General 2016 Warriors U20 NYC Grade

mt.wellington

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VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
9.40am, Sunday, April 3



VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 KANE TELEA
2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA
3 JUNIOR PAUGA
4 MELINO FINEANGANOFO
5 LEVI McBIRNEY
6 SHELDON PITAMA (c)
7 ZION IOKA
8 BUNTY AFOA
9 CHRIS SIO
10 KENESE KENESE
11 OFAHIKI OGDEN
12 JOSEPH PRICE
13 JOSEPH VUNA

14 TUALIMA TUALIMA
15 JEROME MAMEA
16 KOLI ONEONE
17 KEANU DAWSON

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT
 

mt.wellington

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Vodafone Junior Warriors shut down
Image www.photosport.nz
Mon 28th March, 03:56PM
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Lewis Soosemea scores a try. NRL Holden Cup, Juniors U20's. Warriors v Knights. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Monday 28 March 2016. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

Newcastle closed out the Vodafone Junior Warriors 26-12 in today’s fourth-round NYC clash at Mount Smart Stadium.

There was little in it at halftime when the Knights led just 12-8 but they did enough in the second spell to bag their second win of the season and leave the home side with a 1-3 record.

Three dummy half tries opened proceedings, Newcastle the first to strike when hooker Joe Morris pounced seven minutes in after the Knights had enjoyed a lot of early possession.

Absorbing defensive pressure, the Vodafone Junior Warriors turned the tide, pushing through their right to provide an opening for hooker Chris Sio to scoot from dummy half to tie it up 6-6 with Zion Ioka’s conversion.

Having levelled it up the Vodafone Junior Warriors' goal-line defence around the ruck again faltered three minutes later allowing the nippy Morris to steal through from close range for his second.

The rest of the half became an arm wrestle with the Vodafone Junior Warriors edging within four points through an Ioka penalty right on halftime.

The home side didn’t want for opportunities in the second term but a high error count did little to help them while the Knights made just three errors. It was the platform that enabled them to arrange a third try in the 47th minute which, with a Brock Lamb conversion and penalty, took them eight points clear.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors gave themselves a sniff when nice hands to the left and a great pick-up by wing Lewis Soosemea brought them back to 12-20 with 18 minutes still to play but they couldn’t organise another hit-back.

Instead the Knights effectively put the result out of reach with Henry Penn’s 68th-minute try.

Match details | Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

Vodafone Junior Warriors 12 (Chris Sio, Lewis Soosemea tries; Zion Ioka conversion, penalty).

Newcastle Knights 26 (Joe Morris 2, Dean Kouka-Smith, Henry Penn tries; Brock Lamb 4 conversions, penalty).

Halftime: 12-8 Knights.

Referee: Jon Stone.

Vodafone Junior Warriors | Kane Telea; Lewis Soosemea, Junior Pauga, Melino Fineranganofo, Levi McBirney; Sheldon Pitama (c), Zion Ioka; Bunty Afoa, Chris Sio, Isaiah Papalii; Ofahiki Ogden, Joseph Price; Jerome Mamea. Interchange: Tualima Tualima, Koli Oneone, Keanu Dawson, Henry Pei.

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/03/28/vodafone_junior_warr.html
 
VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
9.40am, Sunday, April 3



VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 KANE TELEA
2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA
3 JUNIOR PAUGA
4 MELINO FINEANGANOFO
5 LEVI McBIRNEY
6 SHELDON PITAMA (c)
7 ZION IOKA
8 BUNTY AFOA
9 CHRIS SIO
10 KENESE KENESE
11 OFAHIKI OGDEN
12 JOSEPH PRICE
13 JOSEPH VUNA

14 TUALIMA TUALIMA
15 JEROME MAMEA
16 KOLI ONEONE
17 KEANU DAWSON

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT
Oh my goodness, the Australian commentators are going to have fun with some of those names.
 
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Like the way he stands back and is at full speed when he receives the ball, good safe hands and good pass and he makes twenty meters.

Wish the seniors would watch that clip.
 

mt.wellington

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Bit late as theyve already lost but this was the final line up...

