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Official 2023 Junior Rep Squads and Season Preview

The Sydney Roosters are pleased to announce the final Harold Matthews, SG Ball and Tarsha Gale squads for the 2023 season. 

With all three sides going deep into the semi-finals in 2022 and with plenty of talent retained in their respective squads, the Club is confident and looking forward to the continuation of strong on-field performances in 2023.

The Junior Representative seasons kick off this Saturday, with all three sides taking on the Eels at Morry Breen Oval on the Central Coast.

SG Ball

Returning in 2023 after claiming last year's minor premiership, the male under 19s squad will be looking to go one step further this year.


Michael Abdow Captain
Cayden Barnes  
Hayden Barton  
Jackson Delisle  
Ben Dufficy  
Kye Durie  
Jake Elliott  
Salesi Foketi  
Noah Goodman  
Noah Hill  
Benaiah Ioelu Captain
Siaosi Kaliti  
Kade Maguire  
Cade Mellon  
Braydan Purcell  
Haydan Ritchie  
Ethan Roberts  
Zac Sarfati  
Malachi Smith  
Jayden Smith  
Blake Steep  
Javahn Stevenson-Hala  
Kalem Surya  
Ben Taylor  
Cassius Tia  
Cooper Toy  
De La Salle Va'a  
Cayden Close Development Player
Julius Mitchell Development Player

Coach: David Swann

Captains: Michael Abdow & Benaiah Ioelu 

Players to Watch:

Salesi Foketi, an impressive forward who's been in the Roosters' system since arriving from New Zealand at 15 years old, looks set to go to another level in 2023.

Foketi is a force both in the middle and on the edge with his powerful running game and bone-rattling defensive hits. 2023 will be Foketi's second season with the SG Ball Squad.

Having been a Rooster since not long after his 13th birthday, Michael Abdow is one of the most experienced players in the development and pathways system.

Abdow made the Australian Schoolboys side at just 15 years old, taking home player of the tournament honours. Now with the 'c' next to his name, Abdow's experience will be vital for the squad going into the 2023 season.

Surprise Packet:

Cade Mellon. A local Central Coast product who's impressed during his time in the pathways, Mellon is looking to have a powerful SG Ball season. A natural footballer, Mellon can play anywhere on the park and will be instrumental for the side week in, week out.

2022 Finish: Minor Premiers 

Verdict: The SG Ball side has consistently been amongst the competition's best for the last two years, with their last regular season loss coming in March, 2019.

With two undefeated minor premierships (2021 & 2022), the side will be hungrier than ever to atone for last year's heartbreaking Grand Final loss.

With one of the competition's strongest rosters, a deep run into the finals with another title challenge appears likely in 2023.

View the 2023 SG Ball Draw here

Our SG Ball side re-start play in last year's dramatic Grand Final.
Our SG Ball side re-start play in last year's dramatic Grand Final.

Tarsha Gale

After a historic maiden premiership last year, the female under 19s squad will be looking to go back-to-back in 2023.


Skyla Adams  
Mia Barber  
Lily Bone  
Moanalei Brown  
Ally Bullman Captain
Krystal Bulmer  
Sharlize Campbell  
Rukuwai Daniela-Whyte  
Ilisia Haumono  
Imogen Hei  
Phoenix Lamese  
Joy Levy  
Elizabeth Lomu-Stewart  
Eliza Lopamaua  
Paige Lowe  
Tazalia Marayawa  
Daisy McKeon  
Lailani Montgomery  
Shyla Mundine  
Aliyah Nasio  
Tavarna Papalii  
Rebecca Prestwidge  
Miya Rapana-Faifua  
Grace Regan  
Sienna Sawers  
Sophie Smith  
Brooke Talataina  
Shanice Talataina  
Jaydah Tofae  
Jessica Whitehead  
Georgie Barrett Development Player
Paige Bohringer Development Player
Tyra Ekepati Development Player
Sienna-Mae Montgomery Development Player
Katelyn Whitehead Development Player

Co-Coaches: Blake Cavallaro & Ray Windle

Captain: Ally Bullman

Players to Watch: 

In her first year at the Club, Brooke Talataina has been one of the best players throughout the trial program.

