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Rockhampton & District Junior Rugby League Grand Finals 2014

Under 13

Emu Park entered their first RDJRL grand final but showed no nerves to start the game, getting out to an 8-0 lead after 10 minutes through an early try to Nathan Groves.
The next try came from a great long ball from Dustin Munns to Blake Smith on the wing.
After that, Fitzroy’s kicked into gear scoring a good try to Luke Barsby then five-eighth Aaron Moore showed why he is in the Rocky Rustlers with a great individual try to take the lead 12-8.
Barsby scored his second just before halftime to give the sharks a 16-8 lead. The break was the worst thing for the Fitzroy’s side, after the break the Emu’s hit back when Reuben Hamson dove over, then from a scrum fullback Carl Murray ran the length of the field to score giving Emus the lead again which they never gave up.
Man of Match Carl Murray then scored again to give them an eight point lead and then with a few minutes left Nathan Groves scored his second to give Emu Park their first RDJRL Grand Final trophy 30 -16

Emu Park 30 (Carl Murray 2, Nathan Groves 2, Blake Smith, Reuben Hamson tries; Travis Field 2, Reuben Hamson goals)  def Fitzroy's 16 (Try's - Luke Barsby 2, Aaron Moore, Goals - Lleyton Milburn 2) 

Man of the Match Emu Park - Carl Murray
Man of the Match Fitzroy's - Aaron Moore

Under 14

Cap Coast Brothers were coming into this game after two extra time victories in the semi-final weeks. Would this be a disadvantage? Well, their start didn’t suggest this when Alex Gibert crashed over when Brothers made too many mistakes and gave away penalties with Troy Richardson converting. Brothers started their come back and when Lachlan Crow put a deaf little kick through for Liam Grant to score , the teams were all square. Brothers continued their strong form with Matthew baker crashing over and with Liam Grants great side line conversation Rocky Brothers took a 12-6 lead into half time.
The second half did not start well for the Coast Brothers and Crow sliced through after a mistake giving Brothers White a lead 18-6. A great backline move saw Rahnee Paipai score out wide for the coast, but that will be the last time they troubled the scorers.  A blind side play by Cap Coast went wrong and Brothers got the ball back and it was Man of the Match Tom Farr that ran 50m to score under the post to give Rocky Brothers White the win 24-10.

Brothers White 24 (Liam Grant, Matthew Baker, Lachlan Crow, Tom Farr tries; Liam Grant goals) Cap Coast Brothers 10 (Alex Gilbert, Rahnee Paipai tries; Troy Richardson goal)

Man of the Match Brothers White - Tom Farr
Man of the Match Cap Coast Brothers - Oskar Moore

Under 15

This was a game that defied the norm after a very tight first half that saw Cap Coast Brothers score first through Lachlan Buchanan to take a 6-0 lead. Brothers hit back right on the buzzer when Cory Armstrong stepped through to level up 6-6 at halftime. The second half started a try frenzy Buchanan scored his second then Rocky Brothers Noel Rogers scored to lock the game at 12-12. Buchanan crashed over for his 3rd try which was followed by Rocky Brothers Darcy Connor with a great side line conversion from Sam Murphy to make scores 18-18. Next, crafty hooker Jacob VanZanden scored from dummy half to give the Coast a lead 24-18, but it was a Sam Murphy try and conversation with three minutes left that tied the game up at 24-24. A late field goal attempt by Murphy just missed the mark in the last seconds which sent the game into extra time. Both sides battled away but it was with two minutes left in the second period of extra time saw fullback Carwyn Moon break through from halfway to give the Coast Brothers the lead 30-24. Rocky Brothers through everything at Cap Coast, but their defence was strong enough to hold on for an exciting win.
Cap Coast Brothers won in extra time after the scores were level 24 all at full time.

Cap Coast Brothers 30 (Lachlan Buchanan 3, Jacob VanZanden, Carwyn Moon tries; Carwyn Moon 5 goals) def Brothers 24 (Sam Murphy, Noel Rogers, Darcy Connor, Corey Armstrong tries; Sam Murphy 4 goals) 

Man of the match Cap Coast Brothers - Jacob VanZanden
Man of the Match Brothers - Kobe Hetherington

Under 16

After the excitement of the previous game, both Yeppoon & Cap Coast took the field a little late than expected. Maybe this was the reason for the fractious start when four players were placed in the bin for an altercation. After they all returned they all concentrated on rugby league and it was Cap Coast that held their nerve and Tristian Darl finished off a very good move to score in the corner. A Great conversation from Michael Bacon gave them a 6-0 lead which they took into half time. Half time didn’t faze Cap Coast when Jack White cut through to score in the corner to give them a 10-0 lead then half Zac Close put a nice kick through for Sam Cookson to score and a 14-0 lead. This was the wakeup call for the undefeated Yeppoon Seagulls and a few mistakes by Cap Coast saw prop Bailey Butler packing at lock from a scrum bust through to score under the posts, then the Seagull side hit their straps, Tycer O’Dell capitalised on Brothers mistakes and cut through to score and bring the score back to 10-14 with about 5 minutes remaining. Both sides threw everything at each other and with two minutes remaining Harry Grant finished off a back line move to tie everything up and with 30 seconds remaining Man of the Match Tycer O’Dell slotted the conversation from the side line to give the Yeppoon side victory 16-14.

