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One game from the grand final!

Matty Giodarni will lead the charge for Crushers' unbeaten sub-12 side.

CRUSHERS’ unbeaten sub-12 side cruised to a 34-4 win over JCU Saints to keep them second on the ladder – and one win from the grand final.

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 – but coach Tony Iafano says they will need to be at their best to make it happen.

He said: ‘Being a country side we know Charters Towers can turn up and perform – we can’t write them off.

‘They’re out of finals contention and I think that makes them even more dangerous.

‘Hopefully we perform in that game, get to the grand final and win it for Herbert River.’

If they do make the final, they will face an unknown quantity in Burdekin Blue.

With Covid cutting the season short, many teams have not played each other.

Our boys have played seven, won six and drawn one – coming from 14 points down at half-time to snatch a point against the side who now rivals them for second, Centrals Gold.

Tony added: ‘We have definitely got the heart – and the stomach to face any obstacle.

‘We showed that in the way we came back against Centrals.’

The coach says his team are naturally gifted at attacking, but have been working to solidify their defence.

Centrals Gold have also won six and drawn one, but were deducted four points for a technical breach.

The under-12s coach championed the spirit of parents who have rallied together to make a Covid-challenged season happen.

He said: ‘Without the parents and volunteers this season would have come to nothing.

‘They’ve really come together to get things done – so a massive thanks to everyone.’

Crushers under-12s travel to play Charters Towers on Saturday 10 October.

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