General Warriors SG Ball Thread

mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Mt. Wellington, Auckland
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.
Too right.

The other thing is the amount of players under 17 who have left our shores for Aussie teams. The numbers are truly staggering. I watched the Ellerslie U16 play Otara on Saturday and at least 18 players from both teams have been signed up with the bulk going to Aussie to play for Manly, Raiders and Sharks. The best of them have been signed to the Warriors but they just lost one of the top 3 from that whole age group to the Blues. 8 players from the Ellerslie team made the NZ U17 team which is astounding. One team in the whole of the country has supplied half the NZ team! One of them is Agnatius Paasi's little brother who plays 1st XV for Kings College on scholarship.

The club really need to start up a Harold Matthews team as well but Id hate to think how much that would cost to run. You'd think that supplying an SG Ball team will cut into the clubs community funds that looks after the Warriors Cup...
 

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Too right.

The other thing is the amount of players under 17 who have left our shores for Aussie teams. The numbers are truly staggering. I watched the Ellerslie U16 play Otara on Saturday and at least 18 players from both teams have been signed up with the bulk going to Aussie to play for Manly, Raiders and Sharks. The best of them have been signed to the Warriors but they just lost one of the top 3 from that whole age group to the Blues. 8 players from the Ellerslie team made the NZ U17 team which is astounding. One team in the whole of the country has supplied half the NZ team! One of them is Agnatius Paasi's little brother who plays 1st XV for Kings College on scholarship.

The club really need to start up a Harold Matthews team as well but Id hate to think how much that would cost to run. You'd think that supplying an SG Ball team will cut into the clubs community funds that looks after the Warriors Cup...
Good to hear we've managed to pick out the best of those age group players but it'll be for naught unless their playing their Australian counterparts in Harold Mathews which is where it really needs to start for us.

I'm not sure about all the in's and out's of it mate but it's about priorities imo, given our club is such a hard sell for the recruitment team it's essential that Doyle finds a way to invest in these junior programs, without them we're truly fucked.
 
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theleagueguy

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May 9, 2015
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As long as they can retain the best something there been able to do the last couple of years in Papalii, Nanai, Israel Ogden as well as getting Paul Turner back from the Rabbitohs
 

mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Closed trial for aspiring players
warriors.kiwi
Mon 14 Oct 2019, 05:33 PM

Following confirmation the Vodafone Warriors will field a team in the New South Wales Rugby League’s prestigious SG Ball Cup (under-18s) next year, the club has today announced it has scheduled a closed trial for Sunday October 20.

“As a club we have made it a priority to recruit, retain and develop the best young players in New Zealand,” said Vodafone Warriors general manager football Brian Smith.

“Although it is a constant challenge we are beginning to build a strong junior base. As such we have decided to run only a closed trial with applicants to be approved by our staff.”

Smith welcomes aspiring elite rugby league and rugby union players born in the years 2003 (under-16) and 2002 (under-17) to register for the trial weekend.

“It provides not only an opportunity to put your hand up for our SG Ball squad in 2020 and 2021 but also other representative fixtures and development camps planned in 2020,” he said.

“We have had fixtures against Auckland 16s, New Zealand 16s and 18s, Auckland Schoolboys and the Newcastle Knights Under-16s which were warmly received by players and parents.”

Every year the Vodafone Warriors have players who stake a claim at the club’s trial programme. In 2019 Vodafone Warriors Jersery Flegg and Canterbury Cup winger Edward Kosi earned a trial opportunity with the 2018 Jersey Flegg squad after not playing any competitive sport that year. In the coming off-season, the tall winger will spend time training with the NRL squad.

Future Warriors programme manager Jordan Friend said the club has a strong base of players to make a successful entry into the SG Ball competition.

“With the launch of our initial Future Warriors programme we have some real momentum with New Zealand players and parents,” he said.

“The increased work into engaging and developing young players means we have a core group of players who have spent a number of years in our system.

“We have had high representation in the New Zealand and Samoa 16s and 18s teams, so we have some exciting young players with many in line to join the SG Ball preseason squad.”

Friend said there are opportunities for players to complement players currently in both the SG Ball and other representative squads.

This year’s trial will be focused on a high-quality closed trial for up to 50 approved applicants at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday, October 20.

Club talent identification staff have been highly active in recent months attending finals, trials and representative competitions in both rugby league and rugby union across the country; as such there is a list of identified players who will trial this Sunday. The rest will be invited based on their applications, factoring in the strength of their application and positional requirements for the trial.

