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HMC Grand Final: Introducing the players

They come from as far afield as Balcutha in the deep south, Christchurch, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Hamilton, Huntly, Newcastle in Australia and naturally Auckland, all brought together with rugby league in common.

These are the young players chasing the NRL dream, footballers who have the chance of achieving grand final glory when they line up for the One New Zealand Warriors against the Western Suburbs Magpies in the Harold Matthews Cup under-17 grand final at CommBank in Sydney on Saturday.

This is the first season the Warriors have had five teams in their stable stepping through under-17, under-19, under-21 and reserve grade levels to the NRL.

Never before has the club had a Harold Matthews side and now it’s in the grand final.


Grand Final Squad

Joseph Ratcliffe
Born, May 24, 2007
Palmerston North Boys’ High School, Palmerston North
Ezekiel Davidson Faaiuaso
Born: September 29, 2007
St Paul’s College, Auckland
Jeremiah Lemana
Born: July 31, 2008
Kelston Boys’ High School, Auckland
Turama Paranihi
Born: January 15, 2007
Nga Taiatea Wharekura, Hamilton
Kairus Booth
Born: January 20, 2007
South Otago High School, Balclutha
Tyson Hansen
Born: May 5, 2008
Rotorua Boys’ High School, Rotorua
Jack Thompson
Born: January 6, 2006
All Saints College, Maitland, NSW
Hudsyn Frost
Born: September 18, 2007
De La Salle College, Auckland
Kaawyn Patterson (c)
Born: April 25, 2007
Westlake Boys’ High School, Auckland
Gordon Afoa
Born: May 24, 2007
St Paul’s College, Auckland
Second row
Dezman Laban
Born: June 29, 2007
St Bernard’s College, Wellington & Kelston Boys’ High School, Auckland
Second row
Militoni Sikuvea
Born: June 18, 2007
St Peter’s College, Auckland
Loose forward
Lennox Tuiloma
Born: July 6, 2007
St Thomas of Canterbury College, Christchurch
Boston Krone (c)
Born: March 4, 2007
Auckland Grammar School, Auckland
Romana Whitiora
Born: August 18, 2007
Te Wharekura o Rakaumanga, Huntly & St Paul’s College, Aucklan
Houma Fotu
Born: February 22, 2007
Wesley College, Pukekohe
Isaiah Savea
Born: September 15, 2007
St Thomas of Canterbury College, Christchurch
Deshontayne Te Wao
Born: January 21, 2007
Botany Downs Secondary College, Auckland
Timau Utiaro
Born: March 28, 2007
St John’s College, Hamilton
Siale Pahulu
Born: July 23, 2007
Saint Kentigern College, Auckland

Road to the Grand Final

v Parramatta | Lost 6-34
v Roosters | Lost 18-28
v South Sydney | Won 22-17
v Balmain | Won 16-4
v Illawarra | Won 26-16
v Canberra | Won 26-10
v Cronulla Sutherland | Lost 10-40
v St George | Won 46-10
V Parramatta | Won 30-20
V Canterbury Bankstown | Won 12-10


Acknowledgement of Country

The New Zealand Warriors honour the mana of the Indigenous peoples of Aotearoa, Australia and the Pacific. We acknowledge the traditional kaitiaki of the lands, elders past and present, their stories, their traditions, their mamae and their mana motuhake.

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