Junior Sharks Matthews Cup ready for 2022 season after Knights trial hit out
The Cronulla Sharks Junior Representative teams travelled to St. John's Oval at Charlestown on Saturday for their final hit-out before the 2022 season kicks off.
The Harold Matthews Cup team were the first to take the field against their Newcastle opponents as Head coach, Brad Kelly, ensured fair rotation of his player’s, providing all 38 squad members with the opportunity to make one last impression prior to round one team selection.
Despite a hard-fought battle from a determined Shark’s squad, the Harold Matts team were defeated in the final minutes of the game, following two quick Newcastle tries that saw the home team takeout the match six tries to four.
Sharks Development and Pathways Manager, Glenn Brailey, expressed no concern surrounding the result and was impressed with the efforts demonstrated by the U17’s squad.
“Harold Matts came out strong in the first period matching it with a bigger Knights team,” Brailey said.
“The entire squad competed really well going try for try over the entire three periods of play, which was very pleasing.”
The 2022 NSWRL Junior Representative season is scheduled to commence on Saturday, 5th February with the Sharks Harold Matthews Cup opening their season against the Steelers at Pointsbet Stadium @ 10:00am.
See the Cronulla JRL action gallery from the trials below.
Pictures: Adam Wrightson
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