Semi action fires up at Rocky
Semi-finals kick off this weekend in the Rockhampton and District Junior Rugby League International age groups.
After 12 rounds, teams have set themselves up for possible Grand Final appearances.
Matches begin at Browne Park and Victoria Park from 10am on Saturday with gates opening from 9am.
Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for pensioners and students over 12 years old, and free for under-12s.
The Junior Capra coaching staff have allowed their team members to play in the semi-finals - the Junior Capras U-13, U-14 and U-16 boys and the U-14 and U-16 girls head to Kingaroy next weekend for the Central Crows trials.
Brothers (1) vs Gracemere (2) at Brown Park - 10am
Norths (3) vs Cap Coast Brothers (4) at Victoria Park - 10am
Brothers and Gracemere have played twice this year with the young Brethren taking the points on both occasions, although in the last clash there was only 6 points in it.
Gracemere have been going along playing consistent football week on week.
Brothers are coming off a loss to Yeppoon last week and will be looking for a big improvement or they could find themselves taking a long path to the Grand Final.
Last year’s premiers Norths have struggle a little this year and will take on the improving Cap Coast Brothers.
In their two meeting this year Cap Coast have defeated Norths in close encounters. Norths will need to lift if they want to progress on to defend their title.
Yeppoon (1) vs Emu Park (2) at Brown Park - 11.05am
Brothers (3) vs Norths (4) at Victoria Park - 11.05am
Yeppoon finished the season on a high with a big win over Brothers on Saturday and will take on last year’s premiers Emu Park.
Emu Park were this year’s Headspace Charity Shield winners and will be looking to their big backs to knock over Yeppoon.
In their two clashes this year Yeppoon have taken the points.
If Yeppoon play like they did last week they should progress straight through, though Emu Park have got the players to cause an upset.
Brothers and Norths have clashed twice this year - in the first match Brothers won on the bell by 2 points and in the second nothing could split them with a 24-all draw.
Norths have the advantage of a larger pack but it is the speed of the Brothers centres that cause a lot of teams concern. Don’t be surprised if this match goes into extra time.
Fitzroy (1) vs Yeppoon (2) at Brown Park - 12.15pm
Brothers White (3) vs Cap Coast Brothers (4) at Victoria Park - 12.15pm
Fitzroy enter the semi-finals for a second year in a row undefeated and take on the big improvers Yeppoon.
These sides have only met once this year with Fitzroy able to hold out the Seagulls 28–14.
This should be an entertaining match that could see an upset if Yeppoon bring their A-game.
Brothers and Cap Coast have been up and down this year; they have had some very good encounters and this match could go either way and who turns up to play could move forward into the next round of semi-finals.
Brothers (1) vs Cap Coast Brothers (2) at Brown Park - 1.30pm
Emu Park (3) vs Norths (4) at Victoria Park - 1.30pm
Brothers ended the season strongly with the help of their Cyril Connell players returning to finish on top of the ladder on for and against.
Both sides have met twice with Cap Coast taking the points both times. Both teams have plenty of attacking talent and this could be a high-scoring match.
Emu Park and Norths have met twice with one win apiece with the same 18-16 result.
Norths have their Cyril Connell players back and that experience may be the difference between the two teams.
Cap Coast Brothers (1) vs Fitzroy (2) at Brown Park – 2.40pm
Brothers Blue (3) vs Yeppoon (4) at Victoria Park – 2-40pm
Cap Coast have been the dominant side in the U-18 competition this year, recording no losses and a draw.
Fitzroy’s have been the surprise packet and are looking to help the club get a second side further into the finals series.
These sides met twice with Cap Coast taking the first clash and then a draw in the second, which gives the Sharks some confidence that they can match it with the Coast side.
Brothers Blue started slowly with several players out with representative duties. With a full squad coach Michael Busby knows that he cannot give Yeppoon any chances and that they have potential strike power all over the field. This match could produce a lot of points.