SPECTATORS at the inaugural Hunter Cup on Saturday might have caught a glimpse of the next NRL or NSW State of Origin star.
The region’s best under-13, under-14 and under-15 players – from Groups 4, 19, 21, Newcastle and Maitland – converged on the Denman Recreation Area for the four-game round robin tournament.
And, boy, did they put on a show, with some dazzling skills on display.
Hosted by Hunter Valley Group 21 Junior Rugby League, in conjunction with NRL Development and the CRL, the event also gave youngsters from Aberdeen, Denman, Muswellbrook, Scone and Singleton a chance to test themselves in elite company.
“This new concept was added to the [rep] calendar due to the CRL Country Championships being pushed back to September and the cancellation of the Newcastle Knights Cup,” rep secretary Hayley Pennell said.
“We thought the boys needed a hit-out or two beforehand.
“So, 30 matches have been scheduled.”
Hunter Valley Group 21 Junior Rugby League line-ups
Under-13 representative squad: Rylan Barndon (Muswellbrook), Josh Crowther (Scone), Jacob Cordina (Scone), Callum Dowell (Scone), Drewe Gilbert (Scone), Braedon Hails (Scone), Deacon Hampstead (Singleton), Talon Harrington (Scone), Tangi Holaafolau (Scone), Jordan Mount (Scone), Riley Pennell (Scone), Brady Roser (Scone), Jaxon Schafer (Muswellbrook), Mykola Trofymenko (Scone), Dustyn Turner (Denman), Cohen Watson (Denman), James Watson (Scone), Aajay Watts (Scone), Tully Wholert (Singleton)
Under-14 representative squad: Jessy Burley (Singleton), Taj Claydon (Aberdeen), Jake Clydsdale (Scone), Tom Donehue (Singleton), Lawson Enosa (Aberdeen), Tom Dahmes (Scone), Eli Foote (Singleton), Ashton Frost (Scone), Mitchell Galvin (Aberdeen), Callum Goodwin (Aberdeen), Josh Halliwell (Aberdeen), Corben Hampstead (Singleton), Fergus Hartmann (Scone), Kayne Hoad (Denman), Tevita Holaafolau (Scone), Mitchell Kemp (Aberdeen), Liam Kennedy (Scone), Hunter Marsh (Denman), Connor Newman (Scone), Junuh Warden (Scone)
Under-15 representative squad: Max Andrews (Singleton), Hunter Ball (Denman), Hayden Bull (Scone), Ned Chapman (Denman), Ryan Clerke (Scone), Nick Coombes (Denman), Hunter Dever (Aberdeen), Tommy Dixon (Denman), Sam Fechner (Scone), Chris Fry (Singleton), Blake Johnston (Scone), Will Lambkin (Singleton), Nick Laurie (Scone), Jaymon Matthews (Singleton), Cooper Maytom (Singleton), Daltyn McCartney (Denman), Samual Mount (Scone), Jack Pickett (Scone), Mitchell Pike (Singleton), Hamish Watts (Scone)