November 28 - December 4, 2021: Issue 520


NSW Rugby Union State 7s Championships 2021 U15'S And U17'S: Warringah And Manly + 2021 NSWJRU AGM Notes

The NSW Junior Rugby Union State Sevens Championships at Forster on Saturday and Sunday, November 20 and 21.

For the Warringah Rats Junior Rugby Union the NSW Youth 7s State Championships has become one of the highlights of the Season. A meticulously organised event with lots of great rugby on display and smiles on the faces of our rugby community.

Warringah’s U17 Boys were undefeated State Champions, beating Hunter, Mid North Coast, Gordon, Eastwood and Manly along the way. An outstanding achievement by them, and the first ever State Sevens title for Warringah Juniors.

This weekend was 7 years in the making. A team of mates playing together and staying together through the tough times makes the victory so much more enjoyable. Working hard as mates, winning well as a team.

Photo: Warringah Rats Junior Rugby Union

Warringah’s U15 Boys continue to improve, winning the Plate Final, which was coincidentally the same result the current U17s had 2 years ago. This group of fine young men that continue to grow and develop as rugby players and humans.

Warringah Rats Junior Rugby Union

Massive thanks to everyone involved that helped make the weekend such a resounding success. Doylo, Junior and the team from NSW Rugby did an amazing job organising and running the weekend. Thanks to the mighty Forster Tuncurry Dolphins for hosting the event, its always a pleasure to come and spend time in Forster/Tuncurry. Thanks to all the coaches and managers for preparing the teams, and looking after them over the course of the weekend. Thanks to all the parents and family for everything you do, it doesn't go unnoticed. And a special thanks to all the players for your commitment to Rats rugby, and representing Warringah with pride both on and off the field.

Already looking forward to 2022 - NSW Junior Rugby Union!!

The Wahu Manly Mermaids and Manly Marlins U15's are also now State Champions. 

After an fantastic weekend in Forster representing Manly in the NSW 7s State Championships these amazing U15s Girls went through undefeated (6 from 6) to claim the NSW 7s State Champs title.

Coming into the competition with the smallest and youngest squad in the comp with 5 x 13 year old girls and 4 x 14year old all the girls showed their amazing skills and potential all weekend with some dazzling display of running and breakdown rugby. Awesomely coached and Managed by Buck and Leischa Gray it allowed for the girls to showcase their amazing skills.

Photo: Manly JRU

Photo: Manly JRU

Thank you to all the Manly coaches and parents and a huge and special thank you David Beat for being instrumental in getting Manly to Forster in 2021.

Congratulations to all teams, U15s finishing first in the state and U17s on some great playing and commitment to the game. Manly juniors are looking strong for the 2032 Olympics.

Thank you to our coaches and managers, great weekend team.

U15 girls - Coach Buck Gray & Manager Leischa Gray

U15 boys - Coach Harry Berryman & Manager Craig Poynton

U17 girls - Coach Stevie Berryman & Manager Andrew Bullman

U17 boys - Coach Tua Marsters & Manager Jodie Marsters.

Special mention to the very important support crew - Put Berryman, Matty Burke, Mania Marsters, Brad Fittler, Chas Tonga, Michael Donaghy, who all played a very important role.

Our camera and film crew - Carl Petersen & Tiahn Watters.

Add in and jersey designer Paladin Sports, James Hilterbrand, Georgia Grey, Ally Bullman. The very important parents.

Video below.

NSWRU Youth 7s Squads

On Thursday November 25theveryone who have been selected in the NSWRU Youth 7s squads was announced. Congratulations to local players who will form part of this.

NSWRU Under 15 Youth Boys 7s Squad

First Camp – Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December, Location TBA

  • Jarrah Bell
  • Tomoko Berryman-Black
  • Sam Blank
  • Charlie Boyle
  • Anthony Dean
  • Zach Fittler
  • Marshall Le Maitre
  • Xavier Leota
  • King Manu
  • Corey Mcdougall
  • Casey Mclean
  • Daniel Mefou
  • Harry Middleton
  • Tuaomaliemavaitoelau Patea
  • Jojo Justin Pese
  • Charlie Poynton
  • Will Rylands
  • Itula Seve
  • Mitchell Sweet
  • Sam Talataina
  • Jack Tully
  • Daniel Usumaki
  • Nathan Vaughan
  • Joe Walsh
  • Baxter Warner

NSWRU Under 17 Youth Boys 7s Squad

First Camp – Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December, Location TBA Second Camp – 24th and 25th January, Location TBA

  • Leo Bassingwhaite
  • Ollie Cummins
  • Faalentino (Tino) Jahnke-Tavana
  • Thomas Klem
  • Thomas Livingstone
  • Tyrese Lokeni
  • Henry Mann
  • Maxwell Marsters
  • Hamish McDonald
  • Jesse McLean
  • Sam Mitchell
  • Rory Morgan
  • Omar Nourredine
  • Doug Philipson
  • Rio Portersheen
  • Charlie Poynton
  • Jekope Sovau
  • Angus Staniforth
  • Savelio Tamale
  • Josiah Vatubua
  • Joe Walsh
  • Finn Watkins

NSWRU Under 17 Youth Girls 7s Squad

First Camp – Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December, Location TBA Second Camp – 24th and 25th January, Location TBA

U15’s Girls will be notified of talent identification and invited into Rugby Australia’s Emerging Talent Squad.

