The Junior Representative fixtures kick off today with the Eels Harold Matthews and S G Ball teams travelling away to Wyong’s (Kanwal) Morry Breen Oval to take on the Central Coast Roosters. The action kicks off with the Matts at midday.
It’s not a kind draw for the Eels when it comes to home and away, with only three home matches scheduled for each of the grades in a nine round competition. The Tarsha Gale girls will get four home games this year, whilst our newest teams, those entered in the Laurie Daley and Andrew Johns Cups, will get two matches at their home at McCredie Park, Guildford in a five round draw against regional teams.
Wherever possible, The Cumberland Throw will keep you updated via Forty’s renowned live blogs. Though Forty won’t be able to cover today’s away clash, we are fortunate to have our Central Coast correspondent, Milo, in attendance for this update post.
Whether you check in live, or read this as a match summary, this post kicks off our coverage of the Eels Junior Representative season. We’re sure it will be a positive one.
1. Junior Wright
2. Freeman Forsythe
3. Francis Tuitino
4. Patrick Spence
5. Joshua Lealaiauloto
6. Jabriel Kalache
7. Tobey Lewis
8. Oseni Kaufusi
9. Vlade Jankovic (c)
10. Larry Muagututia
11. Maximus Topou
12. James Malau’ula
13. Hayden Reti-McClintock
14. Ethan Sanders
15. Spencer Tuala
16. Kylan Mafoa
17. David Langi
18. Zadourian Nevili
19. Hayden Orley
20. Daniel Readon
21. Terrence Patolo
22. Myles Martin
23. Kamoe Fekatoa
24. Joshua Russell
25. Patrick Luatuanuu
The scoring begins with a try to Parra down the right side. It was a simple try Malua’ula I think. Converted.
Score – 6-0 after about 10 minutes.
There’s a fair bit of dropped ball – and Parra have coughed it up again on a repeat set.
It’s warm conditions here at Wyong – 28 degrees and no breeze.
Great run down the left side off a scrum by the Parra backs.
Kalache shifted the ball well but the winger got tackled into touch 10 m from the try line.
Try to No 9 for the central coast on the right edge – simple one pass play from double penalties.
Lots of dropped ball and plenty of penalties given
Try to Lewis near the posts – show and go from him.
Kick near posts for an Eels 12-6 lead.
Parra just have to hold the ball and limit errors and they could run away with the goodies like us running away with a tray of delicious pies from Kens humble pie shop at the Entrance.
Half time 12 to 6 to the Eels.
Parra just lost the ball after the second tackle via a forward pass.
Parra are running to the Southern end. No breeze and bloody warm.
Parra drop the ball again on their next set. Poor ball control but the weather is not conducive to great league and with it being the first game….it’s still frustrating to watch
The Coast score out wide after a good play out the back. The try near the corner goes to the fullback.
12-10 to parra with conversion unsuccessful.
Two penalties to the coast allow them good field position inside the Parra 20.
Very concerned about some poor discipline from the Eels
Parra hold them out then get to their kick! Wel done boys…
Superb hit from parra winger Lealaiauloto jolts the ball from the coast.
Oh no! A Shift to right sees the other winger lose possession! A Coast scrum in their 30 m.
Lost ball from coast 10 m from the parra line.
Some good defence but the heat is taking its toll on both teams.
Parra throw a silly pass from return kick only for ball to roll into touch
Frustrating to watch.
Parra have to only hold the ball and play out sets!!!!
About 15 to go.
Coast almost score in corner with an out the back play. The Winger loses the ball near the line
Crazy stuff. Parra lose the ball in the play the ball again
A Coast scrum on parra 40.
This doesn’t look good!
If you keep opening the door, expect someone to walk in! The Coast score in the corner to take the lead.
14 to 12 with under 10 min left.
Big moment! Parra score after a lost ball. Try to Muagutitia.
18 to 14 with three to go.
Consecutive penalties to Parra from the kick off and the Eels will take a shot at goal to wind down the clock.
The kick is successful and it’s full time.
Eels 20 Central Coast 14.
(on a side note good to see about half a dozen boys I coached in Coast reps a couple of years back)
My best for Parra in a scrappy match:
3 – Muagutitia
2 – Malau’ula
1 – Kalache
The Coast half and fullback played well too.
S G Ball
1. Joshua Tuipulotu
2. Samuel Loizou
3. William Penisini
4. Penioni Tohi
5. Matthew Komolafe
6. Tevita Masima
7. Jakob Arthur
8. Sam Hughes
9. Tyler Field
10. David Hollis
11. Jayden Skinner
12. Trey Mooney (c)
13. Albert Etuale Faave
14. David Tui
15. Taylor Mauala
16. Uinitoni Mataele
17. Caleb Tohi
18. Peter Taateo
Loose ball sees scrum to Parra in 20 m zone early first half.
Hollis and Hughes looking strong.
Good take from Tuipolotu sees bomb defused well. ASIO would be proud.
Lost ball sees the coast bomb a try in the Corner
Play held up after Tuipolotu and coast player are down. Doesn’t look serious.
The Coast are held up twice over the line. Tyler Field did a superb job with one of those tackles.
Parra put up a poor kick on half way and the Coast are on the attack. Fortunately their kick goes long.
Here we go again. Hollis loses the ball on penalty tap.
The Coast have a scrum on their 20 m and a penalty soon follows.
Parra hold them out and have a scrum feed near their own line.
Accurate bomb by Arthur sees Lomolafe score in corner. Kick unsuccessful. 4 nil with 12 to go first half.
Ensuing scuffle after try sees ref talk to capt for ages!
After the kick off the Eels cop a mystifying loose ball call from ref!
Good defence in the middle from parra and the Coast throw a forward pass. Eels forwards looking strong.
Mataele is making an impression.
Parra spoil a couple of good opportunities. It’s made worse as Parra blow another good chance after a forward tried to grubber and re gather
And the coast get a mandatory penalty to get out of half
Dejavu here then the Coast score a soft converted try. They lead 6 to 4, Two minutes from half time.
That’s half time with a 6 – 4 lead to the Central Coast.
Seven minutes into the second half and we have no change to the score. The Coast are still leading 6 to 4.
Fifteen minutes in to the half and we still have no change to the half time score. This could be a case of the next scorer kicking away.
And it’s the Roosters who cross next for what could be the clincher. It’s now 10 to 4 with less than 15 to go.
Loizou converts the charging Hollis try for the Eels and the scores are level with around 6 minutes left!
Penisini might just have clinched it for the Eels with a try from a drop off play with two left on the clock. The conversion sees the Eels run out 16 to 10 winners.
Courtesy of a couple of observers, we have the following top 3.