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    Titans contracted Samuel Shannon moved to right second row for Burleigh in last weekend’s Hastings Deering’s Colts Round Seven match against the Central Queensland Capra’s and scored a first half double in Burleigh’s big win.

    Samuel Shannon had to wait just six minutes to score his opening try of the match when he flew onto a short flat pass from Isaac Matalavea-Booth, running through a gap in the defensive line to run twenty five metres untouched to score mid-way between the goal posts and corner post on the right side of the field.

    Samuel Shannon completed his double in the 30th minute when once again he ran a great line into a gap to also score untouched, on that occasion from five metres out, to get the ball down ten metres in from the right corner post.

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    On Wednesday afternoon Titans contracted Michael Roberts started at fullback in Round Two of the Langer Cup in Toowoomba against St Mary’s College and scored a double in PBC’s big 44-6 win.

    Michael Roberts scored his first try of the match in the 21st minute when he was loitering around the ruck and was subsequently perfectly placed to receive an off-load from Jack Cullen to dive over next to the left upright after a five metre dart.

    Michael Roberts completed his double in the 51st minute when from a set move he received an inside ball from Thomas Weaver ten metres from the line to crash over mid-way between the goal posts and corner post on the left side of the field.

    Michael Roberts also recorded a line break assist in the 55th minute when after retrieving a kick just ten metres from his own line, Roberts drew in the St Mary’s left sided defence to put Deine Mariner into a gap with the centre subsequently putting Jett Forbes away to score in the opposite corner.

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    Titans contracted Ryan Foran on Wednesday afternoon started at left second row in Round Two of the Langer Cup against St Mary’s College Toowoomba and was easily the best player on the field in PBC’s big win, scoring a double as well as recording a try assist.

    Ryan Foran’s opening try of the match came in just the 8th minute when from twelve metres out from the line on the left side of the field he ran an outside shoulder route and after receiving the pass from Thomas Weaver, Ryan Foran charged through a gap to get the ball down three metres in from the left corner post.

    Ryan Foran completed his double in the 31st minute when after earlier good work from Thomas Weaver and Hunter Plogema, Ryan Foran ran thirty metres untouched to put the ball down next to the left upright.

    Ryan Foran recorded his try assist in the 44th minute when he threw a hard flat cut-out pass to his left from just ten metres from the line to put Hunter Plogema into space down the touchline with the PBC left winger getting the ball down in the left corner.

    Ryan Foran also made a line break in the 43rd minute when he burst away down the left, charging twenty metres before getting a pass away to his left.

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    On Wednesday evening Titans contracted William Semu was initially named on the left wing once again for Marsden SHS in Round Two of the Langer Cup against Ipswich State High School but ended up starting the match at left centre and was at his damaging best throughout the match including scoring a great try in the 21st minute by way of a bullocking run of thirty five metres down the left touchline, with the powerhouse youngster slamming the ball down one handed five metres in from the left corner.

    William Semu almost scored a second try in the 32nd minute when he followed through an attacking kick to the Marsden SHS left corner, with the ball sitting up for William Semu in the in-goal but just as he was about to take possession and get the ball down, the Ipswich SHS right winger just got his hand to the ball and knock it dead.

    In addition to his try, William Semu broke the Ipswich defensive line on the right on numerous occasions, including in the 17th minute when William Semu received the ball down the left channel forty five metres out and cut inside at his first opportunity, breaking four tackles to get to fifteen metres out.

    William Semu made a further line break in the 24th minute when he ran an underneath route from Cassius Cowley bumping off two Ipswich SHS defenders before off-loading to Cassius Cowley who had stayed alive on the play.

    It was clear from the opening moments that William Semu was in a “mood” and in just the 7th minute, William Semu produced the first of multiple damaging runs when he broke through the Ipswich SHS’s right sided defence to charge forty metres downfield before off-loading to his inside to Dominique Sandow.

    William Semu’s courage was highlighted in the match when in the 3rd minute Ipswich SHS’s kick up went high and short, William Semu stood under the ball knowing he would be hit be he held his ground and even when he was belted, William Semu more than held his ground.

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    After missing Round One of the Langer Cup against Ipswich State High School Thomas Weaver was back for Round Two on Wednesday afternoon against St Mary’s College Toowoomba, starting at halfback as well as captaining the side.

    In PBC’s big 44 – 12 victory Thomas Weaver in addition to kicking six goals from eight attempts, recorded two try assists as he expertly directed PBC around the field.

    Thomas Weaver’s first try assist of the match came in the 8th minute when he ran the ball to the left, putting the ball onto the chest of Ryan Foran who had run a good outside shoulder route to score three metres in from the left corner post.

