Juniors ready for finals series
THE Central Highlands Junior Rugby League finals series kicks off this weekend following 16 rounds of a fun and enjoyable but tough and competitive competition.
The Hunter Street Sports Complex will play host to the semi finals tomorrow with seven games kicking off, including five boys finals games and two girls exhibition games.
This year's under-13s age group has been exciting to watch with eight teams all battling through the season for a top four finish.
Following the success of St Patrick's School Emerald's NRL Development Cup team last year, most of those players have filtered into the Emerald Brothers Blue and White teams and both teams have made this year's finals series and will play off for a spot in this year's grand final tomorrow.
In the 3v4 minor semi final, Blackwater Yellow will host the Gemfields Giants in an epic contest.
The Gemfields should be proud of this year's season as last season, they weren't able to record a win, so to achieve a finals berth is a massive achievement to the club.
The four remaining teams who missed out on finals; Blackwater Red, Dysart, Peak Downs and Tigers, should be proud of their season and will look forward to building on this year's successes to achieve a finals spot next year.
Last year's grand finalists, Emerald Tigers and Emerald Brothers have once again fought for the minor premiership, with for and against the only thing that separates the two teams.
It will be a game not to be missed tomorrow, with the two sides not being able to be split at 10-10 the last time they met.
In the 3v4 semi final, the Peak Downs Pirates are in contention once again and will face the Gemfields Giants who have qualified for finals in their maiden year.
In the U17, the battle to watch all season has been between the Peak Downs Pirates and Emerald Brothers but late in the season, a third contender has emerged with last year's premiers, Emerald Tigers determined to go back-to-back.
The Pirates finished minor premiers and will enjoy a two-week break before featuring in this year's grand final against the winner of this weekend's preliminary final between Brothers and Tigers.
It was great to see the Blackwater Crushers back in the U15 and U17 competitions this year and despite missing out on a finals berth, they should be very proud of what they have been able to achieve in this rebuilding year for the club and are expected to come back bigger and better next season.
The finals kick off from 9am tomorrow at the Hunter Street Sports Complex and everyone is welcome to cheer on the future Central Highlands rugby league stars.
CHJRL SEMI FINAL GAMES
Field 1 - Blackwater Juniors Field
9am: Peak Downs Pirates v Gemfields Giants (U15 3v4)
10.30am: Blackwater Crushers Yellow v Gemfields Giants (U13 3v4)
12pm: Emerald Brothers Blue v Emerald Brothers White (U13 1v2)
1.30pm: Emerald Tigers v Emerald Brothers (U15 1v2)
Field 2 - Blackwater Seniors Field
10am: Emerald Brothers v Emerald Tigers (U17 2v3)
12pm: Central Highlands v Rockhampton (U17 Girls)
1.30pm: Central Highlands v Rockhampton (U14 Girls)