Casino RSM U12s lock in finals berth with win over Mur'bah
CASINO RSM Under-12s cemented a final spot with a hard-fought victory over the third-placed Murwillumbah Vulcans.
The Vulcans got off to a flyer, kicking three goals in the first quarter. From there, the young Lions clawed their way back to win by four goals.
Jake Patton organised his troops in the middle with Brodie Murphy, Troy McDonald, Harold Torrens and Danny Handocha all roving well with Nathanial Harper set the task of playing against the NSW rep ruckman.
Lachlan McNeill was like a brick wall at fullback and he had lots of help from Josh Speak, Zac Wall, Logan Stewart clearing the ball from defence.
Cleveland Sifoni and Atlas Irving ran well on the wings, giving the forwards Hugh Donnelly, Saxon Heath and Noah Hickling plenty of opportunities in front of goal.
The Luke Wyatt Painting under-14s played the Tweed Tigers in a worthy top-of-the-table clash.
Solomon Torrens was dominant up forward, marking well and kicking long distance goals. Casino''s midfield were on top for the majority of the game with Sam Hemsley-Hackett, Brayden Heath, Luke Judson and Zac Green teaming up in the centre. Beau Donnelly ran all day on the wing, giving our undermanned forward line of Conner Hannigan, Thomas Moy and Riley Patton plenty of chances.
Katelyn Stevenson and James Wilson were inspirational on the last line of defence, often matching up against two or three Tiger forwards.
Sean Fitzpatrick again marked well and Chris Darragh, Atlas Irving and Troy McDonald battled well against a resurgent Tweed team. But Casino was unable to capitalise, eventually going down by a goal.
The Chicken Mania under-10s had a great game, led by Hollie Wall who used her pace and skill to help Carys 'raffles' Stevenson and Logan 'the reader' Stevenson deliver the ball to Leaping Frankie Denley and the hard-running Cohen Hardke. Tommy 'the statsman' Wyatt and Saxon Heath kicked long to Seth Green and Brodey McDonald who were solid like a rock ready to follow in the footsteps of their respective big brothers.
The Café Royal under-16s defeated Byron Bay at their own ground with Alex Green, Liam Fitzpatrick, Tey Appleton and Jack Hemsley-Hackett giving Casino great first use of the ball out of the centre.
Taye Torrens, Peter Laurie and Hunter Stewart presented all day with good leads out of the forward line making life easier for the back line of Athol Williams, Shamus Irving and Scotty Torrens at fullback.
Troy Bunny had a blinder of a game, helping the likes of Max Smith, Braiden Needham, Eli Harper and Liam Hadley to make sure Casino stayed on top throughout the game.
The Lions recorded a 20-point win over the team they will likely play in the first week of the finals.