Three of Northland’s best young Rugby League talent are set to shine in this weekend’s SG Ball Grand Final’ between the Penrith Panthers and the Parramatta Eels. The SG Ball is the NRL’s U18 competition which kicked off on the 15th of February – after 10 rounds and two weeks of Semi Finals, the Panthers and the Eels will come head to head. For the Penrith Panthers, James Dean Fisher Harris (Marist and Whangarei Boys High) and Hamish Pomare (Muriwhenua and Kaitaia College) are both set to start, while for the Parramatta Eels, Kadince Christensen (Portland Panthers and Whangarei Boys High School) has been named in the squad which has yet to be finalised.
15 kids from across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands will get the chance of a lifetime to compete in the first ever reality Rugby League TV show to win an NRL CONTRACT.
The Otangarei Knights smashed a hapless Horahora Broncos 68 – 0. The Broncos who over the last couple of weeks showed they can play good football with a win over Kerikeri and a close loss to the Pioneers, never had the chance to get into the match, as the Knights blitzed them across the paddock. The win is the Knights’ second in a row and shows what they are capable of when they play disciplined league.
Takahiwai and Hokianga remain unbeaten and the season front runners. Takahiwai defeated the Northern Wairoa Bulls 54 – 34 in a high scoring match while Hokianga defeated Horahora 32 – 18. They are joined at the top of the table by Hikurangi who having played the season launch, have played an extra game.
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Grant is into his first year as a referee in the North and he brings with him a vast array of experience with him as he has had stints in the central North Island and in the Auckland competitions.
After two rounds the Takihiwai Warriors and Hokianga Pioneers are the only undefeated teams. Takahiwai defeated the Portland Panthers 28 – 18 in what was dubbed the match of the Round.
RLN Referee Chairman Grant Wharehoka refereed the match and was impressed by the pace and skill of the contest. “It was a great game played in great spirits – I reckon that both teams will be there come finals time.” Wharehoka said. “If this is a reflection of League in Northland then the game is looking very healthy.” He continued to say.
Photographs from the game between Kamo High School and Whangarei Boys High School at the NorthTec Adam Blair Finals Night, Friday 11th April. Final score Kamo 12 – WBHS 10.
Photographs from the Bay of Islands College v Tikipunga High School game for the Swords Trophy at the NorthTec Adam Blair Finals night on Friday 11th April. Final score was Tikipunga 22 – BOI 14. To view more photographs from all the games, go to our Facebook page.