Junior rugby league
GROUP 20 junior glory was on the line as five teams from the Yenda Blueheelers juniors travelled to Darlington Point on Saturday for the competition’s grand final day.
Two of the five sides came home with premierships, while the other three went down swinging in a proud day for the club.
In the under 13s, Yenda came away with a well-earned 28-16 victory over Leeton.
The game was evenly contested but turned on its head in the second half, when the ball was thrown out wide to a fast-running Jacob Harris, who sprinted away to score an 80-metre try under the posts.
That gave the Blueheelers all the momentum as they itched away at Leeton’s defence with Broden Piva, Hayden Stockton and Ngarima Low all making great runs.
Zane Hogan played his usual faultless game and was awarded the best and fairest player of the match.
Tryscorers were Tom Gair, Jake Starr, Brock Hams and Zane Hogan with Gair successfully converting four goals.
YENDA/CDP/Hay came up against a determined Leeton/Ag side, and early on, the boys had no answers to the opposition’s charge in the first 30 minutes of the game.
The Blueheelers found themselves down 24-10 in the first half, but after the break, a change in attitude and momentum turned things around.
With help from the bench from some of Yenda’s under 13s, the team started putting points on the board, and with some gutsy defence managed to hold Leeton/Ag scoreless for the second half.
With eight minutes remaining, the boys were down by 24-16 – but an outstanding late performance from hat-trick hero Ali Ngahe saw the boys claw back from nowhere to win 34-24.
THE Blueheelers under 10s put in a spirited performance against the Griffith Waratahs in an entertaining game, eventually falling 24-16.
The Yenda boys made some great charges in defence and tried extremely hard to contain the Waratahs’ ball-runners.
Down 18-16 with only minutes left on the clock, Yenda was in it until the end but a late try saw Waratahs run away with the game and the premiership.
YENDA’S under 12s met a very polished Leeton outfit in their grand final, going down 34-14. All players tried hard on the day with strong performances from Jordan Magoci, Anthony Sloane, Blake Wood and Tautai Havea.
A big thank you goes to the under 11 boys who stepped up to help the team on the day.
THE Yenda Mods league tag side were defeated by Leeton Pink 30-4.
The girls played well and tried their best to contain a strong Greens side, with Jenna Richards scoring the team’s only try.
Presentation day will be held this Sunday from 11am at Wade Park, Yenda, and all players and their families are welcome.