General Junior Warriors WIN 2014 Holden Cup

Most impressive victorious Warriors NYC season, all things considered?


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Hitman82

Hitman82

Thought I'd post a little celebration thread as comments have poured into the signings section, and it's nice to see something positive in the General Warriors forum! Feel free to rant away as you wish.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11337394

Junior Warriors triumph in Holden Cup
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Michael Ki of the Warriors is tackled during the 2014 Under 20's Holden Cup Grand Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the New Zealand Warriors. Photo / Getty Images.
Warriors 34
Broncos 32


Five straight weeks of sudden death football and trans-Tasman travel proved no obstacle for the Junior Warriors who reaffirmed their dominance of the NYC competition with a nail-biting 34-32 grand final win over the Brisbane Broncos at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

A first-half hattrick to centre Solomone Kata and a try to Tuimoala Lolohea and three Mason Lino goals gave the Junior Warriors a 22-6 halftime lead. Two more converted tries to Ken Maumalo and co-captain Sam Lisone early in the second-half had them on course for victory before the young Broncos launched a stunning comeback.

Brisbane winger Paul Byrnes crossed twice in two minutes before two curious knock-on decisions went against the Junior Warriors, with one denying Michael Ki a try, while Brisbane crossed twice again through Kodi Nikorima and Jack Tuttle to make it 34-28 with 10 minutes to go.

The Broncos maintained the pressure with three consecutive line drop outs before Jayden Nikorima scored in the 78th minute, only to miss the vital conversion to leave his side short.

The win rounds out a golden year for Junior Warriors coach Stacey Jones in his first year in charge and helps ease the pain of defeat for the players after going down to Penrith in last year's decider. His side defied history to become the first team to win the competition from eighth spot.

"We gave them a sniff and they came back into the game but full credit to my boys, we do the most travelling and we've been here five weeks straight," Lisone said. "We're taking the trophy back home where it belongs."

Both sides were denied early try scoring chances before the Junior Warriors capitalised on the first error of the match, when a good shot from Lino jolted the ball loose for Kata to collect their first try.

They quickly extended their lead when Kata scooped up Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard's short side grubber for his second but the kiwi outfit were forced to reshuffle their line-up when a head knock forced hooker Kurt Robinson from the field.

The arrival early in the second-quarter of Jayden Nikorima caught the tiring Junior Warriors forwards napping, when his dummy-half dart saw Alex Barr score under the bar before Ashley Taylor's goal narrowed the margin to four.

With halftime looming and momentum in the balance the Junior Warriors struck twice in four minutes, with a Lino cut-out pass finding Kata for his third, before makeshift hooker Nathaniel Roache split the defence to send Lolohea in for try number four.

That trend continued early in the second-half when quick hands from Lolohea and Abbey saw Maumalo cross and 10 minutes later it looked a done deal when Lino laid on a deft pass for prop Lisone to score their sixth.

However, with 25 minutes remaining the momentum swung when Byrnes scored his quick double to give his side hope but the Junior Warriors clung on to clinch the club's third Under 20s title following wins in 2010 and 2011.

Junior Warriors 34 (Solomone Kata 3, Tuimoala Lolohea, Ken Maumalo, Sam Lisone tries; Mason Lino 5 goals) Brisbane Broncos 32 (Alex Barr, Paul Byrnes 2, Kodi Nikorima, Jack Tuttle, Jayden Nikorima tries; Ashley Taylor
 
BA-AD Luck

BA-AD Luck

I voted 2014 because what I loved seeing was the focus on defence and intelligence. Without doubt, the 2010 side in particular and to a lesser extent 2011, were certainly more talented but I feel that we will produce better first grade talent out of this group than in previous years.

Also, our domination in this grade is one we can certainly have pride in.

2010 - Premiers
2011 - Premiers (Minor Prems too??)
2012 - Minor Premiers
2013 - Runners' Up
2014 - Premiers
 
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The Batman

The Batman

Huge result. Well done Junior Wawaas! Almost did their best to lose it, the heat and referring didn't help...

Kata, Lisone, Maumolo, Tevaga, Abbey, Roache and Tui all have bright futures if they can kick on. I also like Lisati although he missed the last two matches & Ulberg played well in his place. We have talent, but talent does not win NRL premierships.
 
Sup42

Sup42

It's an incredible feat and one none of us thought was as probable as previous seasons.

I can understand people bringing up the conceding a lead thing.....but really....that is the nature of junior footy and we relied on that to get to GF in the first place.

Just goes to show it takes years in sport to get the higher level of physical fitness and mental awareness of pacing the battery drain ( for the entire competition / contact sport world wide ).

What that team achieved was winning under the new model....smaller backs....specialist backs....uber young players.....long spells without Lolohea / no Fusitua.

Amazing win.

Sam Lisone is the real thing. We see lots of players with the physical or the mental ( Hurrell / Ben Henry respectively ) Rarely do we see the package.

Lets hope Lisone stays fit. With careful managing he is the type of player we have been looking for to influence the culture of the club.
 
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KPWarrior

I just hope we've got a "Camp Hell" lined up for the first grade squad next year, that was inspirational stuff from the juniors! Interesting that was the first time they used that call all season...... that's where they were at physically and mentally....... and that's what came flooding back when it mattered, fucking unbelievable, and sure beats the hell out of "Keep the Faith".

