If our records are correct there have been over 100 sets of brothers to have played in the National Youth Competition. From the Forans and the Fifitas to the the Barbas and the Nikorimas, a number of talented families have graced the Holden Cup since 2008. Today we look at five of the best sets of brothers to have played in the under-20 competition.
5. Jake and Tom Trbojevic
Jake (Manly 2012-13 – 38 games, 15 tries – NYC Team of the Year 2013)
Tom (Manly 2014-15 – 32 games, 41 tries – NYC Team of the Year 2015)
Both integral members of Manly’s NRL side at the moment, the Trbojevic brothers were just as important to the club’s NYC teams during their time in the competition. Jake debuted as an 18-year old in 2012, playing 17 games that year. In 2013, he was named in the Team of the Year and won Manly’s Russ Bull Best and Fairest award. A year later, his younger brother Tom would win the award in his first season of NYC football, in which he scored 20 tries in 18 games. The next season, Tom would lead the Sea Eagles to their first Grand Final appearance, scoring 21 tries in 14 games and being named in the Team of the Year.
4. Jesse and Kenny Bromwich
Jesse (Melbourne 2009 – 21 games, 11 tries – NYC Team of the Year 2009)
Kenny (Melbourne 2009-11 – 52 games, 15 tries – NYC Team of the Year 2011)
Rated as the world’s best prop by some, current New Zealand Test captain Jesse Bromwich played just one eventful season in the NYC. He scored 11 tries in 21 games, was named in the Team of the Year and was a member of Melbourne’s victorious Grand Final side. His younger brother Kenny also made his NYC debut that season, playing four games, and would become one of the competition’s most consistent players over the next two seasons. In 2011, he represented the Junior Kiwis and was named in the Team of the Year. In 2016, Kenny became a New Zealand Test representative and a regular in Melbourne’s NRL side alongside his brother.
3. Tariq and Korbin Sims
Tariq (Brisbane 2008-10 – 49 games, 18 tries – Dally M Player of the Year, NYC Team of the Year 2010)
Korbin (Brisbane 2010, Newcastle 2011-12 – 49 games, 16 tries – NYC Team of the Year 2012)
After joining Brisbane with older brother Ashton in 2008, the younger Sims brothers would spend three years at the club but would only play one together before Korbin moved to Newcastle in 2011. Tariq, who debuted in 2008, enjoyed a stellar 2010 season, in which he was selected for the Junior Kangaroos, was named in the Team of the Year and won the Dally M Player of the Year. Korbin would make his debut that season but found his NYC success at the Knights, where he played two seasons, represented the Junior Kangaroos and was named in the 2012 Team of the Year.
2. Mosese, Kilu and Tevita Pangai
Mosese (Wests Tigers 2008, North Queensland 2009-11 – 75 games, 28 tries)
Kilu (Canberra 2013-14 – 37 games, 6 tries)
Tevita (Canberra 2013-15, Brisbane 2016 – 44 games, 20 tries – NYC Team of the Year 2015)
One of the few trios of brothers to play in the NYC, the careers of the Pangai brothers spanned eight seasons in the competition. Mosese made his debut for the Tigers in 2008 as a 16-year old, before moving to the Cowboys in 2009. He played 69 games for the club over three seasons and played in their Grand Final loss in 2011. His 75 NYC game are fifth most in competition history. His younger brothers, Kilu and Tevita, would both debut for Canberra in 2013 and spend three years at the club. Kilu played 37 games over two seasons, while Tevita played 38 games over three seasons, being named in the Team of the Year in 2015, before moving to the Broncos in 2016. He would play just 6 NYC games for Brisbane that season before moving into their NRL side.
1. Peter, Chanel, Pat and Sione Mata’utia
Peter (Newcastle 2008-10 – 44 games, 22 tries, 122 goals)
Chanel (Newcastle 2010-12 – 55 games, 34 tries, 1 goal)
Pat (Newcastle 2011-13 – 35 games, 13 tries)
Sione (Newcastle 2013-14, 2016 – 24 games, 21 tries, 6 goals – NYC Team of the Year 2014)
The only set of four brothers to play in the NYC, the Mata’utias played a combined 158 games, scored 90 tries and kicked 129 goals during their eight year stint in the competition. Eldest brother Peter debuted first in 2008 and was the club’s top point scorers the following two seasons. In his final NYC season in 2010, Chanel joined him in the side, playing 8 games. He was followed by Pat in 2011, with the two playing together for two seasons. In 2012, Chanel finished as the club’s top try scorer with 22. In 2013, Chanel graduated from the side with youngest brother Sione taking his spot. Sione would achieve the most individual success of the brothers, being the only brother to be named in the Team of the Year. In 2014, Sione was the only brother left in the Knights’ side, he scored 15 tries in 17 games and was named the RLPA Player of the Year. He graduated full time to the NRL side in 2015 but made a return to the Holden Cup in 2016, scoring a try in his lone appearance. Since 2008, there’s only been two seasons (2015, 2017) in which a Mata’utia brother hasn’t lined up in Newcastle’s NYC side.