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    Central Coast Rugby League adopts Sydney Roosters’ nickname and colours

    Peter Way, Central Coast Gosford Express Advocate
    February 24, 2017 9:16am

    IT IS the Chinese year of the Rooster so it’s somewhat fitting* that the Central Coast Rugby League’s representative teams will also be known as the Roosters from this season.

    It might even bring some good fortune on the field, not that they need it.

    They will play under the banner of the Central Coast Roosters as part of the next stage of the partnership between Central Coast Division Rugby League and the Sydney Roosters National Rugby League club.

    Mark O'Meley and Connor Watson, with young Central Coast Rooster players Tyson James, Harrison Edwards and Mokena Moeke, at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford. Picture: Peter Clark

    The CRL Country Championship under-23s, 18s, 16s, 15s, 14s and ladies league tag sides will all take on the new moniker along with the Harold Matthews and SG Ball sides.

    In addition, the Coast’s sky blue and yellow will be replaced by the traditional tricolours of blue, red and white made famous by the Bondi Junction club since 1908.

    The partnership was formed in 2014 and has already proven to be a successful talent development pathway for Coast juniors.

    Central Coast Roosters jersey emblem. Picture: Peter Clark

    Six local players made their debuts in the NRL in 2016 including Roosters Connor Watson (Kincumber) and Lattrell Mitchell (Central Coast Centurions), Newcastle Knights Jack Cogger (Toukley) and Jacob and Daniel Saifiti (The Entrance) and Wests Tigers’ Jacob Liddle (Wyong).
    In addition. four Coast juniors were part of the Roosters’ under-20s squad that won the Holden Cup grand final last year including Ben Thomas (Kincumber), Kiah Cooper, Jarrett Boland and Bayley Faull (Terrigal).

    The Coast is also well represented at the elite level with James Maloney and Chris Heighington helping Cronulla to its maiden premiership last year, Rory Kostjasyn moving from the Cowboys to Newcastle, Akuila Uate and Jono Wright at Manly and Jake Mamo who is now playing in the Super League in the UK.

    Watson was a product of the partnership and knows first-hand what benefits there are for players.
    “We’re starting to see it come through all the grades, I grew up on the Central Coast and I’ve ended up at the Roosters,” he said.

    “If you look at the Central Coast we have one of the biggest junior bases of rugby league players and there’s a lot of talent playing for different NRL clubs.

    Central Coast Rugby League emblem on the back of the jerseys. Picture: Peter Clark “There’s been a few clubs that have tried to tap into the region but it hasn’t really worked out, but you can see with the Roosters that it’s definitely working and it’s because of the hard work and resources they are putting into the Central Coast.”

    One of the big changes the Roosters have implemented is identifying talent and taking them to Sydney high-performance* camps.

    “The difference is the talented kids can come down and train with the other boys in the Roosters system and get coached by top coaches whether it’s (Roosters NRL coach) Trent Robinson or our assistant coaches or even our 20s coach.”

    Roosters’ player Connor Watson at Central Coast Stadium, ahead of the trial game against Manly. Picture: Peter Clark

    Watson also said he thought changing the uniforms of the Coast’s representative teams to essentially the Roosters NRL away kit would make the players feel “ten feet tall and bullet proof”. “It’s awesome and it’s pretty special as a kid coming from the Central Coast where there’s not an NRL team, to be able to play in a jersey like that is something pretty cool.”

    Central Coast Roosters SG Ball coach and former Kangaroo Mark O’Meley said it was fantastic that the rugby league mad region was finally being taken seriously by an NRL club.
    “There’s a direct pathway, and there’s heaps of talent coming through,” he said. “Other clubs haven’t really tried too hard in this area,”“When I was 15 it was North Sydney but since then we’ve had Melbourne come but not in a strong way and the Knights who said they were here but didn’t actually do anything in the region.

    “So as much as people say we’ve had clubs here, we haven’t really since North Sydney.”

  • #2
    Good stuff


    • #3
      Great news that they are wearing our kit.
      Embrace the Hate! JC


      • #4
        The Roosters are taking over!
        Build the wall. Keep the Drug Lords out!


        • #5
          Apparently thr Wyong Roo's played in their normal green strip on the weekend, I thought they were going to use the Roosters one from now on, what happened,???????


          • #6
            Its in regards to the Harold Matthews and SG Ball. Wyong are a separate club.
            The Juniors reps were the Centurions and should have stayed that way.

            I like that we have a relationship with the central coast , but I do not like that they have now lost their identity.
            They still could have played under the Rooster emblem but its a bit of a slap in the face for those at the Central Coast that have worked hard. Not only to get their junior reps up and running but also in fostering the relationship with the Roosters.
            The Internet is a place for posting silly things
            Try and be serious and you will look stupid


            • #7
              The Wyong ROOSters
              Written and published on behalf of the Liberal Party, Queensland


              • #8
                I think it's good how we have 2 teams (Sydney Roosters and Central Coast Roosters) in the Harold Matthews and SG Ball. I believe starting from next year there won't be a national Under 20s comp, but there will be a NSW Under 20s comp, like the Harold Matthews and SG Ball. So the Sydney Roosters will be in the NSW Under 20s comp, but maybe we should have Central Coast Roosters in that comp too. It would give another pathway for the Central Coast Roosters Under 18s players when they become too old for that team.


                • #9

                  Now all we need to do is win some NRL games at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford.

                  Seems a long time ago that we won an NRL game or even a trial game there.

                  As I remember it, we used to play the Knights there and lose every match.
                  Then lose to the Broncos, Manly [incl a trial], Sharks etc.

                  Embracing the Central Coast didn't work well for the Northern Eagles.
                  Hopefully we'll have better luck.
                  Last edited by bondi.boy; 10-16-2017, 07:39 PM.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rented tracksuit View Post
                    The Roosters are taking over!
                    Easts Group usually make things better wherever they go.


                    • #11
                      disgusting tht the club is still milking conner wqatson, he will come back to bite us big time an excellent player who will just improve continually, beware the roosters newcastle game at gosford


                      • #12
                        Club can't keep every it has to find more $ for Latrell etc


                        • #13
                          its also an article from Feb
                          The Internet is a place for posting silly things
                          Try and be serious and you will look stupid