    Thomas Weaver added a second try assist in the 51st minute when he ran straight at the line after receiving the ball from the dummy half to the left of the ruck and just prior to contact with the St Mary’s line threw a no look short inside ball to fullback Michael Roberts ten metres from the line, with the fullback easily forcing his way over the line mid-way between the corner post and goal posts on the left side of the field.

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    The curtain raiser to the NRL match tomorrow will showcase some of the best young players in the great Titans JTS program when a Titans U17 side plays a Titans Northern Rivers U18 squad in a great initiative from the Titans.

    The match kicks off at 12.30 so if you are heading to the match, please see if you can get to the game a bit earlier to see the next generation of Titans, no doubt that the players will produce a great display and the crowd support would also be big for them.

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    Titans contracted Isaac Togia had a huge match last night for Goodna Black in Round Eight of the Ipswich Rugby League U15 Division One competition, scoring five tries and kicking a conversions in their 78-6 win over Swifts.

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    Last weekend Coombabah SHS and Runaway Bay U18 Division One centre/second rower K-CI Newton-Whare was back in New Zealand for the 2021 NZ Maori U17 Championships and post those Championships was named in the NZ Maori U17 side.

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    Titans contracted Tom Weaver, Oskar Bryant, Jack Cullen, Ryan Foran and Jaylan De Groot yesterday were named as the inaugural male recipients of education and training scholarships under the Tom Searle Scholarship program.

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    Junior Titans System: Under-16s backrower William Semu dominates for Titans in win over Northern Rivers
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    The Junior Titans System side crossed for 11 tries in total in the NRL curtain-raiser, with a dominant performance by a 16-year-old Marsden State High School backrower catching attention.

    KEEBRA Park prop Arama Hau led the Gold Coast Titans U17s to a comprehensive victory over the Titans’ Northern Rivers U18s in a Cbus Super Stadium curtain-raiser ahead of Saturday’s NRL clash with the Sydney Roosters.

    The Titans captain combined superbly with Ipswich SHS’ Titans-contracted lock Josiah Pahulu (pictured) to lay the platform for a 60-20 victory against an older side.

    The Junior Titans System side crossed for 11 tries in total, with strong performances also recorded by Marsden SHS duo Dominic Sandow at fullback and William Semu in the back row.

    Semu is still just 16 years old.

    Tweed Seagulls winger Matt Burrow featured on the scoreboard on the back of strong play inside him.

    For the losing Northern Rivers side, the halves combination of Jye Davis at five-eighth and Harvey Moase at halfback impressed Junior Titans boss Jamie McCormack with classy playmaking, as did prop Khyan Weir who “never stopped trying” in midfield.

    Many players will back up for Langer Trophy school fixtures livestreamed by the Bulletin on Wednesday evening.

    BRONCOS, TITANS ADD GOLD COAST TALENT TO NRL DEVELOPMENT LISTS
    BRISBANE has signed Queensland merit team representatives Deine Mariner and Blake Mozer to its NRL development list for 2022 and 2023.

    Palm Beach Currumbin student Mariner, 18, was player of the tournament at Monday’s Queensland Secondary Schools Rugby League grand final and the standout centre of the 2021 Mal Meninga Cup.

    Keebra Park captain Blazke Mozer, Mariner’s South Coast teammate and fellow Queensland starter, is rated by school coaches as arguably the top hooker Keebra has produced in a generation.

    Both will join the Broncos at Red Hill full-time following their graduations later this season.

    Keebra head coach Glen Campbell, who joined the school’s rugby league academy in 2003, said the Broncos had secured a generational talent in the young hooker.

    “He’s one of the best hookers to ever come through Keebra Park and I’ve been there 20 years,” the three-time national champion schoolboys coach said.

    “He’s a quality kid, an academic kid, and his assets on the field are that he’s a big hooker whose defence is as good as his attack.

    “He’s the all-round version of what people look for in a hooker.”

    Strike centre Mariner scored 10 tries in eight matches for Tweed Seagulls in their run to the Mal Meninga Cup title this season, with a classy semi-final hat-trick against Wynnum Manly a clear demonstration of the power and pace he’ll bring to Brisbane.

    Mariner’s Tweed and PBC head coach Tim Maccan judged him the best centre in the Queensland under-18 competition this season.

    “It’s fair to say he’s quite an exceptional player,” Maccan said.

    “He was one of the top players in the Mal Meninga Cup this year and probably the best centre.

    “He’s got all the combinations for what you need to be a class centre.

    “He’s one that would be pushing for a spot in that Broncos team as soon as next year.”

    With Kotoni Staggs eyeing off a move into the halves Mariner’s path to the Broncos three-quarter line will see him compete with Jesse Arthars, Tesi Niu and Dale Copley for the right to play opposite former Burleigh Bears junior Herbie Farnworth.

