TJRL’S BEST PLAYERS FROM GRAND FINAL DAY
RUGBY LEAGUE: The centrepiece day on the Toowoomba Junior Rugby League calendar delivered.
14 teams battled it out across seven divisions in a bid to cap off the season with a premiership.
It marked the first full season since 2019 after Covid impacted last year, and president Dan Aldons praised clubs for making it happen.
““The fact that we have been able to complete an entire season in 2021 is testimony to the flexibility and hard work of our members, clubs and the commitment and support of all the coaches, managers, parents, and players involved,” Aldons said.
“Thank you to all the volunteers who have given their time to assist their clubs in providing a safe and enjoyable place for young people to play this great game.
“If the challenges of the past 18 months have taught us anything, normality and a sense of community are of paramount importance – what better way of promoting that than through playing rugby league.”
To honour the big day, The Chronicle looks at the 21 best players from the seven winning sides on TJRL grand final day.
The Pittsworth Danes ran out 48-8 winners over Southern Suburbs, with the class of the country side coming to the fore.
ELLA O’DEA was named as player of the match, with the front rower laying the platform with some strong charges.
“She was a standout on the day,” coach Amylee Hinsel wood said.
“Her tackling was amazing and she set up a few tries as well. She really made a statement and she was everywhere.”
Dummy half CHLOE THOMPSON got herself on the scoresheet and was a brick wall in defence.
“She scored a full-field try and her defensive work was really good on the day,” Hinselwood said.
“Her conversions were successful and her kicking was very good.”
Captain and winger ELLA HOLLIS led from the front and had an involvement all across the park.
“Ella had a few try assists and her attacking on Saturday was great,” Hinselwood said.
“She guided the team around and always had her hands on the ball.”
Valleys and Brothers played out an absolute thriller in the U13 boys, with a last-ditch try sealing a 20-18 win for the Roosters.
COOPER COLLINS was named as man of the match, and coach Ned Murphy praised the centre for coming up with big plays.
“He scored the matchwinning try in the final two minutes and came up with a couple of clutch players,” Murphy said.
“He made a big run off the scrum to get us up the field and his defence throughout the game was good.”
Five-eighth CHARLIE BARNES stepped up to the plate to put his side in front late.
“Charlie slotted the goal to win the game,” Murphy said.
“He was part of the big plays and he combined well with Cooper to get us into the right areas.”
Front rower ALO VA’A stepped up to the mark with an incredible defensive display.
“Alo’s defence throughout the day was unbelievable,” Murphy said.
“He defended the house down and made a few try savers that lifted the boys. He set the tone with his defence.”
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