THERE was a complete crush by Herbert River as all four junior teams won their final home games of the season at Artie Gofton Oval.
The under-10s beat Brothers 30-20 thanks to two tries a-piece from Jackson Hodge and Kayden Crisafulli with Millie-J Lino Gofton and Lamech Page also scoring.
Tyler Siely joined Page in slotting conversions in a match that saw Ben Downing and Liam Swarbrick make some great defensive tackles.
Benny Mingon scored four tries as Crushers under-9s beat Brothers 9-5 in what was described as their best performance of the season.
Nate Roveda was back in the side and showed the same stunning form he produced last season, being solid in defence and making damaging runs.
Herbert River spread the ball well and attacked with speed – with every player on the pitch was outstanding on the day.
The undefeated sub-12 side are one win away from a grand final after cruising to a 34-4 win over JCU Saints to keep them second on the ladder.
Tries from Shaun Devietti, Grant Martin, Xenon Winkel, Rocky Jensen, Kelin Corradi and Tkai George helped our juniors to a convincing victory.
The boys can guarantee a place in the final by beating fourteenth placed Charters Towers in their final game in three weeks.
And a sensational display by the under-15s sealed their top four spot after a 26-14 win over last year’s champions United Suburbs.
Our boys bounced back from early season defeat against the side who were second on the ladder thanks to solid performances by Liam Di Bartolo, Darcy Di Bella and Sean Moloney.
But due to Covid restrictions there will be no semi-final play-offs, with the top two instead going straight into the grand final.
To finish second Crushers would need to beat league leaders Brothers by more than 100 points in their last game and hope second-placed Western Lions draw with United Suburbs.
That scenario is unlikely, but coach Jason Ebra is delighted with the strides his team has made this season.
The squad have had to cope with just 16 players this season, but on Saturday were boosted by two debutants, Dexter Mimi and Toby Barny.
They were behind without touching the ball but soon bounced back through Moloney’s try that was converted by Lachlan Ebra.
Then Mimi came off the bench for a blistering 15 minutes of footy as the debutant scored a try either side of half-time before he went off with an ankle injury.
United Suburbs were shell-shocked and Ebra scored a fourth for Crushers before Darcy Di Bella added a fifth that Ebra converted.
The opposition fired back twice in the last 20 minutes but Crushers were deserving of their 26-14 win.
A holiday clinic costing $40 per junior is being run by National Rugby League at Artie Gofton Oval during the school holidays.
Contact the club for further details.