Fusion Clean Sweep In Junior Reps Against Brave Dolphins & Pride

It was a great year in NRL WA for our junior rep competitions, as we had some new first time champions from different regions.
A big thank you to all the players, staff, referees, officials and supporters who made it happen, especially after COVID threatened to not let us finish the competitions.

Northern Fusion Too Classy For Brave Dolphins in Anneka Stephens Trophy

In a best of 5 series, the Northern Fusion were just a bit to strong and experienced for the plucky, but ultimately outclassed South West Dolphins. In a brilliant look into the stars of our future women’s team, these U17 Girls fixtures were full of skill, speed and power, as the Fusion marched to victory on the back of their star studded pack led by Sienna Hodge-Cekic and Amiria Edwards. Throw in the talented spine of Topaz Jean Porter (photo), dangerous hooker Tyrah Parekura Schirnak and talented fullback Rosie McGehan, it was always going to be a hard task for the Dolphins to overcome.

But the future looks bright for the Dolphins, as they improved with each game, and with more time together they looked more and more likely. Their game two loss 22-20 was particularly bright, as they look to the likes of brilliant playmaker Phoenix Mahaki, the diminutive Kadia Tairea and versatile Isis Thompson to take their region forward into the future.

But, in 2022 it was the year for the Fusion girls as they celebrate a long await victory for the Northern Region in the female junior representative competitions.

Dolphins To Powerful And Surge To First John Moore Shield Title

The Southwest Dolphins powered their way to their first every JMS title, being too consistent for the erratic Northern Fusion, and too powerful for the Southern Pride side. Although they did drop a game to a pumped up and energetic Pride, the Dolphins overcame an incredibly hard fixture list as COVID played havoc with the competition. Played 3 games in the space of 7 days, the Dolphins gave no excuses and got the job done on the back on some big forward dominated performances. The form of the dynamic Taiatini Huriwai-Brown was sensational as he led this strong Dolphins team to their first ever title, and their supporters absolutely loved it.

The Northern Fusion, were slightly inconsistent and would agree that they failed to put a full 60 minutes worth of rugby league on the field. With some youth coming through, the Fusion showed the way with Leon White particularly dangerous when given a chance. For the Southern Pride, they were even younger than the Fusion, with the majority of their squad 16 and even 15 years of age. They will come back next season with a vengeance as their players will be chomping at the bit for another crack at the title.

Dolphins Hang On As The Fusion Deny’s The Prides Title Defence

The Southwest Dolphins faced a nervous wait, as they led the title race going into the final junior representative round. Led by Dolphin stalwarts in Jonathon Mato and Ross Lund, they watched on as the Southern Pride had the assignment in front of them. The Pride had to beat the winless Fusion, plus win both halves of the game, as well as win by at least 7 points. With the previous form of the Fusion being fairly poor, it seemed like it might be wishful thinking that they could deny the Pride another win.

But the Northern Fusion, and in particular Ryan Woolley had other ideas. A brilliant performance from the Sea Eagles utility, put the Fusion in the thick of it, and when the half time score read 10 all, that was enough for the Dolphins to secure the title for their first ever Cash Converter Cup title. For the Southern Pride, it was still a very valiant effort, as they had a huge number of players unavailable to finish the competition. Still proud in defeat they didn’t hide and played till the very end in true Pride style.

But the story of the year was the journeyman Dolphins, who so often the whipping boys, finally got their hands on a piece of silverware, that no one can ever take away from them.