Thrilling junior league grand final action

The Under 12s following their grand final.
The Under 12s following their grand final.

Gundagai hosted a full day of junior rugby league action on Saturday when the Group 9 Southern grand finals came to town.

Gundagai-Adelong had four teams playing on grand final day, with one coming away with the premiership.

Under 12s

The Gundagai-Adelong Tigers went down 30-0 to the Tumut Blues in the under 12s decider at Anzac Park on Saturday.

An early Hayden Ings try put the Blues in front 6-0 and they added a second on the stroke of halftime to Mackinley Somner to lead the young Tigers 12-0.

The Tigers conceded an early try after the interval to trail 16-0 and a Ben Cassidy try made it 22-0 to Tumut and they added two more tries, to run-out winners.

“The boys put in a good effort, but Tumut are a good team and we made a few mistakes and they capitalised on them. We missed a lot of footy during the year, we went through an 11-week period where we only played three games, but we came out here and put in a big effort and that’s all you can ask,” Tigers coach Peter Maher said.

Under 12s leaguetag

The Gundagai-Adelong Tigers went down to the Tumut Blues 24-6 in their under 12s League Tag Grand Final at Anzac Park on Saturday.

“Obviously wasn’t our day but the girls played well and it’s been a pleasure coaching them all year and Tumut are a good side and they showed that today,” Tigerettes coach James Wilson said.

The Blues posted three early tries, two to Takira Douglas, and one to Mackenzie Clear to open up a 16-0 lead but the Tigerettes would hit back through Laura Daley to trail 16-6 at halftime.

The Blues extended their lead through Logan Klaus, not converted to lead 20-6 early in the second half and an Ella Lindley try in the 38th minute wrapped it up.

Under 13s

The Gundagai Tigers under 13s side won a thrilling Minor League Grand Final against Wagga Brothers on Saturday, with a last-minute try securing a 22-16 triumph.

In a touching gesture, Joey Polimeni, younger brother of Lui Polimeni who passed away earlier this year while playing for the Tigers’ under 16s, was given the honour of kicking the conversion and he made no mistake, to the delight of those in attendance.

Jake Hay opened the scoring for the Tigers after just three minutes and when Ryan McInerney crossed, the black and golds led 10-0 after just 10 minutes of play.

A Tigers error saw Brothers score through centre David Oti on the stroke of halftime, and the Tigers led 10-6.

“We got an early lead and let it slip and I didn’t think we were going to get out of it at one stage. I’m very happy for the boys, it’s about them and they’ve worked very hard,” Tigers coach Shane Bartlett said.

The black and golds edged further ahead with a Cameron Smart try, converted to make it 16-6 but Oti’s second try put the Brethren back into the match at 16-12 with 20 minutes to play.

The Brothers tied it up in the 46th minute with a try to Sam Emery, but Jake Flanagan was the hero for the Tigers with a last second try.

The Gundagai-Adelong Tigers under 14s team finished runners up after a narrow 22-20 loss to the Tumut Blues in the under 14s Grand Final on Saturday, played at Anzac Park.

The Tigers conceded the opening try to Blues centre Paul Grove but hit back in the 21st minute through Jaylem Baynes and backed it up with another try, this time to Harry Luff to lead 10-4.

Blues centre Josh Kell went over out wide late in the first half, the try not converted and the Tigers added their third try of the half with Bynes grabbing his second, to lead 14-8 at the break.

The Blues came roaring out of the blocks in the second half, with tries to Luke Stuenkel, and two more to Grove, giving them a 22-14 lead late in the match.

Bynes crossed for his third try of the match in the 58th minute and the Blues got home by two points.

 

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