Keebra Park set for National Schoolboys Final



  • Oscar Tui, Kelepi Lui, Liam Pakau, Tom Mikaele, Liam Hampson and Connelly Lemuelu (left to right)

    Keebra Park Sports High School will compete in the Australian Schoolboys Rugby League final tomorrow afternoon, with six players from the squad set to join Wests Tigers.

    After defeating Coombabah in a thrilling extra-time Queensland Schoolboys Cup final, Keebra Park will now play New South Wales champions Westfields Sports High tomorrow afternoon at Pepper Stadium.

    Flying down from the Gold Coast today, the squad went through their final preparations at Concord Oval, with Wests Tigers Head Coach Jason Taylor speaking to the group following the training run.

    Connelly Lemuelu, Liam Pakau, Oscar Tui, Liam Hampson, Kelepi Lui and captain Tom Mikaele are set to join the Wests Tigers Holden Cup squad ahead of the 2017 season.

    Lemulelu a goal-kicking fullback, while Tui and Pakau are strong-running centres.

    Hampson is a clever dummy-half who is renowned for getting his forwards on a roll, while Lui is a powerful and aggressive backrower.

    Rounding out the group is the captain and prop forward Mikaele, who has represented the Australian Schoolboys and Queensland Under 18s over the past two years.

    Wests Tigers Recruitment Manager Warren McDonald rates the six players who are joining Wests Tigers as the best group to join the Club yet.

    “Over 15 years, collectively this would be the best six we have brought down from Keebra Park in a group,” he said. “They are a big chance tomorrow if they don’t get too nervous and play their game before it all starts; as long as they get out there and play their normal game they should win.”

    National Schoolboys Final 2016

    Keebra Park vs. Westfields Sports

    Wednesday, 14th September

    Pepper Stadium, Penrith

    Kick-off: 1pm



  • great to hear! hope i see more of those names in the next few years



  • The best will get homesick, or have personal circumstances that mean they need to sign with the broncos



  • @Harvey:

    The best will get homesick, or have personal circumstances that mean they need to sign with the broncos

    They might pull a bodene and go to warriors as well



  • Sounds promising, plus our NYC side should prove very strong again next year.



  • Hahaha… Just read it again… WTs official site got the recruitment managers name incorrect.

    Apologies… Forgot the link



  • @innsaneink:

    Hahaha… Just read it again… WTs official site got the recruitment managers name incorrect.

    Apologies… Forgot the link

    Only at the Wests Tigers… :sign:



  • @Harvey:

    The best will get homesick, or have personal circumstances that mean they need to sign with the broncos

    Felise hasn’t left.

    If Mikaele follows the same path as JJ, then Tigers fans should be pleased.



  • @innsaneink:

    Hahaha… Just read it again… WTs official site got the recruitment managers name incorrect.

    Apologies… Forgot the link



  • @Harvey:

    The best will get homesick, or have personal circumstances that mean they need to sign with the broncos

    Seriously how many times has that happened? I can think of 2 - Kahu and Milford. You forget half of them are kiwis anyway.



  • Ben Murdoch; Kahu; Rangi Chase; Bodene; Passi; Seve; TMM

    Does Corey Norman count? Ben Teo? list goes on



  • @tsjonathan:

    Ben Murdoch; Kahu; Rangi Chase; Bodene; Passi; Seve; TMM

    Does Corey Norman count? Ben Teo? list goes on

    Jonny, Only Kahu and Thompson reneged on deals with us. The rest we cut because they weren’t good enough or weren’t as good as other players we had.

    And Norman was never contracted to us, and he left Brissie go move to Sydney so bucks the himesickness idea anyway.

    Good luck to the boys this arvo at 1pm.



  • Is this game being televised or live streamed anywhere



  • @Balmain Boy:

    @tsjonathan:

    Ben Murdoch; Kahu; Rangi Chase; Bodene; Passi; Seve; TMM

    Does Corey Norman count? Ben Teo? list goes on

    Jonny, Only Kahu and Thompson reneged on deals with us. The rest we cut because they weren’t good enough or weren’t as good as other players we had.

    And Norman was never contracted to us, and he left Brissie go move to Sydney so bucks the himesickness idea anyway.

    Good luck to the boys this arvo at 1pm.

    Oh well, they come for NYC then generally leave…fotuaika was also very promising as well.



  • @tsjonathan:

    @Balmain Boy:

    @tsjonathan:

    Ben Murdoch; Kahu; Rangi Chase; Bodene; Passi; Seve; TMM

    Does Corey Norman count? Ben Teo? list goes on

    Jonny, Only Kahu and Thompson reneged on deals with us. The rest we cut because they weren’t good enough or weren’t as good as other players we had.

    And Norman was never contracted to us, and he left Brissie go move to Sydney so bucks the himesickness idea anyway.

    Good luck to the boys this arvo at 1pm.

    Oh well, they come for NYC then generally leave…fotuaika was also very promising as well.

    Some kick on and some don’t, it’s gonna happen when you’re in an age-restricted comp and can either be dramatically bigger or more skilled than the other kids. Don’t really see the necessity in bringing up Mosese though, he was promising yes but he should still be kicking around for us.


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