NYC LATE MAIL v Sydney Roosters
Richard Becht | Image www.photosport.nz
Sun 3rd April, 10:49AM
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Chanel Harris-Tavita of NZ Resident 16s in action. Rugby League match, NZ Resident 16s v Toa Samoa U16s at Toll Stadium, Whangarei, New Zealand. Saturday 1 November 2014. Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung / photosport.co.nz

Chanel Harris-Tavita has been handed a 17th birthday present he’ll never forget after being called in to debut for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in their fifth-round NYC clash against the Sydney Roosters at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford today (9.40am kick-off local time; 11.40am NZT).

With players needing to be 17 to be able to play in the competition, the highly-rated Harris-Tavita has timed it perfectly; his 17th birthday is today.

Vodafone Junior Warriors coach Kelvin Wright decided earlier in the week that the Howick Hornets junior would make his first appearance today but chose to leave the announcement until the last possible minute.

The Pakuranga College student has represented the New Zealand Residents 16s as well as the Akarana Falcons and under-15 and under-18 level.

Harris-Tavita comes in at standoff with captain Sheldon Pitama moving back to hooker.

Wright has also made some other changes as the Vodafone Junior Warriors seek their second win of the season.

Keanu Dawson is promoted from the bench to start in the front row alongside the experienced Bunty Afoa (Kenese Kenese goes to the bench) and Chris Sio, originally named at hooker, is switched to loose forward.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v SYDNEY ROOSTERS

Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

9.40am, Sunday, April 3

Referee: Adam Cassidy

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 KANE TELEA
2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA
3 JUNIOR PAUGA
4 MELINO FINEANGANOFO
5 LEVI McBIRNEY
18 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
7 ZION IOKA
8 BUNTY AFOA
6 SHELDON PITAMA (c)
17 KEANU DAWSON
11 OFAHIKI OGDEN
13 JOE VUNA
9 CHRIS SIO

10 KENESE KENESE
12 JOSEPH PRICE
14 TUALIMA TUALIMA
16 KOLI ONEONE

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/04/03/nyc_late_mail_v_sydn.html
 

mt.wellington

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NYC team for sixth round
Richard Becht
Tue 5th April, 04:00PM

Second rower Marata Niukore makes his first NYC appearance of the season in the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ sixth-round clash against Manly at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday (5.15pm kick-off).

Also returning to the line-up is promising front rower Isaiah Papalii.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v MANLY SEA EAGLES
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
5.15pm, Saturday, April 9


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 KANE TELEA
2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA
3 JUNIOR PAUGA
4 MELINO FINEANGANOFO
5 LEVI McBIRNEY
6 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
7 ZION IOKA
8 BUNTY AFOA
9 SHELDON PITAMA (c)
10 ISAIAH PAPALII
11 OFAHIKI OGDEN
12 MARATA NIUKORE
13 CHRIS SIO

14 TUALIMA TUALIMA
15 JEROME MAMEA
16 KENESE KENESE
17 JOSEPH VUNA
18 JOSEPH PRICE

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/04/05/isp_and_nyc_teams_fo.html
 

mt.wellington

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ISP and NYC teams for seventh round
Tue 12th April, 06:38PM

The Vodafone Junior Warriors are seeking back-to-back victories after their 28-20 win over Manly.

They face a Bulldogs side with only one win so far this season and five straight defeats in the last five rounds.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors have lost second rower Marata Niukore to injury but will have Erin Clark back for the first time this year, named at standoff after being used at hooker and in the halves in the ISP side.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
5.15pm, Saturday, April 16


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS
1 KANE TELEA
2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA
18 JUNIOR PAUGA
4 MELINO FINEANGANOFO
5 LEVI McBIRNEY
6 ERIN CLARK
7 ZION IOKA
13 ISAIAH PAPALII
9 SHELDON PITAMA (c)
10 BUNTY AFOA
11 OFAHIKI OGDEN
21 JOE VUNA
15 CHRIS SIO

8 TUALIMA TUALIMA
14 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
16 KENESE KENESE
22 JEROME MAMEA

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/04/12/isp_and_nyc_teams_fo.html
 

Jordan G

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That's a lot of credit to the boys from Bunty.