    The Broncos snapped up Mariner in 2018 after starring at the New Zealand national youth under-15s tournament.

    In 2020 he joined PBC, stepping up for injured captain Damon Somerville to power the Reds into the Queensland schools final against Kirwan State High.

    His try-scoring feats in the 2021 edition of the Mal Meninga Cup encouraged the Broncos to extend his contract into 2023 with the added bonus of joining the NRL squad full-time in his first year out of school in 2022.

    Most exciting about his opportunity is the chance to play for his uncle’s favourite club.

    “My uncle back in New Zealand was a Broncos supporter and when I was seven he forced me to support them too.

    “I’ve loved the club ever since so it’s a buzzy feeling.

    “My family are the main reason I’m doing what I’m doing now, all their support and sacrifices in moving to Australia with me... It feels good giving back to them by chasing my dreams.”

    Mariner’s Tweed and PBC halfback Tom Weaver, rated the top playmaking prospect in Queensland this year, will join the Gold Coast Titans full-time squad in 2022 as part of their four-man development list.

    Rumours that the Titans had also signed former Marsden utility Tony Francis and PBC fullback Jaylan de Groot to full-time contracts are premature, but both talents remain firmly in the mix for club recruitment manager Ezra Howe.

    Meanwhile, Titans under-19s hooker Vaka Sikahele has recovered from a freak knee injury that ruled him out of the pre-season and is back fighting for a full-time NRL contract for 2022.

    The former New Zealand Schools rake damaged his MCL ligament in a training mishap but returned to Burleigh’s under-20s team last month with a clean bill of health and a countdown to impress.

    His 12-month contract expires at the end of the season, providing a limited window to prove himself for a place in the Titans’ top 30 or development squad next season.

    “I never thought (the year) would happen like this,” he said.

    “It (rehab) was hard but I knew I had to keep working.

    “It’s a different game here compared to home. It’s much faster.

    “My contract is only for one year so my goal is to work hard, play hard and hopefully prove myself to get something better in the future.

    “The Titans have been good to me with my recovery, now I have 12 months to show them what I can do,” he said.
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    GC junior side runs in 11 tries
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    KEEBRA Park prop Arama Hau led the Gold Coast Titans U17s to a comprehensive victory over the Titans’ Northern Rivers U18s in a Cbus Super Stadium curtain-raiser ahead of Saturday’s NRL clash with the Sydney Roosters.

    The Titans captain combined superbly with Ipswich SHS’ Titans-contracted lock Josiah Pahulu (pictured) to lay the platform for a 60-20 victory against an

    The Junior Titans System side crossed for 11 tries in total, with strong performances also recorded by Marsden SHS duo Dominic Sandow at fullback and William Semu in the back row.

    Semu is still just 16 years old.

    Tweed Seagulls winger Matt Burrow featured on the scoreboard on the back of strong play inside him.

    For the losing Northern Rivers side, the halves combination of Jye Davis at fiveeighth and Harvey Moase at halfback impressed Junior Titans boss Jamie McCormack with classy playmaking, as did prop Khyan Weir who “never stopped trying” in midfield.

    Many players will back up for Langer Trophy school fixtures livestreamed by the Bulletin on Wednesday evening.
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    MDREW can you tell me about Keano Kini please??

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    MDREW can you tell me about Keano Kini please??


    Keano Kini is a dynamic fullback/five eight/half who is a Titans contracted youngster from Auckland New Zealand who started in the halves for the Titans U16 side that played the U16 Newcastle Knights Harold Matthews squad in Coffs Harbour in January 2020. In the match Keano Kini operated on the right side of the field with fellow New Zealander and halves partner Levon Pure on the left.

    Keano Kini was acknowledged for his performance by former Titans JTS Co-ordinator Matt Srama in his review of the match in a video on the Titans Official Site after the match especially taking into account that Keano Kini had only two or three field sessions with the rest of the team prior to the match.

    In January 2021 Keano Kini started at fullback for the Titans U17 side in their annual match at Coffs Harbour against the Newcastle Knights and impressed in the deserved 32 – 20 Titans victory including scoring a special solo try in the second half. Keano Kini also had an early second half try assist when he put Seth Nikotemo into a gap to score from six metres away. In the second half Keano Kini moved up from fullback to send time in the halves for the Titans with Blake Forder moving to fullback.

