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2019 contracted under-20s

Townsville Blackhawks

Daejarn Asi (13/2/2000, centre/fullback, 186cm, 95kg, Aranui Eagles)
Nathan Barrett (2/2/1999, second row, 190cm, 101kg, Proserpine Brahmans)
Dylan Bayliss-Brow (13/9/2000, wing/centre, 195cm, 83kg, Kingaroy Red Ants)
Michael Bell
Daniel Buckland (4/2/2001, prop, 184cm, 98kg, Western Lions)
Ben Condon
Ty Everett (5/1/2000, wing, 185cm, 90kg, Burdekin Roosters)
Wiremu Greig (12/11/1999, prop, 192cm, 115kg, Otangarei Knights)
Vaughn Kim (29/6/2001, prop, 188cm, 108kg, Norths Thuringowa)
Zinzaan Martin (16/8/2000, centre, 183cm, 90kg, St Thomas of Canterbury College)
Aaron Moore (10/4/2001, halfback, 180cm, 74kg, Gemfield Giants)
Sam Murphy (4/1/1999, hooker, Rockhampton Brothers)
Griffin Neame (3/1/2001, second row, 194cm, 100kg, Suburbs RL Greymouth)
Riley Price (7/6/2001, lock/second row, 84kg, Kawana Dolphins)
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (5/9/2001, fullback, Cairns Kangaroos)
Adrian Trevilyan (7/7/2001, hooker, 179cm, 85kg, Burdekin Roosters)
Keanu Wainohu-Kemp (12/2/2001, centre, 193cm, 95kg, Tairawhiti)
Dylan White (9/1/2001, halfback, 176cm, 72kg, Townsville Brothers)

Mackay Cutters
Jye Andersen (21/9/1999, prop, Sarina Crocs)
Walter Lauenstein
Josh Smith
Garrett Smith

Northern Pride
Heilum Luki
Matti Moyle

CQ Capras
Elijah Anderson
 

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No word on an U20s squad list for 2019 but I've been told that they'll train and play with the feeder clubs, unlike 2018 when the main U20s trained together in Townsville.
 

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13 Cowboys contracted Under 20s/18s players have been named in this year's Emerging Origin squads:

Under-20 Emerging Origin squad
Elijah Anderson (North Queensland Cowboys)
Daejarn Asi (North Queensland Cowboys)
Logan Bayliss (North Queensland Cowboys)

Jangala Bennet (Cronulla Sharks)
Eddie Blacker (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Tanah Boyd (Brisbane Broncos)
Ethan Bullemor (Brisbane Broncos)
Ben Condon (North Queensland Cowboys)
Tino Fa’asumaleaui (Melbourne Storm)
Tom Flegler (Brisbane Broncos)
Tom Gilbert (North Queensland Cowboys)
Kobe Hetherington (Brisbane Broncos)
J’maine Hopgood (Penrith Panthers)
Frank Kuresa (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Walter Lauenstein (North Queensland Cowboys)
Reihana Marsh (Sydney Roosters)
Ronaldo Mulitalo (Cronulla Sharks)
Sam Murphy (North Queensland Cowboys)
Cory Paix (Brisbane Broncos)
Kea Pere (Gold Coast Titans)
Brandon Russell (Newcastle Knights)
Garrett Smith (North Queensland Cowboys)
Murray Taulagi (North Queensland Cowboys)

Braydon Trindall (Cronulla Sharks)

Under-18 Emerging Origin squad
Myphala Ah Chong (Brisbane Broncos)
Lance Bagon (Brisbane Broncos)
Bailey Biondi-Odo (Parramatta Eels)
Xavier Coates (Brisbane Broncos)
Juwan Compain (Gold Coast Titans)
Tom Dearden (Brisbane Broncos)
Will Evans (Gold Coast Titans)
Ryan Garner (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Stepharn Holo (Sydney Roosters)
Jack Howarth (Melbourne Storm)
Josh James (Brisbane Broncos)
Alofiana Khan-Pereira (Gold Coast Titans)
Vaughan Kim (North Queensland Cowboys)
Trent Loiero (Melbourne Storm)
Heilum Luki (North Queensland Cowboys)
Jack Martin (Brisbane Broncos)
Aaron Moore (North Queensland Cowboys)
Fanitesi Niu (Brisbane Broncos)
Brendan Piakura (Brisbane Broncos)
Tristan Powell (Gold Coast Titans)
Toby Sexton (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Jake Simpkin (Brisbane Broncos)
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (North Queensland Cowboys)
Adrian Trevilyan (Townsville Blackhawks)
Sam Walker (Brisbane Broncos)
Reece Walsh (Brisbane Broncos)
Brad Zampech (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

https://www.qrl.com.au/news/20182/112/16/under-20-and-under-18-emerging-squads-named/
I just watched some video on youtube of Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow as a 16 year old. He looks fast and athletic. Good acceleration.
 

