General Warriors SG Ball Thread

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Warriors SG Ball Thread


Tuinamo Tepulolo has signed a one year deal with the Warriors and will be a part of the Warriors development squad in 2017. Some information on him below.

Positon: Halfback/Fullback
Club: Te Atatu Roosters
Rep Honours
2017 Warriors development squad
2017 Pasifika Youth Cup Toa Samoa u16s
2016 Akarana Falcons u15s
2016 Warriors Academy
 
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Dredin Sorenson has signed with the Warriors till the end of 2019

Dredin is from the Otahuhu Leopards club and can play as a centre/second row.

He has represented Counties-Manukau Stingrays at junior level. He most recently played for Toa Samoa u18s at this years Pasifika Youth Cup.
 

mt.wellington

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Dredin Sorenson has signed with the Warriors till the end of 2019

Dredin is from the Otahuhu Leopards club and can play as a centre/second row.

He has represented Counties-Manukau Stingrays at junior level. He most recently played for Toa Samoa u18s at this years Pasifika Youth Cup.
The club have been going nuts signing the best young talent in preparation for the new SG Ball team. Think they are even doing Harold Mathews team as well as I know a couple 15 years old that have been signed. They had a game last Saturday and there were scouts from the Broncos, Bulldogs and Raiders there watching. Warriors have got the pick of the bunch but thats only from the ones that havent been signed and are already over in Oz. Forget his name but arguably the brightest talent in the U18 bracket could be signed to the Warriors. Plays fullback and for some reason returned home from the Newcastle Knights after they couldnt place him into a school...
 
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The club have been going nuts signing the best young talent in preparation for the new SG Ball team. Think they are even doing Harold Mathews team as well as I know a couple 15 years old that have been signed. They had a game last Saturday and there were scouts from the Broncos, Bulldogs and Raiders there watching. Warriors have got the pick of the bunch but thats only from the ones that havent been signed and are already over in Oz. Forget his name but arguably the brightest talent in the U18 bracket could be signed to the Warriors. Plays fullback and for some reason returned home from the Newcastle Knights after they couldnt place him into a school...


Are you thinking of Star Toa played for St Paul's college last year and was named ARL college fullback of the year last year.
 

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Must be him. Step above the rest. Clear talent. Amazed Knights couldnt place him but was told other scouts were very keen on trying to get him but he's supposedly homesick so Warriors may get him by default...
Is it the Fullback from Timaru boys high 1st XV? Signed by the Knights late last year. Think his name is Ofe Manuofetoa.
 
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Is the Fullback from Timaru boys high 1st XV? Signed by the Knights late last year. Think his name is Ofe Manuofetoa.

Can't be him, he's still in Australia played SG Ball for the knights last weekend played centre.

Pretty sure its Star Toa. Posted about him in another thread last year about him signing with the Knights also was named ARL college fullback for 2016.
 
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I know Star Toa he was always going to be something special if he was motivated enough. Always played against kids older than him. it's good he's carried on. Played in the same age group as Steven Masters from the Dragons Holden Cup team. Talented kids we have in this country.
 

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Interesting if we've signed Star Toa back from the knights. Obviously he's not on Etene Nanai's level who will probably get the ISP fullback spot from the get go next year. With Kane Telea moving on from NYC end of this year they may want Star Toa to take that U20 fullback spot next year, although I thought they were eyeing up Mark Graham for that spot (another U18 warriors contracted player).

Watching a bit of NYC over the weekend, Steven Marsters from the dragons looks like one that got away. Heard he moved from Auckland only a couple years ago. Looked like absolute class at fullback for a 17 year old and put this incredible hit on the opposition prop on his own goal line.
 

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I thought I saw somewhere that the Warriors are forming SG Ball and/or Jersey Flegg teams. Is this true? It could be a major step forward in development.
 

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I thought I saw somewhere that the Warriors are forming SG Ball and/or Jersey Flegg teams. Is this true? It could be a major step forward in development.
They have already signed up most the players for the SG Ball team. Not sure if they are doing Jersey Flegg or Harold Matthews? There was definitely talk of a SG Ball team but a mates son has just been signed on a full contract and he's 15yo...
 
