Atherton and Malanda win Eacham Junior premierships

Atherton claimed double success after winning the Under 12 and Under 14 premierships, while Malanda claimed the Under 16 title at Eacham Junior Rugby League grand finals.

Played in Ravenshoe on Saturday, Malanda Eels Under 16 player Keyarn Porter was named Atherton Roosters Senior Rising Star for 2019.

Roosters A grade captain Jermaine Pedro made the presentation to Porter at the Eacham Junior Rugby League grand finals.

Porter also plays in the Roosters Under 18 team that defeated Innisfail 24-18 in Cairns District Rugby League elimination final in Cairns on Sunday.

Malanda Eels Under 16 player Keyarn Porter won the Player of the Final against Atherton also won the Highest Try Scorer and Atherton Seniors Rising Star awards. Photo: Darryl Day
Malanda Eels Under 16 player Keyarn Porter won the Player of the Final against Atherton also won the Highest Try Scorer and Atherton Seniors Rising Star awards. Photo: Darryl Day

Grand final results:

Under 12 - Atherton Red 20 defeated Atherton Blue 12

Under 14 - Atherton 34 defeated Malanda 14

Under 16 - Malanda 34 defeated Atherton 12

Atherton Under 14 player Jackson Falhstrom in the game against Malanda won the Match of the Match and Eacham Under 14 Top Player awards. Photo: Darryl Day
Atherton Under 14 player Jackson Falhstrom in the game against Malanda won the Match of the Match and Eacham Under 14 Top Player awards. Photo: Darryl Day

Eacham Junior Rugby League Award Winners

Under 12

Highest Try Scorer: Tikania Herbert (Malanda)

Highest Goal Kicker: Liam Cole (Atherton Red)

Under 12 Man of the Match: Ryland O’Hanlon (Atherton Red)

K J Hanrahan Under 12 competition winner: Atherton Red 

Junior Referee of the Year: Isabella Cuda. Cuda was recognised as the junior referee who has shown the most improvement, knowledge of the game, potential, the most consistent to turn up to appointments, referees games with enthusiasm and consistently follows the dress code.

Dennis Hamilton who was nominated for CMO of the Year; Isabella Cuda for Female Match Official of the Year and Leanne Thomas for Volunteer of the year at the North Queensland Referee awards on the October 5 in Townsville. 

Under 13

Eacham Player: Ferlyn Hunter (Herberton)

Atherton's Zaimen Gilbert is tackled by a Malanda player in the Under 14 grand final and was the winner of the Top Try Scorer award. Photo: Darryl Day
Atherton's Zaimen Gilbert is tackled by a Malanda player in the Under 14 grand final and was the winner of the Top Try Scorer award. Photo: Darryl Day

Under 14

Eacham Player: Jackson Fahlstrom (Atherton)

Eacham Female Player: Mackenzie Stephens

Highest Try Scorer: Zaimen Gilbert (Atherton)

Highest Goal Kicker: Kobi Johnston (Malanda)

Under 14 Man of the Match: Jackson Fahlstrom (Atherton)

Under 14 Eacham Premiers - Mal Thomson Shield Winners: Atherton 

Under 15

Eacham Player: John Seawright (Atherton)

The Under 16 Nola Pember Memorial Shield was presented to Club Champions Malanda by Member for Hill Shane Knuth.
The Under 16 Nola Pember Memorial Shield was presented to Club Champions Malanda by Member for Hill Shane Knuth.

Under 16

Eacham Rep Player: Clayton Dalgety (Ravenshoe)

Eacham Female Rep Player: Hannah Geary

Highest Try Scorer: Keyarn Porter (Malanda)

Highest Goal Kicker: Thomas Cuda (Malanda)

Terry Johnson Under 16 Player of the Final: Keyarn Porter (Malanda)

Atherton Seniors Rising Star: Keyarn Porter (Malanda)

Under 16 Eacham Premiers - Cook Shield winners: Malanda 

Nola Pember Memorial Award for club champions: Malanda

Malanda player Aiden Carson in action during the Under 16 grand final against Atherton. Photo: Darryl Day
Malanda player Aiden Carson in action during the Under 16 grand final against Atherton. Photo: Darryl Day

Mike Hayes Memorial Award - Volunteer of the Year: Maree Tewhare (Herberton Club)

This award is given to a volunteer who has shown dedication to Eacham at both club and league level.

Tewhare has shown dedication not only to the Herberton club and players, but has gone over and beyond during the inaugural North Queensland Country Championships, giving up a lot of hours in preparation, as well as during and after the event ensuring everything ran smoothly.

Eacham is also well represented, with four nominations for the Cairns District Junior Rugby League Silver Medal:

Toby Blooranta (Atherton)

Keanu Bowen-Wilson (Malanda)

Kullem Dempsey (Ravenshoe)

Timmothy Lyall (Herberton)

The Silver Medal is awarded for the Top Best and Fairest Under 16 players in the competition.

The winner of the Silver Medal will be announced at the Cairns District Ruby League Gold Medal Dinner at Brothers Leagues Club on September 13.

Rebecca Mason from Ravenshoe was nominated for the NRL Community Award - State Women in League Award.

Although Mason was not successful in winning the state award, it is an honour to be nominated and be recognised for all the tireless work she has put into the club and women’s participation.

Main image: Atherton Under 14 team won the Eacham District premiership and were presented with the Mal Thomson Shield. 

Eacham Junior Rugby League Under 6 and 7 players at the presentations.
Eacham Junior Rugby League Under 6 and 7 players at the presentations.