The Rabbitohs’ Harold Matthews and SG Ball sides will kick off their respective 2015 campaigns this Saturday in Wollongong against Illawarra.

Both the SG Ball (under 18’s) and Harold Matthews competitions (under 16’s), are direct pathways for promising junior players to a career in the game in the form of a nine round competition and finals series.

SG Ball Coach, former first grader Willie Peters, says his side is ready to take the field after experiencing what he described as a ‘challenging’ off-season.

“We’ve been training now since last November putting the boys through their paces in a lot of different areas,” said Peters.

“The team’s gone through plenty of challenges to prepare well for the season and now we’re ready to take on Illawarra this weekend.”

For Peters, it’s all about developing local talent that can make the jump to the Club’s senior squads.

“We have a policy at Souths where we develop our own players,” said Peters.

“We do have a couple of kids who aren’t from the local area, but our main objective is to develop our own.

“Last year we had quite a few South Sydney Juniors from the program graduate to the NYC and in years gone by, the likes of Dylan Walker and Alex Johnston have done the same – now they’ve won a Premiership and been involved in the Australian side.

“From a coach’s perspective, my job is to ensure as many SG Ball players are ready to move up into Ben Gardiner’s under 20’s side this season and beyond.

“The boys are given the best opportunity for that to happen as well thanks to the close relationship we have with our senior squads. Michael Maguire and Matt King along with our first grade players play an active role in mentoring our boys regularly and our junior teams benefit from that greatly.

“When you look at the Harold Matthews Cup, because the kids are still developing physically, there can be a divide between some sides – Penrith and Parramatta for example generally have much bigger sides in that age group.

“In the SG Ball, while those clubs may still be strong, it’s a very even competition because in that space of a year or two, the kids do develop physically, mentally and in all areas of the game.

“Similar to first grade and the NYC, there just aren’t any easy games – every week is a challenge and every week you have to be up to those high standards that we set.”

The SG Ball Coach emphasised the quality of the Souths Juniors program compared to larger programs in direct competition.

“Other Junior programs out west tend to have a much bigger pool of talent to choose from,” said Peters.

“We have might have two divisions to choose from, whereas others have five or six, so to be consistently competitive – both our sides were one game from the Grand Final last year – it says a lot about the quality we’re producing at this Club.”

 

SG Ball Schedule

Rd 1. Illawarra v Souths

WIN Stadium

Saturday 14th February

4:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rd 2. Canberra v Souths

Sieffert Oval

Saturday 21st February

1:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rd 3. Souths v Penrith

Erskineville Oval

Saturday 28th February

3:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rd 4. BYE

 

 

 

 

Rd 5. Souths v Bulldogs

Redfern Oval

Saturday 14th March

3:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rd 6. Souths v Parramatta

Redfern Oval

Saturday 21st March

3:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rd 7. Roosters v Souths 

Redfern Oval

Saturday 28th March

1:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rd 8. Wests v Souths

Campbelltown SG

Saturday 4th April

1:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rd 9. Souths v Cronulla

Redfern Oval

Saturday 11th April

1:30pm

 

 

Harold Matthews Schedule

Rd 1. Illawarra v Souths

WIN Stadium

Saturday 14th February

3:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rd 2.Canberra v Souths

Sieffert Oval

Saturday 21st February

12:00pm

 

Rd 3. Souths v Penrith

Erskineville Oval

Saturday 28th February

1:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rd 4. Souths v BYE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rd 5. Souths v Bulldogs

Redfern Oval

Saturday 14th March

1:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rd 6. Souths v Parramatta

Redfern Oval

Saturday 21st March

1:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rd 7. Roosters v Souths 

Redfern Oval

Saturday 28th March

12:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rd 8. Wests v Souths

Campbelltown SG

Saturday 4th April

12:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rd 9. Souths v Cronulla

Redfern Oval

Saturday 11th April

12:00pm

 

 

Position

HAROLD

MATTHEWS

Jersey Number

SG BALL

Fullback

Johnny Mitsias

1

Blade Perri

Wing

Nicholas Mougios

2

Jalen Reweti

Centre

Campbell Graham

3

Jade Anderson

Centre

Mawene Hiroti

4

Dylan O’Connor

Wing

Raine Dellow

5

Johnathan Tufuga

Five-Eight

Bailey Fitzgerald

6

Ricardo Rahme

Half

Dean Hawkins (c)

7

Kurtis Preece

Front Row

Daniel Fifita

8

Tristan Alvarado

Hooker

Josh Cook

9

Blake Manowski

Front Row

Wesley Veikoso

10

Gabe Hamlin

2nd Row

Bobby Nader

11

Keaon Koloamatangi

2nd Row

Joey Lose

12

Siosifa Talakai

Lock

Jake Kambos

13

Cameron Murray

 

Interchange

Ky Rodwell

14

John Neil

Interchange

Che Hyslop

15

Henry Fuimaono

Interchange

Harrison Smith

16

Brody Fitzgerald

Interchange

Egan Butcher

17

Kobi Hookey

Interchange

Nick Kairouz

18

Keenen Ngamotu

Interchange

Ky Bouris

19

Reece Townsend

Interchange

Maila Chan-Foon

20

Tuteauru Maipi

Interchange

Jacob Meader

21

Wiremu Tuiletufuga

Interchange

Simione Falemanu

22

Emre Guler

Interchange

 

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