The ACT’s U15 Junior Gold Cup side will fly to Melbourne on Friday to face Victoria in the tournament’s first Semi-Final as Curtain Raiser for the Rebels v UC Brumbies clash.
Having come through the group stage unbeaten after big wins over South Australia, Sydney South Harbour, Hunter, Sydney North West and Northern Inland, the ACT players will fight for a spot in the final to be crowned the best side in the tournament.
Despite dropping just one match in their group stage to Hunter, the U17s have bowed out of the competition.
Coach Tom Beinke said he was excited for his young squad which has proven almost impossible to budge over the last two months.
“The Junior Gold Cup has given the boys a great opportunity to develop their skills and get some exposure in a national competition,” Beinke said.
“The team has been performing well to date and we look forward to the challenge of playing Victoria in this Friday’s Semi-final.”
Junior Gold Cup Coordinator Robert Smethills said he was impressed with the way the competition had unfolded.
“Across both age groups we have had 60 players participate in the program with the opportunity to have expert coaching, targeted strength and conditioning and a life skills program focusing on activities away from the field,” Smethills said.
“The competition has seen great comradely between players not only from the ACT but from other states.”
The ACT U15s will face Victoria at AAMI Park, Melbourne on Friday with a 4.30pm kick-off.ACT JGC U15s
1. James Bundy
2. Lachlan Lonergan (c)
3. Junior Soli
4. Lachlan Osborne
5. Tom Illes
6. Ben Love
7. Jordan Thompson
8. Jonathan Fangaiuila
9. Seamus Smith
10. William Goddard
11. Daine Spencer
12. Max Burey
13. Ali Ngahe
14. Byron Hollingsworth-Dessent
15. Jack MannReplacements
16. Tuati Chang-tung
17. Xavier Ponou
18. Jean Vincent De Masson
19. Corey Meredith
20. Tristan Aurisch
21. Joel Atkins
22. Jessie Dent
23. Jack GilmoreCoaches: Marco Caputo, Tom Beinke, Tim Sedgwick
S&C: Angus Teece
Physio: Kylie Janssens