The Miners teams managed to get some hard fought wins under their belts in round 12 of the Townsville and Districts Junior Rugby League Competition last weekend.
The Under 13 Girls, Under 15s and Under 17s each had wins, while the Under 14s put in a valiant effort but were unable to come away with the points.
UNDER 13 GIRLS
The Under 13 Junior Miners Girls had a great game in round 12 last week.
They worked well as a team and came away with an impressive win beating the girls from Bowen with Charters Towers recording a score of 44 against Bowen’s 14.
Tries were scored by Sajida, Kyonia, Heidi, Jacinta, Tameira, Ariel and Etelka who nabbed herself an impressive four tries.
The girls displayed great defence holding the opposition back off their try line on more than one occasion.
The Miners showed improvement this week in both defence and attack, they should be very proud of their efforts and team work.
Player of the Day went to Kyonia, for her strong attack and defence and positive team work.
Well done on your win Girls!
It was a good start for the Hammer and Co Under 14 Miners against North Devils, with the forwards dominating the ruck and positive energy.
This start led us to our first try with Caeden Bell side stepping the fullback to score under the posts.
Clint Folker crossed for our second try after the forwards got a roll on down the field and Darby Linton confidently converted both tries.
We then learnt a valuable lesson with a bad pass in our red zone, the Devils winger intercepted and scored their first try.
Poor defence in the middle and lack of urgency led to two more unanswered tries to Norths with us going into halftime behind on the scoreboard.
Defence had dropped off in the middle with line breaks happening every set our fullback Darby doing most of the tackling with the Devils forwards dominating and playing confidently.
We had to regain our composure, tighten up the defence in the middle and be more effective in our tackles for the second half, but it was still the Devils first to score down our right edge.
We were still showing signs of a comeback when Khye Burke crossed the line but still needed to show more urgency to match the confidently playing Devils. Khye made a break off the kick-off getting us into a good attacking position.
But the drop balls and turnovers were our undoing giving the Devils the majority of the possession.
It was only a matter of time before the Devils scored again as they offloaded in tackles and skirted around our edge defence.
To finish the game our attack was one out with no creative plays, but Khye was still able to break their line, scoring again.
The final minute of the game and no effective chase on a kick saw their fullback run through a broken defensive line to score under the posts sealing the Devils first win for the season 30-22.
A positive start to the game and the good sportsmanship shown by the Miners were promising signs of improvement, however, the ineffective tackles and the amount of drop balls had created mistrust within the team which will need some intensive training sessions before facing Brothers this weekend.
The Columba Catholic College Under 15 Miners came up against a very determined Burdekin Roosters team last weekend.
With four regular starting players unavailable and in hot, humid trying conditions it was always going to be the team that was more determined that was going to come out as victors.
The Towers boys started well with big men Max Campbell and James Scott leading the way.
The Towers posted first points of the game through NaQarne Oui and David Gaidan but the Roosters hit back with two tries of their own.
Losing strike halfback Ferlyn Hunter in the first half due to injury, we knew it was going to be a game that was going to go down to the wire.
For the Towers side to keep in the match our edge defence and kicking game had to be smarter and a great corner pocket kick from Mathias Santo-Hero found a flying Jeremy Singleton to score out wide.
Kelly Muke was strong throughout the match and scored a well-deserved try as did Nathan Barron who was excellent in attack and defence.
As predicted the Burdekin side never gave up and the scored ended up 26-22 in the Miners’ favour.
Notable mention must go to Steven Davidson who played the full game in the middle in a tough encounter and Chase Guy who was strong in the unfamiliar position of five-eighth and really aimed up for his team.
Bailey Hanrahan gave some real impact off the bench and outside backs of Rodney Hutley, Kody Thun, Willis Frohloff all had good involvement and stood up when it mattered.
An outstanding effort from Jake Kleyn was the highlight of the game and it was a genuine tough effort from him.
The Towers Power Equipment Miners played the Gowrie Warriors in Round 12 of the TDJRL competition.
The Towers side knew their defence had to be on song to combat the free-running style of footy that Warriors play.
But a great start to game saw the Miner’s team in good field position and a lovely left edge shift found a flying Seth Black to post the first points.
The next 15 minutes saw a real grafting affair and the it took a fantastic individual effort from Lane Glenwright to score under the sticks and a few minutes later.
A nice offload and great support work saw Dorran Green score on the half time hooter.
Although the scoreline read 14-6 to the Towers team, the Warriors were unlucky not to capitalise on a few opportunities and of could quite easily been in front.
The second half started perfectly for the Towers team and craft half Corey Guldbransen jumped out of dummy half and found a charging Jahvan Oiu who crashed his way over the try line.
With a flow of possession going to the Miners, a determined run from Bailey Bliss split the defence and was next to post points.
The key to our performance was defence and a strong tackle forced a turnover and a slick right-hand move saw big outside back Liam Young score in the corner.
With the game coming to a close, a deserving try to hard working Prop Kyle Pacey who showed outstanding leadership in this game.
The score ended 36-12 in the Miners favour but to keep such a strong attacking team to two tries was a fantastic defensive effort from the boys.
Notable mentions must go to Tazdyn Burns who is proving a real versatile player and Ben O’Neill who was busy all game and does a great job of shoring up our middle.
Toby Turnbull was strong in both attack and defence, Guldbransen was gutsy and smart, and will of the wisp winger Latrell Enoch was out standing in bringing the ball back and when he involves himself, we look a better team.
This week the Miners come up against competition heavy weights Brothers in Townsville.
Originally published as Juniors rack up the wins for the Miners