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Live Blog – Eels Junior Representatives Round 5

The Junior Representatives have crossed the halfway point of the 2021 season as we enter Round 5. All of the action comes out of Kirkham Oval this week with the Harold Matthews and SG Ball taking on the Western Suburbs Magpies while the Tarsha Gale clash with the Canterbury Bulldogs.


Harold Matthews vs Western Suburbs Magpies

9:30AM @ Kirkham Oval

Team Lists


First Half

Mino gets an offload away and Ayache crosses just to the left of the posts.Conversion successful by Sanders.

Eels 6 lead Wests nil, 7 minutes gone.

Parra pay the penalty for not completing the set after the kick off. Wests score in the right corner. Try unconverted.

Eels 6 lead Wests 4, 11 minutes gone

Saxon Pryke busts through the tackle behind the ruck. Ethan Sanders is following through in support, receives the ball and crosses under the posts. He converts his own try.

Eels 12 lead Wests 4, 4 minutes remaining first half.

Half time, Eels 12, Wests Magpies 4


Quick summary: The Parra forwards are making good metres down the middle via an effective short passing game. They are probably unlucky not to have scored another two tries. The discipline for both teams has been found at fault by the ref, with quite a few penalties blown.


Second Half

The Magpies again find success on the Eels right edge. They narrow the margin to two with a converted try early in the second half.

Eels 12 lead Wests 10, 39 minutes gone.

The Eels have responded to the challenge and a long shift to the left sees centre Declan Murray cross. Conversion unsuccessful.

Eels 16 lead Wests 10. 15 minutes remaining.

Myles Martin with a big play in consecutive weeks. He makes a break behind the ruck, draws the West’s fullback and passes to fullback Patrick Spence who scores to the left of the posts. Try converted.

Eels 22 lead Wests 10, 6 minutes remain.

Its a quick reply to the Magpies on their favourite side of the field as they barge over in the right corner. They won’t go away, but the try is not converted.

Eels 22 lead Wests 14, 3 minutes left.

The Magpies need to take risks and mistakes dominate the last couple of minutes. There’s no change to the score as full time sounds.


Full Time

Eels 22 defeat Wests Magpies 14


Quick Summary

Big effort from Wests Magpies this week made the Eels work hard across the park. Massive hits in defence from both teams was a feature, and the Magpies spine were clever in their game management. However, the Eels forwards deserve credit for the win, with particular mentions given to Pryke, Martin and Ayache.


SG Ball vs Western Suburbs Magpies

11:00AM @ Kirkham Oval

Team Lists


First Half

A major reshuffle with Chappell withdrawing from the team this week due to injury, and Kalache moving from centre to five-eighth and Tuitino called in to the centres.

Betham-MISA makes a massive break from his own 30 metre line and finds Sau in support for a try under the posts. Bray converts.

Eels 6 Wests nil, 12 mins gone

The Magpies are next to cross, barging over from dummy half.

Eels 6 Wests 6, 22 minutes gone.

Apologies for a technical stoppage in coverage.

The ball shifts to the right and lands in the hands of Sau who bumps off a defender to score. Try converted.

Eels 12 lead Wests 6, 13 minutes remaining first half

With just over a minute left in the half the Magpies score under the posts.

Eels 12 Wests 12 1 minute remaining.

Half time. Eels 12 Wests 12


Quick Summary

Its looking like another tight match for Parra’s SG Ball. The dominance they have when controlling the ball has been undone by critical errors.


Second Half

Smart ruck play from the Eels sees Muagututia crash over for a try converted by Bray.

Eels 18 lead Wests 12, 40 minutes gone

Big play from Kalache! Last tackle and it’s being run. Kalache fires a cut out pass to Coroneos who scores in the right corner. The conversion is unsuccessful.

Eels 22 lead Wests 12, 17 minutes remaining.

It looks like familiar ground for the Eels SG Ball team as Wests narrow the margin with a converted try coming off clever offloads and a bit of light stepping.

Eels 22 lead Wests 18, 12 minutes remaining

The Magpies now have all the running and are on the attack with a critical penalty. The Eels hold them out and mount their own attack. Bray launches a bomb which is fielded by Reardon who finds Brazel in support. He passes to Jankovic who tries to find support in midfield with a wild pass. Kalache scoops it up, shapes to kick, puts on a step and a fend and brushes off two defenders on his way to the line! Wow. Try converted.

Eels 28 lead Wests 18 with 7 minutes remaining.

Here we go! LLoyd jumps out of dummy half on the 4th and he and Kalache put on a short side play. Coroneos is now at fullback and he kicks the ball ahead for Tapu’osi to score on debut. Conversion unsuccessful but the Eels now look home in this.

Eels 32 lead Wests 18, 4 minutes remaining.

Thats full time in this clash as the Eels register a six tries to 3 victory.

Full time: Eels 32 defeat Wests 18.

Quick Summary:

Though Wests narrowed the margin to four points during the second half, coach Craig Brennan will be happy with the improved composure in the second half. When the match was in the balance the Eels proved too strong. Special mentions for Brazel, Sau and Kalache for their performances today.


Tarsha Gale vs Canterbury Bulldogs

2:00PM @ Kirkham Oval

Team Lists


Try scored by Indee Brown. Conversion unsuccessful by Addyson Winterstein.

Bulldogs lead 4-0

1min gone


Try scored by Losalio Sita Payne. Conversion successful by Summah Terare.

Eels lead 6-4

13min gone


Try scored by Petesa Lio. Conversion successful by Addyson Winterstein.

Bulldogs lead 10-6

21min gone


Try scored by Indee Brown. Conversion unsuccessful by Addyson Winterstein.

Bulldogs lead 14-6

30min gone


Try scored by Indee Brown. Conversion unsuccessful by Addyson Winterstein.

Bulldogs lead 20-6

33min gone


Try scored by Lucie Whitehead. Conversion unsuccessful by Summah Terare.

Eels trail 10-20

37min gone


Try scored by Losalio Sita Payne. Conversion successful by Summah Terare.

Eels trail 16-20

46min gone


Try scored by Losalio Sita Payne. Conversion successful by Summah Terare.

Eels lead 22-20

48min gone


Try scored by Tahleisha Pugh. Conversion unsuccessful by Summah Terare.

Eels lead 26-20

51min gone


Full Time

Parramatta Eels 26 defeat the Canterbury Bulldogs 20


Quick Summary:


This was a classic example of the game of two halves. The Bulldogs came out full of energy in the first half to establish their lead, whereas the Eels intensity was low. Canterbury commenced the second half in similar fashion, but once the Eels scored the first try of the second half, they gained all of the momentum and the Dogs struggled to contain them. A special mention to the Eels defence late in the game as they repelled a last minute surge. Big captain’s match from prop  Losalio Sita Payne crossing for three tries, and leading the charge through the middle.

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Thanks for the report guys 🙂 . I remember many years ago we would blitz this grade . I think other districts have either drastically improved or are raiding players from different districts .


We have fast tracked quite a few players from the SG Ball to higher grades with many eligible players in Flegg and Canterbury Cup. A major role of pathways programs is to produce home grown NRL players. Winning comps along the way is a bonus. Whilst it’s more challenging for the teams and players, the upside is that more players get an opportunity that they might not have if all eligible players were held back.


Did you watch the Flegg trial, sixties?


No mate. Hamish covered today for us but had to leave after the Ball. The Flegg finished 6 tries to 4 down, but there were players were rested as they were training in the full time squad.




Congratulations to the Tarsha Gale girls for breaking the duck and getting their first W for the season


Hopefully they can take some confidence from the result.

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