By Ron Wood
Paul Tuala is right at the top of the list of 57 Illawarra Players to be
selected in NSW Country Squads after last weekend’s Country Championships. The
Squads covering Seniors, Colts, Women’s, and Junior Boys and Girls age groups where
announced during the week.
stalwart Tuala, is one of six Illawarra players named in the Cockatoos Squad to
prepare for the short 2022 Cockatoos program. Tech Waratahs trio Stephen
Schwenke, Misieli Sinoti and TanielaTuipulotu were named in the squad along
with Matori Atunaisa from Kiama, and Jack Hobbs from Vikings.
selection is well deserved after his standout performance in Tamworth for the
Illawarriors. Paul has declared the 2022 season will be his final year in
Illawarra Rugby and set a goal for himself to finish with another Caldwell Cup
victory for Illawarra and Cockatoo selection. The Caldwell Cup victory evaded
him but he will be over the moon to once again represent his beloved Cockatoos
one more time.
Despite their side not
winning a game in Tamworth last week five Illawarrior Colts players have made
it into the Country Colts Squad. Jaxon Clark and James Hicks from University
have made the squad along with Josh De Kok and Felix Talbot from Bowral. Also
in the Colts Squad is Hugo Fay from Tech Waratahs.
At the Junior level
Illawarra sides won three Country Championships in the Boys Under 14’s and
Under 16’s, along with the Girls Under 16 side finishing as Joint Champions
with Hunter. Thirty boys have won selection in Country Squads across the ages
and fourteen girls were included in three Country Girls Squads.
The full list of
Junior Country Representatives are:
Boys Under 18’s –
Tyler O’Brien, Darnell Te Ahuru, Dom Uliana, Josh Parrish, Nate Makotsvana,
John Koroi Jokatoma, Leo Malaesilia and Harry Velavatu.
Girls Under 18’s –
Charlotte Basham, Tyanne Kerr, Hope Millard, Lailani Montgomery, Zali O’Brien,
and Mia Walsh.
Boys Under 16’s –
Jacob Colwell (Avondale), Ezekial Kennedy (University), Rico Ross (Kiama), Jack
Tully (Tech Waratahs), Harry Middleton (Kiama), Callum Hodgson (Kiama),
Nathaniel Gallagher (Camden), and Charlie Heidke (Kiama).
Girls Under 16’s –
Veronica Agavale, Maria Paseka, Jayda Patrick, Tahlia O’Brien, and Bronte
Boys Under 15’s – Ben
Askew, Isaac Elliot, Jerome Gargoles, Glassie Glassia, Mase Hilcoat, Dusty
Moffitt, Mason Norval, Riley Parrish, Hanare Reti, Noah Spiteri, Kai Wilson and
Boys Under 14’s –
Brayden Lang, Ronel Marc-Ribucan, Lacom Poaching, and Max Sutton.
Girls Under 14’s –
Angela Agave, Rebecca Cusack, Jacquelline Anna Scott.