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Round 5 in review: Junior statewide competitions

The competition is heating up in Queensland's Rugby League junior grades, with a ladder shake up in the Mal Meninga Cup in Round 5.

Here is a wrap of Round 5 and where teams stand with finals looming.

Mal Meninga Cup

It was a thrilling weekend in the Mal Meninga Cup, as Tweed Seagulls returned to top spot and the Ipswich Jets continued their climb up the ladder.

The Seagulls were knocked out of No.1 place last week when the Townsville Blackhawks leapfrogged them to lead the competition.

But a shock 46-10 loss for the Blackhawks at the hands of the Mackay Cutters saw them slide down to fifth place, while a simple bye boosted Tweed back into frontrunners.

The real winners from Round 5 however were the Ipswich Jets, who flexed their muscle against the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

The Jets have steadily improved week by week and - after a narrow two point loss to the Falcons the last time they met in Round 2 - they went to another level on Saturday at North Ipswich Reserve.

They moved into second place on the Mal Meninga Cup ladder - their highest place so far this year - and will be a team to watch as the competition moves into the second half of the season.

Round 5 results

Burleigh Bears 48 def Norths Devils 12
Northern Pride 28 def Central Queensland Capras 12
Western Clydesdales 22 def Wide Bay Bulls 16
Ipswich Jets 30 def Sunshine Coast Falcons 10
Mackay Cutters 46 def Townsville Blackhawks 10
Redcliffe Dolphins 44 def Souths Logan Magpies 6
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 28 def Brisbane Tigers 12
Bye: Tweed Seagulls

Harvey Norman Under 19

It was status quo in the Harvey Norman Under 19s in Round 5, as competition leaders the Western Clydesdales put the Wide Bay Bulls to the sword with a 68-0 victory to stay in top place.

The Tweed Seagulls remained in second with a bye while the third-placed Brisbane Tigers enjoyed a comfortable 34-4 win over the Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

The biggest movers and shakers in the women's competition were the Burleigh Bears, who rocketed up from seventh to fourth in a crucial point of the season.

The Bears notched up a 46-4 victory over the Norths Devils to make a much-needed push up the ladder with just two weeks left in the competition.

Burleigh will certainly be tested over the next two weeks, coming up against the Tigers and Tweed Seagulls, making for an interesting finale to the 2024 regular season.

Round 5 results

Burleigh Bears 46 def Norths Devils 4
Central Queensland Capras 8 drew Northern Pride 8
Western Clydesdales 68 def Wide Bay Bulls 0
Sunshine Coast Falcons 16 def Ipswich Jets 8
Mackay Cutters 16 def Townsville Blackhawks 12
Redcliffe Dolphins 32 def Souths Logan Magpies 18
Brisbane Tigers 34 def Wynnum Manly Seagulls 4
Bye: Tweed Seagulls

Cyril Connell Cup

The Central Queensland Capras have begun an impressive push up the Cyril Connell Cup ladder, moving from 10th to fourth in the space of two weeks.

With just two weeks left in the competition, the Capras are lighting up Pool A, this week claiming the scalp of the Northern Pride with a 24-10 victory in Cairns.

Also in Pool A, the Townsville Blackhawks are sitting pretty in second spot, fresh off a 22-18 win over the Mackay Cutters, while the Western Clydesdales remain strong in top spot, this week recording a 62-8 victory over the Wide Bay Bulls.

Round 6 will provide greater insight into the rivalry within Pool A, when the Blackhawks play host to the Capras at Jack Manski Oval on Saturday.

Round 5 results

Burleigh Bears 32 def Norths Devils 24
Central Queensland Capras 24 def Northern Pride 10
Western Clydesdales 62 def Wide Bay Bulls 8
Ipswich Jets 34 def Sunshine Coast Falcons 22
Townsville Blackhawks 22 def Mackay Cutters 18
Redcliffe Dolphins 16 def Souths Logan Magpies 14
Brisbane Tigers 6 def Wynnum Manly Seagulls 0
Bye: Tweed Seagulls

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