Hills District Independent JUNE 2017 #24 - Page 43

WITH SHANE SKEEN sport Toongabbie Tigers play before Origin Toongabbie junior David Klemmer delivering the good news to the Tigers’ Under 10’s. The Tigers’ get in their customary pre-game huddle. David Klemmer has revisited his junior club with some exciting news - the under- 10s team will be playing at State of Origin in 2017. The All Saints Toongabbie Tigers, where Klemmer begun his development in the Parramatta District Junior League, was chosen to partake in the 2017 Holden Junior State of Origin concept, playing at half-time of Origin I on Wednesday, 31 May. The Tigers actively promote female participation which is evident in the Under 10’s side, comprising of six boys and six girls. The Suncorp Stadium clash follows the initiation of the concept in 2016, when Graham has arguably been the form back-rower of the NRL across the opening 11 rounds and the only surprise was that he wasn’t selected in the run-on side. Panther’s fullback Matt Moylan, born in Baulkham Hills was chosen as 18th man for the Blues after making his Origin debut in 2016, going on to play all three matches. He was considered unlucky to have missed out on selection, perhaps in part due to Penrith’s indifferent form so far in 2017. Eels centre Michael Jennings wasn’t considered for selection after suffering a quad injury in Parramatta’s Round 11 loss to Canberra – his place taken by former the Under-19’s Dungog Warriors took on Queensland counterparts the Clermont Bears. In 2017, the clash will feature the former clubs of two State of Origin regulars; the Toongabbie side (Klemmer) tackled Logan Brothers, which is Cameron Smith's former club. Speaking of the Tigers, their Under 6’s recently enjoyed their fifteen minutes of fame, getting the opportunity to play at halftime of the Parramatta v Raiders game at ANZ Stadium on May 20. Whilst we’re talking about Origin, it would be remiss of me not to congratulate former Hills student Wade Graham for his selection on the bench for NSW in Game 1. Westfield Sports High student Jarryd Hayne. Meanwhile, NSW greats Bradley Clyde, Ron Coote, Laurie Daley, Brad Fittler, Bob McCarthy and Norm Provan became the inaugural inductees to the NSWRL The Star Hall of Fame, joining automatic inductees Dally Messenger and the seven Immortals who represented NSW. The seven Immortals who have represented NSW - Clive Churchill, Reg Gasnier, John Raper, Bob Fulton, Graeme Langlands, Arthur Beetson and Andrew Johns – were automatic inductions, along with pre-War (1908-45) NSW representatives, including Messenger, who fit the eligibility criteria. Eels crowned National Champs Celebrations underway as the fulltime siren sounded. The Eels SG Ball team posing for the customary Grand Final winning photo. The Parramatta Eels are the 2017 SG Ball Premiers, defeating Cronulla 30-22 in the Grand Final at Leichhardt Oval. The Eels came storming out of the blocks with a double to Ethan Parry to lead 12-0 after less than ten minutes. Parramatta extended their advantage to 14 early in the second half with a brilliant solo try to five-eighth Joseph Taipari. The blue and gold looked home when referee Clayton Wills awarded a penalty try following a blatant infringement on halfback Dylan Brown to make the score 26-6. the annual fixture. After Ethan Parry’s heroics in the SG Ball decider, he was at it again, terrorising the Mustangs with another hat-trick to take out Man of the Match honours. His first try saw him leaping high in almost identical fashion to his opener against the Sharks. Shortly after, he split the Mustangs defence to run 50 metres from the kick-off, with only a forward pass preventing the Eels from scoring again. The respite was brief for the Mustangs as star Parramatta fullback JP Nohra made a 60 metre line break to score a But the Sharks had other ideas and scored the next three tries to get within four points. However, a knock-on from the ensuing set swung the momentum back in favour of the Eels, with Parry touching down to complete his hat-trick shortly after. As a reward for their SG Ball Cup win, the Eels went on to the National final against the Western Mustangs – a match they dominated to be crowned the best Under 18’s team in the country, with a resounding 48-12 win. It was the sixth time in the past seven years where the NSW-based side has won THE hills INDEPENDENT www.hdinews.com.au try which opened the floodgates for this exceptionally talented young side. When things are going well, the ball generally bounce [[\]\]\[ܙH]Y[[[\H\BX\Y[وH[[\و[\œܙH\Xۙ H[XYH]YBY\HX[HXYۈ܂H\YHܝHY\HXZ˂H[ Xۜ]Y\[]XY\B\YY[۝وH\[X]BZ][]SY][HYܙHZ\[ LH\]HZY\8$H]X\\YXYH܈\X[Hو[[˜[\[ۜ˂TQH  SH M