Ivanhoe Knights juniors show grit and determination

In Round 11 of Cairns District Junior Rugby League fixtures, Ivanhoe Knights played Kangaroos, Scorpions and Edmonton at Jones Park in Cairns and Petersen Park, Edmonton.

Two games were previously played on Friday evening where the Ivanhoes Under 15s and Under 16 teams played against Kangaroos.

The Knights Reds Under 10s team who usually come out firing were on the back foot against an enthusiastic and fast Kangaroos outfit.

Action in the Ivanhoes Knights v Edmonton Storm junior games. Photo: Chris Robson
Action in the Ivanhoes Knights v Edmonton Storm junior games. Photo: Chris Robson

Kangaroos seemed to have an answer for each play and Ivanhoes went down in a hard fought game.

William Lloyd was named the player of the match for his determination on field which resulted in the team move more seamlessly in attack.

Ivanhoes junior player makes a run with the ball during a muddy game of footy.
Ivanhoes junior player makes a run with the ball during a muddy game of footy.

The second game between Ivanhoes White Under 10s and Scorpions ended up being half filled with Ivanhoes Reds players due to low player numbers.

For the first 10 minutes, it was more like a fun match which was reflected on the scoreboard.

Ivanhoes Knights junior players in action on a muddy field
Ivanhoes Knights junior players in action on a muddy field

Once the Ivanhoes snapped into game mode and found momentum, the game quickly turned around.

Ivanhoes junior team huddle. Photo: Chris Robson
Ivanhoes junior team huddle. Photo: Chris Robson

Over the past few months, Ivanhoes Under 11s have shown great progress both individually and as a team.

Every week, there has been marked improvements in their games with good communication between team members and all playing their hearts out.

An Ivanhoes junior rugby league player in action. Photo: Chris Robson
An Ivanhoes junior rugby league player in action. Photo: Chris Robson

At the start of the season, Ivanhoes and Kangaroos were evenly matched, but this game saw a huge difference with Ivanhoes running out six tries to three winners.

Zi'rese Rampling scored a double, while Nazaiah Manuel, Alistair Tabuai-Richardson, Zavier Whipp and Tyson Ezea chipped in with one try apiece.

An Ivanhoe junior rugby league player runs with the ball in a game against Mareeba. Photo: Chris Robson
An Ivanhoe junior rugby league player runs with the ball in a game against Mareeba. Photo: Chris Robson

Competitive junior results were as follows:

Under 13

Edmonton 54 defeated Ivanhoes 6

Under 14

Ivanhoes 46 defeated Edmonton 16

Under 15

Kangaroos 52 defeated Ivanhoes 16

Under 16

Ivanhoes 44 defeated Kangaroos 16

Ivanhoes junior rugby league players in a game against Southern Suburbs. Photo: Chris Robson
Ivanhoes junior rugby league players in a game against Southern Suburbs. Photo: Chris Robson

Ivanhoes Under 16s team are currently sitting second on the ladder; Under 14 boys and Under 14 girls teams are in second place while Under 13 and Under 15 teams are in fifth.

In Round 12 this Saturday, Ivanhoes will host Cairns Brothers, Redlynch and Edmonton at Smithfield in final games of the season before finals.

On the day, Ivanhoes Under 11s will be holding a bake sale while Under 7s will have a raffle to raise funds for their respective teams.

Ivanhoes junior rugby league players and coaches in the dressing room before a game.
Ivanhoes junior rugby league players and coaches in the dressing room before a game.

The Under 15 and 16 games were played on Friday evening at Jones Park.

Games start at 9.30am and will feature Under 6 -  Under 12 teams followed by Under 13, and Under 14 boys and girls.

Ivanhoe Knights Junior Rugby League Club presentation day will be held on Sunday, September 8.

Ivanhoes junior rugby league players and their coach after a muddy game of football
Ivanhoes junior rugby league players and their coach after a muddy game of football

Main image: An Ivanhoes junior player makes a strong run in a game against Edmonton Storm. Photo: Chris Robson