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Pathways Report: Junior Knights move to within one game of a Grand Final

In this week's pathways report, we take a look at the nib Newcastle Knights pathways teams in the Knock-On-Effect NSW Cup, Harvey Norman NSW Women's Premiership, Jersey Flegg Cup, UNE SG Ball Cup and Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup competitions.

Our Junior Reps were playing for a spot in a Preliminary Final when they played their first finals games at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Saturday.

At St Johns Oval, Charlestown on Saturday, our NSW Women's Premiership team were playing their final regular season round with a potential finals spot on the line.

Meanwhile, our NSW Cup and Jersey Flegg Cup teams played the Panthers in a triple-header at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday before the NRL side.

See how each team fared:

NSW Cup - Knights 16-48 Panthers

Our NSW Cup team have gone down by 32 points to the Penrith Panthers on Saturday afternoon at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Penrith ran in nine tries en route to victory with Newcastle crossing for three courtesy of a double to Liam Sutton and one to Oryn Keeley.

NSW Cup Highlights: Round 7

The team currently sit in 13th spot on the ladder after seven games, and will look to move up the ladder when they play the North Sydney Bears this Sunday at North Sydney Oval.

NSW Women's Premiership - Knights 32-4 Sharks

In their final game of the season, our NSW Women's Premiership outfit have taken down the Cronulla Sharks by 28 points.

The Sharks opened the scoring in the first minute, but it was all the way of the red and blue after that.

Continuing her impressive form, Tamika Upton got the Knights on the board in the sixth minute before newly re-signed NRLW player Yasmin Clydsdale doubled the Knights advantage on the 27th minute mark.

Leading 12-4 at half-time, the Knights secured the result with another two tries to Upton and Clydsdale in the second period before Olivia Higgins put the icing on the cake with four minutes to play.

Jesse Southwell kicked six from six with the boot to confirm another dominant display.

Unfortunately, the side just missed out on a playoff spot due to points differential, finishing in fifth spot.

After a 10-game regular season, the team finished on 14 competition points, equal with the fourth-placed Mounties, but behind on 22 points.

Jersey Flegg Cup - Knights 24-28 Panthers

Our Jersey Flegg Cup team almost completed a gutsy comeback against the Penrith Panthers, going down by four points in the end on Saturday at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Penrith were fast out of the gates with four tries in the opening 24 minutes to open up a 24-4 lead at half-time.

Chris Vea'ila scored the Knights sole try in the first half.

The Knights staged the comeback with three early tries in the second period to Declan Pettet and another to Vea'ila, while Noah Nailagoliva also got on the scoresheet.

Penrith crossed the try-line for their fifth try 11 minutes from full-time to extend their lead out to eight points.

With two minutes to play, Freeman Forsythe scored to put the Knights within striking distance, however the team would run out of time with the Panthers collecting the two points.

After seven rounds, the team sits in 10th spot on the ladder ahead of a match against the Melbourne Storm in Victoria this Saturday.

SG Ball Cup: Knights 35-10 Roosters

Our SG Ball Cup team have moved to within one game of a Grand Final after defeating the Sydney Roosters by 25-points at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Saturday.

The Roosters opened the scoring in the opening minute after a goal-line scramble landed at the feet of Rooster, Hayden Barton.

The Knights hit back through Malachi Smith eight minutes later after a well-weighted kick from Jye Linnane found the dummy-half in the in-goal.

Sydney re-took the lead on the 20th minute mark before two tries to winger Kyle Colburn had the Knights in-front 18-10 heading into half-time.

SG Ball: Qualifying Final highlights

In the second half, the red and blue were solid defensively to keep the Roosters scoreless and produce another three tries of their own.

Taj Blackman got on the scoresheet before Smith pounced on another loose ball for his second of the night on the 47th minute mark.

Colburn sealed the result with a brilliant finish in the corner for his hat-trick with seven minutes to play.

Ethan Ferguson kicked a late field goal to put the icing on the cake and confirm a big win for our Under 19's side.

The team are now into a Preliminary Final, taking on the Penrith Panthers this Saturday at Leichhardt Oval.

Tarsha Gale Cup: Knights 16-6 Raiders

Earlier in the day at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, our Tarsha Gale Cup team also moved to within one game of a Grand Final downing the Raiders by 10 points.

The red and blue were off to a flyer with two tries inside 16 minutes through Charlotte Barwick and Lilly-Ann White.

Just on the stroke of half-time, the Knights showed defensive resolve to keep out multiple Raiders attacks and hold a 10-0 lead at the break.

Tarsha Gale Cup: Qualifying Final highlights

The Raiders would post first points in the second half before a barnstorming Cheyenne Baker wouldn't be stopped on her way to the try-line to extend the Knights lead.

Newcastle defended their way to victory to keep the Raiders out and move to week two of the finals series.

The Tarsha Gale Cup team will look to make it to back to back Grand Finals when they take on the Sydney Roosters this Saturday at Leichhardt Oval.