Juniors ready for the big dance

By Rockhampton and Distrcit Junior Rugby League

After the cut-short season of 2020 the Rockhampton and District Junior Rugby League (RDJRL) has bounced back and will cap off a great season with a full weekend of seven grand finals this Saturday, 12 June.

With a few new formats in the 2021 season, teams have had to adapt to players being away with representative football, as well as the return of the under-17 competition, with the under-18s moving to the new under-19 seniors division.

For the first time in the RDJRL history we will have the two girls’ grand finals sharing the stage with the boys.

The girls’ games have been held separate, due to the competition previously being split due to school girls contests, but with schools changing their competition to Wednesday nights it has allowed the full competition to be played at the same time.

The girls competition has come a long way since its inception and the skill levels are of a high standard and both games are full of representative players.

CQ Today will be down at the grand final day snapping photos and taking team shots for the special day so look out for that in our next edition.

9.00am Under 13 Boys: Norths Knights v Brothers White

Minor Premiers Norths went straight into the grand final when they defeated Brothers Blue last week, while Brothers White have ridden the semi-final wave and made the decider after defeating Brothers Blue last Friday night. These sides have met twice this year earning one win a piece. Given the top-four sides finished with two points of each shows how close this competition was. It will be great start to grand final day with this one going either way.

10.30am Under 14 Boys: Rockhampton Tigers v Cap Coast Brothers

Cap Coast Brothers were the minor premiers, based on for-and-against, with both teams finishing on 24 points. Tigers got the advantage in week one of the semi-finals, but Cap Coast will have a chance to reverse that result. Like the under-13 grade both sides have a victory against each other this year. Another cracking game that will be decided by who turns up on the day

12.00pm Under 15 Girls: Rockhampton Tigers v Emu Park

There are only three teams in the U15-competition with Rockhampton Tigers advancing straight to the grand final and having an extra week off awaiting either Emu Park or Norths to join them. That was a tight match which could have gone either way with the Emu girls coming through with the victory. With lots of talent in both teams, the girls will give it everything come grand final day.

1.30 pm Under 15 Boys: Cap Coast Brothers v Rockhampton Tigers

Cap Coast Brothers have been undefeated this year dominating the competition with the two earlier meetings seeing Cap Coast win both convincingly. The first semi-final was a different story with the improving Tigers only going down by four. After a strong win last week the Tigers could be on the rise. Both sides are full of talent and this game could be very close despite the one-sided nature of their previous encounters.

3.00pm Under 16 Boys: Cap Coast Brothers v Brothers Blue

Both of these sides are full of representative players that donned the Capras’ jerseys in the new representative format this year and the skills that will be on display will be outstanding. Cap Coast has had the wood on Brothers in previous years and showed in the first semi-final that they are still a force.

Brothers Blue had to work hard last week, with limited players, and at one stage were playing with 11 players and down by 20 points. But they dug deep and now have a chance to take the premiership.

4.30pm Under 17 Girls: Brothers v Rockhampton Tigers

Rockhampton Brothers won the semis in week one through a gutsy effort with only nine players against Emu Park. That effort advanced them straight through to the grand final and importantly gave them a week off. It was a tight game in the Prelims and the score line went back and forwards between Tigers and Emus with both teams throwing everything at it. Tigers got the win and will be keen to defend back-to-back premierships. Watch out for a great game between these sides.

6.00pm Under 17 Boys: Yeppoon v Brothers Blue

Brothers Blue were the Minor Premiers and were stung by Yeppoon in the first semi-final week. They bounced back with a strong win against Cap Coast and are now focused on the grand final. Yeppoon now know they can beat the minor premiers and will take that into the decider. Another great competitive game to finish off the day.