Miss watching the U20's. Hardly recognise any of those names anymore.
 

mt.wellington

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NYC LATE MAIL | v Bulldogs
Richard Becht
Sat 16th April, 12:11PM
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SHELDON PITAMA. NRL Holden Cup, Juniors U20's. Warriors v Sea Eagles. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 9 April 2016. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

A hooker swap has again been made for the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ seventh-round NYC encounter with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Belmore Sports Ground today (11.00am kick-off local time; 1.00pm NZT).

As he did for last week’s 28-20 win over Manly, coach Kelvin Wright has opted to start with Chris Sio – named at loose forward originally – with captain and first-choice hooker Sheldon Pitama being used from the bench.

Kenese Kenese also comes into the starting line-up again, moved off the bench to run on at loose forward.

Front rower Keanu Dawson has been brought onto the bench.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Belmore Sports Ground, Sydney
11.00am, Saturday, April 16


Referee: Liam Nicholls

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS
1 KANE TELEA
2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA
18 JUNIOR PAUGA
4 MELINO FINEANGANOFO
5 LEVI McBIRNEY
6 ERIN CLARK
7 ZION IOKA
13 ISAIAH PAPALII
15 CHRIS SIO
10 BUNTY AFOA (vc)
11 OFAHIKI OGDEN
21 JOE VUNA
16 KENESE KENESE

8 TUALIMA TUALIMA
9 SHELDON PITAMA (c)
14 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
17 KEANU DAWSON

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/04/16/nyc_late_mail_v_bull.html
 

mt.wellington

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Bulldogs thwart NYC comeback
Richard Becht
Sat 16th April, 02:30PM
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ISAIAH PAPALII. NRL Holden Cup, Juniors U20's. Warriors v Sea Eagles. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 9 April 2016. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

The Vodafone Junior Warriors narrowly failed to reel in the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs losing 26-30 in today’s seventh-round NYC match at Belmore Sports Ground in Sydney.

Coming of their second win of the season against Manly (28-20), victory today would have left the Vodafone Junior Warriors just outside the top eight.

With the Bulldogs taking their NRL home game to Wellington, today’s NYC fixture was still scheduled as a Canterbury-Bankstown home match in Sydney.

The Bulldogs went into the contest 15th on two points with the Vodafone Junior Warriors just ahead of them on four points.

As it played out, the visiting side was cast into a catch-up role for much of theday and nearly came through only to be undone by the clock.

After yielding an early try, the Vodafone Junior Warriors levelled up at 6-6 with the first of prop Isaiah Papalii’s two tries, converted by halfback Zion Ioka.

However, by halftime, they had fallen 12 points adrift with the Bulldogs collecting two further tries for an 18-6 lead.

They responded well at the start of the second half, drawing back to 10-18 with centre Melino Fineanganofo crossing for his first NYC try only to allow Canterbury-Bankstown to gain the upper hand again with a fourth converted try giving it a 24-10 advantage.

Fineanganofo’s second try and Ioka’s conversion left the Vodafone Junior Warriors eight points behind again at 16-24 before the Bulldogs went 14 clear with their fifth try inside the final 10 minutes.

There wasn’t a lot of racetrack left but the Vodafone Junior Warriors weren’t letting that affect their approach as they moved within eight points once more with Papalii’s second try, converted by Kane Telea this time.

There was time for a fifth try – to wing Levi McBirney – but that was in the final seconds and too late to prevent a four-point loss, the Bulldogs just ahead through a five-from-five goal-kicking display while the Vodafone Junior Warriors missed two of their five conversion attempts.

Next up is another Trans-Tasman trip tomorrow week (Sunday, April 24) when the Vodafone Junior Warriors face Melbourne at Sunshine Coast Stadium at Kawana Waters (Melbourne’s NYC side is now based on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, playing its home games there).

Match details | Belmore Sports Ground, Sydney

Vodafone Junior Warriors 26 (Isaiah Papalii 2, Melino Fineanganofo 2, Levi McBirney tries; Zion Ioka 2 conversions; Kane Telea conversion).

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 30.

Halftime: 18-6 Bulldogs.

Referee: Liam Nicholls

Vodafone Junior Warriors | Kane Telea; Lewis Soosemea, Junior Pauga, Melino Fineanganofo, Levi McBirney; Erin Clark, Zion Ioka; Bunty Afoa (vc), Chris Sio, Isaiah Papalii; Ofahiki Ogden, Joe Vuna; Kenese Kenese. Interchange: Tualima Tualima, Sheldon Pitama (c), Chanel Harris-Tavita, Keanu Dawson.

