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Juniors Report: Central Coast Through to Andrew Johns Cup Semi-Finals

Sydney Roosters Junior Pathways recorded mixed results over the weekend with SG Ball achieving one of their biggest wins of 2023, while the Harold Matthews team suffered a narrow loss. Central Coast Roosters are through to the Andrew Johns Cup semi-finals after a successful season. 

SG Ball Cup

Sydney Roosters SG Ball team recorded a 42-point victory over the Balmain Tigers at Lidcombe Oval on Saturday.

Cassius Tia was impressive across the park, kicking seven from eight conversions and bagging a first-half double to secure the win for the Roosters.

Balmain opened the scoring in the second minute through winger William Malloy, but that would be the only time they found the line during the match.

The Tricolours dominated for the entirety of the game, with Cooper Toy scoring in the 10th minute. Toy’s try opened the floodgates for Sydney with Tia crossing twice in 10 minutes , followed by Benaiah Ioelu in the 26th minute and Cade Mellon in the 29th minute.

Javahn Stevenson-Hala added another four points to the board in the first minute of the second half. Centre Noah Goodman and halfback Haydan Ritchie also crossed to extend the Roosters tally, with the final result locked in as 46-4.

Sydney Roosters SG Ball squad will now travel to Auckland to face the New Zealand Warriors on Sunday morning.

Harold Matthews Cup

Sydney Roosters Harold Matthew’s team suffered a narrow two-point loss to Balmain Tigers on Saturday, going down 14-12 at Lidcombe Oval.

Sydney centre Lui Lee and fullback Baxter Warner both scored four-pointers with Lachlan Dooner and Toby Rodwell converting the tries for the Roosters.

But the Tigers proved too strong, pocketing three tries through Jonah Watson, Malik Amine and Michael Nassar. Captain Alex Conti converted one of the three tries to give Balmain a two-point advantage.  

Central Coast Roosters achieved a two-point win over the North Sydney Bears at Hills Grammar over the weekend.

Chaice Bayley and Bailey Vaeau both scored tries with Samisoni Talakai claiming a double. Bayley’s converted his own try to make a difference in the result.

The Bears did all they could to change the outcome, with Ben Stringer, Chas Riddle and Alema Seualgua all crossing the line. Blake Pasfield kicked two conversions but ultimately, the effort wasn’t enough.

SLE Andrew Johns Cup

The Central Coast Roosters are set for a semi-final showdown in the Andrew Johns Cup this weekend, despite suffering a 16-point loss to the Newcastle-Maitland Knights on Saturday. They’re set to face the Macarthur Wests Tigers at Morry Breen Oval on Saturday afternoon.


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.