART 10. ANDREW NORTON 11. NATHAN ROYE 12. OLIVER NICHOLSON 13. AIDAN ANDERSON 14. JAMES HILEY 15. ZACHARY GUILFOYLE Coach/es: JAMES TESORIERO

Coach/es: FARGAS / KILLIAN / RAYNER

MANLY

WEST HARBOUR

Red and Blue

Red, White and Black

2nd Grade Colts: 1.25 pm 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Keiran Healy Scott White Alex Houston Spencer Deck Jackson Cooper Thomas Antozzi Henry Tier James Kingston

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Coach/es:

Referee: Antony Hastie Nic Smart Ben Crerar Jonathan Huskins Jack Eades (C) Rob Arnold Chris King Ryan Taylor-Dennehy Beer/MacDonald

Assistant Referees: Aragon Heppel, Ben Wawn 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Pouli Folise Jonathan Palmer Vea Kaveafiafi Othello Heka Stephen Mayne Dimitri Ikonomou Anthony Lolohea Allan Malungahu

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Coach/es:

Red, White and Black

Blue and Gold 3rd Grade Colts: 12.00 noon

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Vincent Morsello Perrin Tasker Riley Tasker Ben Martin Tinashe Washaya Tyne Holmes Mike Van-Diggelen George Hudd

Theo Karantzias Anthony Manassa Tevita Moeakiola Maake Tamoua Daniel Carr Jarryd Chiha Iggy Woods Fililava

WEST HARBOUR

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Coach/es:

Referee: Charles Guyatt Chris O'Donnell Mesake Tagituimua Sam Hayward Jason Date Josh King Alexander Pay Tom Langrell Gudgeon/Radcliffe/Caterson

Assistant Referees: James Marshall, Luke Rogan 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Aaron Ilolohia Daniel Gooding Joe Latu Niall McDermott Peter Johnston Sam Dawai Daniel Ryan Hame Tali

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Coach/es:

Andrew Cho Wilson Faasalafa Jonathan Paparoulos Lawrence Leauma Andrew Suamili Alex Roberts Brenden Coyte Picone


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HIS VERY OWN ‘ITALIAN JOB’ HAS MADE THIS COMBATIVE LOCK MORE COMPLETE

PHIL MATHERS After six years and over 100 first grade games, Eastern Suburbs’ lock/loose forward Phil Mathers decided the time was right for a different rugby experience early last year and packed his bags for northern Italy. Eleven months living in the city of Padua and playing for Petrarca in Italy’s top tier competition, was exactly the challenge the 26-year-old was looking for. “I loved it, it was a beautiful part of the world to live and play rugby in. I’d always wanted to be a part of a professional environment and training every day and working on different aspects of my game with more focus was great.” said Mathers. With Northern Hemisphere weather dictating a more attritional approach to the game, Mathers feels that his time with Petrarca has taken his set-piece work – particularly his scrummaging–to another level. “It’s such a major part of the game over there,” he explained. “The scrum is not just used as a platform for attack, it’s also a way of gaining a mental edge over your opponent. I certainly came away with a different appreciation of the set-piece.” Having undertaken his rugby education at King’s School, Mathers was playing Shute Shield rugby at the age of 19 for Eastwood before making the move to the Beasties back in 2010 and it was to Woollahra Oval that he returned from his European adventure to take up the challenge of restoring Easts to former glories. Head coach Mark Bakewell is understandably pleased to have his 6ft 5in traveller back in the fold after his ‘Italian Job’, pointing to the game smarts and physicality that Mathers brings to the table. “Phil adds a certain presence to the pack which adds pressure to the opposition, he is a very astute lineout operator and destructive in close quarters," said Bakewell. "He has a habit of being mentally one step ahead of his adversaries which is very much to Easts’ benefit.” The Beasties go into the finals as a bit of a dark horse with inconsistency their achilles heel in 2013. “We can beat the top teams and lose to those below us,” affirmed Mathers but he also believes they can beat anybody on their day. “I think we’re25a genuine danger.” - by Paul Cook Photo: www.seiserphotography.com

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‘GA MANSION’ IS HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME FOR NORTHS PLAYERS In leafy Wahroonga on the North Shore sits what’s affectionately known around North Sydney Oval as ‘The Ga Mansion.’ The eight bedroom house, named for the last two letters of the suburb it’s located in, is home to Norths backrower AJ Gilbert, his partner Katy, three-year-old daughter Zara and – for the last two years – up to five out-of-town teammates. In one of the good-feel club rugby stories, Katy, who is Norths’ Events Manager, writes for Rugby News on how the arrangement came about. “When we first moved to Sydney over three years ago we found it really difficult. It was a big move from Ipswich in Queensland where AJ had been playing and we had a newborn baby and no friends or family here. “We moved to a big house in Hornsby and offered the spare room to one of the boys who was travelling from the Central Coast. When our lease ran out, Simon Kerr (Rugby manager at the time) and AJ came up with the idea of us running a rugby house. The idea of running a home away from home for players in the same position as us was a no brainer.

