Northern Fusion Clean Sweep Junior Reps In Tight Contests

It was a great year in NRL WA for our junior rep competitions, with all teams grabbing wins, and the rugby league on the field being an amazing standard.
In a revamped format, the competitions were held over two weekends.
A big thank you to all the players, staff, referees, officials and supporters who made it happen!

Northern Fusion and Southwest Dolphins Separated By A Conversion

In a best of 2 series, the Northern Fusion held on for dear life in what was the closest competition in the junior reps we have ever seen in Western Australia.

In the first game, the Southwest Dolphins jumped out to a solid lead on the back of some amazing expansive play, only for the Fusion to rush home at the end, and the final conversion separated the teams one game one, with the Fusion winning 16-14. And game two was much the same, with both teams going back and forth. But this time they couldn’t be seperated at the end, with a 14-14 scoreline.

With an amazing group of young girls coming through, the future of rugby league looks strong.
The Northern Fusion just take home the Anneka Stephens Cup for 2023.

Fusion Survive Final Round Scare, As Pride Do Them A Favour Against The Dolphins

The Northern Fusion are the winners of the John Moore Shield. Winning 3 out of the 4 games, they survived a slight scare in the final game, when they were beaten by the Dolphins in a tight tussle. But their convincing victories against a young but energetic Southern Pride side left them in good stead and they eventually ran out as Champions. Captain Jack Bullard was very impressive for the Fusion, playing big minutes and leading the way in most contests with his runs through the middle of the field.

The Southern Dolphins looked like the most likely to challenge the Fusion for the title, with some scintillating play back and forth, particularly on the first day of play. But they were shocked by a committed Pride side on day 2, and left themselves with a huge task of beating the Fusion by a large margin in the final game to take the title. And while they came away with a great hard fought victory, 10-4, they fell short of the mark. Quintin Reichardt-Coulter was ultra impressive, with his scything runs great to watch.

And the Southern Pride left no doubts about their heart on the final day, with two impressive displays. After a shaky start in the week 1 round games, the came up with a win against the Dolphins, which basically handed the trophy to the Fusion, and a tough performance against the Fusion side. The back row combination of Phil Saunderson and Rihare Te Rauna was particularly impressive on the final days with both refusing to yield ground to older opponents.

Dolphins Bring The Heat But Fall Short Of Fusion Title

The Southwest Dolphins ran over the top of the Northern Fusion on the final round game, to send it back to the scorecards with a 34-22 victory, after the Fusion led 20-10 at the half time period. But unfortunately they fell short of the title with the Fusion being much too good in week one. The Dolphins were gallant though, with their ability to pick themselves up and compete after being large underdogs in this contest. Young Archillies Packer was electric, with his speed and quickness on full display.

But the Northern Fusion would not be denied and secured another title for the Northern Region. A talented group of young men, they controlled the games with aplomb on the back of some big performances. None bigger than Lance Nelio, who in the front row was impressive with his strength and superior foot speed. With Bailey Millar showing his class in the halves, they were an impressive pair, and led the Fusion to a big win for the U19s.