    As noted above, Keano Kini’s second half try was an absolutely special one. Keano Kini’s try started to the left of the play the ball with Keano Kini receiving the ball from the dummy half. Keano Kini immediately stepped off his left to beat the first (of many) Knights defenders and then cut back to his right across the face of the Newcastle defensive line, brushing past a couple of outstretched arms. As a Knights defender came out of the line, Keano Kini spun 360 degrees clockwise to generate a gap in the defensive line, ten metres out and then exploded through the gap forcing himself and the ball over the try line with three defenders still hanging off him five metres in from the right goal post.

    Keano Kini stamped his mark on the match in just the second minute. After the first five tackles of the match, Newcastle put in a clearing kick which Keano Kini took on the full over his left shoulder. Keano Kini immediately assessed the situation and seeing that the Knights had a shortened defensive line on the right side of their kick chase, Keano Kini exploded to his left, getting on the outside of the final Knights defender on the right of their defensive line, surging forty metres down the left touch line before eventually being corralled. The Titans scored the first try of the match two plays later, with the try being directly attributable to Keano Kini’s line break.

    Wonderful stepping by Keano Kini was a key determinant in Keano Kini’s second half try, but the Knights should have known what was coming after getting a taste of his stepping ability when Keano Kini restarted play from a tap restart in the eighth minute of the first half after a Knights long kick went dead in-goal. Keano Kini took the tap from the twenty metre mark running to his left before producing a jump step off his right foot. On that occasion the Knights defence prevented a line break, in the second half they were not so lucky.

    In June 2021 Keano Kini started at five eight for a Titans U17 side that played a Titans Northern Rivers U18 squad at Cbus Stadium as a curtain raiser to the Titans Round Fourteen NRL match against the Sydney Roosters.

    The match saw Keano Kini dominate for long stretches including late in the second half when he scored in the left corner after a long Matthew Barrow. In that period, Keano Kini also had a try assist when after he engaged the defensive line he got a great one arm off-load away to put William Semu into space to score untouched from long range.

    Keano Kini also recorded a line break assist with a smart pass to hie left putting Matthew Barrow away for a fifty metre run down the left touchline.

    It was great to see in October 2020 Keano Kini named in the 2021 Tweed Heads Seagulls MM Cup squad.

    Keano Kini started from the bench for the Tweed Heads Seagulls MM Cup side in their first 2021 trial which was against the Easts Tigers at Langland’s Park and was one of the Seagulls best in their 28 – 12 first up victory.

    In Tweed Heads second 2021 MM Cup trial against Burleigh that Tweed Heads comprehensively won, Keano Kini played the first half at fullback and then came back on late in the match to line up at fullback once again and scoring late in the match.

    Keano Kini’s late second half try was a typical fullbacks opportunist try when after loitering behind the play the ball Keano Kini loomed up on the left of Ryan Foran. Ryan Foran steamed onto the ball forty eight metres out from the line, utilising a slight step off his left foot to break through the Burleigh defensive line and then Ryan Foran positioned his support in Keano Kini perfectly to draw the fullback and pass to his left for Kini to sprint twenty five metres to put the ball down under the posts.

    Keano Kini was in the action early in the match setting up a try down the left side of the field for Tweed Heads left second rower Jayden Wright, Keano Kini took the pass from the dummy half twenty metres out down a wide blind side. Keano Kini ran at the line with the ball in both hands before subtly adjusting his running line to his left and producing a good short ball to the left of his body to put Jayden Wright into a gap and from there the second rower was able to power over and score five metres in from the left corner post.

    Keano Kini also produced an outstanding run in the first half, when from a Seagulls scrum win, Keano Kini ran to the left of the field, rounding three defenders and making twenty metres downfield but just as he was about to breakaway, Keano Kini was dragged down from behind. Keano Kini however won a penalty for his team after the run when the Burleigh defence would not allow him to get to his feet and execute a quick play the ball.

    Keano Kini also started from the bench in Tweed Heads final 2021 MM Cup final against the Souths Logan Magpies at Logan, scoring early in the second quarter. Keano Kini came onto the left wing in the second quarter before playing fullback in the second half.

    Keano Kini’s try came in the 25th minute of the match, he had stayed on the left touchline as the ball was being thrown out in his direction. Keano Kini received the ball from Kaleb Ngamanu who threw a long pass to his left to Keano Kini. Three Souths Logan defenders were coming across in cover defence, but at the last moment Keano Kini who had presented that he was going for the left corner, stepped back inside off his left, resulting in all three defenders sailing past. Keano Kini was then able to dive over to score five metres in from the left corner post.

    Keano Kini’s first run of the match came off a Tweed Heads scrum win. Keano Kini had moved in from his left wing to be the first receiver to the left of the scrum, darting past two defenders whilst making fifteen valuable metres from deep in his own half.

