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It is crunch time for the Suburbs and
Cobden-Kohinoor under-14 sides in their
final match in the Westfleet West Coast
schoolboy rugby league competition this
Saturday to decide who takes out the main
championship for the season.
Cobden-Kohinoor have won the two
previous outings, although the margin
narrowed in their last match.
The 16s grand final will be a night game
on Friday, August 18, played under lights at
Any girls interested in having a go at rugby
league are urged to attend a special training
session on Sunday at Jellyman Park at 11am.
international and Greymouth Star league
reporter Jenny Pope, and West Coast
development officer Paddy Byrne will both
be on hand to take the girls through their
paces. Girls from 10 upwards can take part,
and should remember to take a mouthguard.
Pope, originally from Hokitika, was a
member of the 2007 Jillaroos and played
for Queensland in a State of Origin, before
moving back to the West Coast.
Action from last weekend. —
Conditions were perfect at Wadeson Island
for Hokitika’s home game clash against a full
Both teams put on an exhilarating game for
a good crowd of supporters. Players put in
some big hits with Lucas Bradbury leading
the way in defence with some copybook
Offence play was also exciting with some
great offloads to score against Waro-rakau’s
Will Johansson and Will Simpson showed
good pace to score some great tries out wide.
West Coast player of the day was Lucas
Bradbury and team player of the day Kaylee
West Coast player of the days: William
Todd (Cobden-Kohinoor Kiwis), Marley
Inglis (Brunner), Paul Coleman (Cobden-
Kohinoor Keas), Lushun Spicer (Marist).
Hokitika’s Liam Delore had a great
performance in his first game back from
injury, pushing up off the line to make some
Crossing the tryline several times was
Jaylem Aitken, who proved too fast to tackle,
and Jaxon Carter also gained valuable metres.
Team player of the day went to Lara Dalley
who put pressure on the attacking team and
withstood some strong tackles trying to break
through the Waro-rakau line.
West Coast player of the day: Mana
Williams (Cobden-Kohinoor), Blake Walker
(Brunner), Vadim Ryan (Marist), Liam Russ
(Suburbs), Jaylem Aitken (Hokitika), Kohen
On a dry track, Waro-rakau got off to a
good start scoring a few unanswered tries.
Hokitika kept at it and proved to be better
opposition than the start had suggested,
resulting in a good hard game.
For Waro-rakau, Elliot van der Geest ran
in a couple of good long range tries. West
Coast player of the day Payton Guthrie ran
good lines scoring a couple of tries and he
was tireless in defence. Captain Jackson
Dixon led well, along with Cooper Wilson
and Cooper McLean who tacked well. Kurt
Berry was busy covering the defence and
Liam King gave good ser vice from hooker.
After a slow start the Taipos started to work
together, which resulted in some points on
Good pressure by Laykn Sinclair gave
the Taipos some ball to play with and Nate
Crossman, Laykn Sinclair and Bruce Miller
were able to cross the line. Max Johanssen
and Jack Lourie worked well as dummy half
and first receiver and tried to direct a stagnant
Ngarama Weepu and Ben Rasmussen also
had some strong runs. Player of the day was
West Coast players of the day: Bruce Miller
(Hokitika), Payton Guthrie (Waro-rakau)
The top of the table clash between Hokitika
and Waro-rakau proved to be a good tough
game, both teams going set for set.
Hokitika took the honours 24-10.
Hokitika for wards led by Kaleb Holdem
ran and tackled hard. Noah Mills, Simon
Norris, Michael O’Neil-Braid, Dan Treanor
and Kristian Hallberg gave good support
around the middle.
Aston Wilson was a constant danger on
attack and the backline produced some top
class ball movement resulting in some good
Good all-round games came from Campbell
Murray, Austin Linklater, Jimmy Griffiths-
Wright and James Baird. Team player of the
day winners were Kaleb Holdem and Noah
Mills, while the West Coast player of the day
was Aston Wilson.
Cobden-Kohinoor had a 48-12 win over
Brunner starting with all guns blazing,
throwing the ball wide. This saw Tylar
Bishop, Maui Raroa and Reece Duggan all
scoring, putting Brunner in the driver’s seat.
Latai Tau slowly got momentum heading to
Cobden-Kohinoor with some barnstorming
runs which led to a hat-trick before half-time.
Kayne Wall was the beneficiary of being put
in the gap twice by the Cobden halves, James
Crooks and Liam Gurden.
Cobden-Kohinoor were up 24-12 at the
break and continued the pressure going into
the second half, with second rower Hemi
Pickering running like a winger to score an
80m try. Gurden also showed a clean pair of
heels to add to the try tally, while Tau scored
another couple of tries in the second half.
West Coast players of the day : James
Crooks (Cobden-Kohinoor), Tylar Bishop
(Brunner), Aston Wilson (Hokitika), Liam
Cobden-Kohinoor 44, Brunner 12. West
Coast players of the day : Flynn Templeman
(Cobden-Kohinoor), Riley Foster (Brunner),
Jack Campbell (Suburbs), Callum Donaldson
The draw for Saturday is. —
11am, under-6: Cobden-Kohinoor Keas v
Cobden-Kohinoor Kiwis, Jellyman Park 1a
(Cobden-Kohinoor ref ); Marist v Runanga,
Jellyman Park 1b (Marist ref ); Suburbs v
Waro-rakau, Jellyman Park 2a (Suburbs
ref ); Hokitika v Brunner, Jellyman Park 2b
(Hokitika ref ).
