National Youth Competition (rugby league)

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National Youth Competition
Current season or competition:
2015 National Youth Competition (rugby league) season
National Youth Competition logo
Sport Rugby league football
Instituted 2008
Inaugural season 2008
Number of teams 16
Countries  Australia (15 teams)
 New Zealand (1 team)
Premiers Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers (2015)
Most titles New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors (3 titles)
Website Official Holden Cup website
Broadcast partner
Related competition National Rugby League

The 'National Youth Competition (sponsored as the Holden Cup) is the National Rugby League's competition for the under-20s teams of its sixteen clubs. It commenced in 2008 and was originally known as the Toyota Cup.[1] and is run parallel to the main competition, the Telstra Premiership. The competition consists of teams from the 16 clubs that presently participate in the NRL competition, fielding squads made up of players between the ages of 17 and 19.[2] The draw and structure mirrors the NRL, with games played as lead-ins to the corresponding first-grade NRL games.[3] The competition uses a salary cap in the same way as first-grade NRL, and puts a heavy focus on life outside of football for the players.[4] Matches are traditionally played prior to NRL games including the premiership final which is played in the same venue prior the NRL Grand Final.

The New Zealand Warriors are the most successful club in the National Youth Competition's short history, with three premierships from four Grand Final appearances, all coming in 2010, 2011 and 2014. In 2013 & 2015 the U20s premiership was won by the Penrith Panthers.

History[edit]

The National Youth Competition is the National Rugby League's Under 20s premiership. First run in 2008, this competition runs parallel to the senior competition and each game is played before the game of the National Rugby League premiership.

The Jersey Flegg Cup[edit]

The Jersey Flegg Cup was a junior rugby league competition played in New South Wales, contested among teams made up of players aged under 20. The competition was administered by the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL), The Jersey Flegg Cup ended in 2007 so that the NRL National Youth Competition could start, the premierships for the Jersey Flegg Cup were:

1961 Manly-Warringah
1962 South Sydney
1963 Canterbury-Bankstown
1964 South Sydney
1965 Western Suburbs
1966 South Sydney
1967 South Sydney
1968 South Sydney
1969 South Sydney
1970 Parramatta
1971 Canterbury-Bankstown
1972 South Sydney
1973 Balmain
1974 Manly-Warringah
1975 St. George
1976 Canterbury-Bankstown
1977 Penrith
1978 South Sydney
1979 Canterbury-Bankstown
1980 Balmain
1981 Balmain
1982 Balmain
1983 Canterbury-Bankstown
1984 Balmain
1985 Parramatta
1986 Penrith
1987 Manly-Warringah
1988 Balmain
1989 Canberra Raiders
1990 Parramatta
1991 Newcastle Knights
1992 Newcastle Knights
1993 Canberra Raiders
1994 Balmain
1995 Sydney Roosters
1996 St. George
1997 Balmain
1998 North Sydney
1999 Canterbury-Bankstown
2000 Canterbury-Bankstown
2001 Canterbury-Bankstown
2002 Sydney Roosters
2003 Canterbury-Bankstown
2004 Sydney Roosters (undefeated)
2005 St George Illawarra Dragons
2006 Penrith
2007 Penrith

National Youth Competition Premiers[edit]

Season Grand Final Information Minor Premiers Points
Premiers Score Runners-Up
2008 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 28 - 24 * Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 40
2009 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 - 22 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles 43
2010 New Zealand colours.svg N.Z. Warriors 42 - 28 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 38
2011 New Zealand colours.svg N.Z. Warriors 31 - 30 * North Queensland colours.svg North Qld Cowboys New Zealand colours.svg N.Z. Warriors 43
2012 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 46 - 06 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs 39
2013 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 42 - 30 New Zealand colours.svg N.Z. Warriors Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 43
2014 New Zealand colours.svg N.Z. Warriors 34 - 32 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 40
2015 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 34 - 18 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 44
  • = Golden Point

Player of the Year Award winners[edit]

The National Youth Competition Player of the Year award is the premier individual award in the National Youth Competition. The voting for the award is similar to the Dally M Medal voting, where after each National Youth Competition game 3 points are awarded to the best player on ground, 2 points to the second and 1 point to the third. So far, every winner of the award has gone onto play first grade in the NRL. The inaugural winner was Ben Hunt from the Brisbane Broncos in 2008. Hunt is also the youngest player to win the award, at age 18 years, 5 months and 13 days.

