Talking Points

Premiers No More
The Cronulla Sharks achieved the impossible in 2015, with both the Harold Matthews and SG Ball teams winning their respective premierships. It is no secret that the Sharks boast an incredibly strong batch of young talent, but last Saturday confirmed neither side would be going back-to-back, as both age groups were knocked out of elimination finals.
 

Two Clubs Have The Chance To Mirror Cronulla
It is Preliminary Finals time in the Junior Representative competitions this week, and the Penrith Panthers and Newcastle Knights still have both age groups in contention. Those clubs have the opportunity to repeat Cronulla’s heroics from 2015, and you can find all fixture details here.
 

Women’s Rugby League Two Weeks In
The second round of the Sydney Metropolitan Womens Rugby League (SMWRL) was held this weekend, with the Redfern All Blacks, Mounties and Cronulla-Caringbah remaining undefeated at the top of the Division 1 ladder. You can take a look at the weekend’s results here.
 

Left Side, Strong Side
The left edge of the Wests Tigers collected a massive six tries between them on the weekend, heavily exposing the Wentworthville Magpies. Josh Addo-Carr scored a hat-trick on the wing, Michael Chee Kam bagged a double at centre, while second-rower Asipeli Fine picked up one for himself. Halfback Josh Drinkwater played a part in five of the tries, and even scored one for good measure.
 

Bears’ Stars Visit Juniors
The North Sydney Bears squad paid visits to the junior clubs in their district last week to provide skills clinics for kids aged 6-12. The Lane Cove Tigers, Pennant Hills-Cherrybrook Stags, Asquith Magpies, and Berowra Wallabies received visits from the players, in what is a fantastic initiative by the club.
 

Double Trouble
It is a nice feeling for a player to score two tries in a match, so 14 players from the Sydney Shield must be feeling pretty special on a Monday morning. That’s right, an incredible 14 players from the Sydney Shield competition crossed for doubles this round, with only Mario El Boustani converting it into a hat-trick. On average, two doubles were scored per game, and only four of the 14 teams did not have an individual scoring twice.
 

ISP NSW Sets Off To The Country
All 12 Intrust Super Premiership NSW teams have enjoyed a bye over the past two weeks, refreshing them for one of the most important rounds of the year. This weekend, there will be no games played in Sydney in order to bring Rugby League to the Bush and promote the game throughout NSW.