  • Sophia Addington
  • Lilli Boyle
  • Ally Bullman
  • Edie Burke
  • Ella Carlisle
  • Isobel Gosper
  • Georgia Grey
  • Martha Harvey
  • Olivia Herman
  • Chloe Jackson
  • Ella Koster
  • Kyanna Lokeni
  • Madison McAthur
  • Faitala Moleka
  • Lailani Montgomery
  • Ambryn Murphy-Haua
  • Aliyah Nasio
  • Ava Osland
  • Taytana Pati Ah-Cheung
  • Liliana Reardon
  • Sofia Saroukos
  • Piper Simons
  • Monalisa Soliola
  • Jesse Southwell
  • Manilita Takapautolo
  • Brooke Talataina
  • Georgina Tuipulotu

The 2021 NSWJRU Presidents report by Ben Gregory, who is standing down after 8 years in an executive role, 5 of them as president, published November 25, 2021 can be read in full here: 

Mr. Gregory's 2021 Report informs us that NSWJRU have updated and replaced all our City vs Country Trophies and State Championship Shields. A sub-committee was formed to dedicate a number of the vacant Age group Shields to NSWJRU people who have had a major impact on State Champs history – a fitting way to honour their contribution. The Trophies are now known as;

NSWJRU State Gala

  • U10 Boys – The A.E.Fisher ‘Spirit of Rugby’ Shield
  •  U11 Boys – The G.R.Paton ‘Spirit of Rugby’ Shield

NSWJRU State Championships

  • U12 Boys – The J.C.Degotardi Trophy
  • U13 Boys – The B.J.Gregory Shield
  • U14 Girls – The Phil Warner Trophy
  • U14 Boys – The Hawton Trophy
  • U15 Boys – The John Goddard Shield
  • U16 Girls – The Kerry Brady Shield
  • U16 Boys – The Chas Hansen Trophy
  • U18 Girls – The J.B.Carroll Shield
  • U18 Boys – The N.S.W.J.R.U Shield

NSWJRU City vs Country

  • U14 Boys – The Tim Gavin Shield
  • U14 Girls – The N.S.W.J.R.U Sponsors Plate
  • U15 Boys – The Steve Tuynman Cup
  • U16 Boys – The Ella Cup
  • U16 Girls – The Mahalia Murphy Shield
  • U18 Boys – The Michael Brial Cup
  •  U18 Girls – The Grace Hamilton Shield

There is also the Dave McCormack Memorial Shield awarded to the best NSW Country player at the U14 City vs Country game.

For the record the State Champions in 2021 were;

  • U12 Boys – Warringah (held at Camden Rugby Park, Camden)
  • U13 Boys – Western Sydney Two Blues (held at Apex Oval, Dubbo)
  • U14 Girls - Western Sydney Two Blues (held at Boronia Park, Hunters Hill)
  • U14 Boys – Penrith (held at Endeavour Oval, Orange)
  • U15 Boys – Manly (held at St Lukes Oval, Concord)
  • U16 Girls – Penrith & Gold Coast Coomera (held at Boronia Park, Hunters Hill)
  • U16 Boys – Gordon (held at Rat Park, Narrabeen)
  • U18 Girls – Sydney University (held at Boronia Park, Hunters Hill)
  • U18 Boys – Randwick (held at Rat Park, Narrabeen)

Ben says the 2022 version of the State Championships will see the inclusion of the Country Champs and a NEW SJRU "Sydney" Championship to be held within the State Champs format over the June long weekend. A very exciting addition for the U14 and older age groups. 

The Annual General Meeting of NSWJRU was held on Thursday, November 25, 2021

The Committee elected for 2022:

NSWJRU President - Andrew Hutton

VP Commercial - Tony Fisher

VP Reps - Ben Gregory

VP State Champs - Gary Paton

At the NSWJRU AGM the Committee had the honour of nominating their Patrons for 2022 and have named DARREN COLEMAN & GRACE HAMILTON as the Patrons of NSW Juniors for 2022. It doesn't get much better than that. 

So you have the Head Coach of the TOP team in NSW - our Waratahs and the Captain of the Waratah Women Super W team and the Buildcorp Wallaroos both supporting the grassroots part of our junior game. Sensational!