    Keano Kini produced another superb second quarter run and once again it was as first receiver from a scrum with a Tweed Heads feed ten metres from their own line. Keano Kini received the ball just five metres out from his own line and literally ran around the three Souths Logan right side defenders before beating one when he stepped back inside off his left. Keano Kini burst through four arm tackles on defenders who were trying to keep up with his directional changes before he was hit high from behind with the Souths Logan defender being sin binned and put on report for the high hit. Keano Kini’s exceptional run had brought the ball an additional thirty metres away from the Tweed heads Seagulls line.

    Keano Kini continued his dominant performance in the second minute of the third quarter with an outstanding offload and line break assist. After moving to fullback, Keano Kini chimed into the Tweed Heads backline on the left side of the field, going deep into the line before producing an outstanding right arm around the corner pass to put Ryan Foran into space.

    Keano Kini continued his exceptional match later in the third quarter with yet another impressive run. Souths Logan received a penalty and kicked for touch but the Tweed Heads left winger was able to bat the ball back into the field of play. Keano Kini retrieved the ball inside his own twenty, immediately racing to his right at a 60 degree angle. As he approached the Souths Logan defensive line, Keano Kini stepped subtly off his left twice but bumping off one defender who tried to take him chest high before cutting back to his left to make an additional ten metres post contact. In total from when he retrieved the ball, Keano Kini make forty metres.

    Keano Kini produced a further outstanding run a couple of minutes later from the second hit-up after Billy Mozer’s try. Taking a hit-up to the left of the play the ball, Keano Kini was initially hit behind the advantage line, but after breaking that tackle, he exploded down field to make ten metres.

    A third impressive run in the third quarter came in the 8th minute of the quarter when Keano Kini looped around to a short left blind side from a Titans scrum win. Thomas Weaver received the ball from Blake Mozer who had packed in at lock and held the ball up as Riley Lack ran a decoy line, giving the ball to Keano Kini who made twenty metres downfield utilising his exceptional footwork to beat multiple tackles.

    Just two minutes later, Keano Kini again broke through the Souths Logan defensive line after being the first receiver of a Titans scrum win. Keano Kini ran to the right after receiving the ball from the back of the scrum, stepping off his left to beat one defender, making fifteen metres downfield before eventually being brought down.

    Keano Kini also showcased his outstanding top end speed in the second quarter. Souths Logan Magpies captain and five eight Ezra Mam broke through the Tweed Heads right sided defence and chipped over the fullback with a foot race ensuing. Keano Kini started ten metres behind Mam and on the opposite side of the field but within twenty five metres Keano Kini had caught and passed Mam in the race to the ball that had pulled up in the in-goal, ultimately knocking the ball dead.

    Keano Kini started Round One of the 2021 MM Cup competition on the left wing before spending a significant portion of the second half at fullback as Tweed Heads took on the Ipswich Jets at home and set up the Seagulls first try of the match.

    Thomas Weaver took the ball down a shortish left blindside and throwing a long cut out pass when he was forty eight metres out to his left to put Keano Kini away down the left touch line. Keano Kini flew down the left touchline, drawing the fullback and passing back to his left looking for Jaylan De Groot who was backing up on the inside. The Ipswich Jets right winger got his hand in the way to knock the ball towards the Seagulls try line with Jaylan De Groot retrieving the ball to run ten metres to score nine metres from the left corner post to cross for the Seagulls first try of the match.

    One of the things that has stood out in his time in Australia has been Keano Kini’s willingness to bring the ball out of his own territory and against Ipswich that was highlighted in the 16th minute when he made elven metres from a hit-up bringing the ball out of his own twenty metre area.

    In the second half with more room to move, Keano Kini had some good moments including in the 54th minute when he tracked back to retrieve the ball essentially on his own line, utilising his outstanding right foot step, Keano Kini easily beat the first defender down the field.

    Keano Kini also started on the left wing in Round Two against the Souths Logan Magpies and like he did in Round One Keano Kini moved to fullback in the second half with Keano Kini scoring in just the second minute of the match in their 32 – 24 victory.

    Keano Kini scored when he flew down the left touch line to dive over in the left corner, putting the ball down with his outstretched right arm after getting a gem of a pass from Jaylan De Groot.

    Keano Kini also had a line break assist in just the 7th minute of the match. As he has all season, Keano Kini was the Seagulls first receiver from scrums, normally on the left side of the field. After receiving the ball, Keano Kini cut to his outside forcing the defender on his left to commit to the tackle and after driving into the line and drawing two defenders, Keano Kini threw a great ball to his left to put Kaleb Ngamanu into space down the left touchline.

