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    Absolutely mate, at the U18 level we have some real stars such as Will Evans (centre), Juwan Compain (second row), Carsil Vaikai (lock) etc and of course recent signing Toby Sexton.

    Will Evans and Juwan Compain have already played Q Cup when still U18 eligible. I would argue that Juwan Compain will be Fifita's equal and Will Evans is as good as any outside back the Bronco's have at the U18 level and that includes Xavier Coates.

    In the U16's we have the best U16 in Australia in half Thomas Weaver and our version in Angus Creighton in Ryan Foran and Bailey Martin is no slouch and Kaleb Ngamanu and Orlando Swain are already playing First XV at 16.

    In the U15 Arama Hau has unlimited potential as a second rower and also forwards such as Nicholas Hilton and Joseph Shannon are in the U15 Emerging Origin squad.

    U14's such as fullback/centre Xavier Atoa and second rower William Semu have potential as good as any.

    I have omitted multiple players such as Ediq Ambrosyev, Brock Priestley, Jack Cullen.

    Also Titians fans will see Ioane Seuili and Jayden Campbell as early as next season and Luke Maiden is not far behind.

    Likely the first to play NRL is star to be Darius Farmer.

    PS U13 Coby Black could turn out to be anything as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bods View Post
    MDREW-if we during the Calamity Annesley years had our act together we’d now have Haas, Fifita, Nikora maybe Deardon and be on the precipice of being a contender in a year or two.

    That’s the preamble to my question which is are there any players of that caliber in the age 14-18 age groups coming through on the GC to be in our system and be future superstar Titans?

    PS-this question is also asked if anyone in the forum that follows the Juniors closely
    Last edited by mdrew; 11-09-19 at 06:04 PM.

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    ^^^ the man speaks. How lucky is our forum.

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    Titans linked David Neller (fullback) and Larry Siala (front row) will start for Ipswich Norths in their Ipswich Rugby League U14 Grand Final against Goodna Black on Saturday afternoon.

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    Titans contracted Orlando Swain will start in the centres for Ipswich Norths n their Ipswich Rugby League U16 Grand Final against Redbank Plains on Saturday evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bods View Post
    MDREW-if we during the Calamity Annesley years had our act together wed now have Haas, Fifita, Nikora maybe Deardon and be on the precipice of being a contender in a year or two.

    Thats the preamble to my question which is are there any players of that caliber in the age 14-18 age groups coming through on the GC to be in our system and be future superstar Titans?

    PS-this question is also asked if anyone in the forum that follows the Juniors closely
    Mr Bods, it should be noted that the NRL owned the Titans during the majority Mr Annesley Reign. The NRL did not allocate any fu ds to junior development. The Titans are not to blame. I keep hearing that the titans let all these great players slip through. No they didnt, they didnt have the capability. The junior development would have signed them in they could.
    The NRL have left a large hole in our junior development.
    The new owners are now allocating funds to the juniors but the best are still lost to the Bronx. It will take a few more years for the new program to get the recognition it deserves. Word will get out! The senior team also need to start winning. Kids want to tell their friends they've signed with a winning organization.

    Haas, Fafita and Deardon are quality players. Ones you find once in a decade. It could be a while before we see that talent again. Titans gave some promising juniors. Many will play NRL. Do we have any Haas's or Fafitas coming through the ranks? the answer is no. Not many clubs would.

    Tanah Boyd was a junior star, lost his way at Brisbane. He'll be great for us next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titans_alan View Post
    Mr Bods, it should be noted that the NRL owned the Titans during the majority Mr Annesley Reign. The NRL did not allocate any fu ds to junior development. The Titans are not to blame. I keep hearing that the titans let all these great players slip through. No they didnt, they didnt have the capability. The junior development would have signed them in they could.
    The NRL have left a large hole in our junior development.
    The new owners are now allocating funds to the juniors but the best are still lost to the Bronx. It will take a few more years for the new program to get the recognition it deserves. Word will get out! The senior team also need to start winning. Kids want to tell their friends they've signed with a winning organization.

    Haas, Fafita and Deardon are quality players. Ones you find once in a decade. It could be a while before we see that talent again. Titans gave some promising juniors. Many will play NRL. Do we have any Haas's or Fafitas coming through the ranks? the answer is no. Not many clubs would.

    Tanah Boyd was a junior star, lost his way at Brisbane. He'll be great for us next year.
    Thanks for those insights
    Yeah I’m aware that in the first 24 hours post the NRL taking our license that the Drongoes acted appallingly
    However you mAke a good point about the NRL not investing in Juniors at all post that takeover.

    And welcome to the forum Mr

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    For me one of the most impressive players in the NRRRL U18 competition this season was Cudgen left second rower Dillon Pinder. In last weekend’s NRRRL U18 Grand Final, Dillon Pinder was one of Cudgen’s best as they went down 24 – 6 to Ballina.

    Dillon Pinder played matches for Cudgen across all three senior grades in the NRRRL competition in 2019.

    In the NRRRL U18 competition, including finals Dillon Pinder played in thirteen matches scoring seven tries most of the barnstorming variety.

