PLAY HARD, PLAY FAIR: Emerald Brothers Junior Rugby League players Jaidyn Cody, Lachlan Ware and Patrick Whipp go in for a tackle in the U11 game against Dysart.
PLAY HARD, PLAY FAIR: Emerald Brothers Junior Rugby League players Jaidyn Cody, Lachlan Ware and Patrick Whipp go in for a tackle in the U11 game against Dysart. Contributed

Junior teams prepare for grand final battle

RUGBY LEAGUE: Play hard and fair will be Eddie Ross' advice to his two sons when they run onto the field for the Central Highlands Junior Rugby League grand finals on Saturday.

As the Emerald Brothers Junior Rugby League Club vice-president, Ross will be on the sideline for all four of the club's grand finals, but there are two games that will have his special attention.

This will be the first time both sons have made a grand final in the same season, with a son playing in each of the under-15 and under-17 games.

The club has a team in each of the four age divisions and Ross said it was a proud moment for the club to have such a strong presence in the finals.

"We did do it in the past but we only came away with one win, so I'm hoping we do better this year,” he said.

"In 2009 we had four teams in the grand finals and won three of them, so that's our best result so far.”

Ross said the constant grand final appearances by the junior teams was a testament to the club's hard work in the past 10 years.

"The dedication and commitment by the coaches helps retain the players within the club each season,” he said.

"We also promote our coaches to do further coaching development, because when the coaches get coached better they develop their players better.”

Ross wished all teams good luck for tomorrow and added it was great to see clubs like the Peak Downs Pirates feature a team in the finals.

  • Get up to date on all the teams playing in the finals with our four-page finals feature in the CQ News on Friday, August 19.

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