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I watched Tabuai-Fidow in the GPS rugby here in Brisbane, he is one of the most gifted athletes you will see on a footy field. He will have a very bright future ahead of him. He would have had multiple clubs and codes coming after him.
 

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Sean Mullany, who was in our 20s squad for the last 2 years, has returned to NZ and joined the Warriors.

 
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Blackhawks have named their U20 and U18 sides for this weekend's trials against the Pride. A couple of contracted players in both sides:

Blackhawks U20
1 Daejarn Asi, 2 Zinzaan Martin, 3 Martin O'Brien, 4 Ty Everett, 5 Sam Stopp, 6 Brodie Chaffey, 7 George Reuben, 8 Wiremu Greig, 9 Curtis Dempsey, 10 William Fox, 11 Nathan Barrett, 12 Ben Condon, 13 Enemarki Shibasaki, 14 Lance Folbigg, 15 Daniel Rigano, 16 Jack Gauld, 17 Jack Johnson, 18 Dylan Bayliss-Brow, 19 Teroera Thomas, 20 Bryce Long, 21 Lochlan Acanufa, 22 Lochlan Duncombe. Coach: Dave Elliott.

Blackhawks U18
1 Hamiso Tabuai, 2 Steven Numambo, 3 Keanu Wainohu, 4 David Musumeci, 5 Ethan Targett, 6 Dylan White, 7 Aaron Moore, 8 Griffin Neame, 9 Adrian Trevilyan, 10 Vaughn Kim, 11 Sam Nimmo, 12 Phillip Musumeci, 13 Joey Jensen, 14 Jake Bourke, 15 Brad Schneider, 16 Daniel Buckland, 17 Jackson Dyne, 18 Isaiah Vailalo, 19 Thomas Casey, 20 Tai Laidlow. Coach: Matt Bowen.


I believe Daejaen Asi, Zinzaan Martin, Ty Everett, Wiremu Greig, Nathan Barrett, Ben Condon and Dylan Bayliss-Brow are contracted from the 20s and Hamiso Tabuai, Dylan White, Aaron Moore, Griffin Neame, Vaughn Kim, Daniel Buckland and Isaiah Vailalo from the 18s. Probably more but thats who I know of. Trying to get a list from the club.
 

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Blackhawks 20s defeated the Pride 22-14 in their trial last weekend.

This weekend's side to face Mackay:

1 Micheal Bell, 2 Zinzaan Martin, 3 Lance Folbigg, 4 Daejarn Asi, 5 Ty Everett, 6 Brodie Chaffey, 7 Adam Cook, 8 Wiremu Greig, 9 Curtis Dempsey, 10 William Fox, 11 Nathan Barrett, 12 Ben Condon, 13 Enimarki Shibasaki. Interchange: 14 Bryce Long, 15 George Reuben, 16 Jack Althaus, 17 Jack Johnson, 18 Damon Gale, 19 Jonathan Smith. Coach: Dave Elliott.

 

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Four Academy players are in the Qld Murri U16 side to play the NSW Koori U16 this weekend:

#2 Jodeci Baker (Wynnum Manly Seagulls)
#5 Kmani Levi (Upper Ross Rams)
#10 Thomas McIntosh (Townsville Brothers)
#15 Hubert Elu (Mareeba Gladiators/Aspley)


I think the game is being streamed on the QRL site.
 

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Queensland won with Kmani Levi and Hubert Elu scoring tries. Tom McIntosh was named Queensland's player of the match.

 
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Updated the first post with a list of contracted players in the U20/U18s competitions. Two new names are Keanu Wainohu-Kemp and Matti Moyle.