    Keano Kini’s speed and willingness to take the ball through the centre of the ruck was showcased once again in the 45th minute when he charged onto the ball just inside Souths Logan’s territory to the right of the play the ball. Keano Kini broke two tackles, making twelve metres before bouncing to his feet to generate a quick play the ball with Jaylan De Groot scoring due to the Souths Logan defence still back peddling from Keano Kini’s effort.

    Once again in the 48th minute, Keano Kini took pressure off his forward pack when he took the second hit from the kick-off from Jaylan De Groot’s try, with Keano Kini breaking two tackles to get the ball out past the thirty metre line and then was awarded a penalty when the Souths Logan defence would not allow him to get to his feet for a quick play the ball.

    Keano Kini continued his exceptional display in the 49th minute when he produced another line break when they got on the outside of his direct opponent on the left, breaking through the defensive line but unfortunately his pass back on the inside went to ground with a try potentially in the offing.

    Keano Kini was literally everywhere and bobbed up once again in the 57th minute with yet another hit-up to the left of the play the ball, once again bring the ball out of his own territory, getting the ball up to the forty metre area.

    Even with the game winding down and the Seagulls guaranteed the win, Keano Kini could not be kept out of the match. From a Tweed Heads scrum win on their own twenty, Keano Kini received the ball to the left of the scrum and literally ran around the Souths Logan right side defence to run twenty five metres downfield before cutting inside near the halfway mark to put a stamp on yet another impressive dare I say it, dominate performance.

    Keano Kini once again started on the left wing in the Round Three Gold Coast derby against the Burleigh Bears scoring once again in the Seagulls victory.

    As has become the norm, Keano Kini and Jaylen De Groot swapped positions on a number of occasions over the course of the match.

    Keano Kini’s try came towards the end of the first half when he followed through a great break by Bailey Martin who off-loaded to his right to find Keano Kini in open space to run twenty metres untouched to score to the left of the uprights after bring the ball around from the left corner under no pressure.

    Keano Kini had to be on his game in just the 9th minute of the match when Burleigh right second rower Seth Nikotemo put in a surprise chip ten metres out from the line. Keano Kini had to come off his left wing and dive forward to take the ball on the full less than a minute away from the try line. Keano Kini was then able to stay low to prevent being forced back into the in-goal.

    The second half saw Keano Kini break through the Burleigh defensive line seemingly at will with the first of those occasions coming in the 46th minute when Keano Kini darted out of dummy half to his left. As soon as he was clear of the ruck, Keano Kini stepped off his right to get through the line and get Tweed Heads into Burleigh’s territory with Keano Kini making eighteen metres from the run.

    Keano Kini broke the Burleigh line once again in the 50th minute. After Burleigh kicked to their right, Jaylan De Groot received the ball on the left and threw a long pass to his right that found Keano Kini in acres of space. Keano Kini stepped off his right to easily break through a fractured Burleigh defensive line, making thirty five metres downfield before finally being held.

    Then in the 55th minute Keano Kini made his third line break in just ten minutes when he ran out of dummy half to his left, breaking two tackles before being tackled on the Burleigh forty metre mark after a twenty one metre run.

    Unfortunately Keano Kini was unable to finish the match due to a lower leg injury with that injury forcing Keano Kini to miss the remainder of the 2021 MM Cup season.

    In mid-February 2021 Keano Kini was named at fullback in the school boy Oceanic Opens side for the South Coast school boy QSSRL U18 trial against Broadwater. Following the final round of trials, Keano Kini was named at fullback in the 2021 South Coast U18 school boy QSSRL squad.

    In March 2020 Keano Kini was selected to captain the under 16 NZtag Black team that was due to compete in the 2020 Trans-Tasman Series however that competition was postponed as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic. Early 2020 also saw Keano Kini named in the initial New Zealand rugby league U16 representative squad.

    Keano Kini was not able to play much rugby league in 2020 but was able to play First XV school boy rugby in New Zealand for Rosmini College, not bad at all for a 16 year old.

    Keano Kini started the 2020 school boy rugby year at fullback (N0. 15) for Rosmini College in their pre-season match against Rangitoto Collage, and when he season proper started all six of Rosmini College's First XV matches at fullback, finishing second in the competition with five wins and just one loss.

    Keano Kini started against Kaipara High School (Round One 59 - 0 win), Westlake Boys High School (Round Two 24 - 19 loss), TGS (Round Three 31 - 5 win), Massey High School (Round Four 14 - 0), Orewa College (Round Five 48 - 5 win) and Whangarei Boys High (Round Six 43 - 10 win).

    Post the school boy First XV competition, Keano Kini was selected for the New Zealand Rugby Blues U18 training squad.

    In October 2020 Keano Kini played for Kotahitanga in the 2020 New Zealand Maori tournament and post the competition of the tournament was named at fullback in the U17 All-tournament team.

