Juniors bow out in CRL finals
IT was a bittersweet outcome for Group 2 juniors at the Country Rugby League northern cluster finals at BCU International Stadium on the weekend.
Neither the under-13 or under-14 teams finished on the podium after going into the tournament with high hopes.
“Unfortunately, the younger kids didn’t perform as well as they had in the trials which was a bit of a surprise,” junior league spokesperson Mark Thomas reported.
“On the other hand, the 14s were right in it until the last game with two big wins and one narrow loss and in any other year, they would probably have won the title.
“Our southern Group 3 neighbours went on to win the age group and we have to give them credit as they certainly are a fantastic side.
“To get within four points of beating them in the pool match was no mean feat and something for the boys to be very proud about.”
The under-13 section was won by the northern neighbours from Group 1.
Thomas said despite the youth of the participants, the finals had attracted close attention from talent scout attached to NRL clubs.
“We have fantastic potential among the players and one of them in particular had South Sydney paying attention with the possibility of being offered a contract,” he said. “Newcastle Knights were also highly visible which is understandable ... after spotting their boom talent Ryan Stig playing in one of these tournaments they know there’s more where he came from.”
Also seen watching son Jed in action was Gold Coast Titans head coach John Cartwright.
Group 2 JRL Northern Cluster Results
Lost 16-26 vs Group 1
Lost 16-18 vs Group 3
Won 24-4 vs Group 18
Won 28-0 vs Group 1
Lost 20-24 vs Group 3
Won 20-4 vs Group 18