Wainohu-Kemp is a centre from Gisborne, NZ who was a member of NZ's under-19 waka ama (outrigger canoeing) team. Matti Moyle is a lock from the Northern Territory. In 2017 he was the Pool B Player of the Championships at the Under 15 Australian Schoolboy trials and was named in the Australian Schoolboys Pool B team.

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From waka ama champion to potential NRL player.

League fans, remember this name . . . Keanu Wainohu-Kemp.

The Gisborne Boys’ High student has signed a contract with NRL club North Queensland Cowboys and will play at junior level.

The club is home to one of the biggest names in the history of the sport, Jonathan Thurston, as well as Tongan star Jason Taumalolo.

It also kickstarted the first grade career of rising star Kalyn Ponga, now with Newcastle Knights.

Wainohu-Kemp, 17, will move to Townsville in November to embark on this new and exciting challenge.

A talented all-round sportsman, he is most well known as a waka ama paddler with Horouta Waka Hoe Club and is a member of the New Zealand junior 19 elite club team to compete at the world sprints in Tahiti next month.

He was also in the Poverty Bay under-16 rugby team last year, playing at No.8.

With waka ama long being a major focus, he goes into this league opportunity very much a rookie.

He has played only three games, all of those for Tairawhiti under-16 team who competed at the New Zealand Maori Rugby League national tournament last year.

His performance on the wing and at centre captured the attention of league scouts, who approached the team’s coach and management group of Chris and Wanita Brown.

Three NRL clubs invited him to scout training camps — the Cowboys, Canterbury Bulldogs and the New Zealand Warriors.

Wainohu-Kemp was surprised by the interest and the offer.

“I didn’t go to the tournament looking for anything,” he said. “I just went because I thought it would be a good way to have fun. The outcome was more than I could have expected.”

While new to the game, it was his work ethic, dedication and success in waka ama that spoke volumes to the scouts.

As well as being part of the elite New Zealand 19 crew at the worlds, Wainohu-Kemp will compete in W1 (one-man) for Horouta. He has won medals at previous world and national championships.

“My main sport has been waka ama,” he said. “I couldn’t even really commit to rugby in the past few years because of my waka ama training.

“Until last year I had never really been a good rugby player. Last year I started to mature.

“I never really thought I would make it in rugby or in league but the Cowboys recruitment manager had been watching me progress in waka ama since the league tournament.

“Ten months later we’re here and I thought I might as well take the opportunity. Waka ama ends in July and then it’s all rugby league from then on.

“A big thank-you to everyone who has helped me on this journey.”

Gisborne Tairawhiti Rugby League Association chairwoman Wanita Tuwairua-Brown said she was proud of Wainohu-Kemp’s achievements.

“This gives us all an idea of what opportunities are out there for our rangatahi.

“League has never been the number one sport here in Tairawhiti but just from that one trip, one rangatahi got through.”


Matti Moyle’s physicality is what has most impressed the North Queensland Cowboys
NOVEMBER 02, 2018
The Cowboys recruitment officer who scouted Jason Taumalolo as a 13-year-old says Matti Moyle is “one of the toughest kids” he’s ever seen.

Clint Zammit — who recently signed Moyle to a three-year development contract with North Queensland — yesterday said the Northern Sharks junior had physicality few players his age could match.

“He’s got plenty of upside,” Zammit said of the 16-year-old lock, who stands at 187cm.

“Matti’s got a real good frame and will only get bigger, stronger and faster in the next couple of years — he’s one of the toughest kids I’ve ever seen.”

Zammit first spotted Moyle playing for the NT at the under-15 national championships, and remembers a raw-boned backrower.

“He didn’t have much of an idea of how to play, but he loved the physicality,” Zammit said.

“I watched him play again last year and signed him before he went way for the North Queensland under-16s. He would have made the Queensland under-16s side, but was ineligible.”

Moyle will relocate to Cairns next year for a season with the Northern Pride in the under-18 Mal Meninga Cup, and Zammit said with top-line guidance, the Territorian would improve faster than his peers.

“He hasn’t had the coaching like other kids already in the system,” Zammit said.

“He will be a much better player at 19 than he will be at 17, he will add another level to his game.

“He’ll be playing in a good team around good players, and will have no trouble handling (the standard of the Queensland-wide Mal Meninga Cup).

