Roosters crow in Australia's northernmost grand final

Thursday Island's Zenadth Kes Rugby League has completed its season, hosting its grand final day last weekend.

The day started when the Zenadth Kes Juniors played their final games for the competition year with the Under 6 and Under 9 playing games.

There was also an juniors game played between the Under 12 sides from Mulga juniors (Badu Island) and the Zenadth Kes juniors.

There were eight dinghy loads of people who came from Badu Island to arrive into Thursday Island on Friday night, making it a real experience for the kids.

President of the Zenadth Kes Junior Rugby League George Nona was pleased to see the reaction from the children. 

"The kids from both the Mulga Juniors and Zenadth Kes Juniors were happy and excited, especially when they were playing against another club and given the opportunity to make new friends," Nona said. 

"I would also like to thank all the volunteers for putting on the barbecue after the games and also for their assistance throughout the competition year."

The next game was the NRL Ladies League Tag grand final which was played between Wakanda and Pioneer Dames.

Consisting of 20 minute halves, the game displayed a lot of skill and fitness despite being played at 2pm under the scorching sun.

Pioneer Dames won the inaugural Zenadth Kes Rugby League Ladies League Tag Shield, with Dames half Ruth Neliman winning the Player of the Final award.

The Ladies League Tag game added another dimension to the local competition and has been a very popular option with women taking part who all train, purchase the on-field apparel and look forward to playing on the weekends.

At 3pm the Senior Men's grand final started between the minor premiers Mulga Tigers and the second placed Roosters.

It was Mulga who scored first after a Roosters error in the first set of the game, the game then see- sawed through the first half with Mulga Tigers leading Roosters at the break 16-10.

The Roosters clawed their way back and tied the game at 16 all after some Aaron Binawel brilliance before hitting the lead with two tries with nine minutes to go on the clock.

Mulga scored on fulltime, but it wasn't enough, the Roosters winning 26-22.

*This story was submitted by Terry Abednego