The Rockhampton & District Junior Rugby League resumed on the weekend with some fantastic games of football. With most games completed on Friday night, Cap Coast Brothers held the only games on Anzac Day.
The Under 14 Cap Coast Brothers v Yeppoon game was a very tough affair, these sides have battle close games this year and this was no different with the scores locked at 0-0 at halftime.
The second half continued the same way when Cap Coast made a mistake in their own quarter. Yeppoon capitalised on this to take a 6-0 lead. Yeppoon were again on the attack and Cap Coast defended strongly for four straight sets. They finally got the ball and made great progress up the field only to drop the ball when getting into attacking position.
The game continued up and down the field with either side unable to break the defence, Cap Coast made one last charge in the final five minutes, but Yeppoon’s defence was strong enough to hold onto a 6-0 win.
The Under 15 game provided us with some more points than the previous game. Cap Coast got off to a flying start going to a 6-0 lead, then from the 2nd play off the kick off they made a break down field and a try looked certain until some last minute defence resulted in a mistake over the line. It wasn’t long until the Coast Brothers used their back line and crossed for another four-pointer and a 10-0 lead. Just before half time Yeppoon mounted some pressure and got a try to go to half time down 10-4. The second half became a scrappy affair with Cap Coast running out winners 24-4.
Cap Coast Brothers and Emu Park finished off the day in the Under 18 game. Both sides still down on troops with players in the Capras side. Emu Park started well after a penalty in their first set they bombed on the last, a mistake at the back left the ball in the in goal and first points and a 6-0 lead.
Cap Coast bounced back quickly with a good back line try down the right and a 6-4 score line. They again put on pressure and mistakes by Emu park lead to another try and a 10-6 lead. Cap Coast had found their feet and they were utilising their fast back line and another try 16-6, then on the stroke of half time they continued their right side raid and went into the break 20-6.
Halftime was not the Coast Brothers friend, when they made a mistake early in their own quarter and from the scrum Emu Park scored and a 20-12 score. It was another Cap Coast mistake then a piggy back penalty that gave Emu Park field position they crashed over and the score line was 20-18. Both sides were unable to hold on to possession and it was Cap Coast over for a 24-18 lead, both sides attacked hard in the last five minutes, but it was the Coast Brothers holding on for victory.
Emu Park 28 Cap Coast Brothers 16
North’s 36 Brothers White 16
Brothers Blue 32 Fitzroy’s 6
Gracemere 36 Rockhampton Tigers 14
Cap Coast Brothers 16 Emu Park 10
North’s 22 Brothers White 8
Brothers Blue 36 Fitzroy’s 0
Gracemere 16 Rockhampton Tigers 12
Yeppoon 60 Cap Coast Brothers 0
North’s 10 Rockhampton Tigers 10
Brothers White 28 Gracemere 4
Emu Park 48 Brothers Blue 4
Yeppoon 6 Cap Coast Brothers 0
Fitzroy’s 40 North’s 0
Brothers White 52 Gracemere 0
Emu Park 62 Brothers Blue 4
Cap Coast Brothers 24 Yeppoon 4
North’s 32 Fitzroy’s 0
Brothers White 58 Gracemere 6
Brothers Blue 50 Emu Park 0
North’s 24 Yeppoon 12
Brothers 32 Fitzroy’s 10
Gracemere 44 Brothers 4
Cap Coast Brothers 24 Emu Park 18
North’s 14 Yeppoon 10
Round 9 will be a fund raising weekend dedicated to the victims of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.
With a strong Vanuatu presence in the Rockhampton Rugby League District, the Junior League will hold a fundraising day at Browne Park on Saturday, this will include a gold coin donation at the gate, multi draw raffle and a cloths bin so that clubs and parents can donate old footy gear still in good condition for the children in Vanuatu.
RDJRL President Paul Jensen said the day was about helping out those less fortunate.
“After Cyclone Marcia, we were able to get juniors back on the field the following week, the children over there may not get to play sport for a few months and in some cases have lost everything they own,” he said.
The day will kick off with the gates opening at 9am and games commencing at 10am and running through to 5pm.
Browne Park Saturday, May 2:
10am Under 13 Rockhampton Tigers v Brothers White
11am Under 14 Gracemere v Yeppoon
12noon Under 15 North’s v Brothers Blue
1pm Under 16 Fitzroy’s v Brothers
2pm Under 16 Girls Rugby League Game
2.30pm Under 18 Cap Coast Brothers v Emu Park
3.30pm Masters Game
4pm Under 18 North’s v Yeppoon