General Warriors Junior Program Reform

Kiwishark

U20's Player
Oct 7, 2020
16
Seen on the news last night that they held a 2 day camp for u16 Players... The older boys return to training tomorrow at 4pm and will be training 3 days a week
 
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mrblonde

Warriors 1st Grader
Apr 14, 2012
4,116
Auckland
I presume the U17s/u19s here in Auckland are stuck playing Fox given Covid restrictions etc?
 

snake77

Warriors 1st Grader
Jul 12, 2013
10,105
Auckland
Having 3 grades especially reserve grade would help strengthen the competition, would need to b a higher level than the state leagues. That would depend on how many of the players are full time professionals.

Give the clubs more depth.
 
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matiunz

This year yet?
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Jul 15, 2013
8,796
Sydney
Having 3 grades especially reserve grade would help strengthen the competition, would need to b a higher level than the state leagues. That would depend on how many of the players are full time professionals.

Give the clubs more depth.
There’s a bit of a double edge sword with some claiming it would kill the NSW and QLD cups- think there’s room for both but the current state comps would likely drop in standard a bit but I think it will improve the pathways for NRL.
Other sticking point is how Thurs and Fri games would work with the semi pro nature of the lower grades
 
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matiunz

This year yet?
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Jul 15, 2013
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Nice idea in theory but sounds unaffordable when everyone's taking pay cuts. Where does that leave the feeder clubs like Dolphins?
Just doing what they were doing in the 90s, being a Queensland cup side and possible feeder into a reserve grade side.
Worth noting the reserve grade would be non playing top 30 players with the rest made up from players now playing in NSW/Qld cup feeder teams which many work supplemental jobs currently
 
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Tony Martin

1st Grade Fringe
Jun 4, 2016
963
For anyone interested the NZRL under 20s Comp kicks off today.
Six teams in the comp. Auckland White, Auckland Blue, Central Districts, Waicoa Bay, South Island and Northland

both Auckland team lists and players to watch below. A few gun warrior juniors in there. Ali Leiataua, Zyon Maiu, Salesi Ataata, Tony Tafa


Both live on Skysport 4 from 2 o’clock today
 
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Gizzyfan

Warriors 1st Grader
Jan 2, 2013
5,579
At that age they should be shown how to be professional, it isn't just about being paid, it about how you approach the game and life itself
 

6Again

1st Grade Fringe
Jul 1, 2020
1,039
I just found on Kayo Nzrl under 20'S central district v south island, do we have any of our jnrs in these?
Yep, there are several players from Flegg in the two Auckland sides.
 

wellyboy

1st Grade Fringe
Contributor
Jun 1, 2015
604
Havnt had much of a chance to watch much of the National under 20s but from what I have seen Zyon Maiuu is going to be a star. He trained with the first graders prior to Xmas and looks to have put on more size. I’ve heard both Browny and POS are huge fans of his
I watched a couple of games of maiuu. Hes absolutely solid. Built like a pile of bricks. Such a strong runner. Our taumalolo in the making. 😏
 

JaggedJ

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 19, 2018
3,134
Havnt had much of a chance to watch much of the National under 20s but from what I have seen Zyon Maiuu is going to be a star. He trained with the first graders prior to Xmas and looks to have put on more size. I’ve heard both Browny and POS are huge fans of his

Any young halves to keep an eye on?

Looks like we've got some good young hookers coming through, just not sure where our next great half is coming from
 
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Tony Martin

1st Grade Fringe
Jun 4, 2016
963
Any young halves to keep an eye on?

Looks like we've got some good young hookers coming through, just not sure where our next great half is coming from
Unfortunatly no.
If we did, I’m hoping they would be on the first plane out and joining up with some of the other younger guys at the Dolphins.
After reading an article in the weekend where Chanel Harris-Tavita talked about how brownie was teaching him some basic fundamentals that he never learned and how he thinks maybe the Aussie system is streets ahead was pretty alarming
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Just before level 3 started I went and watched a Roosters clinic for 13-17 year olds run at the Ellerslie RL club by Brent Webb and Ali Lauitiiti. Im guessing Daniel Anderson called in a favour from his former charges. Was at least 30 kids from all over the country in attendance. Was meant to be a two day clinic but the Sunday turned into lock down. Saw a couple of the Warriors juniors in the mix...
 

TheCool

1st Grade Fringe
Jul 18, 2013
1,983
I watched a couple of games of maiuu. Hes absolutely solid. Built like a pile of bricks. Such a strong runner. Our taumalolo in the making. 😏
Except Taumalolo is 6’3 and Maiuu isn’t. Agree that he’s a strong runner though, and physically more developed than everyone else in that U20 comp.

Any young halves to keep an eye on?

Looks like we've got some good young hookers coming through, just not sure where our next great half is coming from
Put it this way, there’s no halves in the junior set up right now that are even close to the same junior pedigree as Chanel Harris-Tavita or Turner.
 

JaggedJ

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 19, 2018
3,134
Except Taumalolo is 6’3 and Maiuu isn’t. Agree that he’s a strong runner though, and physically more developed than everyone else in that U20 comp.


Put it this way, there’s no halves in the junior set up right now that are even close to the same junior pedigree as Chanel Harris-Tavita or Turner.

So we're really hoping they kick on otherwise we're paying overs for an average or barely above average aussie half to fill the void. That's encouraging.....
 
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TheCool

1st Grade Fringe
Jul 18, 2013
1,983
So we're really hoping they kick on otherwise we're paying overs for an average or barely above average aussie half to fill the void. That's encouraging.....
I mean to be honest, with those two we’re already in a better position than most clubs in terms of young upcoming halves.

I know you’re a noted Chanel Harris-Tavita hater but, kicking game aside, he’s a pretty advanced half for his age.

Both have had massive wraps on them for years. Chanel Harris-Tavita was chased by every club before he had even made his NYC debut. Turner was also chased by most clubs after his first Harold Matthews season before he decided to come home.

I’m not saying they will be stars but there’s no reason to think they won’t kick on into regular first grader given their age.
 

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