In a huge day of rugby league at Mead Park, the Glen Innes minor league teams faced Inverell for the final round of the Group 19 junior rugby league season. All but one of the Glen Innes teams will take the field in Inverell this Saturday for the semi-finals.
Junior League Tag coach Stephen McAllister reported Saturday was a great day for the old boys with the girls taking the win 28-4 against Inverell.
The girls' victory puts them second on the ladder and into the major semi against Guyra.
"What a great time and ride we have had let's go and get it girls," McAllister said.
Paige Floyd scored three tries, Brooklyn Elliott crossed for two while Aila McBain and Olivia Wilkins scored one each.
Brooklyn Elliott and Olivia Wilkins were awarded the referee points.
Magpies lost 16-4.
Holly Ruming scored the side's only try in the loss.
Referee points went to Jaydah Kerr and Molly Chard.
Saturday saw a very close game for the girls.
They played extremely well in attack but allowed Inverell to control the speed of the game near the end.
Which say our first defeat of the season 16-18.
Stand outs for the day were Maisie Eastwood, Mia Baker and Sophie watt with great second phase play.
Overall the girls had a great game.
The Under 7s played an amazing game on the weekend against Inverell.
Hayden Dawson scored two tries, and Luke Matthews scored a huge seven tries.
The Under 7s had an awesome post try celebration with the team being bowled over - unconfirmed winner of the Post try Celebration Challenge.
Brax Ferris and Angus Smith played a great defensive game.
Zedekiah Levy returned to the field setting up some tries and gaining metres.
The boys played hard and the game was try for try, with the final score being 36-all.
The Magpies under 9s won on Saturday against Inverell 48-28.
Coach Mark Barratt reported it was a great way to finish.
He was proud of how they all played as a team trying hard for each other.
Great strong running and excellent tackling.
Thanks to all the players for a great year.
Ref points Jimmy Chard and Sam Barratt
Tries Charlie Hoskins (3),Sam Barratt (2), Horatio Eastwood(1), Jimmy Chard(1), Mason Watts(1), Max Eastwood(1)
Conversions: Charlie Hoskins, Horatio Eastwood, Sam Barratt, Jimmy Chard, Josh Pietsch, Kyle Berg
The under 11s had a great end to the season, winning against Inverell 40-26, remaining undefeated and awarded the minor premiership.
Coach Shad Bailey reported that a few key positional changes over the past few weeks has allowed players to experience different positions has been great to see.
Exciting times ahead now as we move into the major semi final with a full compliment to chose from.
Tries: Lloyd Newbury(3), Ethan Graham (2), Jordon Watts(1), Brynn Biddle(1),
Conversions: Fletcher Barratt, Bradley Hoskins, Aden McBain, Dustin McBain, Brynn Biddle, Jasper McKean
Referee Points : Lloyd Newbury, Ethan Graham
The U13 Magpies produced their most entertaining game of the season to draw 14-14 against the Inverell Hawks.
The Magpies struck early with a backline movement and beautiful long ball from Riley Grob finding the flying Lachie Munro to score in the left hand corner.
Harry Watt followed up that effort and crossed for good team try.
Inverell struck back late in the first half with tries from kicks and it was 8 all at half time with both teams having missed conversions.
The Magpies defence was very good with the team confident against their bigger opponents producing many great two-on-one tackles.
Special mention to Jackson Corrigan who came second in the tackle count and got himself involved in the game.
The second half saw Riley Grob score a tremendous individual try from the scrum to run the length of the field and score under the posts.
Leo Eastwood converted, and it was 14-8.
Glen had a chance to consolidate the lead, but a few errors gifted Inverell momentum which they converted to make it 14-all.
A tense final quarter saw both teams create opportunities, but neither could land the winning blow.
The Magpies forwards played well with Jock Baker, Jake Bruce, Toby Frendon and George Anderson all driving forward and working together in defence.
Emery Levy Blair and Kylan Levy-Cutmore were penetrating in attack.
Referee points went to Will Wright and Riley Grob.
What a great day Saturday was for the U15s getting to play in front of the senior boys and girls.
They definitely put together a great display of everything we have been training for to have a win over Inverell Maroon 20-12.
Their line speed in defence won them the game with some great team work in attack seen Tyce McLaren, Angus Cameron and Toby Lamph crossing the line with Angus Cameron converting.
The U15s head into the semis this weekend second on the ladder which is a real credit to the boys commitment to training and playing as a team. "
Referee Points Toby Bruce and Howie Eastwood
The Under 17s played their first game in seven weeks against a well-supported Inverell side.
The atmosphere was amazing with other grade including A grade and the Old boys supporting the boys as they ran on the field.
Tries didn't come easy as Inverell has a strong defence, however Isaac Collins, Kaleb Hope and Lucas Tait all crossed the line to score.
Kaleb slotted all three conversions.
The game was a very close game right to the very end, until Inverell went over the line twice in the last 10 minutes.
Final score Inverell 26 to Glen Innes 18.
The Under 17s now have to fight for their place in the Grand Final, playing Inverell again this weekend at Inverell.
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