Pine Rivers cement finals berth

Pine Rivers have cemented their place in the finals, with a comfortable 32-16 win over a wounded Carina outfit on Saturday.


The under-manned Carina started the game with gusto, punishing the Pine Rivers forwards, but as the injuries began to stack up, so did the visitors points.


Pine Rivers got off to a shaky start with the home teams big men brushing off tackles and slipping offloads to be snapped up by the backs.


But for every piece of brilliance from Carina, came two handling errors, undoing their hard work with knock-ons and simple ball-carrying errors, letting the visitors into their half.


This proved to be a blessing in disguise for the home team, as a floating pass from the northerners was snapped up by Carinas Joshua Jerome who went 80m before being pulled down.


The attacking field position put Josh Mourilyan in the box seat to cross for Carina, putting them ahead 4-0.


Ten minutes later, their lead blew out to 10-0 when Scott Greenhill scored off the back of a Pine Rivers penalty.


But in what has been a season to forget for the Carina, the early-match optimism quickly soured. A double for Tye Ingebrigtsen put Pine Rivers in front by two before the half-time whistle cushioned Carina from further damage.


The visitors carried their momentum in to the second half, where they wasted no time in pushing their lead out to 16-10. A couple of fiery exchanges between players did nothing to help Carinas cause, with a penalty handing the Bears two more tries and driving the margin out of reach at 28-10.


Carina were struggling, carrying on-field injuries amongst their players and were going through the motions like a side already beaten. The exception was fullback Nathan Riedy who refused to give an inch to his opponents. His tenacity paid off when he barrelled over the line to claw back six points for the dejected hosts.


Despite Reidys valiant defiance, there was no hope of a Carina comeback. Pine Rivers left Leo Williams Oval with the points and a semi-final matchup against Logan Brothers this weekend.


Brisbane Second Division Wrap - by Mick Tierney


In the Northside 1 Preliminary Final between Brisbane Natives and Dayboro, Natives scored three tries to one in the first half to lead 18-4 at half time. In the second half, Natives again scored three tries to one, winning the match 34-10, scoring six tries to two overall. Valleys will play Brisbane Natives in the Grand Final next Saturday at Langlands Park at 3.00pm.


In the Northside 2 Preliminary Final between Deception Bay and Gaters, Deception Bay scored two tries to one in the first half to lead 10-4 at the break. Gaters came back in the second half scoring three tries to none in the half, winning the match 20 12, scoring four tries to two overall. Normanby will play Gaters in the Grand Final at Langlands Park next Saturday at 1.15pm.


In the Northside 3 Preliminary Final between Mitchelton and Brighton, both teams scored two tries in the first half, with Brighton leading 10-8 at the break. Mitchelton scored four tries to none in the second half to win the match 26-10, scoring six tries to two overall. Aspley will play Mitchelton in the Grand Final at Langlands Park next Saturday at 11.30am.


In Premier Grade, the scores were Easts Juniors 52 beat Souths Juniors 10, Gaters 36 beat Aspley 34, Logan Brothers 56 beat Wynnum Juniors 24 and Pine Rivers 32 beat Carina 16. The final points are Gaters 37, Easts Juniors 24 (+226), Pine Rivers 24 (-93), Logan Brothers 23 (+290), Aspley 23 (+129), Souths Juniors 15, Carina 9, Wynnum Juniors 5. In next Saturdays semi-finals at Emerson Park, Pine Rivers will play Logan Brothers in the elimination semi at 1.15pm and Gaters will play Easts Juniors in the major semi at 3.00pm.


In Southside 1, Bulimba Valleys beat Mt Gravatt 30-28, Cannon Hill beat Wests Centenary 38-16, Inala beat Greenbank 38-4 and Redlands beat Logan Brothers 20 16. The final points are Bulimba Valleys 40, Redlands 38, Mt Gravatt 26, Wests Inala 22, Logan Brothers 19, Cannon Hill 15, Greenbank 12 and Centenary 4. In next Saturdays semi-finals at Kookaburra Park, Mt Gravatt will play Inala at 1.15 PM in the elimination semi and Bulimba Valleys will play Redlands in the major semi at 3.00pm.


In the Under 20 grade, Easts Juniors beat Brothers Juniors 36-18. Souths Juniors received a forfeit from the withdrawn Carina, Norths Juniors received a forfeit from the withdrawn Northlakes, Burpengary received a forfeit from Springwood and Logan Brothers received a forfeit from Arana Hills. Final points are Easts Juniors 41, Logan Brothers 34, Souths Juniors 31, Brothers Juniors 27, Norths Juniors 26, Burpengary 21, Arana Hills 15 and Springwood 7. In next Saturdays semi-finals at Matheson Oval, Souths Juniors will play Brothers Juniors in the elimination semi at 1.15pm and Easts Juniors will play Logan Brothers in the major semi at 3.00pm.