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Schoolboy Sharks excel at State titles

While Taj Brailey’s NSW Combined Catholic Colleges (CCC) under 18’s team came out on top, Siteni Taukomo was named the NSW Combined Independent School’s (CIS) best player during a successful week for the young Sharks players involved in the NSW Secondary Schools Combined 15’s and 18’s Tri Series.

The Sharks had four players involved in the various teams across the grades, with Endeavour High students Luke Raymond and Jayze Tuigamala representing the NSW Combined High Schools (CHS).

Coming off the interchange bench and playing a pivotal role as hooker, Brailey, who attends De La Sale College in Cronulla, was a part of the CCC team which was successful in winning two close matches to claim the Tri Series, which was contested at St Mary’s Stadium earlier this week.

Also in the under-18’s, the CIS and CHS played out a draw in their clash, while both were narrowly beaten against the Catholic schools team.

Taukomo, who attends Newington College, played at fullback and was outstanding in both of his matches. He was later awarded a CIS medal as their best in the three-day tournament.  

Tuigamala was a physical presence in the 15’s matches, while fellow Endeavour student Raymond performed strongly in the forwards in the under-18’s.

Raymond, Brailey and Taukomo this year represented the Sharks in the under 17’s Matthews Cup competition.

With COVID restricting travel between the two states there will be no national carnival to follow involving Queensland Schools.

Taj Brailey
Taj Brailey
Jayze Tuigamala
Jayze Tuigamala
Luke Raymond (left) and Taj Brailey - photo Steve Montgomery, ourfootyteam.com
Luke Raymond (left) and Taj Brailey - photo Steve Montgomery, ourfootyteam.com
Siteni Taukomo (right) named best player for the Combined Independent Schools at the Tri Series carnival - photo courtesy Steve Montgomery, ourfootyteam.com
Siteni Taukomo (right) named best player for the Combined Independent Schools at the Tri Series carnival - photo courtesy Steve Montgomery, ourfootyteam.com