TARSHA GALE GO DOWN IN FINALS
The Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy Under 18s found themselves in the top eight at the end the regular season in the Tarsha Gale competition and were playing to stay alive in the final series.
They were up to the challenge and their efforts were there to see early in the quarter.
The Panthers scored two quick tries to start the game though and they followed through with plenty of confidence.
We soon hit back with a try to Brandi Davis-Welsh and looked like we were back in it.
The game soon started to slip away from the girls and score line showed it.
Tries late in the game to Brandi Davis-Welsh and also Dakota Blacklock showed our individual brilliance at the back end of a tough outing.
The heart and the persistence from the girls was evident as they never gave up throughout the season despite some tough results.
The girls wore the red, blue and white with pride in 2018 and will look to improve in 2019.
TRIES: Brandii DAVIS-WELSH (8m) Brandii DAVIS-WELSH (24m) Dakota Blacklock (33m)
S.G. BALL SIDE FALL IN WEEK ONE
The Sydney Roosters Under 18s S.G. Ball were hot favourite heading into the first game of the finals series.
After winning the Minor Premiership in 2018 with some big scores, the young Roosters weren’t expecting what the sharks threw at them.
The Sharks came out with purpose, their forwards were dominating the Roosters and showed early on as they scored sixteen points in the first twenty-two minutes of the game.
They were playing smart footy, kicking to the corners early and capitalising on penalties.
The Roosters soon hit back with a try to Egan Butcher just before half time to give the Roosters some momentum heading into the sheds.
The Tricolours came out of the sheds with purpose in the second half as coach Adrian Lam challenged them to be better.
Asu Kepaoa scored eight minutes into the second half with a great team try.
The Sharks boys picked themselves up to finish the job by scoring the next three tries though.
We hit back with two more tries to Egan Butcher, but there wasn’t enough time left on the clock.
The Sydney Roosters go down in the first game of the finals series 32-24, but live to fight another day.
TRIES: Egan BUTCHER (32m) Asu KEPAOA (38m) Freddy LUSSICK (65m) Egan BUTCHER (67m) Egan BUTCHER (69m)