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The 2018 Queensland Rugby Union Boys Junior State Championships have come to a close, after three days of action at Albany Creek GPS Junior Rugby Club.
Over 900 players from around the state took part in the event across U13s, U14s and U16s, as well as an U12s development carnival.
Regional sides including Townsville Brolgas, Central Queensland Bushrangers, Sunshine Coast Stingrays, Darling Downs, Gold Coast and the Northern Territory competed against teams from Brisbane across the age divisions.
Brisbane Green featured in all three finals, however they were only successful in the U14s, claiming a 10-7 win over the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast claimed a 17-7 win in the U13 grand final, while the Sunshine Coast were successful 9-3 in the U16s.
Queensland Ruby Union head of participation Rama Chand said: “There has been a really good standard of Rugby played across the three days of competition.
“This tournament provides participants with the chance to represent their region and test themselves against some of the best young talent in Queensland.
“It was great to see three finals all so closely contested, and for the spoils to be shared across both Brisbane and regional sides. We also had big crowds cheering on each team which was great to see.
“A big thank you needs to go to Albany Creek GPS as hosts, and all the volunteers who have contributed across the weekend, as well as coaches, managers and parents who put in a lot of effort in the lead up.
“The State Championships are a proven pathway within Queensland Rugby, with current St.George Queensland Reds including Tate McDermott (Sunshine Coast), Hamish Stewart (Darling Downs), Harry Hoopert (Darling Downs), Andrew Ready (Brisbane) and Duncan Paia’aua (Central Queensland) all having emerged from the tournament.”
Following the culmination of the finals, City and Country representative times were named in each age division.
These teams will compete against each other on Friday 13 July, with the U13s and U14s playing at Ballymore and the U16s playing the curtain raiser to the St.George Queensland Reds v Sunwolves Super Rugby clash at Suncorp Stadium.
City v Country match schedule:
U13s - City v Country – 3:00pm, Ballymore Stadium
U14 – City v Country – 4:30pm, Ballymore Stadium
U16s – City v Country – 5:45pm, Suncorp Stadium
For results from the State Championships: http://bit.ly/JnrStateChampsResults18
For final ladders from the State Championships: http://bit.ly/JnrStateChampsLadder18
Tafito Falaniko Ah Ki
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Te Rakato Ogilvy-Rogers
20 JULY 2018