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charlie bobmarley

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great to see Feki score the match sealing try tonight & not look up at the big screen on his walk back.
 
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NYC: Wests Tigers 12, Vodafone Junior Warriors 22

Richard Becht

Friday 19 July 2013 10:21 PM
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Standoff Tuimoala Lolohea coasting in for his 14th try of the season in the Vodafone Junior Warriors' 22-12 NYC win over Wests Tigers on Friday night. Photo: Photosport
The Vodafone Junior Warriors stitched together a controlled performance to earn a 22-12 victory over Wests Tigers in tonight’s 19th-round NYC clash at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney.
The result represented an important hit-back from their last start 38-40 loss to South Sydney on July 6 and also avenged one of the club’s most disappointing NYC defeats at the same ground last year, a contest the Tigers won 54-12.
This was a battle all the way, one which never had more than six points in it until the final few minutes when interchange prop Abraham Papalii scored his side’s match-winning fourth try.
While there was little in the contest, though, the Vodafone Junior Warriors were never behind.
The match was 26 minutes old before the scoreboard was needed, standoff Tuimoala Lolohea feasting on an error to go 60 metres for his 14th try of the season. With his conversion it was 6-0 only for a level score-line to be restored with a converted Tigers try five minutes later.
It stayed 6-6 until the opening minutes of the second spell when winger Metia Lisati scored and Lolohea converted again for a 12-6 edge.
The Tigers weren’t going away and they soon locked it up 12-12 with their second converted try of the night.
The wrestle phase was on. Back and forth it went until the Vodafone Junior Warriors went in front for the third time with a Sione Feao try wide out. Lolohea couldn’t convert but with 15 minutes to play the 16-12 lead was invaluable.
Showing composure the Vodafone Junior Warriors kept grinding it out on a night when their completion rate ran at 85 per cent (34 from 40 sets).
The reward for patience and building pressure came in the 77th minute when Papalii’s try took his side out of reach.
With their 10th win of the season, the Vodafone Junior Warriors retained fourth spot on the ladder on a night when they became only the second team so far this season to bring up 500 points on attack.
Lolohea’s try and three goals lifted his points total to 82, 42 in the last three games.
Match details:
At Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
Wests Tigers 12 (Nathan Brown, Nathan Milone tries; Manaia Rudolph 2 conversions).
Vodafone Junior Warriors 22 (Tuimoala Lolohea, Metia Lisati, Sione Feao, Abraham Papalii tries; Tuimoala Lolohea 3 conversions).
Halftime: 6-6.
Referee: Matt Noyen.
Vodafone Junior Warriors: Ngataua Hukatai; Metia Lisati, Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard, Viliami Lolohea; Tuimoala Lolohea, Eko Malu; James Taylor, Michael Sio (c), Toafofoa Sipley; Stedman Lefau, Sione Feao; Sam Lisone. Interchange: Sam Cook, Katamiro Atera, Abraham Papalii, Kouma Samson.
 
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NYC: Vodafone Junior Warriors 20, Storm 16

Richard Becht

Sunday 28 July 2013 12:00 PM
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Centre Lafu Feagaiga scoring one of his two tries in the Vodafone Junior Warriors' 20-16 win over Melbourne in today's NYC clash at Mount Smart Stadium. Photo: Photosport
Doubles to centre Lafu Feagaiga and winger Metia Lisati helped the Vodafone Junior Warriors to a hard-fought 20-16 victory over Melbourne in today's 20th-round NYC clash at Mount Smart Stadium today.
After going to halftime 10-16 down, the Vodafone Junior Warriors levelled up through Lisati's converted try in the 53rd minute.
Not until the 70th minute did they hit the front, Lisati the provider again on the left wing. Tuimoala Lolohea couldn't convert but the Vodafone Junior Warriors had a lead they protected over the final section to secure a win which lifted them back into fourth spot on the table.
Match details:
Vodafone Junior Warriors 20 (Lafu Feagaiga 2, Metia Lisati 2 tries; Tuimoala Lolohea 2 conversions).
Melbourne Storm 16 (Kurt Mann, Alex Langbridge, Dane Chang tries; Matt McGahan 2 conversions).
Halftime: 16-10 Storm.
Referees: Shane Rehm and Clayton Sharpe.

