District Reps: Harold Matthews Grand Final
The Parramatta Eels Harold Matthews side has fallen short in their District Representative campaign, suffering a 30-16 defeat to the Cronulla Sharks in the Grand Final on Satruday 9 May.
The Eels Harold Matthews side entered the game with plenty of confidence, remaining undefeated all season and earning the 2015 Minor Premiership after conceding just 58 points all season.
The Grand Final was a back and forth affair early as both sides got into the grind however for the first time this season, the Eels trailed at half time (6-10) with PJ Vaigalu the lone try scorer for the Blue and Gold.
The Sharks came out in the second half with plenty of energy and crossed the white line two to extend their lead 20-6 with 20 minutes remaining in the match.
The Eels did not give up and crossed for a brilliant try to Haze Dunster who claimed a cross field chip from Travis Turnball to score after some great strong charges from their forwards that saw the Eels complete a 100m set of six.
The Sharks centre S Kioa continued to prove a menace outwide, crossing for he second try of the game which looked to seal the game for Cronulla, 24-10 with 8 minutes to go.
Travis Turnball continued to lead the fight back and stepped through the line before offloading to J Fonua who crossed next to the posts for a converted try.
The Eels continued to play some razzle-dazze football in the search for points, however the Blue and Gold were unable to close the gap, and as the full-time siren rang, the Sharks crossed for their final try, securing a 30-16 victory and the 2015 Harold Matthews Premiership.
Cronulla Sharks 30 (S Kioa 2, J Salmon, F Kula, J Gould, B Xerri tries; L Metcalf 3 goals)
Parramatta Eels 16 (Pj Vaigialu, H Dunster, J Fonua tries; T Turnball 2 goals)