“Training consistently three or four days a week and doing his weights, he will get stronger and be a completely different player in eight months.

“We’ll put some good weight on him over the next three years.

“It’s a process, but his frame will hold well over 100kg.”

The talent spotter said coming from the Top End, North Queensland would be the perfect fit for Moyle.

“Kids like Matti transition into our system easier than they would in Sydney,” he said.

“Darwin to Sydney is tough, especially when you’re young and want everything to be right off the field.

“(The Cowboys) seemed like the right fit.”

 

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Junior Cowboys too strong on the Gold Coast
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Fri 21 Jun 2019, 10:37 AM

A team of junior North Queensland Toyota Cowboys contracted players defeated the Titans 14-6 in an under 18s clash on the Gold Coast last Friday afternoon.

Mackay fullback Rayden Burns and Cairns second-rower Heilum Luki both crossed for the junior Cowboys, with Luki being named the man of the match.

The team is made up of members of the Cowboys Elite Pathways program, a group made up of 15 to 18-year-old rugby league talent from across Queensland and New Zealand.

The program has produced the likes of current first graders Michael Morgan, Coen Hess and Jake Clifford, with participants receiving regular football and personal development training from Cowboys Elite Pathways coaches.

https://www.cowboys.com.au/news/2019/06/21/junior-cowboys-too-strong-on-the-gold-coast/
 

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Trying to get a team list for that academy game but I don't think I will, the club is pretty tight on academy info. I know most of the players who played, couldn't recognise 2-3 of the guys. Five players were brought over from NZ.

Jake Bourke, Daniel Buckland, Vaughn Kim, Aaron Moore, Adrian Trevilyan, Keanu Wainohu-Kemp and, I think, Dylan White, from the Blackhawks all played. Luki from the Pride and Burns from Mackay were mentioned in the article. Matti Moyle from the Pride also played. Two players from outside the feeder clubs and NZ were Jacob Kiraz, who played for Lebanon last night, and Tony Francis. Francis is a centre who goes to Marsden. He's originally from Sydney and played for Manly's Harold Matts side that won the comp last year.

The NZ boys were Tyson Chase, Caius Faatili, Arama Kite, Matua Robinson and Tuki Simpkins. All these guys look massive, especially Simpkins. Chase, Faatili and Simpkins were all selected in the NZ U18s squad earlier this year and Kite, who is still 15, was selected in the U16s squad.
 

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Some info on Tuki Simpkins from early 2018:

Tuki Simpkins Lock/No.8 (Rotorua BHS)
Even though Tuki is a League bound player with word that he is going to the Cowboys, I still personally think that he is the best chance at making NZSS this year out of the Year 12’s. He is 6’5-6’6 physical like Brad Shields and runs the field like Vaea Fifita what more are you looking for? Here is what I like about Tuki Simpkins and it’s very easy to see when you watch him but it’s his intensity and passion to play the game. The games I have watched LIVE of him from last year including the Condor 7’s Tournament, there was not a game where he looked like he gave up on the play or the game. You got to watch out for him this year cause he is now of the age where he can start really hitting the weights and building his body for the sport he wants to play and that’s going to be scary come August when that all kicks in. I think he has it all and is a player I think that League went in saw it first and made it work. We lost Nelson Asofa Solomona, Suliasi Vunivalu, Hayze Perham and now Tuki Simpkins? Good on you NRL you got a good one. Step it up Union.

https://hstop200.com/year-12-jumpers/
 

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Some info on some contracted players from Kirwan and Iggy Park:

THE next wave of schoolboys rugby league talent is already making strides towards potential NRL careers following a blistering start to the Aaron Payne Cup.

Kirwan State High School and Ignatius Park College finished in first and second place respectively at the end of the regular rounds of the Aaron Payne Cup, which pits North Queensland’s top footy schools against each other. NRL scouts have always kept an eye on the prestigious competition, but some players have already got their foot in the NRL door.

Kirwan High’s Sione Tuitupou, Mia Pua’avase, Ragsy Wavik, Daniel Buckland, Adrian Trevilyan, Hamison Tabuai-Fidow, Jeremiah Nanai and Clay George have all signed with the North Queensland Cowboys, and Xavier Chatfield-Mooka has linked with the Sydney Roosters.

