Harold Matthews ready for elimination final
The Raiders Harold Matthews (Under 16's) team will face the Penrith Panthers in an elimination final on Saturday.
The Raiders faced the Panthers only two weeks ago, in a regular season game where the Raiders held off a fast-finishing Panthers team to end up 30-20 winners.
The narrow victory was crucial for the Raiders as they finished in 6th place on the ladder after the nine regular season rounds. Penrith finished in 7th, just one point behind the Raiders.
In last week's final round of the regular season, the Raiders pushed the Cronulla Sharks all the way before eventually going down 26-18. Harold Matthews coach Adam Kyle was positive despite the loss.
"I was really proud of the way we kept fighting in this game against real quality opposition," Kyle said.
"They are last years premiers and finished second on the ladder so it’s a fantastic effort to take them right to the end.
"The game has given us a good platform to progress into this weekend's final against Penrith."
Half-time and full-time scores from the match will be available on the Raiders Twitter @RaidersCanberra.
Canberra Raiders v Penrith Panthers – 6th v 7th ELIMINATION FINAL
Campbelltown Stadium, Saturday 16th April
Canberra: 6 LACHLAN EVESTON 2 TREMAYNE CHATFIELD 3 HARLEY SMITH- SHIELDS 4 DANIEL GOODWIN 5 TRISTAN ELDRIDGE 9 JOE ROBERTS 7 JOHN VELOUDOS 8 MATTHEW DRAGISIC 14 CHARLIE WOOLFORD 10 TATE BROOKE 11 KALI TAISENI 12 JONAH LATU 13 KRISTIAN JENSEN (C) 18 ALEXAVIER PUNOU 15 SOLOMONE KAUFUSI 16 WAYNE PARKER 17 LOUIS JANG 19 JESSE THOMPSON COACH ADAM KYLE
Penrith: 1 HAYDEN BONANNO 2 ETHAN CLARK-WOOD 3 ZACHARY CINI 4 MATTHEW FAAUILA 5 JACK DENNIS 6 DYLAN WHITE 7 JODECI LAUMUA 8 SPENCER LENIU 9 JERAMIAH TRINDALL 10 LINDSAY SMITH (C) 11 SHAWN BLORE (C) 12 BRAIDEN MAGELE 13 TEVITA PIUKANA 14 ETHAN MOKOIA 15 MAURICE TRINDALL 16 CHASE CHAPMAN 17 BRADLEY MIDDLEBROOKE COACH DAVID MACKINNON