2022 Jersey Flegg

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Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
Just reading that Maitland, as winners of the Newcastle comp, will now play Forbes to go into the GF of the Presidents cup. They will play either the Illawarra champs or the Ron Massie cup champs for the state wide semi professional title.
That game will be played at Parramatta alongside the Jersey Flegg and NSW cup GFs.

Cooper Jenkins and Callum Burgess will be in the stands injured, watching their Flegg side and his real NRL side both play for titles.
 

Billy

Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

These are the SG Ball round 8 highlights - Knights start at 6.10 - Fletcher Sharpe scores 6 of 14 tries. Looking at it, if they wanted to set up a record, he could have got 8 or 9 if they passed him the ball.
 

Billy

Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
Looks like Penrith have won against Roosters - 6 minutes to play and Roosters need to score 3 tries.
I thought the Roosters would win easily since they loaded their team with 8 reserve graders.
Penrith are in the reserve grade and Flegg GFs, so they can't load the side.
 

Billy

Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
Roosters scored 2 late converted tries to get within 5 points of Penrith.
Penrith 27 - 22 Roosters final score.
Knights play Penrith in the GF.
 

Billy

Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
Players player in Flegg - duel winners - Brock Greacen and James Johnson

Player of the year - Tom Cant
 

Frank McWilliams

Jarrod Mullen
All 3 are top Flegg players who obviously have potential to develop, if during 2023 they do then we can clean out some of our dead wood in Cup side, they are young and are winners.
 

Billy

Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
That's the problem with only 4 development contracts.
Some years you could give out none to young guys, and other years you would like to see 10 guys get a solid year of fulltime training to see how they develop.
 

Owey

Todd Bates
I can't read the article, but it looks like Buzz has written an article from the Blues junior origin camp on Fletcher Sharpe, calling him "young Billy Slater" and talking about his 5 try haul. Is he just scouting for Sydney clubs?
 
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Cory Denniss
He'll get attention for sure, be interesting if he can back it up next year. Have to be smart with his progression, with Hodgson, Pryce and possibly Miller. If he continues to have a high ceiling, have to give him a clear path to FG otherwise he'll go to another club.
 

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Clint Newton
The article goes over all the players involved not just Sharpe. The write-ups on the Knights' boys are:

Taj Blackman (Halfback) Newcastle Knights (SG Ball)
Great communicator, strong defender, good kicking game and speed. Ticks all the boxes, and shows outstanding leadership qualities.

Ethan Ferguson (Centre) Newcastle Knights (SG Ball)
Comes from Taree and plays very similar to a young Latrell. Great under high ball, powerful runner and kicks goals.

Fletcher Sharpe (Fullback) Newcastle Knights (SG Ball)
Plays like a young Billy Slater, super quick and always on the ball. Scored five tries against St George in SG Ball this year.

Jack Hilliar (Prop) Newcastle Knights (Harold Matts)
Tough as nails, good skills and a handy offload. What else could you ask for in a young front rower?
 

Billy

Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
I think we should stop thinking of Ethan Ferguson as a young Latrell.
In Mathews he was fat and lazy, but most games he scored a great individual try or two from anywhere on the field in the same sort of powerful way as Latrell - so it was easy to see him as a Latrell clone, especially since he comes from the same place. The thing that was different was that his workrate was frustratingly low.
This year he is a completely different player.
He is as slim and fit as anyone and works and trains as hard as anyone. He is playing 2 grades up against guys 3 years older than himself compared to 2021 when he was playing kids his age, so he doesn't look like a giant amongst midgets now.
This year he looks like a young Timana Tahu.
 

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David Thorne
Does anyone know how the development spots work? I saw the news around Tom Cant resigning for 2 years however he isn’t listed as a development player or in the top 30. Has he signed on to play NSW cup for 2 years or what is the go?
 

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Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
Does anyone know how the development spots work? I saw the news around Tom Cant resigning for 2 years however he isn’t listed as a development player or in the top 30. Has he signed on to play NSW cup for 2 years or what is the go?
These days they all seem to go to non locals we gave a multi year deal to, with a development contract for the last year or two.
It seems to be a way to recruit talented kids - offer them a firstgrade preseason and 40k development spot.
 

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Nathan Ross
Does anyone know how the development spots work? I saw the news around Tom Cant resigning for 2 years however he isn’t listed as a development player or in the top 30. Has he signed on to play NSW cup for 2 years or what is the go?
Development spots originally were there for when they wanted to stop having the top 25 and move to a top 30 but also 1-6 development spots and almost phase out reserve grade or second tier salary cap and have clubs only using that 30-36 players and devoleloent or second tier couldn’t play till round 16 without exemption
But then the covid time and head knocks became more serious so you can pretty much play anybody from outside the top 30 and development spots from game 1 now.
It’s not necessarily the best juniors in the spots, maybe the ones they think most likely to play but I would be suprised if we don’t get player like Tolofea, Tupinoa, Bradbury, Keeley, Temple etc playing first grade before the 4 development players
 
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