Pan­thers too hot for Manly in Holden Cup

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT -

FROM back page Jarome Luai, from He­ber­sham, spent al­most a year train­ing be­fore he made his Holden Cup grand fi­nal de­but on Sun­day. Luai said he was ner­vous in the lead up to the game. “This is my first year play­ing in the un­der-20s and in the Holden Cup, I was ner­vous the whole week,” he said. But the 18-year-old had noth­ing to worry about, se­cur­ing a try for Pen­rith dur­ing the sec­ond half. De­spite bat­tling tem­per­a­tures in the high 30sC, Luai said the whole game was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It was so crazy, I wasn't ex­pect­ing to score but I found a break and went for it,” he said. “It felt so amaz­ing (to win), it was such a good thing for me to ex­pe­ri­ence so early on in my ca­reer - but we do have such a good side” Luai said. There won’t be much time to rest for the Year 12 stu­dent as he be­gins his HSC next week.

“My school has been very sup­port­ive of ev­ery­thing. We be­gin pre-sea­son train­ing again in four weeks so I won’t be hav­ing much of a break,” Luai said.

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