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Pathways Preview: Round 5

Our junior representative pathways teams will play games in Camden, the Illawarra and Auckland this weekend.

Western Suburbs Magpies are playing Canberra Raiders in the Harold Matthews and SG Ball Cup in Camden on Saturday, following big wins last weekend against North Sydney. 

Our two junior women’s teams are also in action at Kirkham Oval on Saturday, and like the Magpies U/17s and U/19s, they too enjoyed good victories against the Bears last round.

Our two Macarthur Wests Tigers teams (U/16s and U/18s) are both aiming to bounce back from losses last weekend when they take on the Illawarra South Coast Dragons at Centenary Oval, Shellharbour.

And our Balmain Tigers U/17s and U/19s are off to New Zealand this weekend to face the Warriors in Auckland on Sunday in the Harold Matthews and SG Ball Cup competitions.

Lisa Fiaola Cup (U17s) – Wests Tigers

Coach – Scott Clark

The team will be looking to consolidate their performances from their previous games and focus on playing with some patience and consistency.

The CC Roosters have been playing good footy and they play a similar style to us in many ways.

We will need to stay on our toes and play the fill 60 minutes and take all the opportunities that come our way. This game will be a good test for us and something the team is looking forward to heading into our bye round.

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

Coach – Adel Hage

It’s an exciting week for the Tarsha Gale squad. The preparations have been great on the back of our first win of the season.

This game is an important one ahead of the bye so it’s an opportunity to put us in a good place for the run home.

Harold Matthews Cup (U/17s) – Balmain Tigers

Coach – Tony Bazouni 

It is an exciting week for our team when the boys travel to New Zealand to take on the Warriors. In what will be a first for many players and staff, we are looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.

A few changes with the return of captain Hayden Elkris and the inclusion of fullback Leroy Petelo and forward James Baronowski.

SG Ball Cup (U/19s) – Balmain Tigers

Coach – Chris Yates

The team is very excited to tackle the Warriors this week in New Zealand. Massimo Maestrale makes his debut for the Balmain Tigers and is super keen for a big game.

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

Coach – Stephen Isdale

This week is a very big challenge for the boys. Canberra is a tough team and as we have learnt over the years trial form means very little.

You simply must show up if you’re any chance against the Raiders. We want to focus on sticking to our processes and the rest will look after itself.

Squad rotation continues this week with the ‘pocket rocket’ Tyler Volcov and ‘big Levi’ making their debut on what is a big occasion for the boys and their families.

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

Coach – Joey Saukuru

After having our first four games on the road we’re really looking forward to hosting the Raiders this week in our first home game.

With both teams coming off two good wins last week this shapes up to be a very tough & important game for both teams.

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

Coach – Harrison Fox

This week we come up against a South Coast Dragons team that has everything to play for. The boys were very disappointed with their performance last weekend and are hungry for redemption.

We are treating this game like a semi-final and will be looking for a complete performance.

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

Coach – Mitch Tyler

We finish the regular season with a do or die game against Illawarra. After a tough game down in Canberra we are looking forward to bouncing back. With hard-running centre Callum McMenemy back from SG Ball we look forward to seeing him at his damaging best with ball in hand.

If we complete at a higher percentage than last week the team will go a long way to winning this football match. The boys have ripped in this week and are eager to fix the poor result from last weekend.

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