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NYC: Vodafone Junior Warriors 34, Sharks 14

Richard Becht

Sunday 4 August 2013 9:35 AM
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Vodafone Junior Warriors second rower Sione Feao grabbed two tries in the Vodafone Junior Warriors' NYC win over Cronulla on Saturday. Photo: Photosport
The Vodafone Junior Warriors retained their position in the top four with a third consecutive win when they accounted for Cronulla 34-14 in Saturday night’s 21st-round NYC clash at Mount Smart Stadium.
Following hard-fought victories over Wests Tigers and Melbourne, this was another tough tussle despite the ultimate 20-point winning margin.
The Sharks came to Auckland running 15th yet opened with the first try of the game and were only 10-16 adrift at halftime.
They scored their third try soon after the break to have the contest just 16-14 in the home side’s favour.
This was the time when the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ grinding efforts in their previous two games came into play. They stayed patient, defended well and eventually turned the match in the final quarter when they picked up three tries to clear away, the last of them in the final minute when second rower Sione Feao scored his second try of the day.
Standoff Tuimoala Lolohea didn’t add to his try tally but kicked five goals from six attempts to lift his points tally to 96 for the season.
The match also had a positive outcome for three players in particular – winger Braxton Stanley, halfback Mason Lino and centre Solomone Kata. They were all coming back from injury lay-offs, Stanley, in fact, having his first match of the year after an injury-dominated two seasons which resulted in him playing only five NYC games in 2012.
He had the satisfaction of scoring his side’s first try in the seventh minute with his first touch.
Match details:
At Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
Vodafone Junior Warriors 34 (Sione Feao 2, Braxton Stanley, Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard, Sam Cook, Sam Lisone tries; Tuimoala Lolohea 5 conversions).
Cronulla Sharks 24 (Fa’amanu Brown, Levi Sopi, Sione Masima tries; Jake Walsh conversion).
Halftime: 16-10 Vodafone Junior Warriors.
Referees: Shane Rehm and Peter Gough.
Vodafone Junior Warriors: Ngataua Hukatai; Metia Lisati, Solomone Kata, Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard, Braxton Stanley; Tuimoala Lolohea, Eko Malu; James Taylor, Michael Sio (c), Kouma Samson, Stedman Lefau, Sione Feao; Sam Cook. Interchange: Mason Lino, Sam Lisone, Abraham Papalii, Toafofoa Sipley.
 
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Sup42

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Turns out in the battle between Matt ELliots Philosophy and John Aklands player hogging / ignoring the topsides needs......Elliot wins.....and Akland remains a good coach.

Pretty impressive from Akland to keep notching up wins with his stars in the NSW cup.

More Impressive Elliot has the players he needs getting hardened for the finals.

Elliot will be a fantastic director of coaching.
 
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How many u20s games do they need to play to be eligible to play in the finals? Just wondering if any of them will drop back down?
 
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Was it just me, or did anyone else think the refs raped our boys?

How often did the commentators point out blatant penalties only for the refs to ignore them. At one stage the touchy calls forward pass, but the refs play on. Even right at the end the ref warns a Sea Eagle to get back onside (while arguing a penalty call) before he is marched 10m. He remains, swears at the ref and nothing happens. Could have given Lino a better kicking opportunity, which would have won the game.

I saw at one stage late in the game it was 5 penalties to 1 in the Sea Eagles favour. I think it ended somewhere around 5-2.

I guess we were lucky to scrape a draw, but I reckon they were done over.
 
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Was it just me, or did anyone else think the refs raped our boys?

