The Eden Tigers Minor Rugby League (EMRL) Club had a great day on Saturday.
With three teams competing in the Group 16 Minor Rugby League grand final, the Tigers came out on top in two of their encounters.
The under 14s got over the Moruya-Tuross Sharks 30-18, while the junior league-tag girls accounted for the Narooma Devils 20-16 in the competition’s debut season.
Unfortunately for the Eden club, the under 12s squad was defeated by Narooma convincingly 26-12.
EMRL president Neil Baker said the day overall was a wonderful success, but particularly for the Eden club.
“It was a great day for Eden,” Baker said.
Baker said he was delighted to watch the junior league-tag as it was the first year the competition had been run in the group.
“Its only the first year of the girls this year.
“And they played the best they have all season.
“It was great to see them play their hardest,” he said.
After a very successful debut year, the group was now looking to see more clubs join in and host a larger league-tag contest in 2014.
“We’re trying to get more clubs into the girls,” he said.
“We’re all pushing to the one goal of every club having a girls team in.”
The continued strong support from NRL development officers Damian Lindeberg and Damian Kennedy had seen incredible interest in the league-tag coming from local schools.
“They work with the schools and promote the sport. It’s been really great,” Baker said.
Meanwhile, the under 14s Tigers continued their strong showing in the competition after finishing minor premiers.
“They were minor premiers, for some of the younger boys playing up it is now a hat-trick of premierships.”
Baker said he was never in doubt about the 14s success in the grand final after half time as the Eden squad took the lead and didn’t look back.
“Moruya only scored late in the game, which brought the score back a bit, but Eden was just too good on the day.
“Eden got to ascendancy about 10 or 15 minutes into the game.
“And it was all one-way traffic after that.”
Baker thanked the players who stepped up a grade to play in the 14s and said the club was excited to see talented young players coming through the ranks.
“As they go into the under 14s next year it’s looking promising,” he said.
Lincoln Stewart was a standout for the under 14s Tigers with blazing runs up the wing.
Meanwhile, Brad Chalker was unstoppable on the charge, in one set running a solid 80 metres through the entire Moruya defensive line only to be stopped just metres short of a try.
He was not to be denied though, ploughing his way over the line on the very next set.
Overall Baker said the grand final day was a huge success with around 400 fans cheering on the teams throughout the day.
Baker said it was a terrfic showing of friendly football and the teams all played well.
“Congratulations to all the winners,” he said.