The Junior Gold Cup is the ARU’s pathways competition for representative players in the U15-U17 age bracket. Now in its third year the JGC is a crucial stepping stone in the ARU’s Pathway to Gold program which is designed to create the next generation of elite talent in Australian rugby.
This year the structure of the JGC was updated, with Illawarra fielding a standalone team in the U15 age group, and forming part of the Southern Province team in the U17 age group, who in turn were affiliated with the Greater Sydney Rams NRC team.
Bowral Blacks were well represented again in this year’s JGC program, with Max Loiterton and Windsor Akrigg in the U15 Illawarra team, and Lachie Frean, Darcy Cotton and Tyrell Deku in the U17 Southern Province team.
The U15 Illawarra team continued the improvement in skills and development, and although they didn’t come away with a win this year, they pushed most of their opponents very hard – especially semi-finalists Western NSW where they led for much of the match but ultimately fell to a stronger and bigger side.
The U17 Southern province side notched a great win against South Australia but suffered from injuries to several key players which weakened their run to the semis.
Once again we can be proud of our young men representing their club and district with distinction.