The QRL South East Queensland Division’s Junior Girls premiership competitions reached an enthralling conclusion last weekend when the Aspley Devils club hosted the three grand final matches for 2017.

In the Under 13 clash it was unfortunate that the winning trophy could only be awarded to one team after an exciting game of rugby league. Both teams were deserving of some reward. The scores were locked at 10-10 at halftime and again with only minutes remaining, it was tied at 16 points apiece. A late try to Beenleigh though delighted their supporters – but it was heartbreaking for the Waterford faithful. Beenleigh fullback Charmayne Pakura was named player of the final.

Beenleigh 20 (tries: Emma Barnes, Shakaya Harris, Angek Kirikava, And Charmayne Pakura; goals: Charmayne Pakura 2) def Waterford 16 (Tries: Rialey Baty 2, Shaylee Joseph; goals: Jemikah Chow, Shaylee Joseph)

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For the Under 15 decider, the underdogs Redbank Plains dominated the first half to lead convincingly 16-4 at the break and an upset was certainly on the cards. However, a dropped ball over the tryline from the Bears proved to be costly early in the second half. On the back of a stellar performance from the Waterford hooker and player of the final Courtney Tamati, the Demons controlled play from that point on in a masterful display of finals football. Waterford added seven tries, with a Tamati hat-trick, to win 38-16.

Waterford 38 (tries: Courtney Tamati 3, Keisharn Hala 2, Keilee Joseph 2, Oshanis Whakatau; goals: Keisharn Hala 2, Anita Gray) def Redbank Plains 16 (tries: Keezjah Akana 2, Sera Koroi; goals: Baylee Mills 2)

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The Under 18 game featured “home” team Aspley against Saint Brendans. This proved to be a tight tussle early, but unfortunately the match concluded with a disappointing finish. Aspley built a slender 10-4 advantage over the first half and scores remained this way during the second half. Both sides were committed in their defence. Aspley extended their lead with a try after almost 20 minutes of the game, but an injury to a Saint Brendans player resulted in no further play. Aspley awarded the final with a 14-4 victory. The player of the final was Aspley’s Adjani Shortland-Mika.

Aspley 14 (tries: Finao Mikaio, Diaz Seumanutafa, Shania Verbeek; goals: Nykisha Schefe) def St Brendans 4 (tries: Future-Benet Ma’a Fetoai)

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Congratulations to all players, officials, clubs and supporters for a fantastic season of junior girls rugby league. Next year, the Division will conduct competitions in the Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 age groups for the SEQ region with Toowoomba teams also participating.

For further information, contact the Local League office of your Local club.