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Fox Sports: Dogs dig up QLD nursery

Discussion in 'NSW Cup / Juniors' started by Mitch Connor, Aug 30, 2017.

  1. Mitch Connor

    Mitch Connor Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Canterbury officials are understandably chuffed at linking with renowned NRL breeding ground Keebra Park State High earlier this year.

    The school that once signed a teenage Benji Marshall, after watching him play a scratch game while on excursion from New Zealand, is rightly celebrated as one of rugby league’s best nurseries.

    Keebra’s 30-odd NRL alumni in the past decade or so include Marshall, Jordan Kahu, Te Maire Martin, Greg Eastwood, Tautau Moga and Corey Norman among others.

    In March this year the Gold Coast school ended a 13-year association with Wests Tigers by mutual agreement.

    Bulldogs recruitment manager Warren McDonnell, who arrived at Belmore from Concord earlier this year, has picked up where he left off with the Tigers, helping Canterbury beat a number of interested rivals to link with Keebra.

    The move won’t help ease blue and white gripes about a lack of local juniors at the family club.

    But for the second year running Keebra have made the national final of the GIO Schoolboys Cup, beating Marsden High 28-10 to claim Queensland honours last week.

    For what it’s worth though Brisbane have two of Keebra’s best products in years under lock and key, tying down teenage peaks Payne Haas and David Fifita.

    Haas famously had 15 NRL clubs chasing his signature last year before signing with Brisbane, and in June the Maroons used his 194 centimetre, 117 kilo frame to mimic Andrew Fifita in an opposed Origin training run.

    Australian schoolboy David Fifita is a cousin of the Cronulla and NSW wrecking ball and looks similarly lethal with ball in hand — scoring four tries in a recent semi-final win for Keebra.

    Also on the Broncos’ books for 2018 is the school’s halfback Tanah Boyd, who played Queensland under 18s earlier this year despite being only 16 at the time.

    The Dogs are hoping to reap similar rewards in coming years.
     
  2. Mitch Connor

    Mitch Connor Super Moderator Staff Member

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    TL;DR

    Dogs have future Keebra talent.. but it seems as though the Broncos will still get whoever the fuck they want from there with Payne Haas, David Fifita and Tanah Boyd locked up.
     
  3. ALX25

    ALX25 Forum Regular

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    Would have been good if Fox Sports could have listed the players already signed to the Bulldogs from this arrangement instead of promoting another club.
     
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  4. Mitch Connor

    Mitch Connor Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't think anyone knows mate.
     
  5. Mr Invisible

    Mr Invisible Super Mod Staff Member Premium Member Gilded

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    So do we have an exclusive arrangement with Keebra Park, or is this another "bang the drum" scenario by the Dogs, where we get stuff all benefit from the association?
     
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  6. SecretLifeOfPetsTheMovie

    SecretLifeOfPetsTheMovie Kennel Enthusiast

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    Nah it wouldn't be exclusive. Not right to restrict kids that age. They are probably just pushed towards the dogs but can make up their own decision.
     
  7. Mr Invisible

    Mr Invisible Super Mod Staff Member Premium Member Gilded

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    Ahh ok.

    Trainers/Teachers: "HEY KIDS WHO WANTS TO PLAY FOR HASLER?!??!?!?!??!"
    *minutes later*
    Kids: "Where do I sign Mr Bennett?"
     

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