BIG EFFORT: Under-8's junior Gremlins player Jordy was named the Red Rooster Man of the Match in his game against Warwick Suburbs on Saturday.
BIG EFFORT: Under-8's junior Gremlins player Jordy was named the Red Rooster Man of the Match in his game against Warwick Suburbs on Saturday. Contributed

Warwick duo take on junior Gremlins

THE Stanthorpe Gremlins hosted Warwick teams Suburbs and Collegians on Saturday.

It was a big day out with a good crowd watching some terrific football played in good spirit. Congratulations to all.

Under-7s

THE Under-7's took on Warwick Suburbs for round five this week on our home turf.

Despite a quite chilly start to the morning, the under-7's put in a fantastic show for the onlookers, with the Gremlins putting out a solid defence line in front of the Suburbs holding them out for six tackles and saving numerous tries.

Hannah took the role of captain this week. She started with a good kick and used her speed to give her a try.

Jett made some solid hit ups while backing up with some great tackles on his own. Ximena is gaining more confidence each week pulling off some nice tackles and helping out with tackles.

Hunter and Chase both got three tries each, with Hunter mastered the side step and Chase using the famous goose step.

Oscar, with some great runs, found the gaps and scored two tries. Jax showed great skills with his big tackles. No kid was to big or got away and he also bagged a try for the team.

Red Rooster Player of the Match went to Ned this week with some great tackles around the legs pulling up the Suburb runners from making meters.

Well done Ned and well done to all the under-7's Gremlins.

Under-8s

ON Saturday, our small group of Under-8s put in another tireless display to take it up to the Warwick Suburbs side.

Coaches and parents can see improvement each week with their tackling, running forward and following the play.

Our kick-offs also improved this week after spending some time on the skill at training.

The kicks were deep and ably supported by the chase from all the team. Jordy was named Man of the Match this week for his excellence in ball carrying and determined tackling.

Jayce and Brock excelled in attack and seemed to be everywhere in defence.

Jake and Liam ran the ball up hard through the middle of the field and completed some great front on tackles.

Thanks to Chase, Ned, Hannah and Hunter who again filled in for us.

The junior Gremlins welcomed Suburbs and Collegians to town on Saturday.
The junior Gremlins welcomed Suburbs and Collegians to town on Saturday. Contributed

Under-9s

THE boys took the focus of the week of improving their team and individual tackling into the game and excelled.

All players showed a renewed confidence in their defence and enjoyed the feeling of wrapping up the opposition and putting them down.

New player Theo scored his first try for the Gremlins and excitedly had to leave the game for a few minutes when he subbed off as he needed to see Mum and Dad to let them know of his brilliant effort.

Once again all the boys were able to experience playing new positions on the field and gained confidence and displayed new skills in these areas. A special mention to Lawrence (Lozza) who showed great confidence in putting on a huge left foot step and sprinting the length of the field to score the try of the day.

Under-11s

AFTER a week off last week the boys came together for only the third time this year and put in a really strong performance against a good Suburbs side.

We were okay in both attack and defence with the fellas improving all the time. It was really good to see the improvement in some of our first year players and good to see that a few of the boys have been paying attention at training.

We still have a long way to go guys so let's keep turning up for each other on and off the field.

Under-12s

AFTER seeing a much improved attitude at training this week we got to see a very decent effort on the field.

You could see the team coming together to help each other out in defence and we showed a more impressive defensive line which closed a lot of the space that had been available to opposition in earlier games.

We held a good hornets side to 22-6 which could have quite easily been much closer if a couple of little things had gone our way.

Overall our go forward was pretty good and our halves are learning to know there jobs better.

Still room for lots of improvement so let's keep the right attitude at training and we will definitely get there. Great game - loving the better attitude.

Junior coaches continue to remark about the progression of their young sides week in, week out.
Junior coaches continue to remark about the progression of their young sides week in, week out. Contributed

Under-14s

ON Saturday the two Stanthorpe Gremlins Under-14's teams played at home in Stanthorpe.

Stanthorpe Blue played against The Eastern Suburbs Hornets and Stanthorpe Green played Collegians Blue.

The Gremlins Blue Team played the early match and Taj Cusack, Taj Buchanan, Kane Picknell, Fletcher Koch, James Pryor and Brae Willmann played as reserves to make up numbers for the Blue team.

The match was played in good spirits but the Gremlins proved too strong finishing with a 32-10 score line. Jack Spencer, Taj Buchanan, Leon Karena and Dean Dunbar all scored one try each, David Williams scored twice, Leon kicked two conversions and Billy Webb kicked one conversion.

After lunch, the Gremlins Green team played the unbeaten Collegians Blue team.

Jack Spencer, Leon Karena, David Williams and Dean Dunbar all backed up to support their Green team club-mates.

It was a close, hard-fought battle and the half-time score of 6-all was a real indication of just how evenly matched the teams were.

At full time, Collegians had scored four tries to three and they had kicked three conversions to one.

For the Greens, Taj Buchanan scored a try, Malik Wightman scored a double and David Williams kicked a conversion. The final score line 22-14 to the visitors may have been a little disappointing for the boys but it was very encouraging for the coaches and supporters.

The players could not have tried any harder and with only just enough players to field a full team, several players are required to play for both teams each weekend and this is a very difficult task given the pace and intensity of the games.

This weekend is the most important game of the round: Stanthorpe Blue v Stanthorpe Green. Mate versus mate.

This is the only game scheduled to be played at Sullivan Oval this weekend so we will fire up the barbecue and watch the boys play. Game times will be posted on Facebook later this week.

Thanks to Glen Webb, Matt Sullivan and John Cusack our trainers, Tony Zanatta our manager, Terry McMeniman and Dale Lawer our first aid officers.

Under-15s - Ladies League Tag

IT was Gremlins v Suburbs and the girls put on a show.

First half started with both sides defending well, with little attacking options. It wasn't until late in the half when the Gremlins broke through first after a great back line movement that put Emma Brannigan in for the try.

Shortly after the Gremlins struck again with a runaway try to Brooke O'Brien bursting through the middle taking the Gremlins into the half-time after a successful conversion to Aleisha Karena 10-0.

Suburbs came out firing in the second half scoring a couple of tries but the Gremlins hit back with three more of their own. One to Isabel Kay and doubles to Emma Brannigan and Brooke O'Brien. The Gremlins are playing good footy defending well and improving each game.

Under-17s - Ladies League Tag

UP against a strong Suburbs team who were keen to knock off the undefeated Gremlins squad, this game was a beauty.

Suburbs set the standard with their defence barely missing a tag throughout the entire game, and in a tight first half it was Suburbs who had the lead at the break 8-0.

Big efforts from the entire Gremlins squad led by Tahlia Karena, Hannah McMeniman, and Chelsea Williams, the Gremlins couldn't peg back the deficit.

Handling errors in good field positions stopped any comeback that the Gremlins worked hard for in attack, and a big defensive effort from Suburbs kept the Gremlins tryless for the game.

Suburbs eventually winning 12-0.

Great game of football and a big thanks to all who helped out on the day.