Junior Development

Round Four of the NRRRL U18 competition saw Riley Buchanan start in the front row and captain for the Bilambil Jets against the Murwillumbah Mustangs with Riley Buchanan recording a line break 46th minute when after running off a short ball from his left from his front row partner into a gap Riley Buchanan rumbled downfield from thirty six metres from the try line to within ten metres.

In the 5th minute of the match from the right of the play the ball Riley Buchanan was able to get the ball from thirty metres to forty three metres of the try line. Then in the 20th minute also from the right of the play the ball Riley Buchanan once again ran the ball from thirty metres to forty three metres from his try line.

From the left of a Bilambil penalty restart in the 31st minute Riley Buchanan carried the ball from forty eight metres to within thirty three metres of the try line. Riley Buchanan also made a good kick-off return in the 42nd minute to get the ball out to the twenty four metre mark breaking two tackles along the way.
 
Round Four of the NRRRL U18 competition saw Ayden Byrnes start from the bench for the Bilambil Jets against the Murwillumbah Mustangs with Ayden Byrnes scoring in the 46th minute with a run out of dummy half to his right down a short right blindside from close range and afgter beating two defenders Ayden Byrnes was able to force his way over the try line to get the ball down ten metres in from the right corner post.

After coming onto the ball to operate at dummy half in the 25th minute and after running out of dummy half to his right Ayden Byrnes had come close to scoring when from five metres out Ayden Byrnes brought his left onto the ball and after loping around him Ayden Byrnes got the ball back and dived towards the line but the referee ruled that Ayden Byrnes had lost the ball over the try line prior to grounding the ball under the posts.
 
Round Four of the NRRRL U18 competition saw Preston Smallwood start at five eight for the Bilambil Jets against the Murwillumbah Mustangs with Preston Smallwood making a line break in just the 3rd minute of the match when after receiving the ball to the left of the play the ball thirty eight metres from his own try line and after a jump step to his left when holding the ball in both hands Preston Smallwood broke two tackles to burst away down the left channel but unfortunately Preston Smallwood’s inside pass was ruled forward after a forty metre gain.

Preston Smallwood made a second line break in the 15th minute with a run to the left of the play the ball from twenty metres from his own try line and after shaping to pass to his left Preston Smallwood used a right arm fend to break through the Mustangs defensive line and carry the ball to the halfway mark.

Preston Smallwood then made a third line break in the 53rd minute when after receiving a pass from the left of the dummy half sixteen metres from his own try line Preston Smallwood stepped off his left foot to beat one defender before running over the top of another defender before being caught by his left by the Mustangs fullback forty two metres from the try line.

Preston Smallwood was also involved in a Bilambil try in the 16th minute with a held up well weighted pass to his left to his left second rower twenty metres out for the second rower to score in the left corner. Then In the 21st minute from two passes to the left of the play the ball Preston Smallwood threw a well weighted pass “out the back” to put his fullback into space and subsequently score in the left corner.

Preston Smallwood came close to scoring himself in the 24th minute when at the last moment after transferring from the right of the play the ball to the left Preston Smallwood ran down a short left blindside from twenty metres from the try line to get within two metres of the try line near the left touchline.

In the 11th minute after taking a kick-off on the full twenty metres from his own try line Preston Smallwood was able to return the ball ten metres. Preston Smallwood took another kick-off on the full in the 18th minute near the left touchline and fifteen metres from his own try line and returned the ball to the thirty seven metre mark.

Preston Smallwood also did some great work in the 27th minute when after taking a very low pass cleanly to the right of the play the ball Preston Smallwood in one motion put in a right foot grubber kick from ten metres out with the grubber kick knocked on by a Murwillumbah defender on his own try line to give Bilambil a scrum feed ten metres out with the Jets scoring in the subsequent set of six tackles.

In the 43rd minute from the left of the play the ball Preston Smallwood made a winding run that saw him promote the ball from thirty metres to forty three metres from his own try line.


Preston Smallwood started off the 2024 season as part of the Canberra Raiders U17 Harold Matthews side operating in the centres and scoring in Round Eight and Nine against St George and South Sydney respectively.

