Toowoomba Junior Rugby League Grand Final Results
HIGHFIELDS 18 (Tries Ryan Fisher, Blake Cesari 2, goals Courtay Carmody, Lachlan Fanning, Blake Cesari) Def DALBY 6 (Try Joshua McKernan, goal Alex Lindsay)
SOUTHS 16 (Tries George Ryan 2, Mitchel Knauth, goals Ben Hass, Jesse Campbell) Def PITTSWORTH 4 (Try Blake Jackson)
UNDER 11/12 DEV CUP
GATTON 20 (Tries Courtney-Lee Nolan, Liam Young 2, Harrison Randall, goals Boyd Barnwell-Cumner, Bailie Price) Def DALBY 6 (Brock Green, goal Will Fitzsimmons)
SOUTHS 20 **(Tries Nick Kuhnemann, Ben Howard, Corey Wright, Connor Williams, goals Jordan Lipp 2) Def DALBY 16 (Trent McGee, Lytana King-Togia, Dylan Wedrat, goals Blake Suhr 2) **GOLDEN POINT
SOUTHS 48 (Tries Beau Mathers, Chad Peters, Cory Paix 2, Jai Cooke, Angus Hearn, Leslie Hartvigsen, Jordan Crocker, goals Cory Paix 6) Def VALLEYS 14 (Tries Coen Hopkins, Brock Diment, Zac Miles, goal Brock Diment)
UNDER 13/14 DEV CUP
VALLEYS 22 (Tries Chris Chalmers, Corey Stewart, Jordan Fisher, Kainen Saw-Braun 2, goals Corey Stewart) Def PITTSWORTH 10 (Tries Jayden Grimshaw, Benno Gruhl, goal Scott Fitzgerald)
VALLEYS 18 (Tries Alex Brown, Percy Cubby, Mitchell Finnie, goals Travis Turnbull 3) Def PITTSWORTH 16 (Tries Josh Shayler, Dom Briggs, Laurie Jocumsen, goals Jordan Fraser-Bellette, Dom Salomon)
PITTSWORTH 28 (Tries Marcus Fitzgerald, Jordan O’Shea, Mick Markey 2, Matt Timbs, goals Marcus Fitzgerald 4) Def VALLEYS 26 (Tries Wally Pegler, Gerome Burns, Hayden Quade, Bryce Whale 2, goals Gerome Burns 3)
On a fantastic day for footy the Under 11 Highfields Eagles took to the field for the Grand Final determined to put on a good show for their fans and they didn’t disappoint as they dominated the early stages of the game. After just six minutes they were rewarded with a great try to Ryan Fisher, which was then converted by Blake Cesari. Dalby hit back in the 12th minute to level the scores, however the Eagles capitalised on a Devils mistake from the kick off with Blake Cesari barging over in the next set. Lachlan Fanning calmly potted the conversion and the Eagles went to the break up 12-6. Straight after half time the Eagles were in again as Blake Cesari gathered up a great cross-field kick and bagged his second try. Cortay Carmody nailed the conversion to give Highfields an 18-6 lead. The rest of the half was a war of attrition as both teams threw everything at each other, with play going from end to end. The Eagles defence was up to the task however and they managed to repel wave after wave of Dalby attacks, running out deserved winners 18-6. Blake Cesari capped off a brilliant game by winning the Player of the Match award. Congratulations to all of the players and team officials on a fantastic season.
With a good week of training the Dalby boys were excited to play in their first ever grand final against the Highfields Eagles. Dalby’s only loss this season came from Highfields so the team knoew they were goung to be I for a tough contest. Keanu Wright-Dunrobin and Sam Morris led from start to finish in attack and defence in what was a great display of leadership fro these two. Kevin Sheppard, Matty Wolfe, Cooper Suhr and Josha McKernan worked tirelessly in defence, with Joshua picking up a well rewarded try, while Blayden Dodd and Alex Lindsay werestrong for the backs. Unfortunately Dlby couldn’t come up with the result we were looking for on the day, however the team should be proud of their efforts this season and it was pleasing to see Dalby not give up and perform right to the siren.
Any team will only play one or at most 2 games like this in a year - and you just hope to hell they do it Grand Final day. Our guys have come from well outside the 4 last year to get the cup and be crowned premiers in 2014. They are without doubt the most improved team in the TJRL and whilst their attitude and commitment was great all year - what they did on grand final day was just amazing. Going in against a red hot undefeated Pittsworth team who were never going to give us the game easily every player on the field had to execute for 50 minutes at the highest level and we did just that. In all my time in footy (and there's a few decades there now) this is without doubt one of the great things I have been a part of.