11.45am, under-8: Cobden-Kohinoor
v Hokitika, Jellyman Park 1a (Cobden-
Kohinoor ref ); Waro-rakau v Marist,
Jellyman Park 1b (Waro-rakau ref ); Suburbs
v Brunner, Jellyman Park 2a (Brunner ref ).
12.30pm, under-10: Cobden-Kohinoor v
Hokitika, Jellyman Park 1 (Hokitika ref );
Waro-rakau v Marist-Suburbs, Jellyman
Park 2 (Marist-Suburbs ref ); Brunner a bye.
1.15pm, under-12: Cobden-Kohinoor
v Hokitika, Jellyman Park 1 (Cobden-
Kohinoor ref ); Suburbs v Brunner, Jellyman
Park 2 (Suburbs ref ); Waro-rakau a bye.
2.15pm, under-14: Suburbs v Cobden-
Kohinoor, Jellyman Park 1 (ref tba);
Waro-rakau-Marist v Brunner, Jellyman
Park 2 (ref tba).
3.15pm, under-16, under 15-16 trial match,
Jellyman Park 1.
11am: Girls (10yrs and over) training
session, Jellyman Park.
Crunch time in junior league
Special training run for girls
After a season of not meeting
expectations, Canberra face the
cruel prospect of having their
finals hopes killed off by the
NRL’s perennial underachievers.
The Warriors have crashed
to five-straight losses as they
prepare to host the resurgent
Raiders on Sunday at Mt Smart
It will be the sixth consecutive
season that the men from
Auckland have failed to qualify
for the finals. While the Raiders
were expected to challenge for
the premiership on the back
of last year’s preliminary-final
appearance, they are two games
out of the eight.
The green machine need to win
their remaining four games to
give them a chance of playing
Canberra five-eighth Blake
Austin sees a parallel between his
side and the Warriors. “ They ’re in
a similar position to what we’ve
been in for most of the year,”
Austin said. “Every year, the
experts have high expectations
for the Warriors and, once again,
they ’ve struggled to live up to
them. They ’re going to have a
point to prove.”
The difference is the Raiders’
faint play-off hopes remain
alive. Back-to-back wins have
coincided with improved
performances from Austin and
halfback Aidan Sezer.
The pair switched sides mid-
season, allowing Austin to play
on the left edge and team up
with second-rower Josh Papalii,
a man he credited as a major part
of his breakout 2015 when he
was crowned the competition’s
Austin said he begged coach
Ricky Stuart to allow them to
combine again. “ That was one of
the main reasons I was so excited
about getting back on the left,”
Austin said. With Josh Hodgson
returning to starting hooker,
the Raiders’ playmakers found
greater balance as they scored a
convincing win last week over
defending premiers Cronulla.
“It ’s a real shame that it ’s
taken this long but, for whatever
reason, we’ve found a little bit of
a groove and it’s important we
keep that groove going,” Austin
With everything on the line
for the Raiders, they face a team
with nothing to lose.
“ We’re under no illusions how
tough this road trip is but, at
the end of the day, it’s just a
must-win and that ’s what we’re
preparing to do,” Austin said.
Meanwhile, Warriors’ second
rower Ryan Hoffman returns
from six weeks on the sideline.
Hoffman last appeared in the
21-14 home win over the
Bulldogs on June 23, a foot injury
forcing him to miss the Warriors’
run of losses to Manly, Penrith,
North Queensland, Cronulla and
The 33-year-old gives the side a
301-game injection of experience,
teaming up in the back row with
the seasoned Simon Mannering
and second-year NRL player
Nathaniel Roache will start at
hooker in the second key change
for the Warriors, just his third
start in 20 NRL outings.
The 21-year-old was used in
the second half of last Saturday ’s
26-10 loss to the Knights in his
first game back from a hamstring
injury. He began at hooker but
spent the last 26 minutes on the
right wing replacing an injured
Roache’s selection shifts Issac
Luke to the interchange while
Hoffman’s return means Afoa is
set to start on the right edge with
Isaiah Papali’i on the bench.
The Raiders have found form
over the last month. After a
run of four straight losses they
have won three of their last four
matches to sit on 22 points, four
outside the top eight. They have
a 20-17 winning edge in 37
matches between the two clubs
but the Warriors are 12-7 ahead
in home contests.
Warriors: Roger Tuivasa-
Sheck (c), David Fusitu’a, Blake
Ayshford, Solomone Kata, Ken
Maumalo, Kieran Foran, Mason
Lino, Jacob Lillyman, Nathaniel
Roache, Ben Matulino, Bunty
Afoa, Ryan Hoffman, Simon
Mannering. Interchange: Issac
Luke, Sam Lisone, Isaiah Papali’i,
James Bell, Jazz Tevaga, Chris
Satae, Mafoa’aeata Hingano,
Raiders: Jack Wighton, Nick
Cotric, Jarrod Croker (c), Joseph
Leilua, Jordan Rapana, Blake
Austin, Aidan Sezer, Junior
Paulo, Josh Hodgson, Shannon
Boyd, Josh Papalii, Joseph Tapine,
Elliott Whitehead. Interchange:
Kurt Baptiste, Clay Priest, Dave
Taylor, Luke Bateman, Michael
Olfield, Jeff Lima, Royce Hunt,
Erin Clark. — N ZN
Warriors’ Simon Mannering is tackled by Raiders Elliott Whitehead and Blake Austin in their last
Warriors now the
potential finals spoilers
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