Junior rugby finishes for 2012
THE Sucrogen Whitsunday Junior Raiders celebrated the end of their season on Friday at the Whitsunday Sports Park.
After a busy couple of months junior rugby union wrapped up with a night full of finals footy as all teams from the under-9s through to under-15s played games in the intra-club competition.
In the under-9s, Thor's Angry Hammers defeated Odin's Ghost Riders four tries to three in a very close game where all players were congratulated on the standard of rugby they displayed.
The under-11s competition was won by Surt Fire Giants who defeated Odin's Ghost Riders by six tries to three.
This group of players have been very dedicated and trained hard to improve their skills and teamwork and they never gave up throughout the season. Surt Fire Giants beat Thor's Angry Hammers 26-21 in the under-13s game with tries for the Giants scored by Jack Kearns, James Hoerlien, Jaymz Smith, Finbarr Barrett and Maddigan Dachs while Jacob Neil, Mitchell Camm, BJ Robertson and Blake Mattheus scored for the Hammers.
It was another close game in the under-13s and the rucking, tackling and enthusiasm of the boys was matched in the under-15s game won by Thor's Angry Hammers, defeating Surt Fire Giants 36-22.
The names of the teams were chosen for their Viking heritage and the players enjoyed celebrating at the end of the night with their trophies, made by Craig Spence.
The under-7s enjoyed a game and a fun night of activities that included a scrum relay, kicking competition and sponge passing at a target.
In the final under-15 match of the season Surts played a fast and exciting first half and lead the Hammers 22-5 at half time.
It was a completely different story in the second half as the Hammers posted 31 points while stopping Surts with their defence to run away 36-22 winners.
Both teams played with plenty of spirit on the night as the Hammers produced an upset to cap off a great season of rugby union.
The committee thanked all the volunteers who helped make the season such a success, making special mention of all the coaches, canteen helpers and parents who assisted and the community who supported the Whitsunday Junior Raiders this year.
There is still time to sign up for the Raiders Holiday Program being run at the Whitsunday Sports Park on Friday, September 28 from 8.30am-3pm.
Reds player Jono Lance will be coaching on the day and the clinic is available to any child aged between 6-13.
Anyone wanting more information can visit the club's website at www.whitsundayrugby.com.au.