Ignatius Park has also got its contingent of players bound for NRL clubs, with Jake Bourke, Trey Valentine, Thomas McIntosh (Cowboys) and Isaiah Vailalo (Parramatta) on the first-grade pathway.

Ignatius Park enjoyed a successful run in its Aaron Payne Cup campaign, winning five out of six games, and like Kirwan has produced a host of NRL players.

https://outline.com/Ljeuvn
 

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Sione Tuitupou, Mia Pua'avase, Ragsy Wavik, Jeremiah Nanai, Tom McIntosh and Trey Valentine are all under-16s.
 

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The QRL Junior Championships start today. At U16 level this basically replaced the Cyril Connell Cup a few years ago. The Northern Marlins U16 team has a bunch of Cowboys academy players that we know of and most likely others as well.

Northern Marlins
1. Arthur Miller-Stephen 2. Kmani Levi 3. Toby Strecker 4. Xavier Chatfield-Mooka 5. Dudley Dotoi 6. Jordan Davies 7. Ragarive Wavik 8. Seth Sologinkin-Samuel 9. Ethan Roberts 10. James Filipo 11. Z'Jazirhae Pua'avase 12. Ieremia Nanai 13. Luke Jack 14. Tyreice Baira-Gela 15. Keyam Porter 16. Paul Bryan 17. Ethan Cocco 18. William Latu 19. Noah Cookson.

https://www.qrl.com.au/news/2019/07/03/qrl-junior-state-championships-team-lists/

https://www.qrl.com.au/news/2019/07/04/live-stream-junior-state-championships-day-1/

https://www.qrl.com.au/news/2019/07/04/live-blog-junior-state-championships-day-1/
 

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Day 1 results from the Junior Champs, with Northern winning their first game. Nanai, Levi and Wavik are all with the Cowboys.

Northern 22 (Ieremia Nanai, Kmani Levi, Ragarive Wavik, Jordan Davies tries; Ragarive Wavik 3 goals) defeated SEQ White 16 (Tuvalli-Afoa Khan-Pereira, Rhythm Rhind, Leon Te Hau tries; Ezra Mam 2 goals)

https://www.qrl.com.au/news/2019/07/04/live-blog-junior-state-championships-day-1/
 

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Another win for Northern on Day 2 of the Junior Champs.

1pm: Under 16 Boys - Northern v SEQ Green
What a performance from the Marlins!

They've all but locked themselves a place in Sunday's decider.

This game was a true arm-wrestle with plenty of feeling in the match.

SEQ led at the break 10-6 but in the second half, Ragarive Wavik took control, playing a major role in the Marlins' comeback.

The crafty halfback scored the first converted try to level the scores and then assisted in breaking the deadlock in the final three minutes.

It makes for a massive game between Central and SEQ White next to determine the standings on the ladder.

Northern 18 (Toby Strecker, Ragarive Wavik, Tyreice Baira-Gela tries; Ragarive Wavik 3 goals) defeated SEQ Green 10 (Malique Douthat, Harradyn Wilson tries; Harradyn Wilson goal)

https://www.qrl.com.au/news/2019/07/05/live-blog-junior-state-championships-day-2/
 

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Trying to get a team list for that academy game but I don't think I will, the club is pretty tight on academy info. I know most of the players who played, couldn't recognise 2-3 of the guys. Five players were brought over from NZ.

Jake Bourke, Daniel Buckland, Vaughn Kim, Aaron Moore, Adrian Trevilyan, Keanu Wainohu-Kemp and, I think, Dylan White, from the Blackhawks all played. Luki from the Pride and Burns from Mackay were mentioned in the article. Matti Moyle from the Pride also played. Two players from outside the feeder clubs and NZ were Jacob Kiraz, who played for Lebanon last night, and Tony Francis. Francis is a centre who goes to Marsden. He's originally from Sydney and played for Manly's Harold Matts side that won the comp last year.

The NZ boys were Tyson Chase, Caius Faatili, Arama Kite, Matua Robinson and Tuki Simpkins. All these guys look massive, especially Simpkins. Chase, Faatili and Simpkins were all selected in the NZ U18s squad earlier this year and Kite, who is still 15, was selected in the U16s squad.
Little update on this - Riley Price, Steve Price’s son, also played.
 
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