Pittsworth were undefeated for a reason this year - they are a very good side - and having coached exactly the same thing last year - I know how disappointing it is to do so much right through the year and not get the final prize - but the Danes definitely should be proud of their 2014 season.
The young Under 12 Danes went into Saturday’s Grand Final looking to cap off an outstanding undefeated season. Souths Tigers however had other ideas and got the early jump with two first half tries. The Danes fought back with a try of their own however despite a huge effort by all boys they just couldn’t complete in the second half to score much needed points. David Woodbridge ended the year with a fine performance, particularly defensively, to be awarded the Pittsworth player of the match whilst Macquarie Moffat had a strong game to receive the player’s player award. Blake Jackson also deserves a mention for his tireless work throughout the match. Hold your heads high boys as despite the loss you should be proud of your efforts this year. The Club certainly is. Looking forward to your return next year as we work to go one better.
Under 11/12 Dev Cup
The 11/12's Development team came up against Dalby again for the second time in the finals, however with Player of the match Courtney-Lee Nolan scoring in the first minute the young hawks never looked like letting Dalby win again. The entire team should be commended for their team work and defence. Jack Palmer made some great try saving tackles and Ariana Cox and Courtney-Lee showed some girl power by working together to pound the opposition down. Liam Young scored two great tries and Harrison Randall slid into the corner for his try. Congratulations to the entire team you have listened to Troy and Russell all season and it paid off on Saturday. Final score Gatton Hawks 20 Dalby Devils 6
Gatton started much better than Dalby with an early try, however Dalby slowly started to work themselves into the game. With their big forwards Joshua Ballard and Brock Green laying the platform with some strong runs up the middle, while Rowan Carroll and Keely Walkinshaw worked hard in defence stopping a lot of Gatton’s attack. Dalby were right into the game at half time with a 6 all score line. Unfortunately for Dalby their second half let them down, with a couple of missed tackles allowing Gatton to take the win. Ismeal Bond and Deejay Andri were outstanding for Dalby with Deejay picking up the Dalby man of the match.
On Saturday the 6th September the Toowoomba Souths Tigers under 14’s took on the Valleys Roosters. In a great start to the game the boys put on a try in the 1st minute of the game and them dominated the first 15 minutes with some great structure and team play and got out to a 16 to 0 lead. Valleys then got some quality ball and put on a try to get themselves back to 16 to 6 at the half time break. After the break the young tigers played some great footy and completely dominated the second half and scored some great tries. They defended with real grit and showed confidence in each other to defend as a team unit. Final score Souths Tigers 48 to Valleys Roosters 16.
Valleys under 14s were in their first ever grand final taking on Souths. Unfortunately for us we were not prepared for the intensity Souths brought to the game and after a short time were down 16 – nil. No excuses for us though. We trained and planned for the game as best we could, and never gave up regardless. It was a great season for our team and we look forward to again improving next year. Thanks to Amy and the team at Blue Mountain, our sponsors and to Kenny and Clayton for running the water. Josh and Vicki.
