23rd Aug 2023
Its now Do or Die
A week off, was anything but relaxing. There has been a fortnight of offield drama, the team have battened down the hatches as the team focuses on their finals campaign that has come a week early. The team goes into the game without 4 critical players in L.Mitchell, Burgess, Havili and Host. There are no more excuses after the form slump that has lasted for 14 weeks. The equation is simple win, we make the finals. A loss and we are out.
Taaffe & Thompson return
Blake Taaffe and Izaac Thompson combination over the last few weeks has resulted ina large 4 tries. They have been rewarded by being called up into this critical game. Now they get their chance to show their skills.
Gardiner game changer
Shannon Gardiner has been a unsung hero of our reserve grade team at the back end of the season. The utility has come onto games a key moments helped turn the game. Either coming on as a half or hooker he has shown his speed can turn games at critical moments.
Junior Changes in Queensland for 2024
QRL have announced changes for the age pathway's. It is good to see the mens U18 and U16 grades align with the U17 and U19 ages in NSW and for SOO and the same will also occur for the womens pathways with U19s and a new U17s layer. The biggest issue in the announcement has been the removal of the U21s in Queensland, which today runs under the Qld Cup at state level. There is a lot of push back from Queensland country areas on the impact this will have to these players as the push is for these players to go back and play local A-grade. If the same does not occur in NSW, it will result in a influx of players into the NSW U21s pathways. The time is not far away to see National reserve grade return and maybe a return of the NYC competition at national level.
Rd24 St Geo-Ill Crns W 26-14 Rd25 Newcastle NISC L 10-29 Rd26 BYE
Rd24 Dolphins SFS2 W 30-14 Rd25 Parramatta WSS W 34-12 Rd26 Wests-Tig SFS2 W 32-8
2021 Rd03 StAu W 26-16 22,838 A.Klien 2021 Rd24 LngS W 54-12 5,136 A.Klien 2022 Rd03 StAu W 28-16 18,254 G.Atkins 2022 Rd25 SFS2 L 16-26 41,906 G.Atkins 2022 mPSF SFS2 W 30-14 39,816 A.Klien 2023 Rd03 SFS2 L 18-20 36,669 G.Sutton
Selected NRL Round 30 teams
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