I was also highly impressed with the overall attitude and discipline of this young outfit..... no dickhead stuff, just get on with it...... very pleasing to see. Mental toughness is not usually associated with Warriors teams, neither is winning consecutive away games, winning in 30+ degree heat, playing for 80mins and defending your line to the last minute etc etc... The juniors have just blown all our favourite excuses out of the fucking ball park!
 
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Buck777

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Just for your interest ( probably none lol) I complained to Sky Sports about the trophy hand over and celebrations of the juniors being cut - their reply this morning was ;

"Good morning Buck. Thank you for your post. We are hugely disappointed that the Warriors presentation was not shown.
Unfortunately - given that the game was running overtime - the host broadcaster Channel 9 made the decision to cut out the presentation and move into the next game.
We had been told that the presentation would be covered but Channel 9 made the decision not to do this.
Like you we are genuinely disappointed. We hope this offers some explanation for what happened. Thank you."
 
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snake77

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Great win for the juniors. Great to see the photos of them celebrating, just wish we can experience that in a higher grade in the near future.

The way they got into the 8 and then the run they went on in the semis including the escape against the Eels. If that was one of countries union teams that would be all over the news.

They have shown the type of spirit we'd like to see in the NRL side.
 
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Far Away Fan

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Huge result. Well done Junior Wawaas! Almost did their best to lose it, the heat and referring didn't help...

Kata, Lisone, Maumolo, Tevaga, Abbey, Roache and Tui all have bright futures if they can kick on. I also like Lisati although he missed the last two matches & Ulberg played well in his place. We have talent, but talent does not win NRL premierships.

...though they can't be won without it.
 
Evil_Mush

Evil_Mush

Just for your interest ( probably none lol) I complained to Sky Sports about the trophy hand over and celebrations of the juniors being cut - their reply this morning was ;

"Good morning Buck. Thank you for your post. We are hugely disappointed that the Warriors presentation was not shown.
Unfortunately - given that the game was running overtime - the host broadcaster Channel 9 made the decision to cut out the presentation and move into the next game.
We had been told that the presentation would be covered but Channel 9 made the decision not to do this.
Like you we are genuinely disappointed. We hope this offers some explanation for what happened. Thank you."


Yeah all those video ref decisions adding time screwed me watching the recorded game as well prior to the first grade GF (was out playing golf with mates while it was on TV), got to around the 70th minute when Broncos scraped back to 10 point deficit, then "END OF RECORDING REACHED" AAAAARGH!!!

I'm glad they won but didn't get to experience the magic moment of the final whistle (had to check the result and highlights on stuff to see how it ended). Oh well.
 
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Far Away Fan

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I really hope that what's happened over the past few weeks gets Mason Lino a decent contract. As it is he's going to France but not to the Catalan Dragons, to a junior club, Carcassonne. (*)

If anyone deserves a break, it's him. His conversions were the difference yesterday.

(*) tho Carcassonne is a stunning place to be.
 
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Far Away Fan

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Great win for the juniors. Great to see the photos of them celebrating, just wish we can experience that in a higher grade in the near future.

The way they got into the 8 and then the run they went on in the semis including the escape against the Eels. If that was one of countries union teams that would be all over the news.

They have shown the type of spirit we'd like to see in the NRL side.

It was the main picture story on the front of stuff.co.nz last night, but 3News online - not a word. Incredible.
 
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mode81

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What about those ball handling skills and deadly finishing by KATA?! That first try of his was brilliant.. honestly thought it was a 2 on 1 but the Broncos boy lost the ball.. some freakish tries
 
Sup42

Sup42

I really hope that what's happened over the past few weeks gets Mason Lino a decent contract. As it is he's going to France but not to the Catalan Dragons, to a junior club, Carcassonne. (*)

If anyone deserves a break, it's him. His conversions were the difference yesterday.

(*) tho Carcassonne is a stunning place to be.
It's a change from Penrose
Carcassonne vue aerienne
 
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Danpatmac

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To win any competition from 8th position is a terrific achievement and should be treasured.

They have every right to be very proud of themselves.
 
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¿N. ig-mah¿

¿N. ig-mah¿

I think the 2014 team achieved the most exceptional GF win. It is mostly about the way they have been barely scraping through each game (including round 26) to take the next step. They may have fallen away in multiple weeks, but the apprehension, nerves and eventual exuberant relief at the end of each game is the thing I enjoy most about being a couch leaguey.

They also had to get all the way to the end of the season with their top players up in NSW Cup building experience to prepare for the future. So the depth players kept us on track while the top echelon developed.

Of course their size was another stunning statistic. They went from the biggest team to the smallest (or close to it) in one year but managed to do enough to get to the big dance.

And, naturally, special mention to the effort to travel back and forth for the past 5 weeks. When people make the excuse that we can't compete in first grade because of the travel issue, then we should look at these kids and see what they have been able to achieve with even more travel. They had to return each week. Our top team wouldn't have done that. They would have stayed in Oz between games to reduce the fatigue.

And I will stand by my earlier comments that Sam Lisone is near first grade ready. If I were Cappy, I would be giving him rounds 1 to 3 in first grade next year (probably ahead of Rapira), to get some experience, but to also let him show our regular props what passion looks like, and to show them that they can no longer just coast.
 

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