The Under 11s semi final was always going to be an absolute cracker and it did not disappoint. Tamborine Mountain Rugby started fast and held on to just hold out a superb effort by the Gleneagle Gators in the semi final with the winner to face the much vaunted Raging Rhinos in the Final.
The Gators had been strong all competition and took this loss hard after a superb effort in defense. They pushed Tamborine throughout the game and at times looked to be in control.
Tamborine have steadily improved throughout the competition adapting skills honed in other sports and from the expert coaching that they have received by Tamborine Mountain Rugby’s coaching staff.
The Mountain will enter the Gold Coast competition next year in several age groups and also look to be entering into some joint ventures with the Warriors in certain age groups. This is exciting stuff for Rugby and for the kids that live in Tamborine.
The Final of the under 11s went to script with minor premiers Raging Rhinos beating Tamborine Mountain Rugby but it was definitely not a cake walk and Tamborine pushed the Rhinos all the way.
The Under 11s was a close competition and there were solid performances from many players. The Rhinos looked the part and played expansive rugby spreading the ball when opportunities arose.
The final score of 15-10 to the Rhinos showed just how close things went and that controlling the ball in 7s rugby is so important. The Rhinos had dominated the competition in defense this year and it was this that just got them home in the end.
Charlie Boyd was rewarded for his efforts with Best and Fairest Player for an under 10 playing up in the 11s competition. Charlie showed that age was not a factor against his older rivals with his skills and speed carrying him along.
Jasper Curran was awarded runner up in the Under 11s best & Fairest with the skillful Donovan Thompson deservedly winning the Best & Fairest award for the under 11s.
Georgia Bayliss also deserves special mention along with Hudson Meyer and Joe Nilon who pushed the top of the leader board with some great displays of rugby.
Anybody who watched the semi final and final of the Warriors Summer 7s Under 13s would have left thoroughly entertained and in awe of the skill level on display. The Veresdale Vipers turned up ready to play. They hit the ground running and really took it to the Scenic Rim Barbarians.
Starting too strongly for the Barbarians they managed to score early and maintain a lead. The Barbarians were put under enormous pressure and could have been excused for letting the game blow open with continued attacking raids by the Vipers. Bravely the Barbarians stuck to their guns and scrambled their way back into the game.
Both sides were desperate to have a crack at Minor Premiers Beaudesert Base Bombers in the final and played themselves into the ground. The skills and determination on show was incredible and most people left the ground incredulous that this was a game of under 13s.
The fast start that the Vipers had proved to be too big a mountain for the Baa Baas to overcome. Nothing was left in the tank by either side as they through everything into the effort of this game.
The Tom Jellie coached Vipers then took to the field against the Bombers and most would have expected an easy run for the Bombers. The Vipers must have been hurting from the bruising encounter against the brave Barbarians and the fresh legs of the Bombers should have been enough to carry them to victory.
Nobody had told the Vipers this and they once again sprang out of the ground and got to an early lead. The lead was cut to one try by half time and most expected the minor premiers to come over the top in the second half. The Bombers started well in the second half and leveled the game but then the Vipers dug deep and took the best of a couple of half chances to spring out to a two try buffer.
This was enough to hold on too and the Vipers had completed an incredible night of rugby coming out as Premiers in the Under 13s. There was rousing applause for both sides and the efforts of the young charges did not go unnoticed.
Sport can be cruel at times as neither team deserved to lose but the Vipers were just a shade better on the night even though the Bombers had been marginally better during the season.
While no single player won the match by themselves it was probably the back to back efforts of Josh Henare both in attack and defense that was the standout. Cleverly used by coach Tom Jellie Josh was able to make impact at every opportunity and was injected into the game at just the right times.
Vipers 20-15 win was testament to the way in which the Vipers attacked. Two tries were scored from long range with great skills shown to move the ball to space. Their other tries came from great team work and capitalizing on half breaks. The Bombers were unlucky to not have scored an equalizing try with a player tackled centimeters short of the line with seconds left to go.
The Best & Fairest table for the Under 13s was jammed with quality players and excellent performances. So close was it that after 6 rounds nothing could separate Connor Hill and Matt Boag who shared the honor of Best & Fairest. Rory Meyer was announced as best under 14 player and notable mentions were to Michael Dearan and Andrew Scougall who both were amazing during the season and also stood tall during the finals. Henry Boyd and Lachie Gittins proved that they had the skills to excel in the short form of the game and acquitted themselves nicely.
The Final Round of the Warriors Summer 7s saw the determined Tradies love the Ladies take out pole position just in time for the upcoming finals at Everdell Park this Friday.
Tradies were too good for Tamborine Mountain Rugby 25-5 and the Canterbury Crusaders 25-10. With two bonus point wins for scoring 4 tries or more in each game the Tradies leapt the Veresdale Falcons forcing the Falcons into second spot.
The Falcons managed to hold onto second spot thanks to two tightly contested draws against Hills Hurricanes 20-20 and Toms Titans 15-15. The Crusaders, front runners for most of the year will now have to take on the Hills hurricanes in the first final this week and must show an improved performance to get a crack at Tradies love the Ladies in the semi final.
Tamborine Mountain Rugby will play Toms Titans for the right to have a crack at Veresdale Falcons in the other semi final. With all six teams having an opportunity to win on the last night the competition could be turned on its head on Friday Night. Three finals will be hotly contested with a plate, bowl and cup final a similar type finals system to the International 7s held on the Gold Coast back in October.
Incredible performances and depth of talent have seen Forty six players have at some stage polled in the Players Player votes and the leader board is packed with only 4 points separating the top 8 positions.
Strong performances by Carl Burnett, Ben Hodge, Ben Richter and Tom Jellie have seen them rocket up the leader board and along with Dylan Leyland, Daniel Sierant and Jesse Nilon prove that the depth of talent in this competition is incredible.
Those who follow their rugby in the schools competitions and in the Gold Coast competition believe the standard of rugby in this competition has been outstanding. Former Wallaby Garrick Morgan has been impressed so much by the standard he has invited current Gold Coast Breakers Colts coach Grant Anderson to the finals to see the talent. Grant is always on the lookout for talent and the 7s format is a great jumping board into representative 15s honors.
The Scenic Rim representative 7s sides are to be shortly named and this will give these players further coaching and high level rugby experience as well as exposure in front of academy selectors.
For those keen on sport come on out to the finals of the under 17’s this week from 6pm at Warriors head quarters Everdell Park.