In 2023 Preston Smallwood was part of the New South Wales Koori U16 side that played in their annual match against Queensland Murri U16’s.
 
Round Four of the NRRRL U18 competition saw Riley Loughland start at halfback for the Bilambil Jets against the Murwillumbah Mustangs with Riley Loughland kicking three conversions in a solid Jets victory.

Riley Loughland kicked his first conversion in the 28th minute in relation to a try that he had set up from three metres in from the right touchline. Riley Loughland kicked a second conversion in the 40th minute from seven metres to the right of the goal posts with Riley Loughland then kicking a third conversion in the 58th minute from twelve metres to the right of the goal posts.

Riley Loughland also recorded a try assist in the 9th minute when after receiving the ball two passes to the right of a Jets scrum win, Riley Loughland ran the ball to the defensive line before throwing a good delayed pass to his right when ten metres from the try line to his fullback who scored mid-way between the goal posts and corner post on the right side of the field.

Riley Loughland added a second try assist in the 29th minute with a high cut-out pass to his right from the right of the play the ball to put his right winger over to score three metres in from the right corner post.

Riley Loughland recorded a line break assist in the 19th minute when from the halfway mark and to the right of the play the ball Riley Loughland threw a hard flat cout-out pass from his right to put his right centre away on a long run down the right channel.

Riley Loughland recorded a second line break assist in the 57th minute when after running the ball to the right of the play the ball from forty metres to thirty metres from the try line Riley Loughland threw a hard flat pass to his right to put his right centre into a gap.

Riley Loughland ran the ball himself in the 16th minute when after taking a pass from the right of the play the ball above his head when forty metres from the try line Riley Loughland dummied to his right whilst at the same time stepping inside off his right foot and brke three tackles as he stepped and darted his way to the twenty five mete mark.

The 26th minute saw Riley Loughland collect a low pass under pressure to the right of the play the ball and eleven metres from try line with Riley Loughalnd then beating five tackles as he stepped his way back to his left to get within a metre of the try line.

Defensively in the 35th minute Riley Loughland made a good one on one low tackle on the Murwillumbah left second rower to cut him down a metre from the try line and ten metres in fron the right corner post.
 
Round Four of the 2024 NRRRL U18 competitions sees Noah Vakararawa named on the bench for the Byron Bay Devils against Northern United and after coming onto the field to operate in the dummy half role mid-way through the first half, Noah Vakararawa scored in the 21st minute with a run out of dummy half to his left from nine metres out to force his way over to score under the posts.

Earlier in the same set of six as his try after getting an off-load from his left five metres inside his own territory Noah Vakararawa darted forward and after an exaggerated dummy to his right Noah Vakararawa was able to get the ball twelve metres inside Northern United territory.

The 48th minute saw Noah Vakararawa run out of dummy half to his left and run the ball through the centre of the field from thirty metres to eighteen metres from the try line. Then in the 55th minute after running out of dummy half to his left and dummying to his left and also stepping off his left foot Noah Vakararawa beat a defender with a left arm fend before getting a right arm flick off-load away in the same direction.
 
Tyler Moore continued at left centre for the Kyogle Turkeys in Round Four of the U18 NRRRL competition against the Mullumbimby Giants with Tyler Moore having an outstanding defensive match making multiple one on one tackles across the entire match.

From an attacking perspective inside the opening minute Tyler Moore ran onto the ball to the right of the play the ball to carry the ball through the centre of the field from thirty five metres from his own try line and after using a left foot step to beat two tackles Tyler Moore was able to get the ball to the halfway mark. The 20th minute then saw Tyler Moore from two passes to the right of the play the ball carry the ball from thirty four metres from his try line to within three metres of the halfway mark whilst breaking through two more attempted tackles
 
Even though he was still U16 eligible Malachy Laarhaven started at right second row for the Kyogle Turkeys in Round Four of the NRRRL U18 competition against the Mullumbimby Giants with Malachy Laarhaven making a strong run in the 4th minute from the left of the play the ball to get the ball from forty four metres to within thirty two metres of the halfway mark.