How often did the commentators point out blatant penalties only for the refs to ignore them. At one stage the touchy calls forward pass, but the refs play on. Even right at the end the ref warns a Sea Eagle to get back onside (while arguing a penalty call) before he is marched 10m. He remains, swears at the ref and nothing happens. Could have given Lino a better kicking opportunity, which would have won the game.

I saw at one stage late in the game it was 5 penalties to 1 in the Sea Eagles favour. I think it ended somewhere around 5-2.

I guess we were lucky to scrape a draw, but I reckon they were done over.
Definately thought the refs were biased. Should have marched 10mtrs at the end which wouldve made the kick alot easier. Was a pretty good attempt though from Lino, that far out.
 
fanrrior

fanrrior

Even the juniors can get repeat sets so why can't Johnson, Leuluai or Locke do it. (I hope those three prove me wrong this afternoon)
 
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NYC: Vodafone Junior Warriors 14, Penrith 32
Richard Becht

Sunday 18 August 2013 2:22 PM

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Prop Kouma Samson, one of the Vodafone Junior Warriors' try-scorers in their NYC loss to Penrith todaay. Photo: Photosport

The Vodafone Junior Warriors were out-gunned 32-14 by Penrith in today's 23rd-round NYC clash at Mount Smart Stadium.

The home side had the chance to climb into the top four above Penrith with victory today and the form book favoured them to do so.

They came into the match with three wins and a draw in their last four outings while the Panthers were coming off three straight defeats.

Instead iit was Penrith which called the tune, arriving at halftime 14-4 ahead and eventually finishing 18 points clear to surge into third spot.

There was brief hope for the Vodafone Junior Warriors when Eko Malu’s converted try had the margin back to 10 points with 15 minutes left but Penrith quickly responded to restore its advantage.

Match details:

At Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
Vodafone Junior Warriors 14 (Ngataua Hukatai, Eko Malu, Kouma Samson tries; Mason Lino conversion).
Penrith Panthers 32 (Bryce Cartwright 2, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, James Dunley, Brendan Attwood, Doug Hewitt tries; Bryce Cartwright 4 conversions).
Halftime: 14-4 Panthers.
Referees: Chris Butler and Chris Sutton.


Vodafone Junior Warriors: Ngataua Hukatai; Metia Lisati, Stedman Lefau, Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard, David Fusitua; Tuimoala Lolohea, Mason Lino; James Taylor, Michael Sio (c), Kouma Samson, Sam Lisone, Sione Feao; Sam Cook. Interchange: Eko Malu, Abraham Papalii, Toafofoa Sipley, Eric Newbigging.
 
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NYC UPDATE: Titans v Vodafone Junior Warriors
Richard Becht

Saturday 24 August 2013 10:20 AM

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Try time for Vodafone Junior Warriors utility Eko Malu in last Sunday's NYC loss to Penrith at Mount Smart Stadium. Photo: Photosport

David Fusitua and Ngataua Hukatai will be joined by Albert Vete in a bolstered Vodafone Junior Warriors line-up for today’s 24th-round NYC match against the Gold Coast Titans at Skilled Park in Robina (3.15pm kick-off local time; 5.15pm NZT).

Fusitua and Hukatai were reunited in last Sunday’s loss to Penrith, Fusitua back in the side after time out of the NYC playing for the Vulcans in the New South Wales and a period on the sideline with an elbow injury.

Vete, who has made 32 NYC appearances overall, played 15 games for the Vodafone Junior Warriors earlier this season before turning out for the Vulcans in recent weeks.

The St Kentigern College old boy has been named on the bench while Fusitua is down to start at fullback and Hukatai in the centres.

Returning after missing last week’s match with injury is winger Braxton Stanley. Tama Koopu was originally named to start in the front row but was a late withdrawal today with an ankle injury. In his absence Abraham Papalii moves off the bench to start while Lafu Feagaiga comes onto the interchange.

