BIG DAY OUT: The Stanthorpe Junior Gremlins take on the Goondiwindi Boars in all grades on Saturday.
BIG DAY OUT: The Stanthorpe Junior Gremlins take on the Goondiwindi Boars in all grades on Saturday. Matthew Purcell

Junior Gremlins take on the Gundy Boars

THE Gremlins started the second round of the Warwick and District competition with a home game against the Goondiwindi Boars across all grades in a great day of junior rugby league on a chilly Saturday.

The Junior Gremlins' next game, and last before the school holidays, will be against the MIT at Texas with games starting at 9am (U7/8), 9.50am (U9), 10.40am (U11), 11.30am (U10), 12.20pm (U12), 1.30pm (U14), 2.30pm (U17 girls' league tag).


Junior Gremlins tackle a Goondiwindi Boar.
Junior Gremlins tackle a Goondiwindi Boar. Matthew Purcell

SATURDAY'S game at home was against Gundy, and it was fast, tough and entertaining, as always. In a game played with such enthusiasm it was the smaller members who put in their best efforts of the season. Jet led the team for the game and ran strong all game. Jax's defence was awesome against much bigger opposition, with both Jase and Brock scoring tries and Jase bagging three again.

The goal line defence was great from Jake, Chase, Brock and Dustin, saving plenty of tries. The team was led well by Liam and Kevin's hard work, carting the ball up all game and helping set the tone for the game. Kevin was man of the match with his most improved performance for the season.


THE mighty U8s produced a team performance on Saturday that they should all be proud of. While no scoreboards are used for the young Gremlins, to put the ball down over the try line more times than their opposition shows the strides they have all made as a team. The Goondiwindi coach praised the young Gremlins at the conclusion of the match for the improvement they had made since their Round 1 meeting at Goondiwindi, congratulating them thoroughly on their "win”. Jaydan Zanatta officially took home the Red Rooster award for his brilliant teamwork and non-stop efforts in attack and defence. Well done to this super little team which has a ton of fun every week.


No boars would cross the try line if Gremlins have their way.
No boars would cross the try line if Gremlins have their way. Matthew Purcell

THE U9s played their first game after a two-week break and started well with some impressive defence and matching it with Goondi in attack. Captain Blake played his best game of footy for the year and was rewarded with the Red Rooster man of the match.

He, along with Thomas, Eli and James, had some strong aggressive runs.

Little Harri and Big Harry had strong games in defence with some nice tackles. Sharn, Jordan S, Thane and Jordan M played well on our edges stretching Goondi's defensive line.

Gage is a really good team mate helping everyone out and adding a bit of fun to the team. Coach Darrell was very happy with our defence but some silly offloads cost us in attack. Thanks to Red Rooster for sponsoring the man of the match award again, the kids love it.


ON Saturday the rejuvenated U11s took on the might of Gundi. Facing a huge forward pack the gremlins dug in and gave their all, lead by Skipper Moncada to take Gundi front on.

Gundi put a few quick ones on us but great defence from Josh "The Axe” slowed the scoring. Towards the end of the first half things evened out and after some great runs, Callan 'Try Thief” Grace crossed scurrying from dummy half to get a well-earned meat pie. After half time Gundi were using their big men again. A cracking run from "Special K” ended when he hit the defence front on. Unfortunately after an awkward landing Special K was a bit worse for wear.

After being carried off he has the all clear to return next week. Great team effort by the awesome 11s and look forward to next week.


LAST weekend the U12s played the Gundi Boars here at home on a typical cold Stanthorpe day.

Coming off the bye from the previous week the lads started strong keeping the score line nil-all in the first 12 minutes of the game with the boys defending well off their own line. When they had the ball in hand it was little handling errors coming out from their own end that allowed the boars to capitalise on good field position and score 20 unanswered points before half time.

In the second half the Gremlins rallied but their ball handling to let them down. In a positive, the boys' defence held up well considering the amount of tackling the lads did with some great efforts from William (Paul) and Isaac (Gallen) Kay, Charlie McCormick, Brae Willmann and Mack Martin.

When we did have a share of possession the boys challenged the Boars' line with some great breaks from Mack Martin, Nick Sweet, Liam Johnston and Tommy Bell.

The player of the match award went to Mack Martin for his line breaks and solid defence.

With the boys improving each week a win is just around the corner. Coach Sweet said he was encouraged by the efforts the team continues to show.


ON Saturday, June 16 The Stanthorpe Gremlins hosted the Goondiwindi Boars.

When the U14 teams last met, in round one, the Goondiwindi side was too strong and won convincingly. This time around the Gremlins were determined to put on a good show in front of their home crowd.

The Gremlins had prepared well but came into the game with no reserves against a full team of 20. As the game wore on, fatigue started to play a role and a couple of defensive lapses saw the Boars go to the half-time break with a two try lead.

Both sides created scoring opportunities but the visitors extended their lead in the second half.

The home team was not willing to give up however and showed resilience and commitment scoring the final try with only minutes to go. We can take many positives from the game, especially in the second half, where the Stanthorpe boys stayed in the contest until the final siren. Coach Pat would like to congratulate the players on a spirited performance with a special thanks to Dale Lawer and Janelle Bell who were our first-aid officers and Steve McMeniman and Spencer Jensen our trainers.

Girls' League Tag

"WE are the Gremlins, the mighty mighty Gremlins” was sung loud and proud as the girls notched up a good win against Goondiwindi.

In a great game with both sides having the opportunity to win, it came down to two tries each, with the boot of Ana Kaufusi making the difference in securing the win with both conversions being successful. A good all-round performance from the Gremlins had them out to a 2-point lead at half time after a slashing try to Isabel Kay late in the game took the Gremlins into the break at 6-4.

The defensive efforts for both sides were a standout for the game with some big plays from, Stacey Simpson, Kristy Bell, and a good game from newcomer Anava, with all girls playing one of their best games to date. In attack, again lead by Isabel Kay with a second half try after some nice lead up runs and good ball control by the Gremlins the score was 12-8, the Gremlins holding off a late challenge from Goondiwindi taking out what was an exciting game. Congratulations to Coach Simmo and the support team of the girls, the side is building in skills and fitness week to week.


LAST Saturday the Gremlins took on the second placed Goondiwindi Boars. Last time the teams met resulted in a last second try to the Boars to win by four points.

The boys started strong completing sets and attacking the Boars' line.

Dante Putzulo again scored from dummy half to give the boys a 4-0 lead. With the conversion successful the boys led 6-0. That soon increased to 10-0 when Harry Williams crossed over for a good try.

This sparked Goondiwindi into gear responding with a converted try to make the 10-6. Once again the Gremlins hit back with a great try from Kyle Garth. Leading 14-6 Goondiwindi hit back just before the half time to trail 14-12 at the break.

Coach Fleming was happy with the half but wanted the boys to cut the errors out of their game.

The second half started strong with try scoring machine Williams crossing and Ben Rogers soon after.

With a 26-12 lead it seemed the boys were home. But Goondiwindi hit back with two quick tries to trail 26-20 with six minutes on the clock. Stanthorpe worked hard in defence.

Strong runs and good vision lead to Jacob Mudgee scoring the match winner with three minutes to go. Stanthorpe lead 30-20 when Goondiwindi scored a consolation try on the buzzer. Stanthorpe went on to win 30-24.

This was a crucial win for the boys on their charge to the semi-finals.

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