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Pathways Preview: Round 3

It’s a big road trip on Saturday to Newcastle for four of our eight junior representative teams, with our two unbeaten Macarthur Wests Tigers teams playing their final home games in Camden on Sunday.

Balmain Tigers kick things off on Saturday against the unbeaten Parramatta Eels in the SG Ball Cup, following last weekend’s 2-point loss to the Roosters.  The Tigers’ Harold Matthews team has the week off with a bye. 

Wests Tigers two female teams are in action at St John Oval, Charlestown in the Lisa Fiaola and Tarsha Gale Cup competitions. 

Our Under 17s will be hoping to continue their solid start after opening the season with a 2-point win before last weekend’s 2-point loss, while our Tarsha Gale team is keen to bounce back from a heavy loss at Leichhardt.

Wests Magpies Harold Matthews and SG Ball teams are also in action in Newcastle, following last weekend’s trip to Melbourne. 

Our Matts team is one from one while the Ball side is coming off a 24-all draw against the Storm following a comfortable win over the Sea Eagles in Round 1. 

Lisa Fiaola Cup (U17s) – Wests Tigers

Coach – Scott Clark

This week we’ve concentrated on a few areas of our game that will hopefully help us build and maintain pressure on our opposition.

We have had to make a few changes to the team due to players been unavailable, but I am excited for those players who will get their opportunity. 

They’ve been itching for this moment and I’m sure they will bring the same energy to the team

Tarsha Gale Cup (U/19s) – Wests Tigers

Coach – Adel Hage

As a group the players are excited to be back on the field this week after last week’s disappointing result. We’ve made some minor team changes with a few girls getting their chance this weekend.

The Newcastle road trip is always an interesting one and quite a lot of these girls enjoyed this same trip last year as a part of our Roar squad.


SG Ball Cup (U/19s) – Balmain Tigers

Coach – Chris Yates

The Balmain Tigers look forward to playing the Eels every year. We welcome back to the line-up Sammy Schmitzer from injury and Jekope Sovau from suspension.

Harold Matthews Cup (U/17s) – Western Suburbs Magpies

Coach – Stephen Isdale

This week the boys travel up the F3 to take on the Newcastle Knights with a focus on playing the full 60 minutes.

We know that the Knights are a team that play will play out the full 60 minutes after watching their first two games this season.  We want to continue to start fast and build our game on the back of that.

This week we see the rotation of a few boys. Big Malcolm Malio will come off the bench and Tyson Walker, who’s had a big preseason, will play on the wing.

SG Ball Cup (U/19s) – Western Suburbs Magpies

Coach – Joey Saukuru

Back-to-back road trips for any team is a tough task. After coming off a draw in Melbourne last week we’ll be looking to get back into the winner’s circle this week.

If we can feed off the character and resilience we’ve shown in past weeks and continue to build and develop as a team, we will give ourselves every chance to be successful.

Andrew Johns Cup (U/16s) – Macarthur Wests Tigers

Coach – Harrison Fox

Our team is very much looking forward to its last home game of our season. The Riverina Bulls always come to play and will give it their all until the final whistle. The boys have trained well and will be ready for Sunday.

Laurie Daley Cup (U/18s) – Macarthur Wests Tigers

Coach – Mitch Tyler

Our Laurie Daley Cup team is excited to finish its home stretch at Camden on Sunday.

Riverina have come off two straight losses so will be super keen to get their first win.

In team news we’re excited to add experienced and powerful middle Kohen Lewis to the team.  Kobe Tooala is making his debut and I can’t wait to see him in open space.

If the boys limit their handling errors this week, they should feel very confident.

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