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Round 5 in review: Junior statewide competitions

There's only two weeks left in the statewide junior competitions and players threw everything they had into Round 5.

There were upsets, close matches, runaway wins and plenty of thrills as the Harvey Norman Under 19s and Cyril Connell Challenge draw closer to the end of the season and Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup approaches finals.

Here is a wrap of Round 5.

Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup

Game of the week

There was a massive upset in Pool C on Sunday as the Norths Devils triumphed over former competition leaders, Redcliffe Dolphins.

Ahead of Round 5, the Dolphins were sitting comfortably in top spot in both Pool C and on the overall ladder, while Norths were lingering in the middle of the table.

But in a gritty, tough battle in sweltering conditions at Bishop Park on Sunday, the underdogs came through with a 30-24 victory to knock the Dolphins off the top of the ladder.

Led strongly by halfback Zac Herdegen and hooker Harrison Hill, the Devils managed to fight back from being down 12-10 at halftime, engaging in a real tug-of-war with the Dolphins throughout the second half.

It was five tries to four to finish the game, with winger Riley Jenkins scoring the match winner.

The victory from Norths now sees Wynnum Manly leading Pool C - sitting in second overall - after a convincing win over the Brisbane Tigers, while Redcliffe are second - and fourth overall.

The Devils however are hot on the tails of Redcliffe, sitting in third for Pool C and fifth overall, split only by for and against.

The Dolphins will meet Burleigh Bears in Round 6, Norths will come up against Tweed Seagulls and the undefeated Wynnum Manly will enjoy a much-deserved bye.

Other scores

Mackay Cutters 26 drew Northern Pride 26
Tweed Seagulls 22 def Souths Logan Magpies 18
Western Clydesdales 26 def Wide Bay Bulls 6
Ipswich Jets 30 def Sunshine Coast Falcons 26
Norths Devils 30 def Redcliffe Dolphins 24
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 46 def Brisbane Tigers 18
Townsville Blackhawks 44 def Central Queensland Capras 0
Bye: Burleigh Bears

Mover of the week

The Blackhawks asserted their dominance for Pool A with a huge win over the Central Queensland Capras on Sunday.

In hot conditions at Jack Manski Oval, the Blackhawks stormed to a 44-0 victory, strengthening the distance between them and their nearest northern rivals and claiming top spot on the overall ladder.

A win this weekend will guarantee the Blackhawks take out Pool A and move into the finals.

Shout outs

Barnstorming second rower Elijah-Shane Tapau led the way for the Blackhawks in their win over the Capras, scoring a hat-trick, while Wynnum Manly centre Kylem Vunipola impressed with his performance against the Brisbane Tigers, scoring a double in the Seagulls' 46-18 victory.

Norths Devils Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup players. Photo: Rikki-Lee Arnold/QRL
Norths Devils Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup players. Photo: Rikki-Lee Arnold/QRL

Harvey Norman Under 19s

Game of the week

The Townsville Blackhawks and Central Queensland Capras served up a game to remember, as they recorded a 10-10 draw at Jack Manski Oval on Sunday.

In a hard-fought battle in the northern pool, the two teams couldn't be split, with both showing plenty of mettle in defence.

After going into halftime at 4-4, the Blackhawks then claimed a 10-4 lead, which they held for most of the second stanza.

But a determined Capras outfit kept coming and did what they could to wear down the Townsville defence.

Then, with minutes left on the clock, hooker Alenna Whipp darted out from dummy-half and overpowered four defenders to get the ball down and even the scores.

A missed conversion ensured neither team took home the two points, despite both deserving the win.

Other scores

Ipswich Jets 42 def Sunshine Coast Falcons 16
Mackay Cutters 38 def Northern Pride 0
Tweed Seagulls 24 def Souths Logan Magpies 14
Western Clydesdales 46 def Wide Bay Bulls 10
Brisbane Tigers 22 def Wynnum Manly Seagulls 4
Redcliffe Dolphins 28 def Norths Devils 12
Bye: Burleigh Bears

Mover of the week

The Redcliffe Dolphins had a stop-start match against the Norths Devils on Sunday, but came away with a 28-12 win.

In a match that was shortened due to injury, the Dolphins showed plenty of resilience to withstand the Devils and claim the two points.

The win saw the Dolphins move from seventh place on the ladder up into fourth, overtaking Burleigh to sit second in the southeast pool.

Shout outs

The Ipswich Jets notched up a huge 42-16 victory over the Sunshine Coast Falcons and Tiresa Elika played a big hand in this, with the lock scoring a double.

Elsewhere, Savannah Roberts-Hickling shone for Tweed and second rower Reagan McMillan was a standout for the Western Clydesdales.

Cyril Connell Challenge action from Round 5. Photo: Jorja Brinums/QRL
Cyril Connell Challenge action from Round 5. Photo: Jorja Brinums/QRL

Cyril Connell Challenge

Game of the week

Bishop Park was the place to be on Sunday, with the Cyril Connell Challenge providing fans with a thriller before the exciting Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup showdown.

Except it was the Redcliffe Dolphins who claimed a victory in the opening match of the day, posting a tight 20-14 scoreline.

Both teams scored three tries apiece, but it was the Dolphins' goal-kicking that made the difference, converting three tries to one, plus a penalty goal.

Norths fought hard to get the two points, with Redcliffe holding an 18-4 halftime lead. 

But they couldn't make up the difference and Redcliffe remain competition leaders.

Other scores

Mackay Cutters 34 def Northern Pride 4
Souths Logan Magpies 26 def Tweed Seagulls 16
Western Clydesdales 32 def Wide Bay Bulls 22
Ipswich Jets 18 def Sunshine Coast Falcons 16
Brisbane Tigers 26 def Wynnum Manly Seagulls 14
Central Queensland Capras 30 def Townsville Blackhawks 8
Bye: Burleigh Bears

Mover of the week

The Central Queensland Capras and Western Clydesdales crept up the ladder in Round 5 to take second and third place, respectively.

The Capras - who were sitting in fourth - claimed a convincing 30-8 win over the Townsville Blackhawks, while the Clydesdales - formerly in fifth - overcame the Wide Bay Bulls 32-22.

Shout outs

Bulldozing Mackay Cutters second rower Mark Morrow was a standout performer in his side's 34-4 victory over the Northern Pride, scoring a hat-trick and causing plenty of headaches for the opposition.

What a weapon: Mark Morrow

Elsewhere, Levi-James Bannan continued his strong season with Souths Logan while Kailan Roberts and skipper Braithen Scott bagged a double each in the Clydesdales' victory over the Bulls.

Match official of the week

Izzy Davidson is continuing to grow in confidence each week and showed that with her performance on Saturday in the Cyril Connell Challenge clash between Souths Logan Magpies and Tweed Seagulls.

Davidson (background) in action in Round 5. Photo: Jorja Brinums/QRL
Davidson (background) in action in Round 5. Photo: Jorja Brinums/QRL

A member of the Gold Coast Referees Association, Davidson has been credited for moving well and becoming more confident in her decision-making, often in the right place at the right time.

She is also willing to take on feedback from her match day and post-game coaches, which helps with her improvement and growth.

Davidson is also studying a Masters of Science at Bond University.

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