STAN­THORPE JU­NIOR RUGBY LEAGUE 2018

Stanthorpe Border Post - - LIFE | CHURCH CHATTERINGS -

WITH most of the Grem­lins having a bye last week­end and a well-de­served rest, our un­der-14 and U16 teams played Col­le­gians on a chilly Thurs­day night at Sul­li­van Oval and the U11s had some fun with a road trip to Warwick to take on a fast Sub­urbs team, with new coach Chris Haynes tak­ing the reins for his first game.

The U14s played some great foot­ball and were de­ter­mined to turn around re­cent de­feats against the well-drilled Col­le­gians out­fit, com­ing up with a de­served win and tak­ing pride in singing the team song.

The U16s played well in what was al­ways go­ing to be a tough as­sign­ment against a strong Col­le­gians team and with a num­ber of play­ers in­jured.

The boys stayed com­pet­i­tive for most of the game al­though Col­le­gians fin­ished stronger.

This week­end, the Ju­nior Grem­lins take on the Goondi­windi Boars at home with the start of the sec­ond round in the Warwick and District com­pe­ti­tion.

This is nor­mally a huge day for the Grem­lins with plenty of vol­un­teers re­quired through­out the day. Please touch base via Face­book or on the day if you can pro­vide a small amount of time to help the day run smoothly.

Crisp Oval: 8.30am U14 Col­le­gian v Ten­ter­field; 9.30am U11; 10.30am U7 and U9;

11.30am U8; 12.30pm U10.

Sul­li­van Oval: 8.30am U16 Col­le­gian v Ten­ter­field; 9.30am U14; 11am U12; 12pm girls; 1pm U16.

Un­der 11s

WITH the Grem­lins having a bye last week­end the U11s ven­tured to Warwick un­der the guid­ance of new coach Chris Haynes to play a friendly against Sub­urbs.

The game was ori­gin pace, with Charlie Tay­lor and Prince Wil­liam con­trol­ling the match. Sub­urbs scored first against pun­ish­ing defence, with Clancy ‘The Axe’ Mon­cada lead­ing the way.

Ryan We­bke made some great yards but needed a lift and skip­per Sweet carved up sub­urbs with a great solo try.

The heat took its toll but Big K, Mitch and Os­car in­jected fresh blood off the bench al­though not enough to wheel a Sub­urbs lead at half time un­for­tu­nately.

After the half time break, Sub­urbs struck quickly post­ing the first points. Blocker Sharn, ‘The Brick’ Ri­ley and Cousie Chris were mak­ing great hard yards up the mid­dle.

Josh Addo Carr was a tack­ling ma­chine and Nick ‘Goanna’ Man­davy made some great Goanna runs.

Things were not go­ing our way and when Isaac Luke stepped up and scored a great try near full time.

Thanks to Iso­bel and Ashley who spent more time than

Al­fie Langer run­ning wa­ter and Sub­urbs for the friendly.

Un­der 14s

THE Stan­thorpe Grem­lins hosted Col­le­gians Dragons un­der lights at Sul­li­van Oval on Thurs­day night with the Grem­lins de­ter­mined to turn around re­cent de­feats and came out fir­ing against a tough, well-drilled Col­le­gians out­fit.

Con­stant pres­sure, spir­ited defence and team­work grad­u­ally wore down the Dragons and the Grem­lins went into the half-time break with a handy 22–0 lead.

Col­le­gians came back strongly in the sec­ond half and posted a con­verted try but the Grem­lins were in no mood to con­cede and scored an­other try to close out the game 26–6 at full-time.

There were many high­lights and great in­di­vid­ual performances but team­work and com­mit­ment sealed the vic­tory.

It was great to see the en­joy­ment on the play­ers’ faces and to hear the team song be­ing sung with en­thu­si­asm. We have some tough matches ahead and I hope we can con­tinue to train hard and pre­pare well go­ing for­ward, Coach Pat.

Un­der 16s

THE boys took on Col­le­gians last Thurs­day in what was go­ing to be a tough as­sign­ment against a strong Col­le­gians side.

Like most weeks, the boys gave up early pos­ses­sion. Col­le­gians were first to score and lead 6–0 early in the game. Once the Grem­lins start com­plet­ing set almost al­ways re­sults in points.

Dante was first to score for Grem­lins to make the score 6–4. Col­le­gians hit back with a strong kicking game to score the next two tries. The boys needed some­thing be­fore the half time and de­liv­ered with Harry Wil­liams scor­ing, go­ing to 18–8 at the break.

Wil­liams scored again after they break and, with the conversion, closed the gap to four points.

Un­for­tu­nately the Grem­lins lost two play­ers to in­jury to leave them with the bare 13. Col­le­gians ran away with the game win­ning 38–14.

This week the boys take on Goondi­windi at home. After los­ing by four last time, they are keen for a strong game.

Ky Rash­leigh will make a re­turn from in­jury. Coach Fleming has been happy with at­tack but wants the boys to keep pos­ses­sion and im­prove on defence.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NORTH­ERN CHAL­LENGE: The U11 Grem­lins ven­tured to Warwick on the week­end to take on Sub­urbs.

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