REWARDED: Macquarie winger Matt Hay (left) with NSW Challenge Cup trophy at Mudgee on Sunday. Picture: Facebook
Fresh from a NSW Challenge Cup triumph Macquarie’s Matt Hay has been named in Newcastle’s under-23 representative team for Saturday’sopening round of the NSW Country Championships.
Hay, who scored a try in the weekend’s 30-18 state knockout final at Mudgee,was picked on the wing by Rebels coach Todd Edwards.
The 18-man squad was announced on Tuesday ahead of Newcastle’s first-up clash with Northern Rivers at Wauchope.
The side will be steered around by Lakes halves Jack Kelly and Nick Newman while fullback Jamie Ghoulmieh, centre Jacob Gagai and lock Chris Randall also fly the flag for the Seagulls. Kyle Kennedy is the 18th man.
Wests backs Willis Alatini and Mao Uta have been rewarded as part of an unbeaten start to the Newcastle Rugby League season while fellow ladder leaders Central won’t have any players missing when they host Cessnock in round four on Sunday.
Souths premiership-winning trio Roman Fepuleau, Jake Lawrence and Luke Higgins strengthen the forward pack with Maitland pair Jarrod Smith and Lincoln Smith at hooker and prop respectively.
Cessnock trio Reed Hugo, Sam Apthorpe andRobert Tuliatu dominate the bench, which is rounded out by Souths utility Ryan Glanville.
Glanville’s sister Jordan has been named in the ladies league tag squad to represent Newcastle against Northern Rivers at Wauchope on Saturday.
The NSW Country Championships’ round one encounter will feature five of her Souths’ teammates –Brooke Carter, Jacqui Moriarty, Sam Redman, Olivia Higgins and Chantelle Graham.
REBELS UNDER-23: 1 Jamie Ghoulmieh (Lakes), 2 Willis Alatini (Wests) 3 Mao Uta (Wests) 4 Jacob Gagai (Lakes) 21 Matt Hay (Macquarie) 6 Jack Kelly (Lakes) 7 Nick Newman (Lakes) 8 Roman Fepuleau (Souths) 9 Jarrod Smith (Maitland) 10 Lincoln Smith (Maitland) 11 Jake Lawrence (Souths) 12 Luke Higgins (Souths) 13 Chris Randall (Lakes) 15 Ryan Glanville (Souths) 16 Reed Hugo (Cessnock) 17 Sam Apthorpe (Cessnock) 19 Robert Tuliatu (Cessnock) 5 Kyle Kennedy (Lakes)
REBELS LLT: 1 Brooke Carter (Souths) 3 Jacqui Moriarty (Souths) 4 Rhianni Cipta (Wests) 5 Sophie Higgins (Lakes) 7 Sam Redman (Souths) 8 Olivia Higgins (Souths) 9 Grace Gallagher (Wests) 10 Angela Jones (Lakes) 11 Chantelle Graham (Souths) 12Jordan Glanville (Souths) 13 Emma Martin (Maitland) 14 Sarah Dodds (Lakes) 15 Emily Coppins (Wests) 18 Logan Flanagan (Lakes) 19 Caitlin Johnstone (Lakes)