Highlands junior news

Games were spread across the Highlands on the weekend from Dysart and Middlemount in the north, to Emerald and Springsure in the south. 

Middlemount took on Emerald Tigers Black and President, Scott Lonergan selected two games as outstanding. 

He nominated the Under 10s and the Under 14s as the games of the day. “The Under 10s had a gutsy win. They put their heads down and worked hard.” 

Ironically leading up to the NRL Women in League round, it was one of the female players, Prue Peters who impressed Lonergan.  “Prue was great in defence…a real standout performance.”  In the Under 14s game, Lonergan nominated Cameron Dobie in attack and Jake Barber in defence as the two stand out players. 

Heading south to Springsure where President Matt Smith nominated the Under 10s game as the game of the day.  Coach of the Under 10s, Mark Baker, was thoroughly impressed with his team. 

“A lot of the second man drills they had practiced at training they put into action, and they paid off.”  Prior to the game, the team committed to a strong defensive effort.  “Their goal was achieved by keeping the opposition scoreless.” 

He also acknowledged the Under 8s who played up. 

“The sportsmanship was extraordinary.  The older players really helped out the younger players,” he said. Baker nominated Sterling Smith at halfback, Mitch Baker in the forwards, and Jack Lloyd from dummy half as being the stand out players of the game.  “All three contributed greatly to the team’s performance.” 

Round 6 sees the Peak Downs Pirates, Tigers, Middlemount and Dysart hosting games while Emerald Brothers White have the bye.