This Friday 16th February the U20’s Victoria Thunderbolts will be playing a trial game against the Canberra Region U23’s on AAMI Park as a curtain raiser to World Club Challenge between Melbourne Storm and Leeds Rhinos. The Thunderbolts Kick-Off at 5:40pm. Fans who would like to come and watch the game can enter AAMI Park early from 5:30pm at Gate 7.


Throughout the 2018 season, the Victorian based Thunderbolts will participate in the QLD U20’s Hasting Deering Colts competition. Round 1 will be played on Saturday 10th March against the Western Mustangs (Toowoomba) at Casey Fields, Cranbourne kicking off at 5:45pm. (U18’s Mal Meninga Cup – 4:00pm Kick-Off).


The U20’s Thunderbolts will play in 9 Home games in Melbourne with 2 games being played on AAMI Park as Curtain Raisers to Storm games – Saturday 19th May and Friday 17th August. Other games will be played on Gosch’s Paddock and at NRL Victoria club venues.


The team is coming off a trial in Albury last Saturday against the Riverina U23’s and will have one more trial on Sunday 25th February in Sydney against Brothers from Penrith.


Throughout the season the Thunderbolts squad may include Melbourne Storm Development list players that are U20’s eligible who are not playing Q Cup for Sunshine Coast or Easts Tigers. For this Friday’s match up against Canberra Region U23’s, keep an eye out for Melbourne Storm Development player Junior Ratuva and local Victorian Jordin Leiu who will be playing for the Thunderbolts after completing a full pre-season with the Melbourne Storm NRL squad.


After a strong pre-season of their own, Thunderbolts Head Coach Ben Jack is excited about his troops taking the field for the first time in Melbourne.

“It will be fantastic for these young men to experience a game at AAMI Park before the World Club Challenge. It will also be a great chance for the fans to come and see the next wave of Victorian-based players coming through the ranks”, he said.


The Thunderbolts have named their team for the clash; remember to arrive to AAMI Park early to cheer on your Victorian Thunderbolts!!!


1.  Chase Aporo
2.  Pio Nakubuwai
3.  Sale Finau
4.  Fua Schwalger
5.  Junior Ratuva
6.  Troy Hanita-Paki
7.  Trent Toelau
8.  Derek Maota
17. Joel Mula
10. Nick Hay
11. Vinnie Tikeri
12. Matt Stimson
13. Jordin Leiu
14. Jared Faale
15. Seu Seuiavatele
16. Jacob Cordtz
18. Liam Headon
19. Mykie Tapelu
20. Conaniah Kirisome
21. Joe Waqalevu
23. Nic Flocas




Left to Right Sale Finau, Trent Toelau, Nick Hay and Derek Maota


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