In the 12th minute from the right of the play the ball Malachy Laarhaven’s yardage carry saw him get the ball from nine metres from his own try line to twenty three metres out. Then in the 59th minute after cutting underneath his halfback to the right of the play the ball Malachy Laarhaven carried the ball from nine metres inside his own territory to nine metres into Mullumbimby with his run incorporating a clockwise spin to wrong foot a number of Giants defenders.
 
Saw you had a post about Jyah White somewhere @mdrew but can't find anything when searching the forum. Anything you can tell me about him? Heard he was signed on a pretty decent deal ending this year if what you had last written I could see was correct.
 
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Correct about Jyah White mate, did well for the Tweed Heads CC Cup side this year playing at lock as an under age player.

He is a Helensvale Hornets junior and yes his contract is up a the end of this season, hopefully the Titans resign him as he has the hall marks of a modern day lock with the ability to be a good link between the forwards and backs.
 
Correct about Jyah White mate, did well for the Tweed Heads CC Cup side this year playing at lock as an under age player.

He is a Helensvale Hornets junior and yes his contract is up a the end of this season, hopefully the Titans resign him as he has the hall marks of a modern day lock with the ability to be a good link between the forwards and backs.
I'm hearing they scrapped that deal and signed him for 3 years at the start of this year possibly. Did he get MoM in some big game towards the start of the year?
 
Good news about the Jyah White deal mate, I had not heard but certainly good news, he certainly stood out in a number of the Seagulls CC Cup matches.
 
Round One of the ultimately postponed 2024 NRRRL U18 competition saw Ricco Waitititi start from the bench for the Tweed Heads Seagulls against the Mullumbimby Giants.

Ricco Waitititi was also named on the bench for Round Two against the Tweed Coast Raiders with Ricco Waitititi coming onto the field to operate at left centre with Ricco Waitititi coming close to scoring in the 54th minute when after running onto a short pass from his right from Bobby Smith ten metres from the try line Ricco Waitititi came desperately close to getting the ball over the try line to the left of the goal posts.

In the 8th minute and two minutes later in the 10th minute after running onto the ball to the right of a Tweed Heads scrum Ricco Waitititi made a yardage carry from six metres from his own try lien to twenty metres out.

From a Tweed Heads penalty restart in the 12th minute Ricco Waitititi did well to run the ball from thirty one metres to nineteen metres from the try line. Also in the 18th minute from the left of a Seagulls centre field scrum win Ricco Waitititi making fourteen metres from twenty eight metres from the try line before off-loading the ball to his left. Then in the 22nd minute from a Tweed Heads penalty restart Ricco Waitititi got the ball out to the thirty two metre mark after being engaged by multiple defenders after running six metres but Ricco Waitititi just kept pumping his legs to make the additional six metres,

In the second half in the 39th minute Ricco Waitititi ran out of dummy half to his right to get the ball from nineteen metres to thirty one metres from the try line then in the 41st minute from a Tweed Heads penalty restart ten metres inside his own territory Ricco Waitititi got the ball two metres into Tweed Coast territory. In the 46th minute from two passes to the left of the play the ball and forty metres from the try line Ricco Waitititi ran hard and straight to make ten metres and after going to ground but note being held Ricco Waitititi got to his feet and made an additional four metres.
 
Elijah Thaiday-Shinn started at left second row for Northern United in Round Four of the U18 NRRRL competition against the Byron Bay Devils with Elijah Thaiday-Shinn carrying the ball to the right of the play the ball from thirty four metres to within twenty metres of the try line. Then in the 47th minute also from the right of the play the ball saw Elijah Thaiday-Shinn’s yardage carry get the ball from ten metres to twenty two metres from his try line.
 
After Round One of the 2024 NRRRL U18 competition was abandoned due to poor weather Bobby Smith started at lock for the Tweed Heads Seagulls against the Tweed Coast Raiders and inside the opening minute of the match from the left of the play the ball Bobby Smith, from twenty seven metres from his own try line was able to get on the outside of the last Tweed Coast right sided defender and after getting to within eight metres of the halfway mark Bobby Smith got an off-load away to his left to put his winger away down the left touchline. Bobby Smith then took the hit-up to the right of the dummy half after the winger was tackled to get the ball from thirty four metres from the try line to within twenty metres before getting another off-load away to his hooker.

