Illawarriors 2016 Under 11


The Junior Illawarrior U11's will conduct two trials to select their 2016 squad to compete in the State Championships in June.

The trials will take place as follows:

  • Sunday 6 March 2016 – Kiama Showground – 10am to 11.30am
  • Sunday 13 March 2016 – Wollongong University – 10am to 11.30am

The trials will consist of skill identification drills and trial games. 

All players should wear appropriate training clothing including boots, headgear and mouthguard. 

Please bring own water bottle.

For further details contact Squad Manager Tony Keyes




Coach:  David Crowe -  0418 667 962

Assistant Coach: Will Panayi

Manager:   Tony Keyes - 0409 669 641

Outstanding Effort By Illawarrior 11's

junior illawarriors logoThe U11 Illawarrior side had a great representative season, having completed our State Championship at Blackman Park, Lane Cove undefeated.

The District has much to be proud of with this young side, proving to be a very committed group of players, parents and coaches all combining to produce a great experience for everyone involved. Player commitment at training was great, with all of the boys applying a positive attitude week in- week out which was reflected in the way the boys performed at the tournament.

Match results were as follows:


Illawarra 29 vs Parramatta 10

-          Set the tone for our weekend, the boys went out ready to go after a great warm up and great start, and simply went from strength to strength throughout this game. Parramatta proved a real contest in the early pieces, and the boys were able to see through the tough early periods to win very convincingly.

Illawarra 37 vs Southern Districts (Blue) 7

-          The boys showed great structure throughout this game, with key focus on our pod system which put us in great attacking positions on multiple occasions. The boys threw the ball around, great draw and pass, and showed great cohesion and co-operation to attain this great result.

Illawarra 26 vs Central West 0

-          Fatigue started to kick in, and after a shaky warm up, and slow start to the game, the boys show great poise and work ethic to overcome a tough opposition. The score line didn’t reflect the toughness of Central West.


Illawarra 38 vs Eastwood (white) 0

-          After a late night and early start to the day, the boys didn’t look convincing in the early stages of the warm up, but after a shaky start, the boys worked their way into the game. Once we found our rhythm and built some momentum, the boys demonstrated great poise to record a very convincing victory and against a traditionally very strong club.

Illawarra 22 vs Eastern Suburbs 7

-          The most rewarding victory of the weekend. The boys posted one a grittiest performances I’ve seen in a long time and demonstrated real courage and will against a strong opposition. The game remained very close until half way through the second half. The boys were very smart with possession and were quick to act on any loose ball. Most impressive of all was the commitment and aggression at the ‘counter ruck’, and we simply frustrated them out of the game. The boys also overcame some boisterous opposition parents who confused our gutsy play for infringements. Special mention to Radar in this game who played hurt, and hung on for a very rewarding victory. The boys were outstanding custodians of the strong rugby history of our region in this game, and did us extremely proud. Courage, ticker, commitment, great result.

Illawarra 22 vs Norths 12

-          Another great win, a solid warm up followed by a well contested initial period of play. The boys simply got on with the job again, grew in confidence, and after the greatest half time speech in the history of sport from Coach Low, the boys were deserved winners, bring on next year.

Every single player in this team simply stood up and rose to the occasion, and demonstrated real grit and courage especially when under fire from our stronger opponents. The boys are a really intelligent group of young individuals that continually demonstrated unselfish play and application to game play situations beyond their years. The thing that impressed most was the boys willingness to listen to instructions and follow through with absolutely outstanding execution. Every player in this squad deserves special mention:

1. Kane Dupres – ‘King Kane’ proved a formidable ball runner, scrummager and all round tough unit who provided real stability up front, and rose to the occasion when opposition stepped it up against us. His determination to drive through contact, and awareness of when to counter ruck and pilfer the ball really shone through. What a great kid and player.

2. Roy Fenukitau – Roy had an outstanding tournament and was an absolute menace at the breakdown. His disruption to opposition possession was second to none and proved relentless in attaining any loose ball the opposition didn’t control. Roys ability to read a game combined with his strong understanding of the breakdown continually laid a great platform for our momentum, especially in crucial parts of the field. Outstanding prospect.

3. Lleyton Wright – Lleyton is the kid who comes up with the big run, and the big tackle that turns the tide. When he puts his mind to the task, he is one of the most damaging players in our side and showed real ‘go forward’ on multiple occasions. A real impact player, whose performance at scrum time was outstanding, and with a real shortage of good front rowers coming through will be one to keep an eye on in coming years.

