TOUGH RUNNING: The Junior Gremlins hit the field during a trip to Clifton on Saturday.
TOUGH RUNNING: The Junior Gremlins hit the field during a trip to Clifton on Saturday. Contributed

Emotions high for Wattles trip

RUGBY LEAGUE: Stanthorpe's Junior Gremlins travelled to Clifton at the weekend to play the Wattle Warriors at Platz Oval with heavy hearts after the sad passing of Leon Karena through the week.

Club president Lindsay Adams said Leon had been an important part of the Gremlins family for many years as a player, volunteer, supporter and recently as coach of the U17 Girls League Tag team.

Lindsay said Leon would be sadly missed and our condolences go to his extended family.

The Junior Gremlins tackled the Wattle Warriors across all grades at the weekend and came up against some tough opposition. Our younger grades all played well again and continue to improve each week, while our older grades from under-12s to under-17 Girls League Tag had a mixed day at the office, although always trying their hardest and not giving up until the siren.

Well done to all grades again, continuing to represent the Gremlins club with pride and always playing in the spirit of the game while respectful of the opposition regardless of the full-time score.

Thanks also to club stalwart Coach Flem, guiding three teams around the park at the weekend, Gary Skimmings for help with the Girls League Tag team and Brendan Kay for a big day covering nearly every square inch of Platz Oval in running water for four teams.

The Junior Gremlins have a bye this weekend and return home the following week for the clash against Collegians.

Under-7s

OUR third game of the season against the Wattles was our toughest game so far for the youngest Gremlins.

The Wattles fielded a much bigger side than us and had plenty of reserves to keep their troops fresh. Still the team dug deep and played their hearts out, Chase, Dustin and Brock all bagging a try for the game, while Jax, Liam and Kevin gave their all in defence again.

Jet played his first game of the season with us and looked to have a lot of fun. Every week the boys surprise Coach Bob with how much they have improved their skills and their bond as a team.

Thanks to Wattles for loaning us a couple of players for the game.

Under-8s

THE boys had a great morning at Clifton, with a high level of sportsmanship on display. Wattles had a couple of extra players and the Gremlins were happy to take them on as honorary Gremlins for the day.

The boys have been working hard on improving their tackling technique and this is starting to show on game day.

While many tries were scored by the young Gremlins and Wattles players alike, the highlight was a team try that went through six sets of hands before being placed over the line for a try. Great teamwork boys.

Under-9s

WE HAD 12 men at Clifton, which was an excellent turnout. Coach Darrell asked for a bit more effort in defence this week and the boys delivered.

No long-range tries were scored against us, which was very pleasing. James was captain in his first game of footy and played well in both attack and defence.

Eli, Blake and Harry really tackled well and tried hard. Sharn and Harri had some good runs and Roman is improving every game.

Gage and Thane did some tough runs and are starting to play some good footy. Ethan and Tristan backed up well and also had some good runs.

Man of the Match was Jordan M, who showed when he puts his mind to it he is a really good player.

Under-10s

THE U10s played a hard first half at Platz Oval and when they finally got themselves together it was the start of the second half and Wattles were already three tries in front.

During the second half they combined as a team and started to put together some of the set moves and defence skills with more confidence.

They were making ground with every play of the ball, which led to two tries in the final minutes by Oscar L.

The forwards played a big part, with Oscar H, Rilley and Angus working well together.

The backs - Mitchell, Sarah, Oscar L, Leo, Emmanuel, Zane and Benny - combined to show they are listening at training. They are improving with every game.

Man of the Match was Oscar L and runner-up was Emmanuel. Well done team on a great game and keep working hard.

Under-11s

THE U11 team came up against a very tough and talented Wattles side supported by Coach Fleming.

It was always going to be a hard ask, with four regular players unavailable.

There were some promising signs for the young team, with some wonderful dummy-half work from Charlie and Isaac, as well as some great runs by Sharn, Mitch, Ryan and Riley.

Josh tried hard at first receiver to try and find the gaps but to no avail.

William, Kohan and Nick made some very strong tackles throughout the game. Once again, huge thanks to Coach Fleming for giving his time and knowledge to the boys for the day, as well as Mr Zanatta for managing the time again.

Under-14s

THE U14s game was a tough, physical encounter but the Gremlins started strongly and gained the upper hand from the opening whistle.

There were several highlights in the 40-10 victory, but a three-try haul from Jeff Samuels was outstanding.

LJ Karena led the boys onto the field and his strong running and solid defence inspired the whole team.

The bonds of friendships that have developed and the character on display will stand these boys in good stead.

Thanks to Steve McMeniman our trainer and Mick Mahoney and Terri McMeniman our first aid officers. Thanks to all the parents and family who travelled to Clifton to support our teams on the day.

Girls U17 League Tag

WITH an emotional week for the Gremlins club, the Girls League Tag team travelled to Clifton to take on Wattles.

The Gremlins rallied together with strong team spirit, supporting each other throughout the game and putting in a strong effort.

Wattles got off to an early lead with a quick try. Good leadership from several of the Gremlins - Isabel Kay, Tahlia Karena and Chelsea Williams - steadied the team and the Gremlins went into the half-time break at 16-nil.

The second half started well for the Gremlins with a good try to Breanna Harrison after some committed running from the team. Wattles bounced back with a couple of late tries, eventually running out winners.

A bye next week for the girls. They'll return to Sullivan Oval the following week in a match-up against Collegians.

Under-16s

LAST Saturday the U16s travelled to Clifton to take on an unknown Wattles side. After an exceptional game at Goondiwindi the boys were keen to continue on with their good start to the season.

Stanthorpe found touch off the kick-off and was an encouraging start. However that soon changed with a knock on after the scrum.

It was one-way traffic from there, with Clifton running in 26 unanswered points. Stanthorpe completed their first set in the 29th minute and as a result scored their first try to Kyle Garth.

Brock Patti converted to make it 26-6 at half time. Coach Fleming had a few words to say at half time but thought the boys could fight back.

The second half saw the Gremlins hang on to the football and they were unlucky not to score after the ref had disallowed a try due to a forward pass. This sparked the Wattles into action, eventually running out 46-6 victors.

It was a tough day for the boys but a good learning curve.

Under-18s

THE U18s played their first game for weeks, coming up against a combined Suburbs and Cowboys team on Friday night under lights in Warwick.

With only 11 players available for the game, the Gremlins were supported by Suburbs, with man mountain Alfred appointed as a Gremlin for the night.

The game started with plenty of speed across the park, with Lachie Swan, Tim Bell and Jacob Rasleigh hitting the line hard as the ball moved from one end of the park and back again. There were some big hit-ups through the middle from forwards Stuart Filmer, Tom Bonner and Will McPaul.

The Gremlins were first on the scoreboard, securing points through a Jake Burnell try and successful conversion. Warwick hit back soon after to level the score.

The teams scored try for try early in the game, with not much separating them at the halfway mark.

Stanthorpe started to apply the pressure with some great football from Josh Wren and Matt Murphy up front, while dummy half Zeke Walters and Cam Heaven provided some great guidance in steering the boys around the park.

To the boys' credit they held strong with a great finish and a well-deserved win 32-22.

Tries to Jake Burnell, Stuart Filmer, Cameron Heaven, Jacob Rashleigh and Josh Wren.

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