    Keano Kini started the Grand Final of the 2020 New Zealand Maori Tournament at fullback for Kotahitanga as they defeated Taranaki Whanau 36 – 12 with Keano Kini scoring a try and kicking two conversions in the victory. Keano Kini scored when he was operating on the right side of the field and chased through a chip kick, taking the ball on the full and rounding two defenders to score under the posts.

    The NZ Maori U17 side featuring Keano Kini at fullback played a New Zealand Residents U16 team on 24 October 2020 at Rotorua International Stadium with New Zealand Maori going down 46 – 6.

    In 2019 Keano Kini played for Marist Saints in the Auckland U16 Open Rugby League competition even though he was impressively still U15 eligible. To be fair Keano Kini did not just play in the Auckland U16 competition, he absolutely dominated it, finishing at or near the top of the competition in the try scoring, goal kicking and overall points scoring categories.

    Keano Kini moved to the Marist Saints from the Northcote Tigers where he had previously played his entire junior rugby league with before the 2019 season. Keano Kini currently attends Auckland’s Rosmini College where amongst other sporting pursuits Keano Kini played rugby, including sevens in Year Seven.

    In the 2019 Auckland U16 Open competition, even though he was still U15 eligible Keano Kini had some outstanding matches including scoring twenty eight points from three tries and kicking eight goals against Mangere East Hawks in Round One and eighteen points from two tries and five goals against the Te Atatu Roosters in Round Two.

    Being Marist Saints primary goal kicker meant that Keano Kini was one of the Auckland U16 Open competitions leading point’s scorers over the course of the 2019 season and try scorers for that matter.
    Keano Kini started at half for Marist Saints in their 24- 12 semi-final win over the Waitemta Seagulls to progress to the 2019 Auckland U16 Open Grand Final.

    In the 2019 Auckland U16 Open Grand Final Keano Kini started at half for Marist Saints against the Pakuranga Kingz with Marist Saints coming away with a 22 – 8 victory, with Keano Kini kicking three conversions from four attempts with his only miss being his first attempt of the Grand Final from wide out to the right of the uprights.

    Keano Kini also set up Marist Saints first try of the Grand Final. Early in the first half, Keano Kini, was operating on the right side of the field two off the ruck. After receiving the ball is space, Keano Kini ran at the line with the ball out in front of his body in two hands, accelerating as he went. Impressively Keano Kini ran at the gap between two defenders, drawing both before popping a great short ball to his right for his fullback to surge over.

    Also in 2019 Keano Kini started at half and kicked a conversion for the Auckland U16 side in their NRL curtain raiser in May 2019 against an U16 Future Warriors side at Mt Smart Stadium.

    Keano Kini was part of the Marist Saints side that toured Australian in July 2019 playing a number of matches including a match on the Gold Coast against a Keebra Park select side in prefect conditions on the Gold Coast at Keebra Park’s school campus. In that match Keano Kini kicked five conversions.

    Keano Kini also started at half in another tour match against the Mudgeeraba Redbacks with Keano Kini kicking six goals as Marist Saints defeated the Redbacks 48 – 0, with Keano Kini also recording a try assist, when operating on the right of the field, he held the ball up beautifully to put the Marist Saints right centre away on a twenty metre run to score.

    To cap off an outstanding 2019, Keano Kini was selected in the New Zealand U16 side that played a TAO Samoa U16 side in Auckland in October. Keano Kini played the entire match at half for New Zealand and converted their final try with six minutes to go from directly in front as his New Zealand side went down 26 – 20.

    Even though he played the 2019 season in the Auckland Rugby League U16 competition and represented New Zealand at the U16 level, Keano Kini was still U15 eligible in 2019 and represented the Akarana Falcons in that age group in the 2019 New Zealand U15 National Youth Tournament, an impressive achievement.

    On Day One of the Tournament Keano Kini started at half and scored for the Akarana Falcons as they defeated the Wellington Orca’s 40 – 10. On Day Two Keano Kini once again started at half back as his Akarana Falcons side won 12 – 0 against the South Island Scorpions to be unbeaten after two matches.

    On Day Three Keano Kini had a huge match scoring a double and kicking four goals as the Akarana Falcons defeated the Northern Swords 48 – 4. In the Akarana Falcons semi-final clash against Wai Coa-Bay Keano Kini was once again at half and scored a double as the Akarana Falcons progressed to the Tournament final on the back of a 32 – 8 win.

    In the New Zealand U15 National Youth Cup Final against the Manakua Stingrays Keano Kini led his Akarana Falcons side from half back to the New Zealand U15 National Youth Title on the back of a 18 -6 win.

