Last weekend’s wet and cold conditions played a big part in some very exciting games of rugby league with now only a week away until the finals.
In the Under 13s, Cap Coast Brothers continued their unbeaten run when they held on to beat Brothers Blue by six points and Norths' victory over Yeppoon gets them close to second. With one round to go they will be looking to secure a top-two position.
Emu Park’s win may have secured them a top-four spot but will need to win this weekend.
The Under 14 minor premiership may come down to this weekend after Brothers overcame Cap Coast last weekend with a shutout at the coast, Yeppoon have looked to lock up a top-four spot with their win over Norths whilst Tigers gained some confidence from their win over Emu Park.
While the top four are certain in the Under 15 age group, how they pan out will be of interest.
Brothers’ sloppy win over Cap Coast will put pressure on the top three, Norths’ momentum was stopped by Yeppoon and Fitzroy were too strong for the Rocky Tigers.
The final round this weekend will determine the semi-final make-up.
The Under 16 age group is really getting tight.
Brothers Blue continued their winning form with a really close match against Cap Coast Brothers, Norths got the win against Yeppoon at Browne Park and in the clash of the weekend, Emu Park slotted a field goal with two seconds left to win by one.
The Under 18 competition saw Cap Coast Brothers get the points by four in the wet at the coast and Norths consolidated their top-two position with a good win over Yeppoon.
ROUND 10 RESULTS
Cap Coast Brothers 14 Brothers Blue 8
Norths 48 Yeppoon 10
Emu Park 26 Tigers 4
Brothers 14 Cap Coast Brothers 0
Yeppoon 34 Norths 18
Tigers 54 Emu Park 4
Brothers 22 Cap Coast Brothers 12
Yeppoon 22 Norths 12
Fitzroy's 42 Tigers 0
Brothers Blue 8 Cap Coast Brothers 6
Norths 14 Yeppoon 4
Emu Park 13 Brothers White 12
Cap Coast Brothers 16 Brothers 12
Norths 36 Yeppoon 16
ROUND 11 PREVIEW
Being the final round of the regular competition, teams are now looking to use this week to finetune semi-final footy while some sides are desperate for a good result to get into the finals.
Friday night’s Under 13 Norths v Cap Coast game could be a prelude to this year’s grand final.
In other matches, Brothers Blue will be looking to win over Emu Park to make the top two with Emu Park needing to win to consolidate a top-four position and Brothers White take on the Rocky Tigers.
The top four in this age group is far from decided and this weekend will be a fitting climax to a stellar regular season.
In the Under 14 age group, for and against could decide the minor premiers.
Brothers have Emu Park and Gracemere play Rocky Tigers.
If the coaches allow them to play free-flowing football, this could be as close as it gets.
While the top two sides are playing for No.1 spot, Norths will want to make sure they stay in the top four with a win over Cap Coast.
The Under 15 top four is settled, but where they finish will be dependent on this weekend’s final round.
Brothers take on Rocky Tigers and these sides played a couple of weeks ago and the result was close. Brothers need to step up for a top-three finish.
The match of the round in this competition will be Yeppoon and Fitzroy's as a loss could see either one of these sides fall from the top two to three or four.
This round will be exciting for all fans.
In the Under 16 competition, there are three sides looking at the final two spots as Brothers Blue should finish on top and even if Fitzroy lose this weekend they should finish second.
Brothers White play Fitzroy and with Yeppoon having the bye, if Cap Coast beat Norths, they may sneak into the four.
The Under 18s top four is settled with the Norths v Cap Coast game not having any bearing on the top four.
If Norths win, they cement second spot but if Cap Coast get home, they’ll jump Norths but either way, Friday night at the Gymmy Grounds will be tense.
ROUND 11 FIXTURES
Friday, May 26 – Emu Park Junior Rugby League Grounds
Under 13 Emu Park v Brothers Blue
Under 14 Emu Park v Brothers
Under 15 Yeppoon v Fitzroy's
Under 16 Emu Park v Brothers Blue
Under 18 Emu Park v Brothers
Friday, May 26 – Gymmy Grounds, Rockhampton
Under 13 Norths v Cap Coast Brothers
Under 14 Norths v Cap Coast Brothers
Under 15 Norths v Cap Coast Brothers
Under 16 Norths v Cap Coast Brothers
Under 18 Norths v Cap Coast Brothers
Saturday, May 27 – Elizabeth Park, Rockhampton
Under 13 Rocky Tigers v Brothers White
Under 14 Rocky Tigers v Gracemere
Under 15 Rocky Tigers v Brothers
Under 16 Brothers White v Fitzroy's