‘Emerging’ locals to play Sunday curtain-raiser

An under-20’s competition that also allows for an allocation of over-age player to compete, will be the curtain-raiser to the Sharks v Broncos NRL clash at PointsBet Stadium on Sunday.

The Aquinas Colts and St Joseph's teams will face off in the local Cronulla Sutherland District Junior League Emerging Cup match up in a game where talented locals get the opportunity to showcase their skills on the big stage.

The Colts, who sit second on the Emerging Cup ladder, just a point behind the Engadine Dragons, play a Joeys side looking to consolidate fourth position just four weeks out from finals.

Both teams come into the contest with winning form on the board, Aquinas having beaten Gymea 30-0 at their last start and St Josephs on the back of a narrow win over Como.

The Emerging Cup was instigated in 2016 to ensure the survival of the local under 20’s competition due to falling numbers.

A core group of the stronger clubs were able to field under-20’s teams, but understandably weren’t prepared to play in a four-team competition.

Cronulla-Sutherland District Junior League Chairman Nathan Waugh sat down with members of the executive and put forward a concept idea, calling it the Emerging Cup, with the plan for an under 20’s competition that allowed older players to compete via a points system which took into account, weight, age and previous experience overall and at an open age level.

“It didn’t take long for clubs to find additional players that could still fit inside the points cap, which provided enough depth now for six clubs to field sides and thus keeping our under 20’s competition alive,” Waugh said.

“It’s in its fourth year now and as strong as ever with the six clubs still actively competing every week.

“The 20-year-old age bracket has dwindled in many other competitions within NSW but ours has held strong due to the Emerging Cup in the Cronulla District and we are proud of our unique competition,” Waugh added.

The Aquinas v St Joseph’s fixture is scheduled to get underway at 1.45pm on Sunday at PointsBet Stadium, with the Sharks and Broncos to follow in a round 16 NRL match up at 4.05pm.

For fans and supporters of both clubs, discounted group tickets (15 or more tickets in one transaction), are available via Ticketek – CLICK HERE – to purchase

Team lists for both Aquinas and St Josephs are below.

St Joseph’s
1 - Tom Dearsley

2 - Jayden Mulhane

3 – Jacob De laVega

4 - Zack Taylor

5 – Connor Levings

6 – Christian Ward

7 – Lochie Jamieson

8 – Alec Brennan

9 – Ben Foster

10 – Harry Knight

11 – Mick Wurtz

12 – Alex Horwood

13 – Sean Beavis

Interchange

14 – Harrison Apostolovski

15 – Tallis Fay

16 – Teirimana Whanga Katipa

17 – Ryan Hetherington

18 – Troy Loftus

19 – Harry Dickens

20 – Jaimyn Alchin-Howell

21 – Brad Rowe

Coach – Alex Jamieson
Manager – Stuart Gair

Aquinas Colts 
1. Ethan Hicks

2. Mitchell Selwood

3. Michael Fahd

4. Joel Kingham

5. Liam Robinson

6. Dylan Chong Sun

7. Ben Hupton

8. Zane Jegers

9. Bailey Cantrill

22. Ranginui Noble

11. Dylan Xerri

12. Aaron Roll

13. Ryan Dodson

 Interchange

14. Hayden Ebb

16. Jarryd Preston

17. Johnathan Nikolopoulos

18. Bailey Woods

19. Jasaiah Ah-Chong

21. Sam Coupland

23. Matt Azar

Coach - Sean Tabet
Manager - Brett O'Farrell
Trainers - Adam Rayes and Evan Wilson