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Andrew Johns Cup Grand Final preview

The Newcastle-Maitland Region Knights Under 16's representative side have progressed to the Andrew Johns Cup Grand Final to be held this Saturday.

The team is made up of all local players and will form the large majority of the nib Newcastle Knights Harold Matthews Cup squad for next season.

Coming off a strong win over the Monaro Colts in the Semi-Final last weekend, the team will tackle the Central Coast Roosters to decide the Andrew Johns Cup competition for 2023.

Also, the Newcastle-Maitland Region Knights Laurie Daley Cup side (Under 18's) made their way to the Semi-Finals after an impressive five-round campaign, but were unfortunately knocked out in the Finals by the Monaro Colts.

Congratulations to both teams on successful seasons.


Date: Saturday, March 25th 2023

Kick-off: 10:30am

Venue: Woy Woy Oval, Sydney.

The match will be live streamed on NSWRL TV and Newcastle Knights Facebook page.


Newcastle-Maitland Region Knights 30-14 Central Coast Roosters - Round 5



1. Mitchell Balzer

2. Darcy Mitchell

3. Bailey Haggerty (C)

4. Ryan Lawrence

5. Daniel Richardson

6. Jaylan Bishop

7. Jack Thompson

8. Jace Cox

9. Lochlan Clenton

10. Beau Hill

11. Fletcher O'Doherty

12. Roy Simpson

13. Jett Chock


14. Matthew McEwen

15. Tom Brands

16. Callan Faulds

17. Brody Dudgeon

Extended Bench:

18. Liam Richards


24. Jai Callaghan

2. Koby Jones

3. Kaidyn Peckham

4. Tayte Bayley

5. Tali Kolofale

6. Isaac Fotu-Moala

7. Brok Elliott

8. Blake Field

9. Ryan Tukapua

10. Jack Pettitt

11. Kaleb Burke

12. Darcy Smith

13. Riley Ilham


14. Lachlan Gatt

15. Lincoln Hansen

16. Nashawn Papalii

17. Zac Stokes

Extended Bench:

18. Billy Worsley

1. Jarvis McArthur

19. Brock Mangan

20. Samuel Flakus

21. Jaxson Watene

23. Kye Nowlan


The NMR Knights Andrew Johns Cup side won three out of their five regular season games, plus a victory over the Monaro Colts to progress to the Grand Final.

The team achieved wins over the Northern Rivers Titans (46-12), Riverina Bulls (40-0) and Central Coast Roosters (30-14).

Last Saturday, the Knights downed the Monaro Colts 24-16. Jaylan Bishop scored a double while Lochlan Clenton, Mitchell Balzer and Jack Thompson all crossed for one.

Meanwhile, the team will take on the Central Coast Roosters defeated the Macarthur Wests Tigers 28-16 in their Semi-Final.