More debutants for Vodafone Junior Warriors

Abraham Papalii (pcitured) is one of a growing group of players the Vodafone Junior Warriors have introduced to NYC football this season. Photo: Photosport.


Captain David Bhana returns while theres a possibility of two more players making their debuts for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in their third-round NYC clash against Cronulla at Sharks Stadium on Sunday (11.45am kick-off; 1.45pm NZT).


Bhana missed last Saturday nights clash against the Sydney Roosters with an ankle injury, being forced to watch his side go down 20-24 at the death at Eden Park.


With the two-times NYC premiers seeking their first win of the season, Bhana is set to lead a side which could have as many as nine players in their first season in the competition.


The two new faces brought in for the away fixture against the Sharks are centre Ken Maumalo and prop-second rower Jeff Sua, both named on an extended bench in the initial squad.


Southern Cross Campus-educated Maumalo (18), a Papatoetoe Panthers junior, was 18th man for the season opener against Parramatta and seems set to have his chance against the Sharks. Sua (18), yet another Marist Saints junior, is an Avondale College product; he was selected in the No 18 jersey.


In line for their first appearances this season are 2012 Vodafone Junior Warriors Adam Tuimavave-Gerrad and Trent Bishop.


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v CRONULLA SHARKS


Sharks Stadium, Cronulla

11.45am, Sunday, March 24

Referees: Grant Atkins & Chris Sutton



VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS


1 VILIAMI KAVEINGA

2 NGATAUA HUKATAI

3 MICHAEL SIO

4 DAVID FUSITUA

5 VILIAMI LOLOHEA

6 MASON LINO

7 TUIMOALA LOLOHEA

8 ALBERT VETE

9 LAFU FEAGAIGA

10 SAM LISONE

11 RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

12 STEDMAN LEFAU

13 DAVID BHANA (c)

Interchange:

14 KEN MAUMALO

15 ABRAHAM PAPALII

16 ADAM TUIMAVAVE-GERRARD

17 VINCENT AFOA

18 JEFF SUA

23 TRENT BISHOP


HEAD COACH: JOHN ACKLAND