2019 Harold Matthews Round 1 - St George v Balmain. Photo: Allan Barry

Sharks edge out Indigenous Academy

A hat-trick to Cronulla Sharks’ Tarsha Gale star, Jamie Chapman, helped secure a narrow 22-20 victory over Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy at Cronulla High School Oval. In a match that was well in the balance for the majority of the contest, it was the goal-kicking that proved the difference, with Cronulla's Lynda Haworth and Janelle Kennedy booting three goals between them, with the visitors unable to add the extras on their five attempts.

 Panthers roar into UNE Harold Matthews Cup top eight
 

The Penrith Panthers have clawed their way into the top-eight with a convincing 32-14 victory over the Balmain Tigers at Leichhardt Oval. It was a well rounded performance by the boys from the foot of the mountain, running in four first half tries to the Tigers one.
 

Penrith’s dominance continued for the early part of the second half with back-rower Justin Sene crossing for his second four-pointer, before they let the foot of the throat late in the piece, allowing Balmain score two late tries to make the scoreline a tad more respectable.
 

The loss sees as straight swap in ladder positions between the two teams with Penrith slotting into eighth and Balmain into ninth.

Steelers snag bragging rights

 In the battle of the St George Illawarra dragons two junior representative sides, the Illawarra Steelers have earned the bragging rights with a dominant second-half display at Kogarah. Steelers’ Matthew Feagai scored a hat-trick, while in-form half, Jayden Sullivan, booted five goals in their 40-16 triumph.
 

28 points for Horne as She lights up Cabramatta

It was a more than perfect start to the Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership for Cabramatta, thumping Brothers 48-4 in front of their home fans at New Era Stadium. Fullback Rikeya

Horne’s name featured prominently on the scorers sheet, crossing the stripe an unbelievable
seven times.

Racene McGregor was perfect with the boot, nudging over eight goals. Brothers will go back to the drawing board and hope for a better result next week against the Tigers, while Cabra and Horne will enjoy a well earned week off.