STANTHORPE JUNIOR RUGBY LEAGUE 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
NORTHERN CHALLENGE: The U11 Gremlins ventured to Warwick on the weekend to take on Suburbs.