Last week the Vodafone Junior Warriors were looking at the possibility of climbing back into the NYC’s top four but their disappointing display in a 14-32 loss to the Panthers has seen them slip to sixth.

The ladder is congested, though, with Wests Tigers and the Vodafone Junior Warriors both on 30 points, just two behind the fourth-placed Sydney Roosters. The Titans are running third to last in the competition.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v GOLD COAST TITANS

Skilled Park, Robina
3.15pm, Saturday, August 24
Referee: Peter Gough

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 DAVID FUSITUA
2 METIA LISATI
3 ADAM TUIMAVAVE-GERRARD
4 NGATAUA HUKATAI
5 BRAXTON STANLEY
6 TUIMOALA LOLOHEA
7 MASON LINO
16 ABRAHAM PAPALII
9 MICHAEL SIO (c)
10 KOUMA SAMSON
11 STEDMAN LEFAU
12 SIONE FEAO
13 SAM COOK
Interchange:
14 EKO MALU
15 SAM LISONE
17 ALBERT VETE
20 LAFU FEAGAIGA

HEAD COACH: JOHN ACKLAND

https://www.warriors.co.nz/news-display/NYC-UPDATE-Titans-v-Vodafone-Junior-Warriors/82759
 
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NYC: Titans 12, Vodafone Junior Warriors 44
Richard Becht

Saturday 24 August 2013 5:09 PM

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Vodafone Junior Warriors standoff Tuimoala Lolohea was back among the tries in tonight's huge win against Gold Coast. He picked up a double toi take his tally for the year to 17. Photo: Photosport

The Vodafone Junior Warriors put together their most convincing display in several weeks to trounce Gold Coast 44-12 in today's 24th-round NYC clash at Skilled Park in Robina.

Following a draw with lowly Manly and a disappointing effort against Penrith last Sunday, the Vodafone Junior Warriors rediscovered their mojo as they led 16-0 at halftime and then went on with it in the second half.

While they yielded two second half tries to the locals, they scored five more of their own to surge into fourth spot on the NYC table for the time being at least. They sit on 32 points and have also significantly boosted their points for and against equation to plus 134 points.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors opened confidently with tries to Michael Sio, Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard and Ngataua Hukatai inside 22 minutes.

Hukatai had a second in the second half while standoff Tuimoala Lolohea also picked up a double to take his try tally for the season to 17, ranking him among the top few in the competition.

Provisional stats had fullback David Fusitua making an exceptional 23 runs and gaining more than 250 metres while prop Albert Vete made more than 170 metres.

Match details:

At Skilled Park, Robina
Gold Coast Titans 12 (Kane Elgey 2 tries, 2 conversions).
Vodafone Junior Warriors 44 (Tuimoala Lolohea 2, Ngataua Hukatai 2, Michael Sio, Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard, Sione Feao, Kouma Samson tries; Mason Lino 6 conversions).
Halftime: 16-0 Vodafone Junior Warriors.
Referees: Peter Gough.

Vodafone Junior Warriors: David Fusitua; Metia Lisati, Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard, Ngataua Hukatai, Braxton Stanley; Tuimoala Lolohea, Mason Lino; Abraham Papalii, Michael Sio (c), Kouma Samson; Stedman Lefau, Sione Feao; Sam Cook. Interchange: Eko Malu, Sam Lisone, Albert Vete, Lafu Feagaiga.

https://www.warriors.co.nz/news-display/NYC Titans 12, Vodafone Junior Warriors 44/82785

Fusitua the BEAST!!!
 
mt.wellington

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https://nrl.com/2013-holden-cup-team-of-the-year/tabid/10874/newsid/74260/default.aspx

not too many standout players this year i guess. 1 on the bench for team of the year
Bhana named in NYC Team of the Year
Richard Becht

Tuesday 27 August 2013 10:30 AM

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Loose forward David Bhana is the only Vodafone Junior Warriors player included in the 2013 NYC Team of the Year. Photo: Photosport

Bhana (20), who started the season leading the side in the sixth NYC campaign, has been used by the Auckland Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup in recent weeks.