Yeppoon 16 (Tycer O’Dell, Bailey Butler, Harry Grant tries; Tycer O'Dell 2 goals) Cap Coast Brothers 14 (Sam Cookson, Tristan Darr, Jack White tries; Michael Bacon goals) 

Man of the Match Yeppoon - Tycer O'Dell
Man of the Match Cap Coast Brothers - Jack White

Under 18

The Under 18 clash was the climax of the grand final day – and with many players from both sides finishing their junior rugby league journey, players from both sides were looking for a fitting farewell. These sides played an exciting 32-26 major semi-final with the score changing multiple times with the Seagulls taking the points. This game just didn’t live up to the expectations of the semi-final, Brothers came out with a simple game plan and they executed to coach Rhys Chapman’s instructions. Tries to Kadison Armstrong (two) and Parry Boland after a great 40/20 kick lead them to a 12-0 lead at halftime. Front Rower Elliot Thompson then put the game out side Yeppoon’s reach when he crossed for two tries after halftime to give Brothers a 24-0 lead. Yeppoon finally hit the score board with a try to Anthony Mouritz, but tries to Brady Mayne and a third to Man of the Match Thompson sealed a 34-6 win.

Brothers 34 (Elliot Thompson 3, Kadison Armstrong 2, Parry Boland, Brady Mayne tries; Luke Rumph 2, Kadison Armstrong goals) def Yeppoon 6 (Anthony Mouritz try; Kalem Pacey goal)

Man of the Match Brothers - Elliot Thompson
Man of the Match Yeppoon - Kalem Pacey

Rockhampton & District 2014 Representative Teams Announced

THE Rockhampton Representative sides playing in the Capricorn Capra Trials at Emerald Saturday and Sunday June 7-8 in Emerald have been announced.

The Junior Rustlers will kick off their campaign against Gladstone on Saturday with the Under 13 game at 11am, Under 14 at 12 noon and Under 16 at 1pm.

This will be followed by games against Central Highlands with the Under 13 playing at 3pm, Under 14 at 4pm and Under 16 5pm.

On Sunday they will play against Central West with the Under 16 playing at 9am, Under 13 at 10am and Under 14 at 11am. At 1pm they will announce the Under 13, Under 14 and Under 16 Capras sides to compete in the Junior State Carnival in Cairns July 2-6.

On Saturday, June 28; players will assemble in Rockhampton for three days of training before flying out to Cairns on the Monday afternoon.

2014 U13 Rockhampton Rustlers Representative Team

Player                                     Club

Leyton Milburn                       Fitzroy’s
Declan Sandilands                  Fitzroy’s        
Aaron Moore                           Fitzroy’s
Jeremy White Williams           North’s
Ivan Miller                              North’s
Riley McMullen                      North’s
Lewis Schneider                     North’s
Hayden Witt                           Brothers
Riley Clark                              Brothers
Addison Cant                         Brothers
Ben Farr                                  Brothers
Joseph Lewis                           Brothers
Pat Bohan                               Brothers
Austin Routley                        Capricorn Coast Brothers
Riley McLaren                        Capricorn Coast Brothers
Carl Murray                             Emu Park
Justin Munns                           Emu Park
Baily Stover                            Emu Park
Cooper Corcoran                     Emu Park

Under 13 Central West Representative from RDJRL

Travis Field                             Emu Park
Jack Pacey                               Yeppoon
Blake Arnold                          Cap Coast Brothers
Kazzi Doyle                            Fitzroy’s

2014 U14 Representative Rugby League Squad

Jason Mi Mi                            Emu Park
Alex Gilbert                            Cap Coast Brothers
Jackson Phillips                       Cap Coast Brothers
Lachlan Hubner                      North’s
Corbin Ingram                         North’s
Stuart Thompson                     North’s
Nick Marxson                         Gracemere
Harrison Cavanagh                 Brothers
Liam Grant                              Brothers
Thomas Farr                            Brothers
Jack Wilson                             Brothers
Josh Perry                                Brothers
Riley Shadlow                        Brothers
Ben Condon                            Brothers
Harry Lerenveldt                    Brothers
Kyle Cook                               Brothers
Isaac Bulsie                             Brothers
Peter Vardy                             Brothers

U 14 Central West Representative from RDJRL

Gabriel Hamson                      Emu Park
Matt Baker                              Brothers
Montell Lawton                      Brothers
Lachlan Crow                         Brothers
Harrison McIndoe                   Cap Coast Brothers
Samuel Barrass                        Cap Coast Brothers
William Parry                          Cap Coast Brothers
Jackson Green                         Yeppoon
Brandon Burns                        North’s

2014 U16 Rockhampton Rustlers Representative Team

Jake Stanton                Brothers
Zac Vidler                   Yeppoon
Samuki Gaiden           Cap Coast Brothers
Daley Doyle                Cap Coast Brothers
Andrew Parker            Cap Coast Brothers
Corey Rees                  Yeppoon
Tycer O’Dell               Yeppoon
Jed Myles                    Yeppoon
Travis Leo                   Yeppoon
Andrew Hauff              Yeppoon
Dominic Macumboy     Yeppoon
Jack Mcleod                Gracemere
Bailey Butler               Yeppoon
Riley Denning             North’s
Clay Langford             Yeppoon
Mattihus Mann            North’s
David Willett              Yeppoon
Drew West                  Emu Park
Joshua Adams             Emu Park

Under 16 Central West Representative from RDJRL

Alex Hallam                Emu Park
Jack Pattie                  Cap Coast Brothers
Joshua Davis               Brothers
Joshua Wilkinson        Brothers
Clayton Bohan            Brothers
Kobe Hetherington     Brothers
Sam Murphy               Brothers
Luke Fletcher              Brothers