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Juniors play for victory

THE Emerald Tigers U15 side is through to the grand final following it's win over the Gemfields Giants at the weekend.
THE Emerald Tigers U15 side is through to the grand final following it's win over the Gemfields Giants at the weekend. Terry Hill

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Emerald Brothers Junior Rugby League Club has four teams out of six battling it out in the junior grand finals tomorrow, with up to 1000 people expected on the day.

Central Highlands Rugby League President Frank Lambley said this week the under-13, U15, and U17 finals would all be hard-fought titles, after a "competitive” season.

Lambley said the 2017 season had been "good” with "fairly competitive games which is what you want”.

"They've all been able to play plenty of football, which is what it's all about,” he said.

Lambley said there had been 975 players in this year's junior competition and 540 in the senior competition.

The grand finals start from 9am at the Clermont Sports Ground and feature Emerald Brothers Blue v Emerald Brothers White in the U13 game, Emerald Tigers v Emerald Brothers in the U15 match and Peak Downs Pirates v Emerald Brothers in the U17s. Lambley said the junior finals were always a good day, with season presentations held between games.

"We also have an U9s practice carnival at the same time because there's a big U9 carnival in Bowen in two weeks time.”

This season, he said, there had been eight teams in the U13 division, 5 teams in the U15 division, and 4 teams in the U17 draw.

Lambley said he believed football in the region had found an element of stability with the "coming and going” of residents to the region's towns levelling out recently.


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