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The weekend saw the start of the Rockhampton & District Junior Rugby League season.

While the Under 18 competition was restricted due to the Mal Meninga Capras side travelling to Mackay, some of the football was outstanding.

In the Under 13 age group, last year’s premiers Cap Coast started strongly against Brothers White. As predicted, the game was going to be close between Norths and Brothers and nothing could separate the two sides with two tries apiece and an 8-8 draw. Rocky Tigers started strongly defeating Yeppoon at the beach.

The Under 14 age group produced some very good football, and last year’s premiers Brothers held off a determined Norths outfit at the Gymmy grounds. Runners up Gracemere had a strong start to the season defeating Cap Coast on Friday night, while Yeppoon were able to keep the Tigers scoreless in a strong defensive effort.

Last year’s runners up in the Under 15 competition Yeppoon have made an early statement with a shut out of Rocky Tigers at the beach Saturday. The close games continued with Brothers holding out a fast finishing Norths outfit. The Fitzroy’s Cap Coast game has been deferred to a later date.

Unfortunately, no games were played in the Under 16 grades. The one game set down on Friday night was deferred due to an injury in the prior Under 15 game. We would all like to wish young DJ Russell a quick recovery. The Fitzroy’s Cap Coast game has been deferred to a later date.

Two games were completed in the Under 18 age group with Brothers too strong for an under-strength Norths on Friday night while Emu Park started the season off well taking down Yeppoon in the opening round of 2017

Under 13

Rocky Tigers                        28           Yeppoon                    4
Norths                                  8             Brothers Blue             8
Cap Coast Brothers          46           Brothers White                  0

Under 14

Yeppoon                              20           Rocky Tigers                  0
Brothers                               30           Norths                         12
Gracemere                          44           Cap Coast Brothers          14

Under 15

Yeppoon                              38           Rocky Tigers                        6
Brothers                               20           Norths                                12

Fitzroy’s v Cap Coast to be played at a later date.

Under 16

Yeppoon                              def         Brothers White  on Forfeit

Fitzroy’s v Cap Coast to be played at a later date
Norths v Brothers game deferred to a later date

Under 18

Emu Park                             26           Yeppoon                              11
Brothers                               24           Norths                                  4

Round 2 Fixtures - Games to watch in Round 2

In the Under 13 grade, Cap Coast Brothers and Rocky Tigers are coming off good wins in Round 1, Cap Coast are last year’s premiers while Tigers have been building their player stocks well over the past few years, this should be a great game of football.

The Under 14 game between Brothers and Yeppoon on Friday night will go a long way to see how these sides will progress through the year. Brothers (last year’s premiers) were good against Norths while Yeppoon shut out the Rocky Tigers outfit last week. Expect some good attack in this game.

In the Under 15’s, again Barmaryee (Yeppoon) will be the place to be to watch Brothers and Yeppoon. Yeppoon have been a very consistent side over the past three-four years, while Brothers have been building and have a couple of new recruits joining the ranks. Yeppoon have always had the edge over the Brethren and this week will be a very good pointer to the year ahead.

In the Under 16 age group, we will be unable to give an insight to this weekend games as Round 1 is yet to be completed.

This week, the clubs will get to play their Mal Meninga players as they have the week off before the start of the season for them.

The Emu Park v Cap Coast game should be a great spectacle, as there is tonnes of pace in both sides which should provide plenty of points on Friday night.

# There have been some changes made to the draw for this week due to the RRL Nines carnival being played Saturday and Sunday.

We advise all players to check with their coach and clubs to confirm times and venues.

Barmaryee, Yeppoon – Friday Night, February 24

Under 13             Brothers Blue     v              Yeppoon
Under 14             Brothers               v              Yeppoon
Under 15             Brothers               v              Yeppoon
Under 16             Brothers Blue     v              Yeppoon
Under 18             Brothers               v              Yeppoon

Emu Park – Friday Night, February 24

Under 13             Emu Park             v              Brothers White
Under 14             Emu Park             v              Gracemere
Under 15             Norths                  v              Fitzroy’s
Under 16             Emu Park             v              Fitzroy’s
Under 18             Emu Park             v              Cap Coast Brothers

Browne Park – Friday Night, February 24

Under 13             Tigers                    v              Cap Coast Brothers
Under 14             Tigers                    v              Cap Coast Brothers
Under 15             Tigers                    v              Cap Coast Brothers
Under 16             Brothers White        v              Cap Coast Brothers