    At the conclusion of the Championship Final, Keano Kini was named the New Zealand U15 National Youth Tournament Player of the Tournament and was also named at half in the U15 All-Tournament Team to cap an outstanding week for the budding Titans super star.

    In 2018 Keano Kini represented the Akarana Falcons at the New Zealand U15 National Youth Tournament including kicking four conversions on Day One against the exceptionally named Wellington Orca’s.

    Rugby League recognition is not new to Keano Kini who in 2016 was named MVP of the U13 2016 ARL Jets camp, also making the merit squad from the camp and playing for the Auckland U13 side.

    2016 also saw Keano Kini named MVP of the Auckland Rugby League Regional Representative season when Keano Kini played in the U13 competition.

    Incredibly Keano Kini attended a Titans meet and great session in 2014 at the home of the Northcote Tigers. Obviously the Titans players that were there made a very positive impression that day on Keano Kini.

    In addition to also dabbling in rugby Keano Kini is also an outstanding athlete being named U13 Auckland Athlete of the year in 2016 for his exploits in other sports such as tennis and athletics amongst others.

    Keano Kini continues to have an outstanding athletes career with Rosmini College. In 2019 Keano Kini competed in the Auckland North Zone Athletics Championships, running in the 100 metre and 200 metre events.

    In the 100 metres, Keano Kini finished third in the final running 11.99 seconds into a head wind after running 11.88 seconds in the preliminaries. Keano Kini also finished second in the 200 metre final running 24.26 seconds improving the time that he ran in the preliminaries which was 24.35 seconds.

    Keano Kini also competed for Rosmini College in the 2018 Auckland North Zone Athletics Championships, representing his school in long jump and the 100 metre and 200 metre spring events.

    In the long jump Keano Kini finished second with a jump of 5.28 metres. In the 100 metres sprint Keano Kini finished sixth in the final running 11.65 seconds after running 12.50 in the preliminary round. In the 200 metre final Keano Kini finished second running 25.69 seconds after improving from running 25.95 seconds in the preliminary round.

    In 2016 Keano Kini had an outstanding year from an athletics perspective including being awarded an Integrated Schools Sporting Award for winning a gold, silver and bronze medal at the Colgate Games and two gold medals at the Trans-Tasman Athletics Championships.

    In 2016 Keano Kini was named the Rosmini College Intermediate Athlete of the Year after winning the long jump, 100 metres and 200 metres sprint races at the school athletics championships. Keano Kini jumped 5.87 metres to win the long jump, ran 11.65 seconds to win the 100 metres and 23.7 seconds to win the 200 metre sprint.

    To round off an impressive 2016 Keano Kini represented Rosmini College in basketball at the NZCT AIMS Games, ultimately being named in the boy’s merit side after leading Rosmini College to a second place finish.

    Even though Keano Kini has plus acceleration off the mark and above average top speed, his primary focus on a football field is to direct his side around the field, putting his side where they need to be to maintain pressure on the opposition.

    Holding the ball out in front of his body in both hands enables Keano Kini to put doubt into the minds of the opposing defensive line and thus he can dummy and run if there is a gap in the defensive line or put his support runners into gaps or for that matter get the ball out to his back line as quickly as possible.

    Getting the ball out to the back line quickly is no issue for Keano Kini as he has a very good long passing technique which delivers the ball quickly and accurately to the right place. Keano Kini’s decisive nature also means that when the ball needs to get out to his back line he will get it out there quickly to give his outside backs as much space as possible to work with prior to contact with the opposing defensive line.

    In defence, due to his size Keano Kini is obviously not going to come up with the big hit but reads the play well and can more than hold his own when defending much bigger players and against players with similar size is very aggressive when finishing off his tackles and slowing the resultant play the ball down.

    Keano Kini is also very vocal on the field always talking and encouraging his side and doing it in a positive way.

    Keano Kini is also a very good goal kicker with both good range and accuracy and as a consequence I would suggest that he is likely to be his side’s primary goal kicker regardless of the level he progresses to into the future.

    Keano Kini also has a very good short attacking kicking game with a positive being that he will go right to the line before dropping the ball to his foot, add to the fact that he regularly runs with the ball out in front of his body in both hands, he gives defensive lines a lot to consider, is Keano Kini going to kick, run or pass, a defensive line that anticipates incorrectly will be scrambling to recover before he makes them pay for their error in judgement.

    Like with his goal kicking Keano Kini has a real opportunity to be his team’s primary tactical kicking option going forward.

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    Thanks mdrew
    A fellow just told me he thinks he will be better than Weaver

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bods View Post
    Thanks mdrew
    A fellow just told me he thinks he will be better than Weaver
    Gee that is a big call, not sure that I agree but regardless both are outstanding talents.


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