TIGHT GRIP: U12 Gremlin Jake Burnell keeps a tight grip on the ball during a tackle.
TIGHT GRIP: U12 Gremlin Jake Burnell keeps a tight grip on the ball during a tackle. Contributed

Excited Gremlins have date with destiny

THE under-12 Junior Gremlins will be flying the Stanthorpe flag at the Junior Rugby League grand finals this Saturday.

The Stanthorpe side will play host to the under-11, 12, 13 14, 16 grand finals, an honour that only comes around once every 10 years.

Stanthorpe Junior Rugby League volunteer Michael Jensen said the U12s were eagerly anticipating the game.

"This is their first grand final as a team, and they are excited," he said.

"They want to try and emulate the U16 side from 1983 that played against an undefeated Collegians and beat them in the grand-final 15-14."

Jensen said the boys were not worried about Goondiwindi's undefeated season.

"They have lost to Goondiwindi both times this year but played them in the major semi-final last year and only lost by two points," he said.

"They have their full team back, with the only injuries being the two long-term broken limbs.

"They were warm favourites for the grand-final last year but unfortunately missed out and are hoping to make up for lost time and perform to the best of their ability.

"The boys played some of their best football during the minor semi-final the weekend before last, and if they can replicate that they can certainly beat Goondiwindi on Saturday."

Jensen said U12 coach Wayne Chapman had been involved with junior rugby league as a volunteer, coach and mentor for more than 20 years.

"A win this weekend would be a great reward for his efforts," he said.

The Stanthorpe Junior Rugby League committee hopes that spectators will take advantage of the home ground game and come along to support the boys at 10.15am when they take on Goondiwindi for the trophy.

Queensland Rugby League Junior Advisory Committee chairman Geoff Orman, QRL Central Division manager Rex Zeeman and Warwick and District president Glyn Rees will be there on the day.

The QRL will also have its interactive games NRL van for all players and spectators to enjoy.

A full canteen will be operating.

Game times

  • Under-11s - 9am
     
  • Under-12s - 10.15am
     
  • Under-13s - 11.30am
     
  • Under-14s - 12.45pm
     
  • Under-16s - 2pm
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