Under 13/14 Dev Cup
As the minor premiers we went into this game full of confidence. After a great kick off from Corey Stewart that was regathered by Chris Chalmers we scored, we looked good. Soon after we scored again and led 8 nil. Then for the rest of the first half we were very sloppy and gave away way too many penalties. After halftime, we simply stayed in the grind. A great try to Kainen off a set play got us on the front foot again and we were able to defeat a defiant Pittsworth team 22-10. Congratulations to Kainen who got player of the final. Well done to the team on a great season and victory. To take out the Presidents Cup, Minor Premiership and Grand Final was a huge effort especially when we didn’t have the numbers to have a stand-alone development cup team, each week players from 13’s and 14’s were put into the side depending on who was available and many of you never had a chance to train together. Even leading up to the Grand Final we couldn’t really train as a team as our under 14’s were also training for their Grand Final. A big thank you to our sponsors JD Sporting Photography, Jodie and Peter and water runners Chris and Kenny and FAO Dave. Josh and Tanya
I am proud of your efforts guys, not just in the grand final but the whole season. It has been a pleasure to work with you. You were beaten by a better side on the day but you left nothing in the tank, to go down to Valleys 22 to 10. Congratulations to Valleys you have been the best side all year. Guys you show the character to come back from 10-nil down after ten minutes to put it to Valleys and l am sure if we could start the game again, it might be a different result. Congratulations guys, see you all in 2015. Arthur
Our Grand Final against Pittsworth was an extremely tough affair, as games between these two teams always are. The level of, and commitment to defence was evident from both teams and resulted in a close game, with the lead changing on the back of momentum shifts from possession. Pittsworth played a great game, which I am sure their coaches and supporters were very proud of. The level of footy they displayed was also matched by the sportsmanship they displayed in defeat. Thanks to Pittsworth for the game and the spirit it was played in. To our Valleys boys, congratulations on winning your 3rd consecutive premiership, this is not a feat achieved very often. You showed great resilience and commitment to each other to come back from 10 nil down and win against a very good opposition. As a coaching group, we are very proud of your results, but more so the effort you put in to achieve these. It has been our pleasure to watch you improve as both footballers and young men. To the Valleys Club, Junior Committee, supporters, family, friends and Sponsors Ridgewell Plumbing (Terry and Clare), we are very grateful for your ongoing support, not just on Grand Final Day, but throughout the season. Special thanks also to Dean, Scott, Gary, Gavin, Jim, Mark, Rachel and Amy, who have gone over and beyond for the team during this season also, in different ways. In summary, congratulations on a great Grand Final win fellas and another successful year. We hope you have all enjoyed yourselves both footy wise and as mates, and we hope to see you all back in 2015. Many thanks, Scott, Wayne and Ian.
It was nothing short of a grand final “grand finale”, which saw the boys narrowly defeated by two points in a spectacularly entertaining game of football. Taking the field as pumped as I have seen these boys all year, their total commitment to the task at hand was evident for all to see. With the opposition lacking discipline this provided us with some good early ball and the boys were using all their skills to execute our structures superbly, and on the back of this making plenty of metres on the edges. Their efforts were rewarded with two great team tries and a 10-0 lead. During periods of the first half our defence was again being asked questions, and again the boys were digging deep for each other and answering those questions. The second half saw a possession swing to the opposition with our discipline the major contributor and this led to us facing a come from behind challenge with 10 minutes remaining. The boys were up for it, and with us mounting several attacks on their try line we finally cracked it with a try under the sticks. At 16-18 down it was going to be a grandstand finish and that was exactly what evolved. A penalty to us directly in front and 47 metres out with just five seconds remaining was the nail biting finish this entertaining game deserved. Kicking into a slight head wind it was a fantastic attempt at goal which fell agonizingly short for this group of boys that had toiled tirelessly for each other for 60 minutes. Hold your heads high boys you left nothing in the tank and have done yourselves proud. Award winners were Lachlan Perry for Best and Fairest. Laurie Jocumsen was voted Players Player. And the Eagle Boys Most Consistent went to Jed Garrett. On behalf of the coaching staff I would like to thank all 23 boys for your unwavering efforts throughout the season and hope to see you all next year when we will go one better. Crighto, Nuts, Les & Carpo
Lost for words boys, but all I can say is exceptional effort and well deserved. Your commitment to training and each other showed on the paddock. Down by 14 points at half time, we spoke of the the importance of sticking to what we have trained and self belief. The boys got back to level the score just ten minutes into the second half and really looked the goods, only to let them again get a 10 point lead. We dug deep and never gave up, scoring in the final four minutes. It was a great game of footy the young Danes put on for the spectators and I truly believe the club and parents should be proud of your efforts on and off the field throughout your juniors. This is only the second time that Pittsworth Under 16s have been successful in winning a premiership, the last time being 1980. Best & Fairest picked by TJRL went to Jordan O’Shea, the Greg Ireland Best Player went to James Quinn and players’ player was Dan Thomas. Along with these blokes, it was a real team effort. Thanks boys, you have made the last three years as your coach well worth it. Mick, Andy, Briggsy & Rooster
Thanks to our wonderful under 16 side for being great flag bearers for our club this year. They played with great Pride and Courage all season and represented our club better than we could have hoped. After many years of being so close, they finally made the Grand Final this year. Pittsworth who had played in the last 2 were hungry for success, and this meant we got to witness the best Under 16 game seen in many years in Toowoomba. Valleys got the lead by 10 point twice during the game thanks to some brilliant play by Gerome Burns, Wally Pegler and Bryce Whale. But Pittsworth in there never say die attitude fought back hard and scored a try near fulltime to secure a Victory. Well done to all our boys on a mighty effort. Thank you to our sponsors Harvey Norman Flooring. Kris and Josh.