He has excelled as one of the NYC’s top back rowers in his two seasons in the competition. An exceptional defender, he topped the NYC’s tackling statistics last year with 957 tackles in 24 appearances. In just 14 games this season he has made 590 tackles and tops the statistics for the most average tackles per game with 42.1

Bhana has been included on the bench in the 2013 Team of the Year as he looks ahead to the step up to the NRL squad in 2014, having been signed on a one-year fulltime NRL contract.

Named the Vodafone Warriors’ 2012 TNT Young NYC Player of the Year, Bhana was also a finalist for both the overall Vodafone NYC Player of the Year and the DEWALT NYC Clubman of the Year.

Away from football, the Northcote Tigers junior and former Birkenhead College head boy is in his final year of a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Auckland. He is keen to work as a conservationist in the future.

Bhana joins the likes of Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers), Corey Oates (Broncos), Charly Runciman (Dragons), Hymel Hunt (Titans) and Samisoni Langi (Roosters) in the 2013 NYC Team of the Year.

This year’s chosen players join an honour roll that includes some of the NRL’s most exciting and talented stars, including Daly-Cherry Evans, Ben Barba, Kieran Foran, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Ben Matulino, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jesse Bromwich, Shaun Fensom, Tariq Sims, Gareth Widdop, Alex McKinnon, Trent Merrin, Dale Finucane and James Segeyaro.

“You just have to look through the weekly NRL line-ups to realise how important the Holden Cup has been as a development pathway,” NRL head of football Todd Greenberg said today.

“Ben Barba was a member of the inaugural team of the year in 2008 and has gone on to win the Dally M Medal, we have seen a number of graduates now play Holden State of Origin and represent their countries and many more become leading players within their NRL clubs.

“Just as importantly, the competition has set new standards in achievement off the field.
“The Holden Cup’s ‘No Work, No Study, No Play’ policy philosophy is unique in Australian professional sport and represents the importance the game places on helping players achieve a balanced life that prepares them for life after they finish playing in the NRL.”

The 2013 Holden Cup Team of the Year features players from 12 clubs and includes the nephew of Titans coach John Cartwright – Panthers back-rower Bryce Cartwright – while the Sharks’ Michael Lichaa and Raiders’ Mitchell Cornish join a select band of players to be named in the Team of Year twice.

The full team is:

Fullback: Jack Ahearn (Canberra Raiders) apprentice electrician

Wing: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Penrith Panthers) Year 12 Patrician Brothers Blacktown

Centre: Hymel Hunt (Gold Coast Titans) Bachelor of Business at Griffith University

Centre: Charly Runciman (St George Illawarra Dragons) Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) at University of Wollongong

Wing: Jonathon Reuben (Canberra Raiders) indigenous trainee with Department of Education and Training

Five-eighth: Samisoni Langi (Sydney Roosters) Bachelor Exercise and Health Science at ACU

Halfback: Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers) Trainee Community and Development Officer

Prop: Matthew Lodge (Melbourne Storm) Diploma of Management

Hooker: Michael Lichaa (Cronulla Sharks) apprentice carpenter

Prop: Jake Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles) Bachelor of Management and Sport and Exercise at UTS

Second Row: Bryce Cartwright (Penrith Panthers) Certificate III and IV in Fitness at ACPE Academy

Second Row: Corey Oates (Brisbane Broncos) Certificate IV in Business

Lock: John Asiata (Sydney Roosters) Certificate IV in Community Services

Interchange: Mitchell Cornish (Canberra Raiders) Diploma of Business Management

Interchange: Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Penrith Panthers) teacher’s aide at Willmot Public School

Interchange: David Bhana (Vodafone Warriors) Bachelor of Science at Auckland University

Interchange: Cameron McInnes (South Sydney Rabbitohs) Bachelor of Physiotherapy at ACU

Coach: Mick Mantelli (Canberra Raiders) owner, building companyAAAA

https://www.warriors.co.nz/news-display/Bhana-named-in-NYC-Team-of-the-Year/82962

I think there are a few good names there.

