Sawtell Panthers prop Ryan Pemberton pokes his nose through the Central Coast defence while playing for the East Coast Dolphins in the CRL under-18s Country Championships match.
Sawtell Panthers prop Ryan Pemberton pokes his nose through the Central Coast defence while playing for the East Coast Dolphins in the CRL under-18s Country Championships match. Brad Greenshields

Young Dolphins lead the charge

THE outstanding young rugby league talent being developed on the Coffs Coast was certainly on show at the weekend.

Representing the East Coast Dolphins, a team that covers the region from Taree up to the Queensland border, several Group 2 players produced noteworthy performances in the opening round of the CRL Country Championships played at Geoff King Motors Park.

Sawtell's Reagan Harris scored a hat-trick for the Dolphins under-16s team as the five-eighth helped steer his team to a dominating 54-0 win over Central Coast.

Sawtell Panther Jacob Conlan is congratulated by his East Coast Dolphins teammates after scoring the opening try of the CRL under-18s Country Championships match against the Central Coast.
Sawtell Panther Jacob Conlan is congratulated by his East Coast Dolphins teammates after scoring the opening try of the CRL under-18s Country Championships match against the Central Coast. Brad Greenshields

The under-18s scored plenty of tries against Central Coast as well but it still wasn't enough to record a win.

Sawtell forwards Jacob Conlan, Tyke Kemp and Ryan Pemberton all scored tries, as did Nambucca Heads winger Jaxon Paul in the 44-36 loss.

This weekend the Dolphins play at Taree against Newcastle.

CRL CHAMPS
Round 1 - Played at Geoff King Motors Park

Under-16s
EAST COAST DOLPHINS 54 (R.Harris 3, J.Tauali'l 2, B.Liyou, C.Pettet, T.Thompson, J.Anderson, K.Evans tries; T.Vickery 6, K.Hill goals) def CENTRAL COAST ROOSTERS 0.

Under-18s
CENTRAL COAST ROOSTERS 44 (N.Bell 2, S.McKenna 2, L.Sheens 2, T.Marks, J.Slee tries; C.Davies 6 goals) def EAST COAST DOLPHINS 36 (J.Conlan, J.Ryan, R.Pemberton, J.Paul, N.Phillips, T.Kemp tries; D.Brooks 6 goals)



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