4. Angus Hayman – Sound contributions from Angus allowed us to lay a great platform for our sides great weekend. We love a kid who loves a clean out and Angus certainly fulfilled his role and exceeded expectations. A great ball runner with defence to match. We are looking forward to Angus’s performances in the future. Great work.

5. Jaydon Viliamu – Hands down the most damaging ball runner at the tournament. An outstanding prospect who I can forsee turning into a great Rugby athlete. After he’d run through an entire side to score, he’d back up and do it again. He simply loves to run over people, but away from the field is a very humble and respectful kid. He continually backed up his performances the entire weekend, and showed real courage when deciding to play on through a couple of injuries he sustained. Massive effort.

6. Bohan Spencer – Bohan just loves it. Surprised he didn’t run off down the street looking for another game during our breaks. Great contributions and enthusiasm and really worked well with our other players to gang up on opposition in defence and at break down time. Would love to see you back in the future.

7. Oliver McCrea – Oli had a great weekend and certainly doesn’t shy away from the tight contests. Served as a very consistent player who continually stood up to be counted. Numerous great contributions to the side and is a great team player. Leads by example.

8. Xailin Salakia – Xailin also proved to be a very damaging ball runner and ran through entire packs on multiple occasions. Xailin was hands down one of the best listeners at training, and very effectively applied what he’d learnt to his performance. His combination with Jayden was simply outstanding, and he never shied away from the tough stuff. I am looking forward to tracking his progress as he’s extremely coachable and well respected amongst coaches and fellow players. Keep up the great attitude.

9. Lochie Stewart – Lochie is the player you love to have in your team, but would hate to play against. He is full of energy, loves the tough stuff, and full of niggle. His speed, awareness and confidence at the tackle contest provided real stability for our side, and continually made great decisions. Absolutely outstanding catch/pass and awareness. One to keep an eye on.

10. Joshua Low – Josh had an absolutely outstanding weekend. He continually stood up and showed real nerve under pressure. He strikes a great balance between being unselfish and picking the right time to have a crack himself. His decision making was great and showed great consistency in not pushing the pass and ensuring we maintained possession at crucial points of the game. Great combination with Lochie and Jobo. Couldn’t be more proud of this young man’s performance.

11. Hudsyn Murphy – Hudo loves a tackle, loves a bit of footwork, and a bit of space. Had a great weekend, and was a great listener at training. A really intelligent footballer, he maintained his feet really well through contact and went that extra yard. I can forsee him developing into a very well rounded footballer who can cover multiple positions.

12. Luke Jobson – Mr consistency, was dynamic in attack and defence, and really unselfish when opportunities arose outwide. His combination with Josh and Harrision was outstanding and served as a very reliable defender. Is the exemplar of what you’d expect from a reliable midfield player.

13. Harrison Valeratu (C) Harrision led by example the entire weekend, great defence, great attack, great footballer. What an exciting young prospect. Get down and watch this kid play.

14. Harry Neich – Speed, scored some great tries and made metres through tight spaces. A hard runner of the ball, and confident through contact. A very pro-active kid who sees an opportunity and excelled in the limited time and space he had, consistent with the nature of his position. Great performance.

15. Riley Reynolds – radar showed great courage the entire weekend, his consistency in attack and defence was outstanding, and continually pushed through the pain barrier after sustaining an injury earlier on in the piece. Kicked some difficult conversion attempts, and made the most of the opportunities he was presented with. A very calculating and dynamic footballer with a bright future.

16. Ashton Thurgate – Ashton showed great impact when he came on, and certainly loves a tackle. His awareness of the game since coming from Rugby league is greatly improving, with some mind blowing clean outs that led oppositions to think twice about attempting to pilfer our ball. His best years in Rugby are yet to come and I am really excited about tracking his progress. What a prospect.

17. Olaf Muller – Olaf really enjoys his rugby, and proved to be a great listener and very respectful kid. Olaf is a quiet achiever who understands his role, and always got the job done at clean out and tackle time. Olaf has a great physique for Rugby and would certainly love to see him develop into a great second row/back rower. Keep up the positive attitude and work ethic.

18. Matthew Parker – Great impact player and was great in carrying on the foundation that was laid for him when he entered the field. Needed no time to work his way into the game, simply got out there and got on with the job, absolutely outstanding performance and positive attitude to training and match day. Great contributor.

19. Kai Anderson – Kai served as our train-on squad member after some great performances at club level. Kai absolutely tore Avondale apart in a club fixture in which he scored 4 four tries and continually kept the opposition guessing. Kai certainly isn’t afraid of the tough stuff and punches well above his weight. We really enjoyed having him as apart our group, keep up the great performances.

