AROUND THE GROUNDS | Junior Reps Rd 4

Trbojevic dominates Lottoland

It’s not the first, nor will it be the last time you will see this headline. This time, however, it wasn't international and State of Origin superstars Jake and Tom. Their younger brother Ben - a member of the NSW Pathways Program – had a fine day out in the UNE SG Ball this week, bagging a double before the game was even 15 minutes old, plus booting a conversion just before the half-time whistle in the Sea Eagles’ 58-14 thumping of St George. Trbojevic played right centre, while the left centre Simon Tito also had a day to remember picking up a hat-trick.   

Ben Trbojevic is a part of the NSW Pathways Program. Here he is playing for the NSW Under-16s in 2017.
Ben Trbojevic is a part of the NSW Pathways Program. Here he is playing for the NSW Under-16s in 2017.

Rabbitohs rule the roost

South Sydney hasn’t won the UNE Harold Matthews Cup since 1974, but they remain the only team to be four wins from four games played at this stage of the competition after beating the Central Coast Roosters today. It’s early days, but perhaps 2019 is the year that the Rabbitohs push for a junior representative title. They went close in 1992, 1999 and 2013 by making the Grand Final without winning, but haven't actually won in 45 years. The Newcastle Knights – who have won the premiership twice since 2014 – are also undefeated, but they enjoyed a bye this week and remain on top of the ladder despite only having three wins.

Centre of Excellence boosts Balmain

The Balmain Tigers SG Ball team were lucky enough to train in the finest Rugby League facilities in the world ahead of their trip to Perth. The team used the brand new gym before they trained on the new field opposite ANZ Stadium throughout the week for some ball skills. They also had a video session in the lecture theatre which set them up perfectly for a four hour plane ride to Perth where they cruised home 40-12 against the West Coast Pirates.

The Balmain Tigers SG Ball team at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence.
The Balmain Tigers SG Ball team at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence. ©Twitter

Eels and Wests Tigers go try-for-try

One of the best junior representative games of the season across all three grades took place in the Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup earlier today. The teams went try-for-try all game, with Ally Beaufils and Izabella Epati opening the scoring for their respective team. As the game went into the final quarter, Jessica Kennedy scored for the Wests Tigers to lock the scores up at 14-all and it was game on. Parramatta took the lead through an Allison Futialo try with 15 minutes remaining, but it would be the Tigers to claw back when they scored two tries in the final nine minutes to win an exciting 26-20 content. 

Buderus scores 18 points for Newcastle

Just like Trbojevic for Manly, another famous name performed in the familiar colours. Max Buderus - nephew of Newcastle, NSW and Australian legend Danny - had a big day out for the Knights with a try and seven goals against the Victorian Thunderbolts. It's only Buderus' second game of the season as he missed the opening two weeks, but he was superb once again in the halves as he steered his team to a big win.