Front: Jeneshia Beveridge, 14, and Jaylene Pauling, 14. Back: Caeley Lowe, 16, and Vanique Malayta, 16.
Front: Jeneshia Beveridge, 14, and Jaylene Pauling, 14. Back: Caeley Lowe, 16, and Vanique Malayta, 16. Nick Wright

Juniors share final words before big match

EXPERIENCE is key to premiership success, and it is something Vanique Malayta hopes to bring to the table.

On Friday night the Sarina Crocodiles' under 17 lock will march out for her third and last grand final in Mackay's junior rugby league girls competition.

The 16-year-old believed confidence would be crucial to establishing a strong platform throughout the contest.

"It normally starts out really quiet; no one knows what to say but hopefully everyone gets out there keen to play,” Malayta said.

"We always get new girls joining the club at the start of the year, and we've taught them what we know to try and get them to be confident in themselves.”

Sarina will take on Norths in what will be the Devils' maiden grand final appearance.

It will be the Crocodiles' fourth trip to the big dance, and the Devils will have to overcome their experienced opponents without the services of Caeley Lowe.

The 16-year-old second-row forward tore her ACL in June, robbing her of the chance to line up with her teammates.

But she said it was exciting to see her team rally at the back end of the season and would be in the stands cheering them on.

"It gets very nerve-wracking when there are a lot of people around but when the game starts it's an amazing feeling,” Lowe said.

"(We need to) just play as a team together and support each other. As long as everyone comes together we'll play good.”

The under 17s final will take place after the under 14s match between Magpies and Norths.

Magpies forward Jeneshia Beveridge, 14, is in her first season with the club and has thrived off the physicality rugby league offers.

She said the girls rugby league community were all family, and this would make it a tough but exciting contest to be a part of.

"We all have a heart for this sport, and we're all cousins with them,” Beveridge said.

"We know their strengths and weakness, but we don't get in our heads about winning. We're more out there just to have fun.”

For Norths, fullback Jaylene Pauling said they would be out for revenge after suffering an eight-point loss earlier in the season.

The 14 year old said communication and playing for each other would be crucial to a winning outcome.

"We've been working as a team. At the start no one really knew each other, but playing together has made us a family and a really good team,” Pauling said.

The under 14s will kick off at 5.30pm with the under 17s to follow at 6.45pm.



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