2022 Junior Representative – Round 01 Wrap

It was a hot day down at NRL WA Training & Education Centre at Thomas Oval, Medina to kick off Round 01 of the Fuel to Go & Play  NRL WA  Junior Representative season. The day saw the Northern Fusion and South West Dolphins clash and below are a quick wrap up of proceedings.

John Moore Shield
In what was a hard hitting start to the day, the South West Dolphins out enthused the Northern Fusion in a great contest, 30-16. Off the back of some hard running from lock Brennan Leef and enterprising play from Taiatini Huriwai-Brown, the Dolphins set the tempo early. Leading 14-10 at the break, Some enterprising play from hooker Jayden Evans kept the Fusion in the contest, but ultimately it wasn’t enough. Too many mistakes from the Fusion allowed the Dolphins to dominated the end of the contest and take the spoils.

 

Anneka Stephens Cup
The gutsy South West Dolphins were unfortunately no match for the power of the Northern Fusion in the Round 01 ASC clash. Leading 16-0 at halftime, the Fusion continued their power game to blow the game open in the second half, on the back of a hat trick to the pacey Journey Kereopa. Led well by Ngamihi Monk and Sienna Hodges-Cekic, the Fusion were just a little to big and polished for the Dolphins. But they didn’t ever give up with tough games from Isis Thompson, Phoenix Mahaki and a well deserved try to Chloe Amatiti.

 

Cash Converters Cup
And to finish the day, the South West Dolphins gave up a late 10 point led in the final quarter to finish with a 20-20 draw against their Norther Fusion counterparts. Scoring 5 tries to 4 in the contest, the Dolphins couldn’t buy a conversion in what was a very spirited contest. Honest performances from Micheal Howe and Marcelle Loader kept the Dolphins on the front foot in this one, while Dallas Teki-Joyce and Jonathon Luke Mato let them around admirably. For the Fusion, their class shone late, when Bailey Millar and Kobi Aiesi started showing their stuff, with Kaleb Jones one of the main beneficiaries. But both teams will rue some lapses, as they both had chances to win it. Will need to show improvement against what should be a good Pride side in the later rounds.