GROUP 9 RECONCILIATION CUP
HAUNTED by history, Group Nine All-Stars captain-coach Cameron Woo believes he has the team to finally snap a frustrating losing streak in the Reconciliation Cup.
Heading into the important game at Equex Centre on March 19, the Group Nine All-Stars are languishing with five successive losses to the Indigenous All-Stars.
Along the way, Woo has played only twice for as many defeats, while Indigenous All-Stars captain-coach Ben Jeffery has accumulated a stunning 5-0 record since 2011.
Fiercely determined to end Jeffery’s spree, Woo has backed the Group Nine All-Stars to break the drought.
“I’m really happy with the team,” Woo said on Monday.
“It’s a good mix of experienced rep guys and guys making their rep debuts.
“There’s a good balance.”
Woo highlighted the inclusion of representative rookies Jake Dooley (Kangaroos), Dane O’Hehir
(Gundagai) and Joel Field (Gundagai) as a significant bonus of a new selection process.
In a change from the usual format, the 11 Group Nine clubs were asked to nominate four players each for consideration for the All-Stars team.
“Most of the clubs supported it really well,” Woo said.
“The new process has definitely worked.”
The Group Nine All-Stars will train at Parramore Park in Wagga at 7pm on March 17.
GROUP 16 ALL STARS SHINE IN MORUYA
Group 16 Rugby Leagueheld their annual All Stars clash in Moruya over the weekend with a large crowd turning out to watch the U16/18’s representative, Ladies League Tag and Senior All Stars games at Ack Weyman Oval.
Group 16 would like to thank the Canberra Raiders and Red Energy for their support of the concept and the One Deadly Step Health Screening service for their efforts on the day.
CRL TV caught up with former St George-Illawarra Dragons and Canberra Raiders star Michael Weyman and Australian Jillaroos Kezzie Apps to gain an insight into the day.
CENTRAL COAST RUGBY LEAGUE EXPO
The Central Coast Division of Junior Rugby League will host a Rugby League Expo on Saturday, March 19 at Morry Breen Oval, Wyong.
The day will encompass all stakeholders of Central Coast Rugby League including Junior and Senior Clubs, the Central Coast Centurions and NRL Development Staff.
Junior and Senior Clubs will be taking registrations on the day, with coaching clinics being held from 10am-12pm along with NRL player appearances, food and refreshment vendors and face painting for kids.
There will also be Rugby League suppliers and sponsors available on the day for all your Rugby League player or club needs.
The day will culminate with the Central Coast Centurions Harold Mathews and SG Ball teams taking on Western Suburbs in their Round 6 clash in the NSWRL Junior Representative Competition.
This competition is regarded as the strongest in the world in these age groups (U16’s and 18’s) and a big crowd will be a great advantage over our Western Sydney rivals.
The day will commence at 9.30am with the following games being played:
10.00am: Harold Matthews – Central Coast Centurions v Western Suburbs
11.15am: SG Ball – Central Coast Centurions v Western Suburbs
12.45pm: Reserve Grade – Wyong Roos v Lakes United
2.15pm: First Grade: Wyong Roos v Lakes United
4:00pm: Intrust Super Premiership – Wyong Roos V West Tigers
OBERON RECEIVE GIFT FROM A ROSE
THE Oberon Tigers have pulled off the recruiting coup of the off-season after acquiring the services of NRL premiership winning prop George Rose for the 2016 season.
A cult hero for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Melbourne Storm and then finally St George-Illawarra Dragons, Rose officially signed on for the Tigers on Wednesday morning, confirming a wave of whispers and speculation.
Rose is the first player since Orange CYMS captain-coach Mick Sullivan to come straight from the NRL to Group 10 and in a huge boost for Oberon he’s brought brothers Matt and Trent – both members of CYMS’ 2015 premiership side to Tigertown with him.
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