Matt White and Will Miller and it didn’t take long to fill up. We’ve had players from as far as Ireland, New Zealand, Melbourne, Grafton and Berry. “We have a strict set of rules so everyone pulls their weight. The boys give money for dinners, laundry powder and other household items and I cook dinner most nights. On Sunday mornings we have a big house clean-up (the boys often try to sneak away) and I cook a big roast dinner, which funnily enough, they always come back for! We also have a big dessert after the roast as a way of treating the boys after a hard weekend of rugby. “Sunday Roast night at the ‘Ga Mansion’ has become equally as famous as the house name within Norths and we often have one or two of the boys popping in to “check up on the house”. Which just so happens when dinner is about to be served. “The whole reason for the house was to offer players a home away from home. We knew how it felt to move to the big smoke and have no family, and that’s what our house is – one big family. We love it and wouldn’t change it, it’s been an experience we will never forget. We know how much the boys appreciate it and it has been nice to give back to Norths for everything they have done for us.”

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A few of the ‘Ga Mansion’ residents take time out at Balmoral Beach. L to R: Will Miller, Katy Carroll, Lachlan Porteous (who has moved out but often visits for Sunday Roast) Matt White, AJ Gilbert and Katy & AJ’s daughter Zara.

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WILSO’S WHISPERS by Bob Wilson

It was Parramatta coach, Glen Christini’s final game last Saturday and it was also his birthday. This story is not so much about Glen leaving to return to New Zealand but a philosophy or cultural change that he has brought to the Two Blues. Glen is one of the true gentlemen of the game and has a deep knowledge and understanding that brings out the best in those he is involved with. The person who relayed this story to me is from the old days of the Parramatta fibro people where the coach kicked the esky, slammed the door and the team made pacts to die on the Rugby field. In Glen's three years as coach he was never seen to be upset. There are no threats, he lets the team speak first then he sets targets and goals. The story heard from the players and which was confirmed with Glen is that the past Parramatta had been touched up 111 to nil by Manly in 2010 and this year by Southern Districts and West Harbour by 60 odd points. Well Glen tells the story of when he was playing First Grade for Waipapa (NZ) seventeen years ago against Kaeo they were beaten 127 to nil. As captain he knew they were in for a long afternoon when Kaeo had scored five tries in the first ten 10 minutes. He said thankfully that day they weren't kicking well but he pulled his team together and as he always does set them a target or goal. He said regardless of the score Kaeo’s best player the winger, number 11 has not scored a try yet. Our goal today is prevent him from scoring a try no matter what. Glen said the whole team marked up and ensured the winger never scored. They might have been beaten but they achieved their goal and didn't drop their heads. This story is the mark of the man that Glen Christini is, under adversity you stand up and you are counted. He has brought running rugby to Parramatta and integrity in defeat and success. When they played Manly in 2010 and were beaten 111 to nil the Two Blues made the headlines and everyone wanted their scalp. Apparently someone from Manly came into the change room after Parramatta was clapped off for their courage by the 28

crowd and said. "Tough times don't last, tough men do". I think this statement emphasizes Glen who in 2011 brought success to the Club with seven of those players who were humiliated in 2010 still playing First grade in 2011. The Two Blues made the Semi-finals last year and finished sixth while this year they haven't been as fortunate but the captain from 2010, Andrew Cox is still playing brilliant football and scored a great captain's try last Saturday. It was nearly two years before Andrew Cox gave his first winning speech as captain. Both Glen Christini and Andrew Cox come from the same cloth. Everyone at Parramatta sincerely thanks Glen Christini for his efforts in building pride and character back into the Two Blues, a club not as financially fortunate as others but truly imbedded with great club spirit, something money cannot buy. Australian Test Opener, Chris Rogers is the son of former St.George First Grade fullback, John Rogers who played back in the 70’s. John didn’t gain a Test cap like his son but he did play Sheffield Shield for NSW. The Annual CBRE Corporate Rugby 7's Competition will be held at Woollahra Oval on Friday, 20th September. It’s free entry so for further information contact pippa@laxtonevents.com or john@laxtonevents.com Congratulations to Randwick’s Martin Kiernan who played his 250th game for the club last weekend. In South Africa the Lions won the two match promotion/relegation series on aggregate for promotion to Super Rugby next season even though the Johannesburg franchise lost the second match. West Harbour Junior Academy is touring Fiji later this year as part of the development pathway for players aged 16 and 17. The Junior Academy players also play in West Harbour Junior State Championship teams and later progress into the Colts and Grade Rugby Programs. If you have any stories or news please email to bobw@wireless2way.com.au



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