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John Palavi will become just the fifth Vodafone Junior Warriors player to appear in 50 NYC matches when he leads the defending premiers in their 13th-round encounter with Melbourne at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday (kick-off 1.45pm).
Besides reaching the relatively rare milestone of 50 NYC games, the 19-year-old St Paul’s College product also has the distinction of playing across four seasons in the competition since making his debut in 2009.
Now a member of the club’s fulltime NRL squad, Palavi will follow former Vodafone Junior Warriors captains – and also back rowers – Elijah Taylor and Ben Henry in clocking up 50 games.
Taylor and Henry have both established themselves in the NRL, Taylor after 52 NYC games from 2008 through to the grand final win in 2010 while Henry made his 64th and last appearance in last year’s NYC grand final.
Taylor and hooker Nafe Seluini reached the 50-game mark together in the finals in 2010 with centre Siuatonga Likiliki achieving the feat in the grand final; Henry followed last year.
More important than the milestone for Palavi, his team-mates and coach John Ackland will be their performance against the Storm on Sunday.
They will be coming off a bye two weeks after plummeting to one of the club’s worst displays in the NYC’s five-year history, losing 12-54 to the then-competition leaders Wests Tigers, who a week later fell to a 36-38 loss to North Queensland.
The defeat also cost the Vodafone Junior Warriors their influential hooker Siliva Havili, forced off the field early with a high ankle sprain. He has joined a casualty list which includes Donald Tony, Sio Siua Taukeiaho, Braxton Stanley and Atu Tupou.
While Havili, who has scored 10 tries in 11 matches, will be missing against the Storm, seasoned fullback Omar Slaimankhel is set to return from a hamstring strain and prop Nathaniel Peteru has been named after spending several weeks on the side-line with a knee injury.
Slaimankhel has been able to play only six matches so far this year and Peteru just four. Also set for a return is winger Viliami Lolohea, who scored four tries in five games earlier in the season.
Slaimankhel’s inclusion results in Peta Hiku moving onto the wing while Ngataua Hukatai has been switched to the centres.
Apart from Eko Malu replacing Havili at hooker, the rest of the forward pack is the same. Poised to make his NYC debut is Papakura junior Trent Bishop, named on the bench as the interchange dummy half after recently turning out for the Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup.
After being within a point of the competition lead, the Vodafone Junior Warriors are now in sixth spot on 17 points, three points adrift of outright leader Canberra. Melbourne is 11th on 11 points.
VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v MELBOURNE
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
1.45pm, Sunday, June 03
VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS
1 OMAR SLAIMANKHEL
2 VILIAMI LOLOHEA
3 NGANI LAUMAPE
4 NGATAUA HUKATAI
5 PETA HIKU
6 CARLOS TUIMAVAVE
7 MASON LINO
8 LIGI SAO
9 EKO MALU
10 SIULONGOUA FOTOFILI
11 SIONE FEAO
12 JOHN PALAVI (c)
13 DAVID BHANA
Interchange:
14 TRENT BISHOP
15 ALBERT VETE
16 NATHANIEL PETERU
17 MICHAEL SIO
18 DAVID FUSITUA
20 TOKA LIKILIKI
COACH: JOHN ACKLAND
Melbourne Storm
1 Denny Solamona
2 Young Tonumaipea
3 Richard Kennar
4 Mahe Fonua
5 Ryan Pooley
6 Ben Meehan
7 Ben Hampton
8 Karl Davies
9 Jay Lobwein
10 Rhys Kennedy
11 Cade Umaga
12 Dean Britt
13 Steve Liki
Interchange:​
14 James De Saxe
15 Damian Seronen
16 Tom Shearman
17 Sheldon Powe-Hobbs
 
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Good to see Omar back...looking forward to see how Cade Umaga goes
 
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Great to see Omar back.

Smashed 'em bro.....
 
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What's the Storm's under 20's fullback, Halfback and hooker combinations like?
 
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What's happened to Jordan Meads?
 
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Lino is getting picked because either they rate him more .... or Meads is carrying injury not putting in at training
Lino has another two years left.
 
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What's the Storm's under 20's fullback, Halfback and hooker combinations like?
Usually pretty good.
They dont have any good hookers though.
Warriors have Bishop, Friend and Havili probably would all start at most nyc clubs.

Hampton, Denny Solomona and normally Mcgahan are quality.
With the latter two kiwis
 
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For me Friend runs too much without the standing start speed or power of Havili often wasting a tackle for no real gain, he needs to pick his times a little better, go off the quick ptbs instead of just any one.
 
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Nice Width from our halves attacking on the left edge with a Lethal cut out pass by Tuimavave....then the shift to the right with another cut out ball from Mason Lino ...try time four nil
 
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Hold the phone, Storm in lol NYC ....some poor decision making not getting to their Kick....slow off the Goal line on D...ah well Come on lads set the tone for the top side
 
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Lolohea gets held up up in goal , great tackle Storm...oh wait no video Reff ...Try .....poor buggers were ripped off there , Sweet corner conversion from Lino 10 - 4 Warriors
 
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Love watching the Juniors!
 
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Good game Juniors. You are showing the Seniors up just a tad at the moment :)
 
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Good game Juniors. You are showing the Seniors up just a tad at the moment :)
I love the Juniors but don't you remember the Tigers game?
 
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It wasn't shown, from the sounds of it your better off not seeing it.
 
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Yeah a good win by the under 20s. I think that Peta Hiku was man of the match, he was everywhere today.
 
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