David Bhana has all the makings of a future NRL player. Plays his heart out and the few games Ive watched of the Vulcans with him playing he has been able to show his potential. Has a very solid tackle.

Hymel Hunt is touted by most at the Tits as a future Centre at the club. Cousin of Karmichael. Nuff said. Born in Auckland. Not sure about his rep status but the junior Kiwis should at least knock on his door.

Samisoni Langi has debuted already for the Roosters and although his last outing wasnt too flash he has impressed me with his form in the NSW and the U20's. Played for Tonga this year in the test against Samoa and totally rang rings around Carlos Tuimavave and Ben Roberts. This kid is fast and has amazing acceleration. Watch out for this guy in the future.

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak IMO has the biggest future. Brother of Malakai who trained with the Warriors in the off season this guy has it all. Super quick, great step and smart. He will get fast tracked to the first grade squad and already has Kearney and Iro trying to get him to play for the Kiwis. He's that good and is only 18!!!
 

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Bhana named in NYC Team of the Year
Richard Becht

Tuesday 27 August 2013 10:30 AM

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Loose forward David Bhana is the only Vodafone Junior Warriors player included in the 2013 NYC Team of the Year. Photo: Photosport

Bhana (20), who started the season leading the side in the sixth NYC campaign, has been used by the Auckland Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup in recent weeks.

He has excelled as one of the NYC’s top back rowers in his two seasons in the competition. An exceptional defender, he topped the NYC’s tackling statistics last year with 957 tackles in 24 appearances. In just 14 games this season he has made 590 tackles and tops the statistics for the most average tackles per game with 42.1

Bhana has been included on the bench in the 2013 Team of the Year as he looks ahead to the step up to the NRL squad in 2014, having been signed on a one-year fulltime NRL contract.

Named the Vodafone Warriors’ 2012 TNT Young NYC Player of the Year, Bhana was also a finalist for both the overall Vodafone NYC Player of the Year and the DEWALT NYC Clubman of the Year.

Away from football, the Northcote Tigers junior and former Birkenhead College head boy is in his final year of a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Auckland. He is keen to work as a conservationist in the future.

Bhana joins the likes of Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers), Corey Oates (Broncos), Charly Runciman (Dragons), Hymel Hunt (Titans) and Samisoni Langi (Roosters) in the 2013 NYC Team of the Year.

This year’s chosen players join an honour roll that includes some of the NRL’s most exciting and talented stars, including Daly-Cherry Evans, Ben Barba, Kieran Foran, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Ben Matulino, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jesse Bromwich, Shaun Fensom, Tariq Sims, Gareth Widdop, Alex McKinnon, Trent Merrin, Dale Finucane and James Segeyaro.

“You just have to look through the weekly NRL line-ups to realise how important the Holden Cup has been as a development pathway,” NRL head of football Todd Greenberg said today.

“Ben Barba was a member of the inaugural team of the year in 2008 and has gone on to win the Dally M Medal, we have seen a number of graduates now play Holden State of Origin and represent their countries and many more become leading players within their NRL clubs.

“Just as importantly, the competition has set new standards in achievement off the field.
“The Holden Cup’s ‘No Work, No Study, No Play’ policy philosophy is unique in Australian professional sport and represents the importance the game places on helping players achieve a balanced life that prepares them for life after they finish playing in the NRL.”

The 2013 Holden Cup Team of the Year features players from 12 clubs and includes the nephew of Titans coach John Cartwright – Panthers back-rower Bryce Cartwright – while the Sharks’ Michael Lichaa and Raiders’ Mitchell Cornish join a select band of players to be named in the Team of Year twice.

