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Dalby down Valleys in decider to close junior season

Another exciting season of the Toowoomba Junior Rugby League reached its climax at Clive Berghofer Stadium at the weekend for this year’s grand final day.

In a tremendous display of junior rugby league talent, all Toowoomba juniors’ girls competitions – under 13, 15 and 17 – were on show.

All players on the day shone on the biggest stage as they came alive in front of a passionate crowd.

The Danes flexed their muscle in the Under 13 Girls grand finals with Pittsworth defeating Souths 48-8.

Two points separated Valleys from Brothers in the Under 13 Boys decider with the Roosters coming out on top 20-18.

Under 15 Girls grand final match officials Jayde Rolph, Brenna Prendergast and Mackenzie Zeller. Photo: JD Sporting Photography
Under 15 Girls grand final match officials Jayde Rolph, Brenna Prendergast and Mackenzie Zeller. Photo: JD Sporting Photography

Souths won convincingly over Brothers in the Under 15 Girls game with the Tigers chasing away the Leprechauns 42-12.

Valleys recorded a win in the Under 14 Boys premiership defeating Souths 26-12.

The Highfields / Roma side came out on top against Valleys in the Under 17 Girls final 32-26.

Dalby defeated the Tigers 30-14 in the Under 15 Boys match.

The Under 16 Boys match was the game of the day as the Dalby Devils and Valleys Roosters were fast-paced and put on a good show.

The Devils hit their stride early, going into half-time leading 30-4. Dalby's momentum was briefly halted after time as the Roosters got on the attack.

But despite the Roosters producing some magic to cross the line to produce 22 extra points, the Roosters snatched victory from the Devils, 44-26.

Sienna Norris takes up the ball in the Under 17 Girls grand final. Photo: JD Sporting Photography
Sienna Norris takes up the ball in the Under 17 Girls grand final. Photo: JD Sporting Photography

TJRL president Dan Aldons said it was an exciting finale after a challenging 18 months of junior rugby league.

“The fact that we have been able to complete an entire season in 2021 is testimony to the flexibility and hard work of our members clubs and the commitment and support of all the coaches, managers, parents, and players involved,” Aldons said.

“Thank you to all the volunteers who have given their time to assist their clubs in providing a safe and enjoyable place for young people to play this great game.

“If the challenges of the past 18 months have taught us anything, normality and a sense of community are of paramount importance – what better way of promoting that than through playing rugby league.”

Under 16 Boys premiers Dalby Devils. Photo: JD Sporting Photography
Under 16 Boys premiers Dalby Devils. Photo: JD Sporting Photography

TJRL grand final results

Under 13 Girls

Pittsworth Danes 48 (Ella Hollis 2, Madison Dorries 2, Angela Robertson 2, Josie Hollis, Ruby Law, Chloe Thompson tries; Chloe Thompson 5, Angela Robertson goals) defeated Souths Tigers 8 (Bella Challenor, Alara Williams tries)

Player of the final: Ella O’Dea - Pittsworth

Under 13 Boys

Valleys Roosters 20 (Alastair MacLachlan, Jack Williams, Cooper Collins, Aleksandr Bradley tries; Charlie Barnes 2 goals) defeated Brothers Leprechauns 18 (Ashtyn Messenger, Cooper Dolley, Connor Leicht tries; Kaden Hohn 3 goals)

Player of the final: Cooper Collins - Valleys

Under 15 Girls

Souths Tigers 42 (Kaysharn Deemal 4, Kymoie Deemal 2, Mia Byrnes, Pypah Ferugson tries; Chloe Pallisier 5 goals) defeated Brothers Leprechauns 12 (Makaylah Kennedy, Rianna Haverhoek tries; Bridget Lucas 2 goals)

Player of the final: Chloe Pallisier - Souths

Under 14 Boys

Valleys Roosters 26 (Declan Reen, William Emery, Samuel Lorenz, Darel Appo, Braithen Scott tries; Hunter Price 3 goals) defeated Souths Tigers 12 (Lachlan Ryan 2 tries; Mitch Wilkes 2 goals)

Player of the final: Braithen Scott - Valleys

Under 17 Girls

Highfields / Roma 32 (Reyna Core 3 tries, Mariah Brown, Charlotte Morcom, Mackenzie Zeller, Sienna Norris tries; Erin Chandler 2 goals) defeated Valleys Roosters 26 (Kaitlyn Zelinski 2, Jessica Barnes, Chloe Gray, Delta Watson, Kiara Tuitoga tries; Hannah Parkinson goal)

Player of the final: Reyna Core - Highfields

Under 15 Boys

Dalby Devils 30 (Levi Riley 2, Matthew Drews, Broide Wright, William McBay, Darnell Blades tries; Tyson Woodbridge 3 goals) defeated Souths Tigers 14 (Jack Fogarty, Tait Cameron, Jake Durie tries; Tait Cameron goal)

Player of the final: Mathew Drews - Dalby

Under 16 Boys

Dalby Devils 44 (Macauley Nolan 2, Thomas Brownhall, Lyhkan King-Togia, Lleyton Dodd, Bailey Rathmell, Toby Harms, Samuel Llewellyn tries; Lleyton Dodd 6 goals) defeated Valleys Roosters 26 (Conor Atwell 2, Jackson Fo’ou 2, Jack Stenzel tries; Jackson Fo’ou, Fletcher Russell, Kobey Timms goals)

Player of the final: Lleyton Dodd - Dalby