    In addition to a semi-final hat trick against Ballina, Dillon Pinder also scored tries against Lismore Marist Brothers in Round One and against Lower Clarence and Lismore Marist Brothers on three separate occasions.

    Dillon Pinder also played in two reserve grade matches, his debut coming against Lismore Marist Brothers in March and also played in a match against Northern United.

    Dillon Pinder made his NRRRL First Grade debut in April against Murwillumbah going on to play in nine First Grade matches overall, scoring in three of those. Dillon Pinder’s first NRRRL First Grade try came in his 4th first grade match against Evans Head and he also scored against Mullumbimby and Kyogle.

    Dillon Pinder also played in the NRRRL U18 competition in 2018 playing in eleven matches scoring six tries including a double in the last round of the regular season against Tweed Coast. Dillon Pinder’s other tries were against Kyogle, Lower Clarence, Murwillumbah and Tweed Coast.

    2018 also saw Dillon Pinder play for the Northern Rivers U18 side in the inaugural U18 Laurie Daley Cup competition.

    Dillon Pinder made his NRRRL U16 debut as a 16 year old in 2017, playing fifteen matches that season and scoring three tries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titans_alan View Post
    Mr Bods, it should be noted that the NRL owned the Titans during the majority Mr Annesley Reign. The NRL did not allocate any fu ds to junior development. The Titans are not to blame. I keep hearing that the titans let all these great players slip through. No they didnt, they didnt have the capability. The junior development would have signed them in they could.
    The NRL have left a large hole in our junior development.
    The new owners are now allocating funds to the juniors but the best are still lost to the Bronx. It will take a few more years for the new program to get the recognition it deserves. Word will get out! The senior team also need to start winning. Kids want to tell their friends they've signed with a winning organization.

    Haas, Fafita and Deardon are quality players. Ones you find once in a decade. It could be a while before we see that talent again. Titans gave some promising juniors. Many will play NRL. Do we have any Haas's or Fafitas coming through the ranks? the answer is no. Not many clubs would.

    Tanah Boyd was a junior star, lost his way at Brisbane. He'll be great for us next year.
    Bods. This guy has written what has happened. Annersley was not to blame at all. He ran the club on the smell of an oily rag. He did a tremendous job and without him TITANS would not be here. It’s a pitty Graham is not around as I would have personally organised for you both to meet and chat. Once he retires back to coast I’ll organise a coffee with him if you like and ask away. We as a Titans community really don’t know what he has done to save our club. It’s also noted that he did a lot of the work by himself when the NRL owned the club. I will defend Graham until the day I die for what he did for our great club.
    #TitansThruNThru #WeAreReady

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    Latest Titans Junior Development wrap from Official site including a great acknowledgment of the individual awards won by Henry Lee, Thomas Weaver and Ryan Foran.

    https://www.titans.com.au/news/2019/09/13/jnr-rep-wrap/

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    One of the best players in the U18 Division Two competition this season was Robina Raptor Klese Haas who was a dominant figure over the course of the season and had an outstanding Grand Final when he started at lock not withstanding that Robina went down 34 – 8 to Burleigh in a rough and tough encounter.

    Splitting time between lock and five eight Klese Haas played eight U18 Division Two matches (including finals) and finished with a season strike rate of 125%.

    Klese Haas (who is a cousin I believe of Payne Haas) scored four tires and kicked four goals in his first U18 match of the season against Runaway Bay, and aslo scored doubles against Tugun and Beaudesert.

    Klese Haas’s other two tries came in matches against Southport and Currumbin.

    Klese Haas is U18 eligible again in 2020 and should, if he chooses, find his way into either Tweed Heads or Burleigh’s MM Cup squads.

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    A couple of Gold Coast rugby league players will line-up for TSS this weekend in what are essentially trial matches against Toowoomba Downlands College.

    James Pere will start from the bench for the TSS Second XV against the Downlands College First XV and Keahn Skipps (No. 10) and Jacob Sa (inside centre) will start for the TSS U14A side.

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    A couple of U18 eligible players will be involved in the GCRL U20 Preliminary Final on Sunday.

    For Currumbin, Cole Geyer will start on the bench and Brendan Hoffman will start in the second row for Runaway Bay with exciting youngster Tira Rau starting in the centres for the Seagulls.

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    Burleigh will be holding their 2020 MM Cup trials tomorrow morning, good luck to all who are trying out.

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    Some incredible ns" for the Burleigh Colts side for their semi-final tomorrow against Norths.

    It appears that Darius Farmer, Luke Maiden, Reece Tapine, Tyler Szepanowski and Will Evans will likely be involved.

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    At the recent Group One Junior Rugby League Awards Nigh a couple of players with Titans links were presented with awards with Tyrone Roberts on hand to present the awards.

    The Ballina U14 side featuring Titans linked Kye Cooper and Reshawn Anderson received the Team of the Year Award for their unbeaten season.

    Titans linked Kye Cooper was named Group One U14 Player of the Year.

    Titans contracted Rowan Mansfield was named Group One Representative Player of the Year.


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