Penrith & Parramatta dominate NSW Junior State Championships in positive sign for rugby in Sydney’s west
Penrith and Parramatta have dominated the 2018 NSW Junior State Championships held around the state across the long weekend.
Parramatta won the U12s and U13s titles and Penrith won the U14s tournament, all of which were played over three days.
A combined Parramatta and Randwick side also took out the U15s girls division, West Harbour won the U17s girls final and Penrith also featured in the U12s final.
Earlier this year, Penrith’s senior club was removed from the Shute Shield competition after struggling to field competitive teams in most grades.
While Sydney Rugby Union president David Begg confirmed a senior club will replace the Emus in the Sydney grade competition eventually, no firm plans have been announced.
“We mentioned that to the boys with the seniors not doing so well we needed to show the world we’ve still got talent at the club and we did that today,” Penrith U14s coach Ronnie Patea said.
“It’s a great experience for some of them, they’re a bunch of champions, most of them were there last year so we’re really excited.”
In other results, Norths were too good for Eastwood in the under 15s decider, Gordon beat ACT in the U17s and Manly defeated Hunter in the Opens (U18s).
“It was a magnificent weekend – probably one of the best State Champs we have run in recent years, NSW Juniors president Ben Gregory said.
“Our host clubs did a super job – especially with the wet weather we had last week. I must commend the councils on helping the tournaments proceed. But some of the grounds – particularly Drummoyne and Concord were is such good shape you would not even know it had rained.”
NSWJRU 2018 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS – FINALS
U12: Parramatta 33 def Penrith 5
U13: Parramatta 54 def Victoria 12
U14: Penrith 29 def Gordon 10
U15: Northern Suburbs 32 def Eastwood 7
U15 Girls: Randwick/Parramatta 22 def Central North 7
U16: Gordon 38 def ACTJRU Brumbies 22
U17 Girls: West Harbour 29 def Illawarra 5
Opens: Manly 31 def Hunter 21
Photo: Central Western Daily