Panthers too hot for Manly in Holden Cup
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.