Action returned to Stafford Park at Hervey Bay for some junior action this weekend with the Under 12’s, 13’s, 14’s and 15’s featuring in my report.

In what proved to be a good day for the Hervey Bay Seagulls the day started with Hervey Bay Souths 18 defeating Hervey Bay West 16 in an entertaining affair. Blockbusting Wests propr Jayden Squillacioti impressed with a 4 try effort, unfortunately no tries were converted which did prove costly in the end. Heath Peel crossed for 2 tries with Malachi Warton and Josh Whittaker also scoring and Whittaker converting one try which ended up being the sealer.

The Under 14 Hervey Bay Seagulls played host to the Bundaberg East Magpies side and this proved to be a one sided affair although the Seagulls did fail to put on a score due to a determined Magpies side. Ben Hudson scored 2 tries, Mana Atutahi and Oscar Dagostino also scoring with Slade Johnson booting two conversions to give the Seagulls a 20 nil victory. Hudson, Dagostino and rampaging centre Jake Woodman were a handful for the Bundaberg side who were led by the talented Cadell Blackman.

Until mid way through the second half the Hervey Bay Seagulls Green side and Bundaberg East Magpies clash was a close one until the Seagulls proceeded to score a couple of late tries to push the score out to a 28-18 victory. There were two obvious standouts for the Seagulls with Harry Nuske crossing for 3 tries in a blockbusting effort by the back rower and Dominic Woodbridge scoring a double.

Byron Love had a good day with the boot by knocking 4 conversions over the black dot. Five eighth Nile Pimm was a standout for the Magpies and their 18 points came courtesy of a double to Locklin Bauer and singles to Lyeton Ey and Sam Spencer with Dylan Viet converting one for the Bundaberg Easts side.

Unfortunately the final match between the Under 15 Hervey Bay Seagulls and Bundaberg Easts Magpies was cut short due to an injury to Magpies back rower Amero Brown and all involved hope everything is fine with this talented youngster. The match was cut short in the second half due to a possible neck injury to Brown as officials awaited the arrival of an Ambulance.

At that stage the Seagulls had gone out to a commanding 26 to 8 lead which was the final score. Jayden McCloskey scored two tries with impressive centre Christiaan Mostert, Trent Baumann and J’maine Hopgood also crossing for four pointers. Josh Preval potted one conversion and Hopgood two. For the Magpies, Wyatt Reynolds and Brock Riebel scored tries but all the prayers and well wishes from all patrons of the Fraser Coast Junior Rugby League are with Amero Brown.

All in all it was yet another entertaining day on the Fraser Coast and it as always is a pleasure to witness the grassroots of our game at such a great venue.