Coaches: Justin Low and Nick Reynolds: Showed great enthusiasm and commitment to the boys and genuinely have their best interests at heart. Not only do they teach the game well, they explain to the kids the importance of the values this game teaches us, such as the importance of strong work ethic, and the ability to show commitment to our cause. Both of these blokes are genuine characters and it is no wonder the Camden boys in this age group have enjoyed some great results of late. The organisation and commitment of Justin and Nick will see the side in safe hands into the future. I wish you both all the best with your coaching careers, and please continue to bring your passion to the group as the energy you bring is contagious.

Managers, organisation: Deanne Wright and Paulene Low were the real backbone of the operation and saw smooth transitions, organisation of logistics, team administration, bookings, uniforms, contacting parents, making lunches, you name it. Thank you very much for your support and efforts whilst I am trying to settle in to a new role and learn the ropes. Your efforts are greatly appreciated by everyone involved and it is a testament to Camden Rugby’s success, that parents such as you are involved.

Cameron Thurgate: Came in as a ‘defensive technical advisor’ last minute and added a bit of variety to our operation. We look forward to calling upon your knowledge and experience in the future and you are a great asset to Illawarra Rugby.

-          A thank you to all the coaches/referees that assisted with running the musters and running drills while the team was selected, there were many of you and it was great to see a great support network around the boys.

Parents: All the parents that were involved during our time, couldn’t have asked for a more supportive group of parents, who let the coaches do their job, never interfered, never criticised and only ever offered support and encouragement. Nothing would please me more than to have you back again and hopefully we can keep this group together for many years to come. Your proactive efforts in assisting with BBQ’s, travelling to training and organisation were outstanding and greatly contributed to the positive experience we created for our players.

The entire group served as a great example of what Rugby in our region needs to be about, if we are attract new players to our game and provide them with good training in a great culture that is supportive and nurturing of our kids. We are adamant about creating an environment where our kids aren’t afraid to make mistakes, don’t feel unnecessary pressure, and are faced with healthy challenges as opposed to those consistent with negative reinforcement. In very testing times for our region and Rugby participation as a whole, nothing would please me more than to see this as a State Championship Winning side over the next few years. The side is planning to meet once a week every six weeks to keep the squad together, to stay in touch, and to provide great experiences for the group.

Thank you for the invitation to be involved with the group, I look forward to bumping into some familiar faces around the traps.

Illawarriors 2015 Under 11

Squad:        Ashton Thurgate,Angus Hayman,Bohan Spencer, Harrison Valeratu, Harry Neich,Hudsyn Murphy,          Jaydon Viliamu,Joshua Low, Kane Dupres, Lleyton Wright, Lochie Stewart, Luke Jobson, Matthew Parkes, Olaf Muller, Oliver McCrea, Riley Reynolds, Roy Fenukitau, Xailin Salakia.

Training:  Regular Training every Monday at 6.00PM at Camden Rugby Park.

Trials:      To be Advised

Tournament:  State Championships at Blackman Park, Lane Cove, June 6-8.

Coach:  Nick Reynolds

Assistant Coach: Justin Low

Manager:    Chris Sellar Phone 0404 003877


Junior Illawarriors U11 Squad Announced

Congratulations to the following players that have been selected to represent the Illawarriors under 11's on the June long weekend 7th, 8th and 9th of June 2014 at Manly. Training will begin in Kiama at the showground on Monday 28th April at 6:30 pm.


  • Thomas Cusack           (Camden)
  • Kal Whyte                     (Kiama)
  • Harrison Kiteley            (University)
  • Alastair Cunningham    (Bowral)
  • Tully Yates                    (Kiama)
  • Liam Holland                 (KIama)
  • Hugo Fay                      (Bowral)
  • David Mataia                 (Campbelltown)
  • Will Middleton               (Bowral)


  • Jarvis Austin                  (Kiama)
  • Jay Shipley                    (Campbelltown)
  • Rory Lawrence              (Kiama)
  • Sam Davis                     (Kiama)
  • Hamish Pinn                  (Bowral)
  • Luka Butcher                 (Kiama)
  • Emmanuel Kandidakis  (Campbelltown)
  • Lucas Hona                   (Campbelltown)
  • Brandon Morkos            (Avondale)

Thankyou to everyone who tried out, the skill level and commitment was outstanding and made it very hard to pick this team. Please keep training hard and congratulations to those who have made the team.

Kind regards

Mathew Yates.

(Under 11's Illawarriors, Head Coach)

       0425 362 612.

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