Registrations of interest for the October 20 trial close on Wednesday, October 16. All approved applicants will be confirmed by 12.00pm on Thursday, October 17.

Players who are invited to trial must bring their own shorts, socks, mouth guard and boots.

FUTURE WARRIORS TRIAL PROGRAMME

Sunday, October 20 | Closed trial, Mount Smart Stadium, 2 Beasley Avenue, Penrose, Auckland
Information confirmed with those invited to attend close trial.

OTHER PLAYERS

We are always open to opportunities for open age players. Players who are confident of their ability and level of talent are encouraged to email their CVs with video links to academy@warriors.kiwi for further consideration.

 

1995Warriorsfan

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For those in Auckland wanting to see future Warriors the S G Ball team start their season tomorrow at Trust Stadium.
History-making moment tomorrow
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The Vodafone Warriors will usher in a new era in their history tomorrow (Sunday) when they launch their debut campaign in the New South Wales Rugby League’s illustrious S G Ball Cup competition against the Victoria Thunderbolts at Trusts Arena in Waitakere (1.00pm kick-off).

The club has switched to the under-18 grade after fielding a team for the past 12 seasons at under-20 level in the now-defunct NYC (2008-2017) and then the Jersey Flegg Cup (2018-2019).

The S G Ball Cup is steeped in history, renowned as the breeding ground for many of the game’s best players in New South Wales.
“It’s an exciting time for the club entering the S G Ball competition for the first time. It’s a high-quality competition and we are thankful for the NSWRL’s support,” said Sky Sport Future Warriors general manager and S G Ball coach Greg Boulous.
“We have had a good preseason and are looking to see how the squad responds early in the season.”
In recent years the Vodafone Warriors have traditionally fielded the youngest team in the Jersey Flegg competition.
“We have a couple of boys in Sione Moala and Taniela Otukolo who have already had a season of under-20 football. We’ve got a great mix of both under-17 and under-18 players,” said Boulous.
One of seven under 17 players named in the inaugural line-up is Ali Leiataua, the Papatoetoe Panthers junior who is the younger brother of Warriors WNRL and Kiwi Ferns forward Onjeurlina Leiataua and nephew of Vodafone Warriors legend Ali Lauiititi.
The club’s wider squad, featuring many graduates of the Sky Sport Future Warriors programme, has been training since November.
“The majority of the squad have been with the club for two to three years so not only is this a great reward but we also think they should be ready for the experience,” said Sky Sport Future Warriors programme manager Jordan Friend.
As part of the Sky Sport Future Warriors programme, there will be a second match at Trusts Arena tomorrow which will see an Auckland Warriors Development selection against a Regional Warriors selection.

There is a strong player development focus at the club so it will be exciting to see some of the wider squad and many of our regionally based players on display,” said Friend.

“It creates a quality football experience for all participants. For regional players who don’t get a lot of rugby league, it allows us to get them into the club for a short camp.”


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v VICTORIA THUNDERBOLTS

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Trusts Arena, 65-57 Central Park Drive, Henderson

  • 12.45pm| Gates open (FREE ENTRY)
  • 1.00pm| S G Ball Cup: Vodafone Warriors v Victoria Thunderbolts
  • 2.30pm | Sky Sport Future Warriors Origin: Auckland Warriors v Regional Warriors
VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 ALI LEIATAUA

2 ERIC VAAFUSUAGA

3 JEREMIAH ASI

4 TAMIRO ARMSTRONG

5 DAEON AMITUANAI

6 SEBASTYAN JACK

7 SIONE MOALA

8 OTUKINEKINA KEPU

9 TANIELA OTUKOLO

10 LLEYTON FINAU

11 ZYON MAIUU

12 CARL LOLOHEA

13 TAMEHANA PARURU

Interchange:

14 VAKA SIKAHELE

15 VAILINGI KEPU

16 TONY TAFA

17 CARLOS TARAWHITI

18 JARNEY PROCTOR-HARWOOD

20 VILIAMI VAILEA

COACH | GREG BOULOUS
 

matiunz

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The Warriors have entered the UNE SG Ball competition in 2020 after moving away from the Jersey Flegg Cup. They got off to a great start by defeating the Victoria Thunderbolts 36-16 at Trusts Stadium in Waitakere.
Is the Vic team made up of local Vic players? If so Wouldn’t have thought they would be that strong? (Trying to get a gauge on how we went)
 
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Noitall

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Aug 21, 2019
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Didn't see any of the game but reading what's on the Warriors site we've hopefully got a halfback on the rise. Sione Moala was jersey flegg player of the year last year and scored 20 points today with two tries and six successful shots at goal.