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They have already signed up most the players for the SG Ball team. Not sure if they are doing Jersey Flegg or Harold Matthews? There was definitely talk of a SG Ball team but a mates son has just been signed on a full contract and he's 15yo...

What do these dumb competition names mean, is SG Ball U18s, Harold Matthews U16s?

Are they really going to fly a bunch of 15 and 16 year olds to Sydney every 2nd weekend? Who pays for that?
 
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What do these dumb competition names mean, is SG Ball U18s, Harold Matthews U16s?

Are they really going to fly a bunch of 15 and 16 year olds to Sydney every 2nd weekend? Who pays for that?

Started this thread as we are about to be inundated with signing news and related discussion.

The names are the cups that each division plays for and mark the different age groups that play in the NSWRL competition.

U16s Harold Matthews
U18s SG Ball
U20s Jersey Flegg

Not sure how travel will go but there was talk of the Warriors maybe having to fly every game over there. I really dont know how that will be arranged or who pays for it. Its definitely going ahead as the club looks to keep developing players once the NYC competition is wound up at the end of the year. The NZ comp just isnt good enough and we will continue to lose loads of young players across the ditch if we dont offer a proper developmental pathway for kids...
 

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NRL: Warriors consider fielding U18 team
5:00 AM Saturday Jun 3, 2017

Warriors star Shaun Johnson in action during an NRL U20's match against the Gold Coast Titans at Mt Smart Stadium in 2009. Photo / Photosport.

The Warriors may field a junior team in next year's SG Ball competition to allow their rising stars to test themselves against Australia's best young talent.

The Auckland-based NRL club are considering different options around establishing their own SG Ball side or forming a connection with an existing club to play their juniors in the prestigious 17-team New South Wales under-18s competition.

The Warriors currently blood their best 17-year-old players in the NRL's under-20s competition, which is being scrapped at the end of the season, with statewide competitions to replace it next year in New South Wales and Queensland.

The Warriors are likely to continue to field a side in the NSW under-20s competition, but an SG Ball team would provide more juniors with opportunities against players their own age.

The high profile under-20s competition has long been criticised for being inadequate in preparing players for the NRL and putting unnecessary pressure on young up-and-comers.

The Warriors have dominated the youth competition since it formed in 2008, winning titles in 2010, 2011 and 2014, and finishing runners-up in 2013.

That success hasn't always translated to the club's young stars excelling at first grade level, but the Warriors hope exposing their players to the SG Ball competition will accelerate their development and help bridge the gap between the New Zealand and Australian junior systems.

"We're looking at a few options and that's one of them, where we have our own team in the competition," said Warriors recruitment and development manager Tony Iro.

"The one big advantage the Australian system has over us is that there's a really strong school competition there.

"Kids basically from the age of 14 are being introduced to some pretty good systems, and obviously then if you move into the Harold Matthews under-16s and SG Ball under-18s with the NRL clubs, they have a really good pathways system in place.

"If we can bridge a small part of that hole with an under-18s team, that would be very beneficial in terms of how we develop our kids."

Establishing their own side will be costly for the Warriors and the club is examining different options around basing players in Sydney, rather than flying an entire team back and forth across the Tasman each week.

The club is considering setting up a house in Sydney where players could live for the duration of the 13-week season which runs from February to April.

The Warriors last year set-up a six-bedroom rented Howick property to house five junior players and NRL front-rower Sam Lisone under the guidance of house parents Spencer and Carmen Taplin. In between school and football commitments, the youngsters learn life skills and are expected to meet high standards in terms of nutrition, rest, recovery and preparation as aspiring professional players.

Another option would see the Warriors establish a partnership with an existing SG Ball team to play their best juniors, while the cheapest option would see a Warriors under-18s team embark on a pre-season tour to play several trial games against SG Ball sides.

"There's a few options and obviously each differs a little bit in cost," said Iro.

"It won't be a cheap exercise but certainly it's probably the one hole in our development pathway, in terms of allowing us to give our best junior kids an opportunity to test themselves against the best Australians."

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=3576250
 

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I don't expect this thread will see much light on the forum but it should, a Warriors side playing SG Ball and other junior level Warriors teams playing within the NSW competitions will be critical to our future success. It's where we've been going wrong for years.
 

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