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Round 1 in review: Junior statewide competitions

Round 1 of the junior statewide competitions kicked off Saturday with the introduction of the Harvey Norman Under 17s and the return of Mal Meninga Cup, Harvey Norman Under 19s and Cyril Connell Cup.

Here is a wrap up of Round 1.

Mal Meninga Cup

Game of the week

The reigning premiers picked up where they left off in 2023, with a convincing win over Brisbane Tigers.

On home turf at Kayo Stadium, the Redcliffe Dolphins held out a second half comeback from the Tigers to claim a 30-14 victory.

Centre Tevita Naufahu bagged a double for the Dolphins while new recruit Zac Herdegen sliced through the defence in the opening minutes to get Redcliffe on the scoreboard early.

Halfback Herdegen was also sharp with the boot, kicking five from five conversions to give Redcliffe their 16-point lead.

This puts them in second place on the ladder after Tweed Seagulls put on the biggest win of the opening round of Mal Meninga Cup.

Other scores

Tweed Seagulls 32 def Wynnum Manly Seagulls 6
Souths Logan Magpies 22 def Burleigh Bears 10
Bye: Norths Devils

Redcliffe Dolphins v Brisbane Tigers. Photo: Mitchell Townsend/QRL
Redcliffe Dolphins v Brisbane Tigers. Photo: Mitchell Townsend/QRL

Harvey Norman Under 19

Game of the week

Tweed Seagulls battled out a six-point win over Wynnum Manly Seagulls on Saturday at BMD Kougari Oval, flexing their defensive muscle in a gritty showdown between the two "flockbuster" rivals.

Tweed claimed wins over Wynnum Manly in three of the four junior statewide competitions - with only Wynnum Manly's Cyril Connell Cup side finding two points in the opening round - and it was their dominant first half that set the standard for the day.

While the home team got on the board first through centre Emma Williams, Tweed piled on three tries in the space of nine minutes through Phoenix-Raine Hippi,  Raimee Wright and Savannah Roberts-Hickling.

It then turned into an arm wrestle through the middle part of the match before Wynnum Manly enjoyed a swing in momentum.

A few errors from Tweed in the final 10 minutes gave the home side plenty of advantage, but Tweed's defence was impressive, particularly when holding Wynnum Manly's forwards out on the line.

Wynnum Manly backrower Gloria Seumalii eventually managed to break through just seconds out from full-time, but it was too late to mount a comeback and snatch a win from Tweed.

Other scores

Burleigh Bears 30 def Souths Logan Magpies 6
Brisbane Tigers 26 def Redcliffe Dolphins 18
Bye: Norths Devils

Destiny Mino-Sinapati in action for Wynnum Manly. Photo: Dylan Parker/QRL
Destiny Mino-Sinapati in action for Wynnum Manly. Photo: Dylan Parker/QRL

Cyril Connell Cup

Game of the week

The first round of Cyril Connell Cup foreshadowed what could be a tight battle for this year's finals series.

With a couple of close scorelines across the weekend, the Redcliffe Dolphins and Brisbane Tigers put on a show at Kayo Stadium with a 14-14 draw.

The Tigers had all the momentum early on, scoring three tries in nine minutes.

Centre Keoki Koraba nabbed a double, crossing in the 4th and 9th minutes, before winger Cooper McInnerney extended the lead to 14-0.

But the Dolphins were not down and out on home turf, with lock Charlie Dickson putting them on the board just before half-time.

It was then centre Nate Berrigan who helped the Dolphins avoid a loss, coming back in the second stanza to score twice and seal up a Round 1 draw.

Other scores

Wynnum Manly Seagulls 28 def Tweed Seagulls 12
Souths Logan Magpies 24 def Burleigh Bears 20
Bye: Norths Devils

Burleigh Bears v Souths Logan Magpies. Photo: Chloe Davis/QRL
Burleigh Bears v Souths Logan Magpies. Photo: Chloe Davis/QRL

Harvey Norman Under 17

Game of the week

The newly-introduced Harvey Norman Under 17 competition started with success on Saturday, as six clubs ran out for the first time.

The clash between Souths Logan Magpies and Burleigh Bears highlighted the talent coming through the female pathways, as six players crossed for the Magpies in their 30-12 victory.

The home team raced out to a 20-8 lead by half-time at Logan Metro Sports Complex, with tries to skipper Lilianah Lewis, winger Ebony Tziros, centre Bella Alo and lock Amanii Misa.

Winger Hawke Kahu and fullback Janique Mili then added the final touches in the second stanza to hand Souths Logan their historic first Harvey Norman Under 17 win.

Other scores

Tweed Seagulls 14 def Wynnum Manly Seagulls 10
Brisbane Tigers 20 def Redcliffe Dolphins 0
Bye: Norths Devils

Main image: Tweed Seagulls in action in the Harvey Norman Under 17 competition. Photo: Dylan Parker/QRL

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