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/04/16/bulldogs_thwart_nyc_..html
 

mt.wellington

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NYC team to play Storm named
Richard Becht
Tue 19th April, 02:00PM
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CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA. NRL Holden Cup, Juniors U20's. Warriors v Sea Eagles. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 9 April 2016. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

The experienced Niukore Marata returns in the second row for the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ eighth-round NYC clash against the Melbourne Storm on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland on Sunday (1.00pm kick-off local time; 3.00pm NZT).

Marata, who has been used in the club’s Intrust Super Premiership side this season, has more than 30 NYC appearances so far.

He’s paired in the second row with side’s most experienced player Ofahiki Ogden, who’s closing in on the competition’s 50-game milestone.

In the halves again is Erin Clark, who has also had exposure in the ISP this season. This week he is paired with 17-year-old rookie Chanel Harris-Tavita.

Meanwhile, the Vodafone Warriors have a bye in the Intrust Super Premiership this week. Their 26-6 win over Newcastle last weekend has lifted them to fifth on the table with eight points.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v MELBOURNE STORM
Sunshine Coast Stadium, Kawana Waters
1.00pm, Sunday, April 24


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 KANE TELEA
2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA
3 JUNIOR PAUGA
4 MELINO FINEANGANOFO
5 LEVI McBIRNEY
6 ERIN CLARK
7 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
8 BUNTY AFOA
9 SHELDON PITAMA (c)
10 ISAIAH PAPALII
11 OFAHIKI OGDEN
12 MARATA NIUKORE
13 CHRIS SIO

14 KEANU DAWSON
15 KOLI ONEONE
16 KENESE KENESE
17 JOE VUNA
18 JEROME MAMEA

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/04/19/nyc_team_to_play_sto.html
 

mt.wellington

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Stats wrap for NYC team
Wed 20th April, 05:55PM

NYC | v CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN, BELMORE SPORTS GROUND | LOST 26-30


Penalties | Vodafone Warriors 6, Canterbury-Bankstown 5.

Completions | Vodafone Warriors 22/38 (58%), Canterbury-Bankstown 23/35 (66%).

Total runs | Vodafone Warriors 148, Canterbury-Bankstown 131.

Metres gained | Vodafone Warriors 1553, Canterbury-Bankstown 1335.

Line breaks | Vodafone Warriors 7, Canterbury-Bankstown 2.

Tackle breaks | Vodafone Warriors 62, Canterbury-Bankstown 28.

Kicks (kicking metres) | Vodafone Warriors 12 (235), Canterbury-Bankstown 15 (434).

Tackles Made | Vodafone Warriors 256, Canterbury-Bankstown 262.

Missed tackles | Vodafone Warriors 28, Canterbury-Bankstown 62.

Offloads | Vodafone Warriors 11, Canterbury-Bankstown 6.

Errors | Vodafone Warriors 13, Canterbury-Bankstown 14.

Runs | Sheldon Pitama 18, Isaiah Papalii 16, Levi McBirney 14, Melino Fineanganofo 13, Ofahiki Ogden 12, Kane Telea 12, Lewis Soosemea 11, Bunty Afoa 10.

Metres gained | Ofahiki Ogden 153, Junior Pauga 134, Isaiah Papalii 129, Melino Fineanganofo 118, Bunty Afoa 106, Marata Niukore 102, Lewis Soosemea 101.

Tackle breaks | Lewis Soosemea 4, Ofahiki Ogden 4.

Off loads | Ofahiki Ogden 6.

Tackles made | Sheldon Pitama 40, Chanel Harris-Tavita 35, Isaiah Papalii 33, Bunty Afoa 26, Joe Vuna 22, Ofahiki Ogden 20.

Missed tackles | Bunty Afoa 0, Ofahiki Ogden 0, Chris Sio 0, Kenese Kenese 0.

Supports | Kane Telea 14, Isaiah Papalii 5.

Decoys | Bunty Afoa 4.

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/04/20/stats_wrap_for_isp_a.af_info_nsw_cup_news.html