Year Winner Position Team
2008 Ben Hunt halfback Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
2009 Beau Henry halfback St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons
2010 Tariq Sims prop Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
2011 Jack De Belin second-row St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons
2012 David Klemmer prop Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
2013 Bryce Cartwright second-row Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers
2014 Kane Elgey halfback Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
2015 Ashley Taylor halfback Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos

Jack Gibson Medal winners[edit]

The Jack Gibson Medal is awarded to the man of the match of the Toyota Cup grand final. The award is named after legendary rugby league coach, Jack Gibson. Gibson, who guided Eastern Suburbs to premierships in 1974 and 1975, the Parramatta Eels to three successive premierships from 1981 to 1983 and was named coach of the Team of the Century, died in 2008.

Year Winner Position Team
2008 Josh Dugan fullback Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders
2009 Luke Kelly halfback Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
2010 Carlos Tuimavave five-eighth New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors
2011 Jordan Meads halfback New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors
2012 Matt Mulcahy five-eighth Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers
2013 James Roberts centre Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers
2014 Solomone Kata centre New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors
2015 Soni Luke hooker Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers

Teams & Coaches[edit]

Brisbane colours.svg The Brisbane Broncos Under 20s side is coached by Craig Hodges.
Canberra colours.svg The Canberra Raiders Under 20s side is coached by Brett White
Canterbury colours.svg The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Under 20s side is coached by Ben Anderson.
Cronulla colours.svg The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Under 20s side is coached by John Morris.
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg The Gold Coast Titans Under 20s side is coached by Ben Woolf.
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Under 20s side is coached by Chad Randall
Melbourne colours.svg The Melbourne Storm Under 20s side is coached by Eric Smith.
New Zealand colours.svg The New Zealand Warriors Under 20s side is coached by Kelvin Wright.
Newcastle colours.svg The Newcastle Knights Under 20s side is coached by Todd Lowrie.
North Queensland colours.svg The North Queensland Cowboys Under 20s side is coached by Aaron Payne.
Parramatta colours.svg The Parramatta Eels Under 20s Side is coached by Luke Burt.
Panthers colours.svg The Penrith Panthers Under 20s side is coached by Cameron Ciraldo.
South Sydney colours.svg The South Sydney Rabbitohs Under 20s side is coached by David Penna.
St. George colours.svg The St. George Illawarra Dragons Under 20s side is coached by Matthew Head.
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg The Sydney Roosters Under 20s side is coached by Tony Barnes
Wests Tigers colours.svg The Wests Tigers Under 20s side is coached by Willie Peters.

Television Coverage[edit]

Australia[edit]

  • Free To Air: Channel 9 show the Grand Final as part of the Grand Final Coverage.[5]
  • Subscription television: FOX Sports show 2 games live every weekend, live coverage of the Toyota Cup precede Fox Sports' Super Saturday and Sunday live NRL coverage.[6]

New Zealand[edit]

  • All New Zealand Warriors home games in the U20's competition are shown live by Sky NZ.[5] Māori Television also broadcasts Ngāti NRL, a series that focuses on young Māori and Pacific Islanders who travel to Australia and play in the Toyota Cup.[7]

Records[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gallop, David (2007). "Australian Rugby Football League Annual Report 2007" (pdf). Australian Rugby League Limited. p. 6. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  2. ^ Toyota Cup to blood next group of Joeys : thewest.com.au
  3. ^ "ARL set to approve national youth comp". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2006-12-12. 
  4. ^ Toyota Cup to kick off in 2008, NRL.COM
  5. ^ a b 2007 Big League Annual (page 11)
  6. ^ Fox Sports to show Toyota Cup live - NRL - Fox Sports
  7. ^ NGATI NRL RETURNS TO MAORI TELEVISION at media.maoritelevision.com

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