Bobby Smith came close to scoring in the 13th minute when after running to his right out of dummy half from close range to get the ball down under the posts it appeared that the referee would award the try however ultimately the referee ruled that Bobby Smith had borrowed next to his team mate and thus disallowed the try .

In the 6th minute after receiving the ball from the right of the play the ball Bobby Smith carried the ball through the centre of the field from seven metres inside his own territory to nine metres into Tweed Coast territory then in the 22nd minute also from the right of the play the ball and on the halfway mark Bobby Smith got the ball ten metres downfield before getting a right amd off-load away to his left to his trailing fullback.

A minute later in the 23rd minute also from the right of the play the ball Bobby Smith got another right arm off-load away to his halfback after running the ball from thirty metres to within sixteen metres of the try line. Then in the 25th minute from the right of the play the ball once again Bobby Smith from his twenty six metre mark ran through the centre of the field to the forty metre mark.

From the right of the play the ball in the 41st minute after receiving the ball thirty four metres from the try line Bobby Smith ran the ball to the twenty metre mark before also running onto the ball to the right of the dummy half in the 47th minute to make a yardage carry through the centre of the field from eight metres to twenty metres from his own try line.

Bobby Smith came close to setting up what may have been a match winning try in the 54th minute when after running onto the ball to the left of the play the ball twenty metres out Bobby Smith ran the ball to within ten metres of the try line to before throwing a good short ball to Ricco Waitititi who came desperately close to scoring to the left of the goal posts.

Bobby Smith is a smart player and that was evidenced against the Raiders in the 36th minute when after the Riders had made a lien break down their left touchline they put in a chip kick with the Seagulls defence in disarray but Bobby Smith anticipated the kick with Bobby Smith taking the ball near his right corner in front of multiple chasers and then was able to stay in the field of play. Then in the 39th minute Bobby Smith ran to his right when defending on his own try line to collect a Tweed Coast attacking grubber kick in the in-goal with Bobby Smith then doing well in get the ball back into the field of play by a metre in the right corner.
 
Round Two of the 2024 NRRRL Reserve Grade competition saw Kai Smallwood start at fullback for the Bilambil Jets and have a day out against the Evans Head Bombers with Kai Smallwood recording an individual points tally of twenty six points from three tries (all quite similar) and seven conversions.

Kai Smallwood scored his initial try in the 15th minute when he backed up a Jets line break to receive the ball from his right eighteen metres out with Kai Smallwood then outpacing the cover defence to bring the ball around and put it down eight metres to the left of the goal posts.

Kai Smallwood added a double in the 28th minute when once again Kai Smallwood was on hand to back up a line break and after receiving a pass from his left Kai Smallwood had a thirty eight metre run to score under the posts.

Kai Smallwood completed his hat trick in the 52nd minute and yes you guessed it Kai Smallwood backed up a Bilambil line break to receive the ball from his right and race away to get the ball down three metres to the right of the goal posts.
 
Round Three of the GCRL U18 Division One competition saw Gede Jelantik start at halfback for the Burleigh Bears against the Currumbin Eagles with Gede Jelantik recording a try assist in the 28th minute when after taking possession of the ball to the left of the play the ball thirty metres from the try line and after taking the ball deep into the defensive line Gede Jelantik threw a hrad flat cut-out pass to his left to put his left second rower into a gap and over to score just in from the left corner post.

In the 19th minute from the left of the play the ball and thirty three metres from the try line Gede Jelantik stepped off his left foot to get to within twenty metres of the try line before getting an off-load away to his left.
 
Next weekends Mal Meninga GF should be an interesting one. Both Burleigh and Tweed have a number of players playing in this weekends QLD schoolboy champs. Could be a war of attrition for both sides with who is healthy next weekend. Either way it should be a cracker of a grand final.

Tweed being undefeated throughout the competition should go in as heavy favorites. However, Burleigh seem to peaking at the right time.

Mdrew, any thoughts on who will come out on top in this one?
 
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