The full team is:

Fullback: Jack Ahearn (Canberra Raiders) apprentice electrician

Wing: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Penrith Panthers) Year 12 Patrician Brothers Blacktown

Centre: Hymel Hunt (Gold Coast Titans) Bachelor of Business at Griffith University

Centre: Charly Runciman (St George Illawarra Dragons) Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) at University of Wollongong

Wing: Jonathon Reuben (Canberra Raiders) indigenous trainee with Department of Education and Training

Five-eighth: Samisoni Langi (Sydney Roosters) Bachelor Exercise and Health Science at ACU

Halfback: Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers) Trainee Community and Development Officer

Prop: Matthew Lodge (Melbourne Storm) Diploma of Management

Hooker: Michael Lichaa (Cronulla Sharks) apprentice carpenter

Prop: Jake Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles) Bachelor of Management and Sport and Exercise at UTS

Second Row: Bryce Cartwright (Penrith Panthers) Certificate III and IV in Fitness at ACPE Academy

Second Row: Corey Oates (Brisbane Broncos) Certificate IV in Business

Lock: John Asiata (Sydney Roosters) Certificate IV in Community Services

Interchange: Mitchell Cornish (Canberra Raiders) Diploma of Business Management

Interchange: Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Penrith Panthers) teacher’s aide at Willmot Public School

Interchange: David Bhana (Vodafone Warriors) Bachelor of Science at Auckland University

Interchange: Cameron McInnes (South Sydney Rabbitohs) Bachelor of Physiotherapy at ACU

Coach: Mick Mantelli (Canberra Raiders) owner, building companyAAAA

https://www.warriors.co.nz/news-display/Bhana-named-in-NYC-Team-of-the-Year/82962

I think there are a few good names there.

David Bhana has all the makings of a future NRL player. Plays his heart out and the few games Ive watched of the Vulcans with him playing he has been able to show his potential. Has a very solid tackle.

Hymel Hunt is touted by most at the Tits as a future Centre at the club. Cousin of Karmichael. Nuff said. Born in Auckland. Not sure about his rep status but the junior Kiwis should at least knock on his door.

Samisoni Langi has debuted already for the Roosters and although his last outing wasnt too flash he has impressed me with his form in the NSW and the U20's. Played for Tonga this year in the test against Samoa and totally rang rings around Carlos Tuimavave and Ben Roberts. This kid is fast and has amazing acceleration. Watch out for this guy in the future.

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak IMO has the biggest future. Brother of Malakai who trained with the Warriors in the off season this guy has it all. Super quick, great step and smart. He will get fast tracked to the first grade squad and already has Kearney and Iro trying to get him to play for the Kiwis. He's that good and is only 18!!!

Yeah I think Dallin will be a mix of his two brothers.
Zoram had the zip and instinct and a good nsw cup player. Note quite enough size.
Malakai was good in NYC but didnt have enough mongrel imo.

he is nz born. arent they from waikato? Maori/tongan

I think Brenko Lee from Raiders should be in here. He looks ridicolously good
 
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Yeah I think Dallin will be a mix of his two brothers.
Zoram had the zip and instinct and a good nsw cup player. Note quite enough size.
Malakai was good in NYC but didnt have enough mongrel imo.

he is nz born. arent they from waikato? Maori/tongan

I think Brenko Lee from Raiders should be in here. He looks ridicolously good
All I know is that they are related to my mate who is also a Watene and they all descend from the legendary Steve Watene (Puti Tipene Watene). Not sure about the Tongan bit but the other half of the name is Polish. In saying that, Malakai is a Tongan name. I'll ask him and get back to you...
 
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Kouma Samson looked very good for the juniors, made some great runs.
Sam Cook seems wasted at 13, he should be 6 or 7 and controlling the game.
 

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