The half has a 7s and 15s Rugby Union background but is no stranger to Rugby League. She will be instrumental in leading the team around the park in 2023.

Tavarna Papalii is the incumbent Australian Schoolgirls Captain and arrives at the Roosters from QLD, which has been part of the Club's female academy program for some time. 

Papalii's versatility could see her play multiple positions in the team throughout the year, which will help boost the team's stocks each week.

Armed with a great footy brain, Papalii will support the halves in running the style of play the Roosters will look to impose this season.

Surprise Packet:

Krystal Bulmer is a Central Coast local junior who's come right through the Roosters' pathways.

Bulmer suffered an injury early on last year which kept sidelined in 2022, however is fit, firing and ready to take 2023 by storm.

A fullback who can slot in anywhere in the backline, Bulmer's communication and lethal running game will be something to watch out for.

2022 Finish: Premiers

Verdict: The Tarsha Gale Roosters have come along leaps and bounds since Blake Cavallaro took the coaching reins in 2021.

They have been in the last two grand finals, resulting in an undefeated premiership title in 2022. The Club is looking for another strong year, and with positive trial performances under their belt, another strong season is on the cards.

View the 2023 Tarsha Gale draw here.

Our Tarsha Gale side celebrate their maiden title after defeating Newcastle in last year's Grand Final.
Our Tarsha Gale side celebrate their maiden title after defeating Newcastle in last year's Grand Final.

Harold Matthews

A second placed finish and tight semi-final exit was a heartbreaking finish to 2022 for the male under 17s squad, who will be looking for an improved season in 2023.

Oliver Ajaka  
Jaxson Allen  
Mateus Bersot  
Toby Brial  
Hayden Brown  
Kahu Capper  
Elijah Chapman  
Matthew Crossingham  
Lachlan Dooner  
William Farley  
Zach Fittler Captain
Cooper Flood  
Joel Jacobs  
Cameron Mackenzie  
King Manu  
Tom McKenna  
Declan Minto  
Toby Rodwell Captain
Gabriel Sukkar  
Laurence Talataina  
Elijah Tareke  
Na'oia'ehanisi Tofaeono  
Peter Uini  
Joe Walsh  
Baxter Warner  
Brooklyn Heath Development Player 
Zane Cordi Development Player
Max Laverty Development Player
Cooper Carr Development Player

Coach: Joel Morris

Co-Captains: Toby Rodwell & Zach Fittler

Players to Watch:

Toby Rodwell is a player to watch in 2023.

After playing a year young in the 2022 Harold Matthews season, Rodwell is a running half who loves taking control of the game with both hands. Rodwell was the City under 16s half in 2022, has a good head on his shoulders and was one of the leading Harold Matthews halves in the try assist category last year.

Zach Fittler is looking to really take more of a leadership role in his second Harold Matthews season. Fittler can play anywhere in the forwards, be it on the edge or in the middle.

His barnstorming runs and big collision defence will be vital for the team in 2023.

Surprise Packet:

Cameron McKenzie has been one of the squad's best in the trials since arriving in the pre-season.

Cameron’s big stature sees him play either back-row or centre, with his line running and ability to bump players off and create opportunities for the halves making him a key figure in the 2023 campaign.

2022 Finish: 2nd 

Verdict: The Harold Matthews season was one of the Club's best last year, coming second overall and just missing out on a Grand Final appearance. The Club has players in vital positions returning, which should see them be a competitive chance to again make the top six in 2023.

View the 2023 Harold Matthews draw here.

Our Harold Matthews side celebrate a try during last year's campaign.
Our Harold Matthews side celebrate a try during last year's campaign.

Under 16s Development Squad

Liam Bell
Cooper Carr
Koby Coskerie
Lennix Mene
Jaziah Swann
Solomon Tuisau
Henry Parkes
James Finegan
Cooper Guerin
Riley Donohoe
Lachlan Algie
Stamatis Moananu
Eugene Samson
Paula Bowler
Tom McKenna
Brooklyn Heath
Max Laverty
Zane Cordi
Acknowledgement of Country

Sydney Roosters respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.